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29 Days @ UC Law

The Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights sponsored Professor Alicia Ely Yamin, Lecturer on Law and Global Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, who recently spoke about her book “Power, Suffering, and the Struggle for Dignity: Human Rights Frameworks for Health and Why They Matter.” In her book she examines human rights-based approaches to health. Professor Yamin suggests that applying a human rights framework to health forces us to think about our own suffering and that of others, as well as fundamental causes of that suffering. She combines theory with personal examples of human rights-based approaches and shows the impact they have had on people’s lives and health outcomes. 2.2.16

Associate Professor Yvonne Dutton, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, presented her article "Unpacking the Deterrent Effect of the International Criminal Court" as part of the Marx Faculty Speaker Series. 2.3.16

Al Gerhardstein, one of the attorneys representing the family of Samuel Dubose, visited Cincinnati Law. He discussed the importance of this case and elements of the university’s settlement with the family in a conversation moderated by Professor Janet Moore. This event was sponsored by the Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice. 2.8.16

NFL star and entrepreneur Dhani Jones, founder of Bowtie Cause, and CEO Amanda Williams visited Cincinnati Law for a lunchtime conversation about entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and rockin’ bow ties: “Bowties, Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy: Impacting a Business’s Bottom-Line While Supporting a Cause.” Law students, up-and-coming entrepreneurs, and philanthropy enthusiasts learned lessons about using philanthropy as a business tool to support others. 2.9.16

The Robert S. Marx Lecture examined the judicially created economic loss rule in the presentation: “In Search of the Cheapest Cost Avoider: Another View of the Economic Loss Rule.” Professor Catherine M. Sharkey, the Crystal Eastman Professor of Law at New York University and Faculty Director of the Civil Jury Project, discussed how the current rationales for the economic loss rule has created confusion. Professor Sharkey mapped out a different way of framing the rule to provide it with a more robust theoretical grounding.

The Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights welcomed back Cincinnati Law graduate Dynda Thomas '86 to speak about conflict minerals. As leader of the Squire Patton Boggs’ conflict minerals team, Dynda focuses on relevant industries’ best practices in working with clients’ legal, procurement and compliance groups. 2.11.16

The Immigration and Nationality Law Review hosted Professor Lenni Benson, New York Law School, who spoke on: “The Unaccompanied Minor Crisis: Why Current Removal Proceedings Do Not Promote the Best Interests of the Child.” Professor Benson, Director of the Safe Passage Project, provides representation for unaccompanied youth in New York’s federal immigration court system. She discussed the failures of the current immigration removal system to address the special issues of working with minor children and made recommendations for new approaches that promote fairness, efficiency, and critically protect the best interests of the child. 2.16.16

The Admission Department’s Honors Day program provided an opportunity for University of Cincinnati honors students to explore law as a career option. Students had a chance to ask questions about law school, legal careers, trends in the legal market, and first steps to take toward a JD. They connected not only with law faculty and current students, but also with members of the local legal community. 2.18.16

"2to25" returned to Cincinnati Law. Almost fifty students had the opportunity to meet with a variety of attorneys practicing in small firms.  Nationally small firms account for almost one-third of entry level law firm jobs.  This event exposes students to the hiring practices and factors key to succeeding in this environment - from business development to office administration and everything in between. 2.18.16

Mr. Ricky Jackson, the longest-serving person to be exonerated in U.S. history, spoke for the STARS/McNair Scholars Program. Ricky discussed his incarceration, the work of the OIP and his life now as an exoneree. 2.19.16

Professor Suja Thomas, University of Illinois College of Law, recently spoke to the faculty about her new book, “The Missing American Jury; Restoring the Fundamental Constitutional Role of the Criminal, Civil, and Grand Juries” (forthcoming Cambridge 2016). 2.22.16

The Federalist Society presented "Free Speech Under Fire: Can the First Amendment Survive Today's Campuses?” This event featured guest presenters Azhar Majeed, Director, Individual Rights Education Program, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), and Cincinnati Law’s own Professor Ronna Schneider, an expert in constitutional law with a focus on the First Amendment. 2.23.16

Career Speed Chat: Bite-size learning meets career exploration.  Students took advantage of an opportunity to meet with local attorneys who practice labor and employment law in a variety of settings.  This was the ideal opportunity to learn about labor and employment law, while meeting members of the bar who work in solo, small and corporate environments as employee relations managers, compliance officers. 2.25.16

Mentoring Matters. Catalyst, an 8-week micro-mentoring program that folds students into the life of attorneys, kicked off with a bang. On February 26, 2016, ninety participants gathered to begin the program.  Attorneys will take students to a variety of professional activities, including, but not limited to, court appearances, in –house training sessions, networking and civic events.  No two experiences will be the same; each experience is a reflection of the attorney’s calendar and the student’s interests. 2.26.16

The Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice brought back to campus Ellen Eardley, Assistant Vice Provost and Title IX Administrator at the University of Missouri. Ellen spoke on "Navigating the Intersections: Title IX Enforcement Two Years After the U.S. Department of Education's Q & A on Sexual Violence." Two years ago, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights issued much needed guidance about educational institutions’ responsibilities to address sexual violence. She discussed progress in this important area and other related issues. 2.29.16