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Message from the Dean

As classes end, exams begin, and the hooding ceremony is almost upon us, I’ve been reflecting on how quickly my first year has gone by.  In reviewing the calendar I have been at over 100 events and have had the privilege of meeting so many wonderful people, ranging from newborn babies—Dan and Brittany Brown’s (Class of 2010) baby Maxwell to Martha A. Stimson, Class of ’43. Working with and getting to know our exceptional faculty has been wonderful.  They are all devoted teachers as well as highly talented and successful scholars.  The staff of the law school, who do not always get top billing, work tirelessly to make sure that things actually get done.

The success and recognition we have achieved this year all come from the hard work of the Cincinnati Law family.   It’s also been a pleasure getting to know the other Deans and administrators at the university.  To a person, they have been beyond collegial in looking for ways to partner with the law school.  Looking back, we have had substantial interactions with every college on campus.  Some involve renewing old ties like our dual degree with Social Work and others are entirely new collaborations like the Legal Certificate Program with Arts & Sciences and our interns from the Honors College.  

My message as we approach the summer is one of connection. For all the bar events, fund-raisers, reunions, law firm gatherings, and football games I’ve attended there are still many of you who I have not yet met.   It’s my hope over the next year to hear from or visit any friend of the law school who would like to share with me their experiences at the law school, their ideas for the future, or their questions about what we are doing and where we are going.

My vision is for Cincinnati Law to continue growing in strength and national recognition without losing any of our local connections or individual relationships with students.  There are many things we need to work harder at including diversifying our applicant pool and helping our students navigate what has become an increasingly long stretch of time between taking the bar exam and passing so they can start practicing law.  I would be particularly happy if anyone reading this would like to join us in these efforts or in any of the projects and activities you see on our ever-improving website.

My best wishes to everyone and warmest congratulations to our JD and master’s degree (LLM) students.

Very sincerely yours,
Jennifer S. Bard
Dean and Nippert Professor of Law