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Cincinnati Law Professor Takes on Legal Reform


Cincinnati Law’s Professor Betsy Lenhart has been appointed to the Ohio Commission on the Rules of Practice and Procedure. The Supreme Court of Ohio voted in favor of her appointment on October 6, 2017. As a part of this Commission, Lenhart will play an active role in enacting comprehensive changes to Ohio’s discovery rules.

Cincinnati, OH—This past August, Justice Patrick F. Fischer of the Supreme Court of Ohio contacted Professor Betsy Lenhart about serving on the Ohio Commission on the Rules of Practice and Procedure. On Friday, October 6, the Ohio Supreme Court voted in favor of her appointment.

The Commission’s 2018 agenda will be intensive. It will set out to make comprehensive changes to Ohio’s discovery rules, which will mirror amendments made to the analogous Federal Rules in 2015.

Lenhart is well equipped for this challenge. She practiced law for law firm Frost Brown Todd LLC from 2004 to 2009. Her work there gave her experience in many types of business litigation, ranging from antitrust suits to class action litigation. Lenhart’s expertise is further bolstered by her experience teaching at Cincinnati Law, where she has received numerous awards and grants, including the Goldman Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

Lenhart considers the appointment to be a great honor, and she is enthusiastic about beginning work for the Commission as it takes on its rigorous agenda.

About Professor Lenhart
Elizabeth “Betsy” Lenhart specializes in legal research and writing, drawing on a wealth of professional experience as she teaches JD candidates at the College of Law. Her years of study were long and varied. She earned a BA from Miami University in ‘87, double-majoring in History and Political Science. She then earned a master’s degree in ’93 and pursued doctoral studies at Indiana University, where her work focused on Colonial Latin American History. In 2004, she earned her JD from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

After graduating, Lenhart practiced law for Frost Brown Todd LLC. As a member of the firm’s Complex Litigation Practice group, she handled antitrust and many other types of cases in federal courts, Ohio courts, and several other state courts. Lenhart also served on the firm’s recruiting committee and was a member of the women’s initiative steering committee, among other activities. She was named an Ohio Super Lawyer in 2009. Later that year, Lenhart became an Associate Professor of Practice at the College of Law.