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A Semester Review (... and a Sneak Peek at 2018!)


Fall @ Cincinnati Law (A Recap)

Fall 2017 at Cincinnati Law was full of interesting programming designed for professional growth; great opportunities for networking with the local legal community; and fun events that brought together students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends.

Here’s a brief snapshot:

The academic year kicked off with Welcome Week for our LLM students. It was followed by Week 1, the first week of law school for first-year students.  In addition to introducing students to the rigors of law school, getting the layout of the law building, and meeting professors, it was also a great time for fun and games – courtesy of the SBA Cookout.  8.7.17-8.18.17

The LLM Program at the law school hosted Dr.  Ildiko Szegedy-Maszak, affiliated with Universidad Pontificia Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia University, for the lecture “International Trade: Why a Balanced World Trade Regulation is Imperative for the Well Being of All.”  Her lecture addressed the question of why rigid protectionism is not the answer for world trade created local problems. 8.17.17.

The UC Law Alumni Association hosted its summer social at Rhinehaus OTR, bringing together local Bearcats for an evening of fun and networking. 8.24.17.

And, the first month of school ended with the annual SBA Day of Service, an opportunity for the law school to utilize its strength in numbers and give back to the community by volunteering at locations around the city. Students, faculty, staff and local attorneys all participated in this event. 8.26.17.

Our student organizations hosted informative programs for the law student body. The Criminal Law Society hosted Professor Brian Howe'10 for a coffee corner event.  The Republican Law Students organization hosted “Meet the Judges,” a non-partisan panel discussion that included members of the local and state judiciary: Justice R. Patrick DeWine, Supreme Court of Ohio;  Hon. Beth A. Myers, Ohio Court of Appeals, First District; Hon. Leslie E. Ghiz, Hamilton County Common Pleas Court; Hon. Curt C. Hartman,  Hamilton County Common Pleas Court; Hon. Lisa C. Allen, Hamilton County Common Pleas Court; Hon. Jackie Ginocchio, Hamilton County Municipal Court; and the Hon. Curt Kissinger, , Hamilton County Municipal Court.

Professor Kenyatta Hurd was the featured guest for the Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice Coffee Corner. UC Law Women led an event featuring the women professors at the law school to discuss the issues women face in the legal community. 9.06.17

Throughout the semester, the Cincinnati Project on Law and Business brought informative speakers to the school, including Prof. Lawrence Glosten from Columbia Business School; Professor Ian Ayres, Yale Law School; Professor Quinetta Roberson, Villanova University School of Business, to name a few.

The Constitution Day lecture featured Hon. Martha Craig Daughtrey, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. In her lecture, “The Increasing Significance of an Independent Judiciary,” she delved into the threats to judicial independence, from state judiciaries to even the federal courts. 9.18.17

Then, the College of Law, the Department of German Studies, and the European Studies Program hosted Dean Stefan Storr, University of Graz law faculty in Austria, for a week-long event, which included a lecture “National Identities in the EU as a Challenge for EU Law and National Constitutional Law.”  9.19.17

Responding to the events of the day, the Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice began a year-long series “Hard (But Urgent) Conversations,” examining various aspects of racial injustice and looking at ways the law community can play a role in addressing and impacting these issues. Their first program, “After Charlottesville…” was the first in the series. 9.28.17

The 2nd Annual Bearcat Dash & Bash brought over 1800 walkers and runners to campus, raising funds for the OIP and for UC’s Athletics Department. 10.01.17

Judges Beth Myers, Judge Marilyn Zayas and Judge Charles Miller from the Ohio First District Court of Appeals heard arguments at the law school and led discussions about the cases afterward. 10.02.17

Paul Taylor, Chief Counsel, Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, House of Representatives, presented the lecture “Federal Tort Reform: Policy, Law and Practice” as the 2017 Schwartz Lecturer. He delved into the federal tort reform’s role in our representative republic within a separation of powers system. He then discussed the legal framework that governs federal tort reform, and concluded with a discussion of the nuts and bolts of modern federal tort reform, including legislative responses to threats such as terrorism, pandemics and cyber-attacks. 10.17.17

Each fall the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic (ECDC) hosts the “Free Legal Advice to Better Your Business” Clinic in collaboration with Duke Energy Law Department. This semester was no different. Many local small business owners and entrepreneurs had the opportunity to meet with attorneys to discuss everything from contracts to trademarks/copyrights. 10.26.17

The Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights hosted the “Sir Nigel Rodley Human Rights Conference,” focusing on the contributions of the late Sir Nigel Rodley to human rights and his areas of concern, as well as the challenges currently facing the international human rights community. Leading human rights advocates came to pay tribute. 10.28.17-10.29.17

UC Law Women hosted the first “Trunk or Treat” event for over 400 children in the local community. With bags of candy, great costumes, cool music, fun was had by all. 10.28.17

University of Cincinnati President Neville Pinto visited the law school, sharing his strategic vision of the university and learning about the law school. 10.30.17

The law school hosted the program and panel discussion “Moving Beyond DACA and DAPA: What’s Possible for DREAMers Now?”.  The event was moderated by Professor Yolanda Vazquez and included DACA recipients, UC representatives and attorneys from the Immigrant and Refugee Law Center. Here are a few pictures from the event11.01.17

The UC Law Alumni Association CLE and Annual Meeting brought together local attorneys for a day of ClE events. Topics included Ethics and Professionalism in Appellate Practice; Important Recent Cases from the Supreme Court of Ohio; What You Don’t Know about Criminal Law can Hurt You – and Your Clients; and Race, Class & Reform in the Carceral State. 11.03.17

Cincinnati Law hosted the first Celebration: ReConnect. ReImagine. ReIgnite event. This daylong lecture series and gala featured great speakers, great music, amazing food and lots of memories. With sold-out events in the morning and a jammin’ party atmosphere in the evening Cincinnati Law was “the place” to be that weekend.  Guest speakers included Kathy Woeber Gardner, Sally Young, Chris Chapman, Billy Martin, and Aftab Pureval. The Exoneree Band, a group of musicians from around the country who were wrongfully convicted for a combined 100 years, were featured during the evening program. One band member, Ray Towler, was freed through the work of our own Ohio Innocence Project. Here are pictures from the event: Celebration 1  and Celebration 2. Plans are in the works to host the 2018 event. Stay tuned! 11.04.17

Professor Jacob Cogan, Judge Joseph P. Kinneary Professor of Law, gave the Harold C. Schott Lecture. His topic was “Money, International Organizations, and the Turn Away from Collective Decision-Making”.   He discussed how international organizations are financed and, in particular, showed how contemporary means of financing have turned multilateral institutions into unilateralist ones. 11.15.17

Cincinnati Law’s student organizations ended the year with incredible programming that touched on “School Prayer and Other Mysteries of the Religion Clause” (ACS), Campus Speech: Can the First Amendment Tolerate Hate? (Federalist Society), Trump and Civil Liberties, and a movie screening of “Amreeka” (Muslim Law Students and ACS).

Finally, the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center hosted a program on Solitary Confinement and the Death Penalty. 11.27.17


Looking Ahead to Spring 2018

Exciting programs are in the works for spring 2018. Here’s a sneak peek:

Speech and Equality (A Discussion). Among our most prized constitutional values are those of free speech and equality. A panel of experts will discuss what the constitution requires, how to resolve apparent conflicts between these values, and the significance of each to democracy.

This event features the following: Professor Omotayo Banjo, PhD., UC College of Arts & Sciences; Professor Eric Jenkins, Ph.D., UC College of Arts & Sciences; Professor John Paul Wright, Ph.D., CECH; and Professor Ronna Schneider, UC College of Law. The panel discussion will be led by Interim Dean Verna Williams.

Date/Time: January 22, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.                           Location: TUC Cinema.


Blind Injustice Book Signing Event. Professor Mark Godsey, Director of the OIP, will host a book signing event.

Date/Time: January 20, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.                           Location: Joseph Beth (Madison Rd.)

Movie Screening: Women in the Profession: Balancing the Scales

Date/Time:  February 15, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.                        Location: UC Law


Center for Practice CLE event (CLE 2.5 applied for)

Additional information coming soon.

Date: February 16, 2018                                             Location: UC Law 

Judge in Residence Lecture.  The Hon. Shira Scheindlin, former US District Court Judge will present “Race & Policing in the 21st Century: A Difficult Relationship”. She will trace the history of the relationship between law enforcement and race from the Civil War to the present.  (CLE)

Date/Time:  February 27, 2018 at 12:15 p.m.                      Location: Rm. 114, UC Law 

YWCA Racial Justice Breakfast. The annual key note address will be livestreamed at the College of Law. Speaker will be Fania Davis, co-founder and executive director, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth.

Date/Time: March 28, 2018 at 8:00 a.m.                              Location: Rm. 118, UC Law

Professor Osagie Obasogie will present "A Fear of Too Much Justice: Revisiting McCleskey v. Kemp After 30 Years” as the Robert S. Marx lecturer. Professor Obasogie is the Hass Distinguished Chair and Professor of Bioethics, University of California, Berkeley, in the Joint Medical Program and School of Public Health.  (CLE)

Date/Time: April 12, 2018 at 12:15 p.m.                             Location: Rm. 114, UC Law

The College will convene an interdisciplinary conference on the challenges to racial equality faced by Europe and the United States. “Transatlantic Approaches to Racial Equality:” Convergences & Divergences” will explore critical race theory and racial formation; intersectionality, civil society, and social movements; representation and media; and remedies, government enforcement, and private litigation. Keynote speaker will be Professor Cheryl Harris, UCLA School of Law. This event is sponsored by the Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice, the European student Program, and the German Studies Department.

Dates: April 12-13, 2018                                           Location: UC Law