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Judge-In-Residence

The Judge-in-Residence program started in the early 1980's as a memorial in honor of U.C. Law alumnus, Smith Tyler, Jr., who was one of Cincinnati's leading trial lawyers. This tribute was the brainchild of U.S. District Judge Carl B. Rubin and attorney Lawrence A. Kane, Jr., who had been partners with Mr. Tyler in the law firm Tyler, Kane & Rubin. When Judge Rubin was elevated to the District Court by President Richard Nixon in 1970, Messrs. Tyler and Kane joined Dinsmore & Shohl, where both had highly public and colorful practices until their respective deaths.

At a time when law schools generally provided little opportunity for students to see litigation close up, Judge Rubin started by scheduling a short trial from his docket to be tried on campus, with the attorneys and judge available for dialogue with the students following the sessions. Over time, a number of well-known jurists and attorneys tried cases on campus, providing a unique litigation experience unlike the then-typical law school curriculum.

With the death of both Judge Rubin and Mr. Kane in the mid-1990's, the program became something of a tribute to all three former partners. As the College of Law developed more experiential opportunities, the program was modified. Now, renowned judges are invited to be in residence for several days, to attend classes and be available to students in a variety of settings. This program provides a unique access to the judiciary and to both the theoretical and practical aspects of judicial decision-making.

Judges

2014
Hon. Christine Durham 
Judge, Utah Supreme Court

2013
Hon. Gregory L. Frost
Judge, United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio

2012
Hon. Randall T. Shepard
Chief Justice, Indiana Supreme Court

2011
Hon. Wilhelmina M. Wright
Judge, Minnesota Court of Appeals

2010
Hon. Rosemary Barkett
Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

2009
Hon. Thomas B. Griffith
Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia

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2008
Hon. Shirley S. Abrahamson
Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Wisconsin

2007
Hon. R. Guy Cole Jr.
Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

2006
Hon. Jeffrey S. Sutton
Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

2005
Hon. Martha Craig Daughtrey
Senior Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

1997
Hon. Walter H. Rice
Chief Justice, United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

1996
Hon. Michael R. Merz
Magistrate Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

1995
Hon. Sandra S. Beckwith
Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

1993
Hon. George C. Smith
Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

1992
Hon. William O. Bertelsman
Chief Judge, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky

1991
Hon. S. Arthur Spiegel
Judge, United States Court for the Southern District of Ohio

1990
Hon. James L. Graham
Judge, United States Court for the Southern District of Ohio

1989
Hon. Norman W. Black
Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas

1988
Hon. Herman J. Weber
Judge, United States Court for the Southern District of Ohio

1987
Hon. Hubert L. Will
Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

1986
Hon. Carl B. Rubin
Judge, United States Court for the Southern District of Ohio

1985
Hon. S. Arthur Spiegel
Judge, United States Court for the Southern District of Ohio

1984
Hon. Gilbert Bettman
Judge, Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas

1983
Hon. Carl B. Rubin
Judge, United States Court for the Southern District of Ohio