Joseph P. Tomain

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Dean Emeritus and Wilbert and Helen Ziegler Professor of Law, College of Law

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Joseph P. Tomain is Dean Emeritus and the Wilbert and Helen Ziegler Professor of Law. A highly respected professor and scholar, his teaching and research interests focus in the areas of energy law, land use, regulatory policy, and contracts. Before returning to the faculty in 2004, he had previously served the College of Law as Dean for 15 years.
Dean Tomain has written extensively in the energy law field. His energy-related publications include: Energy Law in the United States of America (Kluwer 2015), Energy Law and Policy (2014), Clean Power Energy Politics: The Democratization of Energy(forthcoming), Ending Dirty Energy Policy: Prelude to Climate Change (2011), Energy Law in a Nutshell ((2ned ed. 2011), Regulatory Law and Policy (3rd ed.2003), and Nuclear Power Transformation, among others. Dean Tomain also has published books entitled Achieving Democracy: The Future of Progressive Regulation (2014) and Creon’s Ghost: Law, Justice and the Humanities (2009).
In addition to his teaching and scholarship, Dean Tomain serves on a number of professional and civic organizations. He is Chair Emeritus of the Board of the KnowledgeWorks Foundation and Chair of Knowledge Works Inc. He also serves on the Boards of the Ohio Justice and Policy Center, and the Center for Chemical Addictions Treatment. He has been actively involved with the ABA Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, as well as other state and local bar associations. Dean Tomain is a Life Member of the American Law Institute and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
In his years in academia, Dean Tomain also has held positions as Visiting Environmental Scholar, Lewis & Clark Law School; Distinguished Visiting Energy Professor, Vermont Law School; Visiting Scholar in the Program of Liberal Studies, University of Notre Dame; Visiting Fellow, Harris Manchester College, Oxford University; Fulbright Senior Specialist in law in Cambodia; and National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Fellow, Stanford University.
Before beginning his academic career, Dean Tomain practiced general litigation in New Jersey. He received his J.D. from George Washington University and his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.

BA, University of Notre Dame

JD, The George Washington University

Research Support

Grant: #OSP 98127 Investigators:Tomain, Joseph 08-26-1997 -09-30-1999 Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce Foundation Models for Improving the Quality of Life and Economic Vitality of Greater Cincinnati Role:PI $127,000.00 Closed Level:Private Non-Profit

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