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Louis D. Bilionis

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Louis D. Bilionis

Dean and Nippert Professor of Law


Education

AB, University of North Carolina
JD, Harvard Law School

Dean Bilionis was appointed Dean of the University of Cincinnati College of Law and Nippert Professor of Law in 2005. He is a nationally recognized scholar in the areas of constitutional law and criminal law and procedure, with his work published in leading law journals such as the Michigan Law Review, Texas Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, University of California-Los Angeles Law Review, Emory Law Journal, North Carolina Law Review, and Law and Contemporary Problems. He has taught constitutional law, criminal law, criminal procedure, and evidence, as well as seminars on capital punishment, constitutional law and theory, criminal law and procedure, and sentencing.

Prior to assuming the deanship, Dean Bilionis was on the law faculty at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, focusing his research and teaching on diverse issues in constitutional law and criminal law, including the transformation of judicial review in the Supreme Court, the Constitution's relationship to substantive criminal law, the Eighth Amendment and capital punishment, and state constitutional law. In 1999, he was appointed the UNC's first Samuel Ashe Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law.

Before joining academia, Dean Bilionis was in private practice with the firm of Ropes & Gray in Boston, representing major national and multinational corporations in litigation. His interest in constitutional law and commitment to the cause of equal justice led Dean Bilionis back to North Carolina, where he served for several years in the Office of the Appellate Defender as an assistant appellate defender representing indigent criminal defendants, with an emphasis on capital punishment appeals.

Dean Bilionis graduated from Harvard Law School magna cum laude in 1982, serving on the Board of Student Advisors. Upon graduation from law school, he clerked for the Honorable Francis D. Murnaghan, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He was a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he was elected Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Tar Heel and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a double major in Economics and English.

Publications

Books

    • Problems in Evidence (4th ed., West Group 2000) (with Kenneth S. Broun and Robert P. Mosteller) (with accompanying Teacher's Manual)

Book Chapters

    • Inadequacy of Counsel and Legal Process, published remarks in Unjust in the Much: The Death Penalty in North Carolina (Calvin Kytle & Daniel H. Pollitt, eds., Chestnut Tree, 1999)
    • The Warren Court and State Constitutional Law in The Warren Court: A Retrospective (Bernard Schwartz, ed., Oxford 1996) (with James G. Exum, Jr.)

Articles, Essays & Book Reviews

Presentations

  • Innocence and Guilt in Our Judicial System: What Is Justice?, Adath Israel Congregation Critical Issues Forum, Adath Israel Congregation Synagogue, Cincinnati, OH, October 26, 2009 (moderator)
  • The Supreme Court and the Constitution: How to Watch and What to Watch for, Harvard Club of Cincinnati and Harvard Law School Association of Cincinnati, University Club, Cincinnati, OH, October 13, 2009 (luncheon lecture)
  • Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption, Cincinnati Museum Center, University of Cincinnati College of Law, and YWCA of Greater Cincinnati, Union Terminal, Cincinnati, OH, September 17, 2009 (welcome, introduction, and moderator)
  • Health Insurance Reform – What’s In It For You?, Public Forum on Health Insurance Reform with Sen. Sherrod Brown, Tangeman University Center, Cincinnati, OH, September 1, 2009 (welcome, introduction, and moderator)
  • Diversity and the Law, University of Cincinnati College of Law, Cincinnati, OH (August 19, 2009) (panel moderator)
  • Inaugural University of Cincinnati Diversity Conference, Tangeman University Center, Cincinnati, OH, April 15, 2009 (welcome and introduction)
  • Religion and Politics: The Role of Religious Leaders, Adath Israel Congregation Critical Issues Forum, Adath Israel Congregation Synagogue, Cincinnati, OH, October 27, 2008 (moderator)
  • The Presidency and the Federal Courts: Historical Reflections, panel at “The Presidency and the Courts,” The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies (Cincinnati Lawyers Chapter) and Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs at Ashland University, Cincinnati, OH, October 6, 2008 (panel presentation)
  • Diversity and the Law, University of Cincinnati College of Law, Cincinnati, OH (August 20, 2008) (panel moderator)
  • Violence in Our Community: Causes, Consciousness and Courses of Action, Adath Israel Congregation Critical Issues Forum, Adath Israel Congregation Synagogue, Cincinnati, OH (May 14, 2008) (moderator)
  • Ethical Ramifications of Conflicts of Interest, panel at "Ethics, Professionalism, and Substance Abuse: Conflicts of Interest" seminar, Dinsmore & Shohl, Cincinnati, OH (December 7, 2007)
  • First Amendment Freedom of Association Protection for Fraternities and Sororities, 11th National Fraternal Law Conference, Cincinnati, OH (November 17, 2007)
  • Diversity and the Law, University of Cincinnati College of Law, Cincinnati, OH (August 15, 2007) (panel moderator)
  • ABA New Deans Seminar, Omni Interlocken, Broomfield, Colorado (May 29, 2007)
  • Glenn M. Weaver Institute of Law and Psychiatry, Law, Ethics, Psychiatry and the Human Genome,; UC College of Law, Werner Recital Hall (April 19, 2007) (welcome, introduction, and moderator)
  • Five Leading Developments in Contemporary American Constitutional Law Scholarship, lecture, School of Law, Shandong University, Jinan, China (March 7, 2007)
  • The Separation of Powers and the Expansion of Presidential Power in the Global War on Terrorism, presentation, ACLU of Ohio, Cincinnati, Ohio (September 26, 2006)
  • Healthcare Roundtable, cosponsored by Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Harris K. Weston Institution for Law and Public Policy of the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati, Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati, Health Policy Institute of Ohio, United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights, Cincinnati, OH (June 9, 2006) (program moderator and facilitator)
  • Commencement Address, Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers, Cincinnati, OH (May 17, 2006)
  • Admission to the Bar Ceremony, Ohio Supreme Court, The Ohio Theater, Columbus, OH (May 8, 2006) (address)
  • Conversations on the Constitution, Cincinnati Bar Association Community Service Committee 2006 Law Day program, Cincinnati, OH (May 2, 2006) (moderator)
  • The Reformation of American Constitutional Law, presentation at Harvard Law School Association of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH (November 17, 2005)
  • The Supreme Court and the Constitution: Recent Cases and Developments, presentation at University of Cincinnati Law Alumni Association Fall 2005 CLE Opportunities, Cincinnati, OH (October 28, 2005)
  • The U.S. Supreme Court: A Faculty Conversation for Constitution Day, UC College of Law, Cincinnati, OH (September 22, 2005) (moderator)
  • Federal Bar Association, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Chapter (Annual Meeting), Cincinnati, OH (September 14, 2005) (address)
  • University of Cincinnati College of Law, Cincinnati, OH (June 28, 2005) (address upon appointment)
    • University of Cincinnati Just Community Award (2008)
    • Leadership Cincinnati (Leadership Class XXX) (2006-07)