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UC Law Celebrates Historic Anniversary

Cincinnati, Ohio

The University of Cincinnati College of Law has been ranked #10 on the Top 50 list of “Where Public Interest Lawyers Go To Law School” in a recent article by The National Jurist magazine. The law school is featured in the article “Debt Salvation” in the magazine’s March 2008 issue; notably, the College of Law is the highest ranked Ohio law school.

According to information provided by the American Bar Association, 11.2% of College of Law students start their legal careers as public interest attorneys; and, an additional 11% go into public service work with local, state and federal agencies.

The name John Grisham rings a bell with anyone who reads books, particularly thrillers, or goes to the movies. But how about Timothy Walker, Edward King or Judge John C. Wright? Can’t place them?

That’s o.k. Walker, King and Wright – collectively, the founders of the College of Law in 1833 – will be joined by Grisham in the annals of the college’s history on Friday, January 25, 2008 when the college celebrates its 175th Anniversary.

All are invited to join in the January 25th gala affair at the Hyatt Regency Downtown that will bring together alumni and friends of the college from across town, across the country, and around the world.

Keynote Speaker John Grisham

John Grisham, an attorney and the author of 21 books—including the forthcoming The Appeal—will be the keynote speaker at the gala event. An acclaimed author with over 25 million books in print worldwide, his list of publications includes A Time to Kill; The Firm; The Rainmaker; The Partner, among many others. Mr. Grisham is coming to the law school because, in writing his only non-fiction book, The Innocent Man, he became aware of programs like the law school’s Ohio Innocence Project, which seeks the exoneration of wrongfully convicted persons. He has worked to establish the Mississippi Innocence Project and has supported similar projects in law schools across the country.

The College of Law

Founded in 1833, the College of Law has the distinction of being the first law school west of the Alleghenies. From its beginnings 175 years ago in a room above Timothy Walker’s law offices to its home today in Clifton, the College of Law has often been on the leading edge of legal education. The college has over 5100 living alums; about half of them practice in the Greater Cincinnati area.