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2014 Goldman Prize for Excellence in Teaching Awarded to Professors Bettman, Chang, and Lenhart


The Goldman Prize for Excellence in Teaching is a high honor for faculty members, a point of great pride for those fortunate enough to receive it, and an important expression of our commitment to the best in teaching.

Congratulations to the three recipients of this year's prize  – Professors Marianna Brown Bettman, Felix Chang, and Elizabeth (Betsy) Lenhart.

 

Marianna Brown Bettman, Professor of Law

Everyone knows that Professor Bettman’s first year Torts class was not the class for which one wanted to be unprepared, ever. In fact, second and third year students stressed one should avoid that at all costs. With that in mind, most incoming 1Ls expected this professor to be akin to a fire-breathing dragon. Nothing could have been further from the truth. Standing at the front of the classroom – well it could not possibly be the woman who had intimidated at least two generations of law students!

It did not take long for the class to catch on; the reasons for her reputation seemed quite clear.  Her years as an appellate judge carried over into her career as an educator.  Come prepared, counselor, or consequences would ensue.  She was tough and set incredibly high expectations, but more importantly, she struck such a chord with students that they wanted to meet those expectations.  What everyone learned, as had the classes before, was that she set the bar high but was also dedicated to making sure all could all reach it.  She is always prepared to answer questions or to explain a concept in a different way.

Teaching 1Ls is not necessarily the most coveted job, but it is one that Professor Bettman carries off with grace and aplomb. Everyone fortunate enough to take her class departs the College of Law well-versed in the subject of torts.  However, her impact goes far beyond that. The challenge she set served a more important purpose for the first year class: it served to teach them beyond all doubt that law school is a journey they are ready to face.

The College of Law is honored to have a woman who is so dedicated and invested in her students’ futures as a member of the faculty.

Link to Profile Page of Professor Marianna Brown Bettman

 

Felix Chang, Assistant Professor of Law and Director, Institute for the Global Practice of Law

                    “Fundamentals, fundamentals, fundamentals. 

                  You’ve got to get the fundamentals down because

                     otherwise, the fancy stuff isn’t going to work.”

                                             – Randy Pausch, “The Last Lecture”

The fundamentals of law (critical thinking, analytical reasoning, captivating arguing, and effective debunking) are the most basic – but important – tools with which law schools can equip students. Successful professors are able to instill these qualities in their students, ensuring they are transferable across the curriculum and in to practice. Professor Felix Chang is precisely such a professor.

Professor Chang has distinguished himself in the classroom by engaging students in discussion and challenging their critical analysis on a variety of topics ranging from torts, corporations, agency, partnerships, international business transactions, as well as wills, trusts, and future interests. Any student that has had or interacted with Professor Chang would attest to the command he possesses over the subjects that he teaches.  His ability to break down complex legal issues into understandable, workable, and manageable problems is difficult to match.  Professor Chang’s understanding and command of his subject matter is crystal clear in the real-life problems that he poses to students and the application of his teaching methods to extract reasonable, applicable, and material responses from them.  He takes his time to allow students to work through issues, and provides insight, feedback, and advice on problem-solving methods during the process.  As one student accurately reflected, “Professor Chang explains concepts well, has an interest in making sure the students understand the material, and his insight about how laws play out in real-life settings is compelling.”

Professor Chang also brings a light-hearted nature to his courses.  His jokes, wry humor, and quotable movie moments make him more approachable to students.  His attitude toward students directly reflects his desire to see them succeed.

In addition to Professor Chang’s exceptional work in the classroom and his extensive scholarship on financial reform, antitrust, and derivatives, he is the director of the Institute for the Global Practice of Law (IGPL), which seeks to increase the understanding of international law and business transactions, as well as facilitate relationships among leaders in the global legal and business communities.  Such a program allows international individuals to connect with U.S. lawyers and the Cincinnati community. It also offers students (particularly LL.M students) and attorneys an opportunity to build professional ties in this area of law.  IGPL’s innovative initiatives, headed by Professor Chang, work to create ties in the business law community across the world.

Professor Chang’s dedication to his work in and out of the classroom, his focus on instilling the fundamentals of good lawyering to his students, as well as his passionate investment into the lives of his students’ futures serves as a demonstration to his excellence in teaching.  The College of Law is honored to have such a dedicated and hard-working professor.  It is a pleasure to honor Professor Chang with the 2014 Goldman Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

Link to Profile Page of Professor Felix Chang

 

 

Elizabeth (Betsy) Lenhart, Associate Professor of Law

Professor Betsy Lenhart is an engaging professor who truly wants to see her students succeed. She is not only an exemplary professor in the classroom, but also a great mentor, advisor, and confidant outside the classroom. While talking about her, one student shared, “I want her to win all of the awards.” – a sentiment with which many students would agree.

She often combines legal theories with real world applications, striving not only to teach the required material, but to guarantee that her students will become successful attorneys. For example, in her Legal Research and Writing class, instead of merely lecturing to her students about professionalism, Professor Lenhart used actual examples of an email chain between a prospective employer and a 3L seeking employment as an example of what not to do. She combines her skills as an educator with her impressive practical experience to shape and mold aspiring attorneys.

Teaching classes that are traditionally dominated by 1Ls, such as Legal Research and Writing, Advocacy, and Civil Procedure, Professor Lenhart has created a comfortable classroom environment that makes the daunting transition into law school a little less scary. Her students, past and present, frequently describe her as intelligent, engaging, and enjoyable. It is her approachable and warm demeanor that makes her students feel comfortable asking questions both during class and outside of it.

Not only is she an exceptional professor because of her in-classroom teaching abilities, but Professor Lenhart also spends a considerable amount of time making herself available to students outside of class. Her door is always open and she is always available and willing to talk about issues with classes or to give life advice in general. One student shared that when she felt overwhelmed by law school, she went to Professor Lenhart to talk things through. It is because of her calming presence that many students feel this way and often go to her with questions, even after they are no longer in her classes.

Professor Lenhart continually demonstrates her commitment to the education of her students, as well as their personal and professional development. It is because of these qualities that she represents excellence as a professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Link to Profile Page of Professor Elizabeth Lenhart

 

About the Goldman Prize for Teaching Excellence

The Goldman Prize has been awarded for over 30 years to recognize excellence in teaching. This award is unique because students nominate and choose the recipients—their professors. To make this decision, the committee also considers the professors’ research and public service as they contribute to superior performance in the classroom.

Pete Manso '82 named to BioFlorida Board of Directors


West Palm Beach, March 28, 2014 – Pete Manso ('82), a partner in Edwards Wildman’s Intellectual Property group and a veteran of technology-related law, has been named to the board of directors of BioFlorida, a statewide trade association for the bioscience industry.

As a board member, Manso will work to promote continued strong growth of the state’s bioscience, pharmaceutical and medical device industries via a series of networking events and educational programs.

Manso brings broad experience to the BioFlorida board.  He’s nationally recognized as a thought-leader in the pharmaceutical industry and a lifecycle management (“LCM”) and Hatch-Waxman/Orange Book specialist. Manso currently serves as intellectual property counsel to a number of leading domestic and foreign pharmaceutical companies. In addition, his patent strategy and litigation experience across life sciences technologies has earned accolades for savvy management of the intellectual property life cycle and creating significant value for new and aging pharmaceutical assets.

Manso has developed LCM strategies for Rx and OTC drugs that have earned in excess of $2 billion annually in gross sales in the U.S. alone.  During the course of his career, Manso has analyzed and/or created LCM strategies for well over 150 pharmaceutical assets in the oral, topical, rectal and injectable fields.

A former pharmacist, Manso received his undergraduate degree at Florida State University, his pharmaceutical degree at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, and his law degree at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

About Edwards Wildman

Edwards Wildman is a full-service, international law firm with 600 lawyers in the US, Europe and Asia. We have market-leading capabilities in private equity and venture capital, complex litigation, insurance and reinsurance, IP and technology, and corporate and public finance. We have more than a century of experience as business-minded legal counsel. We share our clients'

entrepreneurial spirit and understand their industries, and we succeed because we add value to our clients’ business. We have offices in Boston, Chicago, Hartford, Hong Kong, Istanbul, London, Los Angeles, Morristown (NJ), Miami, New York, Orange County, Providence, Stamford, Tokyo, Washington, DC, and West Palm Beach.

About BioFlorida

BioFlorida is the statewide trade association for the bioscience industry, providing companies with the necessary resources to succeed, and a strong marketing presence both locally and internationally. The organization serves its membership by providing a network to exchange information and discuss issues related to the field. Regional and statewide industry-specific programs, educational forums, as well as a variety of networking opportunities address important and timely issues.

University of Cincinnati's Office of General Counsel welcomes back Karen Kovach '92 as Deputy General


University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, March 14: The Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel is pleased to announce that Karen Kovach has been appointed as Deputy General Counsel of the University of Cincinnati's Office of General Counsel. Kovach's appointment becomes effective on April 7, 2014. This appointment marks a homecoming for Kovach, who received her bachelor's degree in education from the University of Cincinnati, as well as her juris doctor from the University of Cincinnati Law School.

Kovach will be responsible for managing the daily operations of the Office of General Counsel and overseeing outside counsel. In addition, Kovach will serve as principal liaison between the University and Office of General Counsel and numerous other state and federal agencies.

Since 2010, Kovach has been General Counsel and Secretary of PNG Telecommunications, Inc., a telecommunications and technology company that is a global provider of communications solutions located in Cincinnati, Ohio. As General Counsel, Ms. Kovach is a member of the executive management team and manages all legal affairs for PNG. Previously, Ms. Kovach served as Associate General Counsel to PNG for 7 years where she handled a wide variety of legal issues including the negotiation and drafting of complex commercial contracts and IP licenses. As well, she managed the legal staff responsible for handling the legal affairs of the various business units. Prior to her position as Associate General Counsel, she held the position of Magistrate in the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas in Cincinnati, Ohio for 9 years where she conducted adjudicatory and dispositional trials and hearings and was part of a team that designed and implemented the Dependency Mediation and Drug Court programs.  She was previously an attorney in the law firm of Conway & Hall in Dayton, Ohio.

Kovach brings over 20 years of legal experience in both the public and private sector where she worked proactively and collaboratively with people from all walks of life. We look forward to Kovach bringing these skills to University of Cincinnati to help continue the transformation taking place and all the expertise she will bring to the Office of General Counsel. The University of Cincinnati community is pleased to welcome her back.

Alum takes position as Executive Vice President of External Affairs at Corinthian College


SANTA ANA, Calif., March 3, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Corinthian Colleges, Inc. (Nasdaq:COCO) announced today that Anthony Guida Jr. will join the company as executive vice president of external affairs effective February 20. Guida, 52, will be responsible for initiatives related to public policy, government affairs and regulatory compliance.

Guida will report to Jack Massimino, Corinthian’s chairman and chief executive officer.

“With his extensive experience in government affairs and public policy, and in-depth knowledge of post-secondary education, Tony will effectively represent the interests of Corinthian’s students and schools,” Massimino said.

Guida is a 15-year veteran of the proprietary education sector. Prior to joining Corinthian, Guida served as senior vice president, external affairs, for Education Management Corporation (Nasdaq: EDMC), one of the largest providers of post-secondary education in North America. He previously served as chief financial officer and general counsel of the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute, a Pittsburgh-based culinary school.

Guida began his career as a lawyer. He was a partner at Pittsburgh-based Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney, where he practiced for more than a decade. He earned his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law and a B.S., magna cum laude, from the University of Dayton.

About Corinthian

Corinthian is one of the largest post-secondary education companies in North America. Our mission is to change students’ lives. We offer diploma and degree programs that prepare students for careers in demand or for advancement in their chosen fields. Our program areas include health care, business, criminal justice, transportation technology and maintenance, construction trades and information technology. We have 107 Everest, Heald and WyoTech campuses, and also offer degrees online. For more information, go to the official website.

5 Alums named Leaders in the field by the Chambers U.S.A.


Chambers USA has recognized KMK Law for its Corporate/M&A, Commercial Litigation and Bankruptcy/Restructuring Practices and 13 KMK Law attorneys as leaders in their fields.

University of Cincinnati College of Law is proud to have 5 of these 13 lawyers as its alums. 

 

James E. Burke, who graduated in 1978 was acknowledged as the leader in General Litigation.

 

 

Robert Coletti

 

Robert E. Coletti, who graduated in 1982 was acknowledged as the leader in Corporate / Mergers & Acquisitions.

 

 

Gary Kreider

 

Gary P. Kreider, who graduated in 1964 was acknowledged as the leader in Corporate / Mergers & Acquisitions.

 

 

Kenneth Kreider

 

Kenneth P. Kreider, who graduated in 1989 was acknowledged as the leader in Real Estate.

 



Michael Scheier

 

Michael L. Scheier, who graduated in 1991 was acknowledged as the leader in General Commercial Litigation.

 

Read the official news release here.

Tom Donnelly '85 named "Athletic Director of the Year" for Southwest Ohio


Thomas Christian Donnelly graduated with a JD degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1985.   

Tom has just been named “Athletic Director of the Year” for all of Southwest Ohio(nearly 200 high schools) for his work at Cincinnati Public’s Walnut Hills High School (founded in 1895). He will be formally honored this spring. When he first came to Walnut, the school had not won a football game in years. Tom changed all that in his very first season. But that was just the beginning.  He has also added numerous new sports and brought excellence to all of them. To find out more, check out: http://www.walnuthillseagles.com/athletics/.  

Walnut Hills High School (7th-12th grades) now, thanks to Tom, has more than 90 teams, for both boys and girls, for every grade level, and throughout all seasons.

Walnut Hills is one of the best schools academically in the country. (It’s the only gold star school in the entire state of Ohio). The 2,400 member student body is culturally and ethnically diverse, with students attending from every urban neighborhood in Cincinnati. 87% of the graduates enter college with advanced standing, and students score especially well on the Ohio Tests of Scholastic Achievement. All students pass all parts of the Ohio Proficiency Test, 100% on the first sitting, and Walnut Hills places first in the state on the test. Upon graduation, Walnut Hills High School students are accepted by the finest universities and colleges throughout America. 

Now, thanks to Tom, WHHS is as good athletically as it is academically. Graduates often get athletic as well as academic scholarships. Also, thanks to Tom, a larger than ever number of students participate in athletics.

In short, Tom embodies the school’s motto:

SURSUM AD SUMMUM (“Rise to the Highest).”  

Tom Donnelly '85 named "Athletic Director of the Year" for Southwest Ohio


Thomas Christian Donnelly graduated with a JD degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1985.   

Tom has just been named “Athletic Director of the Year” for all of Southwest Ohio(nearly 200 high schools) for his work at Cincinnati Public’s Walnut Hills High School (founded in 1895).  He will be formally honored this spring.  When he first came to Walnut, the school had not won a football game in years.  Tom changed all that in his very first season.  But that was just the beginning.  He has also added numerous new sports and brought excellence to all of them.  To find out more, check out: http://www.walnuthillseagles.com/athletics/.  

Walnut Hills High School (7th-12th grades) now, thanks to Tom, has more than 90 teams, for both boys and girls, for every grade level, and throughout all seasons.

Walnut Hills is one of the best schools academically in the country.  (It’s the only gold star school in the entire state of Ohio.)  The 2,400 member student body is culturally and ethnically diverse, with students attending from every urban neighborhood in Cincinnati. 87% of the graduates enter college with advanced standing, and students score especially well on the Ohio Tests of Scholastic Achievement. All students pass all parts of the Ohio Proficiency Test, 100% on the first sitting, and Walnut Hills places first in the state on the test. Upon graduation, Walnut Hills High School students are accepted by the finest universities and colleges throughout America. 

Now, thanks to Tom, WHHS is as good athletically as it is academically.  Graduates often get athletic as well as academic scholarships.  Also, thanks to Tom, a larger than ever number of students participate in athletics.

In short, Tom embodies the school’s motto:

SURSUM AD SUMMUM (“Rise to the Highest).”  

John F. Bennett '01 joins Ulmer & Berne LLP


Ulmer & Berne Adds Accomplished Patent Litigator John F. Bennett to Cincinnati Office

CINCINNATI (January 14, 2014) – Ulmer & Berne LLP announced a significant expansion to its Intellectual Property & Technology Practice with the addition of patent litigator John F. Bennett as counsel in the firm’s Cincinnati office. Mr. Bennett, who joins Ulmer & Berne from Baker & Hostetler, adds depth to the Intellectual Property & Technology practice, consisting of over 20 attorneys including 18 registered patent attorneys.

“Successful litigation stems from persuasion through meticulous preparation and effective communication, which John has mastered to the benefit of his clients,” said Eric Robbins, chair of Ulmer & Berne’s Intellectual Property & Technology Practice. “John brings deep patent litigation experience to the Cincinnati office, allowing us to provide our clients with full-service intellectual property and technology capabilities here.”

Handling over 20 patent litigations in the last four years, Mr. Bennett is an accomplished patent litigator that serves a wide range of clients – from small companies to large corporations. He is savvy on both sides of litigation, representing patent owners and accused infringers. He also has extensive experience with cases involving trademark, copyright, trade secrets, unfair competition, and other intellectual property claims. In addition, he also has experience handling complex business litigation. His experience covers a wide range of technologies, and he has represented clients in matters before federal district courts throughout the U.S., including the largest patent multidistrict litigation in history.

“John is another example of the high caliber of talent we have recruited to the Cincinnati office,” said Scott Kadish, partner-in-charge of Ulmer & Berne’s Cincinnati office. “John will increase the service we can provide to our clients and add to our ability to exceed client expectations.”

Mr. Bennett has been named to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list and is involved in the Cincinnati Intellectual Property Law Association and the Cincinnati Bar Association, where he serves as co-chair of the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Committee. Mr. Bennett earned his B.A., cum laude, from the University of Saint Thomas and his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.  Prior to his legal career, Mr. Bennett was the founder of a software company and the architect of its flagship software product, which had hundreds of thousands of users. 

Representing clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies, Ulmer & Berne’s Intellectual Property & Technology Practice establishes, preserves, defends, and commercializes the IP rights and technology assets of its clients. It leverages the knowledge and skill of lawyers experienced in the areas of patent and other IP litigation, copyright and trademark law; the protection and enforcement of trade secret rights; and the consummation of acquisitions, divestitures and licensing transactions dealing with technology assets, to assist its clients to achieve their business goals. They also have extensive experience in data privacy, protection, and information security. Whether representing technology-based companies whose interaction with the public is primarily via the Internet, or traditional “brick-and-mortar” clients, the firm delivers value by working closely with its clients to understand their businesses and the issues they face.

About Ulmer & Berne LLP

Ulmer & Berne, established in 1908, is a full-service law firm focused on exceeding client expectations and delivering superior, customized legal solutions for an exceptional value. Its more than 190 attorneys, located in Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus, serve as counselors and partners to a wide range of clients to help them solve their business challenges and achieve their goals. The firm represents publicly traded and privately held companies, financial institutions, hedge funds, private equity funds, pharmaceutical companies, international joint ventures and affiliations, investor groups, family offices, start-ups and emerging businesses, public bodies and nonprofit organizations. For more information, please visit www.ulmer.com.

Robert T. Razzano '06 elected partner at BakerHostetler


BakerHostetler Announces New Partner in Cincinnati

CINCINNATI – January 16, 2014 – BakerHostetler announced today that a lawyer associated with the firm’s Cincinnati office has been elected to the Partnership. Twenty-three attorneys were elected to the Partnership nationwide.

New partner in the firm’s Cincinnati office:

Robert T. Razzano is a member of the litigation group and focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation and patent matters, with an emphasis on matters concerning government contracts, construction, and patent infringement. He earned a J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2006, with honors, where he was an associate member and executive editor of Cincinnati Law Review. He earned a B.S. in chemical engineering with a certificate in materials science from the University of Notre Dame in 2000.

About BakerHostetler

One of the nation’s largest law firms, BakerHostetler helps clients around the world to address their most complex and critical business and regulatory issues. With five core national practice groups – business, employment, intellectual property, litigation, and tax – the firm has nearly 900 lawyers located in 14 offices coast to coast. BakerHostetler is recognized for its role as court-appointed counsel to the Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) Trustee in the recovery of billions of dollars in principal lost in the Ponzi scheme perpetrated by Bernard L. Madoff. Additionally, BakerHostetler is widely regarded as having one of the country’s top 10 tax practices, a nationally recognized litigation practice, data privacy practice, and an industry-leading middle market business practice. For more information, visit www.bakerlaw.com.

Robert T. Razzano '06 elected partner at BakerHostetler


BakerHostetler Announces New Partner in Cincinnati

CINCINNATI – January 16, 2014 – BakerHostetler announced today that a lawyer associated with the firm’s Cincinnati office has been elected to the Partnership. Twenty-three attorneys were elected to the Partnership nationwide.

New partner in the firm’s Cincinnati office:

Robert T. Razzano is a member of the litigation group and focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation and patent matters, with an emphasis on matters concerning government contracts, construction, and patent infringement. He earned a J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2006, with honors, where he was an associate member and executive editor of Cincinnati Law Review. He earned a B.S. in chemical engineering with a certificate in materials science from the University of Notre Dame in 2000.

About BakerHostetler

One of the nation’s largest law firms, BakerHostetler helps clients around the world to address their most complex and critical business and regulatory issues. With five core national practice groups – business, employment, intellectual property, litigation, and tax – the firm has nearly 900 lawyers located in 14 offices coast to coast. BakerHostetler is recognized for its role as court-appointed counsel to the Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) Trustee in the recovery of billions of dollars in principal lost in the Ponzi scheme perpetrated by Bernard L. Madoff. Additionally, BakerHostetler is widely regarded as having one of the country’s top 10 tax practices, a nationally recognized litigation practice, data privacy practice, and an industry-leading middle market business practice. For more information, visit www.bakerlaw.com.