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Chad Austin '97 promoted to the grade of Colonel in the USAF Reserve JAG Corps


Chad Austin '97 was recently selected for promotion to the grade of Colonel in the United States Air Force Reserve JAG Corps.

Col (sel) Austin is attached to 12th Air Force located at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ.  In his civilian capacity Chad serves as an Associate Professor of Law at the United States Air Force Academy.  He recalls his UC Law commencement speaker saying, "Confucius says find a job you love and never work a day in your life." Chad found two and still has yet to work a day

Herbert B. Weiss, '65 appointed by Mayor John Cranley to the City of Cincinnati Historic Conservation Board


Herbert B. Weiss, a partner in the Real Estate Group at Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL (KMK Law®), has been appointed by Mayor John Cranley to the City of Cincinnati Historic Conservation Board. The Historic Conservation Board, established by ordinance in 1980, consists of seven members. The Board must include at least one professional historic preservationist, one historian, two architects, one attorney, one person engaged in the real estate or development business, and one economist.

Weiss earned his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati School of Law (1965), where he served on the Editorial Board of the Law Review, and his B.A. from the University of Cincinnati (1962).

Kari K. Hall, '03 promoted to Counsel at BuckleySandler LLP


BuckleySandler LLP Announces Attorney Promotions; Associate Promoted to Counsel

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - Jan 6, 2015) - BuckleySandler LLP announced today that Kari K. Hall, along with seven other associates, residents in the firm's Washington, DC and Los Angeles offices, has been promoted to Counsel, effective January 1, 2015.

Kari K. Hal ‘03 counsels financial services companies on a variety of regulatory compliance and risk management matters, with a focus on fair lending, fair servicing, UDAAP, Community Reinvestment Act, Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, deposit account and electronic card issues. Hall represents clients in internal reviews and investigations, as well as examinations, investigations and enforcement actions by both federal and state regulators. She received a J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law (2003) and a B.S. from Miami University (1996).

Beth Mandel, '05 joins downtown law firm Dinsmore & Shohl as an attorney


Prior to Dinsmore, Mandel served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Susan J. Dlott with the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. She managed approximately one-third of Chief Judge Dlott's civil and criminal docket as a full-time legal advisor to the Judge. In that role, Mandel researched and analyzed civil and criminal litigation issues and drafted court opinions in a variety of cases. She also assisted Chief Judge Dlott in mediating settlements and offering creative solutions to disputes in civil cases and serve as an advisor to Chief Judge Dlott prior to and during hearings in civil and criminal cases.

Mandel also serves as an adjunct professor for the University of Cincinnati College of Law. She teaches a seminar on International Women's Human Rights that compares domestic, regional, and international human rights law pertaining to issues such as discrimination against women in employment and education and health care equity and access.

Mandel earned her law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law and received her bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.

Alumna Megan Gramke, '05 Named Partner at at Ulmer and Berne LLP


Ulmer & Berne Elects Six Outstanding New Partners and Promotes Three to Counsel

(January 2, 2015) – Ulmer & Berne LLP announces the promotion of six attorneys to the partnership effective January 1, 2015. The new partners are Megan B. Gramke, Elizabeth M. Hill, James D. Houston, Joshua A. Klarfeld, Nathan W. Lamb, and Robin D. Miller. In addition, the following three attorneys are being promoted to Counsel: Kristin W. Boose, Elise Balkin Ice, and Thomas G. McIntosh.

“We are pleased about these promotions,” said Kip Reader, managing partner of Ulmer & Berne. “Each of these attorneys has demonstrated exceptional legal knowledge and ability, a sharp focus on client service and client goals, and an active engagement with a collaborative work approach. We like to think that these characteristics are a significant part of our firm’s reputation for high quality client service and results.”

Megan Gramke of the firm’s Cincinnati office focuses her practice on product liability defense. She represents medical device, pharmaceutical, and other manufacturers on a local and national level. Her experience includes defense of claims pertaining to antidepressants, cancer medications, cardiac drugs, dietary supplements, and medical devices. Ms. Gramke has been named to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. She received her J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law and her B.S.J., magna cum laude, from Ohio University.

Elizabeth Hill of the firm’s Cleveland office concentrates her practice on business litigation involving financial institutions. She represents national banks, broker-dealers, and financial advisory firms in court, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and the American Arbitration Association arbitration proceedings. She also represents financial institutions in FINRA and state regulatory investigations. Ms. Hill has been named to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. She received her J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and her B.S.B.A. from The Ohio State University.

James Houston of the firm’s Cincinnati office focuses his practice on construction law as well as labor and employment. His trial experience includes first chair representation of contractors, employers and sureties in both arbitration and traditional trial court settings (including actions for emergency injunctive relief). He has also successfully defended Ohio employers against various wrongful death and discrimination claims. He has drafted and argued appellate briefs for various courts, including the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, various Ohio District Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Ohio. Mr. Houston received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Dayton School of Law and his B.A. from Miami University.

Joshua Klarfeld of the firm’s Cleveland office focuses his practice on product liability litigation, pharmaceutical, medical device and mass tort litigation. He also is engaged in complex business litigation. He represents major corporations in the defense of multidistrict, coordinated, and consolidated litigation; putative class actions; mass torts; toxic torts; drug and medical device; employment-related torts; and premises liability actions. Mr. Klarfeld has been named to the Ohio Super Lawyers list. He received his J.D., summa cum laude, from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Yeshiva University.

Nathan Lamb of the firm’s Chicago office focuses his practice on securities-related litigation, FINRA, the United States Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), and state securities commission regulatory investigations and disputes. He defends brokers, broker-dealers, and investment advisors in FINRA arbitrations, SEC actions, and FINRA enforcement actions. Mr. Lamb’s practice also involves advising clients on how to navigate the complex financial services regulatory environment. Mr. Lamb has been named to the Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. He received his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law and his B.B.A. from the University of Iowa.

Robin Miller of the firm’s Cincinnati office focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation. She successfully represents publicly traded corporations, as well as small private businesses, at all stages of litigation including requests for immediate injunctive relief, trials, and appeals. She has experience defending and pursuing a variety of cases involving breach of contract, fraud, non-compete agreements, trade secret misappropriation, construction, employment discrimination, and product liability. Ms. Miller has been named to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. She received her J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law and her B.A., summa cum laude, from Ohio University.

Kristin Boose of the firm’s Cleveland office focuses her practice on assisting lenders, borrowers, and developers in financing matters. She represents clients in all facets of commercial real estate and commercial lending, including traditional mortgage lending, HUD-insured mortgage lending transactions, Fannie Mae Multifamily, and asset-based and cash flow credit facilities. Ms. Boose also represents developers in transactions utilizing New Markets Tax Credit, Low Income Tax Credit and/or Historic Tax Credit transactions. She also counsels clients on general real estate matters as well matters involving loan workouts and restructurings. Ms. Boose has been named to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. She received her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, her M.B.A. from Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management, and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Baldwin-Wallace College.

Elise Ice of the firm’s Cleveland office focuses her practice on complex business litigation in both state and federal courts. She has successfully handled cases involving a variety of substantive areas, including ERISA, employment and labor, insurance, lead-based paint, class actions, product liability, securities, professional malpractice, and personal injury. In addition to her experience with these substantive areas of the law, she has solid experience taking fact and expert witness depositions, drafting and arguing motions, and preparing for trial. Ms. Ice received her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Baltimore School of Law and her B.A. from Mary Washington College.

Thomas McIntosh of the firm’s Cincinnati office concentrates his practice on product liability litigation with a focus on personal injury defense involving pharmaceutical products. He has experience defending drug companies in complex matters across the country in multidistrict litigation and state-court consolidated litigation as well as individual cases in state and federal courts. He has worked on matters involving a variety of different products including generic and brand-name pharmaceuticals, supplements, and medical devices. Mr. McIntosh has specialized experience in federal preemption of state-laws involving generic drugs, and has briefed the issue in numerous state and federal courts across the country. Mr. McIntosh has been named to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. He received his J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law and his B.S., magna cum laude, from the University of Kentucky.

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 Cincinnati, Chicago, 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 ulmer.com.

 

The 28th Annual Corporate Law Center Symposium


Rethinking Compliance

March 13, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Hilton Netherland Plaza Hall of Mirrors
Downtown Cincinnati

A series of presentations and conversations designed to foster new ways of looking at compliance in a variety of fields, including health care, corporate work, and international law.

Opening Keynote, 9:00 a.m.
  • Sharon E. Abrams, Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer, Procter & Gamble
Elements of a Successful Compliance Program, 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
  • Daniel Sokol, University of Florida 
  • Tianlong Lawrence Hu, Renmin University of China Law School 
  • Clare Iery, Senior Counsel, Procter & Gamble
Claimants, Regulators, and the Influence of Outside Forces, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Matt Horwitz, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Southern District of Ohio 
  • Claire Sylvia, Phillips and Cohen
  • Kristin Johnson, Seton Hall
  • Lisa Taylor, Chief Compliance Officer, UC Health
Lunch Keynote, 1:00 p.m.
  • Michael R. McAlevey, Vice President, Legal Operations & Business Development, GE Aviation
Data Security and Privacy, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
  • Tom Zeno, Squire Patton Boggs 
  • Eric Rozier, University of Cincinnati 
  • Craig Hoffman, Baker & Hostetler 
  • McKay Cunningham, Concordia University
Compliance in the Corporate Hierarchy, 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Miriam Baer, Brooklyn Law School
  • Mike Petrucci, Deputy General Counsel, FirstGroup America, Inc.
  • Rick Holmes, Fifth Third Bank
The symposium is free.  Lunch is provided to those who register in advance.  
5.5 CLE credits are available, pending approval.
 
Please register by:
Calling Lori Strait at 513-556-0117
Faxing this card to 513-556-1236
Mailing this card to:  Lori Strait
               UC College of Law
               PO Box 210040
               Cincinnati, OH  45221-0040

 

Professor Bettman’s judicial decisions cited by the Supreme Court of Ohio


In State v. Radcliff, Slip Opinion No. 2015-Ohio-235, issued by the Supreme Court of Ohio on January 28, 2015, and authored by Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, the court cited with approval a concurring opinion written by Professor Bettman when she was a judge on the First District Court of Appeals. In Radcliff  the state high court held, with admitted reluctance, that in the absence of statutory authority, a trial court does not have inherent authority to seal the criminal  record of an offender who has been pardoned by the governor.  The excerpt from Bettman’s opinion, which begins at paragraph 35 of the majority opinion, urges the legislature to liberalize the expungement (this term has been changed to the word “sealing”) statutes to help those deserving of a fresh start.  

Read the entire opinion online at State v. Radcliff, Slip Opinion No. 2015-Ohio-235, You can also read more about the entire issue of judicial record sealing in this post from Professor Bettman’s  blog on the Supreme Court of Ohio. 

2015 Robert S. Marx Lecture featuring Jill E. Fisch


Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Time/Location: 12:15pm – 1:15pm, Room 114 (College of Law)

CLE: 1 hour CLE has been submitted for OH/KY; approval is expected.

Webcast: Fisch Lecture

 

The Mess at Morgan: Risk, Incentives and Shareholder Empowerment

This lecture considers the focus on the “public” nature of the corporation following the financial crisis of 2008 and its relationship to policies increasing shareholder empowerment.  Using the case of JP Morgan and the London whale, the lecture suggests that, rather than improving incentives for corporate decision-makers to engage in risky behavior, shareholder empowerment may increase those incentives.  Thus the mess at Morgan highlights the potential limits of corporate governance.

Professor Jill Fisch

The University of Cincinnati College of Law is honored to present Jill E. Fisch, Perry Golkin Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, as the 2015 Robert S. Marx Lecturer.  Fisch is an internationally known scholar, whose work focuses on the intersection of business and law, including the role of regulation and litigation in addressing limitations in the disciplinary power of the capital markets.  Her work, which consists of more than 50 scholarly articles, has appeared in the top law reviews including the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal and the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.  Current projects include the regulation of mutual funds, an empirical analysis of securities arbitration, and a reconceptualization of the structure of private securities fraud litigation. Recently Fisch traveled to China to meet with Chinese regulators and to lecture on regulatory issues resulting from the globalization of the capital markets.  She received the Robert A. Gorman Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2010-2011.

 

 

 

From a Small Town in India to Bustling Cincinnati, Pradeep Kandambath Continue to Pursue a Legal Career


From the small town of Payyanur in a region of southern India known for its long, sandy beaches, coconut trees, monsoon rains, and exotic spices, Pradeepkumar Kandambath moved to the United States looking to pursue a legal career.  That was over 12 years ago. His circuitous journey, however, brought him to the College of Law as a student in the LLM program.

Kandambath attended Payyanur College (which is affiliated with Calicut University) and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history.  He then went on to attend Symbiosis Law School in Pune, a university town not too far from Mumbai.  Not done with academia yet, Kandambath also received a diploma in electronic commerce in Bangalore from Asset International, an institute renowned for its programs in e-commerce and computer and information technologies.

From 1997 to 2002, Kandambath practiced in the areas of real estate, employment law, and arbitration in a small firm at Kochi and at the High Court of Kerala.  When he moved to the US in 2002, Kandambath spent just over a decade working in the banking industry here in Cincinnati.  Last year, however, he decided it was time to return to the legal profession. His first step was discovering and then joining the LLM program at UC Law.

“Cincinnati looked almost unreal to me when I first arrived,” said Kandambath.  He contrasted Cincinnati with what he knew about urban life in India, where poverty, noise, and pollution are integral parts of urban life.  “One thing noteworthy about the Cincinnati is that it is a bustling cosmopolitan city like any other major city in the U.S.,” shared Kandambath, “except for the rush and difficult commutes.” 

Having never cooked before moving to the U.S., cooking is now one of Kandambath hobbies along with travelling and music.  A notable difference culturally, Kandambath shared that the cooking back home was usually done by servants.   “It may sound strange to a Westerner” he laughed. “I had not even seen the whole kitchen in the house I was born in and lived at for more than 25 years!”

Having established his life in Cincinnati, Kandambath admittedly had almost given up his goal of establishing a legal practice here.  When he moved to the Queen City years ago, no LLM program existed, and impracticalities and cost prevented him and his family from moving to another city.  Then when he was online searching for short-term courses in law, he discovered UC Law’s new LLM program and jumped at the opportunity to pursue his dream.  “I always wanted to have a post graduate degree in legal studies,” he said.  “The LLM program has been the most exciting thing that has happened to me since I came to the United States.” 

Now nearing graduation, Kandambath hopes to work with a law firm or business establishment where he can utilize his unique, multinational educational background.  “I have benefitted immensely by doing the LLM program at UC,” he said.  “I would strongly recommend it to anyone who is interested in any career path in the legal field.

Faculty members at UC have extensive experience in legal practice and bring outstanding scholarship and teaching experience to the class. I would advise every student to take full advantage of this as well as the career support at the university.”

Professor Solimine’s Article Cited by the US Supreme Court.


The U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion January 21, 2015 in Gelboim v. Bank of America Corp.  On the last page of the Court’s opinion, authored by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, you will find the following reference to authority: "See generally, Solimine, Revitalizing Interlocutory Appeals in Federal Courts, 58 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 1165 (1990)."

Congratulations, Professor Solimine.