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Richard A. Gilbert '73 is Recertified in Business Litigation by The Florida Bar

Richard A. Gilbert has earned recertification as a specialist in business litigation through the Board of Legal Specialization and Education. Gilbert is also Board Certified in Civil Trial Law, is a Master Emeritus in the Justice William Glenn Terrell Inn of Court, and is listed in Best Lawyers of America in both personal injury law and business litigation. Gilbert serves on the Development Council for Bay Area Legal Services, and he has been elected the Chair of the Pre-Law Program for Miami University for 2013-2014.

Gilbert is a shareholder with de la Parte & Gilbert, P.A. in Tampa. He is a past member of the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar, past President of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, past President of the Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and past Chairman of the Trial Lawyers Section of The Florida Bar.

Ross Evans '86 elected President of IACP

Ross Evans, (Class of 86’) Managing Partner of Katz, Greenberger and Norton LLP, has recently been elected President of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP ).  Mr. Evans, who commenced his term at the conclusion of the 14th Annual Forum held in San Antonio in October, now leads the 5000-plus member organization which has an established presence in 20 countries around the globe. The IACP is an international community of legal, mental health and financial professionals working in concert to create client-centered processes for resolving conflict.  The Vision of the IACP is to transform how conflict is resolved worldwide through Collaborative Practice.

Mr. Evans is a founding member of the Cincinnati Academy of Collaborative Professionals and a past Chairperson of that organization.  He is a former Magistrate from the Hamilton County Juvenile Court and Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor. His practice is focused on Family Law, Collaborative Practice and Mediation, and he regularly serves as a Guardian Ad Litem.  Mr. Evans has also served the community over the last 30 years as a board member of numerous local, national and international non-profit boards.

Super Lawyers provides Attorney Profile of Ross Evans located in Cincinnati, Ohio (OH) focused on Family Law. Look up his profile here

Michael T. Cappel, '05 was recently elected partner at Keating Muething & Klekamp

Cincinnati, OH — The Cincinnati law firm of Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL (KMK) is pleased to announce that it has elected four new partners: Michael T. Cappel, Jonathan M. Hiltz, Bethany P. Recht and Benjamin G. Stewart.

Michael T. Cappel practices in the firm’s Litigation Group with a focus on commercial litigation, tort defense, and appellate practice. He also has experience in personal injury litigation, wrongful death litigation, employer intentional tort litigation, real estate and construction litigation, and environmental litigation.  He has represented private companies, public companies, financial institutions, and individuals in a variety of legal matters, including corporate and partnership disputes, zoning disputes, fraud claims, breach of contract claims, and insurance disputes.  Cappel has litigated cases within federal and state courts, state appellate courts, and private and court-sponsored mediation and arbitration throughout the country, including Ohio, Kentucky, Florida, North Carolina, Louisiana, and Texas. Prior to joining KMK in 2007, Cappel served as a law clerk to the Honorable Mark P. Painter in the Ohio First District Court of Appeals. Cappel earned his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati in 2005.  While in law school, Cappel was a fellow with the Lois Richard Rosenthal Institute for Justice/Ohio Innocence, and served on the editorial board for the University of Cincinnati Law Review.  He earned his B.A. from St. Louis University, magna cum laude, in 2002.
About Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL


The law firm of Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL (KMK®), based in Cincinnati, Ohio, is a nationally-recognized law firm delivering sophisticated legal solutions to businesses of all sizes — from Fortune 100 corporations to start-up companies. Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers® 2013 recognized KMK as a leading law firm in Ohio in Bankruptcy & Restructuring, Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions, and General Commercial Litigation.  KMK received 20 first tier rankings in the 2013 Best Law Firms survey (Metropolitan Cincinnati) by U.S. News and Best Lawyers.  Founded in 1954, KMK has approximately 110 lawyers and a support staff of 150 employees. Additional information is available at

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ROYAL OAK, MI-August 19, 2013- Judson Center is pleased to announce the appointment of  William Lodge, J.D., to their executive management team. He joins the agency in the newly created Director of Human Resources position.

Mr. Lodge will be providing strategic oversight for Judson Center’s Human Resources Department and will be responsible for developing approaches to workforce planning, talent acquisition and retention, total compensation, performance management, organizational culture and employee engagement.

Mr. Lodge joins Judson Center after 12 years at GreenPath Inc. in Farmington Hills, where he was Director of Human Resources and Legal Affairs. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Ohio State University, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Cincinnati College of Law (Class of 1978).

Cameron Hosner, Judson Center president and CEO, remarked, “Judson Center is very fortunate to enhance the executive management team with Mr. Lodge. His experience and skill will undoubtedly be a significant asset for Judson Center.”

About Judson Center

Judson Center is a non-profit human service agency that provides compassionate, comprehensive services to children and families in need in southeast Michigan.  Since opening its doors in 1924, Judson Center has grown to provide services to more than 4,100 individuals and families each year in southeast Michigan. Responding to the needs of the community, Judson Center offers services in four Centers of Excellence:

Autism Ÿ Behavioral Health Ÿ Child Welfare Ÿ Disability Services

For details, visit or call 248-549-4339.

Constitution Day Programs and Speakers

Constitution Day is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. It is observed on September 17, the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787. The law establishing the holiday was created in 2004 with the passage of an amendment by Senator Robert Byrd to the Omnibus spending bill of 2004. Before this law was enacted, the holiday was known as “Citizenship Day”. In addition to renaming the holiday “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day,” the act mandates that all publicly funded educational institutions provide educational programming on the history of the American Constitution on that day. In May 2005, the United States Department of Education announced the enactment of this law and that it would apply to any school receiving federal funds of any kind. When Constitution Day falls on a weekend or on another holiday, schools and other institutions observe the holiday on an adjacent weekday.

Public Lecture
Marci A. Hamilton, the Paul R. Verkuil Chair in Public Law at the Benjamin N. Cardoza School of Law, Yeshiva University


Elections and the Constitution
A. Christopher Bryant, Professor of Law, University of Cincinnati
Timothy M. Burke,Partner, Manley Burke, LPA and Chair, Hamilton County Democratic Party
Alex M. Triantafilou,Of Counsel, Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP, and Chair, Hamilton Bounty Republican Party
Verna L. Williams, Professor of Law, University of Cincinnati


The Future of Privacy and Free Speech on the Roberts Court
Jeffrey Rosen, Professor of Law, George Washington University


Dangerous Reading: What Does the Constitution Really Say?
Garrett Epps, Professor of Law, University of Baltimore School of Law


Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption
Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton (book authors)
Followed by a presentation by Professor Mark Godsey about constitutional issues that arise in wrongful conviction claims.


Clarence Darrow: Crimes, Causes and the Courtroom
Presentation by Periaktos Productions, followed by a presentation by Judge Ann Marie Tracey entitled, “Professionalism, Advocacy, and the Constitution”


Thurgood Marshall’s Coming!
Presentation by Periaktos Productions, followed by a discussion of the most recent Supreme Court decision involving voluntary efforts of school districts to use race in student assignments by attorney John Concannon, former Cincinnati School Boad General Counsel.


Impeach Justice Douglas!
Presentation by Periaktos Productions, followed by a panel discussion consisting of Martin S. Pinales, Sirkin, Pinales & Schwartz LLP; Susan Grogan Faller, Frost Brown Todd LLC; and Thomas E. Callinan, Cincinnati Enquirer. Panel moderator was Professor Ronna Greff Schneider.

2013 Law and Leadership Graduates Plan Careers in Legal Field, Business and Engineering

Four years ago a group of rising ninth graders began a summer experience at the College of Law as participants in the school’s first year with the Law and Leadership Institute (LLI), a statewide initiative in collaboration with the legal community designed to inspire and prepare students from underserved communities for post-secondary and professional success. This is done through a comprehensive four-year academic program in law, leadership, analytical thinking, problem solving, writing skills and professionalism.

Today, the remaining members of the inaugural class have reached several milestones. They have graduated from their respective high schools and the LLI program, and are now matriculating to college. And yes, several have plans for a career in the legal field in their future.

  • Jordan Posey. A National Achievement Finalist, Posey graduated from Walnut Hills High School with honors. He will be attending the University of Cincinnati this fall in the Honors Program, majoring in English Literature and International Affairs. Posey is a recipient of a Cincinnatus Excellence scholarship and plans for a career in law. He authored an editorial about his experience with the LLI program and how it prepared him for future success. It is a must read.
  • Kabria Tyler. Valedictorian of her class at Gamble Montessori High School, Tyler will attend the University of Cincinnati this fall and major in business. 
  • Jonathon Freeman. Voted “Most Inspiring” and “Most Courageous” by classmates at Gamble Montessori High School, Freeman will be attending the University of Cincinnati this fall. He will major in electrical engineering and pre-law. 
  • Sydney Thomas. Thomas will be attending Hampton University this fall on a full-tuition scholarship. 
  • Shamiyah Hood. Hood will first attend Cincinnati State and Technical College and then transfer to the University of Cincinnati. 
  • Joshua Harker. He plans to attend the University of Cincinnati beginning this fall. 
  • Lauren Posey. Posey is an outstanding senior at Walnut Hills High School.

Several LLI program is assisted by law school students and public school teachers who work with the students over the course of the program.  Read more about their experience and a reflection piece on how the Constitution was brought to life for the students in a very real way.  (Teachers' Perspective)

About the LLI Program

The Law and Leadership Institute (LLI) is an intensive program designed to support high-achieving students from under-served communities as they progress toward success in college and professional life. Its purpose is to introduce minority students and others from under-served communities to the legal field as a possible career option. Students learn about legal concepts, including constitutional principles governing searches and seizures; participate in vigorous debates and write extensively about current issues. Today, LLI provides effective law and leadership programming to over 400 high school students, on eight law school campuses across the state of Ohio.

Bryant, Cogan, Kalsem, and Williams Appointed to Named Professorships

Four College of Law professors with expertise in constitutional law, international law, women and the law, and the intersection of race, gender, and class have been appointed to named professorships. The professors and their named chairs are A. Christopher Bryant, the Rufus King Professor of Constitutional Law; Jacob Katz Cogan, the Judge Joseph P. Kinneary Professor of Law; Kristin Kalsem, the Charles Hartsock Professor of Law; and Verna L. Williams, the Judge Joseph P. Kinneary Professor of Law.

Professor A. Christopher Bryant has Been Appointed the Rufus King Professor of Constitutional Law

Since joining the faculty in 2003, Professor A. Christopher Bryant has been a prolific scholar and a skilled teacher of constitutional law, having received the Goldman Prize for Excellence in Teaching four times – in 2005, 2007, 2008, and, most recently, in 2013. 

His numerous published articles and essays reach a wide range of issues of contemporary constitutional importance, including the separation of powers, judicial review, and the roles of the various branches of the national government in constitutional interpretation.  A recognized expert on the scope and exercise of national legislative power and the respect that Congressional action is owed from the federal judiciary, he has published  leading articles on the subject in the Cornell Law Review, George Washington Law Review, BYU Law Review, Notre Dame Journal of Legislation, and William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal.  Professor Bryant’s research in federalism and unenumerated rights include a co-authored book, “Powers Reserved for the People and the States: A History of the  Ninth and Tenth Amendments" (Greenwood Press 2006), as well as articles in the Georgia Law Review and the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, to name only a few.  He authored 13 essays on landmark constitutional cases for the Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States (Macmillan 2008), and is a frequent speaker on the Constitution, the Congress, and the federal courts at symposiums, conferences, and public programs.

Professor Bryant is a member of the America Society for Legal History and the Federalist Society, also serving as faculty advisor to the College’s Federalist Society chapter.

Professor A. Christopher Bryant

Professor Jacob Katz Cogan Has Been Appointed the Judge Joseph P. Kinneary Professor of Law

Professor Jacob Katz Cogan joined the College of Law faculty in 2006 and quickly established himself as a leading scholar in the area of international law.

Professor Cogan’s distinctive research focuses on the informal and operational dimensions of international decision processes and contemporary changes in and challenges to the character and organization of the international system.  It is work that has won him accolades, with prominent scholars in the field recognizing  him as “one of the current generation’s most promising and productive scholars of international organizations” – “universally respected in international law scholarship and policy circles . . . [and] clearly one of our leaders both intellectually and with the American Society [of International Law].”

Professor Cogan has published numerous influential articles and essays in the American Journal of International Law, European Journal of International Law, Harvard International Law Journal, Yale Journal of International Law, Virginia Journal of International Law, and the Human Rights Quarterly.  He is the co-editor of a major collection of essays in international law and has been a frequent presenter at seminars, conferences, and workshops nationally and internationally.  He received the 2010 Francis Deák Prize, awarded to a young author for meritorious scholarship published in the American Journal of International Law (the leading peer reviewed journal of international law in the United States), for his article Representation and Power in International Organization: The Operational Constitution and Its Critics

Professor Cogan edits International Law Reporter, an international law blog that has garnered significant attention within and outside academia, and writes the annual report on the judicial activity of the International Court of Justice for the American Journal of International Law.  He is a past co-chair of the International Organizations Interest Group of the American Society of International Law and is a member of the European Society of International Law, the American Society for Legal History, the American Historical Association and the Organization of American Historians.  Finally, the American Law Institute, one of the premier legal organizations in the country, also elected him as a member.

Professor Jacob Katz Cogan

Professor Kristin Kalsem Has Been Appointed the Charles Hartsock Professor of Law

Professor Kristin Kalsem has been an influential scholar in women and the law since joining the College of Law faculty in 2001.

Professor Kalsem’s 2012 book, "In Contempt: Nineteenth-Century Women, Law, and Literature" (Ohio State University Press), brings together the themes and interests that have distinguished her scholarly work: imaginative interdisciplinary inquiry in law, literature, and feminism; careful attention to history and theory; and – most importantly – a commitment to explore and illuminate the law in practice, as it affects and is affected by human beings.  In Contempt‘s exposition of how 19th century women writers performed feminist jurisprudence -- advocating legal issues in their literary works and lives as authors – earned Professor Kalsem the Harold C. Schott Scholarship Award, which recognizes outstanding research and scholarly achievement by a member of the College of Law’s faculty.  The emphasis on the importance of bridging theory and practice that underlies In Contempt is especially evident, too, in Professor Kalsem’s article Social Justice Feminism (co-authored with Professor Verna Williams) – a call-to-arms that inspired a conference that brought scholars and activists from around the nation to Cincinnati to explore new ways of understanding and doing feminist work today and in the future.

As an award-winning teacher (twice the recipient of the Goldman Prize for Excellence in Teaching), as co-founder and co-director of the law school’s Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice, and as co-director of UC’s joint degree program in Law and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Professor Kalsem brings these same themes and interests to life for students inside and outside the classroom.  An active leader in the American Association of Law Schools, Professor Kalsem has chaired the AALS’s Section on Law and the Humanities and sits on the Executive Board of the Section. 

Professor Kristin Kalsem

Professor Verna L. Williams Has Been Appointed Judge Joseph P. Kinneary Professor of Law

A leading voice at the intersection of race, gender, and class in America, Professor Verna L. Williams’s scholarship, teaching, and leadership consistently bridges theory and practice and seeks to empower positive social change. She joined the College of Law in 2001, after practicing for several years in the areas of civil rights and women’s rights.

Professor Williams’s scholarly agenda is well illustrated by her article Social Justice Feminism (co-authored with Professor Kristin Kalsem).  Theoretically insightful and historically sensitive, the article blueprints a feminist jurisprudence – and, importantly, a realizable feminist social action agenda -- for the future that captures reality at the intersection of race, gender, and class.  It not only illuminates the past, present, and future, but is conceived to enable people of diverse callings and disciplines to take action and bring about reform.

Critical attention to law’s possibilities in the practical, day-to-day effort to achieve justice similarly informs Professor Williams’s publications on race, gender, and class in the education context that have appeared in the Wisconsin Law Review, Michigan Journal of Race and Law, William & Mary Journal of Women and Law, and Virginia Sports and Entertainment Law Journal.  It animates Professor Willams’s leadership as co-director of UC’s joint degree program in Law and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and as co-founder and co-director of the law school’s Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice.  It is a constant theme in the national programs she has convened at the College -- including Women Coming Together: Claiming the Law for Social Change (2005) and Social Justice Feminism (2012) – and in the numerous addresses and presentations she has delivered nationally.  And it is a distinguishing attribute of her teaching, which has twice earned her the Goldman Price for Excellence in Teaching at the College of Law.

Professor Williams’s service contributions to the college, the university, and the community have been exemplary.  She serves on the Board of Directors of the Ms. Foundation and also has served as a consultant for the Ford Foundation.  She was recognized in The Women's Book (2012 Cincinnati edition), which includes profiles of a diverse range of women who are succeeding in their careers and giving back to their communities, and also was awarded the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio Women of Distinction Award in 2013.

Professor Verna L. Williams

2013 William Howard Taft Lecture on Constitutional Law

Date:  Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Time:  12:15pm – 1:15pm

Place:  Room 114

Title:  Constitutional Fundamentalism and the Power of the President:  The Battle Over Recess Appointments

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Application for 1 hour of general CLE has been submitted to Ohio and Kentucky, and approval is expected.

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Presenter:  David A. Strauss, Gerald Ratner Distinguished Service Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School

During his lecture, Professor Strauss will discuss the premise that if Presidents have, historically, exercised their power in a certain way, is that a good reason to interpret the Constitution to say that they can continue using that power? Or should a court's understanding of the words and original meaning of the Constitution trump history? That important question about the power of the modern Presidency is sharply posed by a recent decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ̶ now being reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court ̶ that cut back sharply on the President's power to make appointments when the Senate is not in session.

David Strauss graduated from Harvard College summa cum laude in 1973. He then spent two years at Magdalen College, Oxford, on Marshall Scholarship and received a B.Phil. in politics from Oxford in 1975. In 1978, he graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was Developments Editor of the Law Review. Before joining the faculty, he worked as an Attorney-Adviser in the Office of Legal Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice and as an Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States.

Professor Strauss joined the faculty of the University of Chicago Law School in 1985. He has published articles on a variety of subjects, principally in constitutional law and related areas, and recently published The Living Constitution (Oxford University Press, 2010). He is, with Geoffrey Stone and Dennis Hutchinson, editor of the Supreme Court Review. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard and Georgetown, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Professor Strauss has argued eighteen cases before the United States Supreme Court. In 1990, he served as Special Counsel to the Committee on the Judiciary of the United States Senate. He is a member of the national Board of Directors of the American Constitution Society. He has also served Chair of the Board of Trustees of the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and as a member of the Board of Governors of the Chicago Council of Lawyers. In addition to his current teaching interests ̶ Constitutional Law, Federal Jurisdiction, Elements of the Law, and Administrative Law ̶ he has taught Civil Procedure and Torts.

During his lecture, Professor Strauss will discuss the premise that if Presidents have, historically, exercised their power in a certain way, is that a good reason to interpret the Constitution to say that they can continue using that power? Or should a court's understanding of the words and original meaning of the Constitution trump history? That important question about the power of the modern Presidency is sharply posed by a recent decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ̶ now being reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court ̶ that cut back sharply on the President's power to make appointments when the Senate is not in session.

Ms. Ramona P. DeSalvo (Murray ’81) and her new partner, Mr. L. Kevin Levine.form DeSalvo & Levine PLLC

Michael J. ZavatskyCINCINNATI, OHIO (July 12, 2013) – Taft Stettinius & Hollister is pleased to announce that Michael J. Zavatsky, a partner in the firm’s Labor and Employment practice group and head of the Immigration and Citizenship practice, is listed in The International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers 2013. Nominees are selected by the editors after comprehensive independent research and survey work with both law firm clients and immigration attorneys around the world. The International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers 2013 will form the corporate immigration chapter of the 2013 publication of The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers.

Zavatsky has an in-depth immigration practice, as well as broad civil litigation experience. As former chair of the Ohio Immigration Lawyers Association, he has served on the board of governors of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. In addition, he is an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where he lectures on immigration law, and he often speaks at continuing legal education seminars. Zavatsky is the recipient of the University of Cincinnati College of Law Adjunct Faculty Teaching Excellence Award for 2011.

Zavatsky is listed in The International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration, The Best Lawyers in America, Who's Who In America and Ohio Super Lawyers, and he has been named a Leading Lawyer by Cincy magazine. He received his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati, his M.A. from the University of Hawaii and his B.A. from The Ohio State University. Zavatsky and his wife reside in Oakley.

About Taft

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Springfield lawyer, Randall Comer '00 named to State Bar Board of Governors

Columbus, OH (July 1, 2013) – Attorney Randall M. Comer of Springfield has been elected to serve a three-year term as District 6 representative on the Board of Governors of the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA). District 6 includes 468 attorneys who reside or practice in Champaign, Clark, Fayette, Greene, Logan, Madison and Union counties.Comer was elected to his new post by area lawyers at an OSBA district meeting several months ago. He succeeds retiring District 6 representative Hon. Thomas J. Grady of Springfield. The 21-member Board of Governors manages the OSBA’s business affairs, sets policy, reviews pending legislation and conducts other business on behalf of the 25,000 Ohio lawyers who are OSBA members.

Comer earned his undergraduate degree in psychology in 1993 from the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC, and his law degree in 2000 from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. A member of the Springfield law firm of Martin, Browne, Hull & Harper, PLL, he handles civil defense litigation and serves as defense counsel in labor and employment and workers’ compensation matters. A member of the OSBA since 2000, he also belongs to the Clark County Bar Association and the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys.

In his community, Comer serves as vice-chair and trustee of the Clark County Mental Health Foundation. He also serves on the Selective Service Board, and as secretary, Personnel Committee chair and trustee of The Springfield Foundation. He and Tamara S. Comer, his wife, have three children: Grace, age 10; Grant, age 9, and Matthew, age 7 months. In his spare time, he enjoys swimming, cycling, triathlons, hiking, camping, yoga, travel, meditation, reading and cooking.

The Ohio State Bar Association, founded in 1880, is a voluntary association representing approximately 25,000 members of the bench and bar of Ohio as well as nearly 4,000 legal assistants and law students. Through its activities and the activities of its related organizations, the OSBA serves both its members and the public by promoting the highest standards in the practice of law and the administration of justice.