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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.

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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.

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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

At Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, delivering outstanding legal performance to help clients succeed is what drives and motivates our more than 330 attorneys every day. Taft has offices in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Dayton, Ohio; Indianapolis, Indiana; Covington, Kentucky; and Phoenix, Arizona. The firm practices across a wide range of industries, in virtually every area of law, including Business and Finance, Litigation, Labor and Employment, Intellectual Property, Business Restructuring, Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights, Environmental, Health and Life Sciences, Private Client Services, Real Estate and Tax. With a proven track record of experience since 1885, the firm offers breadth and depth of legal expertise coupled with a trusted business perspective to help our clients, big and small, regionally, nationally and internationally, reach their goals. For more information, please visit www.taftlaw.com.

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.

Taft Attorney Michael J. Zavatsky Listed in The International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers 2013


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

At Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, delivering outstanding legal performance to help clients succeed is what drives and motivates our more than 330 attorneys every day. Taft has offices in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Dayton, Ohio; Indianapolis, Indiana; Covington, Kentucky; and Phoenix, Arizona. The firm practices across a wide range of industries, in virtually every area of law, including Business and Finance, Litigation, Labor and Employment, Intellectual Property, Business Restructuring, Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights, Environmental, Health and Life Sciences, Private Client Services, Real Estate and Tax. With a proven track record of experience since 1885, the firm offers breadth and depth of legal expertise coupled with a trusted business perspective to help our clients, big and small, regionally, nationally and internationally, reach their goals. For more information, please visit www.taftlaw.com.

Springfield lawyer 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.

Journalists:Visit the OSBA’s ONLINE PRESS ROOM at www.ohiobar.org for news releases, feature stories, a multimedia library, legal publications and other media resources. Mr. Comer’s business zip code is 45502. To download a picture of him, visit https://www.ohiobar.org/comer/.

UC Law 2013 Constitution Day Lecture with Professor Marci A. Hamilton


Date: September 17, 2013
Time: 12:15 p.m.
Location: Room 114

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Professor Marci A. Hamilton, the Paul R. Verkuil Chair in Public Law at the Benjamin N. Cardoza School of Law, Yeshiva University, was the 2013 Constitution Day speaker.

The Most Important Building Block of the United States Constitution: Distrust and Separation

Marci A. Hamilton is one of the United States' leading church/state scholars and holds the Paul R. Verkuil Chair in Public Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, where she specializes in church/state issues and the dynamics of child sex abuse in institutional settings.  She is an author, lecturer, and advocate on the protection of the vulnerable from religious institutions.  She is also a national leader for legislative reform for the protection of Children from sex abuse.  During 2012, she was honored as one of Pennsylvania's Women of the Year, and received the National Crime Victim Bar Association's Frank Carrington Champion of Civil Justice Award.

Professor Hamilton has testified before numerous state legislatures regarding the elimination of the statutes of limitations for childhood sex abuse.  She is frequently asked to advise Congress and state legislatures on the constitutionality of pending legislation and to consult in cases involving important constitutional issues.  Professor Hamilton clerked for Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor of the U.S. Supreme Court after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Law School; the Graduate School of Pennsylvania State University; and Vanderbilt University.  She is a member of Phi Beta kappa and Order of the Coif.

In her presentation, The Most Important Building Block of the United States Constitution: Distrust and Separation, Professor Hamilton discussed how the Framers of the United States Constitution shared a key insight that is the building block that has made it as successful as it has been: distrust of anyone holding power.  The Framers' key insighght was that those holding power are always tempted to abuse that power, and that concentrations of power are particularly dangerous.  To avoid tyranny, they implemented devices to separate power, check power, and disable it when it broaches on tyranny.

 

 

UC Law 2013 Constitution Day Lecture with Professor Marci A. Hamilton


Date:September 17, 2013
Time: 12:15 p.m.
Location: room 114

Professor Marci A. Hamilton, the Paul R. Verkuil Chair in Public Law at the Benjamin N. Cardoza School of Law, Yeshiva University, will be the 2013 Constitution Day speaker.More information to come.

Springfield lawyer, Randall Comer 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.

Journalists:Visit the OSBA’s ONLINE PRESS ROOM at www.ohiobar.org for news releases, feature stories, a multimedia library, legal publications and other media resources. Mr. Comer’s business zip code is 45502. To download a picture of him, visitwww.ohiobar.org/comer.

Richardson, Jr. is Recipient of the Jeffrey Hurwitz Young Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award


This award, presented by the University of Cincinnati Alumni Association,  is given to a UC graduate, 35 years of age or younger, on the basis of significant professional achievement in his or her field of endeavor, and continued service and involvement with the university and community. This award is in honor and memory of Jeffrey Hurwitz, BBA ’72, MBA ’73, former president of the UC Alumni Association’s Board of Governors.

Robert E. Richardson, Jr.  CEAS ’02, Law '05

The philosophy of life espoused and modeled by Rob Richardson, Jr., can be summed up fairly easily: Don’t sit on the sidelines. Richardson was a whirlwind of activity and leadership while a UC student in the early 2000’s, and has maintained that fast pace and deep dedication to his community and university as an alumnus.

Mr. Richardson received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and his law degree from the University of Cincinnati. While at UC, he established the first college chapter of the NAACP in the Tristate and was elected Student Body President for his senior year, when he also was awarded the Presidential Leadership Medal of Excellence, UC’s highest honor for undergraduates.

Currently, Richardson serves as Of Counsel with the law firm of Branstetter, Stranch and Jennings, PLLC, with his practice areas including labor and employment, securities and class action litigation. He also serves as a Construction Market Representative for the Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust (LECET) for eight states, including Ohio. In this role, he has led campaigns in Cincinnati on behalf of workers and local residents on publicly funded construction projects. In 2009, he successfully implemented a community workforce on Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) construction projects. The agreement required contractors bidding on projects to pay prevailing wages and employ local residents, graduates of CPS and parents of current CPS students. Richardson also led the effort to implement Cincinnati’s first-ever Responsible Bidder Ordinance in 2012. He now advises the Southeast Laborers’ District Council on its "Build 305" campaign to ensure that local taxpayers in Florida’s Miami-Dade County are provided with opportunities for employment on publicly funded infrastructure projects.

 Richardson hosts a weekly radio show in Cincinnati called "Real Talk with Rob Richardson," featuring politicians, community leaders and public policy experts from across the country discussing both local and broad scale issues.

In January 2012, Richardson was elected Secretary of his alma mater’s Board of Trustees, becoming its youngest-ever elected officer. He also chairs the board’s Academic and Student Affairs Committee where he works toward providing lower education costs and more scholarships for students.

 Mr. Richardson serves on several other boards, including the University of Cincinnati Research Institute, the Agenda 360 Advisory Council, the Hamilton County Democratic Executive Committee, and the Board of Visitors for the UC College of Law.