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Jenna Washatka ’12 and Professor Jim O’Reilly Combine Efforts to Support Creation of Land Bank


For many people July 13, 2011 was a historic day in Hamilton County with the front-page Cincinnati Enquirer coverage of the official creation of the first public land bank in southern Ohio. UC Law student Jenna Washatka ’12 and Professor Jim O’Reilly had an important had in its development.

Blighted properties that are virtually abandoned and out of the commercial market can be acquired by the new county entity and "banked" until redevelopment possibilities allow the property to be redeveloped or the house to be resold. During the interim the land bank preserves the value of the property, if any, and supervises the removal of weeds and junk.

Rising 3L Washatka took on this independent research project, interviewed the leaders and lawyers behind the concept, and prepared a lengthy analysis for the First Suburbs Consortium. Her paper was distributed to the appropriate county officials and the county treasurer as the legal basis for adopting the pioneering concept. Professor O’Reilly testified at the county hearing in support and offered Washatka's findings to county officials. This month’s adoption is the culmination of the work of public officials, nongovernmental organizations, and Washatka's outstanding efforts.



Congratulations to all!

 

Alicia Miller Turned an Interest in Social Justice into a Career as a Public Defender


Having grown up near Cincinnati in West Chester, Ohio, Alicia Miller ’14 is a home grown Bearcat in this year’s graduating class.  A graduate of Lakota West High School, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The Ohio State University.  After her undergraduate years, she spent some time handling broken automobile glass insurance claims with Safelite Solutions.  It was during this time that she prepared for the LSAT and law school applications.

“I decided to come to UC Law to work with the Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice,” said Miller, adding that UC’s great value and proximity to friends and family were also factors contributing to her decision.  Upon arriving, she found she made the right choice, noting the outstanding dedication of the faculty and staff at the college and the support, guidance, and mentoring she has benefitted from.

Miller has been tremendously involved in her three years of law school. She externed with the Ohio Justice & Policy Center where she researched the “school-to-prison pipeline” and worked with Cincinnati residents, helping them expunge and seal criminal records.  She conducted research on the issue of food deserts in Cincinnati in another externship with the Center for Closing the Health Gap.  Then, she has the opportunity to  represent indigent clients while she externed with the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy.  Finally, Miller has been involved with numerous student organizations, including Advocates for Children, the Black Law Student Association, the Freedom Center Journal, and the Law Democrats.

Upon graduation, Miller will be working with the Marion County Public Defender Agency in Indianapolis – first as a post-graduate intern. She will transition to working on misdemeanor cases when she receives her positive bar results.  “I hope to expand into juvenile criminal defense, as well as adult felonies,” she shared. “After getting experience in those areas I hope to direct a public defender’s office someday and positively shape the way that indigent criminal defense is administered in my jurisdiction.”

In reflection on her law school experience and chosen career path, she shared the following:  “My advice to those who may be interested in criminal defense is to trust that things will work out and not to let financial constraints keep you from pursuing your dreams. Find mentors within the criminal defense realm who will ensure that you get every opportunity to become a better advocate for clients.”  Miller has found that UC Law has provided her with these mentors, and has propelled her towards her dreams.  “I feel incredibly blessed to have found what I hope to spend the rest of my career doing.”

UC to Present Honorary Degree to Alumnus and Top Trial Lawyer Billy Martin


UC alumnus and nationally renowned trial lawyer Billy Martin will receive an honorary doctorate at the University of Cincinnati April Commencement ceremony.

 

Date: 3/31/2014 

By: M.B. Reilly

Phone: (513) 556-1824

Photos By: Provided

 

The University of Cincinnati will bestow its highest award, an honorary doctorate, on nationally renowned trial lawyer and UC College of Law alumnus William R. “Billy” Martin during spring Commencement ceremonies. Martin will receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree at the ceremony set for 9 a.m., Saturday, April 26, in Fifth Third Arena.

 

 

 

Consistently named one of the top trial lawyers in Washington, D.C. and throughout the United States, Martin, who is majority owner and founder of Martin & Gitner, PLLC, has tried more than 150 jury trials, many involving large corporations and leading figures in politics, sports and entertainment.

 

While Martin has made a name nationally through his representation in numerous high-profile cases, he has a diverse practice that also focuses on complex civil and white collar litigation before state and federal courts and in administrative hearings.

 

Martin also has substantial experience with internal investigations, serving extensively as an Integrity and Ethics Monitor on behalf of government agencies and courts in a variety of industries. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Directors of The American Arbitration Association and has experience both representing parties in arbitration, as well as serving as an arbitrator in private disputes. Most recently, he served as outside counsel to the United States House of Representatives Committee on Ethics in connection with its investigation of a Member of Congress. He is a frequent speaker on corporate responsibility and ethics.

 

After receiving his law degree from UC in 1976, Martin served as a city and federal prosecutor from 1976 until 1980 in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1980 he was appointed to serve as a Special Attorney in the Organized Crime Strike Force in San Francisco, a position he held for four years. He then moved from San Francisco to Washington, D.C., where he served as an Assistant United States Attorney for four years before being promoted to the Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, a position he held until he left the office to begin private practice.

 

Martin is a member of the D.C. Bar Association, the National Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and he is president of the Washington Bar Association. He has been listed in the National Law Journal’s “50 Most Influential Minority Attorneys,” and has ranked fourth in The Washingtonian’s list of “Top Lawyers. He has received numerous other distinctions.

 

Martin graduated from Howard University in 1973, where he pursued studies in business administration and political science, and is a recipient of Howard's Distinguished Alumni Award. In addition, he received the UC College of Law Distinguished Alumni Award in 2002.

George Jonson '83 received the 2014 Eugene R. Weir Award for Ethics and Professionalism


George Jonson, a managing partner at the law office of Montgomery, Rennie & Jonson, received the 2014 Eugene R. Weir Award for Ethics and Professionalism from the Ohio State Bar Association.

The Weir Award recognizes exceptional professional responsibility among Ohio lawyers and was presented to Jonson during the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) Annual Convention in Columbus.

The OSBA Board of Governors established the Weir Award in 1998 to honor the memory of Eugene R. Weir, a former member of the board. Weir championed improvements in lawyer regulation and strongly advocated for the promotion of professionalism and legal ethics. Each year this award is given to one lawyer who has worked to promote and uphold legal professionalism and ethics.

Jonson's practice focuses on the defense of legal malpractice claims, as well as commercial litigation. He provides ethics advice to attorneys and judges and represents attorneys, judges and other professionals in disciplinary actions. He has represented clients in state and federal court for more than 30 years.

Jonson earned his undergraduate degree from Miami University at Oxford in 1979 and his law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1983. He is admitted to practice in Ohio and Kentucky state courts as well as a number of federal trial and appellate courts.

George Jonson '83 received the 2014 Eugene R. Weir Award for Ethics and Professionalism


George Jonson, a managing partner at the law office of Montgomery, Rennie & Jonson, received the 2014 Eugene R. Weir Award for Ethics and Professionalism from the Ohio State Bar Association.

The Weir Award recognizes exceptional professional responsibility among Ohio lawyers and was presented to Jonson during the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) Annual Convention in Columbus.

The OSBA Board of Governors established the Weir Award in 1998 to honor the memory of Eugene R. Weir, a former member of the board. Weir championed improvements in lawyer regulation and strongly advocated for the promotion of professionalism and legal ethics. Each year this award is given to one lawyer who has worked to promote and uphold legal professionalism and ethics.

Jonson's practice focuses on the defense of legal malpractice claims, as well as commercial litigation. He provides ethics advice to attorneys and judges and represents attorneys, judges and other professionals in disciplinary actions. He has represented clients in state and federal court for more than 30 years.

Jonson earned his undergraduate degree from Miami University at Oxford in 1979 and his law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1983. He is admitted to practice in Ohio and Kentucky state courts as well as a number of federal trial and appellate courts.

KMK Law Attorney Sophia R. Jannace '13 Admitted to Practice Law in Kentucky


Cincinnati, OH — Sophia R. Jannace, an attorney at Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL (KMK Law®), was recently admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  She had previously been admitted to practice law in Ohio.

Jannace joined KMK Law in September 2013 where she practices in the firm’s litigation group with a focus on commercial disputes.  Jannace earned her J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2013, Order of the Coif.  While in law school, she served as a judicial extern in the chambers of the Honorable David L. Bunning, District Judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky. She also acted as a legal extern at General Cable Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, where she drafted and reviewed commercial agreements and prepared due diligence materials for the issuance of high yield notes. Jannace worked during her summers in law school at a law firm in Lexington, Kentucky, where she drafted motions for summary judgment and administrative appeals. She was active in law school, serving as the Publications Editor for the University of Cincinnati Law Review, a member of the Cincinnati Trial Practice Team, volunteer with the Tenant Information Project, Class Representative on the Student Bar Association, and a member of the Student Court.

Prior to entering law school, Jannace served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member at the Homeless and Housing Coalition of Kentucky, a non-profit organization, where she spent a year as the Communications and Outreach Coordinator. The following year, she acted as the non-profit’s AmeriCorps Member Coordinator and served on the strategic planning committee for Lexington’s first Stand Down/Homeless Connect.  Jannace earned her B.A. from the University of Kentucky in 2008, magna cum laude.

About Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL

The law firm of Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL (KMK Law®), 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® 2014 recognized KMK as a leading law firm in Ohio in Bankruptcy & Restructuring, Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions, and General Commercial Litigation.  KMK earned three national rankings (Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, and Venture Capital Law) and 36 metropolitan rankings in the 2014 “Best Law Firms” report 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 www.kmklaw.com. 

Michael J. Moeddel '02 named a winner of The 2014 M&A Advisor 40 Under 40 Recognition Awards


Cincinnati, OH — Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL (KMK Law) partner Michael J. Moeddel has been named a winner of The 2014 M&A Advisor 40 Under 40 Recognition Awards in the Legal Advisor category.  The awards program recognizes leading professionals working in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, turnaround, and financing who have reached a significant level of success in the industry while still under the age of 40. Winners are chosen for their accom
plishments and expertise from a pool of international nominees by an independent judging panel of distinguished business leaders.

Michael J. Moeddel head shotMichael J. Moeddel is a partner with KMK Law’s Business Representation & Transactions Group.  He represents public and private companies in a general counsel capacity on a broad range of corporate legal matters, with a particular emphasis on mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, capital market transactions and other complex business transactions.  In the negotiation of acquisitions, Moeddel represents clients in all aspects of the transactions, including structuring the transactions, negotiating financing terms and documentation, to transitioning the business into a company’s existing structure.  

Moeddel also regularly represents investors in structuring and negotiating private placements of securities, including venture capital and private equity transactions.  He has represented angel investors, venture capital firms, private equity investors, and mezzanine lenders in structuring investments in start-up enterprises and existing businesses.  Moeddel also has worked with investee companies and entrepreneurs in negotiating terms of investment and exit transactions, corporate governance, and operational matters.   His experience includes the representation of public companies regarding a wide variety of securities issues particular to public companies, including corporate governance matters and compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

Moeddel currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, on the Grants Committee of the Cincinnati Bar Foundation, as a Board Member of the Southwest Ohio Council on Child Abuse, and a member of the Ohio Bar Association's Corporate Law Committee.  He recently completed a seven year commitment as a Director (last two years as Chairman) of the Greater Cincinnati Sports Corporation, whose events annually generate 100,000 visitors to the region.  He also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitor's Bureau.  In 2006, Mike was appointed by Mayor Mallory to the Cincinnati Recreation Commission where he served for three years and was responsible for overseeing Cincinnati’s 27 recreation centers, 41 aquatic facilities, and 2,500+ acres of outdoor athletic facilities.  At KMK Law, Moeddel has served important roles in many firm committees and efforts, including the firm's Diversity Task Force, Hiring Committee, and Employee Benefits Committee.  Moeddel has been named to The Best Lawyers in America® and to Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars.

The 2014 M&A Advisor 40 Under 40 awards will be presented at a gala ceremony on June 24, 2014, in New York City in conjunction with the 2014 Emerging Leaders’ Summit.  This is the second consecutive year that a KMK Law partner has been named a winner in The M&A Advisors 40 Under 40 Recognition Awards.

About Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL

The law firm of Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL (KMK Law®), 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® 2014 recognized KMK as a leading law firm in Ohio in Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions, Bankruptcy & Restructuring, and General Commercial Litigation.  KMK earned three national rankings (Corporate Law, Commercial Litigation, and Venture Capital Law) and 36 metropolitan rankings in the 2014 “Best Law Firms” report 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 www.kmklaw.com. 

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.