Professor Sandra Sperino Named 2015 Harold C. Schott Scholarship Award Recipient
Congratulations to Professor Sandra Sperino who has been named the recipient of the 2015 Harold C. Schott Scholarship Award. The award recognizes outstanding research and scholarly achievement by a member of the faculty of the University of Cincinnati College of Law. She will deliver a public lecture on her scholarship here at the College of Law during the 2015-2016 academic year.
Professor Sperino is an influential, nationally recognized scholar in employment discrimination law who joined the College in 2011. Professor Sperino received her JD from the University of Illinois College of Law, where she was editor-in-chief of the University of Illinois Law Review, and a MS in journalism from the University of Illinois.
After graduating from law school, Professor Sperino clerked for the Honorable Donald J. Stohr of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri. She then went into private practice, working at Lewis, Rice & Fingersh (St. Louis) for the litigation and labor and employment departments. There she co-authored the successful petition for writ of certiorari and the brief argued before the United States Supreme Court in United States v. Sell.
Professor Sperino left the firm to join academia, participating in the Lawless Fellowship Program at the University of Illinois College of Law. She served on the faculty of the University of Illinois College of Law, the St. Louis University School of Law, and the Temple University Beasley School of Law before joining the College of Law as an associate professor.
Wrote Dean Lou Bilionis in an announcement about her award, “Her research entails a wholesale rethinking of employment discrimination law. In a series of articles, she has offered a meta-critique of discrimination law that focuses on two principal themes: how judicially-created frameworks for evaluating employment discrimination claims are antithetical to the underling goals of discrimination statutes, and how discrimination law intersects with – and on occasion is distorted by – other areas of the law, such as tort, agency, and civil procedure.”
Leading scholars in the field have referred to her work as “the epitome of quality scholarship.” Her research is “masterfully execute[d]” and “on the cutting edge of employment discrimination.” Courts are finding merit in Professor Sperino’s scholarly publications as well. The Iowa Supreme Court cited two of her articles as it decided to interpret its state antidiscrimination laws more expansively and protectively than federal law has been interpreted. See Pippen v. State, 854 N.W.2d 1 (Iowa 2014); Goodpaster v. Schwan’s Home Service, Inc., 849 N.W.2d 1 (Iowa 2014). The Hawaii Supreme Court similarly has turned to Professor Sperino’s research to interpret its state’s antidiscrimination law. See Adams v. CDM Media USA, Inc., 2015 WL 769745, No. SCWC-12-00000741 (Hawaii Feb. 24, 2015).
Professor Sperino’s scholarly record is complemented by her outstanding teaching accomplishments here at the College, where she has received the Goldman Prize for Excellence in Teaching.
Prof. Vazquez Publishes Article on Latino Subordination
Professor Yolanda Vázquez’ has recently published the article Constructing Crimmigration: Latino Subordination in a “Post-Racial” World. It is now in print at 76 Ohio State Law Journal 599 (2015).
Prof. Williams Writes Editorial on Definition of Marriage
Professor Verna Williams recently wrote an editorial, “Marriage has Changed Through the Ages,” examining the definition of marriage. This was in response to recent Supreme Court of the United States case about marriage equality. Read the Cincinnati Enquirer editorial here.
Professor Williams is a family law professor and co-director of the Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice.
Prof. McMahon Published Op-Ed on Death Tax Repeal Act in The Hill
Professor Stephanie McMahon recently published the op-ed “(Un)intended Consequences of Death Tax Repeal” in the April 29, 2015 issue of The Hill (a congressional blog). Her editorial looks at the impact of H.R. 1105, the “Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015,” which would repeal the federal estate tax, and explains her concerns on the hidden agenda behind the bill. Read more here.
Prof. Sandra Sperino Give Presentation and Has Article Accepted for Publication
The article “Retaliation and the Reasonable Person”, written by Professor Sandra Sperino, was accepted for publication in the Florida Law Review. In addition, Professor Sperino recently participated in the Clifford Symposium at DePaul University College of Law where she presented her paper, “The Civil Rights Restatement”. Congratulations!
Prof. Jacob Cogan’s Article Published
Congratulations to Jacob Cogan, the Judge Joseph P. Kinneary Professor of Law. His work The Changing Form of the International Law Commission’s Work was recently published in EVOLUTIONS IN THE LAW OF INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS 275 (Roberto Virzo and Ivan Ingravallo eds., Brill | Nijhoff 2015).
College of Law Announces the 2015 Goldman Prize for Excellence in Teaching Awards
Professors Michele Bradley, A. Christopher Bryant, and Janet Moore received the annual award for teaching excellence, which was announced on Wednesday, April 22, 2015.
Cincinnati, OH—The recipients of the 2015 Goldman Prize for Excellence in Teaching share a central characteristic: they enjoy laying a foundation of knowledge that students will use throughout their legal careers. All willingly pass on their knowledge and experience to others, demonstrated by their commitment to teaching and the impact they’ve made at the College of Law. Congratulations to this year’s recipients: Professors Michele Bradley, A. Christopher Bryant, and Janet Moore.
Michele Bradley, Professor of Practice
Professor Michele Bradley, a College of Law graduate, has distinguished herself as a professor who demonstrates excellence in the classroom, as well as a great advisor outside of the classroom. She teaches courses in Legal Research and Writing and works closely with the Judicial Extern Program. In the classroom, Professor Bradley creates a learning environment that allows each of her students to feel more comfortable while exploring a new way of writing that can be very difficult to comprehend. Wrote one student in a letter nominating her, “Professor Bradley provides an atmosphere that is conducive to student participation and the ability for us to bounce ideas off of each other.” Such a trait is especially important for Professor Bradley’s courses as they are filled with 1Ls attempting to adjust to the rigors of law school.
Outside of the classroom, Professor Bradley is committed to students’ success. She makes herself available to help not only with writing required for class, but also with writing samples students may want to use in applying for jobs. She seeks out individual students for opportunities she thinks they would find rewarding or that would benefit them by their involvement. Professor Bradley has shown that she not only wants her students to become successful attorneys, but that she is willing to help them reach that goal.
A. Christopher Bryant, Rufus King Professor of Constitutional Law
Professor A. Christopher Bryant demonstrates excellence in teaching both inside and outside the classroom. Inside the classroom he distinguishes himself by fostering discussions among students who often have very polarized opinions. One of the biggest challenges that he has to overcome is addressing controversial topics in a room of twenty-something-year-old students with differing perspectives. His ability to harness students’ passions and convert them into worthwhile discussion topics is unrivaled.
Outside the classroom, Professor Bryant excels as well. He is often a featured participant in law school sponsored debates, a keynote speaker on current events with legal implications, and a facilitator of CLE events open to the broader legal community. Indeed, attending any of these forums will enlighten students as to why Professor Bryant is a wonderful teacher and a great ambassador for the law school.
Finally, Professor Bryant’s dedication to teaching and educational reform also is exemplified by a recent scholarly undertaking. He is hard at work on a new Constitutional Law casebook that will introduce new and more effective ways of teaching constitutional law to students.
Professor Janet Moore, Assistant Professor of Law
Professor Janet Moore’s ability to offer personal insight and perspective inside and outside of the classroom sets her apart from others. She is well-known for her unique teaching style that introduces legal concepts in a fun and engaging manner. Indeed, lessons are filled with nursery rhymes, comedic pictures, pop culture, and anecdotal stories that seamlessly tie into the key points of every lecture. These points stick with students well beyond the exam and turn every lesson into meaningful informative sessions that will help them in their career. She is masterful in not just ensuring that students understand the key points of each lesson, but also that each student recognizes the real world applications and many shades of gray that come with interpreting the law.
Professor Moore has a natural talent for communicating with the student body that has earned her the respect of both the students and the administration. In addition, she engages outside the classroom, speaking about her experiences as a defense attorney for death row inmates and her past experiences as a litigator. Her knowledge and experience serve as indispensable tools to be passed on to others; and the care and concern she shows to each student makes her feel like everyone’s personal mentor.
About the Goldman Prize for Excellence in Teaching Award
Each year, students have an opportunity to recognize excellence in teaching at the College of Law by nominating a professor(s) for the Goldman Prize. Awarded annually, the Prize recognizes professors who distinguish themselves in the classroom and whose accomplishments in research and/or public service contribute to excellence in teaching.
Professor Vazquez Organizes Race/Border Control Event
Professor Yolanda Vazquez organized a themed week on race and border control at Border Criminologies, based at the Centre for Criminology at the University of Oxford. She also provided the first installment. Read her piece and more about the event.
Profs. Bettman and Moore Discuss Ohio v. Clark (podcast)
Professors Marianna Bettman and Janet Moore discussed Ohio v. Clark on March 2, 2015 for Bloomberg News. Listen to the podcast. (view podcast)
Director Ken Hirsh’s Article Accepted for Publication
Congratulations to Ken Hirsh, Director of the Law Library and Information Technology and Professor of Practice, who recently received notice that his article has been accepted for publication. Like Mark Twain: The Death of Academic Law Libraries Is An Exaggeration, will be published in Volume 106 of the Law Library Journal (Number 4).