Niehoff Elected Trustee Chair
Date: 2/13/2009 12:00:00 AM
By: Greg Hand
Phone: (513) 556-1822
H. C. Buck Niehoff was unanimously elected chair of the University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees on Jan. 27.
Niehoff is Of Counsel at the law firm of Peck, Shaffer & Williams LLC, and serves as co-chair for UC’s “Proudly Cincinnati” fund-raising campaign. He succeeds Jeffrey L. Wyler, who had served as chair of the Trustees for two years.
Niehoff’s ties with the University of Cincinnati extend over three decades. He is a 1972 graduate of the College of Law, and since 1992 he has been a member of the Board of Visitors of that college. Since 1993 he has volunteered for the University of Cincinnati Foundation, and became a member of its executive committee in 1997. He was chair of the steering committee for the Cincinnati area for the $325 million Campaign for the University of Cincinnati. In 2002 he was elected emeritus trustee of the Foundation. Since 1997 he and his wife Patti have sponsored an annual "Evening with a Great Teacher," which highlights outstanding faculty members of the University.
Drew, Miller, and Eisele Receive 2009 Goldman Teaching Excellence Award
Challenging. Engaging. Uncanny. Committed. These adjectives describe the 2009 Goldman Prize for Excellence in Teaching recipients. All have demonstrated their commitment to students and unrelenting support of the College of Law. Congratulations to this year’s recipients: Margaret B. Drew, Darrell A.H. Miller, and Thomas D. Eisele.
Professor Margaret B. Drew. Her accomplishments and abilities as a professor can’t be boiled down to buzzwords and one-liners, said students when nominating her. On the contrary, Professor Drew, a two-time Goldman Prize recipient, embodies the ideal educator. Her classroom skills are matched only by her mastery of the material and true interest in student development. Her favorite phrase, “Leap and the net will appear,” provides students with confidence as well as support as they navigate the halls of the law school and the courtroom. But it isn’t just that she encourages her students to leap; it is that through care and repetition she makes students sure the net will actually appear if they leap. She impresses upon them that “leaping” is nothing more than the next natural step in their development as attorneys. With classes that are a mix of theory and practice and supportive, ongoing supervision, Professor Drew’s students speak of her dedication and commitment as an educator. Her nominating students said it clearly: “What Professor Drew provides is clear notice that, just as your education is ongoing, so too will her presence be in your life as a friend, confidant, and educator.”
Professor Darrell A.H. Miller. A reputation as a collaborator and an ability to reach students at every level are what deeply impressed students about Professor Miller. In only his second year at the College of Law, Professor Miller has demonstrated his commitment to students and ability to adapt to the varying needs of a diverse student body without compromising his unique approach to the law. In fact, students in his Civil Procedure class have been impressed by his steps to inject an element of practicality into one of the more drier and mechanical first-year courses. The positive reactions to his class and his passion for the subject are only part of his success. The real testament to his achievements in teaching, wrote students when nominating him, is what he is able to elicit from his students, and the self-confidence, intellectual curiosity, and self-reflection that follow. Indeed, he has crafted a use of the Socratic Method that makes students prepared for class. The preparation doesn’t come from fear, wrote students, but out of a genuine desire to perform and participate in the discussion as intellectual equals—a result that Professor Miller sees as not only possible, but as a valuable ideal.
Professor Thomas D. Eisele. It is a rare student who has not taken at least one class with Professor Eisele; and rarer still is the student who doesn’t heap praise on him upon mention of his name. An engaging and energetic instructor, Professor Eisele has a teaching style that is comprehensive, compassionate, and considerate, said students when nominating him for the award. A five-time recipient of the prize, Professor Eisele is said to be challenging and direct, but never abrasive. In fact, he uses the Socratic Method in a collaborative way by treating students more like partners in conversation, and less like witnesses under cross-examination! Professor Eisele enjoys the “give and take” of classroom discussion and keeps students’ attention by fostering robust dialogue, presenting the material clearly, and patiently answering every question. It is evident that he spends a significant amount of time preparing material for class. He creates a compendium of supplemental materials, affectionately nicknamed “the supp.,” for students, which contains answers to questions from the text and his personal insights on the law and its development. Best of all, he takes the time to learn each student’s name, earning their respect along the way. Trivial to some, his students appreciate this gesture of hospitality and repay it with warmth and admiration.
About the Goldman Prize for Teaching Excellence
The Goldman Prize has been awarded for over 30 years to recognize excellence in teaching. This award is unique because students nominate and choose the recipients—their professors. To make this decision, the committee also considers the professors’ research and public service as they contribute to superior performance in the classroom.
Five Minutes with Professor Lew Goldfarb
Professor Lew Goldfarb, the new director of the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic, is a former accountant and licensed CPA in the state of Ohio. After working in the accounting field for several years, he made a career transition, turning to law. He has spent most of his legal career as in-house counsel for one of the nation’s largest car companies: Honda. Specifically, he provided legal counsel for Honda of America Mfg., Inc. In addition, he owned and operated Goalsetter Inc. dba Club Z! In Home Tutoring Service, providing one-on-one in-home instruction to students in central Ohio. Now, he is a member of the law school’s faculty, charged with developing the small business clinic.
Why did you want to become a lawyer?
“Perhaps, it's genetic. My sister, Phyllis Goldfarb, is a lawyer and law school professor; my cousin, Joanne Goldfarb, is a lawyer in Cleveland; my uncle, Ernie Abram, was a lawyer in Cleveland; and my father, Charles Goldfarb, had his law school career, and his dreams of becoming a lawyer, cut short by his military service in World War II. In addition to my apparent genetic predisposition to lawyering, I always have enjoyed analysis and problem-solving and chose lawyering as a good career to go along with my prior career as a CPA.”
What was your first impression of UC Law?
“My first impression was good one. During the interview process at UC, I observed a sense of collegiality among the faculty and staff and felt support for its clinical programs from the dean and members of the faculty, all of whom seemed very down-to-earth. I value all of these traits in an employer.”
What’s the best part about the law/being a lawyer?
“The best part about being a lawyer is the diversity of the work you do (you're never bored!) and the career opportunities it presents. By being a lawyer, I believe I possess skills that have allowed me to successfully transition from one career to another - from being in private practice, to in-house corporate counsel, to an entrepreneur owning and operating my own business, to a career in teaching.”
What’s on your nightstand?
“On my nightstand, I keep a journal in which I write passages from time to time to express my thoughts and feelings about my work and personal life. I find it to be good therapy for me.”
UC vs OSU football: Who are you routing for?
“OSU!!! I'm a bit biased since I am a "Double Buckeye", having graduated from OSU for both undergrad and law school. Since I'm now at UC, I plan to become a fan of the Bearcats also. I'll cheer for the Bearcats as long as they're not playing my beloved Buckeyes.”
Professor Paul Caron Named Visionary by Accounting Today Magazine
October 18 , 2006 - Professor Paul Caron, one of the leading national tax scholars, has been named a "visionary: one of the 100 most influential people" by Accounting Today magazine. These professionals include the stalwarts in the accounting profession; those leading fast-growing specialty niches; and those working in technology, academia and politics who have helped shape the current and future direction of the field.
The Charles Hartsock Professor of Law and Director of Faculty Projects, Professor Caron is the publisher and editor-in-chief of TaxProf Blog, called a "valuable hub for academics and practitioners" by Accounting Today.
Sean Rhiney Published in NALP Bulletin
October 18 , 2006 - Sean Rhiney, Public Service Coordinator and Counselor for the Center for Professional Development, has published an article titled "Pursuit of a Non-Traditional Legal Career Becoming �More Traditional,' " in the NALP Bulletin. This magazine is the monthly publication of the National Association for Legal Career Professionals (NALP). It is received by over 1,000 law school career officers and law firm/government recruiters.
Rhiney has more than 10 years of legal industry experience, including six years of complex civil, commercial and intellectual property litigation experience with the Bison Jacobson Law Office.
Professor Suja Thomas featured in NY Times Column
05/07/2007 - Suja Thomas, Professor of Law, was featured in the April 30, 2007 issue of the New York Times column by Adam Liptak.
Here's an excerpt from Liptak's column "Cases Keep Flowing In, But the Jury Pool Is Idle"
"In an article titled "Why Summary Judgment Is Unconstitutional," published last month in the Virginia Law Review, Suja A. Thomas, a law professor at the University of Cincinnati, makes the perfectly plausible argument that the procedure violates the Seventh Amendment, which reserves the job of determining the facts in civil cases to juries.
When judges decide summary judgment motions, Professor Thomas wrote, they intrude on that job. The theory of summary judgment is that judges may rule for one side or the other only after finding that no "genuine" issues of "material" fact are in dispute. They must determine, as the Supreme Court has put it, whether "a reasonable jury could return a verdict" for the party defending against a motion for summary judgment.
All of that pushes judges right up to and sometimes across the constitutional line of determining the facts for themselves."
University of Cincinnati College of Law Dean Elected to National Board
05/14/2007 - Assistant Dean Mina Jones Jefferson was elected to a two-year term (2207-2009) for the Board of Directors for the National Association for Law Placement (NALP). NALP, headquartered in Washington, D.C., includes career services professionals from virtually all of the ABA-accredited US law schools, several Canadian law schools, and recruiting administrators and attorney professional development directors for more than 1,000 legal employers.
Board of Directors members serve as the governing body of the association, formulating policies, strategic planning, and advising as necessary. Members also serve as liaisons to sections, committees, groups and task forces, and represent the membership at various NALP regional functions.
Dean Jefferson is the Director of the Center for Professional Development at the College of Law. A former hiring partner at a National Law Journal Top 250 law firm, she is one of the few law school career services professionals in the country who has been on both sides of the table. Dean Jefferson practiced commercial litigation for nine years before joining the law school and was one of the first African-American women in the region elected to the partnership of a large firm.
Law Professor Cited in Wall Street Journal
06/1/2007 - Law School Professor Paul Caron, the Charles Hartsock Professor of Law and Director of Faculty Projects, was cited in the May 30, 2007 issue of the Wall Street Journal Online.
Tom Herman and Rachel Emma Silverman, Tax Report columnists, call Caron's blog an "important reading for anyone trying to keep up with tax-related news, ranging from court cases and IRS news releases to coverage of tax geeks who appear in strange music videos."
TaxProf Blog Is #8 Among 1,845 Law Blogs
06/28/2007 - The TaxProf Blog, is the eighth most popular law blog among the nation's 1,845 law blogs, announced Professor Paul Caron, Charles Hartsock Professor of Law, Director-Faculty Projects, and editor of the blog. This listing was tracked by Justia.com
In addition, TaxProf Blog is the number one tax blog among 20 tax blogs, based on the number of visits from the BlawgSearch search engine and directory listing pages of Justia.com.
Paul Caron Named Associate Dean
Date: July 2, 2007
Paul L. Caron, Charles Hartsock Professor of Law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, has been named Associate Dean of Faculty. "I am delighted that Paul has agreed to serve in this important position," said College of Law Dean Louis D. Bilionis. "His primary role will be to help us achieve the goals of our Strategic Plan to recruit and retain a faculty of outstanding and diverse scholars and constantly develop, support and showcase them. He will also take a leadership role in strengthening the College's support of all aspects of our faculty's work, including administrative, library and technological support for faculty research and teaching."
"I am honored to have the opportunity to work with Dean Bilionis and our extraordinary faculty in this new position," said Professor Caron. "I would stack the breadth and depth of our faculty against any of our competitors-I know of no other law school in which every faculty member has published a book or law review article over the past two years. Since 2000, our faculty has published 25 books and articles in the top 15 publishers and law reviews-more than one per faculty member."
Professor Caron was the inaugural Associate Dean for Faculty Development at the College (1999-2001), co-authoring an article on the experience with former Dean Joseph Tomain. The Associate Dean for Research Position: Encouraging and Promoting Scholarship, 33 U. Tol. L. Rev. 233 (2001) (Leadership in Legal Education Symposium). This article has been used as a template in creating a similar position at other law schools. In addition, many of the initiatives he spearheaded - Summer Scholarship Series, Scholar Exchange Program, SSRN Public Law & Legal Theory Journal, and Faculty News-have continued to enrich and showcase College faculty's work.
As one of the leading entrepreneurial scholars in the country, Professor Caron is at the forefront on two of the cutting edge issues of legal education-law school rankings and technological innovations in law scholarship and teaching. He conceived and edited Tax Stories (Foundation Press, 2003), providing an in-depth look at the 10 leading tax cases. This book has spawned the Law Stories Series, for which he serves as Series Editor. He also organized a Board of Editors of leading tax scholars that designed a Graduate Tax Series of books for use in tax LL.M. programs and published by LexisNexis, for which he serves as Series Editor.
Professor Caron is the creator and editor of TaxProf Blog, the country's most popular legal blog edited by a single law professor. He, along with Joe Hodnicki-the Associate Director of Library Operations-launched the Law Professor Blogs Network, an affiliation of over 50 blogs in other areas of law. Professor Caron organized the first scholarly conference on blogging (Bloggership: How Blogs Are Transforming Legal Scholarship) at Harvard Law School in April 2006, with the papers published in the Washington University Law Review. He has spoken on the emergence of blogs as new vehicles of scholarly communication at various symposia and conferences.
Professor Caron has a strong interest in the topic of law school rankings. With UC Professor Rafael Gely, he wrote one of the most influential articles on legal education and law school rankings in recent years, What Law Schools Can Learn from Billy Beane and the Oakland Athletics, 82 Tex. L. Rev. 1483 (2004). This led to the development of the first scholarly conference on law school rankings in 2005, with the papers published in the Indiana Law Journal. His article, Ranking Law Schools: Using SSRN to Measure Scholarly Performance, 81 Ind. L.J. 83 (2006) (with University of Texas Law Professor Bernard Black), has spawned a new metric for law school and law faculty rankings. He also worked with University of Texas Law Professor Brian Leiter in redesigning and launching a law school rankings web site. Both the article and rankings web site were featured in the Wall Street Journal last week.
Professor Caron was one of the first law professors to use "clicker" technology in the classroom. He explained the pedagogy behind the technology in Taking Back the Law School Classroom: Using Technology to Foster Active Student Learning, 54 J. Legal Educ. 551 (2004) (with Rafael Gely), which was featured in the New York Times. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for CALI -The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, the leading organization dedicated to law school technology, he is a featured speaker at law faculty colloquia across the country on this topic.