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Drew, Lassiter and Bryant Receive 2008 Goldman Teaching Excellence Award

Cincinnati, Ohio
From artfully presenting real world situations to encourage greater discussion to sharing advice every law student needs to hear, the recipients of the 2008 Goldman Prize for Teaching Excellence have all demonstrated their commitment to students and unrelenting support of the College of Law. Congratulations to the 2008 recipients: Professors Margaret Drew, Christo Lassiter, and A. Christopher Bryant.

Margaret Drew“Leap and the net will appear” is a favorite saying of Margaret Drew, Associate Professor of Clinical Law and Director, Domestic Violence and Civil Protection Order Clinic. Though students often consider it to be one of the most difficult legal subjects, they agree that the Domestic Violence Clinic experience is one of the best opportunities the law school offers and Professor Drew is the reason why. When nominating her students noted that her excellence as a legal scholar and practicing attorney is matched equally by her style of teaching and the support she offers students. The effort she puts forth coaching and training her students to advocate at a practical level equips them with the knowledge and motivation to help others in difficult situations. The Domestic Violence clinical can be very intense work. That’s why Professor Drew advocates the importance of self care. Thus, her classes include a self care component. Students learn the unique value of drawing Gaelic spirals or playing card games—all in an effort to restore their sense of well-being and enable them to balance their own quality of life. This lesson is invaluable to a person heading into the legal profession. For this, they are forever grateful.

Christo LassiterProfessor Christo Lassiter expounds the ideal that law school is about “learning to think like a lawyer,” wrote his students when nominating him for the Goldman Award. . Merging thought-provoking hypotheticals and meaningful discussion, he challenges students to think harder while clarifying difficult legal issues. It is uncommon for a student to leave his class without having learned something! Professor Lassiter teaches courses in criminal law, criminal procedure and white collar crime. In nominating him, students noted that he is far from an intellectual lightweight. In fact, he is considered to be one of the most intelligent and well-respected professors at the College of Law. This has been exemplified by the large number of students who seek out any class they can take with him. In addition to maintaining an open door policy, Professor Lassiter demonstrates over and over that he genuinely cares about student education and their professional experiences. Students comment that his intelligence, energy, theatrics and occasional song keep them coming back!

A. Chris BryantIt has been said that very few things can prepare someone for three years of law school. Even less can prepare you on how to practically apply what you’ve learned once you’ve graduated. In every class he teaches, though, Professor A. Christopher Bryant excels in all of these areas and more, say his students. His preparation before class and dedication to students afterward is extraordinary. Commented a student when nominating him, “through his careful use of the Socratic method, Professor Bryant draws the best from each individual in the class.” For him, it’s not just about getting the right answer; it’s about developing a better understanding of the world—whether that be constitutional issues or conflict of laws. At the law school Professor Bryant teaches constitutional law, American legal history, conflict of laws, and criminal law and procedure. He combines a intellectual prowess with a practical approach, making even the most complex constitutional issues understandable. Not only that, his unique charisma and charming delivery keeps students engaged in the many facets of constitutional law. Noted one student, “It takes a special teacher to connect 70s classic rock against the framework of the American two-party political system.” Professor Bryant is such a teacher and all agree he is up to the challenge.


About the Goldman Prize for Teaching Excellence

The Goldman Prize has been awarded for over 30 years. This award is unique because students nominate and choose the recipients—their professors. To make this decision the committee considers the professors’ research and public service as they contribute to superior performance in the classroom.

Dr. Douglas Mossman Receives Manfred S. Guttmacher Award

Cincinnati, Ohio
On May 4, Douglas Mossman, M.D. became the latest recipient of the Manfred S. Guttmacher Award during the American Psychiatric Association’s 160th annual meeting in Washington, D.C.  Following receipt of the award, Mossman delivered his Guttmacher Award Lecture, “Critique of Pure Risk Assessment or, Kant Meets Tarasoff,” to an audience of colleagues at the Washington Convention Center.

The Manfred S. Guttmacher Award is granted each year by the APA and the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law to honor outstanding contributions to the literature of forensic psychiatry. Mossman’s award-winning article, “Critique of Pure Risk Assessment or, Kant Meets Tarasoff,” appeared in the Winter 2006 issue of the University of Cincinnati Law Review.

Mossman is the director of the Glenn M. Weaver Institute of Law and Psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati College of Law professor and is the director of the Division of Forensic Psychiatry at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine.

Mossman received his undergraduate degree from Oberlin College and his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor. He completed his general psychiatry residency and a child psychiatry fellowship at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry.

A frequent lecturer to medical and legal audiences, Mossman has authored more than 100 publications on ethical issues, medical decision-making, violence prediction, statistics, and psychiatric treatment. Mossman’s accomplishment have also been recognized through listings in “Best Doctors in America,” “Who’s Who in the Midwest,” and “Who’s Who in Science and Engineering,” and by his designation as a Distinguished Fellow of the APA.  His 1994 article, “Assessing Predictions of Violence: Being Accurate about Accuracy,” was the first to examine violence predictions using ROC analysis and has been cited in more than 250 scientific and legal publications. His scholarship emphasizes using insights from other disciplines, especially mathematics and philosophy, to resolve diagnostic and decision-making problems commonly encountered by mental health clinicians. His recent scholarly projects investigate sex offender recidivism, competence to stand trial, and Bayesian reasoning. His hobbies include music, religious studies, and investing.

The College of Law

Founded in 1833, the University of Cincinnati College of Law has the distinction of being the first law school west of the Alleghenies. From humble beginnings 175 years ago in a room above Timothy Walker’s law offices to its home today in Clifton (OH), the College of Law has been on the leading edge of legal education. Thousands of lawyers have graduated from the law school; approximately 5100 alums are living today, and about one-third practice in the Greater Cincinnati community, working in all areas of the law.

Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

Located in Dayton, Ohio, the community-based Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine is affiliated with seven major teaching hospitals in southwest Ohio. In addition to providing medical education leading to the M.D., M.D./Ph.D., M.D./M.B.A. or M.D./M.P.H. degree, the medical school provides residency training in 13 medical specialties and continuing medical education programs for the community’s practicing physicians. Its nationally recognized research programs include centers of excellence in genomics, toxicology, neuroscience, substance abuse and treatment, and human growth and development.

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Dean Barbara G. Watts Retires from the College of Law after 27 Years

Retirement Celebration for Dean Watts

Friday, June 20, 2008
3:30 - 6:00 p.m. (program begins at 4:00 p.m.)
College of Law Atrium

Join us in a celebration for Associate Dean Barbara G. Watts as she Barb Wattsretires from the University of Cincinnati College of Law after 27 years of outstanding service.

Leader. Mentor. Role Model. For almost three decades, Barb Watts has been a trusted advisor and champion of the law school. As her service to the College comes to a close, we want to take this opportunity to show our appreciation. Our lives have been bettered in immeasurable ways because of Barb’s hard work and dedication.

Please RSVP by June 13 to Cheryl DelVecchio at 513.556.0063 or if you plan to join the celebration.

We will also be compiling a scrapbook of memories for Barb. If you would like to submit a memory or send Barb a note of congratulations, please email them to Cheryl Delvecchio or Charlene Carpenter.

In addition, a student scholarship is being established in Barb's honor called "The Barb Watts Scholarship Fund." For more information and/or to make a donation, please visit the UC Foundation website.

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College of Law Alumni and Professors Lauded in Cincinnati Magazine

Cincinnati, Ohio
A number of University of Cincinnati College of Law alumni and professors are lauded as individuals who drive change in the tri-state in the October 2008 Cincinnati magazine. In the issue called “Cincinnati Power,” 70+ movers and shakers are introduced as individuals or couples whose impact is far reaching. Areas of influence include business, politics, faith, media, health, philanthropy, culture, education, food, law, and real estate.

The lists include the following UC Law graduates:

  • Stanley M. Chesley '60, Attorney and President, Waite, Schneider, Bayless & Chesley, recognized for defining class action law;
  • Joseph Deters '82, Hamilton County Prosecutor, recognized for his work at the Prosecutor's Office;
  • Harry Fath '68, Owner, Fath Properties, recognized for his and his wife Linda's community volunteerism, whether in the arts or social welfare causes;
  • Judge Mark P. Painter '73, Ohio First District Court of Appeals, recognized for his numerous decisions (over 370) that have been published nationally. He was named the College's first Stanley Chesley Distinguished Visiting Professor of Practice;
  • Robert Pitcairn Jr. '73, Partner, Katz, Teller, Brandt and Hild, recognized for his de
  • signation as the number one "Super Lawyer" in Ohio two years in a row and for being considered by many as the best trial lawyer in town;
  • Joseph L. Trauth Jr. '73, Partner, Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL, recognized for his work in land use battles, representing large corporations and winning multimillion-dollar tax reductions; and,
  • David J. Willbrand '96, Partner, Thompson-Hine and UC Law adjunct professor, recognized as the go-to guy for entrepreneurs looking to turn a great idea into a success.

The article also highlights power couples. The Power Couple List includes the following with UC Law connections:

  • Eric Kearney '89, Ohio State Senator, and his wife Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney, recognized for their dedication to civic involvement and family;
  • Verna L. Williams, UC Professor of Law, and her husband David Singleton, a UC Law adjunct professor, recognized for their commitment to social change; and,
  • Lois & Richard Rosenthal, recognized for their support of Cincinnati and the arts. The Rosenthals endowed and continually support the Rosenthal Institute for Justice/Ohio Innocence Project at the law school.

For the complete story, see the three-part article "Who Runs the City" in the October issue of Cincinnati magazine on newsstands now.

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Sherry English

Law School Announces Visiting Professors for 2008-2009 School Year

Cincinnati, OH—To deepen the law school’s course offerings and enhance programming, the University of Cincinnati College of Law  regularly invites visiting professors from across the country to teach at the school. This year’s visiting professors will offer courses in white collar crime, secured transactions, client counseling, family law, and gender and the law. Students will get the chance to learn from several outside experts.


Jenny Carroll.
Jenny Carroll will be serving as a Visiting Assistant Professor, teaching White Collar Crime in the fall, and Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure II in the spring.

Professor Carroll is well known to all who have participated in the Ohio Innocence Project. She has served as its Academic Director supervising law student work on behalf of clients claiming in federal or state courts that they have been wrongfully convicted.  She graduated from Duke University and received her JD from the University of Texas School of Law.  She was a Prettyman Fellow at the Georgetown University Criminal Justice Clinic, earning her LLM from Georgetown University Law Center.
Patrick D. Lane
Patrick Lane joins the law school as a part-time Visiting Assistant Professor of Clinical Law.  He will teach Secured Transactions this fall and will be assisting with the Client Counseling course in spring.

Professor Lane, a UC Law graduate, received his BA from the University of Virginia. He practiced law with Dinsmore & Shohl for 15 years in the firm's litigation department before joining Procter & Gamble as Associate General Counsel, managing both intellectual property and general litigation.  He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Chase College of Law.

Qudsia Mirza
Qudsia Mirza will be serving as a Visiting Professor of Law, teaching Feminist Jurisprudence in the fall, followed by Family Law and Gender and the Law in the spring.

Professor Mirza has recently completed a year as Visiting Scholar at Washington and Lee University as the Frances Lewis Scholar in Residence.  She received her LLB in England from the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, and her LLM from the London School of Economics and Political Science in London.  She taught law at the University of East London, and brings more than 16 years teaching experience to the College.  Her scholarly focus is on women and Islam, having published broadly in this area.  She has previously been a visitor at Albany Law School and the University of California, Berkeley.

Gary W. Spring
Gary Spring has been appointed visiting Associate Professor of Law, and will teach Legal Ethics and Employment law this fall, and Civil Procedure II in the spring.

Professor Spring spent last year as a visitor at Rutgers University, Newark,  teaching Civil Procedure, Employment Law, and other employment law related subjects.  He taught as an Adjunct Professor at Akron Law School for many years while practicing law in Akron, and has received outstanding teaching awards from both Akron and Rutgers.  He is a graduate of The Ohio State University, and he clerked with Justice Paul Brown of the Ohio Supreme Court before taking up practice as a litigator with a large firm in Akron.

TaxProf Blog Picked As One of The ABA Journal's Blawg 100

Paul CaronEditors of the ABA Journals announced they have selected TaxProf Blog as one of the top 100 best websites by lawyers, for lawyers. Created and hosted by Associate Dean Paul Caron, TaxProf Blog is one of 15 nominated in the Legal Theory category.

Wrote the ABA Journals about the TaxProf Blog, “The University of Cincinnati’s Paul Caron covers all the tax law bases—what’s coming from the headlines, the law journals, and the think tanks. Caron is also editor and publisher of the Law Professor Blogs network, reflected in his extensive coverage of law schools and legal blogging generally.”

Now lawyers are being asked to vote on their favorites in each of the Blawg 100’s 10 categories. To vote, go to  Voting ends Jan. 2, 2009.

“New legal blogs are springing up on a daily basis – we now have more than 2,000 in our online directory. Competition for the time and attention of lawyers is getting fiercer," says Edward A. Adams, the Journal’s editor and publisher. "Half the blogs on last year’s inaugural Blawg 100 list didn’t make the cut this year. That’s a testament to the quality of this year’s honorees, and evidence of the increasing amount of valuable information all legal blogs are publishing."

For the complete story, visit the website:


About the ABA Journal:
The ABA Journal is the flagship magazine of the American Bar Association, and it is read by half of the nation’s 1.1 million lawyers every month. It covers the trends, people and finances of the legal profession from Wall Street to Main Street to Pennsylvania Avenue. features breaking legal news updated as it happens by staff reporters throughout every business day, a directory of more than 2,000 lawyer blogs, and the full contents of the magazine.

TaxProf Blog Wins Bronze Medal As One of The ABA Journal's Blawg 100

 The American Bar Association (ABA) Journal announced that TaxProf Blog, created and hosted by Associate Dean Paul Caron, has won the Bronze Medal in the Blawg 100's Legal Theory category.  One of 15 blogs nominated in this category, TaxProf Blog came in third place with 231 votes from ABA Journal readers, behind Jonathan Turley (670 votes) and Mirror of Justice (256 votes).

Wrote the ABA Journals about the TaxProf Blog, “The University of Cincinnati’s Paul Caron covers all the tax law bases—what’s coming from the headlines, the law journals, and the think tanks. Caron is also editor and publisher of the Law Professor Blogs network, reflected in his extensive coverage of law schools and legal blogging generally.”

In addition, four members of the Law Professor Blogs network were named to the Blawg 100. They are as follows:

About the ABA Journal:
The ABA Journal is the flagship magazine of the American Bar Association, and it is read by half of the nation’s 1.1 million lawyers every month. It covers the trends, people and finances of the legal profession from Wall Street to Main Street to Pennsylvania Avenue. features breaking legal news updated as it happens by staff reporters throughout every business day, a directory of more than 2,000 lawyer blogs, and the full contents of the magazine.

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Sherry English

Law Professor and Grad on Panel to Suggest US Attorney and Marshal

Verna WilliamsProfessor Verna L. Williams (left) and Former Judge Ann Marie Tracey ’75 (below, right), chairperson of the Ohio Ethics Commission, were named to a bipartisan committee that will recommend the U.S. attorney and federal marshal for Northern Ohio.

Ann Marie TraceyAccording to a recent article in the Cincinnati Enquirer, President Barack Obama may appoint a new U.S. attorney and marshal for both Southern and Northern Ohio. The positions serve at the pleasure of the president. To avoid an appearance of cronyism, a committee composed of residents of Southern Ohio makes recommendations for Northern Ohio and vice versa.  The committee will recommend individuals to Senator Sherrod Brown, who will then give the information to President Obama. He will make the final decision, which must be confirmed by Senate. (Read the complete story)


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Bai Named to "Top 10" List for Corporate Law and Securities Scholarship

DATE: April 24, 2009
CONTACT:   Sherry Y. English, 513/556-0060


Cincinnati, OH—Legal journal "The Corporate Practice Commentator" has chosen an article co-written by UC Law Professor Lynn Bai for its annual list of the 10 best corporate and securities articles in 2008.  Her selected article, "There Are Plaintiffs and . . . There Are Plaintiffs: An Empirical Analysis of Securities Class Action Settlements," was written with James D. Cox (Duke) and Randall S. Thomas (Vanderbilt). 

The top 10 Corporate and Securities Articles of 2008 list is culled from 480 articles and reflects the choices of leading corporate law scholars. Teachers in corporate and securities law were asked to select the best corporate and securities articles from a list of articles published and indexed in legal journals during 2008.

Professor Bai’s article, “There Are Plaintiffs and . . . There Are Plaintiffs: An Empirical Analysis of Securities Class Action Settlements,” was published in the Vanderbilt Law Review in March 2008. The article examines the impact of different types of lead plaintiffs on the size of settlements in securities fraud class actions. It also provides indicia that explain why some suits settle for sums that are extremely small relative to provable losses suffered by the class. This evidence bears heavily on the debate of strike suits in securities class actions.

The list also includes articles by Iman Anabtawi (UC-California School of Law), Lynn Stout (UCLA Law), Chris Brummer (Vanderbilt University Law School), Stephen Choi (New York University School of Law ), Marcel Kahan ( New York University School of law), Jill E. Fisch (University of Pennsylvania Law School), James D. Cox (Duke Law), Randall S. Thomas (Vanderbilt University Law School), Todd M. Henderson (University of Chicago School of Law), Henry T.C. Hu (University of Texas at Austin School of Law), Bernard Black (University of Texas at Austin School of Law), Edward Rock (University of Pennsylvania Law School), Leo E. Strine, Jr. (Vanderbilt University Law School and Vice Chancellor, Court of Chancery, Delaware), Guhan Subramanian (Harvard Law School).
An Assistant Professor of Law at UC Law, Professor Bai holds a PhD in Finance from Duke University and a JD from The University of Texas at Austin. Professor Bai also has extensive working experience in the area of corporate law and finance, as a corporate lawyer and investment banker in New York and a financial market regulator in Hong Kong.

Cris Collinsworth '91 to Give Featured Address at 176th Hooding

Cincinnati, OH—University of Cincinnati College of Law alumnus, sports commentator, Cincinnati Bengal wide receiver, and Emmy Award winner Anthony Cris Collinsworth ’91 will address students at the College of Law’s 176th Hooding Ceremony, May 10, 2009. The ceremony will be held at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, beginning at 1:00 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. Approximately 111 students will graduate this year.

This year’s Hooding Ceremony, presided over by Dean Louis D. Bilionis, will feature alumnae Bridget Gannon McGraw ’03 as the recipient of the Nicholas Longworth III Alumni Achievement Award, and Professors Margaret B. Drew, Darrell A.H. Miller, and Thomas D. Eisele as the recipients of the Goldman Prize for Excellence in Teaching Award. The Longworth Award recognizes law school graduates for their outstanding contributions to society; the Goldman Prize is awarded to law school professors and is based on their research and public service as they contribute to superior performance in the classroom.

A legend on the field and in the booth

Cris CollinsworthA sports legend on and off the field, Collinsworth is a native of the tri-state—born in nearby Dayton, OH. Reared in Titusville, Florida, he attended college at the University of Florida, where he was ranked as an All-American and Academic All-American. Drafted by the Bengals in 1981, he enjoyed one of the most memorable receiving careers in history during his years with the Bengals, playing in two Super Bowl and three Pro Bowl games. Career highlights include playing 107 games, catching 417 passes for 6,698 yards, and making 36 touchdowns. He also had four 1,000 yard seasons. 

When Collinsworth retired from the NFL in 1989, he moved into the broadcasting arena, beginning his career as a sports radio talk show host on Cincinnati station WLW. He later became a reporter and studio cast member for HBO’s Inside the NFL.  In 1990, he became a game analysts for NBC Sports’ NFL coverage before taking a year off to complete his law degree. Collinsworth moved to the Fox NFL Sunday pre-game show in 1998 and became a member of the network’s lead game broadcasting crew in 2002.

Widely respected as a football broadcaster, Collinsworth has won eight Emmy Awards, including a record seven as Outstanding Sports Studio Analyst, and is the most honored studio analyst in sports television. During the football season he can be seen on three networks: co-host of Showtime program Inside the NFL, studio analyst and co-host for NBC Sports Sunday Night Football, and game analyst for the NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football. Last year he also served as a correspondent for NBC Sports coverage of the 2008 Summer Olympics. In April 2009 NBC announced that Collinsworth replaced sports icon John Madden as analyst for NBC’s National Football League broadcasts.

On the business side, Collinsworth has worked with Cincinnati healthcare company ProScan, founding the Cris Collinsworth ProScan Foundation. This organizations helps fund the Pink Ribbon Center in Over-the-Rhine, which provides mammograms to low-income women.