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Development & Alumni Affairs Position a ‘Rewarding’ Experience for Mike Hogan

As Mike Hogan pointed out, not many people wake up each morning excited about going to work. But Hogan, the College of Law’s Associate Director of Development, is among those passionate about his job.

He began his career with the University of Cincinnati Foundation in May 2007 and is approaching his one year anniversary working solely for the College of Law.

Since settling into his current position on July 1, 2010, Hogan has been actively working toward “increasing philanthropic support for the law school.”

While, naturally, there is no ‘typical day’ for Hogan, some days it might go something like this: having breakfast with an alum, grabbing lunch with a donor, and meeting someone at their office to talk about the current $50 million fundraising campaign.

“It’s getting out and seeing people,” Hogan said of his role with the College. “Our job is not done in this physical office.”

Prior to joining the College of Law exclusively, Hogan spent four years with the Foundation as a regional director of development. His focus was on alumni outreach in the Southeast region, covering Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Texas. He also spent a lot of time in the Cleveland area, where the university has more than 7,000 alumni.

While most of his travels now are more regionally-based, considering most of the UC Law alums reside in Greater Cincinnati and around Ohio, the goal is the same: “increasing the sense of giving back to the College, creating an environment of support within the law school, and just overall building engagement opportunities for the alumni.”

Hogan, who additionally works with the UC Law Alumni Association in an advisory role, has also spearheaded a number of internal initiatives. Most recently, he and John Stiles – the College’s Associate Director of Admissions and Financial Aid – led a faculty/staff fundraising campaign that saw participation more than double since last year.

But like his co-worker Karen Sieber, Hogan did not envision working in development.

He grew up on Cincinnati’s West Side, graduating from LaSalle High School before receiving a communications and journalism degree from Northern Kentucky University. Hogan briefly worked in public relations before spending nearly five years in non-profit work, including in a fundraising role with the Boy Scouts of America.

“That opened my eyes to philanthropy, and when I realized I wanted to raise money on a larger scale, I looked at higher education and that led me to UC,” he said.

Now that he is at UC, and specifically with the College of Law, Hogan has fully embraced his role and overall profession.

 “Very few people get to form as many relationships in their career as I have,” Hogan said. “I think that’s probably one of the most rewarding things about this job.”

Hogan, a life-long “avid golfer” has since become an “avid father.” He and his wife, Lori, who works in research and development at Procter & Gamble, both enjoy travelling.

Among their many destinations, the West Chester residents visit Walt Disney World at least once every year, and have done so for many years. In the fall, the Hogans will take their daughters – Abby, 4, and Kelsey, 2 – down to Florida for their latest Disney trip.

But then it will be back to visiting with alumni and donors, though Hogan will likely make some connections while on vacation. 

By Jordan Cohen, ‘13

Senior Director of Development Karen Sieber Always Working, Thinking about UC Law

On Sunday, July 3, Karen Sieber will be at the All-England Club in London, viewing the Wimbledon gentlemen’s singles championship match with a friend.

Of course, even when talking about the prospect of attending the finals at tennis’ most prestigious event, the College of Law’s Senior Director of Development still has her job on her mind.

“Now that I think about it, I’ll have to see if there are any donors in London.” Sieber said. “See if I can see anybody over there.”

A large part of Sieber’s position with the College of Law involves meeting with alumni and building relationships with hopes of identifying potential donors.

But even when Sieber is not in her office or in the United States for that matter, her mind is always focused on how she can help strengthen the College’s alumni base and increase donations toward the current $50 million campaign.

“I am always thinking about the College of Law,” she said.

Sieber, who has been with the College since 2007, often finds herself “connecting [with people] and giving our elevator speech” wherever she may be at a given time. But that does not bother her one bit.

“That’s the fun part for me,” she said.

Sieber grew up in Cincinnati and received a communications degree from The Ohio State University. At that point, however, Sieber never envisioned working in development.

She got her start while working in admissions at Franklin College, a small school south of Indianapolis. At the suggestion of Franklin’s vice president for development, she started combining some admissions trips with alumni visits. 

Sieber spent about 10 years working in central Indiana, including a stint with a non-profit organization that ran international work-exchange programs and study tours with companies in Europe.

Mike Hogan, Peggy Ruwe, Ryan Mabry, Karen SieberShe then moved to New York City, where she worked for two fundraising-connected magazines and also spent time with the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s Park Avenue-based fundraising office.

Family and friends brought Sieber back to Ohio, where she first held a position at OSU, similar to that of her current role with the College of Law.

Now that Sieber is back in Cincinnati, she not only enjoys meeting UC Law alums and building great relationships, she has embraced working alongside fellow development employees Mike Hogan and Peggy Ruwe.

“One of the reasons that we are able to be successful is that we’re a great team,” she said.

Sieber, a self-described energetic and enthusiastic person, said they are constantly brainstorming new ideas and opportunities “to get in front of alums and get their attention and have them learn about what great things are going on at the law school… and then support it.”

The Walnut Hills High School graduate said one of her favorite parts of her job is meeting with small groups of alumni.

“I love that small-group feel,” she said, reflecting on past events locally, as well as those in places such as Phoenix, Nashville, New York City, and Washington, D.C. 

While there is still a lot of progress to be made regarding the current fundraising campaign, Sieber recognizes the key to a successful campaign and is enjoying the entire process.

“People, people, people. It’s all about the people,” she said. “Building great relationships with people [and] feeding off of their passion for the place.”

By Jordan Cohen, ‘13

Celebrity Golf Scramble

Sponsored by the Sports & Entertainment Law Society Date: Saturday July 16, 2011 Time: Beginning at noon Location: California Golf Course (5924 Kellogg Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45228) Cost: $150 Single Player, $70 Student Includes: Sponsored Lunch and Complimentary Drink Tickets; Awards Banquet with Catered Dinner and Cash Bar; Silent Auction Registration Deadline: July 6, 2011 What is it? Join us as we combine our passion for Sports, Entertainment, and the Law to benefit Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. We’re bringing together local attorneys, celebrities, alumni, administrators, and students for a day of food, golf, and philanthropy, while coming together on behalf of a common cause. Tournament Specifics Format: Four-person best ball scramble 18 holes Event Schedule 12:00 p.m. Registration & Lunch 1:00 p.m. Shotgun Start 5:30 p.m. Awards Banquet & Silent Auction Prizes So Far… Brand New Nissan from Busam Nissan Cash prizes Sponsorship Opportunities $4,000 Awards Banquet Sponsor * Invitation for 4 to awards banquet *Invitation for 4 to golf & lunch *Corporate banner displayed at banquet $3,000 Lunch Sponsor *Invitation for 4 to golf, lunch, & banquet *Corporate banner displayed at lunch $1,500 Cart Sponsor (15 Carts) *Invitation for 4 to golf, lunch, & banquet *Corporate literature in carts *Corporate logo on all cart signs $1000 Score Card Sponsor *Invitation for 4 to golf, lunch, & banquet *Corporate logo on all score cards. $750 Foursome & Hole Sponsor *Invitation for 4 to golf, lunch, & banquet *Sign on designated hole $600 Foursome Sponsor *Invitation for 4 to golf, lunch, & banquet $350 Hole Sponsor * Sign on designated hole Contact: Brad Blevins at 330-540-0571 or with any questions or to make a donation to the Silent Auction.

2011 Stanley M. Chesley Distinguished Visiting Professor featuring Lynn A. Stout

2011 Stanley M. Chesley Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law
Lynn A. Stout
Paul Hastings Professor of Corporate and Securities Law at the University of California,
Los Angeles School of Law
Cultivating Conscience: How Good Laws Make Good People

March 1, 2011
12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
College of Law, Room 114

One (1) hour of general CLE has been applied for in Ohio and Kentucky.
Approval is expected. For questions, call the CLE Administrator at 513-556-0063.

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About the Lecture

Economic theory has had an enormous influence on legal thinking and the creation of legislation. Economic theory, however, traditionally assumes people are always rational and always selfish. In recent years, a new school of social science has emerged to challenge these assumptions. “Behavioral economics” investigates how real people behave in real situations. Behavioral economists have demonstrated under laboratory conditions that people in fact often act irrationally and also often act unselfishly.

In her talk, Professor Stout will discuss these ideas and analyze the best ways to get people to behave appropriately. Drawing from concepts discussed in her new book, Cultivating Conscience: How Good Laws Make Good People, she will argue that by focusing on bad behavior, we neglect the crucial role our consciences play in shaping human behavior. Including ideas from the disciplines of social psychology, behavioral economics, and evolutionary biology, Professor Stout will discuss how the legal system can use social cues that promote conscientious behavior to craft better laws and provide encouragement to more unselfish, ethical behavior in many areas, including politics and business.

About the Stanley M. Chesley Visiting Professor of Law
The Stanley M. Chesley Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law was endowed by Mr. Chesley in 2006 to bring outstanding legal scholars of national and international prominence in all areas of law to the College as visiting professors. Mr. Chesley, a 1960 graduate of UC Law, is the president of Waite, Schneider, Bayless & Chesley. He is a long time supporter of the law school and the University and currently serves on the University’s Board of Trustees.

UC in the News

Law school professors regularly provide insight and perspective on the events of the day. Here’s a summary of recent forays into the local media:

Marianna Bettman, Professor of Clinical Law, discussed juvenile judge elections on WVXY/91.7 on Thursday, February 10. The outcome of the judicial elections has been up in the air since November, hinging on a final court ruling on counting provisional ballots.

Bert Lockwood, Distinguished Service Professor of Law and the director of the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights, was featured in several Cincinnati Enquirer articles. He spoke to reporters about the uprising in Egypt. Read the story.

Lockwood also was featured in an Enquirer op-ed. He wrote of his longtime friendship  with Mohamed ElBaradei, the Egyptian opposition leader, former director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, and 2005 Nobel Peace laureate in “Mohamed ElBaradei: man of integrity, courage."

Chris Bryant, Professor of Law, weighed in on the recent lower federal court cases ruling on the constitutionality of federal health care reform in “Health Care Rulings are not About Autonomy.” 

Finally, Dean Bilionis, Nippert Professor of Law, spoke to the Enqurier about the law school’s plans for the future:

Bert Lockwood Honored with Two Prestigious Awards

Bert Lockwood, Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Director, Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights, recently received the 2010 Citizen Diplomat: Professional Resource award by the Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council. It was announced on December 15 at the organization’s annual meeting. The meeting was highlighted by a presentation from William Sheridan, Vice President, International Human Resources Services for the National Foreign Trade Council. Mr. Sheridan spoke about the United States’ business role in citizen diplomacy, including corporate benchmarks for corporate citizen diplomats, foreign trade success models, and employees’ role in building trade relationships.

Professor Lockwood was also chosen as a recipient of the 2011 King Legacy Award, which will be awarded on January 17, 2011 at The King Legacy Awards Breakfast.

Commented committee members about Professor Lockwood in the award letter, “…your passion for education and shaping a legacy for future generations is what aided us in making our decision. Like Dr. Martin Luther King, you understand that by remaining open to learning can you reach your fullest potential.”

The King Legacy Awards Breakfast, a moving and inspirational tribute to Dr. King and the freedom heroes of the Civil Rights Movement, is sponsored by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. The event will feature performing arts presentations as well as the recipients of the 2011 MLK, Jr. Dream Honorees—youth and community leaders who embody the spirit of Dr. King and endeavor to keep his legacy alive.

For event information, visit the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center website. This year’s breakfast will be held at the Westin Cincinnati Hotel. Doors open at 7:45 a.m.

Meet UC Law’s Visiting Professors

Lydie Nadia Cabrera Pierre-Louis and Janet Moore are visiting professors this semester, focusing on areas as diverse as criminal defense to corporations and agencies/partnerships. They will be handling the course load for those teachers on sabbatical.

Meet Lydie Nadia Cabrera Pierre-Louis, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law

Professor Lydie Pierre-Louis will be teaching courses in corporations and agency/partnerships. She began her legal career as a legal assistant to Arthur Liman in the Michael Milken securities fraud defense litigation. Later, she practiced law in New York City as an associate at Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts (now Pillsbury Winthrop), representing multi-national corporations in cross-border financings and securities offerings. Professor Pierre-Louise also was an Assistant Attorney General in the Investment Protection Bureau of New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, enforcing state securities laws against the financial services industry.

In addition to these positions, she has taught at St. John’s University School of Law, where she was the inaugural director of the securities arbitration clinic, and Columbia and New York Universities Graduate Business School Executive MBA Programs.

Professor Cabrera Pierre-Louis’s research interests cross the areas of business law, international law, culture, and the philosophical principles of ethics, and justice. She writes critically about deregulation, the lack of transparency, and accountability of business entities and markets from a Keynesian economics perspective. Her scholarship has been published in numerous journals, including the U.C. Davis Business Law Journal, St. John’s Law Review, Fordham, Journal of Corporate and Finance Law, Encyclopedia of The Supreme Court of the United States, the Encyclopedia of African American History, and the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India University press. She is also a frequent contributor to the corporate justice blog.

The professor received her AB from Columbia University, an MA from New York University, a JD from Fordham University School of Law, and is a candidate for the LLM from the University of London.

Meet Janet Moore, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law

Professor Moore has led a varied law career. After clerking for the Honorable J. Dickson Phillips, Jr. on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, she spent seven years litigating capital cases in North Carolina. Very successful, she won relief for about 80% of her clients. She also contributed to criminal justice reform through teaching, publication, community organizing, and drafting legislation and attorney performance standards.

In 2006 Moore came to the tri-state, joining the Ohio Justice & Policy Center to assist with the creation of the area’s first Indigent Defense Clinic. She worked in collaboration with UC Law and Chase College of Law, the private defense bar, and the Hamilton County Public Defender’s Office on this project.  The next year she was awarded a Senior Justice Advocacy Fellowship by the Open Society Institute, focusing her project on indigent defense reform in Ohio.  In cooperation with the state bar foundation and the public defender’s office, she led the creation of Ohio’s first comprehensive training curriculum for public defenders. Then in 2009 she was appointed to the state Public Defender Commission.

Professor Moore received her JD and MA from Duke University, serving as editor-in-chief of Law & Contemporary Programs, the nation’s first interdisciplinary law journal. She also received a MA in Divinity from the University of Chicago and a BA in religion from Kalamazoo College. She will be teaching criminal law and criminal procedure.

Professor Rachel Smith Impacts the Next Generation of Attorneys

As an undergraduate student at Barnard College at Colombia University in New York, Professor Rachel Smith was a geology major.  While doing geology research in a climatology lab following graduation, however, Smith began feeling as though she needed a career in which she could contribute more directly to helping people.  “The research I was doing may have contributed to society,” she said, “but in a more indirect way.  I ultimately decided a law degree would allow me to provide a service directly to people who needed help.”

Thus after working for three years, Smith began law school at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.  She entered a joint degree program there, earning a juris doctor and master’s degree in environmental science.  During her summers in school, Smith explored various opportunities, particularly with respect to geography.  Smith worked at Legal Aid of Cincinnati during her first summer; the following summer she worked at the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulatory office in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  During the last summer of her studies, Smith split her time between law firms in Atlanta, Georgia, and Grand Rapids, Michigan.  “I was trying to figure out where I wanted to end up,” said Smith, “so I took advantage of opportunities in various places.” 

The Path of an Attorney

After graduating, Smith served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Wader Brorby of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. The clerkship was originally a one-year position, but Smith remained in the position for two. Following her clerkship, Smith stayed in Wyoming and accepted a position with the Wyoming Attorney General’s office as an assistant attorney general. She served as the representative of the Department of Environmental Quality Water Quality Divison.  She explained that, because Wyoming is small, the attorneys in the AG’s office also served as a kind of in-house counsel for the various administrative agencies.  As a result, Smith, as the only water quality attorney, not only took referrals for enforcement of violations of environmental standards, but also assisted the department with negotiating contracts, represented the department at administrative hearings, and even played a role in rule making. 

Professor Smith remained in the position with the Wyoming Attorney General’s office for four years, at the end of which she decided to move back to Cincinnati, her hometown. “I had been away for 17 years, not counting the summer I worked for Legal Aid,” she said. “And even though I didn’t think I would end up here, it ultimately seemed like the right choice.”  Smith said she felt as though Cincinnati offered the “best combination of the advantages of city living without the disadvantages of a big city or a small town.”

Upon returning to the Queen City, Smith worked at law firm Dinsmore & Shohl LLP in the environmental practice group.  Her work focused on environmental compliance counseling, as well as litigation.  Over the course of the five years she worked there, Smith also “branched out” and worked somewhat with the medical products liability group as well. 

Finding her Niche in Research and Writing

Eventually, she joined the faculty of the College of Law.  “I applied every time there was an opening for a legal writing professor,” Smith explained.  After completing her judicial clerkship, Smith was offered a similar position Indiana University, but she thought she needed more practical experience before accepting the job.  “After leaving the Attorney General’s office, though,” said Smith, “I began to feel as though teaching legal writing was the best fit for me, and after being out of school for 11 years, I thought it was a good time to try to do it.”  Smith was interested in the position at UC because she had a lot of respect for the school.  “In my position at Dinsmore, I met many UC graduates and was constantly impressed with the quality of students I was seeing,” she said. 

Now in her seventh year as a professor at the College of Law, Smith teaches the 1L Lawyering classes—legal research and writing and advocacy—as well as Intensive Practical Lawyering Skills.  This year she also began serving as the advisor for Moot Court, an opportunity she fully embraces.  “I love being able to work with upper-level students,” she said, “and I enjoy the opportunity to be connected to appellate-level advocacy through the moot court students.”  In her own law school days, Smith took an Appellate Advocacy course.   She was also exposed to appellate advocacy constantly in her role as a clerk with the Tenth Circuit for two years.  Moot Court, then, serves as a way to keep her connected to those earlier experiences; only this time, as she points out with a smile, “the students do all the work—I just get to watch.”



Law School Professor Selected for Inaugural Class for Academy of Fellows for Teaching & Learning

06/28/2007 - Professor Christo Lassiter, Professor of Law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, has been selected for the inaugural class of the university's Academy of Fellows for Teaching and Learning (AFTL). This new initiative was born out of UC/21 strategic plan objectives to ensure students "have great and effective teachers." The AFTL will play a key leadership role toward improving the quality and depth of the learning experience for all university students, both undergraduate and graduate.

Lassiter, along with 21 academic colleagues, was selected as a faculty member who has modeled excellence in teaching, whether through scholarly teaching or the scholarship of teaching and learning. The inaugural class includes educators from the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Medicine, College of Education, College of Nursing, the College of Business, College of Pharmacy, and the College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services.

Professor Lassiter, a faculty member since 1991, has a distinguished history working in the legal department for the military. In addition to serving as a Judge Advocate for the United States Marine Corp, he also served as head of the legal assistance program for the marines to provide legal assistance for 3,000 clients. At the law school his areas of interest include antitrust law, criminal law, and white collar crime.

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2007 Goldman Prize for Excellence in Teaching

04/25/2007 - A professor who receives a round of applause upon walking into the classroom. A professor admired for her ability to transform oral advocacy from an intimidating obstacle to an empowering achievement. A professor acknowledged for his ability to teach students not only how to think, but how to think just so. Each phrase aptly describes the caliber of legal educators at the College of Law and, particularly, the 2007 Goldman Prize for Excellence in Teaching recipients: Professor A. Christopher Bryant, Professor of Law; Professor Rachel Smith, Research and Writing Professor; and Professor Adam Steinman, Assistant Professor of Law.

Chris BryantChristopher Bryant, Professor of Law
Called a master of the Socratic Method, Professor A. Christopher Bryant is a unique educator who can effectively teach Constitutional Law while referencing rock-n-roll singer John Cougar Mellencamp. Known for his vast knowledge of legal material and scholarly wit, Professor Bryant works hard to ensure that his most difficult topics are thoroughly understood by students. If he is unable to impart a thorough understanding of a subject to students, he makes a point of sorting through any lingering issues with them after class. When nominating him one student wrote, "Many students leave Professor Bryant's classroom giving him a simple yet superb complement �That is a law professor.'"

Rachel SmithProfessor Rachel Smith, Research and Writing Professor
A well-honed skill at recognizing and responding to students' strengths and weaknesses to assist them in understanding the curriculum marks Professor Rachel Smith. Since joining the law school in 2004 she has had a profound effect on students. "Professor Smith makes us better advocates, more articulate at the podium, and more expressive and compelling brief writers... stated one student's nomination letter. She is recognized for her ability to incorporate her extensive professional experience and vast substantive knowledge of the law into problems, bringing a sense of reality and challenge to the classroom. Professor Smith's commitment to students and their success extends beyond those in her class. Her open door policy, professional advice on career decisions, and support of student programs and events are additional reasons she is recognized with this award.

Professor Adam Steinman, Assistant Professor of Law
A deep understanding of the intricacies of his subject matter coupled with an ability to relate material using humor, wit and an extensive knowledge of "curiously law-related lyrics from the pop-culture music scene," describe Professor Adam Steinman

. As one student wrote in a nomination letter, "Professor Steinman has given new meaning to the words "Civil Procedure.'" An energetic and personable teaching style encourages students to participate in class and empowers them to continue the discussion of complex Federal the cafeteria! Professor Steinman teaches a variety of classes for first-year and upper-level classes; his effect has been so positive that many choose to take subsequent classes with him based on his teaching ability and class presence. As one student commented in a nomination letter, "You want to attend class because its fun and you know Professor Steinman cares about you."

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 professor's research and public service as they contribute to superior performance in the classroom.