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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."

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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.

Governor Strickland Appoints Bettman Chair of Judicial Recommendation Panel

Prof. Bettman

Governor Ted Strickland has appointed UC Law’s Marianna Brown Bettman to the Ohio Judicial Appointments Recommendation Panel. Professor Bettman will serve as chair of one of the two recommendation panels.

The Ohio Judicial Appointments Recommendation Panel evaluates the qualifications of applicants for judicial vacancies and then makes non-binding recommendations to the Governor for appointment based on their evaluations. 

Professor Bettman has served as a professor of clinical law at the University of Cincinnati since 1999.  She had previously served as a judge for the Ohio First District Court of Appeals from 1993-1999.  Bettman also writes a monthly newspaper column, Legally Speaking, which appears in the American Israelite and the Cincinnati Herald.  She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1966 and her law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1977.

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Professor Joseph Biancalana Retires from UC Law

One of academia’s leading scholars of English legal history and long-time University of Cincinnati College of Law professor, Joseph Biancalana, announced his retirement effective this fall.  

 “The College of Law’s annals include more than a few iconic professors – long and vividly remembered across generations,” said UC Law Dean Louis Bilionis. “Joseph Biancalana will be among them.  Our alumni consistently remember him with affection and high praise for his command of the law, his commitment to rigorous scholarly inquiry, his consummate practice of the Socratic method in the classroom, and his enormous passion for teaching.”  

Professor Biancalana received his JD from Harvard Law School, after receiving his BA from Lake Forest College and his MA in English Literature from Harvard University. It was at Harvard that he developed his love of English legal history. “While in college and graduate school I took several seminar courses in [English legal history],” he said. “Then, I was hooked.”

After graduating from law school, he worked as an associate at Herrick & Smith in Boston (Mass.) for four years. He then was awarded a Bigelow Teaching Fellowship from the University of Chicago Law School, where he taught for one year before joining the faculty at UC Law in 1983.

For over 25 years Professor Biancalana taught numerous classes and hundreds of law students. Many benefited from his teaching in courses such as Constitutional Law I and II, Corporations I, Property, Wills and Trusts, and, of course,  English legal history.  Gail King Gibson ’90 spoke about Professor Biancalana for the law school’s Anniversary Memory Project. “Property with [Professor] Biancalana was very interesting…It was clear that he was very intelligent. He was leaps and bounds ahead of the class.” 

When asked what drew him to teaching, Biancalana laughed and said, “English legal history. Teaching was one of the few ways I could continue to delve into this subject!”  He continued, “I will miss interacting with the students, however. And I will definitely miss being able to continue learning in classes such as the graduate-level Fiction Writing Workshop I took last school year at the university.”  Biancalana admitted to enjoying being a teacher and a student, as over the years he had taken numerous classes to continue to hone his skills. 

The author of numerous articles, books, essays, and papers, his work has been published in legal journals including the Cambridge Law Journal, Columbia Law Review, American Historical Review, and the Oxford Encyclopedia of Legal History. Commented Dr. Paul Brand of All Souls College, Oxford, concerning his work, [it is] “notable both for its mastery of the relevant sources and its ability to tackle the major questions of English medieval legal history in a new and interesting way.” His book, The Fee Tail and the Common Recovery in Medieval England 1176-1502 (Cambridge University Press, 2001), is considered a work of major and lasting importance in the field. To that point, Professor Biancalana has twice won the prestigious Sutherland Prize from the American Society for Legal History, an award given to the best article published in English legal history in the preceding year. Additionally, he was commissioned to author the volume in the Oxford History of the Laws of England that will cover the fifteenth century, contributing alongside some of the best English legal historians known today. Noted Sir John Baker, Downing Professor of the Laws of England at the University of Cambridge, a professor “cannot now teach English legal history without reference to [Professor Biancalana’s] work.”

A well-respected educator, Professor Biancalana also has a reputation for constructing challenging and stimulating discussions both outside and inside the classroom. “Talking with Joseph could be a challenge, sometimes even a frustration,” said his colleague Thomas Eisele, Professor of Law. “His insistence on clear thought and precise expression (as well as coming up with ideas that were more than platitudes) superseded the ordinary customs of friendship, or collegiality.  This could be off-putting.  But, to be sure, engaging with Joseph's agile mind also was highly rewarding, for anyone willing to submit to such rigorous demands. Joseph's ability to be unsettling in a good sense proved, in my experience, of real and lasting benefit.  In the best tradition of law school curmudgeons, he is a latter-day Socratic gad-fly.”

Inside the classroom alumni and students consistently remember him with affection and the highest praise for his command of the law and passion for teaching. “We are very grateful to [Professor Biancalana] for the impact he had on our curriculum and our students.  In fact, he was one of my favorite professors when I was lucky to be in his Property class during my days as a student at the College of Law,” said Nancy Oliver ’90, Associate Dean for Curriculum and Student Affairs at the College of Law. 

What has been the result of his efforts? He has been awarded several commendations from the law school community. He is a two-time winner of the Goldman Prize for Excellence in Teaching. This award, given by UC law students, recognizes professors who distinguish themselves in the classroom. Wrote former law school dean Tom Gerety in a Goldman Prize announcement letter, “Professor Joseph Biancalana approaches his material with an electrifying intensity, and his excitement is oftentimes contagious. He pushes students beyond their black letter law by questioning every rule. Thus, he encourages critical, as well as analytic, thinking about the subject matter.” Finally, Biancalana is also a recipient of the Harold C. Schott Scholarship Award, which recognizes outstanding research and scholarly achievement by a faculty member.

This fall Professor Biancalana will be moving to Cambridge (Mass.) where he plans to pursue various writing projects, read and research articles, and “explore and enjoy beautiful New England.”  The law school community will miss him.

Professor Paul Caron Quoted in Washington Post

Paul CaronProfessor Paul Caron, Associate Dean of Faculty and Charles Hartsock Professor of Law, spoke to the Washington Post about the tax challenges families can face after participating in Extreme Makeover: Home Edition shows.  According to the article, several families who have participated in the show have struggled to keep up with the increased taxes resulting from the major improvements of their homes. The production company advises families to consult a financial planner for guidance and leases the home from them during the construction week. They note that a special provision in the tax law allows income tax to be waived on rentals of less than 15 days. However, cautioned Caron, this may not necessarily be enough. (Read more)