Professor Jacob Katz Cogan Receives Prestigious Award from American Society of International Law
Professor Jacob Katz Cogan Receives Prestigious Award from American Society of International Law
Cincinnati, OH—Jacob Katz Cogan, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, is a co-recipient of the American Society of International Law’s 2010 Francis Deák Prize for meritorious scholarship. This honor, which was awarded at the Society’s recent annual meeting, was given for Cogan’s article Representation and Power in International Organization: The Operational Constitution and Its Critics, published in the April 2009 issue of the American Journal of International Law.
In the article Cogan writes: “Nothing is more fundamental to a constitutional system than the techniques it adopts and employs for the selection of its governmental decision makers, be they executive, legislative, or judicial officials. Methods of representation can be based on a variety of principles and can be codified by various techniques. The international system possesses a plethora of possible principles, none completely dominant — those that treat all states the same and gives them each an equal vote; those that treat states or groups of states differently and allocate representation based on a distinctive characteristic or interest; and those that give priority to region and divide positions accordingly. There is also a wide array of possible forms for implementing those principles that differ in their formality and degree of entrenchment. In the post-War era, an operational constitution of representation developed in which formal and informal arrangements were utilized to reconcile the conflicting principles and interests in play. Today, this operational regime is under stress: assailed as unreflective of contemporary power dynamics and criticized by those who would do away with informality and preferences altogether. These critiques are moves to create an international system that functions on radically different terms from the one that has existed for the past sixty years.” He concludes the article with a discussion of the future of the operational constitution in light of these challenges.
What is the Francis Deák Prize?
The Francis Deák Prize is awarded annually to a younger author for meritorious scholarship published in The American Journal of International Law. The prize was established by Philip Cohen in 1973, in memory of Francis Deák, former head of the international law program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and editor of American International Law Cases, 1783-1963. The award, sponsored by Oxford University Press, is made in the spring following the volume year in which the article appeared.
See list of previous winners.
Aaron, Kalsem, and Miller Receive 2010 Goldman Teaching Excellence Award
Challenging. Engaging. Uncanny. Committed. These adjectives describe the 2010 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: Marjorie Corman Aaron, Kristin Kalsem, and Darrel A.H. Miller.
Professor Marjorie Corman Aaron. Law professors should be familiar with their curriculum teaching assignments. In this respect, there are few instructors who can rival the combination of real-world, clinical, and academic experiences that Marjorie Corman Aaron brings to the classroom. In each of her courses, Professor Aaron passes this rich and broad range of knowledge to her students.
This year’s Goldman Prize committee, however, took these qualities as a given. Since 1998, Professor Aaron has been continually growing and improving a lackluster and unpopular part of the curriculum to make it an accessible, enjoyable, and practical gem among dry, bar-prep, and substantive courses. Her stature in her field and dedication to bringing this to the College of Law has become a staple to this institution.
Instead, our committee focused on a different quality highlighted by the student nominations: an ability to look beyond the curriculum. Put differently, Professor Aaron is not bound by her teaching assignments; instead, the students and her experience about what skills are integral to a successful legal career dictate her every semester at the College of Law.
Professor Aaron maintains a persona that truly invites and encourages students to seek her advice. Whether that means inviting and open in-class discussions, questions after class, personal questions, or individual research oversight, she has demonstrated willingness—and, in fact, pleasure—to go well-above and beyond in-class and office hour requirements to meet her students’ needs.
In her own right, Professor Aaron blazed paths for students interested in Trial Advocacy, Mediation, and Negotiation. She is simply never satisfied with the status quo, and continues to prod students to see the other half of the legal world: practice. It is a world that looms large over the students at the College of Law, but would be largely left unaddressed if not for Professor Aaron’s sincere and remarkable efforts.
This award could be given to Professor Aaron for her undeniable talents and contributions at the College of Law in her areas of expertise. This year’s committee, however, recognizes her extraordinary ability to teach students at the College of Law beyond the ordinary bounds. It is our pleasure to honor Marjorie Corman Aaron with a 2010 Goldman Prize for Excellence in Teaching.
Professor Darrell A.H. Miller. It is not uncommon to hear first-year law students complaining about Civil Procedure. The fault here is perhaps inherent in the subject matter of Civil Procedure. Civil Procedure can sometimes seem disconnected from the world that exists outside the practice of law, and some of its rules appear pointless or silly. For instance, a rule might require that litigants use a red cover for a particular motion instead of a blue cover. Many students are prompted to inquire: “Why does this matter?” These students would rather learn about the facts of a lawsuit wherein a tortfeasor has accidentally caused a series of injuries to various victims; these students are less interested in learning about how long the victims have to file their lawsuit. Simply put, students often struggle to develop any passion for the study of Civil Procedure.
Yet, here at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, we have living proof that Civil Procedure can be an interesting subject that inspires passion. Professor Miller forthrightly illustrates this passion on an almost daily basis, when he teaches Civil Procedure. In his Civil Procedure classes, as well as his other classes, Professor Miller shows a fiery intensity that engages his students in the subject matter. When Professor Miller is at his best, his students may forget they are even in a classroom. Instead, they may feel they are watching a seasoned litigator deliver his closing argument in an important case. Professor Miller paces in the front of the room and, sometimes, he will punctuate a statement by emphatically slapping the podium. He does not hide his emotion, whether it is anger or humor or shock. Taken together, these techniques draw Professor Miller’s audience, his students, into the material.
However, these statements may seem to suggest that Professor Miller only lectures to his classes. This is not the case. Professor Miller also draws generously upon the Socratic Method to ensure that all his students are fully engaged. In addition, he uses entertaining hypotheticals to clarify arcane concepts and to setup further class discussion. In one recurring hypothetical, the plaintiff is trying to sue a minister for “wrongful marriage,” because the minister has married the plaintiff’s daughter to an “unfit” husband.
Even when the class period has ended, Professor Miller continues his mission of educating students here at the Cincinnati College of Law. After class, Professor Miller is often seen answering student questions, and he participates in out-of-class lectures. Even when he has retreated to his office, his office door is always open.
Professor Miller is also known for his practical assignments. In Civil Procedure, students must write interrogatories and requests for admissions. In Civil Rights Litigation, Professor Miller divides his class into mini law firms, and the students become first year associates who research legal issues and write memoranda. These assignments are an invaluable opportunity to gain practical experience.
In sum, Professor Miller has successfully strived to be a model teacher, and he has cultivated the skills and qualities that earn him his second Goldman Prize in only his third year of teaching. The Cincinnati College of Law is lucky to have such a passionate educator on its faculty.
Professor Kristin Kalsem. Respectful, extremely intelligent, highly personable, and cutting edge—just a few of the words used by students to describe Professor Kristin Kalsem, one of this year’s recipients of the 2010 Goldman Prize for Teaching. Not many law students are overly eager to learn the intricacies of secured transactions or bankruptcy, yet these two courses happen to be very popular at the College of Law—precisely because Professor Kalsem teaches them. Impeccably organized, always enthusiastic, and often willing to put extra time and energy into making sure that her students are prepared, Professor Kalsem embodies what the Goldman Prize stands for—excellence in teaching.
Inside of the classroom, Professor Kalsem is most known for her exceptional intelligence, her perfectly organized presentations, and her respect for her students. Professor Kalsem’s command of the subject matter she teaches is extraordinary, yet, the way she is able to convey the subject matter to her students is what makes her an incredible teacher. Through PowerPoint slides and discussion, Professor molds otherwise complicated and convoluted principles into more easily decipherable, manageable material. Though she employs the Socratic method, she groups her students into threes, allowing them to answer the questions they know and rely on their group members for questions to which they aren’t sure of the answers. No student ever feels embarrassed or frightened, yet all are extremely prepared for each class, having studied with their group members and not wanting to let these members down come class time. Professor Kalsem has found and employed an innovative way to capture the best of both worlds.
Already having established herself at the College of Law as a well-respected and well-liked professor in the areas of secured transactions and bankruptcy, the diversity of Professor Kalsem’s teaching skills became evident this year when she taught a special reading group course devoted to the writings of Professor Carol Sanger, a well-read feminist writer and professor who has been an inspiration to Professor Kalsem. Shying away from her famous PowerPoint slides and structured way of teaching, Professor Kalsem knew that for the class to be successful, her students needed to feel comfortable to express their thoughts and ideas about Ms. Sanger’s articles. To make sure of this, she made them feel at home—by inviting them into her own home. Even without her PowerPoint slides, she was a brilliant educator, creating lively discussions, respecting the viewpoints of her students, and providing an atmosphere in which conversation flourished. As Ms. Sanger is an inspiration to Professor Kalsem, Professor Kalsem is an inspiration to her students.
The students at the College of Law are lucky to have such an extraordinary teacher as Professor Kalsem. It is because of the overwhelming respect that these students have for her that she has earned this award. With great pleasure, we honor Professor Kalsem with a 2010 Goldman Prize for Excellence in Teaching.
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.
Dean Mina Jefferson Appointed to NALP Commission on Recruiting
Dean Mina Jefferson Appointed to NALP Commission on Recruiting
Mina Jones Jefferson, Assistant Dean and Director of the Center for Professional Development, has been appointed to serve on the National Association for Law Placement (NALP) Commission on Recruiting in the Legal Profession. The commission is charged with reviewing the current legal recruitment model, and engaging in a holistic nationwide dialogue regarding recruiting issues. Some of the current issues under discussion include the timing of 2L/3L interviewing and the viability and effects of a potential change to the interviewing timeframe on large firm recruiting as well as on government, public interest and small/media firm recruiting. Dean Jefferson will be serving on the commission with professional colleagues from Harvard, Boalt, NYU, Chicago, and Georgetown.
She also appears in the April 2010 issue of the ABA Journal in an article about the On Campus Interview guidelines, which are the subject of national debate.
See the complete list of commission participants:
Commission on Recruiting in the Legal Profession
Morgan L. Smith, Co-Chair
Assistant Director of Attorney Development & Recruitment
MAYER BROWN LLP
Firmwide Director of Attorney Recruiting
MORGAN, LEWIS & BOCKIUS LLP
Thomas S. Leatherbury
VINSON & ELKINS
Erin L. Springer
Director of Attorney Hiring
ALSTON + BIRD LLP
Sarah K. Staup
Director of Professional Personnel
DYKEMA GOSSETT PLLC
Jeanne Q. Svikhart
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
Carol H. Sprague
Director of Associate/Alumni Relations & Attorney Recruiting
SKADDEN, ARPS, SLATE, MEAGHER & FLOM
New York, NY
Chief Recruiting & Development Officer
MCKENNA LONG & ALDRIDGE
Terrence J. Galligan, Co-Chair
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY SCHOOL OF LAW (BOALT HALL)
Assistant Dean of Career Services
HARVARD LAW SCHOOL
Assistant Dean, Career Counseling & Placement
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
New York, NY
Mina Jones Jefferson
Assistant Dean of Professional Development
UNIVERSITY OF CINNCINATI LAW SCHOOL
GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY LAW CENTER
Director of Career Services
UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO LAW SCHOOL
Marcelyn R. Cox
Assistant Dean, Career Development
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI SCHOOL OF LAW
Coral Gables, FL
Professor Caron Named One of the Most Influential in Tax and Accounting
For the seventh consecutive year, Professor Paul Caron, the Charles Hartsock Professor
of Law, has been named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Tax and Accounting
by Accounting Today. Wrote the magazine about him “As the publisher and editor-in-
chief of one of the most widely read tax blogs on the Internet, this tax professor opens
the door to his own opinions and the opinions of other professionals in the increasingly
complex world of tax.”
The list of the 100 Most Influential include many notable people, such as President
Barack Obama; Max Baucaus, chair, Senate Finance Committee; Orin Hatch, ranking
member, Senate Finance Committee; Nina Olson, national tax payer advocate, IRS; Mary
Schapiro, chair, SEC; W. Mitt Romney, Republican presidential candidate; and Douglas
Shulman, commissioner, IRS.
Professor Caron is the editor of TaxProf Blog, the most popular tax blog on the Internet.
He is also the editor-in-chief of the Law Professor Blogs Network of more than 50 blogs
edited by law professors around the country in other areas of law.
See the complete list here: 100 Most Influential
Goldfarb Editorials Discuss Correlation between Business and Economic Success and Obama’s Impact on Ohio’s Economy
Professor Lewis Goldfarb’s recent editorials for the International Business Times and the US
News & World Report answer the questions of whether a business background positively
correlates with economic growth and whether President Obama’s policies had any impact on
As one of the authors of the recently published book Bulls Bears and the Ballot Box: How the
Performance of Our Presidents Has Impacted Your Wallet, Goldfarb and co-author Bob Deitrick
compiled and analyzed economic data from numerous traditional, trusted sources, examining
80 years of presidential history, ranking the economic performance of the presidents and their
In his editorial “Romney’s Business Experience is No Reason to Elect Him President” for the US
News & World Report, Goldfarb contends that despite the political rhetoric and a recent Wall
Street Journal/NBC News poll showing that six in 10 American believe Republican Presidential-
Nominee Mitt Romney’s business success gives him an edge over President Obama in improving
the economy, history tells a different story. Says Goldfarb, “No matter how you slice and dice
this data, it is clear that a negative correlation exists between presidents with prior success in
running a business and success in stewarding our nation’s economy.” He goes on to explain
how the numbers add up, using the Presidential Rankings of Economic Stewardship, or PRES,
Rankings. Read the editorial in the US News and World Report: Romney’s Business Experience
is No Reason to Elect Him President
Professor Goldfarb’s editorial for the International Business Times “There is No Debate, Obama
Saved Ohio, responds to a New York Times Magazine article where the question was asked “Did
Barack Obama Save Ohio?” Per Goldfarb, “…there is no debate. Based on the facts, it’s Obama
who deserves all of the credit.” He then goes on to discuss the president’s actions to help the
manufacturing and auto industries when he took office and their specific impact on towns and
communities in Ohio. Read the editorial in the International Business Times: There is No
Debate, Obama Saved Ohio
Professor Goldfarb, a CPA and author, is the director of the Entrepreneurship and Community
Development Clinic at the College of Law.
Professor Suja Thomas discusses the Seventh Amendment right to a jury trial
Date: November 8, 2007
Time: 12:00 -1:00 p.m.
Place: College of Law - Room 114
University of Cincinnati College of Law Professor Suja Thomas will present The Civil Jury: The Disregarded Constitutional Actor, a discussion on the Seventh Amendment right to a jury trial and the role of the jury in relationship to other constitutional actors on Thursday, November 8, 2007 at 12:00 p.m. The lecture, which will be held in Room 114 at the law school, will be followed by a question and answer session. Application has been made for 1 hour of CLE credit for Ohio.
The civil jury enjoys constitutional protection, said Professor Thomas. The constitution establishes the civil jury as a separate constitutional actor, like the judiciary, the executive, the legislature and the states under the separation of powers and federalism. The Seventh Amendment sets forth in what circumstances a right to a jury trial occurs and in what circumstances the right can be circumscribed.
She continued, Despite this protection, through devices such as summary judgment, remittitur and arbitration enforcements, another constitutional actor, the judiciary, exercises significant unchecked power over the power of the civil jury with the result that few civil jury trials occur any longer. If we are to maintain a role for the civil jury in our constitutional structure, the judiciary itself should play a special role of modesty in its exercise of power over the jury which itself cannot protect its power.
Professor Thomas, Professor of Law, earned her BA in mathematics from Northwestern University and her JD from New York University School of Law. Following a federal clerkship in Chicago and practice in New York City, she began teaching law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. She is the recipient of the Harold C. Schott Scholarship Award, which recognizes outstanding research and scholarly achievement by a member of the law school faculty, and the Jerome Goldman Prize for Teaching Excellence. Professor Thomas also received the Schott Law Review Award for her article Why Summary Judgment Is Unconstitutional, published by the Virginia Law Review, featured in the New York Times, and cited by Judge Jack Weinstein for the proposition that [t]he increasing use of bench trials, Daubert hearings, summary judgments, and directed verdicts-as authorized by rules of practice and appellate courts-to limit jury fact finding and set aside verdicts poses a threat to the continued viability of the Seventh Amendment jury trial.
Her work on the civil jury is published in the Virginia Law Review, the Washington University Law Quarterly, the Colorado Law Review and the Ohio State Law Journal. Her most recent article Why the Motion to Dismiss Is Now Unconstitutional will be published next year in the Minnesota Law Review, and her further work on the Seventh Amendment will be discussed and published in a symposium by the Iowa Law Review.
Professor Drew Comments on Prosecution Trend
05/07/2007 - Professor Margaret Drew commented on the recent prosecutorial trend of taking an aggressive stance toward mothers of abused children. The story, Law Puts Mothers' Duty Under Scrutiny; State Going After Moms Who Don't Stop Child Abuse was printed in The Cincinnati Enquirer, April 2, 2007.
The following is an excerpt:
"Attorney Margaret Drew, a University of Cincinnati law professor and director of the University of Cincinnati Domestic Violence Clinic, said criminal charges aren't necessarily the answer because often the women are abused themselves. ... Drew said she has noticed the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office aggressive stance toward mothers. Drew said the trend is happening across the nation, although it is unknown how many mothers are prosecuted for failing to protect their children each year. No one tracks such prosecutions. "It concerns me very much," she said. "Very often what the system fails to understand is that the mother is doing her best to protect the children." The mother's themselves are abused, Drew said. "By charging the mother, we have shifted focus to the mother for failing to protect and taken the focus off the batterer where it belongs," added Drew, the former chairwoman of the American Bar Association's Commission on Domestic Violence who is now the commission's special adviser."