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Richardson, Jr. is Recipient of the Jeffrey Hurwitz Young Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award


This award, presented by the University of Cincinnati Alumni Association,  is given to a UC graduate, 35 years of age or younger, on the basis of significant professional achievement in his or her field of endeavor, and continued service and involvement with the university and community. This award is in honor and memory of Jeffrey Hurwitz, BBA ’72, MBA ’73, former president of the UC Alumni Association’s Board of Governors.

Robert E. Richardson, Jr.  CEAS ’02, Law '05

The philosophy of life espoused and modeled by Rob Richardson, Jr., can be summed up fairly easily: Don’t sit on the sidelines. Richardson was a whirlwind of activity and leadership while a UC student in the early 2000’s, and has maintained that fast pace and deep dedication to his community and university as an alumnus.

Mr. Richardson received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and his law degree from the University of Cincinnati. While at UC, he established the first college chapter of the NAACP in the Tristate and was elected Student Body President for his senior year, when he also was awarded the Presidential Leadership Medal of Excellence, UC’s highest honor for undergraduates.

Currently, Richardson serves as Of Counsel with the law firm of Branstetter, Stranch and Jennings, PLLC, with his practice areas including labor and employment, securities and class action litigation. He also serves as a Construction Market Representative for the Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust (LECET) for eight states, including Ohio. In this role, he has led campaigns in Cincinnati on behalf of workers and local residents on publicly funded construction projects. In 2009, he successfully implemented a community workforce on Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) construction projects. The agreement required contractors bidding on projects to pay prevailing wages and employ local residents, graduates of CPS and parents of current CPS students. Richardson also led the effort to implement Cincinnati’s first-ever Responsible Bidder Ordinance in 2012. He now advises the Southeast Laborers’ District Council on its "Build 305" campaign to ensure that local taxpayers in Florida’s Miami-Dade County are provided with opportunities for employment on publicly funded infrastructure projects.

 Richardson hosts a weekly radio show in Cincinnati called "Real Talk with Rob Richardson," featuring politicians, community leaders and public policy experts from across the country discussing both local and broad scale issues.

In January 2012, Richardson was elected Secretary of his alma mater’s Board of Trustees, becoming its youngest-ever elected officer. He also chairs the board’s Academic and Student Affairs Committee where he works toward providing lower education costs and more scholarships for students.

 Mr. Richardson serves on several other boards, including the University of Cincinnati Research Institute, the Agenda 360 Advisory Council, the Hamilton County Democratic Executive Committee, and the Board of Visitors for the UC College of Law.