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Dear Reader,

This issue of Counselor magazine underscores how world events have impacted the College of Law community. An unprecedented global pandemic that turned lives upside down and led to faculty innovation. The movement for racial justice sweeping across the nation and the role law students played. The exoneration of two wrongly convicted individuals while navigating this unprecedented time. We also take the time to celebrate new additions to the faculty and the amazing accomplishments of others. We recognize the success of students and acknowledge those from our College of Law community who have died. Take a moment to catch up on what’s happening at the College of Law. We hope you enjoy the update. 

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Celebrate the accomplishments of Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Director, Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights, Bert Lockwood, the recipient of the university’s faculty award honored for his career, service in field of international human rights. Celebrate Lori Krafte, recognized as Outstanding Adjunct Professor by the University of Cincinnati. Then, meet one of the newest members to the faculty: Professor Meghan Morris.


UC Faculty Awards 2020: Lori Krafte

April 8, 2020

Attorney Lori Krafte has a passion for copyright law, but says teaching is the most fun part of being an attorney. The UC adjunct professor is being honored as an outstanding adjunct faculty member.


UC Faculty Awards 2020: Bert Lockwood

April 8, 2020

Bert Lockwood, director of UC's Urban Morgan Institute and editor-in-chief of Human Rights Quarterly, is a pioneer in the field of international human rights. He is being honored by UC with the Provost Faculty Career award.

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Here’s a snapshot of OIP’s latest exonerations, student success, and new program opportunities for graduates.


UC’s OIP helps free 29th defendant

April 21, 2020

Christopher Smith served 12 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit and then even after a federal judge ordered his release when his conviction was overturned on constitutional violations, faced a COVID-19 scare when prison officials refused to release him. He's finally free, thanks to the Ohio Innocence Project at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.


Ohio man who served 45 years in prison finally free, thanks to...

May 5, 2020

Isiah Andrews was wrongfully convicted in 1975 of murdering his wife of just three weeks. It would take more than 45 years and a team of attorneys and students from the Ohio Innocence Project at the University of Cincinnati College of Law to uncover evidence that led to his conviction being overturned.

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In Memoriam

The College of Law remembers human rights defender (and Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights founder) William J. Butler and Distinguished Teaching Professor of Law John Murphy. Read about their legacy at the College.

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