Jennifer Bergeron / Spring 2018

Professor Bergeron was selected as a 2018 Goldman Prize winner for teaching.

On March 28, Professor Bergeron appeared in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas with Ohio Innocence Project client Ru-El Sailor when the prosecutor’s office agreed to vacate his conviction after he spent 15 years in prison for a murder he did not commit.

On May 18, Professor Bergeron will appear on WVXU’s Cincinnati Edition with Ohio Innocence Project exoneree Dean Gillispie to discuss OIP.

A. Christopher Bryant / Spring 2018

Professor Bryant’s article written with Kim Breedon, The Brand vs. the Man: Considering a Constructive Trust as a Remedy for President Trump’s Alleged Violations of the Foreign Emoluments Clause, is now in print at 9 Con Law NOW 111 (2018).

Professor Bryant’s article written with Kim Breedon, How the Prohibition on “Under-Ruling” Distorts the Judicial Function (And What to Do About It), was accepted for publication in 45 Pepperdine L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2018).

Professor Bryant’s article written with Kim Breedon, Restoring Trust with Trusts: Constructive and Blind Trusts as Remedies for Presidential Violations of the Constitution’s Emoluments Clauses, was accepted for publication in 11 Albany Gov’t L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2018).

Professor Bryant’s article written with Kim Breedon, Executive Privilege in a Hyper-Partisan Era, was accepted for publication in 64 Wayne L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2018).

On June 12, Professor Bryant’s article written with Kim Breedon, A Right to a Government Worthy of Trust, is to be presented at University of London’s WG Hart Legal Workshop 2018: Building a 21st Century Bill of Rights, and thereafter considered for publication as part of the conference proceedings.

On March 2, Professor Bryant, with his co-author Kim Breedon, presented, as part of a panel, “Fiduciary Standards as a Guide for Remedying Violations of the Emoluments Clauses,” at the American Constitution Society Third Annual Constitutional Law Scholars Forum, at Barry University School of Law, Orlando, FL.

On March 20, Professor Bryant, with his co-author Kim Breedon, presented a CLE, “Executive Privilege in a Hyper-Partisan Era,” at the Potter Stewart Inns of Court for the Cincinnati Bar Association.

On March 23, Professor Bryant, with his co-author Kim Breedon, presented “Executive Privilege in a Hyper-Partisan Era,” at the Levin Center Symposium: Congressional Oversight in the Twenty-first Century, at Wayne State Law School, Detroit, MI.

On March 29, Professor Bryant, with his co-author Kim Breedon, presented “Hoosier Bridesmaids: Vice Presidents from the ‘Crossroads of America’,” at the Indiana Law Review Symposium: Indiana Vice Presidents: Significant Developments to History and the Law, at Robert McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, IN, on March 29, 2018.

Professor Bryant and Rachel Smith facilitated a Mind-Body Group of ten law students, which met 2 hours/week for 9-week period during spring 2018 semester.

On May 2, Professor Bryant taught a mock class to pre-law students at Miami University.

On February 2 and May 11, Professor Bryant judged Ohio’s state “We The People” middle and high school finals in Columbus, OH.

On May 15, Professor Bryant will teach an OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) class session on contemporary constitutional issues.

Donald Caster / Spring 2018

On January 16, Professor Caster participated in a panel discussion on WVXU’s Cincinnati Edition about wrongful arrests. The broadcast is available at: http://wvxu.org/post/mistaken-arrest-how-local-father-trying-clear-his-name#stream/0.

On January 30, with Ohio Innocence Project staff attorney Mallorie Thomas, Professor Caster represented Michael Sutton in an evidentiary hearing regarding a motion for leave to file a new trial motion.  OIP fellows Amona Al-Refaei and Nikita Srivastava assisted in preparations for the hearing, which was in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas.

On February 13, with Ohio Innocence Project exonoree Dean Gillispie, Professor Caster gave a presentation about wrongful convictions and the work of OIP at the annual conference of the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education.  The conference was held at the Ohio Supreme Court building.

On February 14, with Ohio Innocence Project staff attorney Mallorie Thomas, Professor Caster represented David Rawls in an evidentiary hearing regarding the location and status of evidence sought for post-conviction DNA testing.  OIP fellows Amona Al-Refaei and Nikita Srivastava assisted in preparations for the hearing, which was in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas.

On February 22, with Professor Scott Bresler (UC College of Medicine), Professor Caster presented “Mad (Forensic) Scientist and Murder: A Case of Suspected Innocence After 22 Years” to the Jurisprudence Section of the annual meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in Seattle.

On May 4, Professor Caster spoke on wrongful convictions and post-conviction remedies at a CLE event hosted by the Tuscarawas County Bar Association in New Philadelphia, Ohio.

On May 11, with Ohio Innocence Project exonoree Evin King, Professor Caster spoke to students at Whitmer High School in Toledo, Ohio, about wrongful convictions and the work of OIP.

Mark A. Godsey / Spring 2018

The Ohio Innocence Project teamed up with the Cincinnati Opera to create an opera based on the lives of six exonorees to broaden awareness about wrongful convictions.

Professor Godsey’s book, Blind Injustice, was featured on the Television show, America’s Lawyers with Mike Popantonio, written about in The Nation, and ranked as a Favorite Book of 2017 by The Progressive.

On March 1, Professor Godsey spoke on wrongful convictions and exonerations at Ohio University, with further information available at https://www.ohio-forum.com/2018/02/innocence-wrongful-convictions-exonerations-us-criminal-justice-system/.

 

James Hart / Spring 2018

The Board of Trustees approved Jim Hart’s emeritus status. After 29 years at the College of Law and 36 years at the University of Cincinnati, Jim’s well-deserved first day of retirement is July 1st. We wish Jim all the best in the next chapter of his life and he will be missed.

Jim Hart completed a paper with Alex Zhang (head of Public Services and Lecturer in Law at the Stanford Law School Robert Crown Law Library), entitled “Sustainable and Open Access to Valuable Legal Research Information: A New Framework.”

Emily M.S. Houh / Spring 2018

Professor Houh was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Professor Award, which is the University of Cincinnati’s highest teaching honor.

Professor Houh was inducted into the University’s Fellows of the Graduate School.

Professor Houh was elected to chair the Contract Compliance & Enforcement Committee of UC’s Chapter of the Association of American University Professors.

Professor Houh was invited to serve a University of Cincinnati committee that will study the University’s relationship to slavery as part of the University of Virginia’s Universities Studying Slavery consortium.

In late May, Professor Houh will speak on a panel called, “Academic Freedom and Expressive Freedoms in a Post-Truth Era,” at the joint Northeast People of Color/Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty 2018 Conference, at Albany Law School in New York.

Professor Houh moderated a panel, “Critical Race Theory and Racial Formation,” as part of a conference—co-organized by the Department of European Studies in University of Cincinnati’s College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Law’s Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice (which Houh co-directs with Professors Kalsem and Moore)—called Transatlantic Approaches to Racial Equality. This international conference, held on April 12-13 at UC’s African American Cultural & Resource Center, was made possible with generous support from UC’s Taft Research Center, Office of Equity, Inclusion & Community Impact, and Office of Graduate Programs.

In February, Professor Houh gave a talk as part of a panel on “Contract Law and Discrimination,” at the 13th Annual International Conference on Contracts, held this year at Barry University in Orlando, Florida.

Kristin Kaslem / Spring 2018

Professor Kalsem participated in an interdisciplinary group of University of Cincinnati faculty working on community-based research, discussing her three-year community research partnership on best practices for judges in domestic violence cases. This case study—which can serve as a model across disciplines—demonstrates real-world impacts of problem-based scholarship and research and community-based partnerships.