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Thomas Hagel

Professor Emeritus


School of Law


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Since coming to the School of Law in 1982, Thomas Hagel has received the 2003 Alumni Association’s President’s Award for his dedication to the growth and development of the School of Law and his commitment to excellence. He is a Master of the Bench of the local American Inn of Court as well as Acting Judge for the Dayton Municipal Court. A commissioner on the Montgomery County, Ohio, Veterans’ Service Commission, he represents members of Disabled American Veterans. Professor Hagel is also a member of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Training Trial Advocates.

As a law student at the University of Nebraska, he was an associate editor and member of the executive committee of the Nebraska Law Review. After graduation, Professor Hagel became a deputy public defender for Lincoln, Nebraska, where he represented criminal clients in more than 200 bench trials, motion hearings and post-trial proceedings in state and federal courts. He was also the lead trial attorney in approximately 20 homicide cases and tried approximately 30 felony cases to a jury. Additionally, he represented indigent clients at civil mental health commitment hearings. While a deputy public defender, he maintained a limited private practice, specializing in criminal, domestic relations, and personal injury cases, and served on a lawyers’ panel for the Nebraska Civil Liberties Union.

Professor Hagel has lectured at the Ohio Judicial College since 1998 and has previously lectured for the Federal Bar Examination for the Southern District of Ohio, Dayton Bar Association, and Nebraska Bar Association. He has also taught at Temple University School of Law, where he was a Law and Humanities Fellow.

He has been named Professor of the Year by School of Law students and was nominated for University Professor of the Year by the dean in 1986.

Professor Hagel retired from the University of Dayton School of Law in May 2015. 

Courses Taught

LAW 6102 Torts I
LAW 6103 Torts II
LAW 6107 Criminal Law
LAW 6112 Criminal Procedure
LAW 6225 Evidence
LAW 6880 Trial Practice – Civil


J.D., University of Nebraska, 1976
LL.M., Temple University, 1982
B.S., University of Nebraska, 1972

Areas of Law

Criminal Law
Trial Practice
Criminal Procedure

Selected Publications

Ohio Manual of Criminal Complaints and Indictments ( Lexis-Nexis, 2006-2010) (yearly revisions)

Ohio Criminal Practice and Procedure, 11th ed. (Lexis-Nexis Fall 2005-2010) (yearly revisions)

Ohio Forms of Pleading and Practice (Matthew Bender 1997), with yearly revisions since 1999

Issues of Credibility and the Proposed Amendments to the Ohio Rules of Evidence, CLE Ohio Judicial College (1998)

Evidence, Chapters 7 and 8 in Bar Examination Subject Outline (The Supreme Court of Ohio 1997, 1998 and 2003)

Criminal Law and Procedure, Chapter 6 in Bar Examination, Subject Outline (The Supreme Court of Ohio, 1997 and 2002)

Torts, Chapter 9 in Bar Examinations, Subject Outline (The Supreme Court of Ohio, 1997, 1998 and 2002)

Issues Common to All (Justification) Defenses, 1 Proving Criminal Defenses (3 vol. treatise, Matthew Bender 1991)

Toward a Uniform Standard for Effective Assistance of Counsel: A Right in Search of Definition After Strickland, 17 Loyola University Chicago Law Journal 203 (1986)

Defending Against Claim of Ineffective Assistance of Counsel, 30 Am. Jur. Trials 607 (1983)

Representing the Mentally Disabled Criminal Defendant, 27 Am. Jur. Trials 1 (1980)

Representing the Mentally Ill: Civil Commitment Actions, 26 Am. Jur. Trials 97 (1979)

Defending the Mentally Ill, 57 Nebraska Law Review 1 (1978)

Dealing with the System: Handbook of Juvenile Rights and Responsibilities (CONtact Press 1977)

Juvenile Court Reform, 54 Nebraska Law Review 405 (1975)

Coroner’s Inquest: A Viable Legal Procedure? 9 Nebraska Transcript 16 (with Anderson, 1975)