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Hon. Mary Kate Huffman

Adjunct Professor of Law

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Judge Huffman has been a General Division Judge since 2002 and has served as the elected Administrative Judge of the General Division from January, 2016 through December, 2018. She received her B.A. in political science from Wright State University and her J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law, graduating summa cum laude from each institution. In 2015 Judge Huffman received an M.A. in Judicial Studies from the University of Nevada and received a Certificate in Judicial Development General Jurisdiction Trial Skills from the National Judicial College.  In 2007, Judge Huffman was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Dayton School of Law. Prior to judicial service, Judge Huffman was a partner in the law firm of Huffman, Landis & Weaks.

Judge Huffman is a member of the American, Ohio and Dayton Bar Associations, the Ohio Common Pleas Judges Association, and is a Master at the Carl Kessler Inn of Court, serving as that organization's President from 2011-2013. She serves on the Judicial Advisory Group as well as the Specialized Courts Committee and the Criminal Law and Procedure Committee of the Ohio Judicial Conference. Judge Huffman currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Commission for the Rules of Practice and Procedure of the Ohio Supreme Court and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Judicial College.   

Judge Huffman has taught continuing legal education seminars for the National Judicial College, the Ohio Supreme Court, the Ohio Common Pleas Judges Association, the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association, the Dayton Bar Association, the Family Law Forum, the University of Dayton School of Law Alumni Association, and the Inn of Court. She also is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Dayton School of Law, teaching a variety of courses.

Judge Huffman previously served on the National Review Board of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. She is a past president of the Board of Trustees of the Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project, the Board of Trustees of the Dayton Bar Association and the Board of Trustees of the Dayton Bar Foundation. Judge Huffman currently serves on the National Board of CISV-USA and on the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Review Board.

Courses Taught

LAW 6310 Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiating
LAW 6505 Intrasession: Criminal Sanction
LAW 6801 Business Organizations
LAW 640 Agency/Partnership
LAW 756 Landlord/Tenant Law

Degrees

M.A., Judicial Studies, University of Nevada, 2015
J.D., University of Dayton School of Law, 1990
B.A., Political Science, Wright State University

Selected Publications

Moral Panic and the Politics of Fear:  The Dubious Logic Underlying Sex Offender Registration Statutes and Proposals for Restoring Measures of Judicial Discretion to Sex Offender Management, 4 Va. J. Crim. L. 241 (2016)

Immunity and Mental Health Professionals, 33 University of Dayton Law Review 265 (2008)

Tort Law: Social Host Liability for the Negligent Acts of Intoxicated Minors, 14 University of Dayton Law Review 377 (1989)