Distinguished Alumni Award

These outstanding graduates demonstrate a sustained dedication to the values of justice, ethics and integrity through distinguished professional accomplishments. Distinguished alumni are nominated by School of Law graduates.

Kermit F. Lowery ’84, 2014 Recipient

Kermit Lowery was nominated due to his exceptional service to the legal community, both as a civilian and military officer.  Lowery received a direct commission as an Army JAG Corps officer after graduating from the School of Law and spent a total of 39 years combined active and reserve military duty. He is currently employed as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for LexisNexis and is responsible for licensing content to be included in their online services.

Dean Paul McGreal presented the award saying, “Volunteering is a part of Kermit’s life.  He recently completed his term as President of the Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project, where he devoted his time to handling mostly domestic cases, and would handle 10 – 20 cases per year.  He also participates in our Law and Leadership Institute here at the Law School, where 8th grade through high school aged students come to learn about the law.  He encourages them to attend college and become inspiring community leaders.”

Lowery has also participated in the Wills for Heroes program that writes wills for police and firemen.  He has served as Second Vice President on the Board of Trustees for the Dayton Bar Association (DBA) and is the Board Liaison for the Juvenile and Law & Technology committees.  He will become President of the Dayton Bar Association in 2015. 

It was also announced that the American Bar Association has selected Lowery for the 2014 Pro Bono Publico Award.  Each year the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service presents five awards to individual lawyers and institutions in the legal profession that have demonstrated outstanding commitment to volunteer legal services for the poor and disadvantaged.  Lowery will be honored for his service at the annual ABA meeting in Boston in August.

McGreal said, “Kermit is a wonderful example of what the University of Dayton and the School of Law stand for, to learn, lead and serve.  He is an example of what our alumni have given through their talent and time to the community.  It is my honor to present Kermit Lowery with the Distinguished Alumni Award.”

Wayne E. Waite ’82, 2013 Recipient

Wayne Waite graduated cum laude from the University of Dayton School of Law in 1982 and was the Associate Editor of the Law Review while there. Waite is currently a managing partner of Freund, Freeze & Arnold with a focus on business litigation, employment law, legal malpractice, medical malpractice, pharmacy liability worker's compensation and nursing home defense. He is also certified as a senior professional in human resources.

Waite also incorporated Shoulder to Shoulder, a private, non-profit, non-governmental entity in Honduras, in 1996. The mission of this organization is to develop educational and health programs for the poor. Shoulder to Shoulder has opened two small hospitals and ten medical centers, providing healthcare to more than 30,000 destitute individuals who would otherwise be without medical services. The Mathile Institute for the Advancement of Human Nutrition, along with more than ten universities, partnered with Waite and Shoulder to Shoulder to replicate this program in other poor regions and countries. Waite's model has been adopted by the University of Kentucky with their Ecuadorian and Tanzania projects.

Dean Paul McGreal said this when presenting Waite with the Distinguished Alumni Award, "People wonder why Wayne is so focused on the healthcare of indigents, and according to his nomination, Wayne's answer to this question is humbling. 'When I went to law school, I thought I would help people no one else would standup for. Shoulder to Shoulder helps those in extreme poverty who otherwise would not be helped. The training I received at UDSL helps make it happen.'"

Dean McGreal went on to say, "Wayne exemplifies the Marianist values of 'learn, lead and serve.' He is a graduate who has taken those values and lives them everyday. We are all very proud of the work he has done and continues to do. He is a shining example for his colleagues, the students, faculty and staff of UDSL, and for the Dayton community."

Hon. Robert McBride '34, 1983 Recipient

The Honorable Robert McBride graduated from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Arts in 1932 and from the College of Law with a Bachelor of Laws in 1934. In 1946, he became a judge on the Dayton Municipal Court, and in 1953 on the Court of Common Pleas. After retiring from the Court of Appeals, where he served from 1974 to 1981, Judge McBride sat on occasional panels for several years.

Judge McBride was honored in 1992 as one of the founding fathers of the Ohio Judicial Conference for his 1960 presentation of its founding constitution. He also was a leader in the development of pattern jury instructions, published under the title Ohio Jury Instructions.

Sara R. Levine '30, 1986 Recipient

Sara Rubenstein-Levine was born January 2, 1908. She graduated from Steele High School in Dayton. After one year of pre-law at Ohio State University, she enrolled at the University of Dayton and in 1930 became one of the few women to receive a law degree from the university's College of Law. In the same year, she was admitted to the Ohio Bar, and in 1935 she was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

Mrs. Levine engaged in a very limited law practice, devoting most her considerable energies to her family's business, Rubenstein's Department Store in Dayton. She retired in 1982. In 1984, the School of Law honored Mrs. Levine and other early graduates with the Juris Doctor degree. Through the generosity of Mrs. Levine, the Rubenstein-Levine Scholarship Fund was established at the University of Dayton in 1984 to assist deserving students attending the School of Law.

Mrs. Levine was a very active member of Temple Israel. She was honored for her charitable and civic interests by memberships in the University of Dayton President's Club, The President's Club at Children's Medical Center and the Wright State University President's Club. She died in 1989.

Herbert Jacobson '34, 1987 Recipient

Herbert Jacobson graduated from the University of Dayton College of Law in 1934 with a Bachelor of Laws. In 1946, Mr. Jacobson became the assistant county prosecutor for Montgomery County. He became the first assistant prosecutor in 1960, and 15 years later he was designated as the chief trial counsel in the prosecutor's office. In 1976, Mr. Jacobson was honored by the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association as Outstanding Assistant Prosecutor of the Year. He died in 1990.

William H. Wolff Sr. '31, 1988 Recipient

William H. Wolff Sr. graduated from the University of Dayton College of Law in 1931. He was a judge of the Dayton Municipal Court from 1936 until 1943. Mr. Wolff engaged in the private practice of law from 1931 until 1936 and from 1943 until his retirement in 1992. In addition to his private law practice, Mr. Wolff also served as an Assistant Montgomery County Prosecutor from 1943 until 1951 and from 1972 until 1992. Mr. Wolff passed away in 1994.

Mathias H. Heck '30, 1989 Recipient

Mathias H. Heck graduated from the University of Dayton College of Law in 1930. A number of things have changed since 1930. Tuition for full time students was $180 each semester, and lodging added an additional $100. The University Bulletin noted that the Law Library "contains a sufficient number of federal and state reports and digests besides the standard textbooks and encyclopedias to accommodate the students." What never changed were Mat Heck's attributes of personal character, which attracted the trust and confidence of people around him, and his loyal support of the University of Dayton.

Mr. Heck cultivated these attributes early in life with hard work on the family farm in Trotwood, Ohio. There the family of eight grew vegetables that Mat, while he was in law school, delivered fresh each morning before sunrise to the wholesale markets in Dayton. He attended Madison Township schools, graduating from Madison High School in 1923. Following high school he entered the insurance business. In addition to delivering the family's farm produce, Mr. Heck sold insurance during the day to finance his education at the University of Dayton at night. Graduating as the president of his law school class, he entered the practice of law that same year in downtown Dayton.

In 1933 Mr. Heck was elected the Justice of the Peace of Madison Township. In 1937, he was appointed Assistant Attorney General of the State of Ohio. Mr. Heck was also one of the original incorporators of the Imperial State Bank of Vandalia.

His distinguished legal career includes four terms as Prosecuting Attorney for Montgomery County from 1945 to 1961. In 1946 he successfully prosecuted Bugs Moran, the infamous criminal who fought with Al Capone over Chicago gangland territory. Mr. Heck once wrote: "I chose the office of Prosecuting Attorney as I like people in all walks of life, and I knew I could be of great service to the people of this county be serving them as their dedicated and impartially minded Prosecuting Attorney."

On March 11, 1989, alumni of the University of Dayton School of Law gathered to honor Mathias Heck as its Most Distinguished Alumnus, an award to affirm the career and life of a man dedicated to serving the law, his community and his family. Mr. Heck served on the School of Law's Board of Visitors, on the Alumni Association Board of Trustees, and was a member of the University of Dayton's President's Club. He was also a supporter of the Program in Law & Technology at the School of Law.

Mr. Heck lived a life that earned the trust of the citizens of the Miami Valley, inspired the confidence of those around him, and piloted a distinguished legal career. It was for these reasons that the University of Dayton conferred its highest award, the Honorary Degree of the Doctor of Humane Letters, upon him on May 14, 1994. He passed away that year.

Mr. Heck and his wife of 48 years, Lucille, raised two sons. Mat Jr. is currently Montgomery County Prosecutor, following in his father's footsteps. Dr. Thomas Heck is a physician practicing in Dayton. He also had four grandchildren, Tiffany, Mathew, Christopher and Andrew.

The drama of the law and the preeminent role of justice in our society, qualities that Mr. Heck so clearly embodied for a lifetime, are reflected in the physical character of the Mathias H. Heck Courtroom. His ardent support for the use of technology in strengthening our justice system is also represented by the sophisticated computer, video, and audio technology that is a hallmark of the model courtroom.

Joseph E. Keller '29, 1990 Recipient

Joseph E. Keller was born in Dayton in 1907. His family members were among the earliest settlers in the Miami Valley. Early in his life he and his family recognized the excellent educational opportunities available at the University of Dayton. He first graduated from the University of Dayton Preparatory School in 1924, then earned a law degree in 1929 and finished with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1930. The degree of doctor of jurisprudence was bestowed upon Mr. Keller in June 1935 at Georgetown University. In 1991, the University of Dayton conferred its highest award by presenting Mr. Keller with the Honorary Degree of the Doctor of Humane Letters.

While a student at the University of Dayton, Mr. Keller's ardent interest in journalism persuaded him to serve as editor of The Exponent, the university's literary magazine. His substantial business acumen served him well as the business manager of The Daytonian, the university's yearbook. After winning a $50 award for the best-written student review of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mr. Keller wrote film reviews for the Journal Herald, one of three local newspapers in Dayton. During his freshman year, he won the George V. Naureth prize for excellence in constitutional history.

After graduation Mr. Keller accepted a faculty position at the University of Dayton College of Law where he taught from 1930-1934. In addition to law courses, he taught a journalism course and also served as faculty advisor for the University News, named the best biweekly college newspaper in Ohio. During this same time he served as judge of the Municipal Court of Oakwood.

In 1934 he accepted a position in Washington, D.C., as administrative assistant to the Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission. Here Mr. Keller flourished, employing his formidable knowledge of the law as well as his natural journalistic talents. After leaving government service, Mr. Keller joined a private law practice in 1938 where he remained until founding his own D.C. firm, Keller and Heckman, in 1955. He gained a national reputation as a leading expert in the fields of communications law and private carrier law.

Throughout his life Joe Keller was devoted to his faith, his family, his university and law school, and the others in need. His charitable giving and support was remarkable. Mr. Keller generously gave his time and talent to many, including extensive volunteer work for a number of prominent organizations. For more than 40 years, he was active in the Gorgas Institute of Tropical and Preventative Medicine, serving as general counsel. He also served as general counsel for the Katherine Pollard Maddux Mental Health Association, which addresses the special mental health needs of preschool children.

For more than four decades Mr. Keller lent his considerable talents to the Boy Scouts of America. He received the Silver Beaver Award, the highest scouting award, and the St. George medal, the highest Catholic scouting service award from the Archdiocese of Washington. He is widely credited for his work in racially integrating the Boy Scouts of America in the Washington, D.C., area.

Mr. Keller was also instrumental in establishing the International School of Law, which later became the George Mason University School of Law. In addition, when no bar examination review programs could admit black graduates, he started a bar examination for black law graduates. He often invited law students, particularly those who lived in the Dayton area, to live in his home rent-free if they needed a place to stay while attending school.

Initially declining an invitation by the University of Dayton to be publicly recognized for his generosity to the university, Mr. Keller said, "I've always been interested in helping people to be good lawyers. My roots came from the University of Dayton. It's the only place I feel I ever got an education." University officials finally convinced him to allow the new School of Law building to bear his name, which it proudly does. Sadly, Mr. Keller never saw the completed facility; he passed away in 1994.

Ralph J. Hanaghan '30, 1991 Recipient

Ralph Hanaghan was born to modest circumstances and lived within the shadow of the University of Dayton campus. He was the son of immigrants and was the first member of his family to attend college. Had it not been for the generosity of the university and its law school during the Depression, the direction of his life would have been substantially different.

Mr. Hanaghan practiced law in Dayton for 50 years. He was recognized as a skilled litigator and for his wise counsel to many families and businesses. He died in 2003.

Hon Rodney M. Love '33, 1991 Recipient

The Honorable Rodney M. Love was an active-retired and visiting judge by assignment of the Supreme Court of Ohio. He was also a former congressman for the state of Ohio. Judge Love received his Bachelor of Science in political science from The Ohio State University in 1930 and his Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Dayton in 1933. He practiced law in Dayton for more than 50 years and passed away in 1996.

He was president of the Dayton Bar Association and served on the board of directors for the Ohio Mental Health Association, Community Mental Health and Retardation. He was a past president of the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Soldiers and Sailors Committee in Dayton and of the Federal Bar Association. Additionally, he was a member of the Ohio Common Pleas Judges Association and of the Ohio Association of Probate Court Judges, where he also served as president.

Admitted to the Ohio Bar Association in 1933, Judge Love practiced law in Dayton from 1933 to 1945. In 1945 he became Deputy Chief of Montgomery County Probate Courts. From 1945 to 1960, he was a Probate Judge in Montgomery County and a member of the 89th Congress from the 3rd District of Ohio. The Dayton-based law firm of Smith & Schnacke had the honor of his professional expertise as a law partner from 1960 to 1964, and from 1967 to 1969. In 1965 he was the United States Representative for the 3rd District of Ohio and a member of the House Armed Services Committee. From 1969 until his retirement, he was Judge in the Common Please Court in Montgomery County, Ohio.

Patricia H. Roll '78, 1992 Recipient

The wife of John M. Roll, M.D., and mother of seven children, Pat Roll entered the University of Dayton School of Law at age 45. Her generous welcome by students and faculty made these the happiest and most satisfying years of her life. Mrs. Roll was a first-year Moot Court winner, casenote editor of the Law Review, and graduated Magna Cum Laude.

She remained with the School of Law for 14 more years, with her duties ranging from general administration to academics as an Associate Dean to Admissions, Law Library and Career Services. Her greatest pleasure was teaching Legal Research and Writing. Mrs. Roll was a caring source of wise advice and counsel to a generation of law students, faculty, and deans. She passed away in 2004.

Hon. Barbara P. Gorman '77, 1993 Recipient

Judge Barbara Gorman is a 1977 graduate of the University of Dayton School of Law. She received her bachelor's degree from Marquette University in 1970 and her master's degree in psychology from the University of Dayton in 1974. She is currently a judge with the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas.

After graduating Summa Cum Laude from the School of Law, she worked for Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office in the civil division for nine years and then joined the criminal division in 1986. In 1987, Judge Gorman was the first woman to be named to the general division court. She was nominated as a finalist for the Dayton YWCA's Outstanding Career Woman Award in 1988. In addition, she received an award as one of Dayton's first "Up & Comers for those People under 40." Judge Gorman is a member of the Law Board of Visitors.

Thomas P. Whelley II '77, 1994 Recipient

Tom Whelley has been a consistent and loyal supporter of the law school since graduating in 1977. He is a member of the School of Law’s Advisory Council and teaches civil trial practice at the law school.  

He also serves on the boards of the Dayton Early College Academy and the Law Leadership Institute and has served as president of the Legal Aid Society of Dayton and the Dayton Bar Association, and as chair of the Western Ohio Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Whelley is a partner in Dinsmore & Shohl’s Dayton office He has extensive experience in litigating complex business cases, including shareholder disputes, accounting malpractice, broker dealer actions, and other related fields. Previously, he worked at Chernesky, Heyman & Kress and Thompson, Hine & Flory.

While in law school, he was editor-in-chief of the University of Dayton Law Review.

Arvin S. Miller '84, 1995 Recipient

Arvin S. Miller is the Criminal Clinic Coordinator and Visiting Assistant Professor at the School of Law. He was admitted to the Bar in 1984 after receiving his Juris Doctor from the University of Dayton School of Law and his Bachelors of Arts in 1978 from Miami University. Mr. Miller was an instructor of law at the University of Dayton School of Law for two years and was then assigned as assistant prosecuting attorney for Montgomery County in 1988. During this time he also served as an adjunct professor for the law school. He became a public defender in 1996 before coming back to the School of Law full time in 2004.

A member of the Ohio Supreme Court and Ohio Bar Association Civil Legal Needs Assistance Improvement Committee, Mr. Miller is also on the board of trustees and is a past president of the Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project. He is also a member of the Carl Kessler Inns of Court and is on the board of directors for the Dayton Legal Aid Society. Mr. Miller was honored by the American Bar Association in 1991 with the Pro Bono Publico Award where he was recognized for creating and developing the Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project.

A.J. Wagner '77, 1996 Recipient

A. J. Wagner is a 1977 graduate of the University of Dayton School of Law. He is a former Montgomery County Auditor and remains a partner in the law firm Shively & Wagner in Dayton. He is also a past president of the law school's Alumni Association.

Mr. Wagner received his undergraduate degree in elementary education from the Franciscan University of Stuebenville. He has worked as a teacher, probate court referee, and acting judge in the Dayton Municipal Court before establishing a private legal practice. Mr. Wagner has served as a trust officer for Society Bank and is a member of the board of trustees for the Miami Valley Regional Transit authority in 1986. He has also served on the Dayton Civil Service Board.

Involved with other area politicians prior to running for county auditor, Mr. Wagner ran the re-election campaign for Mayor Richard Clay Dixon and served as treasurer for County Commission President Chuck Curran during his state senate campaign. Mr. Wagner has also sat on the Democratic Central and Executive Committees.

Hon. Daniel G. Gehres '78, 1997 Recipient

Judge Daniel Gehres received his B.S. from Manchester College in 1975 and his J.D. from the University of Dayton in 1978.

He is a member of the Dayton Municipal Court, and has served as the Recovery Now docket judge since 2005. He served as assistant attorney general of Ohio, 1978-1982, and in private practice, 1981-1988.

His service to the community includes: Board Member, Dayton S.A.Y. Soccer Board, 1993-Present; Board Member, Miami Valley North S.A.Y. Soccer, 2002.

William H. Frapwell '77, 1998 Recipient

Meyer Dreety '34, 1999 Recipient

For 1934 University of Dayton College of Law graduate Meyer Dreety, the old-fashioned way was still the best way to do business in the legal profession. He drafted wills in pencil and sent them to a typist. He charged primarily by the job rather than the hour, and he built his practice one piece of advice at a time. "It's still a small community," he said. "If you want to build a practice, sometimes you do a lot for nothing. If people come in and want advice, you give them advice and don't charge for it and hope they remember that when they need you for something else."

Building a law practice wasn't easy during the Great Depression. "Before I ever got anywhere, I went through a starvation period of four or five years," he said. Not long after he started establishing his practice, the United States entered World War II; Mr. Dreety enlisted and was assigned to a New Jersey base, where he served as an unofficial legal adviser.

After 14 months, he was promoted to sergeant, sent to officer candidate school and later assigned as a second lieutenant to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. There he would work in the base's legal offices in both active-duty and civilian roles until he retired as a colonel in the Air Force Reserves in 1976 and as a civilian in 1977. As member of the Armed Services Procurement Committee, Mr. Dreety helped draft armed services procurement regulations and helped try a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. He also served on active duty in the Korean War.

When he retired, a former colleague from the base asked Mr. Dreety to mind his Englewood firm while he was away. The attorney then called Mr. Dreety and said he wasn't coming back. Mr. Dreety was out of retirement, working 20 hours a week even at age 90, until he finally retired for the second time in the late 1990s.

Mr. Dreety served as president of the Federal Bar Association from 1971 to 1972. He received the association's Distinguished Federal Lawyer Award in 1973 and the USAF's Meritorious and Exceptional Civilian Service Medals. He also helped establish the Wright-Patt Credit Union and served on its board of directors for more than 40 years. He passed away in 2005.

Dennis Lieberman '78, 2000 Recipient

A graduate of Miami University, where he received his undergraduate degree, and the University of Dayton, where he received his law degree, Dennis Lieberman is a partner at Flanagan, Lieberman, Hoffman & Swaim. He is also the chairman of the Montgomery County Democratic Party. Mr. Lieberman has judged moot court competitions, spoken to student groups, and helped with class reunions for the School of Law. He was also a member of the 1996 Electoral College for Ohio.

Steve Yuhas '85, 2001 Recipient

Steve Yuhas received his undergraduate degree in criminal justice from the University of Dayton in 1982 before receiving his law degree three years later. He has been practicing law in Dayton for over 25 years and specializes in Plaintiff's Worker's Compensation, Personal Injury, Divorce, Juvenile Court work and Criminal Law. Steve is currently practicing with Thorson, Switala, Mondock and Snead "of counsel". He served as president of the Alumni Association from 2002 to 2010.

Harry Beyoglides '78, 2002 Recipient

When Harry Beyoglides reflects on his decision to become a lawyer, he recalls thinking that practicing law would be a good profession in which to help people. Several decades later, with his law firm Johnson, Douple, Beyoglides & Leve in Dayton, he is not disappointed.

After graduating from the University of Dayton School of Law, Mr. Beyoglides remained active in the school's Alumni Association, serving as president for six years. While president, Mr. Beyoglides judged moot court proceedings and raised funds for the construction of Joseph E. Keller Hall. He also took part in developing an interfaith prayer service, which invites people of Dayton's law community once a year to join together in worship.

Thrilled with his entire experience with UDSL, Mr. Beyoglides finds it difficult to single out an activity or event as most memorable or fulfilling. However, he is honored and humbled by the school's offering him the Special Appreciation Award in 1999 for service to the law school and this 2002's Distinguished Alumnus Award for his practice in law and his giving to the school and the community. "I'm very honored," he said. "But I don't think this is an award just for me. It's more like a team award."

Gary Schaengold '81, 2003 Recipient

Gary Schaengold, a partner at Eilerman, Schaengold & Donahue and a magistrate for the Fairborn, Ohio, Municipal Court, has had many opportunities to make the University of Dayton School of Law proud. A longtime UDSL volunteer, he is a past president and secretary of the alumni association, where he also has chaired the communications committee that created a liaison position on the law school's advisory council, effectively opening up communication between the two groups. "In the early 1980s, the alumni association was a fledgling organization," Mr. Schaengold said. "We have grown in the number of people who are actively involved, which has enabled committees to provide more assistance to the school. We've become a successful and functional organization." Mr. Schaengold now serves on the UDSL Advisory Council.

With his time divided between his duties as a magistrate and his general practice, Mr. Schaengold, who also serves as treasurer and member of the board of trustees of the Dayton Bar Association, said that he doesn't get bored. Described as a renaissance man when he was featured as Barrister of the Month in "Dayton Bar Briefs," Mr. Schaengold is currently the treasurer and member of the Board of Trustees of the Dayton Bar Association. With his wife, Anita, he co-hosts "Simply Trivia," a monthly call-in radio show on WYSO 91.3 FM.

Hon. John M. Durkin '85, 2004 Recipient

John M. Durkin has been a judge in the Mahoning County Court of Common Pleas since 1997. Prior to his election he was in private practice, handling medical malpractice, personal injury, and criminal defense litigation. Judge Durkin is a past president of the Mahoning County Bar Association, past chairperson for the Certified Grievance Committee, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Bar Association.

Judge Durkin established the Mahoning County Felony Drug Court and continues to preside over the court along with his regular docket. That program has been recognized as a Mentor Court by the United States Department of Justice. The Mahoning County Bar Association selected him as Lawyer of the Year in 1997. He has received the Community Corrections Association Public Service Award, the Community Service Award from TASC, and the Peace Award from the Mayors Task Force on Crime and Violence.

A graduate of the University of Dayton, Judge Durkin received both his Bachelor of Arts and his Juris Doctor from the college. He has served on the faculty of the Ohio Judicial Conference and currently sits on their Executive Committee. Judge Durkin has lectured for the Mahoning County and Ohio State Bar Associations, the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, and the Ohio Judicial Conference.

Michael B. Coleman '80, 2005 Recipient

Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman took office on January 1, 2000. Since then, he has actively worked to change the way the City of Columbus partners with community leaders, residents, and businesses to build safe, strong neighborhoods, deliver basic services, and attract jobs.

Some of Mayor Coleman's accomplishments include implementing a 10-year business plan for creating a more vibrant downtown, launching the "Neighborhood Pride" program, creating and funding the Columbus Urban Growth Corporation, creating Columbus' first Office of Education, and launching several Health Education efforts.

Mayor Coleman earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1977 and his law degree from the University of Dayton School of Law in 1980. Prior to becoming mayor, he served as a Columbus City Council member (1992-99), and as president of Columbus City Council (1997-99).

Hon. Mary Donovan '77, 2006 Recipient

Judge Donovan was elected to the Second District Court of Appeals in November, 2005, after serving 10 years with the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, General Division.

Judge Donovan was born in Louisville in 1950, raised in Cincinnati, where she attended Seton High School. Judge Donovan received her B.A. from the University of Cincinnati in 1973 and her J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law in 1977.

Prior to judicial service, Judge Donovan was in the private practice of law from 1993-1995 with the firm of Allbery, Cross, Fogarty and Tuss.  She was with the Montgomery County Public Defender’s Office from 1990-1993; the City Law Department, City of Cincinnati Prosecutor’s Office from 1989-1990; Montgomery County Public Defender’s Office 1979-1988; and the LakeCounty Public Defender’s Office from 1978-1979.

In 1988-1989, Judge Donovan took a sabbatical from private practice and taught Navajo and Apache children at St. Bonaventure Indian Mission in Thoreau, N.M., and assisted in legal action regarding water rights on the reservation.

Judge Donovan serves on the Ohio Jury Instructions Editorial Board as president of the Board of the Dayton Volunteer Lawyer’s Project. She is a member of the Dayton Bar Association and serves on the Congeniality Committee, Eikenbary Trust Committee, and Criminal Law Committee. Judge Donovan also serves on the University of Dayton School of Law Alumni Board, the Prison Advisory Board, and Power Net, a prison re-entry program. Her past activities include: secretary of the Government Access Advisory Board; volunteer with the St. Joseph’s Treatment Center for Children; Secretary for the COPE Halfway House, president of the Dayton Bar Association, and second vice president of the Ohio Common Pleas Judges Association.

Judge Mary Kate Huffman '90, 2007 Recipient

Mary Kate Huffman is a judge for the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas. She is the chair of the Judicial Personnel Committee and serves on the Judicial Executive and Civil Practice Committees. Since 2007, Judge Huffman has presided over the Common Pleas Court's Drug Court, and previously presided over the court's Non-Support Court from 2005-2006.

She was previously a lawyer at Huffman, Lendis & Weaks Co., LPA, and also served as special counsel to the Ohio attorney general.

Judge Huffman received her B.A. in political science from Wright State University and her J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law in 1990.

She is an active member of the School of Law Alumni Association, and in 2010, was elected the president of the Alumni Association. She enthusiastically helps with alumni volunteer recruitment and Alumni Weekend.

She is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Dayton School of Law and Capital University and has taught continuing legal education seminars for the Dayton Bar Association and the Family Law Forum. As an adjunct professor, she is a favorite among students. Dayton Law alumni have called her "extremely welcoming and accepting," saying she "provides exceptional guidance and inspiration."

She is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, Dayton Women's Bar Association, and the Dayton Bar Association, where she is on the Criminal Law and Civil Practice Committees. Judge Huffman is also a member of the Ohio Common Pleas Judges Association and serves on the Criminal Justice Council Domestic Violence Subcommittee for the Inns of Court. Outside the legal arena, Judge Huffman is president of the Miami Valley Youth Soccer Association and vice president of the Ohio South Youth Soccer Association.

Walter Reynolds '78, 2008 Recipient

Walter Reynolds is partner-in-charge of the firm's Dayton, Ohio office and has developed an excellent reputation representing brokerage firms, banks, insurance companies, savings and loan associations and other financial institutions. As a partner in the firm, he has handled many construction disputes representing owners, contractors, subcontractors, and material suppliers. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law and is recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers.

He received his B.A. from Wilberforce University and his J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law in 1978. 

He is a former president of the Dayton Bar Association. He received the 2011 Joseph Cinque Award from the University of Dayton School of Law's Black Law Students Association.

James Kelleher '79, 2009 Recipient

Jim Kelleher is an attorney at Pickrel, Schaeffer & Ebeling, where he practices in the areas of defective product liability, plaintiff personal injury, and civil litigation.

After graduating from the University of Dayton School of Law in 1979, Jim served as municipal prosecutor for the Village of New Lebanon, Ohio. He is also a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army.

Jim is a member of the Dayton and Ohio State Bar Associations, a trustee and past president of the Miami Valley Trial Lawyers Association, and a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. He is a trustee of the Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project and a member and past president of the DBA Inns of Court. An adjunct professor at the law school since 1988, Jim is also a seminar lecturer for the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers.

Jim has been very active in his support of the School of Law, serving on the Keller Hall Building Capital Campaign and also on the Class of 1979's 30-year reunion committee.

D. Jeffery Ireland '80, 2010 Recipient

Jeff Ireland, a founding partner at Faruki Ireland & Cox of Dayton, has been trying business cases for almost 30 years and has represented clients in federal and state courts throughout the United States. He specializes in competition and business litigation relating to advertising, antitrust and employment.

He graduated from the University of Dayton School of Law in 1980, and received a B.A. in economics and history from Denison University in 1976. A loyal supporter of the School of Law, Jeff helped establish the Faruki Ireland & Cox Scholarship in 1999.

A native of Dayton, Jeff has been recognized each year since its inception as an Ohio Super Lawyer. He has been recognized annually as one of the Best of the Bar based on a survey conducted by the Dayton Business Journal. He is listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. He has written articles for publication and is a frequent lecturer at continuing legal education programs on various subjects relating to commercial litigation. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Antitrust Section of the Ohio State Bar Association and speaks frequently at Section seminars on antitrust and competitive issues.

He has been active in the local community as a master of the Carl D. Kessler Inn of Court, a member of the board of the Dayton Corps of the Salvation Army and as chair of the Dayton Opera Association board. He served as mayor of the city of Oakwood, Ohio for 10 years and as a member of the Oakwood city council for 12.

Terry Miller '77, 2011 Recipient

Terry Miller is the general counsel of the London 2012 Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games and Paralympics Games. She heads a legal team responsible for providing advice on all aspects of the Olympics¿ operations, including how to meet the terms of the Host City Contract with the International Olympic Committee, implementation of sponsorship and supply contracts and protection of the London 2012 brand.

Before joining the London Olympics in 2006, Terry spent 17 years at Goldman Sachs, where she was a partner and served as international general counsel of Goldman Sachs International. Before that she was a partner in the law firm of Kirkpatrick and Lockhart. She began her career with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, where she was a branch chief in the enforcement division.

In 2006, Terry was selected as Legal Week's General Counsel of the Year.

Professor Emeritus Dennis Turner accepted the Distinguished Alumni Award on Miller's behalf. You can read more about Miller in the Winter 2010 issue of the Dayton Lawyer.

Mary Lynn Readey '87, 2012 Recipient

A 1987 graduate of the School of Law, Mary Lynn Readey is associate vice president of facilities operations and development at The Ohio State University. She is responsible for strategic and operational aspects of major components of the university’s physical environment, including general renovation and construction, contract administration, custodial, maintenance and landscape services; environmental health and safety; utilities; energy services and sustainability; roads and grounds; and real estate operations.  

Readey originally joined Ohio State in 2005 as deputy general counsel in the Office of Legal Affairs.  

When she received her award, Readey thanked the Alumni Association and the University of Dayton School of Law, which, she said, “admitted me, taught me and have me the opportunity to fulfill one of my life’s goals.”  

Prior to joining Ohio State, Readey served as executive director of the Ohio School Facilities Commission, the state agency devoted to construction of K-12 school buildings, and as assistant attorney general of Ohio. Previously, she was in private practice in Dayton.  

As a student at the School of Law, she was editor-in-chief of the University of Dayton Law Review.  

Readey received her B.A. in economics from Southeast Missouri State University in 1975 and a second degree in economics from the University of Vermont in 1984. In between, she served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force and in the Air Force Reserves.  

She also has served as president of the Ohio Women’s Bar Association and on the boards of the Columbus and Dayton Bar Associations and the Franklin County Legal Aid Society.

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