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On the Road with Dean Paul McGreal and Alumni

Alumni Dinner - Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland, Erie, Buffalo and Rochester law alumni gathered in their respective cities to meet Dean McGreal during a late summer tour in early August before the beginning of the new academic year. Also accompanying the dean was Professor Emeritus E. Dale Searcy. They were warmly greeted throughout their travels and more than 100 UDSL alumni attended these lunch and evening receptions.

The Dean and Prof. Searcy shared news of the law school regarding admissions and new initiatives and encouraged alumni to continue to be involved in the school throughout their careers.

Kicking off the trip with a dinner in Cleveland on Aug. 5th they were joined by Rich Wesorick ’95, Matt Fitzsimmons ’80, Ed Blakemore ‘99 , and Ben Cooke’04. 

McGreal and Caruso

The Hon. Daniel Brabender ‘78 and Hon. John Trucilla ’85 members of the bench in Erie, Pa. welcomed the dean at a luncheon graciously sponsored by Bill and Becky Hilbert, UD undergraduates, at the Kahkwa Country club.  Abigail Grasinger, a 3L in Erie for her summer externship, also joined in the gathering and networking opportunity with area alumni including Dan Susi ’84, Michael Graml ’87, Carolyn Gold ’84, Bill Wagner ’84 and other UD undergraduates from Erie.

The Hon. Frank Caruso ’82, a Supreme Court Justice of the State of New York, hosted an evening reception on Aug. 6th at a popular restaurant in the Buffalo area and was joined by more than 35 area alumni and friends exemplifying our close-knit UD law community. A new 1L from Buffalo, Michael Norris joined the festivities.  Additional alumni attending included the Hon. Diane Vitello ’90, Mary Slisz ’83 and Katherine Bestine ’89.


In Rochester, New York, where UD has an alumni chapter, the Hon. Frank Geraci ’77,  U.S. District Court judge for the Western District of New York hosted an evening reception on Wed. Aug. 7thand  more than 50 law alumni, including numerous judges came out to meet and greet the School of Law.  At the conclusion of the event, our Rochester alumni presented Prof. Dale Searcy with a gift in gratitude for his 37 years of service to UDSL.

The trip along the lakes was one of the highlights of the summer for the School of Law, allowing many alumni to share their experiences, reminisce with old friends and meet new ones, sharing their UDSL pride!

A Center for CyberLaw

The University of Dayton School of Law will unveil a CyberLaw Center led by world-renowned cyber law expert Susan Brenner this fall. 

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See also: Related article in Dayton Business Journal

In Memoriam


Joe Fergus of Lewisburg, Ohio, father of Prof. Victoria VanZandt '96, died Aug. 6, 2013.

Clayton Napier '83 of Hamilton, Ohio died Aug. 14, 2013. He was a Past President of the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense lawyers. 

John Watson of Olive Branch, Mississippi, father of Prof. Blake Watson, died Aug. 26, 2013. 

Friends of UDSL

Marilee Faust Oberhue '58 of Kiawah Island, S.C., mother of Kristen Oberheu '98, died Aug. 27, 2013. Marilee was a former member of the Board of Visitors of the School of Law.

Alumni News

Roundup of news from alumni from around the country.

Updates from Michael Bitner '81, Nancy A. Roberson '81, Jane M. Lynch '82, Susan Blasik-Miller '84, Adam Armstrong '05, Jeff Mullins '90, Lance Gildner '91, Lisa Wiseman '01, Ron Raether '96, Christopher Epley '99, Susan Suriano '09, Jennifer Kowal Franklin '10, Joshua Kin '10, Cassandra "Cat" Andres '12 and Michael Rice '12.

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Faculty News

Roundup of publications, media appearances and presentations by School of Law faculty.

Prof. James Durham spoke to WKEF about eminent domain. Read more...

Prof. Dennis Greene gave a presentation on Aug. 7 at the Federal Bureau of Investigation Headquarters in Washington, DC, entitled, “Diversity, Media and the Legitimacy of the Law.”

Prof. Tom Hagel spoke to the Springfield News-Sun on red light camera tickets and with WABC Channel 22 about the plea bargain for Ariel Castro, who was accused of holding three women hostage in his Cleveland home. Professor Hagel authors the leading treatises Ohio Manual of Criminal Complaints and Indictments and Ohio Criminal Practice and Procedure, both published by LexisNexis.

Kelly Henrici, Executive Director of the Program in Law and Technology, spoke to the Dayton Daily News about patent trolls (must be a DDN subscriber for full article).

Prof. Thaddeus Hoffmeister spoke to WDTN on when a driver is at fault and to the AP on social media use and the Jodi Arias trial.

Prof. Pamela Laufer-Ukeles' article, "Mothering for Money: Regulating Commercial Intimacy", was included in a special roundtable issue of The Indiana Law Journal on regulating assisted reproductive technology. Read more...

Dean Paul McGreal spoke to CNBC on whether the legal establishment will allow a two-year law school

Prof. Adam Todd gave a presentation on June 28 entitled:  "Doing It the American Way: Comparing American and Civil Law Countries’ Legal Writing Pedagogy," This was presented at the Association of Legal Writing Directors 2013 Biennial Conference, Marquette School of Law, Milwaukee, WI. Prof. Todd also wrote a short article entitled:  "Teaching Scholarly Writing in the First-Year LWR Class: Bridging the Divide between Scholarly and Practical Writing," that was accepted in a legal writing journal published by West called Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing

Prof. Julie Zink stepped down in June after two years as President of the Dayton Intellectual Property Law Association.  In July, she was elected for a three-year term as a new member of the Board for Aullwood Audubon.    


Please join us for these events.

Kessler Scholarship Golf Tournament – Sept. 20, 2013

The Dean's Classic – Sept. 21, 2013

2013 Scholarly Symposia SeriesOct. 8 from 6-8:30 p.m.

Free Alumni CLE and Alumni-SBA Student luncheonNov. 11, 2013, 8 a.m.

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