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School of Law hosts reception for dignitaries from the Federal Bar Association

Oct. 10, 2013

The University of Dayton School of Law hosted a meet-and-greet reception for honored dignitaries from Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Ohio Federal Bar Association.

Gen. William K. Suter (Ret.), former 19th Clerk of the Supreme Court of the United States met with law students, faculty, and staff. General Suter was joined by the Honorable Gustavo Gelpi, the youngest U.S. District Judge for the District of Puerto Rico and National President of the Federal Bar Association (FBA). 

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Celebrating 25 Years of the Legal Profession Program

The University of Dayton School of Law is celebrating the silver anniversary of its Legal Profession Program, which has garnered a national reputation for excellence.

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School of Law in Princeton Review's Best 169 Law Schools of 2014

The University of Dayton School of Law is one of the best law schools across the U.S. and Canada, as noted in the Princeton Review’s 2014 edition of The Best 169 Law Schools.

“I am proud and excited that the Princeton Review rankings recognize something that our students, faculty, staff, and alumni already know,” said law school Dean Paul McGreal. “That is, the Law School offers a challenging and supportive environment where our students practice excellence as they prepare to enter the legal profession all over the country.”

Hard work in the serious and fast-paced program is expected under high academic expectations. Students praise the outstanding writing program and emphasis on smaller class sizes that provide a more personal student-professor interaction. Faculty are extremely accessible and “genuinely concerned with the success of their students.”

The editor notes, “There is a strong emphasis on real world preparation,” that includes research, clinical programs, externships and incorporating current trends or interests. The school is also known for its beautiful campus.

The Best 169 Law Schools, released on the Princeton Review website and as a book, profiles schools using five categories based on institutional data from the 2012-13 academic year and results from law student surveys.


Congratulations to everyone who passed the July 2013 bar exam. You should be proud! Through your hard work, our bar passage rate increased 14 percentage points over last year.

Alumni News

Roundup of news from alumni from around the country.

Updates from Thomas J. Hurney, Jr. '83, David Montgomery '98, Thomas M. O’Diam '85, Allison A. Schaper '08, Jeff Senney '86, and Matt Sorg '93.

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In Memoriam


Matthew T. Corning '14 passed away Oct. 19, 2013. About 175 students, faculty and staff later gathered at the law school for prayer and support and to remember Corning, a 3L student. "Today, the Law School community gathered to remember Matthew Corning," said law school dean Paul McGreal. "We must remember the goodness of Matthew and the positive impact of his life, no matter how quickly it passed. This is also a time to pray for his family and friends who struggle with this loss."

Faculty News

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

Susan Brenner spoke to TIME about why the FBI can’t get its hands on Silk Road money. Brenner's paper, "Distributed Security: A New Model of Law Enforcement" has become one of the All Time Top 10 Downloaded Papers for Journal of Criminology eJournal. 

Jeanette Cox wrote the article "What Does it Mean to 'Change Clothes?'" for the November issue of the ABA’s Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases. Cox was also quoted in the Ms. magazine article, "Pregnant Workers: 35 Years Later And Still Struggling."

Denise Platfoot Lacey will be giving a presentation at the University's LTC for its Faculty Exchange Series entitled "Lessons from Externships: Developing Professional Skills through Real Experience."  Platfoot Lacey also presented an ethics CLE program in Toledo for the Legal Aid of Western Ohio on "Ethics for the Legal Aid Lawyer."

Dean Paul McGreal has joined the law deans at Ole Miss and Southern Illinois to do a blog discussing legal education and the legal profession. McGreal also spoke to The National Law Journal on declining LSAT numbers.

The latest issue of the Ohio Northern Law Review includes "What do Legal Employers Want to See in New Graduates?: Using Focus Group to Find Out" by Susan Wawrose (30 Ohio N.U. L. Rev. 505).  It is available in the faculty scholarship display area of the Zimmerman Law Library.


Please join us for these events.

Free Alumni CLE and Alumni-SBA Student Luncheon - Nov. 11, 2013, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Walter H. Rice Moot Court Competition - Dec. 3, 2013, at 6 p.m. in the Heck Courtroom in Keller Hall

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