College of Law Administration
Dean and Professor of Law & Values
Daniel J. Steinbock is Dean and Harold A. Anderson Professor of Law and Values at The University of Toledo College of Law. He has been a member of the faculty since 1985 and has taught Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Administrative Law, Immigration Law, and Trial Practice. He was voted Outstanding Professor by six spring graduating classes. Prior to joining the College of Law, he taught at the State University of New York at Buffalo and Seattle University.
Dean Steinbock received his undergraduate and law degrees from Yale University. Before entering law teaching he worked as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Constance Baker Motley of the Southern District of New York, as a public defender with the Legal Aid Society in state and federal courts in New York City, and as Associate and Executive Director of Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York. Dean Steinbock also served as Education Coordinator in Cambodian refugee camps in Thailand for the International Rescue Committee. He is co-author of Unaccompanied Children: Care and Protection in Wars, Natural Disasters and Refugee Movements (Oxford U. Press), whose recommendations were adopted by United Nations agencies. Dean Steinbock has also written law review articles and book chapters about refugee children, refugee law, search and seizure, identity documentation, and data mining.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law
Geoffrey Rapp has been a faculty member at the College of Law since 2004. He has taught and written extensively in the areas of Corporations, Torts, and the regulation of the sports industry. He regularly comments in local, national and international media outlets on business and sports law. His work on whistleblower bounties has attracted national attention; in 2011, Dean Rapp testified before Congress concerning the Dodd-Frank whistleblower program.
Before entering law teaching, he clerked for Judge Cornelia Kennedy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and worked in private practice in Chicago. Dean Rapp graduated from from Harvard College (1998) and the Yale Law School (2001), where he was a Notes Editor of the Yale Law Journal and a Teaching Fellow in the Departments of Economics and Computer Science.
Dean Rapp is licensed to practice law in New York, Illinois, and Ohio.
Katherine Raup O’Connell
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Legal Writing Professor
Katherine Raup O’Connell, joined the College of Law faculty in 2005 and teaches Legal Research, Writing and Appellate Advocacy I & II. Ms. O’Connell is a graduate of Wittenberg University, B.A. English, cum laude, 1979, and The Ohio State University College of Law, J.D., 1984.
Prior to joining the College of Law faculty, Ms. O’Connell practiced law for over 20 years. From 1984 to 1987, she was an associate at Peck, Shaffer & Williams, a law firm specializing in tax-exempt finance. From 1988 to 1991, she was an associate at the Toledo law firm Cooper & Walinski. From 1991 to 2006 she was affiliated with the Toledo law firm Stockwell & Cooperman, as a partner from 1991 to 1997, where she practiced in the areas of real estate, general business and corporate law.
Ms. O’Connell is a member of Council in the Village of Ottawa Hills and chairs its Services & Environment Committee. Since 1997, she has also served on the Ottawa Hills Planning and Zoning Commission.
Heather S. Karns
Assistant Dean for Law Career Services and Alumni Affairs
Office: LC 1037
Heather Karns received her B.A. in psychology from The University of Toledo, her M.Ed. in counseling from Clemson University, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor.
Heather’s experience prior to joining The University of Toledo College of Law in the spring of 2003 includes Mental Health and Job Retention Counseling with the South Carolina Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, Supervising Educational Career Services, then advancing to Assistant Director of Recruitment at Clemson University’s Michelin Career Center. She also operated a private practice for a short time. Heather now supervises both Career Services and Alumni Affairs for the College of Law in the Office of Professional Development.
Heather is a member of the Toledo Bar Association Diversity Committee, serves as a College Representative on the Board of the Federal Bar Association Northern District of Ohio, and is also involved in the National Association of Legal Professionals (NALP), contributing articles to the Bulletin, presenting and moderating programs at the annual conferences, and serving on committees.
Interim Assistant Dean for Law Admissions
Office: LC 1015
Jessica Mehl received her B.S. magna cum laude in public law and government from Eastern Michigan University in 2002, followed by a law degree magna cum laude from The University of Toledo College of Law in 2005. Jessica is a licensed attorney and a member of the Ohio Bar.
After working at a private law school in Michigan, Jessica returned to The University of Toledo College of Law, Office of Professional Development, in the spring of 2006. In early 2007, she became the Public Service Coordinator for the College of Law, and, in that capacity, managed the Public Service Commendation program. Through the National Association of Law Placement (NALP) Public Service committee, Jessica was a contributing author to the Law School Guide to Public Interest Careers (Oct. 2007---National Association for Law Placement, Inc.) and co-author of Tips and Pointers on Drafting a Resume for Legal Services Position (Jan. 2010, NALP Bulletin, Vol. 22, No. 1)
Jessica served as the Assistant Dean for Law Admissions from April 2010 through December 2013, and returned in June 2015 to serve as Interim Assistant Dean for Law Admissions. She also works with the Lucas County Juvenile Court as a Guardian Ad Litem representing the best interests of abused, neglected, and dependent children.
Assistant Dean for the LaValley Law Library and Associate Professor
Office: LC 3009
Rick Goheen received his B.A. in political science from The University of Toledo in 1991. He was an associate member of the University of Cincinnati Law Review and received his J.D. from UC in 1994, and earned his master's degree in library science from the University of Kentucky in 1998.
After a year of private practice, Professor Goheen returned to the University of Cincinnati's law library where he served as Head of Information Access and then as Head of Reference. While at UC, he had overall responsibility for reference, circulation, interlibrary loan and media services, and was also the primary selector of new books and electronic resources for the library. From 2001 to 2007, Professor Goheen was the founding Associate Director for Public Services at the University of St. Thomas’ Schoenecker Law Library in Minnesota, where he taught Advanced Legal Research and the research portions of Lawyering Skills I and II.
Professor Goheen was a member of AALL’s Access to Electronic Legal Information Committee from 2004 to 2006, and the AALL Scholarships Committee from 2008 to 2010. He has also served as Treasurer of the Ohio Regional Association of Law Libraries since 2009, and chaired the host committee for ORALL's 2013 annual meeting in Toledo.
His research interests include family law, juvenile law and legislative history. While at St. Thomas, Professor Goheen served as the Minnesota state editor for an AALL publication on permanent public access to government information, and wrote the Indiana, Michigan and South Dakota sections of a related AALL survey report on online authentication of state government information. He is co-editor of Academic Law Library Job Descriptions for Use with the AALL Salary Survey (published every two years and consulted by law librarians nationwide) and is working on a history of legal publishing in Ohio from 1795 to the present.