Law Alumni Magazine

Faculty Notes

Aug. 1, 2020

Preparing the next generation of attorneys is a mission our Toledo Law faculty do not take lightly. They are impressive scholars and educators. In the following entries, you will get a glimpse of the activity faculty have engaged in over the past academic year. Explore our part-time faculty page for information about lecturers.

Full-Time Faculty

John BarrettJohn Barrett

Associate Professor of Law
Barrett has been busy helping negotiate a collective bargaining agreement on behalf of the law school faculty, as well as serving on the American Association of University Professors board. He also had an article on rethinking how the U.S. regulates political advertising accepted for publication with the St. John's Law Review.


Kara BruceKara Bruce

Professor of Law
Bruce was selected by the first-year class to receive the Beth Eisler First Year Teaching Award. She published "Bankruptcy's Adjunct Regulator" in the Florida Law Review. She also published "Detangling Discovery and Tolling Doctrines: The Educational Value of Rotkiske v. Klemm" and "Prudential Standing in Bankruptcy Appeals: Recent Developments and Unanswered Questions" in the Bankruptcy Law Letter. She served as president of the Central States Law Schools Association and hosted its annual meeting in September 2019, where she presented her work in progress, "Rabble Rousers as Private Enforcers."


Lesa ByrnesLesa Byrnes

Legal Writing Professor and Director of Academic Success and Bar Preparation
Byrnes continued to implement measures designed to improve students' performance on the bar exam, including advising a quarter of all Toledo Law students on course selection likely to enhance bar passage and overseeing a faculty mentoring program where each graduate is assigned a faculty mentor to provide support during bar exam study. Byrnes piloted a new program using academic success tutors to lead workshops to help first-year students with study techniques, outlining, and exam-taking. She also taught in the college's Launch into Law program, which is geared toward increasing the number of historically underserved students enrolled in law school.


Shelley CavalieriShelley Cavalieri

Professor of Law
Cavalieri was promoted to full professor this year. Newly named as the program advisor of the J.D./M.P.H. program, she spent significant time working with her colleagues in the public health department to develop a new major in the public health program focused on health policy and law. Cavalieri taught public health law in an innovative new format as an online course for law and public health students, in which students collaborate in interdisciplinary simulations on topics such as preventing public health problems such as teenage smoking and responding to public health emergencies such as pandemics.


Eric ChaffeeEric C. Chaffee

Distinguished University Professor
Chaffee was appointed a Distinguished University Professor, the highest permanent honor the University bestows on faculty members. He was also selected by graduating students as the recipient of the Outstanding Professor Award for Dedication to Legal Education. He continued work on his book, "The Corporation Defined: Collaboration Theory and the Corporate Form," and he authored annual updates to his loose-leaf treatise with Professor Emeritus Howard Friedman, "Securities Regulation in Cyberspace." Chaffee organized the Ohio Securities and National Business Law Scholars conferences. He served as chair of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Securities Regulation and presented his research at conferences throughout the country.


Ben DavisBenjamin G. Davis

Professor of Law
Davis published "ODR and Social Justice: Technology not Tricknology" in the International Journal of Online Dispute Resolution. He filed an amicus curiae brief in favor of respondents in the U.S. Supreme Court case GE Energy Power Conversion France SAS v. Outokumpu Stainless USA LLC. Davis made several presentations to organizations on topics, including diversity in international online dispute resolution and social justice. He was the keynote speaker on diversity in international arbitration at the Young International Council for Commercial Arbitration and Blacks of the American Society of International Law joint conference in New York. He also co-chaired the UToledo 1619 Committee, which organized a series of events to honor the 300-year experience of Black Americans. Professor Davis is on a special assignment leave for the fall. He has announced his retirement, effective Jan. 31, 2021.


Maara FinkMaara Fink

Clinical Professor of Law
Fink expanded externship opportunities for students with the addition of the Corporate Counsel Externship. Under her direction, students continue to engage in public service and mediation practice through Public Service and Mediation externships. Fink was humbled to receive the 2019 Eastman & Smith Faculty Achievement Award. She also gave several professional presentations on various topics, including updates on the Dispute Resolution Clinic for the Lucas County Bar Association and Legal Issues for Teens at Ottawa Hills High School. She continues to serve as faculty advisor to the Black Law Students Association.


Llew GibbonsLlewellyn Joseph Gibbons

Distinguished University Professor
Gibbons lectured at Nankai University, one of the top 10 universities in China. Gibbons' lecture was "AI: The Challenges of Virtual Authors and Virtual Inventors to the Modern Intellectual Property Regime." He was among 100 outstanding scholars or academicians with international or global reputations who delivered lectures on topics of extraordinary significance to create an atmosphere of pursuing and striving for excellence. He also published an article, "Liberty or Licentiousness: Dissenting Disparaging and Scandalous Marks Post-Tam and Brunetti," and is finishing a book project.


Greg GilchristGregory M. Gilchrist

Professor of Law
Gilchrist completed an article on the willful blindness doctrine that will be published by the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review. The article examines this doctrine from its origins in the British naval yards of the 1600s and grapples with challenges it presents to basic principles of legality. He urges courts to reconsider Justice Anthony Kennedy's repeated-but-largely-ignored suggestion to consider willful blindness not as a novel category of mens rea, but rather as a type of circumstantial evidence. Gilchrist continues to represent federal criminal defendants by court appointment, and lately, he has been grappling with challenges defendants face during a crisis that has all but closed federal courts.


Rick GoheenRick Goheen

Assistant Dean for the LaValley Law Library and Associate Professor of Law
Goheen retired from the executive board of the Ohio Regional Association of Law Libraries after 11 years as treasurer, vice president, president, and past president. Along with library staff, he continues his work on improving the library space for our students and making its resources more accessible.


Ken KilbertKenneth Kilbert

Professor of Law
Kilbert was the lead author of an October 2019 white paper, "An Assessment of the Great Lakes States' Implementation of the Water Management and Conservation Provisions of the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact." The assessment, issued by the college's Legal Institute of the Great Lakes and funded by a grant from The Joyce Foundation, covered all eight Great Lakes states. He was assisted by student co-authors Aubrey Merkle and Forrest Miller. Kilbert also organized the 19th Annual Great Lakes Water Conference, held at the college on Nov. 8, 2019.


Jessica KnouseJessica Knouse

Professor of Law
Knouse delivered the Fifth Annual Katheryn D. Katz '70 Memorial Lecture at Albany Law School. She presented "Reproductive Indeterminacy: Rethinking Rights Discourse in Frozen Embryo Disputes" at the Central States Law School Association Annual Scholarship Conference and the Law & Society Association Annual Meeting. At the 10th Annual Constitutional Law Colloquium, Knouse presented "Frozen Embryos and 'Pro-Life' Politics." She also presented a CLE at the Toledo Women's Bar Association Annual Meeting. Knouse received the Eastman & Smith Faculty Achievement Award in 2020. She is an active member of the Feminist Legal Theory Collaborative Research Network and UToledo Law & Social Thought Working Group. 


Bryan LammonBryan Lammon

Professor of Law
Lammon taught appellate procedure, civil procedure, conflict of laws, and evidence. He continued his study of federal appellate jurisdiction, including several projects on interlocutory appeals from the denial of qualified immunity. He also started a website called Final Decisions, where he writes about appellate procedure and jurisdiction. Lammon continued advising the college's Moot Court program.


Dan NathanDan Nathan

Clinical Professor of Law
Nathan continued as a board member of Student Legal Services, which provides free legal services to University of Toledo students and the Medical-Legal Partnership for Children, which addresses legal issues that impact children's health. He also volunteered for the Children's Rights Collaborative monitoring visits for parents required by court order to be supervised around their children. Professor Nathan left the College of Law on June 30, 2020. He is pursuing a graduate degree in counseling with plans to open a practice upon completion of his degree.


Katherine Raup O'ConnellKatherine Raup O'Connell

Legal Writing Professor and Director of Legal Writing
O'Connell oversees the law school's legal writing program, including coordinating panels of legal practitioners addressing Lawyering Skills students on objective legal writing and appellate advocacy. She also organizes the annual Sixth District Court of Appeals of Ohio oral arguments at the college. This fall, she is looking forward to teaching a new transactional drafting course, a long-awaited addition to the writing curriculum.


Nicole Buonocore PorterNicole Buonocore Porter

Professor of Law
Porter published four articles in the past year on various disability law topics. She also accepted an offer to publish "Relationships and Retaliation in the #MeToo Era" in the Florida Law Review. Her article "Cumulative Hardship," published in the George Mason Law Review, won the college's 2020 Faculty Scholarship Award. Porter is eagerly awaiting publication of three book projects: "Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Employment Discrimination Opinions," "ABA-BNA's Employment Discrimination Law" treatise, and the 10th edition of an employment discrimination law casebook. She was recently quoted in a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit for her article, "Sex Plus Age Discrimination: Protecting Older Women Workers."


Marilyn PrestonMarilyn Preston

Legal Writing Professor
Preston will continue her work with Law and Leadership Institute (LLI) summer session hosted at the college, which aims to interest students from diverse backgrounds to consider the legal profession. She will also teach two online classes this summer, Lawyering Skills II and Mastering Law School Exams.


Geoff RappGeoffrey C. Rapp

Sr. Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Harold A. Anderson Professor of Law and Values
Rapp completed service as chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Associate Deans for Academic Affairs and Research. He published a casebook on tort law as part of Wolters Kluwer's "In Focus" series. He is a faculty advisor for the University's chapter of the Student Veterans of America and a member of the Department of Athletics Professional Sports Counseling Panel, which advises UToledo athletes considering professional sports careers.


Rob SalemRob Salem

Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion and Clinical Professor of Law
Salem presented on the "Rights of Transgender Children in Custody Disputes" for the annual Domestic Relations Seminar at the Toledo Bar Association. He spoke on the same subject at an event sponsored by the Toledo Women's Bar Association. Salem was also a commentator and panelist for a program entitled "Finding Friendship in a Contentious Place: A Conversation with Obergefell and Hodges from the Landmark U.S. Supreme Court Case on Same-Sex Marriage," which was sponsored by The University of Toledo Law Review.


Joe SlaterJoseph Slater

Distinguished University Professor and Eugene N. Balk Professor of Law and Values
Slater testified before Congress in favor of a bill that would grant collective bargaining rights to public employees in states that do not provide them. He was also involved in the unionization of the law school faculty. Slater is working on new editions of his casebooks, had a chapter in a Cambridge University Press book, a law review article published, and a piece for JOTWELL.


Lee J. StrangLee J. Strang

John W. Stoepler Professor of Law and Values
Strang published "Originalism's Promise: A Natural Law Account of the American Constitution," which received the college's 2019 Faculty Scholarship Award. St. John's University Law School hosted a symposium on his manuscript, "A Light Unseen: A History of American Catholic Legal Education," that included scholars from Georgetown, Notre Dame, and Boston College. He presented at numerous fora, including at the University of Texas, University of Illinois, and Indiana University-Bloomington. He served as chair-elect of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Constitutional Law and presented a paper at the annual conference.


Rebecca ZietlowRebecca Zietlow

Charles W. Fornoff Professor of Law and Values
Zietlow published "'Where Do We Go From Here?' Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Workers' Rights" in the Harvard Law & Policy Review and accepted an offer to publish "The New Peonage: Liberty and Precarity for Workers in the Gig Economy" in the Wake Forest Law Review. She also entered into a contract with Edward Elgar Publishing to edit and write an extensive introduction to a collection of articles entitled "Constitutional Law and Equality." Zietlow was a visiting professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School for the 2019-20 academic year. She serves as co-chair for the Labor Rights Collaborative Research Network.


Evan ZoldanEvan C. Zoldan

Professor of Law
Zoldan researches and writes in the field of legislation. He published "Corpus Linguistics and the Dream of Objectivity" in the Seton Hall Law Review and has accepted offers to publish "The Vanishing Core of Judicial Independence" with the Nevada Law Journal and "Delegation to Nonexperts" in the Penn Law Review Online. He has presented his work at numerous conferences, including the Legislation Roundtable at Yale Law School, the Loyola University Chicago Constitutional Law Colloquium, and the Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting. Zoldan received the Eastman & Smith Faculty Achievement Award in 2020.


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