Eric Chaffee

William H. Frapwell '77, 1999 Recipient

William H. Frapwell was a 1999 award recipient.


The Honorable Daniel G. Gehres '78, 1999 Recipient

The Honorable Daniel G. Gehres was a 1999 award recipient.


Marybeth Rutledge '82, 1999 Recipient

Marybeth Rutledge was a 1999 award recipient.


A.J. Wagner '77, 1999 Recipient

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

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. 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, 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. Wagner has also sat on the Democratic Central and Executive Committees.


Bruce Snyder, 2000 Recipient

Bruce Snyder was the 2000 award recipient.


Glen Dewar '89, 2005 recipient

Glen Dewar was the 2005 award recipient.


Charlie Faruki, 2005 recipient

Charlie Faruki was the 2005 award recipient


Kel Dickinson, 2006 Recipient

Before joining the faculty of the School of Law in 1979, Kel Dickinson practiced in a small law firm in Michigan and served as assistant general counsel and secretary to the Renegotiation Board. The Renegotiation Board was a small federal agency charged by Congress with eliminating excessive profits on nation defense and space contracts and no longer exists.

Professor Dickinson was attracted to the School of Law, which was then only five years old, by its people, faculty, staff and students. He saw an opportunity to have significant impact on the formative years of the institution. He also liked that it was at a major Catholic university, with a beautiful campus in a vibrant and active city.

Originally teaching business courses, he served as associate dean of academic affairs from 1980 to 1983, from 1987 to 1992, and again from 2001 to 2005. In this role, Professor Dickinson had a hand in many of the major developments at the school, including the creation of the Legal Profession Program in the 1980s, and space and budget for Keller Hall in the 1990s.


Mary Louise Dreety, 2006 Recipient

Mary Louise Dreety was the 2006 award recipient.


Honorable G. Jack Davis, 2007 recipient

The Honorable G. Jack Davis was the 2007 award recipient.


Lori Shaw '87, 2007 Recipient

A member of the Legal Profession faculty at the School of Law since 1988, Lori Shaw was appointed dean of students in 2003. She listens to, works with, and counsels students concerning personal and academic issues; serves on the management team for UDSL; and acts as a liaison between students, faculty and members of the administration. She also helps develop and enforce student policies; serves as an advocate for student needs and represents the student body on law school and university committees; oversees and provides leadership for various student programs and organizations; and organizes special events.

She is also the faculty coordinator for the Honorable James J. Gilvary Symposium on Law, Religion and Social Justice. Dean Shaw writes a bimonthly column on legal ethics in the American Bar Association Student Lawyer and previously co-wrote a regular column for the Columbus Bar Journal. She is a recipient of the TWEN Award for Innovation in Teaching from West Group and in 2006 received her second national award from the American Society of Business Publication editors.


Thomas P. Whelley II '77, 2007 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.

“I believe community service is a learned behavior,” Whelley said, crediting his parents, professors and “icons” of the Dayton community for instilling him the importance of service.

In 1994, he received Dayton Law’s Distinguished Alumni Award. While in law school, he was editor-in-chief of the University of Dayton Law Review.


Terry Ali, 2008 Recipient

Terry Ali was a 2008 award recipient.


Dave Barnette '79, 2008 Recipients

Dave Barnette was a 2008 award recipient.


Jeff Winwood, 2008 Recipient

Jeff Winwood was a 2008 award recipient.


Mike Ledbetter '97, 2009 Recipient

After serving with the 1st Armored Division in Erlangen, West Germany, Mike Ledbetter earned a B.A. from Bowling Green State University and then a J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law in 1997.

He worked for 10 years as an associate attorney and partner in a Dayton-based labor law firm. In 2006, Mike established his new office, where he has represented clients in proceedings in state and federal court, in arbitration proceedings, and before administrative agencies. Mike regularly speaks at conferences hosted by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and has authored articles published in the Foundation's Benefits and Compensation Digest.

Mike serves on the Kessler Scholarship Golf Tournament Committee and coordinates the community service project during Alumni Weekend, often bringing his family along to serve and put the university's Catholic, Marianist philosophy into practice.


Ria Farrell Schalnat '99, 2010 Recipient

Ria Farrell Schalnat is a patent attorney at Frost Brown Todd, LLC, and has a technology focus in telecommunications, billing, and other software-oriented inventions. Her substantive practice includes prosecution, litigation, due diligence reviews and portfolio management.

She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Dayton School of Law in 1999. She worked for several years as a programmer after graduating in 1995 with a B.S. in Computer Science from Northern Kentucky University.

An adjunct professor at the School of Law, Ria teaches the Patent Litigation Capstone. She is a board member of the Cincinnati Intellectual Property Law Association. She served as president of that organization in 2008 and 2009 and previously as vice president. She is also a member of the Intellectual Property Owners Subcommittee on Open Source. She performs pro bono legal services through Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor in the area of adoption law.

Ria is an amateur chess player and enjoys singing in choirs. She placed first in the 2009 Cardinal Open Chess Tournament for the U1000 Division.


Thomas Hurney Jr. '83, 2011 Recipient

Thomas Hurney, Jr., Class of 1983, has long-standing ties to both the University of Dayton and the School of Law. He received a bachelor's in business administration from UD in 1980. Three years later he graduated cum laude from the University of Dayton School of Law. As a law student, he was the comments editor of the Law Review.

Since graduating, Hurney has remained active with the School of Law and regularly interviews students on behalf of his law firm, Jackson Kelly in Charleston, West Virginia. Tom manages Jackson Kelly's litigation practice group.

In 2011, the firm employed 13 Dayton Law graduates, including seven associates, the largest single contingent of Dayton Law attorneys employed by any private employer outside of Ohio. Over the years, Jackson Kelly has hired dozens of other Dayton Law graduates who have moved on to other opportunities where they have flourished, thanks in large part to the tutelage provided by Hurney and his colleagues.


Eric Chaffee, 2012 Recipient

Eric Chaffee is director of faculty research, associate professor of law and chair of the Project for Law & Business Ethics at Dayton Law. He joined the law school in 2006. He is an expert in the areas of business law, criminal law, nonprofit organizations and securities regulation. He regularly presents at CLE programs for Dayton Law alumni and participates in law school activities and alumni events.

He is a prolific scholar and is regularly invited to speak at symposia, conferences, workshops and other events in the United States and abroad. He has been voted Professor of the Year several times by the student body.  

Chaffee has worked with numerous nonprofit organizations. He has served as the president and a trustee of the Cleveland Association of Phi Beta Kappa, which annually gives more than 120 awards and scholarships to Northeast Ohio high school students, and as a director and the governance chair of the Domestic Violence Center in Cleveland. He also has served on the board of the Law Academy at Martin Luther King Jr. School for Law and Municipal Careers. He has volunteered with United Way Services and Harvest for Hunger in Cleveland. As a law student, he spent time working at legal aid in both Philadelphia and Xenia.  

Prior to coming to the School of Law, Chaffee was an attorney with Jones Day, where he handled civil and criminal matters and gained practical experience in numerous areas of law.  

He received his J.D. at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and his B.A. at Ohio State. While in law school, he was managing editor of the Journal of Constitutional Law, editor-in-chief of the Penn Law Forum student newspaper and founder of the Penn Law Immigration Clinic.