Hon. Eric H. Kearney

Adjunct Professor of Law



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Eric H. Kearney is the President/CEO of the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky African American Chamber of Commerce. He has had a career in law, business, and politics.

As a state senator, Eric served as Ohio Senate Minority Leader. He championed a number of causes including adoption, children's health, small business development, and pension reform. Annually, for seven years, he led a 107-mile walk from Cincinnati to Columbus to highlight an important, children's health issue. In 2014, he walked the entire State of Ohio, starting at Lake Erie and concluding in Cincinnati at the Ohio River. He passed a number of impactful bills. For instance, he sponsored bills to: make February Black History Month in Ohio, create an adoption loan program, fight childhood obesity, establish Adoption Day in Ohio, reform Ohio's pension system, and create Ohio's Poet Laureate.

On a national level, Eric was a member of President Barack Obama's national finance committee when he ran for U.S. Senate and President. Eric has been a leader in Ohio's legal community.

Eric is managing partner of Kearney & Kearney, LPA. He has 6 six reported cases and authored a law review article, An Analysis of Election Day Error in Ohio's 2012 General Election, 62 Cleve St. Law Rev. 279 (2014). He was one of the first African Americans to become a partner in one of Cincinnati's major law firms. He is licensed to practice in Ohio and before the United States Supreme Court. He serves as Special Master/Trustee of the $20 Million Fernald II Settlement Fund in the United States District Court. That Settlement was one of the first of its kind in the nation providing medical examinations for injured workers and processing cash payments.

In addition to politics and law, Eric has been a leader in the business community. He founded and built one of the largest African American owned publishing companies, Sesh Communications, which publishes The Cincinnati Herald, The Northern Kentucky Herald, The Dayton Defender, and other publications. Eric has served on some of Cincinnati's most prestigious civic and community boards. He serves on the boards of: Cincinnati Art Museum, Greater Cincinnati Legal Aid Society, Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, the Andrew Jergens Foundation, and University Club of Cincinnati.

Eric graduated with a B.A. in English from Dartmouth College. He is married to Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney Esq. who is a graduate of Dartmouth College, Harvard Education School, and Harvard Law School.

Courses Taught

LAW 6310 Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiating


J.D., University of Cincinnati, College of Law, 1989

A.B., Dartmouth College, 1985

Selected Publications

Perfect is the Enemy of Fair: An Analysis of Election Day Error in Ohio’s 2012 General Election Through a Discussion of the Materiality Principle, Compliance Standards, and the Democracy Canon, 62 Clev. St. L. Rev. 279 (2014)