Alumni Reception

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

    UDSL Alumni Reception 2014

    School of Law alumni and guests came together on Saturday, March 1, to watch the men's basketball team take on the Massachusetts Minutemen. The Flyers went on to win 86-79.

    The reception took place immediately after the game in the Boesch Lounge in UD Arena. A short program was lead by Dean Paul McGreal and Steve Yuhas '85, followed by remarks from Eric Farrell, assistant director of basketball operations, who answered questions from those in attendance. 

    Alumni Association President, Hon. Mary Kate Huffman '90, encouraged alumni to participate in upcoming events including a mission trip to Guatemala and alumni weekend. Jeff Rezabek '97 and Adam C. Armstrong '05 oversaw a raffle that raised money for scholarships and wrapped up the day's events.

    I love UDSL

    I love UDSL Week was a huge success. Thank you for your support. Look forward to doing it again next year.

    I love UDSL

    Save the Date : Graduation

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

    Graduation for the School of Law's Class of 2014 will be Saturday, May 3, at University of Dayton Arena. Retired U.S. Supreme Court clerk Gen. William Suter will deliver the commencement address.

    Alumni News

    Roundup of news from alumni from around the country.

    Updates from Frank Capaldo '81, Kermit F. Lowery '84 and Breanne Parcels '12.

    Read More »

    In Memoriam

    Dr. Martin Daniel "Dan" Henry '84, formerly of Pittsburgh, passed away Jan. 16, 2014, after a battle with kidney and liver complications. Henry's life was spent pursuing service and education. After obtaining a doctorate of philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh and a masters in education from Duquesne University, his career path led him to university administration at the University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University and LaRoche College in Pittsburgh, Barry University in Miami, Fla., and as vice president for administration for the University of Dayton, where he also obtained a juris doctor in 1984. He continued on to serve as president at Saint Leo College in St. Leo, Fla., and at Gannon University in Erie. After educational pursuits, his life of service drove him to take leadership roles for development programs in nonprofit institutions; the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Rotary International, the American Cancer Society and Muskego Senior Taxi Program.

    Louie R. Kindell '83 died on March 3, 2014. Kindell was appointed the initial executive director of the Miami County (Ohio) Chapter of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization, a position he held for four years. He then attended the University of Dayton School of Law where he served as editor of its Law Review and earned his juris doctorate magna cum laude in 1983. Kindell returned to Piqua, Ohio, to establish his general practice of law and expanded it to include mediation services in 1992 and in 2004 became the first Supreme Court approved domestic relations mediator in Miami, Shelby and Darke counties in Ohio. He was an active member of the Miami County Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, Hemmlock Gun Club, Epicurian Club where he served as its event coordinator, former president of the Piqua Country Club, enjoyed scuba diving, sport shooting and motorcycling.

    Shanda L. Spurlock '02 died on Feb. 24, 2014. Spurlock was the vice president of the Student Bar Association and the president of the Black Law Student Association while at the University of Dayton. After her admission to the Ohio and Kentucky bars, she worked as a staff attorney at the Children's Law Center, as an associate at Greenbaum, Doll & McDonald, and in the litigation department at Dinsmore & Shohl. She was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Ohio, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and the United States District Court (Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio and the Eastern District of Kentucky). Spurlock was active in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky communities and served on several boards including the Taft Museum of Art (board of directors and Duncanson Society Executive Committee); Children's Law Center (board of directors); Summer Work Experience in Law, Inc. (board of directors); and the Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corporation (board of directors). She was also appointed to the Ohio Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism and served on the executive committee of the Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati. In 2009 and 2010, Spurlock was selected as an Ohio Super Lawyers-Rising Star. As an active participant in civic and political life, Spurlock helped to manage numerous local and national political campaigns.

    Friends of the School of Law

    James E. Swaim lost his battle with cancer on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. Swaim was an enthusiastic member of the Boy Scouts of America and became an Eagle Scout. After turning down football scholarships from several major universities, including Annapolis, West Point and Duke, he chose Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio, where he played football for Bo Schembechler and became a member of Beta Theta Pi. Swaim received a bachelor of science degree as a member of the first graduating class at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, in 1968. He received his juris doctor degree from the University of Cincinnati School of Law in 1971, where he was a member of Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity. After being admitted to practice law in Ohio, he returned to Dayton to enter private practice in which he specialized in adoption law and related matters for the next 38 years; first as a member (and managing partner) of Stewart, Flanagan, Hoffman & Swaim (1971 to 1986) and then as managing partner of Flanagan, Lieberman, Hoffman, and Swaim. In addition to the State of Ohio, Swaim was admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He was a member of the American, Ohio State, Dayton, and Dayton Women's Bar Associations and had served as both chair and vice-chair of the Dayton Bar Association Ethics Committee. He was a member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, and served as special counsel for the Ohio Attorney General since 1995. Swaim served as counsel for approximately 3000 adoptions locally, nationally and internationally. He was an avid golfer and a member of the Country Club of the North, The Dayton Racquet Club, Otsego Country Club (Gaylord, Mich.), and a past-president of the Sycamore Country Club.

    Faculty News

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

    Jim Durham moderated the national webinar "Accommodating Renewable Energy on Historic Sites" as part of the ABA Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section's Professors' Corner.

    Dennis Greene spoke to WHIO-TV in Dayton about what a possible TimeWarner Cable-Comcast deal means for consumers.

    Tom Hagel spoke to WHIO-TV in Dayton’s Yuna Lee on the release of two suspects after being charged with reckless homicide in a deadly dog attack. Hagel also spoke to WDTN-TV in Dayton on why charges had not yet been filed in the dog mauling case.

    Ira Mickenberg taught a one day appellate advocacy program for the Appellate Division of the Dade County (Miami) Florida Public Defender's Office.

    Denise Platfoot Lacey was published in the Fall 2013 newsletter of the Clinical Legal Education Association for her article, "I’m a Believer! Converted by Three-way Mid-term Conferences," which discussed the benefits to conducting mid-term externship conferences with students and field supervisors together.  

    Susan Wawrose’s article, “What Do Legal Employers Want to See in New Graduates?: Using Focus Groups to Find Out,” was published in the Ohio Northern University Law Review, Vol. XXXIX, No. 2.



    Please join us for these events.

    Spring Scramble with the UDSL Golf Club - Sunday, April 6, 2014, shotgun start: 1 p.m. For questions, or to RSVP, please contact club president William Earle at, or club secretary Allen Kolman at

    25th Anniversary Celebration of the Legal Profession Program and portrait unveiling of Hon. Walter H. Rice - Wednesday, April 16, 2014, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Keller Hall Atrium. Please RSVP by April 9.

    Graduation for the School of Law's Class of 2014 - Saturday, May 3 at the University of Dayton Arena. Retired U.S. Supreme Court clerk Gen. William Suter will deliver the commencement address.

    Alumni WeekendJoin your Dayton Law friends and classmates at alumni weekend June 6-7, 2014. Reconnect at the all-class reception, alumni dinner, CLE program, a special community service project and several other activities, too.

    Share Your News

    Share your news with the School of Law and other alumni.

    Send information for "Alumni News" for the Dayton Docket and "Class Notes" for the Dayton Lawyer magazine by contacting the School of Law.