After the Storm

    January 7, 2014, was a tough day for the School of Law. A winter storm blanketed the Dayton area while temperatures dropped to minus 10 degrees. Keller Hall suffered a burst pipe on the second floor that showered water down three floors into the garden level. Dean Paul McGreal wrote this to the School of Law community on Friday, Jan. 10:

    Burst pipe in Keller Hall   

    Room 14 during repairs  

    Room 14 damaged ceiling tiles

    From the Desk of Dean Paul McGreal

    Welcome back to Keller Hall! As I think about what you saw as you walked through the doors this week, two well-worn phrases come to mind: "It looks worse than it is," and "It could have been worse."

    Keller Hall definitely looks worse than it is. Surely the sight of plastic barriers streaming down from the second floor to the garden level is disconcerting.  One student told me that it looked like a scene from the movie "Outbreak". In fact, all that plastic is just part of a system put in place, along with blowers and commercial dehumidifiers, to dry out the east side of the building. And wet floors and drywall are the extent of the problem. After careful inspection, we found no damage to classroom technology, office equipment, or Law School records. It looks worse than it is.

    And it could have been worse - much worse. The pipe burst at about 5 p.m. this Tuesday when the University was closed, and few people were in the building.  Because the pipe was part of the sprinkler system, the leak caused a drop in water pressure that triggered an alarm. Fire Company Nos. 4, 11, 13, and 15 of the Dayton Fire Department immediately responded to the call, and the water was shut off quickly. While in the building, the firefighters went above and beyond the call of duty by picking up boxes off wet floors and helping maintenance personnel squeegee water out of the building. University of Dayton facilities workers labored all night with mops and wet vacs to remove water from the second, first, and garden level floors. A professional clean-up crew then arrived Wednesday morning and began setting up the blowers, dehumidifiers, and plastic sheeting that you now see. Because of all of these efforts, we anticipate that the plastic sheeting and drying equipment will only be with us for another week, and that we can once again inhabit all our classrooms. It could have been worse.

    Thinking back on this first week of the semester, I am grateful for all those who took care of us. For the firefighters from Company Nos. 4, 11, 13, and 15 who responded quickly and stayed to prevent further harm. For the University officials and workers who spent most of Tuesday night with me to ensure that no time was lost in repairing our community's home. For the staff who worked overtime to prepare to start classes yesterday. And for our faculty and students who took this all in stride, adapted their routines, and returned to class with the same enthusiasm and commitment that makes the law school so special. Because of everyone's leadership and service, our community was able to return to learning.

    The School of Law would like to extend a generous thank you to the men and women that helped respond to the burst pipe alert and continued with clean-up and repairs. A special thank you to Fire Company Nos. 4, 11, 13, and 15 of the Dayton Fire Department and ServPro for their quick and professional response!

    Nominations Now Open

    Deadline: Feb. 14, 2014

    Alumni Awards
    It's that time again! We encourage all University of Dayton School of Law alumni to nominate a colleague for a UDSL Alumni Award. Click here to find out how to submit nominations. Submissions are due by Feb. 14, 2014. Awards will be presented at the annual alumni weekend on June 6-7, 2014.

    Alumni Board of Trustees
    Consider joining the Alumni Board of Trustees. The University of Dayton School of Law Alumni Association Board of Trustees accepts self-nominations from alumni interested in serving on the board. Terms are for two years. Nominations are now being accepted. Click here to find out how to submit nominations. Candidates will be reviewed and voted on by current board members. Submissions are due by Feb. 14, 2014.

    For more information on alumni awards or the board of trustees, contact the office of external relations at 937-229-3793 or by email at

    Join us for I love UDSL Week!

    Feb. 10-14, 2014

    I love UDSLMark your calendars for the first I love UDSL Week! Feb. 10-14 we will be holding events here at Keller Hall to share our pride and appreciation for students, staff, faculty and alumni. Highlights include visits from distinguished alumnus, Bob DeRose '91 of Barkan, Handelman, GoodinDeRose, Wentz, LLP., and Tim Young, director of the Ohio Public Defender's Office. Please email for more details.

    Tell us why you love UDSL!
    Stop by Keller Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 10-12 and sign a heart to share with our community. We will be displaying our 'love notes' around Keller Hall throughout the month of February. Or you can send your notes to and we can include them for you!

    Supreme Speaker

    Retired U.S. Supreme Court clerk Gen. William Suter will deliver the University of Dayton School of Law's 2014 commencement address.

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    UDSL Golf Club Spring Scramble

    Sunday, April 6

    Mark your calendars for Sunday, April 6. The UDSL Golf Club would like to extend an invitation to students, faculty, alumni, and the Dayton legal community to join us for the inaugural UDSL Golf Club Spring Scramble at Miami Valley Golf Club. There will be a shotgun start at 1 p.m. This is a great opportunity to dust off the clubs and jump start the spring golf season by playing a beautiful, Donald Ross-designed golf course. Start forming your teams of four, and remember that all skill levels are welcome. Be on the look out for further details regarding this event in the coming weeks. If you have any questions please contact club president, William Earle at, or club secretary, Allen Kolman at We hope to see you all there!

    Alumni News

    Roundup of news from alumni from around the country.

    Updates from Brian Burke '92, Lindsey A. Coley '07, Jim Singler '05 and David S. Tokarski '07.

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    In Memoriam

    Kathy Lee Ellison '79 passed away on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at the age of 67, after a 18 month battle with breast cancer. Ellison was a sole practitioner, providing affordable legal services to working-class families in Dayton for more than a third of a century. Ellison was active in the women's movement, Girl Scouting, the Dayton Jewish Film Festival, volunteer gardening through Metroparks, fair housing, Democratic politics in Butler County (Ohio), preservation of SunWatch, LUNAFEST, and other progressive causes. She was profiled in Judith Ezekiel's 2002 book Feminism in the Heartland, as a key organizer of the Dayton women's movement in the 1970s. She was also an avid reader and a film enthusiast. In 2002, she was honored with the Classical Association of the Middle West and South award for helping her daughter, Lindsay, reinstate the Latin department at her high school in Oxford, Ohio.


    Laura Havens and Jonathan Hall, both UDSL 2012 graduates, were married in October at Kenwood Country Club in Cincinnati. Among the guests were Professor Dennis Turner and his wife, Kathy. Congratulations!

    Havens-Hall Wedding Havens-Hall Wedding with guests, Professor Dennis Turner and his wife, Kathy

    Faculty News

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

    Susan Brenner wrote the lead article for the latest issue of the Boston University Journal of Science & Technology Law (Summer 2013) titled, "Humans and Humans+: Technological Enhancement and Criminal Responsibility." It is on display in the faculty scholarship area in the Zimmerman Law Library.

    Thaddeus Hoffmeister spoke to The Seattle Times on the curious juror and the web in the courtroom.

    Ira Mickenberg was a co-director and teacher at the national Appellate Defender Training, co-sponsored by the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, and the Defender Services Branch of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. Mickenberg also spoke at the annual MLK Day program of the Ohio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.

    Julie Zink will be representing the University of Dayton as one of three individuals selected to judge scholarship applications submitted to the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Officers' Spouses' Club. This club awards multiple scholarships each year to deserving military dependent high school seniors and military spouses enrolled in bachelors' programs.


    Please join us for these events.

    UD Basketball Game & Alumni Reception - Watch the UD Flyers take on the Massachusetts Minutemen when the Alumni Association hosts its annual Flyers basketball game and reception on Saturday, March 1, 2014. Tip-off is 11 a.m. The reception will take place immediately after the game in the Boesch Lounge in UD Arena.

    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

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

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