Friday June 1, 2012

Dayton Law Honors Alumni and Friends at Alumni Weekend

The School of Law Alumni Association honored four members of the law school community with special awards during Alumni Weekend, May 18 and 19.

The University of Dayton School of Law Alumni Association honored four members of the law school community with special awards during this year’s Alumni Weekend, May 18 and 19.  

This year’s Distinguished Alumna was Mary Lynn Readey ’87, associate vice president of facilities operations and development at The Ohio State University.  

The Honorary Alumnus was Bruce Snyder, a member of the law school’s Advisory Council and trustee of the Hubert A. and Gladys C. Estabrook Charitable Trust.  

Tom Whelley II ’77, a partner at Dinsmore & Shohl, adjunct professor and member of the School of Law’s Advisory Council, received the Steven E. Yuhas Alumni Special Service Award.

Eric Chaffee, director of faculty research and associate professor of law at the School of Law, received the Francis J. Conte Special Service Award.

Mary Lynn Readey: Distinguished Alumni Award

A 1987 graduate of the School of Law, Mary Lynn Readey is associate vice president of facilities operations and development at The Ohio State University. She is responsible for strategic and operational aspects of major components of the university’s physical environment, including general renovation and construction, contract administration, custodial, maintenance and landscape services; environmental health and safety; utilities; energy services and sustainability; roads and grounds; and real estate operations.  

Readey originally joined Ohio State in 2005 as deputy general counsel in the Office of Legal Affairs.  

During the awards presentation, Readey thanked the Alumni Association and the University of Dayton School of Law, which, she said, “admitted me, taught me and gave me the opportunity to fulfill one of my life’s goals.”  

Prior to joining Ohio State, Readey served as executive director of the Ohio School Facilities Commission, the state agency devoted to construction of K-12 school buildings, and as assistant attorney general of Ohio. Previously, she was in private practice in Dayton.  

As a student at the School of Law, she was editor-in-chief of the University of Dayton Law Review.  

Readey received her B.A. in economics from Southeast Missouri State University in 1975 and a second degree in economics from the University of Vermont in 1984. In between, she served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force and the Air Force Reserves.  

She has served as president of the Ohio Women’s Bar Association and on the boards of the Columbus and Dayton Bar Associations and the Franklin County Legal Aid Society.  

The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented each year to a Dayton Law graduate who reflects the school’s values of professional integrity and community service through achievements of exceptional merit, honor and influence.    

R. Bruce Snyder: Honorable Walter H. Rice Honorary Alumni Award  

Bruce Snyder is a member of the law school’s Advisory Council, trustee of the Hubert A. and Gladys C. Estabrook Charitable Trust and former managing partner of Porter Wright. He provided instrumental support during the Keller Hall building campaign, and the student lounge in Keller Hall is named in honor of Porter Wright.  

In addition, Under Snyder’s leadership, Porter Wright and the Estabrook Trust have supported the school’s Program in Law and Technology and its Scholarly Symposia Series on Current Issues in Intellectual Property Law, which brings prominent speakers to campus several times a year. In 2011, Porter Wright, through the Estabrook Trust, established a scholarship to support students in the School of Law’s Program in Law and Technology.  

Snyder said he was proud that over the years the School of Law has used seed money and grants from Porter Wright and the Eastabrook Trust to create lasting programs. Professors, alumni and students have turned these funds into “cutting-edge programs, a number of which have benefited the Dayton community,” he said.  

As an attorney, Snyder represents management in the field of labor and employment law and state fund and self-insured employers in workers’ compensation matters, including violation of specific safety requirement claims and workplace intentional tort claims. He also has experience in the defense of civil rights claims.  

His volunteer contributions include serving on the boards of the Miami Valley Hospital Health Foundation, the Oakwood High School Athletic Boosters Association and the City of Oakwood Personnel Appeals Board.  

Snyder received his J.D. from The Ohio State University College of Law and his B.A. from Yale University.  

The Honorable Walter H. Rice Honorary Alumni Award is presented each year to an individual who is not a graduate of Dayton Law, but who represents the ideals of the school through exemplary achievement. This award recognizes significant contributions to the legal profession, the community and the School of Law.  

Tom Whelley II: Steven E. Yuhas Special Service Award  

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 and broker dealer actions. Previously, he worked at Chernesky, Heyman & Kress and Thompson, Hine & Flory.  

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.  

The Steven E. Yuhas Alumni Special Service Award, which was created in 2010, recognizes a Dayton Law graduate’s extraordinary service and contributions to the Alumni Association, the School of Law, its students and the community. The award recognizes individuals who have been deeply involved in the work of the Alumni Association and the School of Law through contributions of time, talent and financial assistance.  

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

“This institution has been wonderful to me,” Whelley said. “My legal career started here and it only made sense that over the years I give back.”  

Eric Chaffee: Francis J. Conte Special Service Award  

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.  

The Francis J. Conte Special Service Award recognizes an individual’s extraordinary community service, as reflected in the school’s Catholic, Marianist values, and support for the School of Law through donations of time, talent or financial assistance. This award is not reserved for alumni, but may be given to anyone who supports the School of Law.  

The award is named in honor of Fran Conte, who as served dean and then professor of law, from 1987 until his death in 2011.  

During his remarks, Chaffee said it was a “tremendous honor to receive this particular award,” noting that he regularly talked with Conte about teaching, the legal profession and being a member of this community.  

“Francis Conte was a friend and mentor to me,” Chaffee said.  

Chaffee 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. 

For more information, contact Bob Mihalek at 937-229-4683 or bob.mihalek@udayton.edu.