Today’s the Day!

Photo by Elizabeth Wesley Stephenson-McEwan

Photo by Elizabeth Wesley Stephenson-McEwan

….Was I really wise to improvise and return to this scene?
Nineteen eighty-nine, just a dream in a dream…*

The cookout is in the College of Law atrium starting at 12:00 today. If you’re coming in person, parking is available at Deaconess Hospital, Stratford (beside Hillel on Clifton Avenue), and USquare on Calhoun Street (driveway is on the left after Keystone Brewery and before DuBois Bookstore).  If you’re not coming in person, you can call “Harold C. Cranchford” on Skype between noon and 3 pm Eastern time.  If Skype is giving you trouble calling in, call Mike at 330.416.4256 for what passes for tech support.

The social tonight at Uncle Woodys’ starts at 6:30 and has no fixed end time.

We hope to see you at both events.  Don’t forget to bring your digital cameras, and e-mail the least embarrassing best pictures to so we can post them to this website.


The Night Before The Day Of….

Tomorrow is the big day. Go here for information on where to park, and here and here for how to Skype in and say hello if you can’t be there in person.

Anonymous sources report there might be a social event tonight at the Moerlein Lager House at 6:00, something about a milestone birthday for one of our classmates.

Eric & O'SheaShawn John & KathyPlease celebrate responsibly…or, at least, more responsibly than we did 25 years ago.

The Kings & RaffertyBillness et al

Where Are They Now?

A few short notes about some of our other classmates:

Kim_Hollin_PicKim Hollin

Kim writes: “James I have been married for 27 years and I have been the attorney for the Williams County Child Support Enforcement Agency in Bryan, Ohio since November 1993.”

Kim and James have two children, Jaclyn (18) and Logan (14).

Margaret Bertram Hayes

Margaret and Chris have been married 25 years and have four children, Emily (19), Ally (16), Annie Grace (13), and Lilly (10). They live in Greenville, Ohio.

Margaret has been in private practice for 25 years, concentrating in real estate and probate, and also served for 5 years as an assistant prosecutor.

K-manEric Kearney

Eric currently represents the 9th Senate District in the Ohio General Assembly. Senator Kearney was first appointed to the legislature in 2005, has been re-elected four times since, and will leave office in January of 2015 on account of being term-limited.  He has been Senate Minority Leader since January of 2012.

Eric and his wife Jan Michelle Lemon Kearney have two children, daughter Emerson and son Asher.

Jon Saxton

Jon is an insurance litigation partner at Rendigs Fry Kiley & Dennis.

Suzanne Lough Wynn

Suzanne went on to get an LLM in Taxation from Capital University.  She founded a pension and benefits consulting firm, Erisafile, Inc., and writes the Pension Protection Act Blog.

Sam Borst

Sam is a sole practitioner whose office is located just south of Eaton.  His son plays football, baseball, and basketball, which means Sam has done a lot of youth-league coaching.

BonnieBonnie Camden

Bonnie is a partner at Dinsmore & Shohl, where she practices in the tax and estate planning area.

Linda Maichl

Linda is a partner at Ulmer & Berne, working on complex litigation and regulatory compliance matters in the health care field.

Shawn OrganShawn Organ

Shawn is a trial lawyer in the firm of Organ Stock + Cole in Columbus.  As you may have guessed, he’s one of the founding partners.  He’s also an adjunct professor at OSU’s law school.


Geri Hernandez Geiler

Geri lives in Delaware Cincinnati, where she is a geography teacher in-house counsel for Macy’s.  She has three daughters, Chloe (20), Sofia (17), and Isabella (13).

Melissa Hagen

Melissa is a partner with McClelland & Anderson  in Lansing, Michigan.  Her practice concentrates in construction, employment, and commercial litigation.

Patty HoganPatty Hogan

Patty is of counsel to Keating Muething & Klekamp, where she practices intellectual property law.  Her clients include Procter & Gamble and Cintas.  She’s also done some teaching at our old law school and at the College of Mount Saint Joseph.

Andy Natale

Andy is a partner in the firm of Frantz Ward in Cleveland, where he heads up the construction law group.  Here he is talking shop to the Construction Employers Association last year:

Ice CreamRich Graeter

To no one’s surprise, Rich went into the family business and is now the CEO of Graeter’s.  On his watch, the company has expanded with a new factory, franchised stores, and online shopping.  He’s appeared on the Food Network a time or two, being interviewed about (you guessed it!) Graeter’s ice cream.  Is that cool, or what?

Jay Clark

Jay & Aiden

Jay & Aiden

Contributed by Jay Clark

After graduation I worked for Professor Cioffi putting together CLE programs around the State.  After doing that for several months I rented some office space and hung out my own shingle.  I’ve been in practice since.  My practice concentrates on criminal defense representation in state and federal court at the trial and appellate level. I’ve had the opportunity to represent people in literally everything from speeding tickets to murder charges. I absolutely love me job. I never have a dull day, and there is almost always a new and different challenge.  Since 2000 my office has been in The Citadel, on 8th Street in Cincinnati.  Several of the attorneys who share space in the building are some of the best criminal defense attorneys in the country. It’s a privilege to get to work with them.

I went to the National Criminal Defense College in Macon., GA.  I became a Life Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, where I also served 2 terms on the Board of Directors. I was also a co-chair of NACDL’s Problem Solving Court Task Force and Pre-Trial Justice Task Force.  From 2010 to 2014, I was also a CLE Seminar Co-Chair.  I served on the Board of Directors of the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and as Co-chair of the CLE and Strike Force Committees.  On a local level I’m a Past President of the Greater Cincinnati Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. In 2005, GCCDLA awarded me the Jim Looker President’s Award for Excellence in Criminal Representation.

Jay and his stepsons

Jay and his stepsons

In 2001, I became an adjunct professor at the Law School. (Hey, no laughing). I teach Forensic Science, Criminal Pre-Trial Investigation, and Trial Practice – Criminal Defense. Several years ago UC and Chase jointly started an intern program in criminal defense. Through the program I’m also a Supervising Attorney to students in the Indigent Defense Clinic.  In 2010 I won the Adjunct Faculty Teaching Excellence Award.

I have two step-sons, Corey, 27, and Neiko, 22. They are both grown and out of the house.  I also have a 3 year old grandson, Aiden.  Having come into Corey and Neiko’s lives when they were 11 and 6, I never experienced the joy of an infant and toddler. It is the most wonderful experience of my life. I know all grandparents say the same thing, but in this case it’s true, he is the most adorable child in the world.

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Mike & Shari (Winget) O’Neill

The O'Neills

Shari, Kevin, Mike, & Bryan

Contributed by both of the O’Neills

Mike:  After law school, I worked for the U.S. Department of Labor in the Office of the Administrative Law Judges doing Black Lung Law. In 1991, we moved to Columbus so I could begin working for the Ohio Legislative Service Commission, the nonpartisan bill drafting and research arm of the Ohio legislature. I’ve been there ever since. We draft legislation for both houses and both parties and provide research that isn’t trying to further a political agenda. The nonpartisan aspect of the job really appeals to me – law school taught me to see both sides of issues.

At LSC, I’ve worked in a wide variety of areas, including tort reform, concealed carry, and labor law. That’s been nice, as it keeps the job fresh. I currently am the Division Chief of the Insurance, Commerce, Labor, and Housing Division. The job suits me, and I feel that I get to contribute to the process: if I do my job well, Ohio runs a little more smoothly.

Shari:  I wanted a career doing research and writing, and specifically wanted to be a judicial clerk. After graduation, I clerked at the Ohio 12th District Court of Appeals in Middletown for about 2 years before Mike got a job in Columbus and we moved from Cincinnati.

I clerked at the 10th District in Columbus for a few years before our first child, Kevin, was born in 1994, and then I decided to take some time to be an at-home mom, my career for about 8 years. When our second child, Brian, entered kindergarten in 2002, I was able to return to clerking at the 10th District, after which I got a job as a staff attorney for Colley Shroyer & Abraham, a small personal injury firm in German Village. I was there for about 8 years, drafting the firm’s briefs and memoranda, among other tasks, but always looking to get back to state service.

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Tom Stachler

The Stachlers

The Stachlers

Contributed by Tom Stachler

I’ve been blessed with a beautiful wife, Patti, and four wonderful children. Until recently, Patti owned her own court reporting agency. Now she is associated with a reporting firm in Dayton and enjoying a less stressful life without a lot of the administrative hassles. Our oldest child, Emily (23), is attending nursing school at UC and working part-time as a nurse’s aide in a nursing home in Kenwood, Ohio. Tyler (22) just graduated from Kenyon College in the spring and is attending UC Law and the Business School striving for a JD/MBA degree. T.J. (21) is a junior at Miami University in Oxford studying business, and Nick (11) is entering 6th grade at Guardian Angels School. Evervone is healthy so I can’t complain.

Professionally, after graduation. I practiced law with a mid-sized firm in Cincinnati for 24 years. I was an equity partner. a member of the firm’s litigation department, trying lots of cases, and on the firm’s billing committee. However, after so many years I needed a change. In January of 2013. I decided to leave the downtown firm to start mv own firm with four of my partners. We have three suites in the Lincoln School building on Delta A venue, and having a blast practicing law in the suburbs. I wish l would have done this years ago!

ln addition. for the last 17 years I have also been an Adjunct Professor at UC Law teaching trial practice.

Don Rafferty

RaffContributed by Don Rafferty

I’ve been with Cohen, Todd, Kite & Stanford since graduation, 25 years and counting.  My practice focuses on business restructuring, bankruptcy, business solutions, and advising buyers, sellers, and investors in troubled companies or distressed situations.

I married Janice in May of 1992.  She is a surgeon.  We have two sons – Jack (15), a sophomore at St. Xavier High School, and Ian (13), a 7th grader at St. Gertrude School.

I continue to be worried about Kearney – in all aspects!