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Public Health Law & Science Center

The Public Health Law & Science Center will focus on advances in science and technology as they relate to overall population health. Most health law programs in the United States put emphasis on the health of the individual. What makes PHLSC and its first certificate program distinctive is its focus on population health which includes individual health. This allows for a more holistic approach to crafting laws and policies designed to improve the human condition.

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The Center for Intellectual Property Law and Technology

The Center manages the Intellectual Property Law Program at The University of Akron School of Law. Nationally respected, The Center administers one of the most comprehensive intellectual property programs in the country, offering over 20 courses in the field. The Center also administers the law school’s Master of Laws in Intellectual Property program and the joint J.D./LL.M. program in intellectual property law.  The latter program enables students to earn both degrees in three years of full-time study, plus at least one summer session.  The Center also invites distinguished speakers to campus and hosts a highly successful annual symposium - the Richard C. Sughrue Symposium on Intellectual Property Law and Policy, as well as an annual IP Scholars Forum, and other events. 

Richard P. Sughrue Intellectual Property Law and Technology Symposium

Richard P. Sughrue Intellectual Property Law and Technology Symposium

Center for Constitutional Law

In 1986, in anticipation of the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution, the United States Congress established Constitutional Law Centers at four law schools. The University of Akron School of Law was proud to be selected as one of those centers designed to fund resource centers for constitutional law and public education. The primary purpose of the Center is to promote scholarship concerning the U.S. Constitution, to commemorate the creation of that document, and to help illuminate its application to modern times. The Center houses the John F. Seiberling Chair in Constitutional Law, sponsors conferences, conducts research on constitutional law issues and hosts the Ralph Regula Lecture. Past symposia have included "John Bingham and the Meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment" and "Education and the Constitution: Shaping Each Other and the Next Century." The 2008 symposium is entitled The Fourteenth Amendment: The 140th Anniversary Symposium .

Center for Constitutional Law Women's Legal History Symposium

Center for Constitutional Law Women's Legal History Symposium

The Joseph G. Miller and William C. Becker Center for Professional Responsibility

Joseph G. Miller founded The University of Akron School of Law’s Joseph G. Miller Center for Professional Responsibility in 1993. The Institute is a nonprofit national center devoted to serving the legal profession and the judiciary.The Institute’s first director was William C. Becker. When Mr. Becker passed away in 2003, Mr. Miller chose to rededicate the Institute as the Joseph G. Miller and William C. Becker Center for Professional Responsibility, in recognition of his friend’s leadership for establishing the Institute’s renown throughout the state in the areas of lawyer and judicial ethics, as well as professional responsibility. The center’s general purposes include: the pursuit of appropriate programs and academic activity to enhance ethical awareness and performance of attorneys, judges, and students; the enhancement of professionalism of those who practice, adjudicate and study the law; and the examination, reporting on, and suggesting of improvements in the grievance and disciplinary procedures of the legal profession. A special endeavor has been its sponsorship of annual seminars for members of grievance committees throughout the state, which examine the processes of grievance intake, evaluation and resolution.Thesewell-regarded programs are presented at no cost to the attendees and have developed statewide attention.

Miller-Becker Institute Geoffrey Hazard Lecture

Miller-Becker Institute Geoffrey Hazard Lecture

“Law Alumni and Lunch” Everything you’ve always wanted to know but were afraid to ask!

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CPPO Workshop – A Day in the Life of a Trial Attorney – Tues. Oct. 28, 2014

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All students are invited to attend “I Have a Law Degree: What Now” on Wednesday, October 29th at 12:20 PM – space is limited!

All students are invited to attend “I Have a Law Degree: What Now” on Wednesday, October 29th at 12:20 PM – space is limited! Ever had lunch with a Judge? Please join the CPPO as we welcome Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands for a lunch and Q&A session on Wednesday, October 29th at 12:20 p.m. in […]Read More

SELS Volunteers Needed: Summit Special Olympics Athletic Club

The Sports and Entertainment Law Society is looking for volunteers to help out at the Booke McMahan Memorial Swim Meet hosted by the Summit Special Olympics Athletic Club. The swim meet will be held at the University of Akron Ocasek Natatorium on Saturday November 15, 2014. Volunteers will earn general community service credit. If you […]Read More

Earn community service hours

Earn community service hours: Law students needed to work as student ambassadors at the 3rd Annual Judge Bell Trial Advocacy Program on Oct. 30 and 31. There are three times to choose from: Oct. 30 from 7:00 am – 9:45 am; Oct. 30 from 11:30 am – 4:30 pm; and Oct. 31 from 7:00 am […]Read More

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The Advancement Council is the primary advisory body to the School of Law.   The Council consists of a diverse group of alumni and friends representing the highest levels of their field drawn from private and public sector practitioners, business executives and judges.   Individuals selected will provide the Dean with advice and assistance. The experience of these individuals provides a variety of perspectives to advance the quality and standing of the School of law.

Purpose of the Advancement Council:

  1. Provide a liason between the practical work and academia of the School of Law.
  2. Provide counsel to the Dean regarding innovations in the practice of law and the application in the classroom.
  3. Donate time to the School of Law through serving as speakers and student mentors; aid student career placement and alumni relations activities, as well as facilitate activities that assist and advance the overall goals and objectives of the School of Law.
  4. Advise as to development of strategic alliances with external constituencies.
  5. Endorse alumni participation and fundraising goals of the School of Law.

Advancement Council Members

Sally S. Benson ('74)

Sally S. Benson ('74)
Sole Practitioner and President

Joseph E. Biafore ('80)

Joseph E. Biafore ('80)
Retired, President and CEO

Ann Amer Brennan (‘82)

Ann Amer Brennan (‘82)
Former Member, Akron Board of Trustees

Barry H. Fromm, Esq. (‘80)

Barry H. Fromm, Esq. (‘80)
Chairman and CEO, Value Recovery Group

Edward L. Gilbert, Esq. (‘76)

Edward L. Gilbert, Esq. (‘76)
Edward L. Gilbert Co., LPA

Joseph M. Gingo (‘71)

Joseph M. Gingo (‘71)
Chairman, CEO, President A. Schulman, Inc.

M. Ann Gosnell Knaak, Esq. (‘81)

M. Ann Gosnell Knaak, Esq. (‘81)
Retired Assistant Secretary and Assistant Counsel, Corning Incorporated

Philip “Phil” S. Kaufmann, Esq. (‘71)

Philip “Phil” S. Kaufmann, Esq. (‘71)
Partner, Stark and Knoll, LPA

Kevin C. Krull, CFE, CPA, FCPA, Esq. (‘77)

Kevin C. Krull, CFE, CPA, FCPA, Esq. (‘77)
VP, Business Operations, General Counsel & Asst. Secretary

Philip “Phil” A. Lloyd, II, Esq. (‘72) - Chair

Philip “Phil” A. Lloyd, II, Esq. (‘72) - Chair
Operation Officer, McDowell Family, LLC

Curtis L. Mack ('70)

Curtis L. Mack ('70)
Partner, McGuireWoods LLP

Dianne R. Newman, Esq. (‘79)

Dianne R. Newman, Esq. (‘79)
Partner, Shifrin Newman Smith, Inc.

Leonidas E. Plakas (‘76)

Leonidas E. Plakas (‘76)
Managing Partner, Tzangas, Plakas, Mannos & Raies

Carmen V. Roberto (‘73)

Carmen V. Roberto (‘73)
Attorney, Bernlohr, Niekamp & Weisensell, LLP

Jeffrey A Savarise, Esq. (‘85)

Jeffrey A Savarise, Esq. (‘85)
Partner, Fisher and Phillips LLP

Gary P. Schmidt, Esq. (‘76)

Gary P. Schmidt, Esq. (‘76)
Retired Senior VP, General Counsel, Secretary

Rochelle K. Seide, Esq., Ph.D. ‘84

Rochelle K. Seide, Esq., Ph.D. ‘84
Consultant, Intellectual Property and Life Sciences


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