Akron Bar Association Liberty Bell Award Bestowed to Richard L. Aynes
Akron, Ohio, May 14, 2007 - Richard L. Aynes of Hudson, dean and professor of law of The University of Akron School of Law, received the 2007 Liberty Bell Award from the Akron Bar Association for his outstanding contribution to education and the community. He accepted the award at the Akron Bar Association's Law Week Luncheon held May 2 at Greystone Hall.
The Liberty Bell Award is bestowed to an individual whose work exemplifies dedication to the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights either through a demonstrated commitment to educating others and/or representation of clients.
Since the beginning of his career, Aynes has been a public servant as a public school teacher, legal aid lawyer, clinician, faculty member and dean. He has litigated constitutional law issues in the Ohio Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and has appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court, once as counsel for a party and several occasions on an Amicus brief. During his tenure as a legal educator, Aynes has taught a generation of lawyers to love and admire the U.S. Constitution.
A member of Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa, Aynes earned bachelor and Juris Doctor degrees from Miami University and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, respectively, before joining UA in 1976 as coordinator of the Appellate Review Office and a lecturer. He has held the rank of professor since 1986. He served as UA's interim athletics director in 1993-94 and then returned to the School of Law where he held the John F. Seiberling Chair of Constitutional Law for the balance of 1994.
Aynes was appointed dean of the School of Law in 1995 and will end his tenure at the end of this June. He will return to the faculty of the School of Law in Spring 2008 and will again hold the John F. Seiberling Chair of Constitutional Law.
His research and teaching interests include constitutional law, the 14th Amendment and legal history. He has written numerous articles in the area of constitutional law, including articles published in the Yale Law Journal, the Journal of Southern Legal History, the Chicago Kent Law Review and the Catholic University Law Review.
Aynes has been admitted to the bar for the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and U.S. District Court for Northern Ohio. Among his current and past memberships are the American Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, Akron Bar Association, Western Reserve Legal Services (Board of Trustees), ABA Special Committee of Evaluation of Judicial Performance (reporter), and consultant to the ABA Victim's Committee, Ohio Supreme Court Racial Fairness Implementation Committee, Ohio Supreme Court Continuing Legal Education Committee and Scanlon Inn of Court.
The Constitutional Law Center at The University of Akron School of Law was established by the U.S. Congress in 1987 to commemorate the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution. The primary purpose of the center is to promote scholarship concerning the U.S. Constitution, including its Amendments, to commemorate the creation of that document and help illuminate its application to modern times. The center houses the John F. Seiberling Chair in Constitutional Law, sponsors conferences, conducts research on constitutional issues and hosts the Ralph Regula Lecture. For more information, please visit www.uakron.edu/law.