ADA, OHIO 45810

Telephone: (419) 772-3051

URL: http://www.law.onu.edu


ABA Approved Since 1948


The Claude W. Pettit College of Law, the second-oldest law school in Ohio, was established in 1885 and is fully accredited by the American Bar Association. The College of Law is a member of the Association of American Law Schools and a founding member of the League of Ohio Law Schools. For more than a century, the College of Law has prepared men and women for the practice of law across the country.


Throughout its distinguished history, the College of Law’s national reputation has grown stronger as Ohio Northern University graduates have established successful careers in a variety of fields. Over 4,200 graduates are currently practicing law in virtually every state in the United States and several foreign countries. While the majority of our alumni engage in the private practice of law, many serve in different positions in local, state, and federal government.


Among the College of Law alumni are over 125 state and federal judges. One of the most distinguished graduates was Frank B. Willis, former governor of Ohio and U.S. Senator until his death in 1928. The Willis Society is the highest academic honor society at the College of Law, and students who have excelled academically are invited to join the Willis Society during their third year of law school.


The College of Law faculty takes a uniquely personalized approach to teaching. With one of the lowest student-faculty ratios among law schools nationwide, the College of Law is committed to providing an environment where students and faculty easily interact both in and outside the classroom. As published scholars and legal practitioners, the faculty brings a variety of experiences and research interests into the classroom. Human values and personal dignity are stressed as paramount aspects of the practice of law. Thus, through its teaching, the College of Law faculty imbues in each student the highest standards of professionalism and ethical and moral responsibility.


The students represent over 100 undergraduate institutions and come from different parts of the United States and several foreign countries. Ohio Northern University is committed to cultural and ethnic diversity, with women and other minority groups well-represented in each entering class.


The Tilton Law Building is a newly-remodeled, handicapped-accessible facility which houses two moot court rooms, two student lounges, faculty and administrative offices, and a research-oriented law library. The Jay P. Taggart Law Library, a government depository library, offers quality research facilities. It contains over 410,000 volumes and has state-of-the-art network access throughout, including a new technology center with 15 computers. All student-use computers provide access to a variety of online legal databases, including both WESTLAW and LEXIS. In addition, the library holds an extensive collection of volumes covering United States federal and state law, commonwealth materials focusing on Canada and the United Kingdom, and a growing collection of international and comparative law materials.


Throughout their three years of study, students participate in a variety of co-curricular and extracurricular activities. The Legal Clinic allows third-year students who have obtained internship certificates from the Supreme Court of Ohio to provide legal representation to low-income residents through the Ohio Northern University Legal Clinic with offices in both Ada and Lima, Ohio. These students may also serve as attorneys in criminal misdemeanor cases through local prosecutor and public defender offices. The Moot Court programs provide students with an opportunity for practicing oral advocacy and brief-writing skills by participation in appellate and trial advocacy competitions. In addition, the Moot Court selects and prepares advocates to represent the University in many national competitions. Each Spring semester the Law Review hosts a special symposium and Moot Court hosts a national competition. One unique, extra-curricular program offered to qualifying students at the College of Law is the Icelandic Exchange Program. Each fall a group of Icelandic students visits Ohio Northern University and, in turn, Ohio Northern students travel to Iceland where they are exposed to a full range of experiences relating to the legal education and judicial and social systems.


The College of Law recognizes its responsibility to assist students in obtaining legal employment for summer and for permanent positions. The activities of the Career Services office are coordinated by a full-time director with the assistance of a Placement Committee composed of faculty members and student representatives. The College of Law, as a member of the Ohio Law Placement Consortium, cosponsors a variety of joint recruiting projects throughout the year. On-campus interviews are also conducted in the fall and spring.


Dean: David C. Crago (419) 772-2205

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs: Stephen C. Veltri (419) 772-2206

Assistant Dean for Administration and Student Services:

Mindi L. Wells (419) 772-2230

Assistant Dean and Director of Law Admissions: Linda English (419) 772-2211

Director of Financial Aid: Melanie Weaver (419) 722-2272

Law Library Director: Nancy A. Armstrong (419) 772-2692

Director of Development: Lisa Sonia Taylor (419) 772-3978

Director of Law Alumni and Career Services: Cheryl A. Kitchen (419) 772-2249




DAVID C. CRAGO, (Law Professor), born Findlay, Ohio, January 7, 1952; admitted to bar, 1977, Ohio; 1987, U.S. Supreme Court. Education: Duke University (A.B., 1974); University of Michigan (J.D., 1977). COURSES: Business Organizations, Corporations, Constitutional Law.


NANCY A. ARMSTRONG, (Law Professor), born Bayshore, New York, July 8, 1960; admitted to bar, 1985, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Education: Vassar College (A.B., 1982); Boston College (J.D., 1985); Drexel University (M.S., 1987). COURSES:Advanced Legal Research. Email:n-armstrong @ onu.edu


JOANNE C. BRANT, (Law Professor), born Grand Island, New York, August 13, 1961; admitted to bar, 1986, Ohio. Education: Cornell University (A.B., 1983); Case Western Reserve University (J.D., 1986). COURSES: Federal Courts, Constitutional Law I & II, Church-State Seminar, Corporations. Email:j-brant @ onu.edu


JOHN PAUL CHRISTOFF, (Law Professor), born Lima, Ohio, November 4, 1943; admitted to bar, 1977, Ohio. Education: St. Alphonsus College (B.A., 1966); University of Notre Dame (M.A., 1967); Ohio Northern University (J.D., 1976). COURSES: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, ADR, Evidence. Email:j-christoff @ onu.edu


C. ANTOINETTE CLARKE, (Law Professor), born Syracuse, New York, November 5, 1954; admitted to bar, 1992, Ohio. Education: St. Lawrence University (1972); Rochester Institute of Technology (B.S., 1976); University of Toledo (J.D., 1992). COURSES: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Domestic Relations, Juvenile Law. Email:c-clarke @ onu.edu


CECILY A. CRIDER, (Law Professor), born Atlanta, Georgia, September 4, 1952; admitted to bar, 1993, Ohio. Education: Ohio Northern University (B.A., 1973; J.D., 1993). COURSES:Legal Research and Writing. Email:c-crider @ onu.edu


JENNIFER STACY EASTERDAY, (Law Professor), born Arlington Heights, Illinois, December 30, 1968; admitted to bar, 2000, Ohio. Education: University of Rochester (B.S., 1990); Ohio Northern University (J.D., 2000). COURSES:Civil Clinic, Introduction to Civil Practice.


HOWARD N. FENTON, (Law Professor), born Toledo, Ohio, May 6, 1950; admitted to bar, 1975, Texas; 1976, District of Columbia; 1990, Ohio. Education: University of Texas at Austin (B.S., 1971); University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 1975). COURSES:International Business Transactions, Legal Issues in Transitional Democracies, Public International Law, Contracts, Administrative Law. Email: h-fenton @ onu.edu


BRUCE COMLY FRENCH, (Law Professor), born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 22, 1947; admitted to bar, 1975, Pennsylvania; 1976, District of Columbia; 1985, Ohio. Education: American University (B.A., 1969; M.A., 1970); Antioch School of Law (J.D., 1975). COURSES:Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, Remedies, Civil Rights, Poverty Law, Evidence, Legislative Process and Drafting. Email: b-french @ onu.edu


BRUCE FROHNEN, (Law Professor), born Salt Lake City, Utah, 1962; admitted to bar, 1994, Georgia. Education: University of California (M.A., 1985); Cornell University (Ph.D., 1988); Emory University School of Law (J.D., 1993). COURSES: Comparative Law, Law, Lawyers and Citizenship Seminar, Legal Profession, Payment Systems. Email:b-frohnen @ onu.edu


SCOTT DOUGLAS GERBER, (Law Professor), born February 17, 1961; admitted to bar, 1986, Massachusetts; 1988, Colorado; 1989, Virginia. Education: William & Mary (B.A., 1983); University of Virginia (J.D., 1986; Ph.D., 1992). COURSES:Constitutional Law, Legal Profession, Legal History, Torts, Contracts, Commercial Transactions. Email:s-gerber @ onu.edu


KEVIN HAWLEY, (Law Professor), born Binghamton, New York, October 31, 1958; Education: Syracuse University (B.A., 1980); Duke University School of Law (J.D., 1983). COURSES:Antitrust Law, Law and Economics Seminar.


ELENA V. HELMER, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 2002, Ohio. Education: Kazakh State University School of Law (J.D., 1987); Yale Law School (LL.M., 1997). COURSES:International Law, Comparative Law, International Business Transactions, International Commercial Arbitration, U.S. Arbitration Law, U.S. Legal System, Competitiveness and Corruption. Email:e-helmer @ onu.edu


KEVIN D. HILL, (Law Professor), born San Antonio, Texas, July 2, 1950; admitted to bar, 1980, Kentucky. Education: University of Kentucky (B.S., 1973); Northern Kentucky University (J.D., 1979); Temple University (LL.M., 1985). COURSES:Civil Procedure, Scientific Evidence, Environmental Law, Evidence and Federal Courts. Email: k-hill @ onu.edu


JEAN-MARIE KAMATALI, (Law Professor), Education: National University of Rwanda (Bachelier en Droit, 1987); Karl-Franzens Universitat-Grazi, Austria (Ph.D., 1998); University of Notre Dame (M.A., 2004). COURSES:Democratic Governance, Rule of Law, Human Rights, International Criminal Law, International Economic Law. Email:j-kamatali @ onu.edu


MICHAEL W. LEWIS, (Law Professor), born Washington, D.C., December 6, 1964; admitted to bar, 1998, Texas; 2003, Virginia. Education: Johns Hopkins University (B.A., 1986); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1998). COURSES:Commercial Law, Corporrate Finance, Public International Law, Law of War. Email:m-lewis @ onu.edu


LOUIS F. LOBENHOFER, (Law Professor), born Denver, Colorado, March 24, 1950; admitted to bar, 1975, Colorado. Education: College of William and Mary (A.B., 1972); University of Colorado at Boulder (J.D., 1975); University of Denver (LL.M., 1979). COURSES: Federal Taxation, Business Planning, Corporate Tax, Partnership Tax. Email:l-lobenhofer @ onu.edu


JOHN H. MARTIN, (Law Professor), born Muskegon, Michigan, April 6, 1940; admitted to bar, 1966, Michigan; 1974, North Carolina; 1987, Florida. Education: University of Michigan (A.B., 1962; J.D., 1966). COURSES:Trusts and Estates, Estate and Gift Taxation, Estate Planning, Non-Profit Organizations. Email: j-martin.8 @ onu.edu


ALLISON A. MITTENDORF, (Law Professor), born Toledo, Ohio, January 7, 1974; admitted to bar, 1999, Ohio. Education: University of Toledo (B.A., 1996); University of Toledo College of Law (J.D., 1999). COURSES: Legal Research and Writing, Legal Analysis. Email:a-mittendorf @ onu.edu


LIAM S. O’MELINN, (Law Professor), Education: University of California, Santa Cruz (B.A., 1981); Yale University (Ph.D., 1991); Columbia Law School (J.D., 1995). COURSES: Contracts, Intellectual Property, Constitutional Law, Business Organizations. Email:l-omelinn @ onu.edu


AMANDA E. PECCHIONI, (Law Professor), born Bloomington, Indiana, September 11, 1975; admitted to bar, 2000, Indiana. Education: Bennett College (B.A., 1997); Howard University School of Law (J.D., 2000). COURSES:Copyrights, Property, Legal Ethics, Professional Responsibility, Trademark and Copyright Law.


DAVID W. RAACK, (Law Professor), born St. Louis, Missouri, April 30, 1954; admitted to bar, 1979, Missouri. Education: University of Kansas (B.A., 1976); University of Missouri at Kansas City (J.D., 1979); Temple University (LL.M., 1985); Columbia University (LL.M., 1988). COURSES: Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law, Property, Land Use Planning. Email:d-raack @ onu.edu


NANCY PAINE SABOL, (Law Professor), born Bay Village, Ohio, May 1, 1962; admitted to bar, 1987, Ohio. Education: Ohio University Honors Tutorial College (B.A., 1984); Ohio State University College of Law (J.D., 1987). COURSES: Employment Discrimination, Transition to Ohio Practice, Transition to Practice, Remedies, Woman and the Law, Bar Examination Preparation, Academic Support. Email: n-sabol @ onu.edu


LEAH J. SELLERS, (Law Professor), born April 10, 1973; Education: Ohio University (B.A., 1995); University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 2000). COURSES:Civil Practice Introduction. Email:l-sellers @ onu.edu


VICTOR L. STREIB, (Law Professor), born Marion, Indiana, October 8, 1941; admitted to bar, 1970, Indiana. Education: Auburn University (B.S., 1966); Indiana University School of Law (J.D., 1970). COURSES:Capital Punishment, Criminal Law (3), Criminal Procedure, Juvenile Law (5), Legal Ethics. Email:v-streib @ onu.edu


MAXIMILIAN B. TORRES, (Law Professor), born San Francisco, California, November 12, 1954; Education: City College of San Francisco (A.A., 1977); University of California, Berkeley (B.S., 1979); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1992); University of Navarra, IESE Business School (Ph.D., 2001). COURSES:Business Organizations I & II, Securities Regulation, Corporate Finance, White Collar Crime, Church-State, Professional Responsibility, Education Law. Email:m-torres.1 @ onu.edu


VERNON L. TRASTER, (Law Professor), born Des Moines, Iowa, October 22, 1947; admitted to bar, 1973, Iowa. Education: Drake University (B.S. in B.A., 1969; J.D., 1973). COURSES: Torts, Insurance, Trial Advocacy, Insurance Bad-faith Litigation.


STEPHEN C. VELTRI, (Law Professor), born Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 29, 1955; admitted to bar, 1981, Pennsylvania. Education: University of Pittsburgh (B.A., 1977); Georgetown University (J.D., 1981); Columbia University (LL.M., 1986). COURSES:Payment Systems, Comparative Constitutional Law, Commercial Law and Property. Email:s-veltri @ onu.edu


BRYAN H. WARD, (Law Professor), born Ashland, Kentucky, August 25, 1961; admitted to bar, 1993, Ohio. Education: Ohio Northern University (B.A., 1983); University of North Carolina (J.D., 1986); Ohio State University (Ph.D., 1993). COURSES:Legal Clinics, Legal Ethics, Criminal Practice. Email:b-ward1 @ onu.edu


SHERRY YOUNG, (Law Professor), born Columbus, Ohio, February 10, 1960; admitted to bar, 1984, Ohio. Education: Michigan State University (B.A., 1981); Harvard University (J.D., 1984). COURSES: Torts, Products Liability, Domestic Relations, Sports Law. Email:s-young @ onu.edu