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The College of Law was founded in 1906 and in 1909 became a degree‑granting college of The University of Toledo, a state university. It is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools and the League of Ohio Law Schools. In 1984 it was awarded a chapter of the Order of the Coif.


As a law school the college offers both a full‑time (day) and part‑time (day or evening) program and an integrated summer session. The course of study leads to a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree. Full‑time students normally graduate at the end of the second semester of their third year, but through summer study may graduate as early as the end of the first semester of their third year. Part‑time students normally graduate in four years, including summer study. Typically, part‑time students attend classes in the evening; however, persons whose work or childcare responsibilities preclude such attendance may attend classes during the day. Total enrollment is approximately 485, with about 293 full‑time and 192 part‑time students.


The college's modern facility compares favorably with any of its size in the country. Classrooms are designed to facilitate effective teaching and learning. All classrooms offer state‑of‑the‑art wireless technology for teaching and research. In addition, each classroom is equipped with a Smart Board allowing the teacher to seamlessly bring the web, DVD's, Power Point and other multimedia into classroom discussion. A spacious auditorium is used for special events. A state‑of‑the‑art moot courtroom is available both for trial practice and for appellate advocacy programs. A complex audiovisual system brings many new dimensions to the legal education experience. The student body is drawn from more than 230 colleges and universities from all regions of the country. Persons with diverse cultural backgrounds ‑ ethnic, racial, educational, disadvantaged ‑ are encouraged to apply for admission. Candidates for admission should expect stiff but not impossible competition. Grades and LSAT scores are the most important determinants of admission. Evidence showing that the GPA and LSAT score understate an applicant's ability is carefully considered.


The LaValley Law Library combines modern, well‑designed facilities and a carefully chosen and ever expanding collection, with librarians and a support staff committed to meeting the curricular and research needs of students and faculty. The LaValley Law Library contains over 340,000 volumes and volume equivalents, in paper, microform audio/video and electronic formats. The library holdings also include subscriptions to over 3,300 serials. The collection contains the reported decisions of all federal and state courts, federal and state statutes and administrative materials, briefs and records of the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as a wealth of encyclopedias, treatises, looseleaf services, periodicals and access tools. The Library is a Federal Depository Library and receives a wide range of law‑related government documents. In addition, the Library contains significant holdings of primary materials for the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand and primary and secondary materials necessary to the study of international law.


Occupying four levels within the Law Center, the Library provides generous seating at large tables and individual carrels, as well as group study rooms. Exciting capital improvements are under way that will enable the Law Library to collect, manage and deliver digital information more effectively to the University of Toledo research community.


Computerized services available to students and faculty include LEXIS/NEXIS, WESTLAW, CD‑ROM materials and many Internet‑based data resources. Students receive instruction in the use of computer assisted legal research systems in their first year of legal studies. Desktop computers and printers are available to law students for word processing, computer assisted legal instruction and research applications, and wireless technology allows students to connect to the network from anywhere in the building. The University online public catalog, UTMOST, allows researchers to locate materials held in the University libraries. UTMOST also serves as a gateway to the OHIOLINK Network which enables researchers to access the catalogs and selected research databases maintained at other Ohio state college libraries.


A staff of thirteen, including seven professional law librarians, provide reference services during the day, evenings and on weekends. Library hours are from 7:30 a.m. to midnight, Monday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. to midnight, Saturday and Sunday.


The objective of legal education at The University of Toledo College of Law is to familiarize prospective lawyers with the major areas of the law while at the same time introducing them to the basic skills necessary for effective and competent lawyering. Successful integration of theory and practice is difficult but not impossible to achieve. In the early stages of their law school experience, students are exposed to a variety of fundamental legal concepts as well as being introduced to the "lawyering skills" and instructed in legal analysis, research, writing and  oral advocacy. A wide range of advanced course offerings permits students to build upon the basic required courses and allows for exposure to various specialized areas of the law.



Douglas E. Ray (419) 530‑2379

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs:

Daniel J. Steinbock (419) 530‑2937

Assistant Dean for Law Admissions:

Carol E. Frendt (419) 530‑4131

Financial Aid:

  (419) 530‑7929

Director of Law Library:

Rick Goheen (419) 530‑2945

Assistant Dean for Law Alumni and Law Career Services:

Heather S. Karns (419) 530‑2851

Asst. Dean for Student Affairs Admin. & Law Communications:

Kathleen Amerkhanian (419) 530‑2712



DOUGLAS E. RAY, (Dean), admitted to bar, 1975, Minnesota. Education: University of Minnesota (B.A., 1971); Harvard University Law School (J.D., 1975). COURSES: Employment Discrimination, Labor Arbitration.

TERRELL ALLEN, (Director of Legal Research and Writing and Instructor), born October 18, 1955. Education: University of Mississippi (B.A., B.S.W., 1977); Washington University (M.S.W., 1979); University of Michigan (J.D., 1985). COURSES: Legal Research & Writing, Appellate Advocacy. Email:


ROGER W. ANDERSEN, (Professor of Law Emeritus), born Chicago, Illinois, October 20, 1948; admitted to bar, 1974, Michigan and Washington. Education: Knox College (B.A., 1970); University of Iowa (J.D., 1973); University of Illinois College of Law (LL.M., 1978). COURSES: Property, Trusts and Estates, Environmental Law, Elder Law.


JOHN ADAMS BARRETT, JR., (Associate Professor), born Austin, Texas, December 13, 1962; admitted to bar, 1988, Texas; 1989, Colorado. Education: Amherst College (B.A., 1985); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1988). COURSES: International (Public & Commercial), Environmental.


LESA BYRNES, (Instructor), admitted to bar, 1989, Michigan. Education: Oakland University (B.A., 1982); New York University, Paris Campus (M.A., 1984); Wayne State University (J.D., 1989). COURSES: Legal Research and Writing.


BRUCE CAMPBELL, (Professor of Law), born Columbus, Ohio, May 29, 1941; admitted to bar, 1974, Michigan. Education: DePauw University (B.A., 1964); Michigan State University (Ph.D., 1973); University of Michigan (J.D., 1973). COURSES: Secured Transactions, Commercial Paper, Contracts, Constitutional Law.


DOUGLAS K. CHAPMAN, (Professor of Law), born Cleveland, Ohio, July 11, 1945; admitted to bar, 1974, Ohio. Education: Ohio State University (B.S., 1971); Ohio Northern University (J.D., 1974). COURSES: Taxation, Estate Planning, Wills and Trusts.


BENJAMIN G. DAVIS, (Associate Professor of Law), born 1955; admitted to bar, 1984, New York. Education: Harvard University (B.A., 1977; J.D., 1983; M.B.A., Art. Ed., Harvard, 1983). COURSES: Contracts I and II, and International Domestic Arbitration.


GABRIELLE DAVIS, (Instructor), Education: Siena Heights College (B.A., 1985); University of Toledo College of Law (J.D., 1991). COURSES: Clinical Education. Email:


RICHARD W. EDWARDS, JR., (Professor of Law Emeritus), born Columbus, Ohio, June 2, 1935; admitted to bar, 1959, District of Columbia; 1960, New York. Education: Cornell University (A.B., 1957); Cornell Law School (J.D., 1959). COURSES: International Law, International Financial Law.


BETH A. EISLER, (Professor of Law), born New York, N.Y., October 24, 1946; admitted to bar, 1973, District of Columbia; 1978, Michigan. Education: George Washington University (A.B., 1968); George Washington University National Law Center (J.D., 1972). COURSES: Advanced Sales, Commercial Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Trusts and Estates, Evidence, Legislation, Secured Transactions.


MAARA FINK, (Instructor), born Columbus, Ohio, April 4, 1970; admitted to bar, 1996, Ohio. Education: Clark University (B.A., 1992); University of Toledo (J.D., 1996). COURSES: Clinical Education, Dispute Resolution. Email:


HOWARD M. FRIEDMAN, (Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus), born Springfield, Ohio, September 26, 1941; admitted to bar, 1965, Ohio. Education: Ohio State University (B.A., 1962); Harvard University Law School (J.D., 1965); Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M., 1967). COURSES: Agency and Partnership, Constitutional Law, Corporations, Securities Regulation, White Collar Crime.


LLEWELLYN J. GIBBONS, (Associate Professor of Law), born 1960; admitted to bar, 1992, Massachusetts; 1993, New York. Education: Suny‑New Platz (B.A.,1998); Northeastern (J.D., 1991); Temple (LL.M. [LE], 1996); Franklin Pierce (LL.M. [I.P.], 1998). COURSES: Cyberlaw, I.P., Torts, Comm. Law, Law & Science, Contracts.


RICK GOHEEN, (Assistant Professor & Director, LaValley Law Library), admitted to bar, 1994, Ohio. Education: The University of Toledo (B.A., 1991); University of Cincinnati (J.D., 1994); University of Kentucky (M.S.L.S., 1998).


STEVE C. GOLD, (Assistant Professor of Law), Education: Harvard College (A.B.); Yale Law School. COURSES: Environmental Law.


MELISSA HAMILTON, (Assistant Professor), admitted to bar, 1990, Texas. Education: University of South Florida (B.A., 1987); The University of Texas at Austin (J.D., 1989; Ph.D., 2006). COURSES: Criminal Procedure, Sentencing, Criminal Law.


DAVID HARRIS, (Professor of Law), born Chicago, Illinois, December 3, 1957; admitted to bar, 1984, Pennsylvania and District of Columbia; 1986, Maryland; 1988, Illinois; 1992, Ohio. Education: Northwestern University (B.A., 1980); Yale Law School (J.D., 1983); Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M., 1988). COURSES: Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Clinic.


ROBERT J. HOPPERTON, (Professor of Law), born Cleveland, Ohio, June 19, 1941; admitted to bar, 1972, Ohio. Education: Baldwin‑Wallace College (B.A., 1963); University of Toledo (M.A., 1969); Ohio State University College of Law (J.D., 1972). COURSES: Property, Land Transactions, Land Use, Environmental, Alternative Dispute Resolution.


MICHAEL G. KADENS, (Professor of Law Emeritus), born Chicago, Illinois, July 20, 1935; admitted to bar, 1960, California and Illinois. Education: University of Michigan (B.A., 1956); Stanford University Law School (J.D., 1959). COURSES: Insurance Law, Law and the Great Lakes, Accounting for Lawyers, Business Planning.


BRUCE KENNEDY, (Associate Professor), born Windsor, Ontario, Canada, February 24, 1954; admitted to bar, 1980, Minnesota; 1982, Michigan. Education: University of Michigan (A.B., 1976; A.M.L.S., 1984); University of Minnesota (J.D., 1980). COURSES: Property.


ROBIN M. KENNEDY, (Associate Professor of Law), born Cleveland, Ohio, June 6, 1945; admitted to bar, 1970, Ohio; 1971, Florida, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court. Education: University of Notre Dame (A.B., 1967); Case Western Reserve University School of Law (J.D., 1970). COURSES: Clinical Training (Prosecution), Civil Procedure, Remedies, Administrative Law, Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiating.


KENNETH KILBERT, (Associate Professor), admitted to bar, 1981, Pennsylvania. Education: Bethany College (B.A., 1977); University of Pittsburgh (J.D., 1981). COURSES: Environmental Law, Water Law, Administrative Law, Natural Resources Law.


JAMES M. KLEIN, (Professor of Law), born Toledo, Ohio, June 14, 1944; admitted to bar, 1969, Ohio; 1970, California. Education: University of Michigan (A.B., 1966); Case Western Reserve University School of Law (J.D., 1969). COURSES: Civil Procedure and Legal Clinic.


JESSICA KNOUSE, (Assistant Professor), admitted to bar, 2005, New York. Education: Boston University (B.A., 1999); Albany Law School (J.D., 2004); Yale Law School (LL.M., 2007). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Family Law, Sexuality and the Law.


SUSAN R. MARTYN, (Professor of Law), born Fairbanks, Alaska, November 24, 1947; admitted to bar, 1974, Wisconsin; 1975, Michigan. Education: St. Olaf College (B.A., 1969); Marquette University Law School (J.D., 1974). COURSES: Torts, Law, Science and Medicine, Legal Ethics.


FRANK MERRITT, (Professor of Law Emeritus), born Cleveland, Ohio, October 25, 1943; admitted to bar, 1968, Ohio; 1973, Illinois. Education: Hiram College (B.A., 1966); Case Western University School of Law (J.D., 1968). COURSES: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Criminal Corrections, Local Government Law, Torts.


LEE ANNE PIZZIMENTI, (Professor), born Detroit, Michigan, October 9, 1955; admitted to bar, 1981, Michigan. Education: University of Michigan (B.G.S., 1977); Wayne State University (J.D., 1981). COURSES: Legal Ethics, Contracts, Agency and Partnership, Sales.


NICOLE PORTER, (Associate Professor), admitted to bar, 1998, Michigan. Education: Michigan State University (B.A., 1992); University of Michigan (J.D., 1998). COURSES: Contracts, Employment Discrimination, Criminal Law, Disability Law.


MARILYN FRIEDMAN PRESTON, (Legal Writing and Research Instructor), born Detroit, Michigan, August 3, 1955; admitted to bar, 1981, California; 1982, Michigan. Education: Emory University (B.A., 1977); Hastings College of the Law (J.D., 1981). COURSES: Legal Writing and Research.


RONALD RAITT, (Professor of Law Emeritus), born Burton, Nebraska, September 28, 1931; admitted to bar, 1959, Nebraska. Education: University of Nebraska (B.S., 1953; LL.B., 1959). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Evidence, Trial Practice, Products Liability.


GEOFFREY C. RAPP, (Associate Professor of Law), born Honolulu, Hawaii. Education: Harvard College (A.B., 1998); Yale Law School (J.D., 2001). COURSES: Torts, Anti‑trust, Business Associations, Sports Law.


WILLIAM M. RICHMAN, (Distinguished University Professor), born Baltimore, Maryland, November 13, 1949; admitted to bar, 1975, Maryland. Education: University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1970); University of Maryland (J.D., 1975). COURSES: Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Evidence.


ROBERT S. SALEM, (Instructor), born Beirut, Lebanon, March 21, 1964; admitted to bar, 1990, Ohio. Education: University of Toledo (B.A., 1987); University of Toledo College of Law (J.D., 1990). COURSES: Clinical Education. Email:


JOSEPH SLATER, (Professor), born Ann Arbor, Michigan, April 12, 1960; admitted to bar, 1986, Maine; 1988, District of Columbia. Education: Oberlin College (B.A., 1983); University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 1986); Georgetown University (Ph.D., 1998). COURSES: Torts, Labor Law, Employment Law, Public Sector Labor Law, Employment Discrimination. Email:


DANIEL J. STEINBOCK, (Professor of Law), born New York, December, 12, 1946; admitted to bar, 1972, New York. Education: Yale University (B.A., 1968); Yale Law School (J.D., 1971). COURSES: Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Immigration Law, Administrative Law and Trial Practice.


JAMES E. TIERNEY, (Professor of Law), born Perth Amboy, New Jersey, January 15, 1957; admitted to bar, 1982, New York; 1986, District of Columbia. Education: Rutgers University (B.A., 1978); New York University School of Law (J.D., 1981; LL.M., 1984). COURSES: Federal Income Taxation, Business Associations.


REBECCA ERNST ZIETLOW, (Professor of Law), born Ann Arbor, Michigan, December 18, 1962; admitted to bar, 1991, Illinois. Education: Barnard College of Columbia University (B.A.,1985); Yale Law School (J.D., 1990). COURSES: Clinical Instruction, Civil Procedure.