Jack Harrison

Jack Harrison


Jack Harrison
Associate Professor of Law

Assistant Professor of Law

"Throughout my years of practicing law, I have had the privilege of having many colleagues, opposing counsel, and friends who were graduates of Chase. What has always made those people stand out for me was their commitment to the law and their integrity. I am excited to now be part of the process of assisting the next generation of Chase students find meaning and fulfillment and satisfaction in their careers in a very challenging time. Plus, I get to work alongside very talented faculty colleagues in that process."



Prior to beginning his academic career, Professor Jack B. Harrison spent almost twenty years as a practicing litigator and trial attorney, repeatedly being identified in Best Lawyers in America. Throughout his practice, Professor Harrison represented clients in the areas of product liability defense, employment defense in class actions and collective actions alleging violations of Title VII and the Equal Pay Act, administrative and regulatory proceedings, and appellate litigation. Professor Harrison was a partner at Frost Brown Todd through 2009, where he was the first openly gay person elected partner at a large Cincinnati law firm. Professor Harrison then moved his active litigation practice to Cors & Bassett.

Professor Harrison has always been active in bar organizations throughout his career, including service on the Board of Trustees, the Admissions Committee, and the Fee Dispute Committee for the Cincinnati Bar Association. He was appointed by Chief Judge Susan Dlott to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio Admissions Committee. Beyond the legal community, Professor Harrison has served on Boards of Directors for The Point Foundation, the Cincinnati Opera, Caracole, and the National Gay and Lesbian Law Association.

Professor Harrison has also been involved in a number of pro bono matters throughout his career, including the representation of inmates in cases against corrections facilities alleging constitutional violations. In partnership with the Ohio Justice and Policy Center and others, Professor Harrison represented a class of severely mental ill inmates in Ohio prisons in a suit against the state of Ohio regarding the lack of adequate pre-release discharge planning for these inmates.

Professor Harrison currently teaches Civil Procedure, Remedies, Family Law, and Trial Advocacy. He also serves as the coordinator for the Trial Competition teams at Chase. Professor Harrison has previously taught at the University of Dayton and the University of Cincinnati, teaching litigation related course, Civil Procedure, Complex Litigation, and Sexual Orientation and the Law.



  • BA Political Science, cum laude, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • STB, MA, with honors, St. Mary's Seminary and University
  • JD, University of Cincinnati College of Law

Courses Taught

  • Civil Procedure
  • Remedies
  • Family Law
  • Sexual Orientation and the Law
  • Trial Advocacy


At Long Last Marriage, 24 Am. U. J. Gender & Soc. Pol’y & L. 1 (forthcoming 2015) (This article was listed on the top ten download list on SSRN in the categories of Constitutional Claims, Due Process & Equal Protection and Family Law.)

On Marriage and Polygamy, 42 Ohio N.U. L. Rev. _ (forthcoming 2015) SSRN (among the top 10 SSRN downloaded articles in Marriage and Social Norms & Institutions)

Here and There and Back Again: Drowning in the Stream of Commerce, 44 Stetson L. Rev. (forthcoming) SSRN

Management of Electronic Data in Litigation, LEX LOCI (Northern Kentucky Bar Association) (December 2012)

The Strange Intersection between Law, Religion, and Government in the Regulation of Marriage, 6 Charleston Law Review 547 (2012) SSRN

The Future of Same-Sex Marriage After Lawrence v. Texas and the Election of 2004, 30 U. Dayton L. Rev 314 (2005)

Some Accurate Information is Better than No Information At All: Arguments Against an Exception to the Learned Intermediary Doctrine Based on Direct-to-Consumer Advertising, 78 Or. L. Rev. 605 (1999)

Hate Speech: Power in the Marketplace, 20 J.C. & U.L. 461 (1994)

The Government as Pornographer: Government Sting Operations and Entrapment, 61 U. Cin. L. Rev. 1067 (1993)

How Open Is Open?: The Development of the Public Access Doctrine Under State Open Court Provisions, 60 U. Cin. L. Rev. 1307 (1992)

Speaking Engagements and Recognitions

Presented On Marriage and Polygamy at the annual conference of the Central States Law School Association.

Presented a current work in process, The Death of General Jurisdiction After Goodyear and Bauman, at the annual conference of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools.

Selected for inclusion, The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants (2016 ed.)

Selected for inclusion in, The Best Lawyers in America, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants and Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (2015 ed.)

Selected for inclusion in, The Best Lawyers in America 20th ed., Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Selected as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell™