Professor David Singleton is an attorney and Executive Director of the Ohio Justice and Policy Center. OJPC is a non-partisan, nonprofit, public interest law office based in Cincinnati with the goal of reforming Ohio's justice system. Singleton is also an assistant professor at NKU Chase College of Law, as well as director of the Constitutional Litigation Clinic and the Indigent Defense Clinic. The Constitutional Litigation Clinic offers Chase students a hands-on experience litigating civil rights cases on behalf of prisoners and former offenders in state and federal courts. The Indigent Defense Clinic offers students the opportunity to represent indigent criminal defendants in court. From the initial client interview to final case disposition, clinic students gain practical experience in all stages of the litigation process. Professor Singleton contributed a book chapter to the recently published How Can You Represent Those People?
Chase faculty members take pride in their extensive work outside of the classroom. Not only do faculty members spend many hours preparing for class and guiding the next generation of lawyers, they also write articles and books, travel the world on speaking tours, represent clients, speak on panels and television programs, and excel in a variety of endeavors. This page will periodically feature a few such faculty successes.
“When I was a criminal defense lawyer I was asked ‘The Question’ so many times I got sick of it. It takes an essay to fully answer, and this book has fifteen brilliant ones. Some of the essays are laugh-out-loud funny, others deeply moving. Read them all and you’ll understand why everyone—guilty or innocent, you or me—is entitled to a good lawyer.”
— John Grisham
This is the first-ever collection of essays on what criminal defense lawyers call The Cocktail Party Question. Contributors are some of the most experienced and thoughtful lawyers and teachers in the country: Barbara Babcock, Paul Butler, Tucker Carrington, Angela Davis, Alan Dershowitz, Monroe Freedman, Vida Johnson, Joseph Margulies, William Montross, Ann Roan, Meghan Shapiro, David Singleton, Abbe Smith, Robin Steinberg, Michael Tigar, and Alice Woolley. It is a must-buy for lawyers, law students, and anyone interested in crime, punishment, race, poverty, and the motivations of criminal lawyers.
Professor Barbara Wagner is the Director of the Chase Small Business & Nonprofit Law Clinic. Before joining Chase, Professor Wagner practiced law for over 30 years, including 10 years in private practice and over 20 years as an inhouse lawyer with Chiquita Brands International, Inc., most recently as Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary. She also served as the company's Chief Compliance Officer from 2005-2007. Professor Wagner is also a national council member of YaleWomen (a women's alumni organization) and an advisory board member of YaleGALE (Yale Global Alumni Leadership Exchange).
This July, Professor Wagner joined YaleGALE as a delegation member on a 10-day exchange with alumni relations staff and volunteers of universities in Lithuania and Latvia.
Her agenda included:
Leading the discussion at the European Humanities University in Vilnius, Lithuana (this university is in exile from Belarus) for the following presentations:
- Retaining Talent in the Region and Graduate Employability
- Regional Alumni Associations
Leading or participating as a panlist in the discussion at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, Latvia for the following presentations:
- Shared Interest Groups
- Alumni Relations
Leading a discussion on Volunteer Leadership at a US Embassy program with NGO Representatives in Riga, Latvia.
Professor Jennifer M. Kinsley joined Chase College of Law as an Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the Field Placement/Externship Program after a decade as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Cincinnati. Prior to joining Chase, she was the managing partner of Cincinnati-based Sirkin Kinsley, Co. LPA and was also previously a partner in the boutique firm Sirkin Pinales & Schwartz LLP. Her practice focused on fighting governmental abuse of civil and constitutional rights and included First Amendment law, civil rights, criminal defense, and death penalty habeas. Professor Kinsley also previously served as a public defender, where she primarily handled juvenile delinquency cases.
Recently, Professor Kinsley was named a Rising Star in Kentucky SuperLawyers for 2013-14 and selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America 20th ed. for First Amendment Law. She was also appointed to the AALS Externship Subcommittee on Remote Externships. Last semester, Jennifer visited Turkey and made several presentations at universities and before government bodies.
Presentations in Turkey:
- The Prosecution of Aaron Swartz: Freedom of the Online Press in America, Turkish Ministry of Justice, Ankara, Turkey
- The Occupy Wall Street Movement and its Impact on American Constitutional Law, Ankara University Faculty of Law, Ankara, Turkey
- The American First Amendment and its Protection of Anti-Government Journalists, Legislative Commission on Constitutional Reform, Istanbul, Turkey and Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey
When Vanishing Photos Become Vanishing Evidence: Legal Questions Raised by the Snapchat Smartphone App, LEX LOCI (Northern Kentucky Bar Association) (June 2013).
Professor John Bickers began teaching at Chase in 2006. Prior to his arrival, he served in the U.S. Army for more than two decades. A Judge Advocate for most of his career (after a brief stint in tanks), he has been a prosecutor, a defense counsel, and administrative law attorney, a manager of a law office in Germany, and a teacher at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York.
Professor Bickers earned an A.B. from Cornell University, where he majored in history. Later he received a J.D. from the University of Michigan, and still later, an LL.M. from Georgetown. He teaches Constitutional Law and Professional Responsibility.
Professor Bickers was recently a guest panelist on the PBS television program, Kentucky Tonight, to discuss counterterrorism policy. Othere panelists were Max Wise, political science professor at Campbellsville University and former FBI intelligence analyst; and Amy Cubbage, Louisville lawyer and former member of the ACLU of Kentucky board of directors.
Professor Ljubomir Nacev is the tax specialist on the Chase faculty. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from The Johns Hopkins University, a J.D. from the John Marshall Law School, and a Master of Laws in Taxation from New York University School of Law.
Professor Nacev has published articles, essays and treatise chapters on a variety of tax issues. He is a member of the Illinois and American Bar Associations. In addition, Professor Nacev is a member of the American Tax Policy Institute and the National Tax Association.
NKU Tax Clinic Changes Lives
In 2010, Professor Nacev represented a client of the NKU Tax Clinic, as part of a coordinated effort with other tax clinics across the country. The case was heard by the U.S. Tax Court and the Sixth Circuit. It involved challenging the validity of tax regulations that imposed a two-year rule for the filing of equitable relief from joint liability upon the filing of a joint tax return. Efforts on behalf of the client convinced the Commissioner of the IRS to revisit the issue, reverse the Service’s litigation posture, and withdraw the regulations. The Treasury and the IRS then issued proposed regulations that would extend the filing requirement to 10 years from the date of the assessment of the tax.
The new rule will have a tremendous impact on the low-income community. It will permit an innocent spouse to request equitable relief from joint liability based on a joint return during the entire collection period applicable to that return, not just the first two years. Meeting the two-year deadline was often an issue when notices were mailed to prior or incorrect addresses, or when the legal significance of the notices was not understood or appreciated. Coordinating the filing requirement with the collection limitations period avoids this potential misstep.
REG-132251-11; 78 F.R. 49242-49248. Audrey Marie Hall v. Commissioner, 135 T.C. 374 (2010).