Faculty Features

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.

Sharlene Boltz

Professor Sharlene Graham Boltz has been selected as a member of the board of directors for the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence. The OAESV is Ohio's statewide coalition which advocates for comprehensive responses and rape crisis services for survivors, and empowers communities to prevent sexual violence. Professor Boltz also serves as a member of Kentucky’s Multi-disciplinary Taskforce on Human Trafficking, which facilitates implementation of recent changes human trafficking laws; the Northern Kentucky Law Enforcement Taskforce on Human Trafficking; and as a regional trainer for law enforcement and community organizations on the issues of human trafficking, threat assessment, domestic violence, and sexual assault. Her recent publication, Case Files in Black and Blue: In re Jules and Lasalle Blandele, remains the only national comprehensive case file for training lawyers and advocates on issues of domestic human trafficking. In December 2013, Professor Boltz will be a featured speaker at the 15th annual "Ending Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault" conference in Lexington, Kentucky.

Professor Boltz teaches Contracts, UCC Sales and Secured Transations, UCC Payment Systems, Domestic Violence Law Seminar, Domestic Violence Prosecution and Trial, and Remedies. View Professor Boltz's biography.

Faculty Awards

Chase professors Amy Halbrook, Ljubomir Nacev, and John Bickers were among the award recipients at the Celebration of Faculty Excellence on October 28, 2013. The annual Northern Kentucky University Faculty Excellence awards recognize exceptional performance by faculty members as demonstrated by teaching, scholarly or creative activities, outreach and public engagement, and international education.   

There are two categories of awards: Excellent Performance by a Faculty Member for a Project, Innovation or Creativity Activity, which recognizes faculty members for excellent performance related to a specific project, innovation or creative activity that is ongoing or has been recently completed; and Sustained Excellence by a Faculty Member, which recognizes faculty members for a history of exceptional performance over a sustained period of time.

Assistant Professor Amy E. Halbrook received an award for Excellent Performance – Teaching. Professor Halbrook is the director of the Children's Law Center Clinic, a partnership between Chase and the Children's Law Center in Covington, Kentucky. When she joined Chase in 2011, Professor Halbrook designed the clinic with three start-up students.  Clinic students receive specialized instruction in child and family law and advocacy, and represent child and youth clients in court and administrative proceedings. Clinic students build their practical skills and professional responsibility while supporting the critical mission of public engagement. Professor Halbrook also incorporates practical and experiential learning components into her Family Law course.  In addition, Professor Halbrook teaches juvenile, child and family law trial skills to practitioners locally and nationally.  View Professor Halbrook's biography.

Professor Ljubomir Nacev received an award for Sustained Excellence - Outreach and Public Engagement.  Professor Nacev teaches in the area of tax law. He has spent countless hours over the past 25 years assisting the low-income taxpayer community in our region. His many contributions to this cause include initiating the Chase Volunteer Income Tax Assistance project in the fall of 1987 as part of a national effort to implement public policy initiatives to alleviate poverty in our community, and to help those affected by poverty become more self-sufficient. Over the years, the VITA project has assisted over 12,000 taxpayers. Professor Nacev is also a co-founder of the NKU Tax Clinic, which represents low-income taxpayers in controversies with the IRS.  On behalf of the tax clinic, he has been involved in numerous cases, including Hall v. Commissioner, a fully reviewed tax court decision invalidating a tax regulations that had precluded a taxpayer from filing an innocent spouse equitable claim under IRC Section 6015(f), and Linkugel v. Commissioner, a decision dealing with the burden of proof when challenging a cancellation of debt income deficiency following a foreclosure. View Professor Nacev's biography.

Professor John M. Bickers received an award for Sustained Excellence –Teaching.  Professor Bickers teaches Constitutional Law, Professional Responsibility, and National Security Law. He is known as an innovative teacher who is committed to student success.  He challenges students, but also encourages them. His philosophy is that if students are not engaged, then they will not retain the legal lessons. His classes combine legal doctrine with the skills necessary for a real-world practice.  For example, in Constitutional Law, students serve as justices and attorneys in a mock Supreme Court case.  In National Security Law, students work in teams as members of federal agencies, confronting hypothetical national security crises. The Chase class of 2010 selected him as the winner of the Lukowsky Award for Teaching Excellence.  View Professor Bickers's biography.