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Jack Harrison


Jack Harrison
David and Nancy Wolf Chair in Ethics and Professional Identity
Professor of Law
Director, Center for Excellence in Advocacy


Professor Jack B. Harrison is the David and Nancy Wolf Chair in Ethics and Professional Identity.  In this role, Professor Harrison directs programs that expand education in the areas of ethical conduct and social justice, enhance pro bono work and public-interest service by students, and provide training in diversity, equity and inclusion. 

Professor Harrison is also the director of the Chase Center for Excellence in Advocacy, which offers students specialized opportunities to develop oral advocacy skills, and coordinator of student trial competition teams.

Professor Harrison’s research and scholarship is focused on topics related to civil procedure, federal courts, and sexuality, identity and the law.

Prior to beginning his academic career with Chase in 2011, he spent almost twenty years as a practicing attorney, representing clients in litigation matters in the areas of product liability defense and employment discrimination defense. Professor Harrison was a partner at Frost Brown Todd in Cincinnati, where he was the first openly gay person elected partner at a large Cincinnati law firm. Professor Harrison later moved his practice to Cors & Bassett in Cincinnati, where he remains of-counsel.

Professor Harrison has long been active in bar organizations, including service to the Cincinnati Bar Association on the board of trustees, the admissions committee and the fee arbitration committee. He has served as Chair of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues Section of the Association of American Law Schools and is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the section.  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 been involved in a number of pro bono matters throughout his career, including representation of inmates alleging constitutional violations against state corrections facilities. In partnership with the Ohio Justice and
Policy Center and others, he represented a class of severely mentally ill Ohio inmates in a suit against the Corrections Department of the State of Ohio regarding the lack of adequate pre-release discharge planning for those inmates.

He holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Sacred Theology from Mount St. Mary’s University and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.