Judge John Nalbandian, who serves on the Cincinnati-based United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, is the Chase College of Law Jurist-in-Residence. As Jurist-in-Residence, he teaches the Supreme Court Seminar course and provides students opportunities to discuss and understand the workings of the federal judiciary. The seminar requires each of nine students to apply the judicial philosophy of an assigned justice of the Supreme Court of the United States to research and analyze arguments in a case before the court.
Judge Nalbandian lives in Northern Kentucky and holds a seat on the Sixth Circuit – which hears appeals from United States District Courts in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee – that has historically been filled by a jurist from Kentucky. Circuit Court of Appeals decisions are legal precedent within that circuit and typically are the final decision in a case because the Supreme Court accepts such a small percentage of petitions for review nationally.
Judge Nalbandian practiced in the Cincinnati firm of Taft Stettinius & Hollister in the areas of complex litigation and appeals from 2000 until his appointment in 2018. In 2010, he was confirmed by the United States Senate as a board member of the State Justice Institute, a nonprofit organization the federal government created to improve administration of justice in state courts. Prior to joining Taft, he practiced for five years in the appellate section of the Washington, D.C., firm of Jones Day. He holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law and a Bachelor of Science from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.