Member School Highlight – Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law

Location: Highland Heights, Kentucky
Founded: 1893
Joined AALS: 1984
Dean: Judith Daar

Known as The Lawyer’s School for its practice-ready graduates, Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law provides its 126 first-year JD students with an intense doctrinal education and opportunities for practical experiences in contemporary aspects of law. NKU Law is a public institution with alumni spanning the continent, from Alaska to Washington, D.C., who serve on state and federal courts, practice in small towns and large national and regional firms, work in public service, and are leaders in business and industry.

NKU Law is located in Highland Heights, Kentucky, in the heart of metropolitan Cincinnati. In a socially savvy metropolitan area with a diverse legal market, NKU Chase is an ideal venue for a next-generation lawyer. The Greater Cincinnati metropolitan area’s welcoming community and cultural and social vibrancy provide the perfect balance for your life inside and outside the classroom.

The recently endowed David and Nancy Wolf Program in Ethics and Professional Identity offers students coordinated opportunities for involvement in the issues of ethics, professionalism, social justice, understanding of diversity and inclusion, pro bono work and public-interest service, and personal well-being. They comprise the concept of professional identity ‒ what it means to be a lawyer, the obligations to clients and society, and maintaining a life balance to carry it all out. Additionally, the program offers the general public insights into the role of lawyers in society. In the inaugural public lecture, Los Angeles lawyer E. Randol Schoenberg traced his successful pursuit through U.S. and European tribunals for the return to a family of artworks stolen during the Holocaust, which became the basis for the 2015 movie “Woman in Gold.”

“The Wolf Program emerged from alumnus David and Nancy Wolf’s belief that the legal profession can and should be leaders and role models for upstanding public service,” said Dean Judith Daar. “With their support, our students can delve deeply into their professional identity formation journey, exploring how to best care for their clients and themselves in this high-stakes career path. Programming that exposes students to examples of ethical lawyering, both historic and current, is underway and has been very well-received. We look forward to continuing to expand the Wolf program’s impact on our students and by extension the legal profession.”

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