Daniel J. Steinbock
Dean of the College of Law and Harold A. Anderson Professor of Law & Values
Daniel J. Steinbock is Dean of the College of Law and Harold A. Anderson Professor of Law and Values at the University of Toledo College of Law. He has been a member of the faculty since 1985 and has taught Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Administrative Law, Immigration Law, and Trial Practice. He was voted Outstanding Professor by six spring graduating classes. Prior to joining the College of Law, he taught at the State University of New York at Buffalo and Seattle University.
Dean Steinbock received his undergraduate and law degrees from Yale University. Before entering law teaching he worked as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Constance Baker Motley of the Southern District of New York, as a public defender with the Legal Aid Society in state and federal courts in New York City, and as Associate and Executive Director of Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York. Dean Steinbock also served as Education Coordinator in Cambodian refugee camps in Thailand for the International Rescue Committee. He is co-author of Unaccompanied Children:
Care and Protection in Wars, Natural Disasters and Refugee Movements (Oxford U. Press), whose recommendations were adopted by United Nations agencies. Dean Steinbock has also written law review articles and book chapters about refugee children, refugee law, search and seizure, identity documentation, and data mining. He is currently a member of the Ohio Commission on the Rules of Practice and Procedure.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Law
Dean Kilbert, a graduate of Bethany College (B.A.) and the University of Pittsburgh (J.D.), joined the faculty in 2006. He teaches Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law, Administrative Law, Civil Procedure and Water Law. He also serves as Director of the Legal Institute of the Great Lakes, a multidisciplinary research center within the College of Law.
Prior to joining the faculty, Dean Kilbert was in private practice for more than 20 years, focusing primarily on environmental litigation. He served as lead counsel in a broad range of environmental cases, including enforcement actions under federal and state statutes, cost recovery actions, citizen suits, toxic tort suits, administrative proceedings, arbitrations and mediations. Dean Kilbert also taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law from 2001 to 2006.
Dean Kilbert is a former chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Civil Litigation Section and its Environmental Litigation Committee, and he is co-editor of an American Bar Association environmental litigation newsletter. He served as Executive Editor of the University of Pittsburgh Law Review.
Lee A. Pizzimenti
Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Professor of Law
Professor Lee A. Pizzimenti, a faculty member since 1985, is a graduate of the University of Michigan (BGS) and Wayne State University (JD). Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Pizzimenti clerked for Judge Engel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth circuit and was associated with the firm of Dykema Gossett in Detroit. Professor Pizzimenti has been active in a number of professional and civic organizations including the State Bar of Michigan Committee on Professional and Judicial Ethics, the American Civil Liberties Union and the United Way.
Heather S. Karns, M. Ed., L.P.C.
Assistant Dean for Law Career Services and Alumni Affairs
Office: LC 1037
Heather Karns received her B.A. in psychology from The University of Toledo, her M.Ed. in counseling from Clemson University, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor.
Heather’s experience prior to joining The University of Toledo College of Law in the spring of 2003 includes Mental Health and Job Retention Counseling with the South Carolina Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, Supervising Educational Career Services, then advancing to Assistant Director of Recruitment, at Clemson University’s Michelin Career Center. She also operated a private practice for a short time. Heather now supervises both Career Services and Alumni Affairs for the College of Law in the Office of Professional Development.
Heather is a member of the Toledo Bar Association Diversity Committee, serves as a College Representative on the Board of the Federal Bar Association Northern District of Ohio, and is also involved in the National Association of Legal Professionals (NALP); contributing articles to the Bulletin, presenting and moderating programs at the annual conferences, and serving on committees.
Jessica J. Mehl, J.D.
Assistant Dean, Law Admissions
Office: LC 1015
Jessica Mehl received her B.S. magna cum laude in public law and government from Eastern Michigan University in 2002, followed by a Juris Doctor magna cum laude from The University of Toledo College of Law in 2005. Jessica is a licensed attorney and a member of the Ohio Bar.
After working at a private law school in Michigan, Jessica returned to The University of Toledo College of Law, Office of Professional Development, in the spring of 2006. In early 2007, she became the Public Service Coordinator for the College of Law, and in that capacity, managed the Public Service Commendation program. Through the National Association of Law Placement (NALP) Public Service committee, Ms. Mehl was a contributing author to the Law School Guide to Public Interest Careers (Oct. 2007---National Association for Law Placement, Inc.) and co-author of Tips and Pointers on Drafting a Resume for Legal Services Position (Jan. 2010, NALP Bulletin, Vol. 22, No. 1)
Ms. Mehl became the Assistant Dean of Law Admissions in April 2010. She is currently an active member of the Law School Admission Council.
Jessica is also a member of the Toledo Bar Association and represents indigent clients through the TBA Pro Bono Legal Services Program.
Assistant Dean for the LaValley Law Library and Associate Professor
Office: LC 3009
Rick Goheen received his B.A. in political science from the University of Toledo in 1991. He was an associate member of the University of Cincinnati Law Review, and received his J.D. from UC in 1994. He completed his master's degree in library science at the University of Kentucky in 1998.
After a year of private practice, Professor Goheen returned to the University of Cincinnati and joined the UC law library reference staff where he served as Head of Information Access and then as Head of Reference. While at UC, he had overall responsibility for reference, circulation, interlibrary loan and media services, and was also the primary selector of new books and electronic resources for the library. From 2001 to 2007, Professor Goheen was the founding Associate Director for Public Services at the University of St. Thomas’ Schoenecker Law Library in Minnesota, where he taught Advanced Legal Research and the research portions of Lawyering Skills I and II.
Professor Goheen was moderator for a program on "Competencies in Law Librarianship" at the American Association of Law Libraries' annual meeting and conference in summer 2000, and presented the electronic resources portion of an AALL workshop on legislative history in summer 2001. He taught the legislative history unit of the Minnesota Association of Law Libraries’ Legal Research Institute in both 2003 and 2005. Professor Goheen was a member of AALL’s Access to Electronic Legal Information Committee from 2004 to 2006, and the AALL Scholarships Committee from 2008 to 2010. He is currently serving a two year term as Treasurer of the Ohio Regional Association of Law Libraries.
While at St. Thomas, Professor Goheen served as the Minnesota state editor for an AALL publication on permanent public access to government information, and wrote the Indiana, Michigan and South Dakota sections of a related AALL survey report on online authentication of state government information. He is co-author and co-editor of Academic Law Library Job Descriptions for Use with the AALL Salary Survey, and is currently working on a history of legal publishing in Ohio from 1795 to the present.