Law Alumni Awards 2017
From left: Interim Law School Dean Verna Williams; 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award honorees Gary Kreider, Hon. Beth Myers and Jim Helmer; and Law Alumni Board President Kevin Tidd.

Helmer, Kreider and Myers Receive Law Alumni Awards

May 22, 2017

A record-breaking crowd recently joined leaders of the University of Cincinnati Law Alumni Board at the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Awards Luncheon held at the Hall of Mirrors in the Hilton Netherland Plaza in downtown Cincinnati.

Since 1980, the annual luncheon has honored the college’s most deserving alumni for excellence and achievement in the individuals’ chosen fields of practice or profession. This year’s event recognized James B. Helmer (’75), Gary P. Kreider (’64), and the Honorable Beth A. Myers (’82).

Interim Law School Dean Verna Williams and Law Alumni Board President Kevin Tidd joined a packed house of alumni, friends and family members to celebrate the accomplishments of the outstanding trio and bestow the college’s most prestigious alumni honor.

The event kicked off Graduation Weekend at the Law School. On Saturday, the 85 students of the Class of ’17 joined UC President Neville Pinto, the Honorable Marilyn Zayas (’97), and keynote speaker Rob Richardson (’05) to receive their degrees at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center.

Nominations for the UC College of Law Distinguished Alumni Awards can be submitted year-round using the college’s online form.

Pictures from the event are now available to view in our Facebook album.

Learn more about this year’s honorees…

James B. Helmer, Jr., Law ’75
A successful trial lawyer, author, philanthropist and president of Cincinnati law firm Helmer, Martins, Rice & Popham Co., LPA, Jim Helmer’s courtroom work has been recognized every year since 1987 in Best Lawyers in America and as an Ohio Super Lawyer for all years of its publication, and the National Law Journal ranks him as one of Ohio’s top 10 civil litigators. Helmer is noted for rediscovering Abraham Lincoln’s False Claims Act of 1863. He convinced Congress and President Reagan to modernize this dormant law in 1986 and Congress and President Obama to update it in 2009. As a result, $50 billion of stolen taxpayer money has been recovered and returned to the Treasury. A 25-year member of the College of Law Board of Visitors, Helmer has endowed the college’s top annual student prize for nearly 30 years and funded 50-plus scholarships and a chaired professorship.

Gary P. Kreider, Bus ’60, A&S ’61, Law ’64
Gary Kreider is chairman of the board of LSI Industries and trustee of various trusts, following a lengthy career as a partner with Keating Muething & Klekamp where he specialized in securities regulation compliance, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate law. Having served as an arbitrator for the National Association of Securities Dealers, he is often called as an expert witness on corporate and securities cases. For more than 35 years, Kreider has been an esteemed lecturer at many legal education conferences on securities law, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate law issues, and is the author of a range of published works in the field. He has received many honors and high ratings over his decades of practice, including being listed in The Best Lawyers in America for the past three decades. He also taught in the UC College of Law as an adjunct professor of law in securities regulations, and is a past chairman of the Ohio State Bar Association Corporation Law Committee.

Hon. Beth A. Myers, Law ’82
Judge Beth A. Myers was elected to the First District Court of Appeals in November 2016. Prior to that, for 13 years she was a judge on the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas. In addition to her other duties on the Common Pleas Court, she handled more than 2,000 cases as a Commercial Docket Judge. The recipient of many awards through the years, Judge Myers served as president of the Cincinnati Bar Association in 2005-06 beyond her broader service on the Board of Trustees, Executive Committee and Nominating Committee. Active in the community and with the university that has been so central in the lives of her family, the lifelong Hamilton County resident is currently a member of the Board of Visitors of the University of Cincinnati College of Law, with previous service on the boards of the University of Cincinnati Foundation, UCATS, and the University of Cincinnati Alumni Association.



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