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Case School Of Law professor receives Ohio State Bar Association Award

Paul C. Giannelli, the Albert J. Weatherhead III and Richard W. Weatherhead Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, has been named recipient of the 2005 Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) Legal Education Committee Award. The award is given to the law professor who has contributed most to Ohio law and the Ohio bar.

Giannelli will receive his award Wednesday, May 11 at the association’s general assembly in Columbus.

Giannelli lectures and writes extensively on a variety of legal topics including evidence, juvenile law and criminal issues. For 20 years, he authored articles for Public Defender Reporter, a quarterly publication of the Cuyahoga County Public Defenders Office. He has served as special counsel to the Joint Select Evidence Committee of the Ohio General Assembly, as a member of the Ohio Supreme Court Rules Advisory Committee, and as Counsel for the Rules of Evidence to the Ohio Supreme Court Rules Advisory Committee.

In addition, he has authored two working papers for the Joint Select Evidence Committee on the authority of the Supreme Court of Ohio to prescribe rules of evidence. He has also prepared a report for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections on the due process rights of prisoners.

“In his 30 years on our faculty, Professor Giannelli has always exemplified the highest standards of teaching and legal scholarship,” said Gerald Korngold, dean and McCurdy Professor of Law. “We are delighted that the Ohio State Bar Association is recognizing his accomplishments with this prestigious award.”

In the early 2000s Giannelli’s expertise on scientific evidence was highlighted during the Sam Sheppard case. He authored a law review article for the Sam Shepard case symposium in the Cleveland State University Law Review, lectured for symposiums and continuing legal education courses, and was interviewed extensively on television and radio. Similarly, he was frequently quoted in the media during the O.J. Simpson trial and authored a New York Times op-ed essay on the use of evidence in that trial.

Giannelli has authored and co-authored a number of legal publications including Baldwin’s Ohio Practice, Criminal Law, Ohio Criminal Justice, Ohio Evidence Manual and Ohio Juvenile Law. “Professor Giannelli is recognized for his expertise by the judiciary, his peers and the public,” said Candace Hatton of the legal publishing firm Thompson West in nominating Giannelli. “He continually demonstrates his dedication to the legal community of Ohio and maintains a high level of interaction with the practicing bar.”

In 2004 iannelli was inducted into the Society of Benchers, an honorary alumni association at the Case Western School of Law, comprised of distinguished alumni, faculty and non-alumni members. His work has been cited in hundreds of court opinions, including decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Giannelli has been on the Case School of Law faculty since 1975. He received his J.D. and LL.M. degree from the University of Virginia, M.S. in forensic science from George Washington University, and B.A. from Providence College. He was also a fellow in the forensic medicine program of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, D.C. He is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, Supreme Court of Ohio, Virginia Court of Appeals, and United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and American Association for the Advancement of Science, and is a fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.


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