• Mon. Feb 6th, 2023

By Cedric Ricks

University of Cincinnati


The University of Cincinnati College of Law celebrated its 189th Hooding Ceremony on May 20 in Fifth Third Arena. Verna L. Williams, dean and Nippert Professor of Law, lead the ceremony, where 146 degrees were awarded — a number that includes 128 juris doctor degrees and 18 LLM (master’s) degrees. This year’s ceremony was the first held fully in-person since 2019.

UC Law Professor Emily Houh hooded Danielle Renise Hutchinson.

Andrew Savage, vice president and deputy general counsel of digital media at Adobe Inc., delivered the keynote address. Savage, a 1988 alum of the UC College of Law, has been a legal executive in Silicon Valley for more than 16 years. Savage currently leads a team that has global legal responsibility for Adobe Digital Media (Creative Cloud, Document Cloud, Stock, Behance), Sensei, AI/ML, Adobe IO and partner ecosystems, Adobe Research and Adobe Design.

UC Law student Janelle Thompson, middle, posed with her family after the Hooding ceremony.

Founded in 1833, the University of Cincinnati College of Law has the distinction of being the first law school west of the Alleghenies. Originating from humble beginnings 175 years ago in a room above Timothy Walker’s law offices to its home today, Cincinnati Law has been on the leading edge of legal education. Thousands of lawyers have graduated from the law school and about one-third practice in the Greater Cincinnati community, working in all areas of the law.

Dean Verna Williams of the UC College of Law addresses law students and supporters at the May 20 ceremony.