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The 2012-2013 Fitzgerald EIR
Earle Jay Maiman ’70 served as the 2012-2013 Fitzgerald Executive-in-Residence at the McDonough Center. His project, entitled “From Complaint to Verdict: A ‘Learning By Doing’ Experience in Trial Advocacy,” allowed students to participate on a “mock” case throughout the 2012-2013 academic year. The students, under Mr. Maiman’s mentorship, tried that case to a jury in April 2013.
Mr. Maiman was the second Fitzgerald EIR. The program was renamed in 2011 for Barbara ’73 and Paul Fitzgerald. The Fitzgeralds donated $100,000 to endow McDonough’s EIR program in 2010.
He spent his entire career either practicing, or teaching, the art of advocacy. After receiving an M.A. in Rhetoric and Public Address from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1973, Maiman coached intercollegiate debate and taught argument for four years at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Maiman then earned a law degree from the University of Cincinnati and, in 1979, began as a law clerk at a downtown Cincinnati firm. He continued to work with that same firm – now called Thompson Hine, LLP – until he retired at the end of 2010.
During the 30 years he was with Thompson Hine, Maiman’s practice was exclusively as a trial lawyer. He primarily tried business disputes, but also handled product liability and personal injury cases, as well as a variety of other types of disputes. For 15 years, Maiman was the head of litigation for Thompson Hine's Cincinnati office and was Vice-Chair of the firm-wide Business Litigation Practice Group. He lectured frequently on techniques of trial practice and was Chair of the Steering Committee for the annual National Institute of Trial Advocacy training program conducted at the University of Cincinnati.
He has been listed among the “100 Best” lawyers in Ohio and “50 Best” lawyers in Cincinnati. Maiman is the first Program Director for the Cincinnati Bar Association Arbitration Service and is also a member of the Board of Trustees for The Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati. He is a member of the Civil Service Commission of Madeira, Ohio, as well as a board member of Madeira's Historical Society.