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University of Cincinnati’s College of Law Appoints First Ever Black Female Dean

Cassandra B. Jeter-Bailey is making history as the first African American and also the first woman to ever be appointed as the assistant dean for the Admission & Financial Aid Department at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Jeter-Bailey pursued a career in law after being inspired while participating in the Summer Work Experience in Law, a pipeline program created by the Cincinnati Bar Association to help increase the representation of minorities in law school.

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After graduating from Capital University Law School, she held different positions in the school’s Admission & Financial Aid Department for almost 15 years. Now, she will be advocating for UC’s College while attending to recruitment, admissions, enrollment, and financial aid.

“I am fulfilled by the opportunity to shape the next generation of exceptional lawyers at Cincinnati Law — a first-rate public law school elevated by a leading urban public research university,” Jeter-Bailey told The News Record about her new appointment.

She will be replacing the previous dean who served for 33 years. She hopes to continue developing strong connections to attract highly qualified and diverse students for the College of Law.

Moreover, Jeter-Bailey knew and experienced herself the struggles of being an African American as well as being a woman in the field of law.

“I hope that through my appointment, others can see a reflection of themselves and find inspiration to chase their dreams and become a leader in their desired field,” she said.

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