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Albert A. Baillis

Professor of Law Emeritus

Albert A. Baillis, age 94, died on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 10:58 PM at his residence in Ada. He was a native of Cleveland, OH. 


He fought with distinction in Italy, France, and Germany during World War II. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1948 from Case Western Reserve University and his law degree from that university in 1950. He graduated from Case Western Reserve Law School in the top ten percent of his class and was inducted in the Order of the Coif.


After admission to the Ohio bar in 1950, Professor Baillis worked for the Bureau of Code Revision in Columbus until 1952. Thereafter he engaged in the private practice of law in Cleveland prior to joining the legal department of the New York Central Railroad in 1954. In 1956, Professor Baillis joined the law faculty of Youngstown University where he began his 35 year career as a law professor.


In 1957, Professor Baillis joined the law faculty at Ohio Northern where he rapidly advanced to Professor of Law in 1962. During this period, he spent three summers as a graduate student at New York University which awarded him a Master of Laws degree in 1962.


Through his 35 year career as law professor, Professor Baillis was an outstanding classroom teacher who combined a sincere, friendly, disposition with an ability to critically and objectively analyze evolving legal principles. His devotion to the Cleveland sports teams is legendary and has endeared him to generations of students as has his use in the classroom of mythical characters such as "Rodney" and "Rowena." During his career at Ohio Northern, other law schools sought to lure Professor Baillis away, but he remained loyal to Ohio Northern and to the Ada community.

Baillis served as part-time County Court Judge from 1975 to 1979, during which time he received two awards from the Supreme Court of Ohio recognizing his excellence in judicial office. He served as President of the League of Ohio Law Schools, President of the Ada Kiwanis Club and Editor of the Real Property Section Newsletter of the Ohio State Bar Association. He served on numerous university and law school committees - chairing the important law school Promition-Retention Committee for several years. He received the University's Faculty Award in 1982, and was named as the first holder of the Fisher Chair in 1984.


Professor Baillis also served the university as Acting Dean of the College of Law from 1975 to 1977, following a period of turmoil in the law school caused by the death of a faculty member and the resignation of the dean. Professor Baillis restored calm to the situation and, under his leadership, the faculty of the College of Law addressed the challenges presented by a growing student body and an expanding faculty.


Upon his retirement, Professor Baillis was named Professor Emeritus in 1993. 

LL.M, New York University
J.D., Case Western Reserve
A.B., Case Western Reserve