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Bryan H. Ward

Professor of Law
Tilton Hall #175
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Bryan H. Ward joined the ONU Law faculty in 1999 after five years in the general practice of law with a focus on bankruptcy and commercial litigation in Troy, Ohio, and the greater Dayton, Ohio, area. He received his JD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his Ph.D. in political science from Ohio State University, where he was a graduate instructor for 11 quarters. Ward teaches in the areas of criminal law and criminal procedure. He writes in the areas of criminal sentencing and criminal procedure. Ward also frequently gives continuing legal education presentations in the areas of legal ethics and professionalism as well as legal issues affecting churches. He was member of the 2008 Fellows Class of the Ohio State Bar Foundation and served for two terms on the Ohio Supreme Court Commission on the Certification of Attorneys as Specialists. He currently serves on the Ohio Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism.

Ward received the 2007 Fowler V. Harper Award for Excellence in Legal Scholarship and the 2007 Faculty Appreciation Award, presented by the Student Bar Association.

Ph.D., Ohio State University
J.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.A., Ohio Northern University
Bar Admissions: 
  • Ohio
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Dist. Court, No. District of Ohio
  • U.S. Dist. Court, So. District of Ohio
Teaching Interests: 
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Sentencing and Habeas Corpus
Faculty Activities

"A Plea Best Not Taken: Why Criminal Defendants Should Avoid the Alford Plea," 68 Missouri Law Review 913 (2003)

"Sentencing Without Remorse," 38 Loyola University Chicago Law Journal 131 (2006)

"Is Modern Crime Too Complex for the Modern Jury?" Forum on Public Policy Online, Fall 2006 edition