Marianna Brown Bettman is Distinguished Teaching Professor and Professor of Practice Emerita at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. She began teaching at the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1999, and retired in mid-January 2016. She taught Torts, Legal Ethics, and a seminar on the Supreme Court of Ohio. Bettman was also the Director of the Judicial Externship Program and the Judge-in-Residence Program. From 1993-1999, Bettman was a judge on the Ohio First District Court of Appeals, the first woman ever elected to that position. Before assuming the bench, Bettman was in private practice.
Bettman also serves as a consultant to lawyers statewide on appellate issues. She writes a monthly newspaper column for the American Israelite, and is a frequent lecturer to community and civic groups about law and the courts, making it a personal hallmark to make the law understandable to the public.
Bettman has won a number of awards, including the university-wide Dolly Cohen Award for excellence in teaching at the University of Cincinnati, the Nettie Cronise Luttes award from the Ohio State Bar Association, the Cincinnati NAACP Fair and Courageous Award, and the Goldman Prize for Excellence in Teaching at the UC College of Law, three times.