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  • ALLRISEFall 2011

    Why I Want to go to Law School Moritz Welcomes New Faculty 2011 Reunion Weekend

    The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

    The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

    Former Mayor, Governor, Senator Voinovich61 Reflects

  • Orientation Reception

    Associate Dean Donald Tobin talks

    with 2L Lauren Huddleston, orientation

    chair, and Professor Todd Starker 07,

    at a reception held at the Franklin

    Park Conservatory during orientation.

  • Nancys Message

    detailed in the pages of this issue of All Rise, this is a time of new beginnings at Moritz.

    The Moritz alumni at Dinsmore & Shohl stepped forward to give a new design and look

    to what is surely the area most in need in our building: the student locker area. Each

    and every Moritz alumni at the firm made a contribution to fund this

    project, which will be completed in August 2012. The Dinsmore &

    Shohl Student Commons will be the fantastic space that our students


    In August, we welcomed a new class of eager and excited students. I

    invite you to get to know a dozen of them on pages 26-36. As you read

    their stories, I think you will come to learn what I already know: They

    are amazing. While we have selected 12 for you to meet, I promise that

    you will be proud to welcome all 212 members of the first-year class

    to the Moritz community. They are an exceptional group of students,

    and I encourage you to come back to Drinko Hall as a mentor, a

    volunteer, a speaker, or recruiter and meet them.

    This year we also welcome seven new faculty members to Moritz. They

    each bring a new and exciting perspective to Moritz. You can meet each

    of them on pages 20-25. For example, Steven Davidoff, who writes weekly for The New York Times as the Deal Professor, adds to our already dynamic offerings in business law. In the past several years, we have raised funds for a new Entrepreneurial Business Law

    Clinic, which will begin in January; founded the Moritz Corporate Fellowship Program,

    which now includes 14 corporations; offered dozens of Distinguished Practitioners in

    Residence courses; created our capstone professional problem-solving courses; and held

    multiple symposiums and printed dozens of high-quality articles on leading-edge business

    topics in the Ohio State Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal. The business world is changing, and, at Moritz, we are preparing future counselors to help navigate this new environment.

    Finally, we catch up with former Senator George Voinovich 61 as he starts a new chapter in his life. His insights on politics and life after serving as mayor, governor, and senator

    are fascinating and thoughtful. We also reconnect with Kelley Griesmer 93, as she takes

    on the challenge of managing Pelotonia; Allen Bohnert 06, who recently took a new approach to death penalty jurisprudence and won; and Douglas Mancino 74, who is

    busy helping health care organizations prepare for the implementation of the Patient

    Protection and Affordable Care Act. As dean, reconnecting with alumni is one of the

    best parts of the job. I encourage all of you to share your new beginnings with the Moritz

    community and help our students start their new beginnings.

    Alan C. MichaelsDean and Edwin M. Cooperman Professor of Law

    From the Deans Desk

    As you will see

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  • ALLRISEFall 2011M a g a z i n e

    The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law


    Career Paths

    Kelley griesmer 93 takes on cancer as COO of Pelotonia

    Alumni Focus

    Allen Bohnert 06 wins key death penalty stay

    Alumni Focus

    Douglas Mancino 74 helps health care organizations prepare for Affordable Care Act

    Alumni at Dinsmore & Shohl Fund Renovations of Student Locker AreaAfter more than 50 graduating classes, the student locker area on the first floor of Drinko Hall is getting a much needed makeover, courtesy of the Moritz alumni at Dinsmore & Shohl.

    Moritz Welcomes Seven New Faculty MembersThe Ohio State University Moritz College of Law welcomed seven new faculty members - with expertise in mergers and acquisitions, environmental law, intellectual property, childrens rights, and legal writing - to the faculty this fall.

    Why I Want to go to Law School Meet 12 members of the Class of 2014 and learn what drove three of them to law school through their official law school personal statements.

    Former Mayor, Governor, Senator Voinovich 61 ReflectsHe has served as a state representative, mayor, governor and United States Senator - learn about the amazing career of george voinovich 61 and his take on politics today.

    In Brief

    Authors Corner

    Notable Quotables

    Alumni News

    All-Class Reunion Weekend & Awards Ceremony

    New York & New Jersey Alumni Event

    Cleveland Alumni Event





















    Corporate Fellowship Program Continues to Grow

    The Moritz Corporate Fellowship Program, an innovative initiative launched in January 2011 that places new Moritz graduates in the general counsel offices of leading corporations, continues to add companies to its list of participants. This year, Abercrombie & Fitch, American Electric Power, Angies List, Broadstreet Capital Partners, Inc., Cardinal Health, DSW, Inc., Express, Fifth Third Bancorp, Good Year Tire & Rubber Co., The Kroger Co., Nationwide, the National Retail Federation, Procter & Gamble Co., and The Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. hired recent Moritz grads. The fellowships follow the judicial clerkship model and match graduates to the specific needs of each corporate partner.

    Davidoff One of 100 Most Influential People in Boardroom

    Professor Steven M. Davidoff was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the Boardroom by the National Association of Corporate Directors, based in Washington, D.C. Each year, the association identifies influential people among board directors and officers, corporate governance experts, journalists, regulators, academics, and counselors. The program strives to offer a balance between those who do actual board work and those who influence how that work is done.

    Swire Testifies Before Congress

    Professor Peter Swire testified before the U.S. Senate Banking Committee on Aug. 2. Swire, the C. William ONeill Professor in Law and Judicial Administration at Moritz, served as a special assistant to President Obama for economic policy from 2009-10. Swires testimony focused on consumer protection and mortgage servicing. He testified again in September.

    Member of the Obama Administration Visits Moritz

    John Trasvia, assistant secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, was the featured guest at a September luncheon sponsored by the Program on Law and Leadership and the Latino Law Students Association. Before joining the Obama Administration, Trasvia served as president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF); and worked for U.S. Sen. Paul Simon as general counsel and staff director for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution. He also spoke with students enrolled in Professor Katrina Lees legal analysis and writing course.


    First-Year Legal Writing Courses Evolve

    When first-year students received their course schedule in August, there was something new on it: LAW I and LAW II. The courses an acronym for Legal Analysis and Writing are both two-credit-

    hour courses that replace Legal Research (a one-credit-hour course formerly taught in the autumn semester) and Legal Writing (a two-credit-hour course formerly taught in the spring semester). LAW I, taught in the autumn semester, introduces students to legal institutions and processes;

    methods of legal analysis;

    research sources and strategies;

    professionalism issues; and

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