John Jay Adams
Adams served as the College’s fourth permanent dean (1909-1926), taking the helm just as the new college settled into its rst permanent home in Page Hall. Under Adams’s leadership, Ohio State was one of the rst law schools in the country to add elective courses to the curriculum after the rst year. This novel idea becomes part of Ohio State Law’s brand identity. In fact, a 1957 ABA report proclaims: “No other law school in the country offers a superior bank of electives."
John W. Bricker ’20
Bricker served as Ohio attorney general, Ohio’s 54th governor, and a two-term U.S senator. As governor, he attained national fame for transforming a $40 million de cit to a $75 million surplus in six years, while increasing budgets for education and wel- fare. He was also the Republican nominee for vice president in 1944. After his career in politics, he co-founded the Bricker & Eckler law rm in Columbus. He also served as president of The Ohio State University Board of Trustees.
Yvette McGee Brown ’85
Brown is a woman of action and of firsts. Today, she is a litigation partner at Jones Day, where she is the firmwide partner-in-charge of diversity, inclusion, and advancement. Previously, she served as the 153rd justice on the Supreme Court of Ohio—the first African-American woman on that court—and she served as a judge on the Franklin County Common Pleas Court for nearly a decade. She created the Family Drug Court and SMART Program, a truancy and educational neglect intervention program. She’s also had a notable career in corporate boardrooms.
Peter H. Clark-1885
Known as Ohio’s “most effective black abolitionist” and an associate of Frederick Douglas, Clark served as founder and principal of Cincinnati’s first public high school for black students. He was the first African-American to serve on The Ohio State University Board of Trustees, serving from 1884-87 (80 years would pass before the second African-American would serve on the university’s governing board). In 1885, Clark introduced the resolution to start the teaching of law at the university. http://uudb.org/articles/peterclark.html
The Americans with Disabilities Act: A Windfall for Defendants
34 Harv. C.R.-C.L. L. Rev. 99 (1999) by Ruth Colker. The first of several key pieces on the ADA, Colker’s exemplar work in the field led to major changes in the legislation and corresponding regulations. This article remains among the most cited works of scholarship by an Ohio State law professor. She also created a unique experiential learning course in the area.
Continuing Legal Education
Ohio State Law was a founder of the idea of continuing legal education for practicing lawyers. The college developed key relationships with the bar after World War II and throughout the following decade. By the early 1960s, thousands of lawyers had received training and the program was described as “novel, with no rival in the state or nationally.”
Hon. William Drennan - 1938
As a prominent judge on the U.S. Tax Court for more than 30 years, Drennan helped shape the country’s federal income tax system. During his tenure as Chief Judge, the Court became an Article I court under the U.S. Constitution, and the Court's jurisdiction was significantly expanded. He also built a new courthouse for the Tax Court.
Grace Fern Heck Faust ’30 -1930
Heck Faust built a public career for herself when few women worked outside the home. She was the first female elected prosecutor in Ohio in 1932, was elected municipal judge in 1954, and started her own practice. Her Buckeye roots ran deep and she won numerous university and college awards for her service, including becoming the first woman to receive OSU’s highest honor, the distinguished Alumna Award (1990). Several endowment funds are named for her at the university, including the Heck-Faust Memorial Chair in Constitutional Law.
Supreme Court Restrictions on Police Interrogation, 25 OHIO ST. L.J. 449 (1964)
Written at a turbulent time in criminal procedure jurisprudence, Professor Larry Herman’s work on self-incrimination and police interrogation were particularly influential, and were cited Miranda v. Arizona in 1965. “For years, the police have insisted that productive interrogation can take place only in private and that an interrogee will not confess if he is aware of the presence of third persons. In practice, privacy has become secrecy, and the details of the interrogation are almost always in doubt,” Herman wrote, arguing for change in 1964.
William F. Hunter, 1893
The son of a lawyer and Congressman, Hunter was a Civil War veteran and the college’s first full-time dean. His dedication was legendary and he cemented a lasting relationship between the law program and the university. Under his leadership, the law program became the College of Law with increased enrollment and heightened academic standards.
Joan Krauskopf ’58
As a student, Krauskopf founded the Buckeye Barrister newspaper, the predecessor to all of the College’s publications, and was the first woman to serve as editor-in-chief of the Ohio State Law Journal. After graduation, she worked tirelessly in Colorado and Missouri, advocating for the Equal Rights Amendment. She taught law classes part-time at Ohio State and the University of Missouri, and published dozens of articles about issues in torts, domestic relations, and elder law. Eventually she became one of the first women in the country to be offered a full-time, tenured track law faculty position. She joined the Ohio State law faculty in 1987.
Clarence D. Laylin, 1906
After graduating law school, Laylin (1882-1970) worked in the Ohio Attorney General’s office at a critical time in the development of state law. He argued three cases before the Supreme Court of the United States, including one of the first involving the censorship of motion pictures, and many more before the Supreme Court of Ohio. He became the sixth member of the College’s faculty when he joined it in 1915. Laylin was awarded an honorary doctorate from the university in 1963.
Leadership education for lawyers, 2006
Lawyers are often called upon as leaders, but few receive formal training in the field. In 2006, Professor Garry Jenkins created a novel new course, Lawyers as Leaders. Since then other law schools, including Stanford, Columbia, and others have followed Ohio State’s lead. The following year, Jenkins and Professor Donald Tobin co-founded the Program on Law and Leadership, a groundbreaking initiative.
Legislation Course In the First Year
Moritz introduced Legislation as a required rst-year course in 1995, becoming one of the rst law schools in the country to do so. The change arose from widespread faculty sentiment that lawyers devote substantial effort to understanding, applying, interpreting, litigating, and counseling about statutes, regulations, and agency judg- ments. In the subsequent decades, more than 20 of the top 100 law schools, including Harvard, NYU, and Michigan, have followed Moritz’s lead.
William McCulloch, 1925
For more than 35 years, McCulloch represented Ohio’s 4th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. The conservative, white Republican had an unwavering passion for equality and justice, which led him to play a pivotal role in the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Upon news of his retirement in 1971, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the former First Lady, wrote to McCulloch that “I know that you, more than anyone, were responsible for the civil rights legislation of the 1960s.” http://moritzlaw.osu.edu/all-rise/2015/05/an-unsung-hero-whose-time-has-come/
Erin Moriarty ’77
The nine-time Emmy-winning television reporter has used her legal background to expose corruption, challenge convictions, and explore unsolved crimes. Her tenacious storytelling style brings tough questions about DNA testing, physical evidence, and confessions into American living rooms. Her ability to stick with a story long after a conviction and the media spotlight has faded has kept scrutiny on several questionable cases and makes her a much needed voice in today’s sensational media world. As a correspondent for CBS’ “48 Hours,” Moriarty sticks with true investigation and journalism techniques, brings rigor and tenacity to her reporting.
Henry C. Noble-1891
An apprentice-trained lawyer, Noble (1826-1890) was well-known for the dedication and integrity he brought to his robust law practice in Columbus. His gift to the new Ohio State law program in 1891 started the law library.
Donald C. Power ’26
Power was president (1950-1961) and then chairman and CEO (1961-1970) of General Telephone and Electronics (GTE) Corporation. Power was “the rst major architect” of the company guiding it through multiple major acquisitions, greatly expanding GTE’s reach, research, and development to become one of the largest companies in America. Today, GTE’s successor is Verizon.
William K. Thoams ’35
As a law student, Thomas helped found the Student Bar Association, serving as its first president, and the Ohio State Law Journal. He served for more than 40 years as a state and federal judge. His legacy perhaps is best found in the diligent pre-trial proceedings he conducted. Long before the advent of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 16, Thomas developed pretrial procedures that became a national model. His approach was put to the test when the civil lawsuit stemming from the Kent State shootings landed in his courtroom. Thomas was able to oversee a joint settlement that avoided what was sure to be years of trials and appeals in the case.
Charles W. Voorhees of Coshocton wanted to be a lawyer, but did not want to do a traditional apprenticeship. He founded the Law Student Club in Columbus, which grew to 30 students and hired an attorney to teach Real Estate Law, the area’s first alternative to an apprenticeship. A year later, classes officially begin at Ohio State law, with many from the original Law Students Club making up the first class. Voorhees later founded the firm Voorhees, Gilliam & Voorhees with cousin Campbell and worked for the City of Columbus law department.