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Ohio Workplace Fairness Fund Honors Retiring Lou Jacobs

Lou has successfully combined an amazingly active pro bono and private practice in employment law and civil rights litigation with his duties as a full-time faculty member since arriving at Moritz College of Law in 1984. A prolific and disciplined scholar, he has authored or co-authored seven books and 11 articles, which have appeared in a variety of law reviews and professional journals. A faculty leader, he was a driving force in the creation of the College's Loan Repayment Assistance Program, and he has successfully chaired the critical Appointments and Academic Affairs Committees. Always recognized for his integrity, he presided over the College's Honor Council for four years and, in other years, served as advisor to both the defense and prosecution. In 2002, Lou was a co-recipient of the Ohio State Bar Association's inaugural Legal Education Committee Award based on his contributions to Ohio Law and the Ohio Bar.

Professor Jacobs
Always a champion of equality and justice, Professor Louis Jacobs in 1980s

For nearly a decade, Lou has co-chaired the Amicus Committee of the Ohio Employment Lawyers Association. He has authored and worked with others on a wide range of amicus briefs filed primarily in the Supreme Court of Ohio on behalf of the Ohio Employment Lawyers Association and other pro-employee interest groups. He filed a friend of the court brief for the ACLU on the first public policy wrongful discharge case in Ohio. Although that effort failed, Lou served as second chair in the next case, which established that tort in Ohio. In 1999, the ACLU honored Lou for his pro bono advocacy.

Lou is consistently listed in Best Lawyers in America and has been recognized in Business First's "Who's Who in Law." Jurists and practitioners routinely fill his continuing legal education and other seminars offered throughout the United States.

Upon Lou's official retirement on June 30, he will be relocating to the Palm Springs, California area. He will continue to write supplements for his three current books on employment law. In addition, he will consult with a law firm formed by two former students, John Marshall '83 and Josh Morrow '98. Lou, who hopes to be accorded Faculty Emeritus status upon retirement, can continue to be reached at his current OSU email address,

For more information about the February 28 Ohio Workplace Fairness Fund Lou Jacobs Roast, contact Kate Schulte '82 at (614) 222-4735 or