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Professorship Created to Honor John C. Elam of Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease

John Elam at podium
A natural leader, John Elam was comfortable at any podium

During his 51-year career, John C. Elam established a reputation for successful litigation or settlement of high-profile cases. He represented baseball commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti in a suit brought by Cincinnati Reds legend Pete Rose, and negotiated a settlement between fired Ohio State football coach Earl Bruce and the University. John Elam served as lead counsel for the Ohio Deposit Guaranty Fund in the Home State Savings scandal. He also represented Bob Guccione of Penthouse magazine in a libel suit against Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flint.

Like John C. Elam, Professor Davies is at home in the courtroom. Following graduation from law school, she spent three years in private practice and then worked as an Assistant U. S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York where she specialized in public corruption cases.

In addition to advocacy skill, Professor Davies also shares John Elam's legal creativity. Professor Davies' book, Medicare and Medicaid Fraud and Abuse, co-authored with leading health law expert Professor Timothy Jost, is in its third edition and is considered to be the leading reference on the subject. Her writings in criminal justice and criminal procedure have brought fresh insight into widely-debated subjects, including an article on the "Jurisprudence of Willfulness," which is generally recognized as the first to identify a significant move among federal courts restricting application of federal criminal statutes.

John Elam
Serving on the Columbus Zoo Board of Trustees with help from a furry friend

Like John C. Elam, Professor Davies is committed to service within the profession. In 2000, she chaired the Columbus Bar Association's Task Force on Racial Profiling, earning high marks for professionalism and leadership. She follows in the tradition of Mr. Elam who, in addition to serving as President of both the Columbus Bar Association and the American College of Trial Lawyers, served on the board of the American Judicature Society and as a permanent delegate to the Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference.

Professor Davies holds a J.D. degree from Columbia University. She was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar at Columbia and a Notes and Comments Editor of the Columbia Law Review. She joined Ohio State in 1995 and teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, and evidence.

Although John C. Elam graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, the professorship that carries his name and the professor who holds it represent the best of Ohio State's proud tradition of "paying forward." Subsequent issues of This Month @ Moritz will detail the remaining designated professorships.