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Edward "Ned" Foley Named to Robert M. Duncan/Jones Day Professorship

Moritz law alumni at Jones Day created the designated professorship named in honor of retired Jones Day partner and Moritz alumnus, the Hon. Robert M. Duncan '52. Judge Duncan first served in the Franklin County Municipal Court. In 1969, he was elected to the Ohio Supreme Court where he served until his appointment as Judge and eventually Chief Judge of the United States Court of Military Appeals.

Robert M. Duncan
Distinguished Jurist in Residence Robert M. Duncan

He was then appointed to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. It was in this position that Judge Duncan wrote the landmark order ending segregation in the Columbus Public Schools. His fairness, leadership and accessibility to community groups helped ensure a smooth desegregation process.

He resigned from the judiciary in 1985 and became a partner with Jones Day. Today, he serves as the Moritz College's Distinguished Jurist in Residence and on the Board of Trustees of The Ohio State University.

Designated professorships provide recognition and enhanced financial support, which help the College retain promising mid-level scholars, many of whom are routinely approached by other law schools. Such scholars enhance the learning environment for students and contribute to the College's growing academic reputation among jurists and scholars nationwide.

Appropriately, Ned Foley, who specializes in constitutional law, education law, and election law is the first to hold the Robert M. Duncan/Jones Day Designated Professorship. Like Judge Duncan, he shares a commitment to public service.

Professor Foley recently returned to the University after a two-year leave of absence, during which he served as Ohio's State Solicitor. The State Solicitor, housed in the Ohio Attorney General's Office, is responsible for supervising the State's appellate litigation and major constitutional cases. Professor Foley served as lead attorney for the State on a wide variety of cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and the Ohio Supreme Court.

Also like Judge Duncan, Professor Foley is no stranger to the highest courts in the land. Following graduation from Columbia University School of Law in 1986, Ned served as a law clerk to Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Patricia M. Wald of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. At Columbia, Ned was an award-winning student and served as Writing and Research Editor for the Columbia Law Review. He earned a bachelor of arts in history, magna cum laude, from Yale University in 1983.

While Judge Duncan shares his experience with Moritz students as Distinguished Jurist in Residence, Professor Foley puts his litigation experience to use in the classroom. Ned has designed a new seminar on "Winning Cases," to train students to assess and apply various approaches attorneys use to maximize their chances for success in the courtroom. He has also increased his emphasis on advocacy skills in traditional substantive courses.

Although years and career paths separate them, Judge Duncan and Professor Foley bring a wealth of experience, a basic human decency, and a commitment to service into the classroom – qualities that inspire students and reaffirm for alumni the essence of Ohio State.

As Ford Huffman, partner-in-charge of Jones Day's Columbus office says, "The Moritz College of Law alumni at Jones Day are pleased to be able to provide specific support for the College while honoring our friend and partner, Bob Duncan. Bob's commitment to the profession and to the College sets a high standard for each of us, and the creation of this designated professorship is an appropriate collective effort to live up to Bob's example. We are also pleased that Ned Foley, with his keen intellect and history of public service, is the first to hold the position, and hope that he will be able to pass on to his students the shared values reflected in the naming of this honor."