Carl Smallwood '80 Honored for University Advocacy
Carl Smallwood has distinguished himself for leadership in advancing diversity in the Columbus legal community. As President of the 4,800-member Columbus Bar Association, he led the Managing Partners' Diversity Initiative, a commitment by 22 local law firms to make a concerted effort to recruit, hire, retain, and promote minority lawyers. In its first year alone, the initiative resulted in a five percent increase in minority hires. This compares favorably with a similar initiative in San Francisco that increased minority hiring by seven and a half percent after ten years in operation.
Moritz College of Law is a primary resource for the Columbus legal market, and this initiative has a profound impact not only on the employment of minority graduates, but also on their confidence that the Columbus legal community welcomes their inclusion in the profession. Carl has worked with a number of Moritz alumni who are managing partners in Columbus firms to insure the success of this program.
Carl regularly assists the College in a variety of ways. He participates in Scholarship Weekend, which showcases the college to top prospects and their families. As past president of the Moritz Law Alumni Society, Carl encouraged other alumni to participate more actively with the college and its students. He is a long-term member of the College's National Alumni Council that meets bi-annually to provide advice and counsel to Dean Rogers. He was one of three alumni chosen to speak to the College faculty on the eve of their groundbreaking long-range planning retreat. In addition, Carl has taught trial practice as a Moritz adjunct professor.
In addition, Carl has advanced the College's fund-raising goals. Most recently, he co-chaired a solicitation effort at his firm, Voys, Sater, Seymour and Pease that raised $187,000 to establish a designated professorship in honor of John C. Elam, the firm's former managing partner. Designated professorships provide recognition and enhance financial support, which help retain promising mid-level scholars, many of whom are routinely approached by other law schools. Carl and his co-chair's efforts were so successful that funds raised in excess of the goal were contributed to the College's loan forgiveness program for Moritz graduates.
In 2001, Ohio Lawyers Weekly named Carl a "Lawyer of the Year." In 1999, Carl was one of two hundred lawyers nationwide invited to answer a Presidential Call to Action on a diversity agenda for the legal profession. He currently serves in the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association, and on the Executive Committee of the Metropolitan Bar Caucus. He is a member of the Ohio (Council of Delegates, District VII) State Bar Association and the Defense Research Institute.
Carl will be among 14 OSU alumni honored at the Alumni Association Awards Banquet. Other Moritz alumni being honored are Brad A. Myers for volunteer service to students, the Honorable Thomas J. Moyer for career achievement, and Brian Burns and RonNell Jones for early career achievement. For more information about the OSU Alumni Association Awards Banquet, contact Jennifer Nash, or call 614-292-6881.