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"Trial by Jury" and Professor Whaley Prepare for Grand Finale

Douglas Whaley

"Trial by Jury" is the natural outgrowth of Professor Whaley's theory that learning should be enjoyable, at least in part. His books use intriguing problems to provide the basis for learning. He is willing to sing in commercial law class to liven up the year-long course. Outside of class, he stages the College's annual faculty-student trivia contests in addition to the Gilbert and Sullivan productions – all on legal topics, of course.

Professor Whaley is also a gifted teacher. He has won eight awards from three universities for outstanding teaching. Students at Moritz have voted him Outstanding Professor a record four times and he is a recipient of the University's most prestigious teaching award. In 2000, he was honored with the Procter & Gamble Faculty Excellence Award.

Professor Whaley's scholarship is concentrated in the areas of contracts, consumer law, commercial paper, sales, secured transactions, and debtor-creditor law. He is a prolific researcher and writer and has authored or co-authored a stunning number of books -- nine. His casebooks are used throughout the nation to teach law students in a variety of contracts and commercial law fields. In addition, his articles are routinely selected for publication in a variety of well respected professional and law journals. He is highly sought-after as a lecturer and consultant nationwide. Professor Whaley has been honored with Indiana University's Grimes Prize for scholarly writing and the Commercial Law League's Morris Weisman Memorial Award for substantial contributions to commercial law scholarship.

Trial by Jury
Professor Whaley both directed and starred in this production

A measure of the respect he enjoys within legal education is the Association of American Law Schools' decision to feature a video of Professor Whaley in the classroom as the teaching model for its new professor workshop. He has been invited to teach at other law schools and has held visiting appointments at Boston College, Hastings College of Law, and the University of North Carolina. West Publishing Company sends his essay on law teaching to each new law professor.

Professor Whaley has been an effective advocate for equal rights. Among his most prized awards is recognition by Stonewall Columbus as one of the Twenty Most Important in Columbus Gay History. He helped found the organization more than twenty years ago and has been a strong advocate for diversity throughout his tenure at the Moritz College of Law. Stonewall Columbus has honored Professor Whaley for his lifetime contributions to human rights with its highest award, the Rhonda Rivera Human Rights Award. He has served on the University-wide Diversity Committee and as faculty advisor to our GLBT student group and has worked to fight discrimination in employment and raise awareness among students and lawyers. Clearly, the College and community are richer for his leadership by example.

Trial by Jury
1994 Production of "Trial by Jury"

All alumni and their spouses and significant others are welcome to join the current faculty, staff, and students and their spouses and significant others in participating in the final run of the production. Rehearsals will be twice weekly in February, with the show being given three times in early March. Professor Whaley says, "the opera is only a half-hour long, and many of those participating already know the show well, it should be fairly easy to get it back up on the stage again." For more information, contact Professor Whaley at or give him a call at 614-292-3814.

For those who prefer not to sing or act, Professor Whaley has a special challenge – finding a piano for the College. Professor Whaley has always rented a piano for this musical and he would like to leave a legacy of music to the school in the form of a donated piano. Contact him directly if you can help.