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Dean Rogers Measures Positive Progress at Year's End

Dean Nancy H. RogersCurrent students will be able to take advantage of programming not previously available at Moritz. In addition to the Ohio State Law Journal and the Journal on Alternative Dispute Resolution, students can now work on the newly-created Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law or I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society, jointly sponsored by Carnegie Mellon University's H. John Heinz III School of Law and Public Policy. In the weeks ahead, the faculty will consider the addition of a fifth law journal in the business field.

Beginning in January 2006, Moritz students will be able to participate in a semester-long comparative law program (in addition to the summer program) at Oxford University jointly sponsored by the University of Georgia. A newly-created Certificate in the Study of Children and the Law creates a new concentration for those wishing to prepare for comprehensive representation of children.

Students are currently working on a U.S. Supreme Court case under the supervision of Law Clinic Director David Goldberger. Professor Goldberger will argue on behalf of the petitioner in Cutter v. Wilkinson while Moritz Professor Doug Cole, now on leave to serve as Ohio's Solicitor, will argue for the State of Ohio.

"Our faculty members have seized unique opportunities for outreach and engagement this year," says Dean Rogers. Under the direction of Professor of Law Ned Foley, 18 faculty launched Election Law @ Moritz, a multi-faceted project to educate the public on legal issues surrounding elections and assist the media in covering election law issues with accuracy. They published an e-Book accessible through the Moritz web site detailing election law issues. Special workshops drew national experts in election law and practices to campus. "The immediacy of the Internet format allowed us to track breaking litigation and provide timely analysis of cases and issues," says Professor Foley.

Professor Doug Berman, a criminal sentencing expert, created a blog to provide guidance following the U.S. Supreme Court's most recent ruling on sentencing. A ground swell of interest by lawyers and the judges prompted the Wall Street Journal to run a feature article on Professor Berman's blog. Other faculty bloggers include Professors Dan Tokaji and Ed Lee.

The Hon. Jeffrey S. Sutton '90 of the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals continues to teach appellate advocacy as an adjunct professor and the College is home to four former clerks to the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun. These new programs and the collection of Supreme Court-savvy faculty led a reporter for the Washington DC-based Legal Times to conclude, "The hottest law school vantage point from which to keep an eye on the Supreme Court and related legal issues these days is nowhere near the marble palace. It's the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University in Columbus."

"These are representative examples of outreach and engagement from an increasingly productive and influential faculty," says Dean Rogers. Since 2000, the citations in scholarly publications per year for Moritz faculty publications have doubled. The number of faculty publications per year has almost doubled, growing from 42 to 82 during the same period.

The year ahead looks equally promising. Fall 2005 will mark the opening of a building across the street from the law school that will house both law student apartments and a Barristers' Hall for special events programming that supports the educational mission of the College. The College will award, for the first time, three new full in-state tuition scholarships -- the Frank and Carol Ray Scholarship, the Sherry B. Whiting Scholarship, and the Hite Family Scholarship.

Quantifiable measures also demonstrate the upward momentum of the College. Here are a few examples. Four years ago, an LSAT of 160 would have placed a student in the upper quarter of the Moritz entering class. For the 2004 entering class, the same score is now the median. Moritz students in the entering 2004 class had a 3.6 undergraduate median grade point average and came from 116 different colleges and universities including OSU, Harvard, Princeton, Brown, Duke, Amherst, Berkeley, and three military academies. Thirty-two have advanced degrees. Graduates had the highest pass rate on the Ohio July exam for the third year in a row, with a 90% pass rate for all Moritz takers. Half of the nation's top 100 law firms now have Moritz graduates among their ranks.

"At the root of this progress is a cadre of dedicated alumni," says Dean Rogers. "Your accomplishments are the best evidence of the quality of the education available at Moritz and you inspire our current students. Your gifts of time and financial support make new initiatives possible. On behalf of the faculty, students and staff of the College, I thank you and wish you the best in the year ahead."