Moritz College of Law The Ohio State University
This Month @ Moritz

Professor Ellen Deason Expands ADR's International Focus at Moritz

Ellen Deason and husband
Ellen Deason with husband
Patrick Roberge

Professor Ellen Deason didn't always know the law would be her path. After a graduate degree in oceanography and 10 years of research, she had experience with coastal zone management that she wanted to combine with a law degree.

"Law school opened new doors and I never went back to the coast," Deason observes with a slow grin (or perhaps she simply prefers swimming with a different type of shark). Once she made the commitment to the law, she did so with her signature flying colors, graduating magna cum laude from the University of Michigan and eventually landing the highly-coveted position of law clerk to the late United States Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun.

Her work as a law professor at the University of Illinois brought her to Ohio State as a visiting scholar in the Arthur I. Vorys Research Institute on Courts and Dispute Resolution a few years ago, and she left with a strong impression of the school and of its dispute resolution faculty. Her professional interests ultimately led her to consider a permanent move to Ohio State and the Moritz College of Law, where she joins law professor Mary Ellen O'Connell as a faculty fellow of the Mershon Center for the Study of International Security and Policy.

Ellen Deason in plane
Ellen about to fly high at her first gliding lesson

"I look forward to working with so many people, both faculty and students, dedicated to improving our processes of dispute resolution," says Ellen. "I believe that, together, we are up to the challenge."