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Renaissance Man

Judge Bodoh has become nationally known for his expertise in steel industry cases. A former labor lawyer, he brought a deep understanding of labor-management relations to the bench. Rising to the substantive demands of steel company bankruptcies, he quickly added an in-depth understanding of the complexities of environmental issues and the dynamics of the steel industry worldwide to his judicial repertoire.

Judge Bodoh's ability to successfully manage the most complex cases and his sensitivity to all creditor constituencies and individuals involved, combined with his reputation for integrity, made him a magnet for some of the highest-profile bankruptcy filings in the country. They include Phar-Mor, Inc., LTV Steel Company, Inc., Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corporation, Concord Steel, CSC, Inc., Drug Emporium, and AG Industries, Inc. The press reverentially nicknamed Judge Bodoh the "Man of Steel."

Judge Bodoh's influence extends well beyond his Youngstown community. He is widely published in professional and law journals nationwide and has served as a board member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges. He is a fellow of the American Trial Lawyers Association.

An art lover and collector, Judge Bodoh has contributed to the Youngstown Art Museum's permanent collection and to the Moritz College of Law. An appreciation for music led to his election as president of the Youngstown Symphony Society. His community commitments include service on the boards of both the Easter Seal Society and the Salvation Army.

Judge Bodoh and Gordon Gee
Judge Bodoh and former Ohio State president, Gordon Gee

A member of the Moritz College of Law's National Council since 1972, he has provided advice and counsel to six deans and served as president of the College's Alumni Society in 1994. He has served on the Ohio State University Alumni Advisory Council, which provides advice to the University President. Judge Bodoh and former OSU President E. Gordon Gee are both known for their wit and trademark bow ties. More than once, President Gee jokingly introduced Judge Bodoh to alumni groups as his long lost brother. An OSU family, both Judge Bodoh and his daughter Emily are alumni; Emily graduated from the Moritz College of Law in 2000. She practices in Dayton.


A man of considerable range, Judge Bodoh's pursuits extend beyond art, music and law. One passion is for fly-fishing--sort of. "I love just standing in a trout stream, casting and communing with nature. Sometimes I hope I don't catch anything because then I'd have to do something with it," he says. In his 25 years of casting about, Judge Bodoh has not had as much time as he would have liked to dedicate to the sport, but that will now change, he promises.

Though he loves the peace that comes with fly-fishing, not all of his hobbies are so serene. Since his teens and the ownership of his first car, a Ford coupe--the "Duce Coupe" of Beach Boys fame--Judge Bodoh is a self-professed "wrench head," who loves restoring cars. He has had several in his life, but currently he has two British-made Triumph TR4s and a 1950 Willy's Jeepster, the last touring car made in America. The Jeepster resides at Judge Bodoh's Middle Bass Island, Ohio home, where he and his wife, Jan, drive it in the Island's antique car parades held on Sundays in the summer.

In January, he and his wife relocated to Columbus, where he will teach complex litigation at the Moritz College of Law. "I want to serve as a liaison between the college and the federal judiciary," he says, adding that he wants to find or create programs and seminars to facilitate stronger ties between the academy and the bench. Judge Bodoh also will be of counsel for Frost Brown Todd. "I'm sure they'll find something for me to do," he adds with a smile.

Judge Bodoh and current clerks
Judge Bodoh flanked by current clerks Suzana K. Koch '00 and Sherri L. Dahl '00 at portrait unveiling ceremony

How will he fare in the classroom? Portrait unveiling coordinators and current law clerks, Sherri L. Dahl '00 and Suzana K. Koch '00 have flourished under his tutelage. They will join McDonald, Hopkins, Co. and Porter Wright Morris and Arthur respectively at the end of their clerkships and specialize in bankruptcy law. Michelle Morgan Harner '95, a former law clerk and co-author, traveled from Chicago to attend Judge Bodoh's retirement celebration.

An associate with Jones Day in Chicago, Michelle says whatever Judge Bodoh will be doing, he'll do it well.

"He was a tremendous teacher," she adds -- just the kind of endorsement Dean Rogers values most."