OSBA to Honor Frank Ray '73 at May 12 Moritz Alumni Gathering
Despite the demands of a successful litigation practice, Frank Ray '73 has made time to teach trial advocacy for the past two years at Ohio State. His ability to bring theory and practice together for students has earned him glowing student evaluations. A past recipient of the Columbus Bar Association's Professionalism Award and the National District Attorneys Association's Award for Distinctive Service in the classroom, Frank is both a teacher and a powerful role model for Moritz students.
Frank's leadership enabled Moritz to renovate its moot courtroom into a state-of-the-art facility that includes a digital evidence presentation system, five courtroom computer displays, plasma screens, video recording/projection systems and upgraded lighting and sound systems. Frank and co-chair, John McDonald '61, led the committee that raised the $350,000 to fund the project. Frank also provided guidance on the selection of equipment and consultants that resulted in a 21st Century learning lab that will prepare Moritz students to practice in any courtroom in the country.
Frank's desire to bring state-of-the-art technology to Moritz students is born of his own reliance on technology in the courtroom. To prepare for trials, Frank has every document entered into a database on his computer by date, author, and subject so he can find it at a moment's notice. An attorney specializing in personal injury, wrongful death, negligence, products liability, and business litigation, Frank uses technology to display the same visual images over and over because, he says, "you cannot give a jury information overload."
Beyond the Moritz moot courtroom, Frank and Carol are firmly committed to enhancing the formal legal education of Moritz students. They recently established the Frank and Carol Ray Scholarship, a full in-state tuition scholarship that will "jump-start" the professional lives of its recipients. Frank says, "Carol and I appreciate that my superb legal education at the College provided the impetus and foundation for my livelihood as a trial practitioner. We view our commitment to the College as a fundamental expression of gratitude."
Frank's leadership is not limited to legal education. Through his committee work, Frank has consistently risen to the top of a host of organizations that support legal education in Ohio. He has served as president of the Columbus Bar Association, Franklin County Trial Lawyers Association, American Board of Trial Advocates, and the Robert M. Duncan Chapter of the American Inns of Court. He has served on the Ohio State Bar Foundation and the Columbus Bar Foundation, both of which support a wide range of initiatives that support legal education in Ohio .
Frank is a gifted teacher, superb lawyer, enthusiastic supporter of technology to support skills training, scholarship donor, and a leader of organizations that have enriched legal education in Ohio . All alumni are invited to congratulate Frank at the OSBA gathering in his honor at 5:30 p.m., May 12 in the Hyatt Regency's Franklin AB room. Please RSVP by Friday, May 6 to firstname.lastname@example.org.