January 5, 2012

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Professorship to honor Thomas J. Moyer ’64

The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law celebrates the new year with a new professorship paying tribute to one of its most respected alumni, the late Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer ’64.

The endowed Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer Professorship for the Administration of Justice and Rule of Law will honor and continue Moyer’s “legacy of integrity and professionalism, deepening the impact of these qualities on the lives of countless students,” according to those behind the fundraising effort. A professor will be selected for the spot by mid-2012.

“Chief Justice Moyer was an extraordinary leader who pursued the public good through respectful discourse, fair consideration of differing points of view, and profound good faith. We are so pleased that support from all across Ohio created the opportunity to permanently recognize and further these values of professionalism through this professorship at his alma mater, Ohio State,” said Dean Alan C. Michaels, the Edwin M. Cooperman Professor of Law.

Moyer was in the midst of his fourth term on the Ohio Supreme Court when he died at age 70 in April 2010. He worked diligently on initiatives designed to improve systems of justice throughout the world and was relentless in his dedication to improving citizens’ access to the courts through alternative dispute resolution and computer technology. He also worked with leaders of the judiciary and General Assembly to develop family courts to resolve criminal and civil issues confronting that specific group of citizens.

The College, Ohio State Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Foundation, and Ohio Judicial Conference announced in December that $1.3 million had been raised to support the Chief Justice Moyer Legacy Fund. The fund not only provides for the professorship at Moritz but supports fellowship grants that will be offered annually and rotated among Ohio’s law schools.

Fundraising efforts will continue to support other initiatives, according to Barbara J. Howard, chair of the Chief Justice Moyer Legacy Fund Committee and OSBA past president.

“Reaching the $1.3 million mark is a significant milestone in our ability to serve the legal profession and the judiciary,” Howard said. “Raising $1.3 million is a great start, and there is still more to do to further Chief Justice Moyer’s commitment to ideals including professionalism, ethics, and civility. Our fundraising efforts will be ongoing and statewide. Chief Justice Moyer left an amazing legacy of which every citizen of the State of Ohio can be proud. The fund we created in his memory will help us support the ideals that were dear to him in perpetuity.”

In addition to Michaels, others serving on the Chief Justice Moyer Legacy Fund Committee included the following members of the Moritz community: the Honorable Robert M. Duncan ’52, who is retired; Carol Seubert Marx ’79, president of the Ohio State Bar Association and attorney-at-law; and William S. Newcomb Jr. ’68, a retired partner of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP.

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