February 2012

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Effects of housing crisis ripple to bench

Judge Peter J. Kontos ’79 has seen society shift and change over his nearly 15 years on the bench in Northeast Ohio. Trumbull County and its largest city of Warren have been swept up in the wave of foreclosures that has hit the entire country in the past few years.

In addition to his 15th year on the bench, Kontos will be spending 2012 as the president of the Ohio Common Pleas Judges Association.

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Alumna balances public interest, industry needs in work

When appointed officials of the Public Utility Commission of Texas have a contested case before them, they turn to Katherine Gross ’08 for help.

The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law alumna is a commission advising attorney at the PUC, the agency that regulates Texas’ electric and telecommunication utilities, implements legislation, and resolves consumer complaints.

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Answering spiritual call after years of discrimination

From family law attorney to Reconstructionist rabbi, Evette Lutman ’84 has devoted her life to the pursuit of justice on both the legal and moral fronts of public service.

After 16 years in the practice of law, Lutman altered her career path to follow her religious convictions full-time, leading her to become the first openly lesbian rabbi of Denver.

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Law School News

Student commons project on schedule

The Dinsmore & Shohl Student Commons project is on track for construction to begin this spring, and artistic renderings recently released provide a good idea of what the new space will look like when it opens for students this fall. ››Read more

Recent alumni honored for journal work

Two Class of 2011 graduates recently were recognized by the CPR Institute for academic papers they wrote and published as students at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. ››Read more

Moritz creates newsletter for legal community

There is always something interesting happening at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, which provided the impetus for creating Amicus, a new electronic publication sent quarterly to friends in the legal community beyond the College’s alumni and current students. ››Read more

‘The Future of Online Journalism’ topic of March symposium

The top editor of an independent, nonprofit newsroom that won back-to-back Pulitzer Prizes will deliver the keynote address at a symposium sponsored by I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. ››Read more

Ohio State Law Journal symposium to examine Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

Paying foreign officials to obtain or retain business violates the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Yet many multinational companies and their advisors struggle with aggressive enforcement. ››Read more

Moritz, Mershon Center partner for speakers’ series

The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and the Mershon Center for International Security Studies are collaborating on a speakers’ series aiming to stimulate discussion about democracy. ››Read more

Organization needs judges for competitions

The Midwest Region of the National Black Law Students Association needs judges for its upcoming moot court and mock trial competitions, held Feb. 15-18 in Columbus. ››Read more
   
Multimedia

Mentoring and More @ Moritz

The art of networking was practiced at a Jan. 19 luncheon at the Barrister Club. ››View photos

Seeking your snapshots

Our archive of historical photos from the law school is growing, but we need your help. Alumni with snapshots to share should send images to Monica DeMeglio, communications coordinator, at demeglio.1@osu.edu. ››View photos
Week in Pictures

Week in Pictures

View photos taken recently from around the Moritz College of Law ››View Photos
   
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Moritz 'On the Record'

Ever pick up the Sunday paper and read a quote by one of your former professors? Check out where Moritz professors were mentioned in the last month. For the most recent appearances, visit the Faculty in the News page.
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Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution symposium

Scholars and professionals come together Feb. 17 to examine the current role of atlernative dispute resolution mechanisms in collective bargaining in the public sector and how to improve negotiations in the future. ››Register today

'The American Democratic Tradition'

James Kloppenberg, the Charles Warren Professor of American History at Harvard University, will kick off the Democracy Studies Speakers Series with his lecture “The American Democratic Tradition: From Roger Williams to Barack Obama” on Feb. 24. ››Register today

Ohio State Law Journal symposium

Paying foreign officials for the purpose of obtaining or retaining business is in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, but many multinational companies and their advisors struggle with aggressive enforcement. “The FCPA at Thirty-Five and Its Impact on Global Business” will be presented March 16. ››Register today

'The Future of Online Journalism' symposium

Sponsored by I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society, this March 29-30 symposium will explore how to meet the information needs of communities despite the decline of professional reporting that maintains accountability. The impact of online journalism on community information needs and democratic self-governance will be examined. ››Register today
 
Alumni News

Robert J. Creamer '90 won the Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Ridgefield Community Service Award on Jan. 17, 2012 in Ridgefield, Conn. The award is given to a citizen whose acts come to embody the spirit of Dr. King, and Creamer was recognized for his willingness to take calls for pro bono work.

Erin Wright Lothson '08 was featured on the cover of the October 2011 issue of the Illinois Bar Journal, the main publication of the Illinois State Bar Association, and quoted in the feature story about ethical use of social media. In the past, the Illinois Bar Journal has only featured newly elected ISBA presidents and Illinois Supreme Court justices. Lothson was the first person to appear solo on the cover who does not hold either of those positions.

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