February 2014

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Arbitrator finds passion, role in shaping labor law

Jacquelin Drucker ’81 finished a labor arbitration hearing in New York City and jumped into a taxi to catch her flight at the John F. Kennedy International Airport. She flew to Atlanta to arbitrate an employment dispute the following day and then headed back north to Syracuse, N.Y. to hear a case involving disciplinary action at a university.

A hectic couple days but nothing out of the ordinary for Drucker, an arbitrator based in New York City. On a given year, she works in about 20 states, not including work she does in the Caribbean, Virgin Islands, and Panama. “I love the work,” she said. “It’s important and intellectually challenging; it’s endlessly fascinating; and there is beauty in the rhythm, the structure, and the balance of the arbitration process itself.”

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Alumnus hits high notes with entertainment, IP practice

Leon Bass ’98 was hopeful he was headed for a career as a musician while playing in a band in college at Michigan State University, but when things didn’t go as planned, he decided to find a new way to appreciate his passion for music.

“I learned that entertainment lawyers play a pretty big role in the music and entertainment industry,” Bass said. “It seemed like a good fit for me because I am able to combine my interest in arts and music with my legal career, and I get to be around and work with creative people.”

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Team places third in national moot court competition

The Moot Court and Lawyering Skills Program had to make room in Drinko Hall for extra hardware after a team of 3Ls returned from a national competition in Houston last month with multiple trophies and accolades.

Lisa Herman, Colin Kalvas, and Jim Saywell came in second for the “Best Brief Award” and third overall in the Andrews Kurth National Moot Court Championship. The team had entered the tournament seeded 12th, and their outstanding performance caught the attention of academics and leading practitioners from across the country.

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Moritz makes push for legislative clerkship program

Unhappy with bright lawyers’ lack of access to jobs in Congress, students and faculty at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law are working toward a change. ››Read more

Symposium to explore implications of digital currency

A new way for consumers to pay for purchases online will be the focus of a Feb. 21 symposium, when the Ohio State Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal presents “In Bitcoin We Trust? A Forward Look at the Regulation, Use, and Growth of the Digital Currency.” ››Read more

Dispute Resolution in Special Education Symposium planned

Special education law is an unusual practice field with respect to the breadth of specialized dispute resolution process used to resolve issues. The Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution will focus on the history and effectiveness of many of these processes during the Dispute Resolution in Special Education Symposium, held Feb. 27-28 at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. ››Read more

PILF auction slated for March 6

Save the date! The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law's annual Public Interest Law Foundation Auction will be held March 6 at the Huntington Club in Ohio Stadium. ››Read more

Gathering, usage of massive data to be examined in March

What do Facebook, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Security Agency, and perhaps your city’s board of education have in common? The answer lies in the gathering and use of massive data sets, which will be the focus of a March symposium hosted by I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society. ››Read more

Trustees appoint law professors

The Ohio State University Board of Trustees approved at its Friday meeting the appointments of three faculty members at the Moritz College of Law. ››Read more
   
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Welcoming a president

Hundreds of faculty, staff, students, and well-wishers turned out to the Ohio Union on Jan. 31 to welcome President-Designate Michael Drake. 1L Max Stearns was among the contingent of students to offer an official welcome and gift. ››View photos

Alumni have opportunities to make a difference

President-Designate Michael Drake shares his plans for alumni outreach with Archie Griffin, president of The Ohio State University Alumni Association. ››Watch video

Moot court stars honored at halftime

National champions from the Moritz College of Law's Moot Court Program were honored during halftime at the Jan. 12 basketball game. ››View photos
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12th & High

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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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NYC Alumni Reception

Dean Alan C. Michaels is inviting alumni in the New York and New Jersey areas are to a reception hosted by Jones Day at 6:30 p.m. March 4 at 222 E. 41st St., New York, NY. Wine, beer, and hors d'oeuvres will be served. To RSVP, email marcum.34@osu.edu. ››RSVP by Feb. 18

'In Bitcoin We Trust?'

Join the Ohio State Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal for a closer look at the regulation, use, and growth of digital currency. ››Register today

Dispute Resolution in Special Education Symposium

Join the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution for this free symposium Feb. 27-28. ››Register today!

Big Data Future

I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society tackles the policy and legal challenges of gathering massive data sets at this March 19-21 symposium. ››Register today!
 
Alumni News

Betsy Luper Schuster ’97 has been appointed by Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich to the Tenth District Court of Appeals, filling the vacancy left behind by the late Peggy L. Bryant ’76. Schuster must run in the November general election to retain the seat for the remainder of the unexpired term, which ends in February 2019. She most recently served as chief elections counsel at the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office and has taught classes as an adjunct professor at her alma mater, the Moritz College of Law, and Capital University Law School.

Michael "Miles" Scully '88 is being added to the law firm he helped become a national powerhouse: Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP. Based in Southern California, Scully is assistant managing partner of the firm, which has grown from a 100-attorney operation to include more than 500 attorneys and 30 offices nationwide. He joined Gordon & Rees in 1988 and moved to San Diego in 1992 when the firm opened its first branch. He led the creation and execution of the firm's expansion strategy, first growing throughout California and then branching out nationwide in 2004. The firm now is ranked 95th on the list of America's largest law firms by The National Law Journal and 21st on The American Lawyer Diversity Scorecard.

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