Class Notes

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Asim Haque, 2006

Asim Haque ’06 was elected vice president of Community Research Partners (CRP) Board of Trustees. Haque began his two-year term on Jan. 1. As a member of the board, he will assist the Central Ohio nonprofit in its mission to strengthen and empower the community through data, information and knowledge. CRP collects, analyzes and makes available data that supports community planning and policy, as well as action by funders, program providers and residents. Haque is an associate at Schottenstein Zox & Dunn.

Michael Deemer, 2002

Michael W. Deemer ’02 was tapped by the Downtown Cleveland Alliance (DCA) as director of its new Business Center, the focus of DCA’s initiative to draw more business to Downtown Cleveland. Deemer joins DCA from the Ohio Governor’s Office where as executive economic development policy advisor, he advised the governor, senior staff, and cabinet directors on policy and legal matters related to the governor’s economic policy agenda, including the implementation of the Department of Development’s strategic plan and $1.8 billion biennial budget.

Jack Laffey, 1985

Jack J. Laffey ’85 was recently honored at an event sponsored by the Wisconsin Law Journal as one of Wisconsin's Leaders in the Law. Laffey is an attorney in the product liability litigation and risk avoidance team at Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek in Milwaukee, Wisc.

Lynn Dennison , 1993

Lynn Dennison ’93 was named senior vice president of legal, compliance and risk management at Sterling Jewelers Inc. in Akron, Ohio. Sterling Jewelers is the largest specialty jeweler retailer in the country. In her new role, Dennison will have overall leadership responsibility for Sterling’s Legal, Loss Prevention, Internal Audit, Inventory Control, Security, Tax, Insurance, Safety and Enterprise Risk departments and will serve on Sterling’s Executive Committee.

Bryan Koepp, 2000

Bryan Koepp ’00 was promoted to senior vice president at the BB&T Corporation. Koepp, who joined the bank in 2008, is a group financial planning strategist for BB&T Wealth Management’s Georgia team and is BB&T Wealth Management’s lead business transition planning strategist in the bank’s Atlanta office. Koepp has also been recognized by BB&T as Wealth Management’s financial planning strategist of the year in 2008 and 2009 and was a BB&T Sterling Award “best of the best” wealth planning strategist for 2010.

Yvette McGee Brown, 1985

Justice Yvette McGee Brown ’85 and Judge Carla D. Moore ’77 made history in March on the Supreme Court of Ohio when they were the first black justices to simultaneously hear an Ohio Supreme Court case. Moore, who serves in the Ninth District Court of Appeals, sat in place of Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton, who had recused herself from the case. In its 208-year history, the Ohio Supreme Court has had only three black justices appointed and all were Ohio State Law graduates.

Hope Sharett, 2003

Hope Sharett ’03 is the executive director of the Law and Leadership Institute in Ohio. The institute has been named the Honorable Mention Award Recipient of the 2011 Raymond P. and Sadie T. M. Alexander Award for Excellence in Educational Pipeline Diversity Programming by the American Bar Association. This initiative for the legal profession served nearly 300 students in 2010.

Anthony Sharett, 2002

Anthony M. Sharett ’02 was named a "Rising Star" in the area of business litigation in the 2011 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers. Sharett is an associate at Bricker & Eckler in Columbus. Sharett was also recently appointed to the Supreme Court Commission on the Rules of Practice and Procedure.

Stan Ramsay, 1995

Stan Ramsay ’95 and his wife, Patricia, recently welcomed their fourth child, Henry. Stan is a partner of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in New York, N.Y.

Joseph Bahgat, 2007

Joseph Bahgat ’07 partnered with Seattle-based company LexBlog in November 2010 to develop a concept for a law blog that presents legal news from the media, sports, and entertainment industries, and packages it in an easily digestible format for lay people. The web site is