Briefing Room



Alumnus uses mediation to solve disputes at home and abroad

Michael Franczak ‘95 is a commissioner for the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, where he’s spent the last 15 years mediating labor and employment disputes throughout the private, public, and federal work sectors.

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Alumna thrives in labor and employment practice with specialty in natural gas

Traci Martinez’ ’08 drive and enthusiasm for her work at Squire Patton Boggs have made her an indispensable part of the litigation team. Coupled with her innate ability to develop new business, it’s easy to see why she had one of the fastest rises to partner in firm history.

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Alumnus pursues philanthropic work alongside real estate practice

Although law degrees seem to run in the family, Joshua Barkan ’12 is forging his own path when it comes to his law career. As a third-generation lawyer, Barkan is also making a splash in the philanthropic world as a young professional in the Columbus community.

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Inside the boardroom

Alec Wightman ’75 found a way to combine his passion for complex business deals and giving back by developing a niche practice of assisting public companies in evaluating board effectiveness.

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Alumna finds rewarding career path in biotechnology intellectual property

Jessica Jamieson ’97 is the global head of Hematology IP for Shire. Nearly every day she is reminded of just how important the work she and her colleagues do in the patent department, protecting developing treatments that allow individuals suffering from disease to live longer, more active lives.

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Alumna uses legal background to secure housing for those in need

Samantha Shuler ’95 realized early on that she liked engaging in big-picture thinking. She’s now CEO of the nonprofit Community Housing Network, which develops and manages housing for people who have mental illness, are recovering from addiction, or have experienced homelessness.

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2016 Alumni Award winners

The Moritz College of Law Alumni Awards recognize alumni working on important social issues, breaking new paths in their fields, and giving back to their communities. This year’s winners were announced at the annual reunion cocktail reception at the Columbus Museum of Art.

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OSU Law graduate Debra Dixon, at the base of the US Capitol in Washington, DC.  Photo:  Jay Mallin

All roads lead to the capital

Growing up, Debra Dixon ’89 never specifically dreamed about having a career in the inner circle of Washington, D.C., politics. But two of her greatest passions—immigration issues and education policy— led her to the nation’s capital, where she now owns a consulting firm.

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Overseas experience

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike Lang ’89 talks about his current position as the resident legal advisory to the U.S. embassy in Dakar, Senegal.

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Alumna uses legal skills to help doctors, innovators as Cleveland Clinic’s deputy chief legal officer

In college, Jessica Flickinger Slifko ’98 found a passion for the law and helping others. Now she serves as deputy chief legal officer for the Cleveland Clinic where her team focuses on healthcare regulations.

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Alumnus tackles issues of espionage, trade secrets in practice and writing

James D. Robenalt ’81 is partner at Thompson Hine. In addition to managing and trying scores of high-stakes, complex cases involving trade secrets and espionage, he has found the time to write about historical events that helped shape our modern political landscape.

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Heather DiFranco ’01 awarded NALP Service Excellence Award

Heather DiFranco ’01 served as chair of the National Association for Law Placement’s ABA Audit Protocol Work Group, which helped law schools transition to new protocols on reporting graduate job placement data. For her work she was awarded the NALP Service Excellence Award.

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