Briefing Room



Michelle Chavanne ’01 uses legal degree to help shape higher education in Ohio

When Michelle Chavanne ’01 graduated from law school, she knew she did not want to spend her career in a courtroom. Now, as general counsel for the Ohio Department of Higher Education, she’s found a way to pursue her passions for the law and academia simultaneously.

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Remembering Judge David A. Katz ‘57

David A. Katz ‘57, a senior judge on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, passed away on July 26 after a long battle with cancer. He was 82.

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Patrick Dugan ’82 uses experience to carve out niche in healthcare strategic, transactional matters

Healthcare as many people know it is changing. Patrick J. Dugan ’82, who specializes in representing healthcare providers and payers, says there has been a shift toward consolidating the two, to create a better, more cohesive value-based experience for patients nationwide.

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On brand lawyering

At Abercrombie & Fitch, everyone from the interns to key members of the legal team dress with casual, comfortable, and effortless style—just like Abercrombie itself. Stacia Jones ’00 may wear jeans to the office, but she fiercely represents the retailer as senior manager and legal counsel.

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Moving on

Heather Kimmel ’06 always wanted to use her legal skills to help others. Little did she know she would one day have the opportunity to play a large part in helping two women held captive for a decade in a Cleveland area home rebuild their lives after their escape.

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Judith L. French ‘88 appointed to federal judiciary’s national policy-making body

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judith L. French ‘88 has been appointed to serve a three-year term on an advisory committee of the federal judiciary’s national policy-making body, the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules.

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Nimesh Patel ’95 named new director of diversity and inclusion at WilmerHale

Nimesh Patel ’95 has joined Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr as the firm’s director of diversity and inclusion. He previously headed the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion as executive director.

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Remembering Voinovich ’61

Former Ohio Gov. George V. Voinovich ’61 passed away on Sunday at the age of 79.

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Alumnus pursues passion for international work as corporate law attorney

From a young age, Ryan Waggoner ’10 ambitiously aspired to be a judge, an ambassador, and a businessman. Refusing to settle for just one, he pursued a unique practice in international corporate law, combining all three passions as an associate at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

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Alumnus works to defend religious liberties in the armed forces

Practicing law is one thing. Changing the law is another thing altogether. Michael Berry ’05, has managed to make a career of the latter, defending religious liberties as senior counsel and director of military affairs at First Liberty Institute.

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Carla Moore ’77 receives Catholic Diocese of Cleveland’s St. Thomas More Award

Carla Moore ’77 was selected by the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland as the recipient of this year’s St. Thomas More Award.

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Judge William Crawford II, and Judge Herman Marable, Jr. both of 67th District Court and OSU Law alumni

Alumni help deliver bottled water to Flint, Michigan residents

Judges William Henry Crawford, II ’82 and Herman Marable, Jr. ’87 of the 67th District-Fifth (Flint) Division helped Ohio State students deliver water to the residents in Flint, Michigan suffering from the current water crisis.

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