Briefing Room



Alumna leads arts organization, finds ‘purpose work’

Demetries Jo Neely ’84 has been involved in the arts her entire life. Now, after spending 22 years at Nationwide Insurance, Neely is finding ways to use her business experience and law education to get creative.

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Judge handles difficult, sensitive cases

As a domestic relations and juvenile judge in Henry County, Ohio, Denise Herman McColley ’81 is more than just an observer in her courtroom. Often, she is put into the role of an advocate for children and advisor to couples in turmoil.

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Being open to risks, change leads to opportunity

Michael A. Womack ’93 has never been afraid of change. Change has created his opportunities.
“In order to take advantage of opportunities, you need to be willing to move,” said Womack, the senior vice president of human resources at AutoZone in Memphis, Tenn.

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Alumna adjusts to civilian practice

After serving 11 years as an active duty Marine Corps officer, Melissa Palmisciano ’05 is happy with her decision to transition to civilian life.

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Changing justice system through mentoring

Whether she’s in a public defender’s office or standing at the front of a lecture hall – and even when she’s trekking through the Himalayas, developing legal aid offices in Nepal – Priya Lakhi ’99 has consistently centered her career on mentorship.

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Sweepstakes to race tracks: Alumnus finds niche in gaming law

With the passing of Ohio’s Casino Initiative in 2009, Mike Zatezalo’s practice was bound to mature beyond helping children win tickets at Chuck E. Cheese or play McDonald’s Monopoly.

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Bronze star recipient’s work has global reach

John Swords ’06 has a bronze star medal, an award bestowed on soldiers who exhibit meritorious achievement or valor in a combat environment.

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Alumnus to be honored with Distinguished Service Award

The Ohio State University will present William P. Blair III ’70 with the University Distinguished Service Award at the August commencement ceremony.

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Serving those who serve the country

For Lt. Ann Tuddenham ’11, law school was part of the plan, and the U.S. Navy is where she found her place.

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J.D., M.D. give alumnus leg up with startups

With a plethora of legal experience in medicine, Dr. Scott Smith’s pursuit of both law and medical degrees has been worth every penny.

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Bringing a legal mind to business, Jazz Arts Group

From finance to education to nonprofit organizations, Dan Weiss ’85 has pushed the boundaries of his law degree to new limits.

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Corporate counsel helps with Tim Hortons’ expansion

Kate Clay’s career has taken her from Ohio to the West Coast and across the Atlantic Ocean, but it’s her current position with Tim Hortons in Central Ohio that has made her want to stay put.

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