All Rise profiled alumna Siobhan Boyd-Nelson ’05, who works as Kaleidoscope Youth Center’s development and marketing associate, in its Spring 2015 edition.
For All Rise, we talked to seven female graduates, who practice various types of law, about the obstacles they have overcome to make it to the top of their chosen fields.
Fifty years have passed since the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was signed into law. To celebrate, Pam Karlan, deputy assistant attorney general in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, will address its history, legacy, and future.
On Feb. 12, Jeanne Theoharis will give a talk based on her book The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks, in which she overturns the canonized story of Parks as a one-time resister, reminding us of her life-long commitment to the black freedom struggles of the South and the North.
Professor Sharon Davies has been named Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer for the university. “In a nation of increasing diversity, higher education institutions play a critical role in preparing students to be culturally competent contributors to their future professions and workplaces, and civically engaged members of their communities,” she said.
A standing-room only discussion on recent events in Ferguson, MO featured Moritz professors Joshua Dressler, Amna Akbar, Ric Simmons, and Sharon Davies. They discussed the legal standard for self-defense, the history of race-related protests, the structure of grand juries, and unconscious bias in American society.
Sharon L. Davies, Gregory H. Williams Chair in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and Director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, is the recipient of a 2015 YWCA Women of Achievement Award, which was established three decades ago to honor female leaders in central Ohio.
Alumnus and Nev. State Senator Aaron Ford ’01 was recently elected senate minority leader of the Nevada Senate for the 2015 legislative session.
3L Jenna Grassbaugh was honored with the university’s Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award, which recognizes three to five faculty, students, or staff each year from across the university. Grassbaugh founded the Jonathan D. Grassbaugh Veterans Project in honor of her late husband.
Aaron D. Ford ’01 is no stranger to balancing the opportunities and challenges that life can bring. After receiving his J.D. and Ph.D. degrees through a joint-degree program, Ford is now a partner at Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. in Las Vegas, as well as Nevada State Senator, two experiences he described as both demanding and rewarding.
Professors and alumni from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and several Central Ohio leaders and residents read Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” as part of a moving film that will be broadcast on WOSU TV at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25.
Student groups and the Office of Diversity & Inclusion at the Moritz College of Law will present a panel discussion and reception on Jan. 29 on “Why All the Fuss About the Washington Redskins Football Team: The Intersection of Sports Money & Social Justice.”