Briefing Room

litigation and the judicial process

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Chamallas cited extensively in lead paint case

Judge Jack B. Weinstein of a New York federal court relied heavily on the research of Professor Martha Chamallas in deciding a recent case involving a young child who was injured by lead paint. The defendant argued damages should be reduced because the child is Hispanic.

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Hemmeter becomes Delaware County’s first female trial-court judge

Marianne Hemmeter ’97 became Delaware County’s first female trial-court judge last month when Ohio Gov. John Kasich appointed her to the Municipal Court bench.

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Stautberg appointed to court of appeals

Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich has appointed Peter J. Stautberg ‘93 to serve on the First District Court of Appeals.

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After 40 years in practice, Woods starts new job as judge

After 40 years spent as a trial lawyer and advocate, the Honorable William H. Woods ’73 began his first term in judicial office last month, taking the bench on the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas.

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Judges turn the courtroom into the classroom

Jonathan Peters ’10 describes the quick moves he learned standing before the Honorable Jeffrey Sutton ’90 of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit as a third-year law student.

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Grassbaugh Veterans Project wins first major case for local veterans

Moritz students working with the Captain Jonathan D. Grassbaugh Veterans Project won a security deposit back for two Ohio State students and Marine Corps veterans earlier this year after they were unable to get it back from their former landlord on their own.

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PLL to host three federal judges

On April 2, the Program on Law and Leadership will host “Judges as Leaders: Stories from Behind the Bench” featuring Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Court, Judge R. Guy Cole Jr., and Judge Jeffrey Sutton, both of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

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Lazares, Wallrabenstein capture regional title

The mock trial team of 3Ls Gus Lazares and Katie Wallrabenstein won the regional round of the National Trial Competition and advanced to the championship round in Austin, Texas. The team competed against 19 other pairs in a weekend-long event that eliminated teams each round until one victorious duo remained.

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Moot court team places third in the nation

The moot court program is making room in Drinko Hall for extra hardware after a team of 3Ls returned from the Andrews Kurth National Moot Court Championship with multiple trophies and accolades. Lisa Herman, Colin Kalvas, and Jim Saywell came in second for the “Best Brief Award” and third overall. They started as the 12th seed.

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Shuster appointed to court of appeals

Betsy Luper Schuster ’97 has been appointed by Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich to the Tenth District Court of Appeals. She most recently served as chief elections counsel at the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office, and previously served as commissioner for the Ohio Court of Claims Crime Victims Division.

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Students honored at halftime of Buckeye game

Four students who earned national champion moot court honors were recognized on the court during halftime of the men’s basketball game against Iowa. Students Jim Saywell, Whitney Siehl, Ariel Brough, and Nikki Baszynski were joined by Dean Alan Michaels, Assistant Dean Monte Smith, Associate Dean Chris Fairman, and Moot Court Director Elizabeth Sherowski.

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Students head to Houston for national championship

Three students from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law will take part in the Andrews Kurth National Moot Court Championship. Only 16 schools receive an invitation, based on the performance of their moot court teams the previous academic year. Ohio State’s moot court program is currently ranked no. 12 in the country.

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