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Making the Georgian Criminal Code

April 6, 2011 | 11:45 a.m. | Saxbe Auditorium (Drinko Hall, 55 W. 12th Ave.)

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Guest of Honor

Otar KakhidzeOtar Kakhidze
Head of Analytical Department
Ministry of Justice of Georgia

Otar Kakhidze graduated from Tbilisi State University’s law faculty and obtained a master’s degree. Kakhidze worked for the Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association as a parliamentary secretary. He also was a member of a special working group attached to the legal committee of Parliament and participated in the drafting of the new Criminal Procedure Code of Georgia. After four years in the non-governmental sector, Kakhidze moved to the Ministry of Justice of Georgia. At first, he was deputy head of the Law-Making Department. In 2010, he was named head of the Analytical Department. Kakhidze chairs inter-agency working groups on implementation of new codes on imprisonment and criminal procedure.


David M. DeVillers
Resident Legal Advisor, Republic of Georgia
Assistant U.S. Attorney
U.S. Department of Justice

DeVillers has been an assistant U.S. attorney (AUSA) since July 2002. From 1997-02 he was the director of the Organized Crime/Gang Unit for the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office in Columbus.

Since July 2010, DeVillers has been a resident legal advisor to the Republic of Georgia living in the capital city of Tbilisi, Georgia. The position was granted to DeVillers through the U.S. Embassy’s office of the Resident Legal Advisor of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (DOJ/OPDAT). DeVillers works closely with the Georgian Ministry of Justice to establish rule of law in Georgia.

In 2004 DeVillers was sent to Iraq by the Department of Justice to Investigate a Foreign Terrorist Organization. In 2006 and 2007 DeVillers returned to Iraq as a prosecutor advisor to Iraqi High Tribunal for the Anfal (Kurdish Genocide) trial of Saddam Hussein and other members of former Iraqi Regime. He also investigated additional crimes against humanity perpetrated by the former Iraqi  Regime while in Iraq.

DeVillers has extensive experience in prosecuting organized crime. He has coordinated the investigation and prosecution of large scale criminal enterprises involving both state and federal agencies. As an AUSA DeVillers prosecuted the only three federal capital cases in the history of the Southern District of Ohio.

DeVillers was voted the Outstanding Assistant Prosecutor of the Year in 1999 by the Ohio Prosecuting Attorney’s Association. DeVillers was awarded the J. Michael Bradford Memorial Award for the Nation’s Most Outstanding Assistant United States Attorney by The National Association of Former United States Attorneys in 2008.

Devillers is the author of Marbury vs. Madison (Enslow Publishing, 1996) and The Trial of John Brown (Enslow Publishing, 1999).

Alan C. Michaels
Dean and Edwin M. Cooperman Professor of Law
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

Alan C. Michaels was approved by The Ohio State University Board of Trustees as dean of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in November 2008.

Dean Michaels graduated from Harvard College magna cum laude in 1983 and from Columbia University School of Law in 1986.

Following graduation from law school, Dean Michaels clerked for Chief Judge Wilfred Feinberg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and then Associate Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Dean Michaels spent three years in private practice representing the Major League Baseball Players Association and then served for four years as a prosecutor in New York County before joining Ohio State in 1995. From 2001 to 2003, he served Moritz as associate dean for faculty and has also been a visiting professor at the University of Michigan.

Dean Michaels’ research, primarily in the area of the mens rea of crimes and in the adjudicatory portion of criminal procedure, has been published in a variety of leading journals, including the Columbia Law Review, the Harvard Law Review, and the Southern California Law Review.

He is coauthor with Professor Joshua Dressler of Understanding Criminal Procedure (4th edition) and serves as co-managing editor of the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law. Dean Michaels was the recipient of the 1998-99 Outstanding Scholarly Paper Award from the Association of American Law Schools. He was chosen as the Outstanding Professor by the graduating class in both 1999 and 2000.

Dean Michaels has taught Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure: Adjudication, White Collar Crime, and Sports Law.

Steven S. Nolder
Federal Public Defender

Since 2006, Steve Nolder has served as the federal public defender for the Southern District of Ohio, managing and supervising offices in Columbus, Cincinnati, and Dayton. Nolder is often called upon to deliver training and speak to professional legal groups.  He has been in the Southern District public defender’s office since 1994. He began as an assistant federal public defender before advancing to first assistant and then to acting federal public defender.

Prior to joining the office, Nolder spent seven years as a sole practitioner.

Nolder earned a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University and his law degree from Capital University Law School.

John B. Quigley
President’s Club Professor of Law
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

Before joining the Ohio State faculty in 1969, Quigley was a research scholar at Moscow State University, and a research associate in comparative law at Harvard Law School. Professor Quigley teaches International Law and Comparative Law. Quigley holds an adjunct appointment in the Political Science Department. In 1982-83 he was a visiting professor at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Quigley is active in international human rights work. His numerous publications include books and articles on human rights, the United Nations, war and peace, east European law, African law, and the Arab-Israeli conflict In 1995 he was recipient of The Ohio State University Distinguished Scholar Award.

Quigley received a bachelor’s, master’s, and LL.B. degree from Harvard University.

Judge Edmund A. Sargus, Jr.
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio

Judge Edmund A. Sargus, Jr. has served on the District Court since being appointed by President Clinton on Aug. 23, 1996. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Sargus served as the United States attorney for the Southern District of Ohio from May 1993 to August 1996.

In November 1978, Judge Sargus was admitted to the practice of law. He practiced law in Bellaire, Ohio, from 1978 to 1979 in the firm of Cinque, Banker, Linch, Groman and White. From 1980-93, Judge Sargus was a member of the firm of Burech & Sargus in St. Clairsville, Ohio.

Judge Sargus received an A.B. from Brown Unviersity and his law degree from Case Western Reserve School of Law. Since 2005, he has served as an adjunct professor at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

Carter M. Stewart
United States Attorney
Southern District of Ohio

President Barack Obama nominated Carter M. Stewart as United States attorney for the Southern District of Ohio on July 14, 2009. The Senate confirmed Stewart’s appointment on Sept. 15, 2009, and he was sworn in on Sept. 30, 2009. In 2011, Stewart delivered training to law enforcement in the country of Georgia to assist investigators and prosecutors with legal issues and the drafting of the Georgian criminal code.”

Prior to his appointment, Stewart worked in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, where he focused on the areas of criminal defense, commercial litigation, antitrust, and education law.

Stewart previously served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Northern District of California (San Jose Division) where he prosecuted a wide range of cases, including money laundering, illegal immigration, narcotics possession, and the unlawful distribution of performance-enhancing drugs to professional athletes.

Stewart also worked in the general litigation group at Bingham McCutchen LLP in San Francisco.

Stewart clerked for The Honorable Robert L. Carter of the Southern District of New York and The Honorable Raymond L. Finch of the District of the Virgin lslands.

Stewart received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, his M.A. in education policy from Columbia University, and his B.A from Stanford University.


Douglas W. Squires
Assistant U.S. Attorney
U.S. Department of Justice

Doug Squires is an assistant U.S. attorney in Columbus, Ohio, and has prosecuted numerous significant white-collar cases, including one of the largest frauds in U.S history. In 2009, he received the Department’s Distinguished Service Award.

Squires is an adjunct professor at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and the Capital University Law School in Columbus. At Moritz, Squires teaches White Collar Crime, which examines sophisticated criminal offenses involving the use of power, influence, or trust for the purpose of illegal gain. At Capital, Squires developed and teaches a class in forensic evidence, an advanced evidence course. The forensic evidence class explores various disciplines and legal applications including computer forensics, forensic accounting, and other modern crime scene analysis.

Squires is a frequent lecturer in the United States. In 2010, he delivered training to law enforcement in the country of Georgia to assist investigators and prosecutors with the issues of fraud and corruption.

Squires has authored several published legal works including a chapter entitled "Forensic Accounting" in Scientific Evidence in Civil and Criminal Cases, 5th Ed., (Foundation Press 2007), the leading legal text on scientific and technical evidence.

Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Columbus in 2000, Squires worked for almost seven years as a state prosecutor in California. As a deputy district attorney, Squires prosecuted offenses including murder, sex crimes, and major narcotics and served as interim supervising district attorney.