The Law School Magazine  ·  Spring 2008 : Dean's Letter

From the Dean’s Desk

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This school year marked the beginning of two very important new initiatives at Moritz: the Moritz Leadership Scholarships and the Program on Law and Leadership.  A portion of our 1L class received full or partial Leadership Scholarships. While the academic credentials of our incoming classes have been steadily rising, these students have something extra that shows promise that they will be great leaders as well as great lawyers.  Through the new Program on Law and Leadership, we strive to develop solid leadership skills for interested students.  Both of these programs were started with the belief that lawyers not only work and contribute to the legal world, but are also leaders who serve and shape our changing democracy.  Reading this issue of All Rise reaffirms to me that we are certainly on the right track with these programs.

We begin this issue with a discussion with former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Moyer ’64 about judicial elections – a topic lawyers think about more than others.  As Chief Justice Moyer points out, lawyers are uniquely qualified to help society as a whole understand and respond to the judicial selection process.  Many lawyers have taken a leadership role in the campaigns of judges in the past, and some contend that it now may be time to lead society in changing the judicial selection process.

We also review one of the more pressing issues facing law firms today: mandatory retirement for partners.  Professor James J. Brudney offers his insight as well as alumni Alec Wightman ’75, Marty Glick ’64, and Charlie Warner ’70.  Finally, we catch up with alumni from around the globe, including Thomas Briggs ’87, Michelle Freno ’94, Laura Holleman ’92, Lora McInturf ’03 and Toshikazu Miyamoto ’02, who have all made the decision to live and work overseas.  I hope that you will stay in touch and share your news and expertise with the Moritz community.

Finally, on a sad note, we say goodbye to former lead partner of Baker Hostetler, John Deaver Drinko ’44, and former U.S. Senator Howard M. Metzenbaum ’41, two Moritz alumni who were in a national spotlight during their careers.  Their contributions serve to highlight the role that lawyers play as leaders in both the private and public sectors.


Nancy H. Rogers

Dean and Michael E. Moritz Chair in Alternative Dispute Resolution

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