The Law School Magazine  ·  Winter 2009 : Dean's Letter

From the Dean’s Desk

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I hope this magazine finds each of you in good spirits and that you all had the opportunity to relax during a holiday break. Much has changed at the law school in the past few months. Ohio Governor Ted Strickland selected our cherished Dean Nancy Rogers to serve as Ohio Attorney General until a newly elected attorney general could take office in January 2009. I was named interim dean and, in November, dean of the law school. I have had a chance to speak with many of you during my nearly 14 years at the law school, and, if we haven’t met, I look forward to meeting you in the near future.

The College has an extraordinary momentum from Nancy Rogers’ leadership, and I look forward to furthering our success so that you, our alumni, can maintain your pride in your law school, to which alumni make such a difference.

On a sad note, we’ve recently lost three of the College’s esteemed faculty: Robert Lynn, Robert Nordstrom, and Morgan Shipman. It’s difficult to put into words what these three professors meant to the law school. Their dedication to students, passion for teaching, and distinguished contributions affected many of you – many of us – profoundly. They will truly be missed.

In this issue, you’ll find plenty of interesting feature stories as well as news from around the school. Jack Creighton ’57, former chief executive of United Airlines, offers some insight in a feature story that looks at the U.S. airline industry in the 30 years since it was deregulated.

Keeping our body (and minds) healthy in the midst of our increasingly busy lifestyles should be a priority for all of us. Five Moritz alumni discuss how they’ve been successful staying healthy despite busy work and family commitments. I think you’ll agree that Mike Finn ’67, Doug Morgan ’82, Rich Helmreich ’89, Danyelle Wright ’99, and Rebecca Roderer Price ’01 provide valuable advice. Check out another insightful piece from our student columnist, Jonathan Peters ’10, and an alumni feature detailing the career of Deborah Ballam ’77.


Alan C. Michaels

Dean and Edwin M. Cooperman Professor of Law

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