The Law School Magazine  ·  Spring 2011 : Dean's Letter

From the Dean’s Desk

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Two elements of the College’s values statement – excellence and innovation – have been a driving force behind much of our advancement in the past few months. The College, thanks to the help of alumni and friends, has recently announced the introduction of two terrific new programs. The College’s seventh legal clinic, the Entrepreneurial Business Law Clinic, will match student legal assistance with Ohio’s emerging businesses in need of transactional assistance. In addition, the Moritz Corporate Fellowship Program was launched to help place recent graduates in general counsel offices of leading corporations. Both initiatives advance the College’s mission and would not have been possible without the help of Moritz friends and supporters.

The creation of the Entrepreneurial Business Law Clinic has been a long-term goal of the College, and its start – slated for January 2012 – has ties to alumni, faculty, and students. For many years the Moritz administration and faculty have sought to expand our renowned clinical program to include an opportunity to teach business transaction skills. As part of that process, Moritz faculty have dedicated countless hours researching best practices and clinic structures to develop the approach that would most benefit our school and community. The clinic, as you can learn in detail on page 6, will allow students to represent entrepreneurs and their start-up and emerging businesses. These businesses – not yet ready to hire paid legal counsel – will benefit from students’ pro bono assistance, and students will benefit from the hands-on experience. In addition, the program will help support new and growing businesses located throughout Central Ohio and other parts of the state. Finally, the generosity of a handful of alumni and friends transformed the idea into reality. Those include Ed Cooperman ’67, James J. Johnson ’72, Alec Wightman ’75, John T. Mills ’73, Clay P. Graham ’80, Michael Segal ’83, David Jamieson ’69, Robert L. Grossman ’78, Brian A. Basil ’95, Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing, and John J. Chester, Sr. I do not believe there is a better example of a community-wide collaboration, and we are all eager for the start of this clinic.

You are likely well aware of our ongoing efforts to expand career opportunities for our students and recent graduates who are seeking employment in a particularly challenging job market. In January, we launched the Moritz Corporate Fellowship Program. The program places recent Moritz graduates in the general counsel offices of leading national corporations. You can read more on page 4, but the paid fellowships, much like judicial clerkships, provide recent graduates with an opportunity to gain invaluable legal experience while working alongside experienced attorneys. The College has welcomed six corporate partners: The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, Nationwide Insurance, American Electric Power, Broad Street Capital Partners, DSW, Inc., and the National Retail Federation, and more are likely coming soon. Many of these partnerships have emerged thanks to alumni who have realized the benefits of the program in their offices and were eager to partner with us. We have high expectations for this first-of-its-kind fellowship program and believe it will offer another opportunity for Moritz students to get a head start on great careers.

 

Sincerely,

 

Alan C. Michaels

Dean and Edwin M. Cooperman Professor of Law

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