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

From the Dean’s Desk

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As you will see detailed in the pages of this issue of All Rise, this is a time of new beginnings at Moritz.

The Moritz alumni at Dinsmore & Shohl stepped forward to give a new design and look to what is surely the area most in need in our building: the student locker area. Each and every Moritz alumni at the firm made a contribution to fund this project, which will be completed in August 2012. The Dinsmore & Shohl Student Commons will be the fantastic space that our students deserve.

In August, we welcomed a new class of eager and excited students.  I invite you to get to know a dozen of them on pages 26-36. As you read their stories, I think you will come to learn what I already know: They are amazing. While we have selected 12 for you to meet, I promise that you will be proud to welcome all 212 members of the first-year class to the Moritz community. They are an exceptional group of students, and I encourage you to come back to Drinko Hall – as a mentor, a volunteer, a speaker, or recruiter – and meet them.

This year we also welcome seven new faculty members to Moritz.  They each bring a new and exciting perspective to Moritz. You can meet each of them on pages 20-25.  For example, Steven Davidoff, who writes weekly for The New York Times as the Deal Professor, adds to our already dynamic offerings in business law. In the past several years, we have raised funds for a new Entrepreneurial Business Law Clinic, which will begin in January; founded the Moritz Corporate Fellowship Program, which now includes 14 corporations; offered dozens of Distinguished Practitioners in Residence courses; created our capstone professional problem-solving courses; and held multiple symposiums and printed dozens of high-quality articles on leading-edge business topics in the Ohio State Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal. The business world is changing, and, at Moritz, we are preparing future counselors to help navigate this new environment.

Finally, we catch up with former Senator George Voinovich ’61 as he starts a new chapter in his life.  His insights on politics and life after serving as mayor, governor, and senator are fascinating and thoughtful. We also reconnect with Kelley Griesmer ’93, as she takes on the challenge of managing Pelotonia; Allen Bohnert ’06, who recently took a new approach to death penalty jurisprudence and won; and Douglas Mancino ’74, who is busy helping health care organizations prepare for the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.   As dean, reconnecting with alumni is one of the best parts of the job. I encourage all of you to share your new beginnings with the Moritz community and help our students start their new beginnings.


Alan C. Michaels

Dean and Edwin M. Cooperman Professor of Law


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