The Law School Magazine  ·  Winter 2014 : Dean's Letter

Signs of Gratitude

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Firsts. Law school is full of first-time experiences. Perhaps you held your first significant leadership experience in a student organization. You probably represented clients for the first time in one of our law clinics or mooted your first big argument before a panel of judges in Appellate Advocacy

. Many students purchased their first business suits in law school. How was the course of your professional or personal life first affected by the law school?

At Moritz, we build careers. Through rigorous course work, internships, challenging writing experiences, numerous extra- and co-curricular options, and a stimulating intellectual environment, we offer a transformative experience. As a result, from the first job to the last job – and through the many new firsts along the way – a Moritz education makes a difference.


We are diligently working to educate and train the next generation of lawyer-leaders: the ones who will follow in the footsteps of our current alumni, like those currently leading in the Ohio Statehouse (see page 50). This year we’ve welcomed two new faculty members with expertise in health law, and, when you turn to the cover story (see page 40), you’ll understand why. We are using technology in the classroom to expand our offerings and prepare students for the world in which they will practice (see page 28).


One of the great joys of faculty life is watching students seize opportunities from these first experiences. The students (and the alumni they grow into) inspire us. In the current challenging environment for law schools and the profession, alumni support is increasingly a differentiating factor among law schools. Moritz continues to flourish because of the support of our community of alumni, faculty, staff, and students. Indeed, we are still innovating, cultivating new programs, developing new courses, and creating new first experiences.


In fact, many of our most recent graduates (i.e., those earning degrees in the last decade) are helping Moritz rise to new heights through participation in a targeted giving campaign benefiting the law school. For many they are making their first philanthropic gifts to the college. As the beneficiaries of the generosity of alumni who came before them, they know what an impact giving can have on our students. Will you join in making a first gift? Or, perhaps, in renewing your prior gift to the college? Every gift, no matter the size, has a genuine impact on the college and individual students as they experience their own set of legal firsts.




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