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New Faculty Welcomed at Moritz College of Law
Chamallas, powell and Lee join Moritz faculty
August 12, 2002
Classes begin August 19 at Ohio State's Moritz College of Law with three new faculty members and several faculty promotions.
Martha Chamallas, Columbus (43215), a nationally prominent scholar in employment discrimination, torts, and feminist legal theory, has been named to the Robert J. Lynn Chair in Law.
Nationally-known race and poverty professor, john a. powell, who does not capitalize his name, has been appointed to the Gregory H. Williams Chair in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. The chair was established in 2001 by the late Michael E. Moritz '61 in honor of Gregory H. Williams, dean of the college from 1993 to 2001. powell will begin teaching second semester.
Edward Lee, Columbus, has joined the faculty as an assistant professor. He will teach in the areas of copyright, intellectual property, international intellectual property, and cyberspace law, and civil procedure.
Noted criminal law scholar Joshua Dressler, Columbus (43235), has been named to the Frank R. Strong Chair in Law. The chair was established in 2001 by Moritz in honor of Frank R. Strong (1908-2001), dean of the college from 1952 to 1965.
Several individuals have been promoted. Sharon L. Davies, Columbus (43209), Katherine H. Federle, Columbus (43221), and Alan C. Michaels, Columbus (43209) have all been named professors. Amee R. McKim, Johnstown (43031) has been named Assistant Dean for Professional Development.
Chamallas comes to Ohio State from the University of Pittsburgh, where she has been a professor of law since 1994. An expert in Title VII law, Professor Chamallas has written extensively on race and gender discrimination in employment, covering such topics as pay equity, tokenism, part-time work, sexual harassment and job segregation. Prior to Pittsburgh, she was a faculty member at Iowa.
powell, who is best known for founding the Institute of Race and Poverty at the University of Minnesota, will also direct Ohio State’s new Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in the Americas. He comes from the University of Minnesota Law School, where he taught civil rights law, property law and jurisprudence and was adjunct professor at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute.
Lee previously was at Stanford Law School where he was an instructor and the supervising attorney for the school's Center for Internet and Society (CIS).
Dressler, who has been a member of the faculty at Ohio State since 2001, is consistently recognized as one of the two or three leading authorities on criminal law in the U.S. He is the managing editor (with Professor Doug Berman) of the new Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, which will be a faculty-run, student-assisted semi-annual journal. The first issue will be released in the Fall of 2003.
Davies joined the Moritz College of Law in 1995 as an assistant professor of law, quickly becoming associate professor of law in 1999. Her principle subjects of expertise include criminal law, police practices in criminal procedure, evidence, and race and the criminal law.
Federle joined the faculty at the Moritz College in 1998 as associate professor and the director of the Justice for Children Project, an educational research program that, under faculty supervision, involves law students in direct representation of children as clients in the legal system. She continues to direct the Justice for Children Project and teaches in the areas of children in the law, family law, and criminal law.
Michaels joined the Moritz College as an assistant professor in August 1995, focusing on the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure (adjudication), and white collar crime. He was named associate professor in 1999 and, since 2001, he has also served the school as associate dean for faculty.
McKim, known for her expertise in family and children's law, began working at the Moritz College as the placement director in 1997. Since then, she has supervised all activities of the college's Placement Office, and counseled law students and alumni about legal and alternative career objectives and job search strategies. She also directs career-planning events and supervises on campus interviewing programs that bring more than 130 employers to the school on an annual basis.
The Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University is Ohio's flagship law school. Approximately 650 students attend classes at the school’s John Deaver Drinko Hall, located at 55 West 12th Avenue.