News & Events
Pass the Gavel Newsletter Keeps State, Federal Judges in Ohio Informed About Alternative Dispute Resolution
A generous gift from Arthur I. Vorys supports the newsletter
October 18, 2002
Pictured left to right are Todd Ellsworth, John Minter, Adjunct Professor James Lawrence,
Judge’s dockets are full; court dates are scarce; yet disputes still need prompt and effective resolution. This was the reasoning behind the creation of Pass the Gavel, a monthly newsletter to state and federal judges in Ohio on alternative dispute resolution (ADR), containing summaries of articles and court cases, articles by judges and practitioners, and nutshell explanations of existing court-annexed dispute resolution programs.
Financially supported by a generous gift from Arthur I. Vorys, the Vorys Research Institute at The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law, created "Pass the Gavel" to inform judges and dispute resolution court personnel in Ohio about ADR methods.
Under the guidance of law school Dean Nancy Rogers, Professors Josh Stulberg and Sarah Cole, and the leadership of Adjunct Professor James Lawrence ’65 of Frost Brown Todd LLC, law students John Minter, Laura Monick, and Todd Ellsworth spent the summer researching and reading ADR articles, studying court systems to determine what makes them effective or may make them more effective, and interviewing judges and court administrators across Ohio. With the help of other faculty and support staff at the College and the artistic design of Barb Swartz, the first issue of Pass the Gavel appeared in September. The newsletter will be published during the school year by Jim Lawrence, John Minter and the addition of law students Eric Grasha and Matthew Hutchinson.
Pass the Gavel will be used by Ohio's court systems as a resource for the continued implementation of effective, efficient dispute resolution programs and helping Ohio courts operate ADR systems that will become models for other states.
Since 1891, the Moritz College of Law has played a leading role in the legal profession through countless contributions made by alumni and faculty. Graduates of the school reside in all 50 states and 20 other countries and include justices of the Ohio Supreme Court, current and former U.S. Senators and Representatives, managing partners in law firms of all sizes, chief executive officers of Fortune 500 corporations, and attorneys with non-profit organizations and public interest law firms.