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Ned Foley Named to Law Professorship at Ohio State
Foley named to Robert M. Duncan/Jones Day Designated Professor of Law
March 5, 2003
Edward B. “Ned” Foley has been named the Robert M. Duncan/Jones Day Designated Professor of Law at the Michael E. Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University.
Foley has taught at Ohio State since 1991 and has been a full professor since 1997. From 1999-2000, he took a leave to serve as State Solicitor in the office of the Ohio Attorney General. An expert in constitutional law, election law, and education law, he was a clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun. He also clerked for Chief Judge Patricia M. Wald of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
A graduate of the Columbia University School of Law in New York, Foley was the writing and research editor for the prestigious Columbia Law Review and the recipient of numerous academic awards. He received a bachelor of arts degree magna cum laude from Yale University.
The Robert M. Duncan/Jones Day Designated Professorship of Law was approved by the Board of Trustees at The Ohio State University on March 5. The professorship was made possible by gifts from Moritz Law graduates at the international law firm of Jones Day. It recognizes the distinguished career of Duncan, a 1952 graduate of the Moritz College and university trustee who is a retired partner of Jones Day.
Duncan began his career in general practice. He then served in succession as an assistant Attorney General for the State of Ohio, an Attorney Examiner for the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, assistant City Attorney for the City of Columbus, the chief of the Worker’s Compensation section of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, and ultimately as the chief counsel to the Attorney General.
He began his judicial career when he became a judge in the Franklin County Municipal Court. In 1969, he was elected to the Ohio Supreme Court, where he served until his appointment as judge of the United States Court of Military Appeals in 1971. In 1974, he was named chief judge of that court, during which time the court heard the military appeal of Lt. William Calley, Jr. Shortly thereafter, he was appointed to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. While in that position, he presided over the landmark order ending segregation in the Columbus Public Schools.
Since leaving the court, he has been a partner at Jones Day and served as vice president and general counsel in the office of Legal Affairs at The Ohio State University. He also serves the Moritz College of Law as its Jurist in Residence.
The Moritz College of Law is Ohio’s flagship law school. It is nationally known for its programs in alternative dispute resolution, criminal law, and labor and employment law. Approximately 660 students attend classes at the school’s John Deaver Drinko Hall, located at 55 West 12th Avenue.