12th & High

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Sweet 16

April 8, 2014

Moritz students headed to the University of Virginia Law Softball Invitational over the weekend to battle it out with teams from 89 law schools. The co-ed Buckeye team made it to the Sweet 16.



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Before the judge

April 2, 2014

Moritz students talk to the Honorable Alex Kozinski of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit during a “fireside chat” at the Barrister Club. Kozinski, who is considered a feeder judge to the Supreme Court of the United States, spent two days at Moritz talking and meeting with students and faculty.



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Ready to walk.

March 27, 2014

Three members of the Latino Law Students Association pose with their newly claimed graduation stoles at today’s lunchtime celebration of diversity and inclusion. The students will wear their stoles at the Hooding Ceremony on May 9.



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And the winner is…

March 25, 2014

3L Adam Philipp receives congratulations from Professor John Quigley (left) and Josh Stulberg (right) on winning the 2014 Nancy H. Rogers Prize in Dispute Resolution. Philipp’s winning paper was on Turkey’s potential role as a facilitator in peace talks between Israel and Palestine. The prize was awarded after today’s Schwartz Lecture on Dispute Resolution.



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Big Data

March 20, 2014

Joel Gurin, former chief of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission and founder of Open Data Now, kicked off the Big Data Future symposium with the intriguing keynote address. The symposium is sponsored by Moritz’s I/S A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society, College of Engineering, John Glenn School for Public Affairs, and Battelle Center for Science & Technology.  The two-day event will feature the expertise of both academics and business leaders from companies including  IBM, Twitter, and Microsoft.



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On the campaign trail

March 19, 2014

2L Trenton Weaver (left), who is running for an officer position with the Student Bar Association, makes his case to a potential voter. The SBA strives to enhance the quality of life for law students through social events, community service events, and serving on key law school committees. The SBA plays a big role in planning orientation and hooding, and is the funding mechanism for many other student groups.



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Found in the Reading Room

March 17, 2014

After an Irish coffee and soda bread for breakfast, it seemed like a good day to go exploring in the international law section of the Moritz Law Library, located in Drinko Hall.  Many of our students take at least one international law class while at Moritz and more than 60 first-year students will be spending the summer of 2014 across the pond studying comparative law at Oxford University.  We highly recommend a weekend jaunt to the Emerald Isle. And, Paris.



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Going Once

March 7, 2014

Faculty, students, alumni, and staff headed to the Huntington Club at Ohio Stadium to bid on event tickets, dinners, merchandise, vacation rentals, and more at the annual Public Interest Law Foundation auction. The auction raised over $44,000, which will be used to support students working in public interest jobs over the summer.



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Standing Reservation.

March 4, 2014

Professor Ric Simmons and two students from his Evidence class grab lunch at Panera, located across the street from the law school. Simmons takes select students out to lunch each week and they talk about class, future career aspirations, and just about anything else on their minds.  A sign-up sheet is posted at the beginning of each semester.



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Going to the dogs.

March 3, 2014

As part of student wellness week, student dog owners brought in their four-legged friends for the dogless to pet and admire. Tails wagged, sniffing incurred, kisses were given, and a good time was had by all.



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Before the court

February 27, 2014

2L Theresa Hanna stands before a panel of judges making her oral argument in the final round of the Herman Moot Court Competition. Hanna and her classmates argued the case Hall v. Florida, which is currently pending before the Supreme Court of the United States and questions when it is constitutional to execute an individual with a mental disability.  The Herman Competition is open to all 2Ls and is the primer for making the traveling moot court teams during the third year of law school.



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A soulful day.

February 24, 2014

Members of the Black Law Students Association unpack homemade goodies in preparation of one of the most anticipated events of the year – the Soul Food Luncheon.  From fried chicken to pulled pork to mac and cheese to collard greens and an 12-foot long dessert table, everyone left the Saxbe Auditorium filled  to the brim.  BLSA hosts multiple events in February in celebration of Black History Month.




A Break in Bitcoin Action

February 21, 2014

Students and presenters take a break and discuss digital currency at the Ohio State Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal the symposium “In Bitcoin We Trust? A Forward Look at the Regulation, Use, and Growth of the Digital Currency.”



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First Job

February 19, 2014

Moritz students donned their business finest at lunch today at the Public Interest Opportunity Forum Table Talk. The event allows students to introduce themselves to multiple government agencies and public interest groups and to learn more about the work done by the organizations. Last year, about 29 percent of our graduates began their careers in government or public interest jobs.



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A night out

February 13, 2014

Recent graduates from the Columbus area gathered after work at the Hubbard Grille in the Short North Arts District to reconnect and network. About 60 percent of Moritz grads stay in Ohio after graduation.



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Gather Around

February 4, 2014

Kelley Griesmer ’93, chief operating officer of Pelotonia, talked with a small group of leadership students today about her role in the unique nonprofit organization with the mission to end cancer. Griesmer planned a career in public interest law, then accepted a job and made partner at Jones Day (one of the largest law firms in the country) before heading to Pelotonia. The organization has funded more than $60 million in cancer research at Ohio State since its founding in 2008.




Welcoming a President

January 31, 2014

Max B.H. Stearns, in white, laughs as Brutus Buckeye gives Dr. Michael Drake a miniature doll of Brutus Buckeye during a welcome event at the Ohio Union. Stearns, a 1L from Columbus, was among the contingent of students to welcome Drake, the 15th president of The Ohio State University, before hundreds of faculty, staff, students and well-wishers.



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100 days

January 30, 2014

The Class of 2014 will walk the stage at hooding in 100 days. Today, 3Ls lined up for graduation photos, which will appear in the hooding program and be displayed permanently in the library next to class composite photos of more than 100 previous graduating classes.



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Reduced to Beads and Feathers

Gene Smith (right), athletic director of The Ohio State University and former member of the NCAA football rules committee, talks with law students about the controversy related to sports teams using Native American names and symbols. John Low (left), an Ohio State professor and Native American, talked about the history of the word “redskin” and offensiveness of the name.



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New Neighbor

January 26, 2014

The South Campus Oval, located caddy-corner from the law school, is one of two large green spaces on campus. It is home to Mirror Lake, the Browning Amphitheater, Frisbee-players, dog-walkers, and the occasional snowperson.



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Lights, Camera, Action

January 20, 2014

Professor Douglas A. Berman, an expert in criminal sentencing and the death penalty, was a guest today on MSNBC This Morning with Brian Shactman. In the past several days, Berman was quoted by The New York Times, Associated Press, CNN, and multiple other media outlets on death penalty policy in America.



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Learning to Mediate

January 11, 2014

Students in the Mediation Clinic spent the first weekend of the semester going through intense mediation skills training at the law school. Law students received an assist from College of Nursing students, pictured left and right, who role-played feuding parties. The law students will head down to the Franklin County Municipal Court to mediate actual cases starting next week.



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Bowl Season

January 4, 2014

Being a Buckeye means … having a warm place to travel to in early January! Faculty, students, and alumni – pictured here is Brandon Mitchell ’12 -headed to sunny, warm Miami to cheer on the Buckeyes in the Orange Bowl. O-H!



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No rest

December 30, 2013

While students take a well-deserved break between semesters, there is no rest for law professors, who are busy grading final exams and papers.



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December 18, 2013

Anne K. Bauer, a 1L, smiles wide after taking the final exam of her first semester of law school. “I’m tired and will probably sleep for three days,” she said of her plans over the break, which she will spend in her hometown of Delaware, Ohio. “It feels good to be done!”



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O Tannenbook

December 6, 2013

The law librarians are getting into the holiday spirit – and keeping a steady stream of sugar available to students studying for final exams – through this creative display.



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A double-helping

November 26, 2013

It takes two hands to serve students at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law celebrating Thanksgiving together in the William B. Saxbe Law Auditorium. The annual luncheon, hosted by the Student Bar Association, raises money and collects canned food for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.



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Called to the Hill

November 21, 2013

Professor Daniel C.K. Chow participated in a roundtable discussion with the Congressional-Executive Commission on China in Washington, D.C. Chow spoke about trends in corruption in China among high-level officials and anti-corruption efforts in a hearing-style discussion on Capitol Hill.



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Final Prep

November 20, 2013

Appellate Advocacy, taken by most second-year students, ends with oral arguments before a panel of judges. Students take a final minute to prepare while waiting to be called into “court,” where they will present their case and field questions.



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Yes, Mr. President.

November 16, 2013

President Peter Mansoor (left) is briefed by the attorney general, white house press secretary, legislative liaison, and White House counsel during a meeting in the Oval Office during a two-day national security simulation. The weekend simulation has law students playing key roles in the executive and legislative branches and serves as the final exam for students taking National Security Law.  It includes more than 50 “players” from the law school as well as Ohio State’s Mershon Center for International Security Studies and the School of Communication.



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Pairing up

November 13, 2013

With just over two weeks of classes left in the first semester, the large library tables are busy with students working together on final projects and course outlines.



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What not to wear

November 6, 2013

The Student Bar Association and the Career Services Office presented “Dress for Success, Fashion Tips from Business Casual to Formal Attire.” Here, representatives from The Limited talk about the need for restraint when it comes to accessories and help the student model remove a scarf and extra jewelry. The belt, they noted, added a nice touch of flair.



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Herman’s Monsters

October 31, 2013

Professor Larry Herman’s Criminal Law class started with a lot of tricks and treats on Halloween. Students hatched a plan to wear Hawaiian shirts to class in honor of Herman, who is known for sporting Aloha-wear around Drinko Hall most days. Meanwhile, he surprised them by donning a robe and scary mask, joking that he was “Judge Dread.” (Don’t be fooled, though. There’s a Hawaiian shirt under that robe.)



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After Class.

October 28, 2013

Students in Professor Greenbaum’s class cheer him on during a friendly after-class game of bocce on the front lawn of Drinko Hall.




One. For. Ten.

October 24, 2013

Death row exoneree Delbert Tibbs speaks with students in the Saxbe Auditorium following a Diversity Week program featuring a panel discussion about wrongful convictions. Tibbs and two other death row exonerees, Damon Thibodeaux and Joe D’Ambrosio, are featured in the documentary series One. For. Ten., which references the fact that one out of every 10 people sentenced to death row in the U.S. is later found innocent. The three men answered questions from students and faculty about their cases, adjusting to life outside of prison, and how they deal with the emotions of losing decades of their life unjustly. The crowd gave them a standing ovation at the end of the program.




More Than Mentoring

October 22, 2013

Students and practicing-attorney mentors pack the Barrister Club for a mentoring lunch. Through the program, students meet with mentors six to eight times a year to learn about different practice areas, career options, and more.



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Well-Deserved Break

October 17, 2013

Professor Debby Merritt talks with members of the Criminal Law Society during a Happy Hour at Eddie George’s Bar and Grill. Merritt teaches Evidence, the Criminal Prosecution Clinic, and the Criminal Defense Clinic, and is spearheading the presidential search advisory committee for the university.



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Supreme Scholars

October 14, 2013

Professors Daniel Tokaji, Cinnamon Carlarne, Peter Shane, Christopher Walker, Arthur Greenbaum, and Guy Rub get ready to present at a lunchtime event that reviewed the Supreme Court of the United States 2013-2014 term. Rub organized the event, which was moderated by Dean Alan C. Michaels, and the panelists reviewed upcoming cases on campaign finance, the Clean Air Act, presidential recess appointments, affirmative action in higher education, and corporate jurisdiction.



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Power lunch

October 9, 2013

Lacey Bundy, senior vice president and general counsel of Express, talked with Moritz students at the Barrister Club about the ins-and-outs of working as in-house counsel. Express is one of several large companies headquartered in Columbus, and does $1.8 billion in sales each year at its 550 retail stores.



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The right to remain silent

October 8, 2013

At this year’s Bodiker Lecturer, Patrick J. Fitzgerald, a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois who prosecuted mobsters, politicians, and terrorists, discussed the policies and principles of if and when Miranda rights should be read to terror suspects.



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Standing Room Only

October 4, 2013

bell hooks – author, feminist, social activist, professor – captivated students in the Saxbe Auditorium today with her thoughts on racial bias in America after the George Zimmerman verdict.  She was interviewed by Moritz law professor Sharon Davies.




A peeling debate

October 1, 2013

A group of first-year students in Professor Northern’s Torts class brought bunches of humor today when they showed up with boxes of bananas for their classmates.  Several of the cases surrounding the day’s negligence discussion involved slip-and-fall banana peel incidents. We are sure the props added to a healthy classroom deliberation.



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Racing for Veterans

September 27, 2013

This year’s Race Judicata, a 5k fundraiser, benefited the Grassbaugh Veterans Project. Launched in 2013 by law student Jenna Grassbaugh, the project will provide free legal services in certain areas of law for military veterans. Find more photos on the Moritz Facebook page, and learn more about the Grassbaugh Veterans Project here.



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Game On

September 25, 2013

Negotiations were tough between teams of Moritz students during the annual Lawrence Negotiation Competition. Teams paired off to negotiate an employment contract and their skills were judged by practicting lawyers.




Catching Up

September 20, 2013

Dinsmore & Shohl Student Commons is a popular place for students to chat between classes.



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Leadership Learned

September 17, 2013

Students in the Program on Law and Leadership took time out of the classroom for an intimate lunch with Tod Friedman, executive vice president and general counsel of the Schottenstein Property Group. Friedman described the ins-and-outs of working as in-house counsel, leading “up,” and making key decisions.



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A Lesson in Larceny

September 11, 2013

Professor Joshua Dressler covers the basic concept of theft with students in his Criminal Law class. He brought the lesson to life by stealing one of his student’s casebooks as an example.



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Signs of Growth

September 10, 2013

Despite summer’s last gasps (and temperatures in the 90s), grounds crews were hard at work around Drinko Hall, planting fall perennials.





September 6, 2013

A student studies hard on one of the last beautiful Friday afternoons of the summer.




Meeting Faculty Advisors

September 3, 2013

Professor Joseph “Josh” Stulberg met with students assigned to his group at a faculty advisor lunch in the Barrister Club.