Dean’s Roundtable

DeansRoundtable_HeaderThe Dean’s Roundtable invites first-year law students to converse with Dean Alan C. Michaels and a featured guest, frequently an alumnus of the College, over lunch. These small gatherings allow students to discuss leadership topics, and they offer a unique opportunity to listen to real-world stories about career paths, life balance, and lessons learned since graduating from law school. For first-
year students, the Dean’s Roundtable is a reminder that leadership can come in many forms, and each graduate has the possibility of trailblazing his or her own career. It offers an opportunity to shape how students think of themselves from the start of law school, showing them at the very beginning of their law careers that attorneys have considerable leadership potential that can be sustained throughout their lives.


Dean’s Roundtable with Christine Mayer ’96

October 24, 2014 | Students shared lunch and conversation at The Barrister Club with Dean Michaels and Christine Mayer ’96, President of the GAR Foundation. GAR invests in the Greater Akron area to promote quality of life, education, and economic opportunities for its people, in a culturally vibrant community.

Dean’s Roundtable with Bruce Downey ’73

November 7, 2013 | Bruce Downey is the former CEO of Barr Pharmaceuticals (bought by Teva Pharmaceuticals), and a member of the Board of Directors for Cardinal Health, and a partner at New Spring Capital, a venture capital firm. Students had the opportunity to sit down for a lunch and conversation with this alumnus.

Dean's Roundtable with Jim Tuschman '66

October 23, 2012 | Attorney James M. Tuschman is a former chair of the Ohio Board of Regents and is currently Of Counsel for Barkan and Robon Ltd. Mr. Tuschman has been a trial lawyer for the past 45 years. During most of his professional career, he was involved in the defense of doctors and hospitals in medical malpractice cases. He received national recognition by being listed in The Best Lawyers in America. Students had the opportunity during this event to sit down with this alumnus for lunch and a conversation on leadership.

Examples of other dean’s roundtable events:

Dean’s Roundtable with Mary Mertz ’02

Dean Alan Michaels will engage Mary Mertz ’02, First Assistant Attorney General under Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, in a conversation about leadership. 1L students only, please contact Kaiti Curtin with questions about this event.

Dean’s Roundtable with Steve Goldfarb ’85

Dean Alan Michaels led a discussion with Steve Goldfarb ’85, partner at Hahn Loeser in a conversation about leadership. 1L students only, please contact Annina Parini with questions about this event.

Dean’s Roundtable with John Lowe ’98

Dean Alan Michaels was joined by Jeni’s Ice Cream CEO, John Lowe ’98 for a conversation about leadership. 1L’s only, invitation required.

Dean’s Roundtable with Mike Oxley ’69

Michael G. Oxley, former Congressman and Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, is of Counsel at BakerHostetler in D.C. and serves clients in the areas of corporate governance, investigations, and government policy. In addition to his position with BakerHostetler, Mr. Oxley also is Senior Advisor to the Board of Directors of NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. After a 25-year career representing Ohio’s Fourth Congressional District, Congressman Oxley is best known for his co-authorship of the landmark Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, which restored Americans’ confidence in the capital markets early in the decade and created a new accounting oversight board for publicly traded companies.

Dean’s Roundtable with Bob Gilker ’78

Bob is the retired Vice President and General Counsel of Nii Holdings, Inc. He served as Vice President and General Counsel since September 2000. From August 1998 to August 2000, he served as Vice President, Law and Administration and Secretary of MPW Industrial Services Group, Inc., a publicly held provider of industrial cleaning and facilities support services. From 1987 until he joined MPW, Mr. Gilker was a partner with Jones Day.

Dean’s Roundtable with Linda Fisher

Fisher is the chief sustainability officer at Dupont Chemical.