Events

PLL events provide opportunities like none other at Moritz. Whether it’s hearing from a CEO, sitting down with a distinguished alumni, or participating in a Dean’s roundtable, events are where our students make connections and become leaders. For a full list of PLL events and photo galleries, visit our event timelines by year.

Upcoming Events

Leadership Panel Discussion: “Leading Positive Change in a Community”

January 22, 2015

Come hear three lawyer-leaders talk about how they’ve used their positions of leadership to make positive changes in their communities.  Janet Jackson, President and CEO of Central Ohio United Way, Judge Bill Dues, Preble County Juvenile Judge and Founder/President of the Preble County Youth Foundation, and Jeffry Harris, Economic Director of The City of Worthington will join Dean Garry Jenkins for a discussion of leadership in the community.

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Conversation with Richard F. Celeste, Former U.S. Ambassador to India & Governor of Ohio (Saxbe Auditorium)

February 3, 2015

The American Constitution Society, PILF, and The Program on Law and Leadership will welcome Former U.S. Ambassador to India and Governor of Ohio Richard F. Celeste on Tuesday, February 3 in Saxbe Auditorium.  Mr. Celeste will share stories about his experiences as a public servant and why it is as important as ever that more motivated young people stay engaged in local, state, and national government.

Celeste began his career in public service in 1963 after returning from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar and Honorary Fellow at Exeter College. Following his time in England, he served in the staff liaison office in the Peace Corps before moving to India as special assistant to Chester Bowles, the then U.S. Ambassador. Celeste returned to Ohio and was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives from Cuyahoga County in 1970. He was next elected to be the 55th Lieutenant Governor in 1974 and served under a Republican, James A. Rhodes.  In 1978, Celeste ran for governor, but lost to incumbent Rhodes. President Carter appointed Celeste to serve as Director of the Peace Corps from 1979-1981.

In 1982, Celeste ran for Governor again and won.  He served two terms as Governor of Ohio where he navigated Ohio through the savings and loan crisis, increased support for mental health and addiction recovery services, increased funding for education and children services, all while opening more government positions to African Americans and appointing more women to his cabinet than every previous governor combined. At the end of his second term Celeste, controversially, granted clemency to a number of Ohio prisoners acknowledging the racial disparity in sentencing in Ohio and battered women’s syndrome.  After directing the DNC’s healthcare campaign in 1993, President Clinton appointed Celeste to serve as U.S. Ambassador to India. Celeste most recently retired from his position as the President of Colorado College, which was his longest continuous position anywhere in his long career, at 9 years.  He now serves on numerous boards, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and is responsible for the soon to be built U.S. Olympic museum, which is slated to be break ground in Colorado Springs.

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Conversation with Greg Kirstein (invitation only)

February 11, 2015

Greg Kirstein is the senior vice president and general counsel for the Columbus Blue Jackets organization and oversees all legal matters for the club as well as its human resources department. He joined the club as general counsel in 1998, bringing with him over 16 years of experience as a litigator and additional expertise in the sports field. He spent over a decade working with the firms Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease (1982-87), Squire, Sanders and Dempsey (1987-93) and Ray, Alton and Kirstein (1993-98), while also representing minor league baseball’s Columbus Clippers and the East Coast Hockey League’s Columbus Chill.


Recent Events

Speaker Series Keynote: Chief Judge Jamie Baker–12pm at the Ohio Union

November 14, 2014

James E. Baker, in his final year as Chief Judge of the nation’s highest military court, visits The Ohio State University to reflect on the importance of ethical courage and leadership for all professionals.  Come hear Judge Baker discuss some of the special challenges associated with working at the intersection of law, policy, and senior leaders in the national security realm.  Previously, Chief Judge Baker served as Legal Advisor to the National Security Council at the White House, Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and a Marine Corps infantry officer.  He is the author of In the Common Defense: National Security for Perilous Times (2008).  He has been an Adjunct Professor at Yale, Georgetown, Iowa, and Pittsburgh law schools.

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to hear from a remarkable leader, lawyer, and scholar!  12:00 p.m. in the US Bank Theater of the Ohio Union.  Lunch will be served, registration is required.

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Dean’s Roundtable with John Lowe ’98 (1L’s only)

November 3, 2014

Join Dean Alan Michaels and Jeni’s Ice Cream CEO, John Lowe ’98 for a conversation about leadership. 1L’s only, invitation required. Contact Annina Parini for more information at parini.2@osu.edu


Dean’s Roundtable with Christine Mayer ’96 (invite only)

October 24, 2014

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

This event is invite only. Please contact Annina Parini at parini.2@osu.edu for more information.


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October 9, 2014 | 12:10 pm - 12:10 pm As Director of the Juvenile Justice Community Planning Initiative, Subha works on advocating for and developing data driven systems change to reduce the number of youth in detention. Subha has a passion for board service and is a board member for the Columbus Junior League, as well as the Columbus Museum of Art Women’s Board, Nationwide Children’s Hospital […]

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September 19, 2014 | 3:00 pm - 3:00 pm This two hour workshop, “Executive Communication in the Electronic Age”, taught by author and e-policy expert, Nancy Flynn will give you a crash course in electronic communication at the executive level.  Gain valuable e-policy knowledge from the best! Room 250 Drinko Hall.