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.


2016-2017 PLL Orientation and Registration Luncheon

August 25, 2016

New students: You don’t want to miss this event at the Barrister Club!  You’ll get great food, information on the Program on Law and Leadership’s slate of exciting guests and events, and you’ll hear from upper class students about leadership and share their experiences in the Program.

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2016-2017 PLL Community Unrest and Community Leadership Panel in Saxbe Auditorium

September 22, 2016

In an era of increasing discord in communities in all parts of the country, the panel will discuss: What should local leaders do in the midst of community unrest? What plans should they make during more tranquil times? What special contributions can lawyer-leaders make in both situations? In addition, they will examine the unique challenges faced by communities given the current controversies, and share best practices of what local and lawyer-leaders are doing to meet them. Special focus will be on how to forge collaboration amongst a multitude of stakeholders. The discussion will be moderated by Nancy H. Rogers, Director, Program on Law and Leadership, Professor Emeritus, OSU Moritz College of Law. Panelists:

  • Grande Lum, Former Director, U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service; Director, Divided Community Project, OSU Moritz College of Law, led the federal mediation that intervened in Ferguson, MO, Baltimore, Sanford, Florida, and elsewhere
  • Barbara Langhenry, director of the Cleveland Law Department, which had a critical role in planning for the anticipated demonstrations during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this past summer.
  • Carl Smallwood, Partner, Vorys Sater Seymour & Pease LLP; past president, National Conference of Bar Presidents, chairs a local Columbus effort to take advantage of tranquil times to plan ahead, and to enhance trust among communities within the larger community.

Co-sponsors: The OSU Moritz College of Law’s: Program on Law and Leadership; Divided Community Project; Program on Dispute Resolution; Ohio State University Democracy Studies; as well as the Truancy Mediation Project, and Dispute Resolution & Youth. A box lunch will be provided for the first 100 attendees.

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For additional information, contact Mary Rose Sullivan, Coordinator, Program on Law and Leadership, at; or 614-247-8879

“Would You Share a Few Words? Preparing Short Talks Lawyers are Called to Make”

October 7, 2016

“Would You Share a Few Words? Preparing Short Talks Lawyers are Called to Make,” will be presented by premier communications consultant Ruth Milligan, from 1-4 p.m., Friday, October 7, in Drinko 349. Ms. Milligan will use the format of a TED talk to illustrate what makes a compelling talk, how to draw in a listener, and the best way to make a few salient points. She will highlight the process of developing an interesting, short talk.

Lawyer-leaders are frequently asked to say a few words; sometimes there is an opportunity to prepare, and at other times, the comments are off-the-cuff. This workshop will help build a speaker’s confidence in delivering a message that is easily understood, and memorable.

Ruth Milligan is the co-curator of TEDxColumbus program, and founder and principal of, where she is the lead executive speech coach, trainer and facilitator. She pulls from her over 25 years of communications expertise, helping individuals at all levels move from good to great in the communication influence. She is highly regarded for her curation of  TEDxColumbus, as well as for her passion and skill in developing communications’ talent.

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A Conversation with Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval

October 21, 2016

Nevada Governor Sandoval, Moritz ’89, has an impressive leadership background. He was the youngest state gaming commissioner at 35, he was the first Latino elected to state-wide office.  He gave up a federal judgeship to run for governor. He has previously been a guest of the PLL, and students valued his remarks on leadership and his perspective on being a governor .

The Conversation will be held in Drinko 349. A box lunch will be served.

Professor Emeritus and PLL Director, Nancy Rogers, will moderate the Conversation.


A Conversation with Steve Francis

November 7, 2016

Mr. Francis, Moritz ’83, was appointed by Columbus Mayor Ginther as the first Chief Diversity Officer for the City of Columbus. Previously, he managed Corporate Affairs for Honda of America, where he also held a variety of positions from handling government affairs, diversity, and public relations, as well as working as senior assistant counsel.

A sit-down lunch will be served at the Barrister Club.

Professor Emeritus and PLL Director, Nancy Rogers, will moderate.



A Conversation with Kara Trott

November 14, 2016

Ms. Trott, Moritz ’91, is the Founder and CEO of Quantum Health. In 1999, when Quantum Health opened its doors, it was first company in the healthcare industry to apply consumer behavior mapping strategies. Prior to founding Quantum Health, Ms. Trott was a corporate attorney with the law firm Bricker & Eckler, and she also served as a strategic marketing consultant and project manager at RPA, an international consulting firm.

A sit-down lunch will be served at the Barrister Club.

Professor Emeritus and PLL Director, Nancy Rogers, will moderate the Conversation.

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Luncheon with Chief Judge Colleen McMahon

November 18, 2016

Colleen McMahon, an undergraduate OSU alumna, is the Chief Judge of one of the nation’s most important courts, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (S.D.N.Y.), based in Manhattan.  S.D.N.Y. routinely handles many of the nation’s most consequential finance, white collar crime, civil rights, and national security cases.  Chief Judge McMahon will share her thoughts for law students on good lawyering and leadership, and also address their relevance to national security.

This luncheon with Chief Judge McMahon is open to the entire OSU community, and also part of The Ohio State National Security Simulation, directed by Prof. Dakota Rudesill.

A buffet lunch will be served.  Location: U.S. Bank Conference Theater, Ohio Union.

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Managing Meetings to Make Them More Effective, a Workshop with Prof. Sarah Cole

January 27, 2017

Professor Sarah Cole is the John W. Bricker Professor of Law; and the Director, Program on Dispute Resolution. Professor Cole has focused her research on the legal issues and policy that have arisen as a result of the increased use of alternative dispute resolution. She is the co-author of two of the leading casebooks on Alternative Dispute Resolution in the country.

The workshop will be held in Drink 349. Snacks will be served.

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A Conversation with Martijn Steger

February 28, 2017

Mr. Steger, Moritz ’83, is Director and  Leader of the Global Business Practice at Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter. He primarily assists clients with global business law issues, intellectual property matters and dispute resolution. Mr. Steger has a particular emphasis in the resolution of international business disputes and disputes arising in the field of logistics, which includes the warehousing, supply and transport of goods.

The Conversation will be moderated by Prof. Katrina Lee.

A sit-down lunch will be served in the Barrister Club.

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