2015-2016 Events

PLL Informational Orientation and Luncheon

August 27, 2015

New students: You don’t want to miss this event!  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 who will lead small group discussions about leadership and share their experiences in the Program.

General Information


Conversation with Lavea Brachman, Exec Dir of the Greater Ohio Policy Center

September 10, 2015

As Executive Director and a co-founder of the Greater Ohio Policy Center, Lavea has been instrumental in shaping the organization’s direction and strategic policy priorities aimed at restoring prosperity to Ohio. She brings a passion for community and economic redevelopment to this work and a belief in the productive impact of linking sound policy with good practices. To advance this agenda in Ohio, Lavea has also formed strategic organizational partnerships with state and national organizations, including through her previous positions as non-resident senior fellow with the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program and as a policy fellow with the German Marshall Fund in Washington, D.C., which she has advised on their “cities in transition” initiative investigating European city revitalization practices that can be modeled in U.S. cities.

Lavea previously practiced environmental law in Washington, D.C. and was a partner with a Cambridge, Massachusetts consulting firm advising Fortune 500 companies on brownfield property redevelopment strategies. She also worked in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management at the Department of Energy during the Clinton Administration on community and neighborhood development and land reuse issues surrounding the U.S. decommissioned nuclear sites.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College, a law degree from The University of Chicago Law School, and a master’s in city planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has two teenagers and lives with her family in a first-ring suburb of Columbus, Ohio.


Conversation with Brian Sandoval ’89, Governor of Nevada (invitation only)

September 11, 2015

A former  legislator and Nevada’s youngest state gaming commission chairman at the age of 35, Sandoval was elected as the first Latino attorney general in the state and was appointed by President George W. Bush as the first Latino U.S. district court judge. Sandoval opted out of the lifetime judicial appointment to serve as the state’s first Latino governor.

*invitation only


A Conversation with Associate Justice Elena Kagan and Dean Alan C. Michaels (invitation only)

September 30, 2015

Elena_Kagan_Official_SCOTUS_Portrait_(2013)

Dean Alan C. Michaels will engage Associate Justice Elena Kagan in a lively discussion of leadership on Wednesday, September 30 at an event sponsored by The Program on Law and Leadership. Advance registration is required, and the event is limited to the Moritz community. Any questions regarding this event should be directed to Annina Parini at parini.2@osu.edu.

Elena Kagan, Associate Justice, was born in New York, New York, on April 28, 1960. She received an A.B. from Princeton in 1981, an M. Phil. from Oxford in 1983, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1986. She clerked for Judge Abner Mikva of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit from 1986-1987 and for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court during the 1987 Term.

After briefly practicing law at a Washington, D.C. law firm, she became a law professor, first at the University of Chicago Law School and later at Harvard Law School. She also served for four years in the Clinton Administration, as Associate Counsel to the President and then as Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy.

Between 2003 and 2009, she served as the Dean of Harvard Law School. In 2009, President Obama nominated her as the Solicitor General of the United States. A year later, the President nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on May 10, 2010. She took her seat on August 7, 2010.


Women in Business Leadership Roles; A Panel Disscusion

October 19, 2015

Discussing the ever-expanding role of women in business leadership roles will be Christie A. Hill ’86, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Dun & Bradstreet Corp., Doreen DeLaney Crawley, ’94, Executive Vice President, Chief Operations Officer, Grange Insurance, and Beth Spain, ’02, Associate General Counsel, Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The panel is co-sponsored by The Program for Law, Finance and Governance.

To register, please click here.


Conversation with Demetries Neely ’84, Exec Dir of The King Arts Center

November 12, 2015

Join Dean Garry Jenkins and Demetries Neely ’84 in a discussion on non-profit leadership.


Leadership Skills Workshop: Business Development for Lawyers: How to be a Rainmaker

November 13, 2015

In many instances, lawyers don’t just practice the law. They also are running businesses in the forms of their firms and practices. Business development, rainmaking, and networking are often key components to leadership in the law. In this workshop, Mark Beese, president of Leadership for Lawyers, LLC, will teach you how to:

  • Present a framework for consultative selling
  • Deliver a succinct verbal business card
  • How to build a positive first impression using neuro-linguistic programming techniques
  • Network with a purpose
  • Leverage social media to build a professional network
  • Understand the elements of a personal business development plan

Don’t miss this unique training opportunity to further your leadership skills.  Registration is required, refreshments will be served.

General Information


Dean’s Roundtable with Steve Goldfarb ’85 (invite only)

November 30, 2015

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


Conversation with Keith Faber ’91, Ohio State Senate President, District 12 (invitation only)

January 20, 2016

Join Associate Dean Garry Jenkins and Senate President Faber ‘91 in a discussion on leadership in government.  Senate President Keith Faber has dedicated the past 15 years to serving Ohioans in the Statehouse. He represents the 12th State Senate District, encompassing all of Allen, Champaign, Mercer and Shelby counties, as well as portions of Auglaize, Darke and Logan counties. He currently serves in his second term as President of the Senate. Prior to his election to the Senate, he served three terms in the Ohio House of Representatives. For his efforts, he has been named a Watchdog of the Treasury five times (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 & 2012), Outstanding Legislator of the Year (2004) by the United Conservatives of Ohio, as well as Legislator of the Year (2014) by the Ohio State Chiropractic Association. Other honors include receiving the Moms for Ohio’s Public Service award for his work to promote strong families and traditional Ohio values. He has been recognized for his commitment to agriculture with the “Friend of Agriculture” award (2014) by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Agriculture for Good Government Political Action.


Dean’s Roundtable with Mary Mertz ’02 (invite only)

February 11, 2016

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.


Leadership Skills Workshop: Emotional Intelligence

March 4, 2016

Emotional intelligence (EQ) is concerned with understanding oneself and others, relating to people, and adapting to and coping with the immediate surroundings to be more successful in dealing with environmental demands.  EQ helps to predict success because it reflects how a person applies knowledge to the immediate situation.

Want to know what your EQ is?  Want to know how that information can make you a more effective lawyer, leader, and professional?  Then take advantage of this amazing opportunity through a three-part workshop.  As a result of your participation in this workshop you will:  (1) recognize and understand key dimensions of emotional intelligence; (2) develop strategies to improve and enhance their effectiveness, whether at school, work, or at home; and (3) receive the results of your own emotional intelligence assessment.

Part 1:  Complete an online assessment prior to the February 19 deadline (an email with a link to the online test will be sent to you after your participation is confirmed)

Part 2:  Attend the workshop on Friday, March 4 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. in 245 Drinko to learn more about EQ and receive your EQ results.

Part 3:  Attend a one-on-one individualized counseling session (1 hour) with a trained professional to analyze the results of your EQ assessment in March (dates to be arranged individually with counselor).

Because space is extremely limited, a lottery for this workshop will be conducted.  To be placed in the lottery pool, please contact Kaiti Curtin at curtin.61@osu.edu by February 10 at noon.  You will be notified by email if your name was chosen to participate.  Please note that participation in all 3 parts of the workshop is required.  Due to fees involved, by signing up you are committing to full participation and agree to give at least one week cancellation notice if and only if an unavoidable conflict arises.