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SPOTLIGHT

Heather DiFranco ’01

Heather DiFranco ’01 is director of career planning at Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and served as as chair of the National Association for Law Placement's ABA Audit Protocol Work Group. "I hope that people see that law schools on the whole are good public citizens. We aren't trying to fleece anyone, we still firmly believe the law is a great profession and a great career path and that the information is out there for people to make informed decisions and the information is accurate—so they can rely on it when they're deciding if law school is right for them, what law school they should be attending, what they should be expecting to earn after they graduate, and where they may have the best likelihood of securing employment,” she said. Read more

James D. Robenalt ’81

James D. Robenalt ’81 is partner at Thompson Hine in Cleveland. In addition to managing and trying scores of high-stakes, complex cases involving trade secrets and espionage, he has found the time to write about historical events that helped shape our modern political landscape. “If you're really interested in something it doesn't feel like work," Robenalt said. "Being able to lecture and meet people all around the country has been a blast, you can’t imagine the great stories that you hear from people. And I still enjoy practicing law, I still enjoy trying cases, its hard work, but it's a good way to make a living."Read more

Jessica Flickinger Slifko ’98

Jessica Flickinger Slifko ’98 is the deputy chief legal officer for the Cleveland Clinic. “The health care industry is so heavily regulated by so many different parts of the government, it really presents us with unlimited challenges,” she said. “Plus, all of these regulations are constantly changing. Every day that I come to work I am presented with an idea, or a problem, or question. The way I look at it today may be totally different in three months.”Read more

ALUMNI NEWS

  • Remembering Judge David A. Katz ‘57

    David A. Katz ‘57, a senior judge on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, passed away on July 26 after a long battle with cancer. He was 82.

    Over the last 50 years, Katz applied a combination of hard work, determination, and compassion for others to everything that he did—both professionally and in the community. He was well-known by other attorneys in the Toledo area for his thoroughness and knowledge of the law. In a profile run on the senior judge in The Federal Lawyer in 2012, he was referred to as a “judge’s judge,” someone who brought both understanding and intellectual curiosity to the bench as he engaged those who came before him.Read more

  • Barbara Schwabauer ’10 named to National LGBT Bar Association’s list of Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40

    Barbara Schwabauer ’10 was named to the National LGBT Bar Association's list of the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 - Class of 2016. She is a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice, prosecuting employment discrimination cases against state and local government employers who discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, and national origin. Prior to this honor she was awarded the Attorney General's Distinguished Service Award for her work on litigation against the New York City Fire Department (FDNY), which resulted in a $98 million settlement for black and Hispanic firefighter applicants who were discriminated against because of their race and national origin.

  • Anthony M. Sharett ’02 receives Ohio Women’s Bar Association’s inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Sponsor Award

    Anthony M. Sharett ’02 received the Ohio Women's Bar Association's inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Sponsor Award at the OWBA's annual conference. The award is designed to recognize a legal professional who has individually championed the careers of women and diverse attorneys in the legal profession. Learn more about the award here.

  • Join us for the 2016 Buckeye football tailgates

    Join The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law for two alumni tailgates this fall before heading to Ohio Stadium to catch the Buckeyes take on Rutgers and Nebraska. The first tailgate is scheduled for Oct. 1 from 9-11:30 a.m. on the Drinko Hall front lawn. The Buckeyes take on Rutgers at noon. The second tailgate will take place on Nov. 5 from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Moritz College of Law's Barrister Club. Kickoff against Nebraska is at 8 p.m. For more information, or to register, click here.

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LAW SCHOOL NEWS

  • 2016 Lawrence Lecturer Marya Kolman Presents Principals in Practice: Finding Your Effective Negotiation Style

    On Sept. 21, at noon in Saxbe Auditorium at the Moritz College of Law, Marya Cody Kolman, director of mediation services for the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Division of Domestic Relations and Juvenile Branch, will apply negotiation theory to practice and illustrate how negotiators can pair negotiation methods with personal conflict behavior during her presentation for the 2016 Lawrence Lecture. She will leverage decades of experience as a negotiator and mediator to highlight effective and ineffective negotiation styles. Click here to register for this event.

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  • In-House Essential conference

    The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP are proud to present a two-day program Oct. 13-14 targeted to in-house attorneys interested in executive education training. See the schedule here. The agenda includes a balance of substantive areas and leadership topics. Program presenters will include experienced in-house counsel, Moritz law faculty, and Vorys attorneys. Registration fee: $1000/person. Early bird registration fee (through Sept. 13): $800/person. Registration deadline: Oct. 5Registration is limited to in-house counsel only. Register here.

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  • College mourns loss of Professor Krivoshey

    Robert Martin Krivoshey ’78, clinical professor of law at The Ohio State Moritz College of Law, passed away on Tuesday, August 16, 2016. He was 73.

    “Bob was a legend within our walls and beyond,” said Alan C. Michaels, dean and Edwin M. Cooperman Chair in Law. “I can hear Bob—always modest and unassuming–scoffing at the word ‘legend,’ but it is true. Through nearly three decades of training students to prosecute and defend criminal cases (and to have been once a student of Bob’s was to be forever one of his charges) Bob’s dedication for students and passion for justice were an inspiration.  His impact and his legacy are both extraordinary. We will miss him dearly, but his lessons live on in the army of Krivoshey alumni.”Read more

  • Democracy Studies Program to host multiple events on voting and election law

    The Ohio State University Democracy Studies Program will host several discussions throughout the month of September on voting rights and the 2016 presidential election. See the list of events and times below. 
    The 2016 Presidential Election: Data, Polarization, or Personality? 
    George Washington University political scientist and founder of "The Monkey Cage" John Sides, along with Ken Goldsteinprofessor of politics at the University of San Francisco, and Luke Thompson, former director of analytics at Right To Rise Super Pac, will discuss the 2016 presidential election. This presidential election cycle has already upended popular accounts on candidate selection, media affects, and the electoral importance of money and campaign infrastructure. Will this historic cycle contradict yet more conventional wisdom in its final ten weeks? Join two of the nation's most widely cited and respected political scientists, and a senior campaign official with extensive experience in this cycle, on Friday, Sept. 9 at 3 p.m. in Saxbe Auditorium at the Moritz College of Law, as they explain the trends that really mattered, the likely electoral outcome in November, and where American politics goes from here. Tom Wood, an Ohio State professor of political science, will moderate. This event is sponsored by The Ohio State University Democracy Studies program. Registration requested.

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  • Community Unrest and Community Leadership

    On Thursday, Sept. 22, from 12:10 - 1:20 p.m., in Saxbe Auditorium at the Moritz College of Law, this panel discussion will address questions such as "What should local leaders do in the midst of community unrest?" and "What plans should they make during more tranquil times?" Panelists include the lawyer who led the federal mediation that intervened in Ferguson, Baltimore, Sanford, Florida, and elsewhere; the director of the Cleveland Law Department, which had a critical role in planning for the anticipated demonstrations during the Republican National Convention this past summer; and the attorney who chairs a community effort to take advantage of tranquil times to plan ahead, and to enhance trust among communities within the larger community. Sponsored by The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law Program on Law and Leadership, in partnership with The Ohio State University Democracy Studies program, Moritz Program on Dispute Resolution, Moritz Divided Community Project, Moritz Dispute Resolution and Youth Association, and Moritz Truancy Mediation Program. Register here.

  • Law, Finance and Governance Distinguished Lecture

    The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law’s program on Law, Finance and Governance is honored to present a distinguished lecture by Daniel N. Shaviro, the Wayne Perry Professor of Taxation at New York University School of Law, on Monday, Sept. 19, from 12:10 - 1:30 p.m. in Drinko Hall, Room 246. Shaviro will discuss tax policy and income inequality. One of the nation’s leading legal scholars on tax policy and a noted author, Shaviro’s scholarly work examines tax policy, budget policy, and entitlements issues. Lunch provided. Please register here.

  • Moritz Board Fellows Program enters second year

    As the new academic year begins, the second year of the Moritz Board Fellows Program is starting, with 24 students participating. The program is aimed at helping students develop leadership skills to succeed in board member roles as they are often asked to serve the community in these positions as practicing attorneys. Additionally, a goal of the program is to familiarize students with the workings of nonprofit boards so they are inspired to serve throughout their careers as well as to help organizations develop young talent for the future while benefiting from the contributions students can make to the boards’ current work.Read more

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Cocktail Reception and Alumni Awards Ceremony (open to reunion classes only)

    Sept. 30, 2016, 6 p.m. at the Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St. Click here to register.

  • All-Alumni Tailgate: Rutgers vs. Ohio State

    Oct. 1, 2016, from 9-11:30 a.m. on the front lawn of Drinko Hall, 55 W. 12th Ave. Click here to register.

  • All-Alumni Tailgate: Nebraska vs. Ohio State

    Nov. 5, 2016, 5-7:30 p.m. at the Barrister Club, 25 W. 11th Ave. Click here to register.

  • ALUMNI JOB CORNER

    • If you are hiring…

      If you want to post a job for students to work during the school year, during the summer or after graduation, please let us know. We will post jobs and will arrange for you to interview on campus at any time.

      If you are seeking attorneys with experience, the career services office is happy to place a notice in the newly added alumni job corner and/or place a posting on Symplicity, our job data bank.

    • If you are seeking…

      The career services office often receives job postings for experienced attorneys. Below is a sample of current positions. These, and more positions, can be viewed in Symplicity. Please contact Kylee Gonzalez, gonzalez.571@osu.edu, if you would like to post a job or obtain Symplicity access.

    • Jobs

      Company: New York City Law Department

      Position Title: Entry Level Associate (Tort Division)

      Location: New York City, NY

      Application Deadline: Sept. 6, 2016

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      Company: Walt Disney Studios

      Position Title: Manager, Employee Relations at The Walt Disney Studios

      Location: Burbank, CA

      Application Deadline: N/A

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      Law Firm: Squire Patton Boggs

      Position Titles: Mid-level associate in labor and employment practice/ Entry-mid-level associate in real estate practice

      Location: Columbus, OH

      Deadline: N/A

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      Company: Frost Brown Todd LLC

      Position Title: Real Estate Associate

      Location: Cincinnati, OH

      Application Deadline: Sept. 20,2016

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      Company: Groom Law Group

      Position Title: Associate- ERISA Fiduciary

      Location: Washington, D.C.

      Application Deadline: Sept. 26, 2016

      Please contact Scott Mayland ’14 with questions.

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      Company: Pepple & Waggoner, Ltd.

      Position Title: Associate

      Location: Cleveland, OH

      Application Deadline: Oct. 1, 2016

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      Company: Frost Brown Todd LLC

      Position Title: Workers’ Compensation Staff Attorney

      Location: Cincinnati, OH

      Application Deadline: Oct. 5, 2016

    The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
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