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SPOTLIGHT

Beryl Brown Piccolantonio ’06

Beryl Brown Piccolantonio ’06 serves as the chief ombudsman for workers’ compensation for the State of Ohio and is board president of the Gahanna-Jefferson School Board. "There are so many things that you can do with a law degree. As a kid, when I originally thought I was going to be a lawyer, I had a very fixed idea of what a lawyer was, and it was a criminal defense attorney or a prosecutor, or something related. But, when I was older and as an adult and made the decision to go to law school, that's when I really realized how many options there are and that it provides great training for anyone who is interested in law in any way."Read more

Jacob Muklewicz ‘01

Jacob Muklewicz ‘01 is a shareholder and chair of the employment and immigration practice group at the Salt Lake City-based firm Kirton McConkie, Muklewicz. “There are a lot of people who see the system as broken, and the system is broken because we cap out the number of visas,” Muklewicz said. “A lot of people are here unlawfully because they come here lawfully initially. They want to play by the rules, but the system is so upside down that it doesn’t accommodate and reward the people who abide by the rules. I have the ethical obligation and duty to counsel people to comply with the law.”Read more

Kristi Wilcox Arth ’11

Kristi Wilcox Arth ’11 is an associate at the Bradley law firm in Nashville, Tennessee, where she represents clients in business, government, education, and entertainment. “Our firm handles a lot of really high-level matters and high-stakes litigation and deals. Those things are always very important to clients, and to know they trust us with something that is make-or-break for their business is nice,” she said. “I really enjoy developing client relationships where they know they can call me, and I’m available to listen, respond and help them through litigation, which can be taxing not only mentally, but also emotionally for clients. I really enjoy that aspect of the work.”Read more

ALUMNI NEWS

  • Meredith K. Sugar ’99 elected to National Easterseals board of directors

    Meredith K. Sugar ’99 has been elected to the board of directors of the National Easterseals. She previously served as president of the board of directors of Easterseals Central and Southeast Ohio, and as the immediate past-president of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf in Washington, D.C. Sugar is a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP where her practice focuses on business succession planning, sophisticated wealth transfer and estate planning and administration, tax, and general corporate representation.

  • Ronald R. Petroff ’06 recognized among “20 People to Know in Law” by Columbus Business First

    Ronald R. Petroff ’06 has been recognized by Columbus Business First as one of "20 People to Know in Law." He serves as the founder and managing partner of Petroff Law Offices, LLC, which specializes in family law. Petroff was also featured in the June 2016 Columbus CEO article “Five Legal Trends Business Owners Need to Know” as an expert on child and spousal support payments for local business owners.

  • Daniel Klonowski ’78 elected acting judge of Garfield Heights Municipal Court

    Daniel James Klonowski ’78 was sworn in as acting judge of the Garfield Heights Municipal Court in May 2016. He is particularly honored by the appointment having grown up in Garfield Heights and having a father who also served as acting judge in the 1950s and 1960s, when the court was first established.

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LAW SCHOOL NEWS

  • Chamallas plays key role in Fair Calculations in Civil Damages Act

    Just days after Professor Martha Chamallas was quoted in an October article in The Washington Post detailing how women and minorities are often awarded considerably less compensation in civil suits, she received phone calls from the offices of Sen. Corey Booker (D-NJ) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). They sought her legal expertise.

    The resulting Fair Calculations in Civil Damages Act of 2016, introduced earlier this month, aims to curtail the use of race and gender-based statistical averages to determine compensation in civil suits. The bill, which has bipartisan support, is co-sponsored by Sen. Booker and Sen. Gillibrand, as well as Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-Mass) and Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah). Chamallas, a leading scholar on tort and constitutional and employment discrimination law, provided her expertise on certain aspects of the proposed legislation.Read more

  • Moritz seeking clinical professor to teach in its criminal clinics

    The Moritz College of Law invites applications for an assistant clinical professor of law to teach its two criminal justice clinics beginning in academic year 2017-2018. To allow adequate preparation, the position will start no later than July 1, 2017.Read more

  • Merritt’s research on gender disparities in the law school pipeline featured in The New York Times

    New research co-authored by Professor Deborah Merritt about gender disparities in the law school pipeline was featured in The New York Times. According to Merritt’s report, “The Leaky Pipeline for Women Entering the Legal Profession,” women are more concentrated at less prestigious law schools than their male counterparts.Read more

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Pro Bono Research Group Hosts Symposium on Criminal Justice Reform

    Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, from 12:10 to 1:30 p.m. in Saxbe Auditorium.

  • Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals Oral Arguments

    Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, from 4-6 p.m. in Saxbe Auditorium.

  • 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. Spring OCI begins Feb. 10 so please complete the registration form and return it to Linda Jones, jones.2609@osu.edu, if you wish to participate. Registration for the Public Sector Interview Program is also open. Please complete the registration form if you wish to participate and contact Cybele Smith, smith.302@osu.edu, with questions.

      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 our most recent listing. More positions, can be viewed in Symplicity. Please contact Linda Jones if you would like to post a job or obtain Symplicity access.

    • Jobs

      Company: Moritz College of Law

      Job Position: assistant clinical professor of law

      Location: Columbus, OH

      Contact: Professor Steven Huefner, Huefner.4@osu.edu

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      Law Firm: Smith, Smith, Montgomery & Chamberlain, LLC

      Position: associate for general practice with emphasis on real estate, estate planning & probate and business law

      Location: Bellefontaine, OH

      Contact: Douglas M. Smith, managing member, dougsmith@ssmattys.com

    The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
    55 W. 12th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210
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