Upcoming Events

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:20 PM
Saxbe Auditorium

Deboer v. Snyder: a Preview of the Seminal Marriage Equality Case

Speakers and Participants

Conference Advisor:

Angela Lloyd

Executive Director, Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation

Lloyd is a graduate of the Columbia Law School and holds a master’s degree from Tufts University. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame. Upon graduation from Notre Dame, she served in the Peace Corps in Kenya, interned in Nairobi with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, with the Australian Lawyers for Refugees in Hong Kong, and with The Uganda Association of Women Lawyers in Kampala, Uganda. During law school, Lloyd interned with the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights in New York. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable Warren J. Ferguson on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Following her clerkship, Lloyd created an immigration clinic for low-income Africans in Los Angeles; joined Covenant House, the largest privately funded child-care agency in the Americas; and served as the director of the Youth Advocacy Center and Medical Office at Covenant House New Jersey. In 2003, Lloyd joined the faculty of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law as a clinical professor. Lloyd became executive director of the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation in January 2011.

Introductory Remarks by:

Maureen O’Connor

Chief Justice, Ohio Supreme Court

O’Connor is the 10th Chief Justice in Ohio history and the first woman to lead the Ohio judicial branch. Born in the nation’s capital but raised in Strongsville and Parma, O’Connor’s career in public service and the law spans three decades and includes service as a private lawyer, magistrate, common pleas court judge, prosecutor, and Ohio Supreme Court justice. Early in her career, she was elected lieutenant governor—the second-highest office in the state. She became the governor’s chief advisor on criminal justice issues, serving as director of the Ohio Department of Public Safety, and as chair of Ohio’s Security Task Force and the State Building Security Review Committee. She earned her bachelor of arts at Seton Hill College (now Seton Hall University) before going on to earn her law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

Ethics Education by:

Alvin E. Mathews Jr.

James E. Arnold & Associates, LPA

A former Assistant Disciplinary Counsel, Alvin E. Mathews Jr., has provided representation on conflict of interest, client confidentiality, departing lawyers, ex-parte contact with employees, advertising and websites, IOLTA management, and record-keeping. He advises and represents bar applicants regarding character and fitness interviews, panel hearings, and Ohio Supreme Court proceedings. Mathews is frequently selected by litigators to serve as their expert witness on lawyer conduct questions. He has represented businesses and licensees before administrative agencies and in courts. His knowledge of ethics and professional responsibility is enhanced by the more than 200 CLE seminar presentations he has taught and the many articles he has published to inform lawyers of their ethical responsibilities.

Moderators & Panelists:

David W. Alexander

Partner, Squire Sanders; Columbus Bar Foundation Board of Trustees

Alexander leads the Squire Sanders’s litigation group in Columbus, and his practice is focused on complex commercial litigation and international arbitration with particular emphasis on highly technical, multiparty business disputes, corporate governance, financial services, bilateral investment treaty claims, insurance coverage, and fiduciary responsibilities. Alexander represents both public and private corporations before federal, state, and local courts and regulatory agencies. Prior to joining the firm, he spent two years serving as a judicial clerk for the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio. He has been designated a Master Lawyer by the American Inns of Court, Robert M. Duncan Chapter. He serves as chair of the Columbus Bar Association’s Civility Committee, handling lawyer and judicial complaints concerning lawyer civility. He also serves on the Columbus Bar Foundation board of trustees and is president of the board of trustees of The Legal Aid Society of Columbus. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg University in 1974 and his J.D. from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 1978.

Rep. Kathleen Clyde

75th House District, Ohio House of Representatives 

Clyde was first elected to public office in November 2010 and serves on several committees including the Ohio House State Government & Elections Committee, the Ohio House State Government Subcommittee on Redistricting, and the Ohio House Finance & Appropriations Committee, among others. Previous to this position, Clyde worked for the Franklin County Board of Elections, serving as an election official where she supervised the setup and operation of the Franklin County early voting center during the 2008 presidential election. She has also previously held the position of deputy legal counsel to Ohio House Speaker Armond Budish, where she worked on legal issues ranging from access to the courts to voting rights. Clyde earned her J.D. at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 2008, where she was a public service fellow with the dean’s highest honors, an editor of the law review, president of the Public Interest Law Foundation, and a student researcher and analyst at Election Law at Moritz.

William D. Dowling

Ohio State Bar Association Access to Justice Committee Chair

Dowling focuses his practice on mediation and alternative dispute resolution. He has extensive experience representing individuals and businesses in state and federal courts and has tried more than 100 cases to jury verdict. Dowling is also past president of Akron Bar Association. After earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Ohio State University, he earned his J.D. from Yale University and attended the Pepperdine University School of Law Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution in 2008.

Professor Peter Edelman

Georgetown Law, Co-Director, Joint Degree in Law and Public Policy; Faculty Director, Center on Poverty, Inequality, and Public Policy

Edelman teaches courses in the topic areas of constitutional law, legislation, and social welfare. He has been associate dean of the Law Center, director of the New York State Division for Youth, and vice president of the University of Massachusetts. Edelman’s most recent book, So Rich So Poor: Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty in America, was published by The New Press in May 2012. He is currently chair of the District of Columbia Access to Justice Commission; board chair of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, Public Welfare Foundation, and the National Center for Youth Law; board president emeritus of the New Israel Fund; and a board member of the Center for Law and Social Policy, the Center for American Progress Action Fund, and a half-dozen other nonprofit organizations.  He was a legislative assistant to Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and was issues director for Sen. Edward Kennedy’s presidential campaign in 1980. Earlier, he was a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Arthur J. Goldberg and before that to Judge Henry J. Friendly on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He also worked in the U.S. Department of Justice as special assistant to Assistant Attorney General John Douglas.

Justice Nathan L. Hecht

Texas Supreme Court; Representative on the Texas Access to Justice Commission

Hecht was elected to the Texas Supreme Court in 1988 and re-elected in 1994, 2000, and 2006. He is the senior Texas appellate judge in active service. Throughout his service on the court, Hecht has overseen revisions to the rules of administration, practice, and procedure in Texas courts. In 2000, he was appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States to the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules for the Judicial Conference of the United States, on which he served until 2006. Hecht is also the Supreme Court’s liaison to the Texas Access to Justice Commission and oversees the court’s efforts to help provide basic civil legal services to Texans living in poverty.

Hecht began his judicial service in 1981, when he was appointed to the 95th District Court of Dallas County. He was elected to that bench in 1982 and re-elected in 1984. In l986, he was elected to the Court of Appeals for the Fifth District of Texas at Dallas, where he served until his election to the Supreme Court. Hecht earned his B.A. at Yale University with honors in philosophy, and graduated cum laude from the Southern Methodist University School of Law, where he was elected to Order of the Coif and an editor for the Southwestern Law Journal (now Southern Methodist University Law Review). He served as law clerk to Judge Roger Robb of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He also served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve JAGC. He practiced law in the area of general litigation with the Dallas firm of Locke Purnell Boren Laney & Neely, and was a shareholder in that firm before his appointment of the bench.

Meredith McBurney

American Bar Association, Resource Development Consultant, ABA Resource Center for ATJ Initiatives

McBurney, a consultant since 1997, specializes in resource development for legal aid and other advocacy organizations. She has 35 years of experience in legal aid, primarily in the areas of management, resource development and grant-making. She serves as the resource development consultant to the American Bar Association’s Resource Center for Access to Justice Initiatives, where she works with judicial, bar, and legal aid leaders on the successful development and implementation of Access to Justice Commissions around the country. She also serves as the resource development consultant for Management Information Exchange and provides in-depth consulting for individual legal aid programs. From 1981 to 1997, she served as the executive director for Colorado’s IOLTA program and the Legal Aid Foundation, Colorado’s statewide fundraising organization. She began her legal aid career as the administrator for Colorado Rural Legal Services. She holds a B.S. in business administration from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.S. in zoology from Colorado State University, Fort Collins.

Thomas W. Weeks

Executive Director, Ohio State Legal Services Association

Weeks is responsible for leadership of a program with three entities: Southeastern Ohio Legal Services (serving 30 Central and Southeastern Ohio counties through nine area offices); the Ohio Poverty Law Center (providing advocacy and support services to Ohio’s legal aid programs and other allies); and the Legal Aid Society of Columbus (serving Franklin and five surrounding counties).  Weeks is a member of the board of the National Employment Law Project and of the Ohio State Bar Association Council of Delegates. He has served on the the Ohio Supreme Court Committee on Dispute Resolution, the Ohio Supreme Court Task Force on Pro Se and Indigent Litigants, and the Ohio Unemployment Compensation Advisory Commission. Weeks is the author of the Unemployment Compensation in Ohio Manual (a legal services practice manual). Weeks earned his B.A. at Oberlin College and his J.D. at the University of Michigan Law School. He is the recipient of awards, including the Ohio State Bar Foundation Public or Government Service Award and the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation Denis Murphy Award.

Judge Gene A. Zmuda

Lucas County Common Pleas Court

Zmuda was as a member of Toledo City Council from 1994 to 2003 and was appointed to the Toledo Municipal Court in February 2003. He served as a Municipal Court Judge until December 2006 and since has served as a judge of the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas General Division, where he sits on multiple court committees. Zmuda is also a member of the ad hoc committee of corrections and civil law committees for the Ohio Judicial Conference. In December 2008, Zmuda was appointed by Chief Justice Thomas Moyer to serve as one of two commercial docket judges for the Lucas County Common Pleas Court.

Zmuda presently serves as chair of the Integrated Justice Services, which provides and coordinates technological services for courts in Lucas County. Zmuda earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Toledo, graduating magna cum laude. He graduated from the University of Toledo Law School, where he was awarded Order of the Barrister. He was a practicing attorney for 19 years, most recently as a former partner with the law firm Rohrbachers, Light, Cron, Zmuda and Trimble.