November 4, 2010


Also in this month's SideBar...


›› 1988 Grad to Compete in Sixth Ironman Triathlon
›› Rasheeda Khan '02

Law School News...

›› Moritz Hires New Librarians, Updates Library
›› Moritz Alumni Celebrating Election Success
›› College to Celebrate 25th Anniversary of OSJDR at Nov. 13 Tailgate
›› Thank You: From Student to Professor
›› Case '68 Pulls Ahead in Alumni Face Off
›› More Moritz News


›› Tailgate Photos
›› Mentoring and More @ Moritz Pictures
›› 12 & High


›› Moritz 'On the Record'

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Thank You: From Student to Professor

Lawrence Herman

Lawrence Herman


This is a long overdue thank you for all you taught me and the immeasurable impact you have had on my life. Several months ago, I retired as a trial lawyer from Buckingham, Doolittle (career synopsis: 4 years in US Army JAGC trying criminal cases; 30 years at Thompson Hine; 6 years at Buckingham). Currently, I serve as a mediator, arbitrator, and legal ethics consultant, and teach pre-trial practice and ADR at Case Western Reserve University Law School.

You are among a select few mentors who have changed my life markedly for the better. Even though I had done considerable public speaking in undergraduate school, you were the first to suggest that I should consider trial as an area of concentration. I have never forgotten the guidance you furnished so selflessly. I have been successful as a trial lawyer but (thanks to you) even more so as an appellate advocate.

Moot court under your tutelage was a unique privilege. As a classroom teacher, you are second to none (I will never forget the "Little Orphan Annie" final exam in Criminal Justice).

I have channeled your techniques as an adjunct professor the past 11 years. (I truly enjoy teaching). Besides offering the students the benefit of whatever wisdom and experience I have accumulated, I challenge them to aspire to a high standard of professionalism and justice. You instilled that.

I hope you and yours are well and prospering. You deserve all that is good in life.

--Your grateful disciple,

Bill Leahy ’68 (aka Bierce)

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