December 2011


Alumnus finds formula for fascinating practice

Matt Zisk ’97 works with clients in today’s cutting-edge industries: renewable energy, clean technologies, pharmaceutical, and even next-generation fertilizers.

“I am one of the luckiest lawyers around for being able to work in this area,” said Zisk, a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. “The clients share with me insights into technology that are game-changing and, in the case of pharmaceutical and medical devices, life-changing. I often learn about new developments long before they become public. The new technology is fascinating.”

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'I enjoy giving back'

In committing nearly 30 hours per month to community service work, Shawna L’Italien ’96 says she not only enjoys giving back, but she feels it’s a duty.

On Nov.4, L’Italien received the 2011 40 and Under Statewide Community Service Award from the Ohio State Bar Foundation, recognizing those who contribute substantial time and effort in service to a local social service or to a local civic, artistic, or cultural organization.

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Law School News
Sharon Davies

Davies to lead Kirwan Institute

Professor Sharon Davies has been selected as the next director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University, replacing founding executive director john powell, who leaves the institute’s top leadership position at the end of December. ››Read more
Christopher Fairman

Fairman awarded designated professorship

Professor Christopher M. Fairman has been awarded the Alumni Society Designated Professor of Law at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, as recently announced by Dean Alan C. Michaels. ››Read more
Christopher Bordenave

Moritz students claim victory in Ottawa

Christopher Bordenave and Kwame Christian returned from this year’s Region 6 ABA Law Student Division Negotiation Competition as champions. ››Read more

Ohio State Alumni Magazine features ADR program

Ranked among the best in the country, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law's alternative dispute resolution program was the cover story of the November/December issue of Ohio State Alumni Magazine. ››Read the article here

Investiture of Robert J. Watkins/Procter & Gamble Professor of Law

Professor Douglas Berman gave a public lecture at the Oct. 19 ceremony celebrating his being named the Robert J. Watkins/Procter & Gamble Professor of Law. ››View Photos

OSU vs. Penn State Tailgate

The final tailgate of the final home game of the season brought more smiles and hearty cries of O-H-I-O. ››View Photos

OSU vs. Wisconsin Tailgate

Who could forget Braxton Miller's final, game-winning pass as the seconds ticked down on the clock on Oct. 29? ››View Photos
Week in Pictures

Week in Pictures

View photos taken recently from around the Moritz College of Law ››View Photos

Moritz 'On the Record'

Ever pick up the Sunday paper and read a quote by one of your former professors? Check out where Moritz professors were mentioned in the last month. For the most recent appearances, visit the Faculty in the News page.

Washington, D.C. Area Event

Alumni in the Washington, D.C. metro area are invited to an evening of fun at Gordon Biersch on Jan. 5. ››Get details
Alumni News

Todd McKenney ’89, a former state representative, has been appointed by the governor as the new judge in Summit County Probate Court by Ohio Gov. John Kasich. McKenney, 48, who was in his first term in the Ohio House, said he was grateful for the appointment to the probate court.

“It’s a court I’m familiar with from my law practice. I think I’ve practiced in just about every area of the court, from estates to guardianships to adoptions to marriage licenses,” he told the Akron Beacon Journal.

Lisa Whittaker ’07 has joined Porter Wright as an associate in the firm’s labor and employment department. She will focus her practice in all areas of management-side labor and employment law. Her experience includes defending both public and private sector agencies and universities in federal and state court, and before administrative agencies.

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