March 2014


Nevada state senator balances partnership, family

Aaron D. Ford ’01 is no stranger to balancing the opportunities and challenges that life can bring. After receiving his J.D. and Ph.D. degrees through the Moritz College of Law’s joint-degree program, Ford is now a Partner at Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. in Las Vegas, as well as Nevada State Senator, two experiences he described as both demanding and rewarding. Ford was elected Partner in 2010 and concentrates his practice on commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution. He has a number of other duties as well, which include bringing in clients, overseeing associates, serving as ambassador for the firm, and providing input for various internal committees. ››Read More

Moritz grad takes legal experience from Jerry Springer Show to Fisher & Phillips

Keeping Jerry Springer out of legal trouble was a full-time job for Carol Gelman, a 1990 graduate of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. While she worked in media law at NBC Universal, primarily with The Jerry Springer Show and The Steve Wilkos Show, it was her job to watch every episode of the two shows and resolve all potential legal issues. “It’s like a legal exam question, and you have to spot the issues,” she said. “Let’s say the production team for one episode of The Jerry Springer Show wanted to have a boxing ring and put guests in it. Well you have union issues about who is going to set up the boxing ring; you have insurance issues; you have to get the guests to sign releases so if they get hurt, they don’t sue.” ››Read More

Alumnus advises Syrian opposition in Geneva Peace Negotiations

While the conflict in Syria may seem overwhelming to many, for Bassel Korkor ’06, it’s also a chance to utilize his political and legal expertise to offer counsel in a country important to him. “While in law school and working in US politics, the importance of having a fair, open election system became very apparent to me, and I see tremendous value in having a system like that in the country where my family came from,” he said. Korkor serves as legal and policy advisor to the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces. When the Syrian uprising began in 2011, Korkor began counseling groups of Syrians demanding democratic and economic reforms, as well as US-based aid organizations working in Syria. ››Read More

Law School News

PILF auction to take over ‘The Shoe’

Tonight the Public Interest Law Foundation will take over the 'Shoe! Alumni are invited to attend - bid on items, network, and take a private tour of Ohio Stadium. Cannot come? We've got an option for you! ››Read More
Nancy Rogers

Rogers honored for lifetime achievement in ADR

Nancy Hardin Rogers, the Michael E. Moritz Chair Emeritus in Alternative Dispute Resolution, was honored with the prestigious James F. Henry Award from the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR). ››Read More

2008 graduate shares expertise with MSNBC’s Hardball

When Hardball with Chris Matthews wanted to examine threats around the nation to voting rights, producers turned toward the expertise of a recent graduate of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Kathleen Clyde ’08, a Democrat who represents the 68th District in the Ohio House of Representatives, was a guest on the MSNBC program in February and discussed pieces of legislation limiting early voting and cuts to funding for submitting ballots by mail. ››Read More

Lazares, Wallrabenstein capture regional title

The Moritz College of Law mock trial team composed of 3Ls Gus Lazares and Katie Wallrabenstein won the regional round of the National Trial Competition this past weekend and will move on to represent Region 6 at the championship rounds in Austin, Texas this March. ››Read More

Gathering, usage of massive data to be examined

What do Facebook, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Security Agency, and perhaps your city’s board of education have in common? The answer lies in the gathering and use of massive data sets, measurable in terabytes – trillions of pieces of information. ››Read More

Young Alumni Mixer

Recent graduates from around Columbus gathered at the Hubbard Street Grill for networking and a few laughs. ››View Photos
12th & High

12th & High

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.

Letter from the Birmingham Jail

Leaders from the university and state, including Urban Meyer, Sherrod Brown, and others, read Martin Luther King's iconic letter in a film showing on March 11, at 5:30 the Saxbe Auditorium ››More Information

Big Data Future

I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society tackles the policy and legal challenges of gathering massive data sets at this March 19-21 symposium. ››Register today!

Reducing Polarization: Whose Job Is It?

Former Dean Nancy Rogers will give the 2014 Schwartz Lecture on Dispute Resolution on March 24 at 4 p.m. ››Register now
Alumni News

Sheree M. Edwards '03 was featured in Essence Magazine's Bridal Bliss column, which includes a large photo gallery.  Edwards married Duriel Q. Garner in a vintage-inspired elegance affair in September.

Rob Robel '12 and his writing partner attached Cuba Gooding Jr. to his latest film "Gridlocked". He sold his previous film "Tapped", which he served as associate producer for, staring Michael Biehn, Cody Hackman and Krzysztof Sosynski, to Lionsgate for a release this May.

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