March 2011


Groshoff ’96 Moves to Front of Law Classrooms

In the nearly 15 years since David Groshoff ’96 graduated from the Moritz College of Law, he elevated through the ranks of J.P. Morgan, sat on three public corporations’ Boards of Directors, and earned two more graduate degrees.

And if that weren’t enough, the keenly ambitious Groshoff is embarking on a major career change. In August, he began as an assistant professor of law at the Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, Calif. ››Read more

What It Means to be A Buckeye

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Law School News

Moritz to Add Entrepreneurial Business Law Clinic in 2012

The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law will launch a new clinical program to serve start-up and emerging businesses that need transactional legal assistance. The clinic will begin operation in January 2012. The College’s seventh clinic, the Entrepreneurial Business Law Clinic, will benefit students by providing them the opportunity to represent entrepreneurs and their businesses while simultaneously supporting and furthering sustained economic growth in the state of Ohio. ››Read more

Register Today for Bodiker Lecture March 15

Even in the 38 U.S. states that have it, the death penalty is used by only a fairly small and shrinking number of counties. That number declines further if “use” means execution, not simply imposition, of death sentences. But if the penalty's benefits are realized by only a small number of counties, its costs and risks are borne by the entire state and, indeed, by the entire nation. Professor James S. Liebman will present this year’s David H. Bodiker Lecture on Criminal Justice on Tuesday, March 15 and discuss the use of the death penalty. ››Read more

Symposium to Address Small Business Financing

Small business owners are facing an extraordinary crisis. The current economy has forced lending institutions to constrict access to capital, which has the most severe impact on the backbone of the American economy: small business owners. Most policymakers recognize that until small businesses are stabilized and revitalized, the economy will continue to struggle. But how to actually accomplish that goal remains a contentious issue. At a March 10 symposium, the Ohio State Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal will provide a platform for gathering information and perspectives to address the immediate and longer-term credit needs of small businesses. The symposium welcomes a national group of key decision-makers, including legal scholars, government regulators, and community leaders. ››Read more

I/S Symposium/Blog Focus on Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity – whether in contexts as gripping as “cyberwar” or as mundane (but potentially devastating) as identity theft – is now the stuff of daily headlines. The April 1, 2011, I/S Symposium, “Cybersecurity: Shared Risks, Shared Responsibility” approaches this subject with two ambitions. The first is to move beyond generalities in specifying the roles and responsibilities both the public and private sectors will have to shoulder in order for the United States to share global leadership in cybersecurity. The second is to bring together the many sub-communities of researchers, policy makers, and professionals around the globe who focus on cybersecurity from its many angles into a larger community interested in developing this analysis. ››Read more

Schwartz Lecture to Feature Braithwaite April 5

The Annual Schwartz Lecture on Dispute Resolution will feature John Braithwaite, a renowned force in the restorative justice movement. Braithwaite is the founder and head of the Regulatory Institutions Network at the Research School for Social Sciences at Australian National University in Canberra and an Australian Research Council Federation Fellow. In his speech, Braithwaite will explain the challenges with how Truth and Reconciliation Commissions are increasingly being used to discover and reveal past wrongdoing following armed conflict. ››Read more
Week in Pictures

Week in Pictures

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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.

PILF Auction

Thursday, March 3 ››Register Now

Ohio State Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal Symposium

Thursday, March 10 ››Register Now

Bodiker Lecture

Tuesday, March 15 ››Register Now

Cybersecurity: Shared Risks, Shared Responsibility

Friday, April 1 ››Register Now
Alumni News

Maureen Tracey ’99 was named a “Rising Star” in the area of business litigation in the 2011 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers. Tracey is an associate in the Cleveland office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease.

Steve Yoost ’06 was promoted to senior associate at Alston & Bird LLP in Charlotte, N.C., where he focuses on corporate and securities matters, including mergers, acquisitions, and reorganizations.

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