March 2012


Moritz grad, veteran, marathoner focuses work in Brazil

David Wilson ’10 earned his J.D. one year and his MBA the next. He put both to good use in São Paulo, Brazil, working on business initiatives for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and deals involving Midwest companies looking for growth opportunities in Brazil.

Currently of counsel at Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter LPA in Columbus, Wilson specializes in international business law. He is in the midst of preparing for a trade mission with The Council of Great Lakes Governors and planning a seminar about how to export Ohio to Brazil.

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Partner started career as 3L in energy law

From energy regulatory specialist to corporate transactional attorney, Brian Chisling ’94 is a partner in the corporate department of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, a law firm known for its high-profile merger and acquisition transactions in the United States and abroad.

Chisling took the road less traveled to partnership status after 17 years with the firm: “I was hired into the Columbus office as a third-year student at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law."

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Ric Simmons

University honors Simmons with Distinguished Teaching Award

Professor Ric Simmons was named one of the recipients of the University-wide 2012 Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching.

“He inspires, supports, and challenges his students, who are wildly enthusiastic about his classes," said Alan C. Michaels, dean and Edwin M. Cooperman Professor of Law. "His dedication to his students and to the craft of his teaching is recognized by the entire Moritz community and now, through this well-deserved recognition, by the University as well.”

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Law School News

Young alumni 'raise the bar' in funding campaign

More than 200 recent graduates participated in the "Raising the Bar" campaign, raising more than $41,000 for The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. It set a new record for young alumni giving in a one-year period. ››Read more
Michelle Alexander

Professor named to Power 100 list

Associate Professor of Law Michelle Alexander has been selected for On Being A Black Lawyer’s Power 100 list, which highlights the nation’s most influential black attorneys working in government, academics, and public and private sectors. ››Read more
Ashley Johns

2012 Herman Competition winners announced

A group of 2Ls took top spots in this year’s annual Herman Competition at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Leading the pack was Ashley Johns, who was declared the Best Oralist. ››Read more

More than 100 items up for grabs in PILF auction

Tickets to see the Boss, VIP passes for a Cleveland Cavaliers game, and a family staycation package for an indoor water park are just a few items alumni are encouraged to bid on at the annual Public Interest Law Foundation Auction 2012 on Tuesday. ››Read more

Mediator to discuss ‘The Secret Talks that Led to the Fall of Apartheid’

The annual Lawrence Negotiation Lecture on Wednesday will feature Michael Young, a critical player in the fall of apartheid in South Africa. This will be only the second time he has spoken in the United States. ››Read more

Gov. Brian Sandoval ’89 returns to Moritz

The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law’s Program on Law and Leadership is proud to present its 5th Annual Speaker Series, featuring a keynote address by Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval ’89 on March 15. ››Read more

Democracy series continues with examination of Supreme Court

The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and the Mershon Center for International Security Studies are collaborating on a speakers’ series aiming to stimulate discussion about democracy. Guy-Uriel Charles, professor of law at Duke University School of Law, continues the discussion March 29 with “Democracy’s Guardian? Understanding the Supreme Court’s Law and Politics Jurisprudence.” ››Read more

Herman Competition 2012

This year's Herman Competition finals were conducted before Chief Judge Alice Batchelder of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, Justice Robert Cupp of the Supreme Court of Ohio, and Doug Berman, the Robert J. Watkins/Procter & Gamble Professor of Law. ››View photos

OSJDR Symposium

The Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution presented on Feb. 17: "The Role of ADR Mechanisms in Public Sector Labor Disputes: What Is at Stake, Where We Can Improve & How We Can Learn from the Private Sector." ››View photos

Barrister's Ball

Who says law school is all work and no play? Our students let their hair down at the annual Barrister's Ball on Feb. 10. ››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.

'The Secret Talks that Led to the Fall of Apartheid'

Michael Young, a critical player in the fall of apartheid in South Africa, delivers the annual Lawrence Negotiation Lecture on Wednesday. ››Register today

Gov. Brian Sandoval Talk

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval '89 talks about leadership lessons learned throughout an illustrious political career on March 15. ››Register today

Ohio State Law Journal symposium

Paying foreign officials for the purpose of obtaining or retaining business is in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, but many multinational companies and their advisors struggle with aggressive enforcement. “The FCPA at Thirty-Five and Its Impact on Global Business” will be presented March 16. ››Register today

'The Future of Online Journalism' symposium

Sponsored by I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society, this March 29-30 symposium will explore how to meet the information needs of communities despite the decline of professional reporting that maintains accountability. The impact of online journalism on community information needs and democratic self-governance will be examined. ››Register today
Alumni News

Gregory J. Vincent, Ph.D., '87 was honored by the Austin chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People with the Dewitty/Overton Freedom Award. The highest honor the NAACP bestows on recipients, Vincent received the award in December 2011 during the group's 46th annual banquet. Vincent is the vice president for diversity and community engagement at the University of Texas at Austin, where he also serves as a professor in the school of law and the department of higher education.

Suzana K. Koch '01 has been elected partner at Brouse McDowell. An attorney in the firm's Akron office, she is a member of the commercial and bankruptcy practice group. Koch is a member of the boards of trustees for the Greater Cleveland International Lawyers Group, the Strongsville-Brecksville ABLE program and Mary Emery Circle, and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She also serves as a volunteer English tutor for those who speak other languages.

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