April 2012


Alumna adjusts to civilian practice

Since joining Baker Hostetler's Columbus office in 2010, Melissa Palmisciano ’05 has focused on employment and labor litigation. The job is much different from what she used to do as a judge advocate in the Marine Corps.

After serving 11 years as an active duty Marine Corps officer, the mother of three is happy with her decision to transition to civilian life.

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Pro bono work leads to political asylum, clean energy cases

Pro bono work has been part of Benton B. Bodamer’s practice since day one.

“Obviously there’s the public good,” said the 2006 graduate, a senior associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, “but there’s also a benefit from learning from others who have taken similar cases – a mentoring aspect.”

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Newest professor, former Supreme Court clerk to teach constitutional litigation

Chris Walker, the soon-to-be newest member of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law faculty, learned quickly that sometimes the stars just align. One day, while quietly slugging away at his desk, the U.S. Supreme Court called. Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wanted to see Walker in Washington, D.C. in a week to talk about a clerkship position. While struggling to decide whether to choose Harvard or Stanford for graduate school, Walker figured out that one can, in fact, attend both. And, when his favorite boyhood football team – the Florida Gators – were just starting to fade ever so slightly, it turns out Walker and his beloved former head coach were interviewing to be Buckeyes at just about the same time. ››Read More

Law School News

Students work on Supreme Court amicus brief

Students from Professor Douglas A. Berman’s autumn semester Sentencing class had a choice: They could take a four-hour exam or write a brief for the Supreme Court of the United States on a case involving a mandatory life sentencing without possibility of parole for teenagers involved in felony murders. ››Read more

New journal editors named

The passing of the pen has taken place in the offices of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law’s five student journals. ››Read more

Moot court teams bring honor to Moritz

Up and down the East Coast, students at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law have brought honor to their school in various moot court competitions this spring. ››Read more

Journal symposium to question existing securities regulation

This year’s Ohio State Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal symposium addresses the methods being used to circumvent the Securities Acts of 1933 and ’34 and asks the question, “Is it time to finally start anew and regulate the distribution of securities from scratch? Or should regulation continue in a patchwork manner?” ››Read more

Moritz to host biennial lecture on ethics

A leading scholar and author in the fields of legal ethics and gender, law, and public policy will be the featured speaker for the 2012 Elizabeth D. Gee Distinguished Lecture in Ethics, held May 3 at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. ››Read more

Democracy Studies Speakers Series continues

Upcoming lecturers for the Democracy Studies Speakers Series will tackle the topics “Why Do We Still Have the Electoral College?” and “The Breakdown of Representation in American Politics” as part of The Ohio State University’s series focused on the intellectual foundations for understanding the norms and practices of democracy. ››Read more

Discussing leadership lessons

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval '89 returned to Moritz in March for the Program on Law and Leadership's 5th Annual Speaker Series. ››See photos

PILF Auction

The Public Interest Law Foundation's Annual Auction and Gala was an evening of intense bidding fun. ››See photos

Filing an amicus brief

Meet the five Moritz students who filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court of the United States as part of a class assignment. ››Watch video

BLSA Banquet

The 33rd Annual Black Law Students Association Banquet was held in March 2012. ››See 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.

'Why Do We Still Have the Electoral College?'

Alex Keyssar of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University will offer insight into the Electoral College on Tuesday as part of the Democracy Studies Speakers Series. ››Register today

Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal Symposium

“Repair or Replace: Lifting SEC Regulation from Patchwork to Permanence” will be held April 13. The Columbus Bar Association is a co-sponsor. ››Register today

'The Breakdown of Representation in American Politics"

The Democracy Studies Speakers Series presents Morris P. Fiorina of Stanford University on April 26. ››Register today
Alumni News

Chris Geidner '05 tied for the Outstanding Magazine Article award at the 23rd Annual Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards in March 2012. Geidner wrote a series for Metro Weekly marking the 15th anniversary of the Defense of Marriage Act. To see a video of Geidner receiving his award, visit here.

Gretchen (Drenski) Lange '06 and Brian Lange '06 welcomed their son, Benjamin Frederick Lange, on Feb. 27, 2012. He weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces and was 20.5 inches long. The family reports that everyone is healthy and doing well.

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