September 2012


Alumnus seeks second term in Ohio House

A current member of the Ohio House of Representatives, Michael Stinziano ’07, is up for re-election this November.

Stinziano, a Democrat, was first elected from the 25th House District in 2010 but, because of redistricting, is running for re-election to represent the 18th House District this year. The new 18th district will include many of the same areas he currently serves, including German Village, Southern Franklin County, and Victorian Village. It also will include Bexley, Grandview Heights, Olde Towne East, and the University District.

“(Redistricting) significantly changes the district by making the area more compact. ... However,this area is where I was born and raised, and I have a strong familiarity with the new parts of the district.”

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Career clerk enjoys research, thinking like judge

A collection of law clerks and Judge George Caram Steeh huddled around a radio and computer the morning of June 28, in anxious anticipation of what might broadcast from the speakers or appear on the screen.

It wasn’t a regular morning at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. It was the day the U.S. Supreme Court was issuing its ruling regarding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. A year and a half prior, Steeh had ruled on many of the same topics when he issued the first opinion of several cases challenging the act.

When the office caught word of the upholding, federal law clerk Jill Ringel Hart ’92 gave a high-five to Steeh, her boss of 15 years.

Ringel Hart has been at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan as a career clerk for 19 years and says it’s “the best job in the entire world.”

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Rural drug epidemic at heart of alumnus’ campaign platform

Matthew Crall ’02 has been prosecuting criminals for nearly a decade in his hometown of Bucyrus, Ohio, nestled in one of the state’s worst areas for drug-related problems: Crawford County.

Crall, law director and city prosecutor in Bucyrus, is looking to repair the county’s reputation by running for Crawford County prosecutor. The drug crisis, Crall said, is the top issue of his platform.

“People are dying. It doesn't get much more serious than that,” he said. “The epidemic is hitting people from all walks of life.”

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Law School News

2012 Alumni Award winners announced

The Ohio State University Moritz College of law is pleased to announce the winners of its five prestigious alumni awards, which will be given during the 2012 Reunion Weekend in October. ››Read more

New year begins with brand-new student commons

The intermittent sound of the opening and closing of wooden lockers could be heard in the northeast corner of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law on Aug. 16. The area was bustling with excitement from faculty, staff, and students filtering into the space to see the new Dinsmore & Shohl Student Commons for the first time. ››Read more

Panel to tackle voter suppression issues

It’s one of the hottest topics in this year’s presidential election, and Election Law @ Moritz is as timely as ever with a Sept. 24 panel discussion on “The Politics of Voter Suppression: Defending and Expanding Americans’ Right to Vote,” featuring noted scholar Tova Wang and Ohio Rep. Kathleen Clyde ’08. ››Read more

Democracy Studies Speakers Series kicks off second year

Alex Keyssar, the Matthew W. Stirling Jr. Professor of History and Social Policy in the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, will offer insight into the Electoral College in an Oct. 1 lecture as part of the Democracy Studies Speakers Series. ››Read more

2012 Reunion Weekend draws near

The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law is celebrating the classes of 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, and 2007 during the 2012 Reunion Weekend in Columbus Oct. 5-7. ››Get details

College to host prestigious lecture, election law expert

The progressive case for federalism will be made in a lecture given Oct. 17 by Heather Gerken, the J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law at Yale Law School, at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. This is the first time the Order of the Coif Distinguished Visitor Program has come to Moritz. ››Read more

Tour new student commons

Out with the old, and in with the new! The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Dinsmore & Shohl Student Commons was held Aug. 16. ››View photos

Class of 2015, LL.M.s welcomed

The annual orientation picnic was held on the lawn of Drinko Hall on Aug. 15. ››View photos

Inside the journal suites

Various law journal editors posed in their journal suites for photos before the start of the school year. Ah, remember the long hours you put in these rooms? ››View photos

Mentoring program kicks off

Students and mentors sat down for the first time this school year as part of the Mentoring and More @ Moritz program. ››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.

Football Tailgates

"I want to go back to Ohio State to old Columbus town..." What better way to celebrate football season than with friends and students at a Moritz tailgate? ››Register now

'The Politics of Voter Suppression'

Nationally known scholar Tova Wang and Ohio Rep. Kathleen Clyde '08 will take part in a panel discussion about Americans' right to vote - a timely issue this election season. ››Register now

Democracy Studies Speakers Series

The discussion about democracy continues Oct. 1 with Alex Keyssar of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. ››Register now

Order of the Coif comes to Moritz

Be among those to hear Heather Gerken, who created the "democracy index," make the case for progressive federalism. ››Register now
Alumni News

Marc Booker '90 has accepted the position of detention specialist with the Commmonwealth of Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice.

Kate Tournoux '02 and her husband, Jeff Massey, welcomed their son, Lucas Austin, into their family on May 9. Kate and Jeff live in Germantown, Tenn. and are also the proud parents of big brother, Alex. Tournoux works as senior counsel for International Paper Co., where she focuses on environmental litigation.

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