October 2012


Making leap to in-house counsel like ‘ultimate backstage pass’

Over the course of his almost 30-year professional career, working for the U.S. Department of Treasury right out of law school, then for a private firm, and later as an investment banker, sometimes it’s hard to tell by glancing at John Bruno’s resume whether he’s devoted to practicing the law or dedicated to the financial arena. But the 1983 graduate of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law says he’s certain of where his job interests lie.

“Being a lawyer is like being a priest. You’re always a lawyer,” said Bruno, the vice president and deputy counsel of The Auto Club Group (AAA). “My entire career has just always been focused on financial institutions.”

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Pro bono work leads to Animal Legal Defense Fund award

The Animal Legal Defense Fund conducted an investigation of a poorly-operated animal shelter located in Louisville, Ky. last year. The shelter, which was infested with mange and parvovirus, fed the animals food mixed with feces, and urine splayed across the shelter’s floor.

Junis Baldon ’09 took the lead on the case in representing ALDF on a pro bono basis. The group sued local officials under Kentucky’s animal rights statute, and Baldon negotiated a settlement with neighboring municipalities to work out a shared animal shelter agreement.

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Alumna works to end poverty in Dayton area

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, more widely known as the Stimulus Act, was passed by the United States Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama in February 2009. Established in response to the economic crisis, one of the act’s main objectives was to create new jobs and save existing ones.

Cherish Cronmiller ’06 was hired under the act, and her career goal aligns with its mission to improve economic stability for Americans. “I think poverty is a major issue, so helping people be self-sufficient is a major thrust and something I definitely feel pretty passionate about,” she said.

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Law School News

Calling all alumni running for office

Are you an alumnus/a of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law running for office? If so, the College would like to know. Please contact Communications Coordinator Monica DeMeglio at demeglio.1@osu.edu with information about your race.
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3L wins ABA writing competition

3L Dylan Borchers is the winner of the 2012 K. William Kolbe Writing Competition, sponsored by the American Bar Association Section of Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law. ››Read more

American Constitution Society recognized nationally

The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law’s American Constitution Society was recognized Sept. 21 as the Student Chapter of the Week by the national organization. The chapter “is off to a fast start this year with many exciting events planned,” the Student Chapters Department noted. ››Read the full release here

Three tailgates left

Alumni are invited to reconnect with old friends and meet current students at a Moritz tailgate this fall. In addition to the Reunion Weekend tailgate this Saturday, when Ohio State takes on Nebraska, tailgates will be held Nov. 3 (Illinois) and Nov. 24 (Michigan). ››Read more

College to host Order of the Coif 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

Feinberg to present ‘Unconventional Responses to Unique Catastrophes’

The annual Lawrence Negotiation Lecture will feature Kenneth R. Feinberg, speaking on “Unconventional Responses to Unique Catastrophes: Tailoring the Law to Meet the Challenges” on Oct. 25 at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. ››Read more

Foremost thinkers on race, sexuality featured at conference

The public is invited to the conference on Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice when it arrives at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law on Oct. 26. ››Read more

Stevenson to focus on mass incarceration, excessive punishment in 2012 Bodiker Lecture

This year’s David H. Bodiker Lecture on Criminal Justice, featuring Bryan Stevenson, executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, will explore why the American prison population has skyrocketed in the last 40 years and seek a new paradigm for thinking about mass incarceration and excessive punishment. ››Read more

Sixth Annual Works-in-Progress Conference comes to Moritz

The Association of American Law Schools Section on Alternative Dispute Resolution’s Sixth Annual Works-in-Progress Conference for scholars, professors, practitioners, and researchers involved in dispute resolution will be hosted by The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law on Nov. 9-10. ››Read more

Law journal symposium to tackle ‘Second Wave of Global Privacy Protection’

The Ohio State Law Journal will present a symposium Nov. 16 addressing the newest round of privacy initiatives, featuring keynote speakers, lawyers, technologists, and prominent experts in the private sector from the United States and abroad. ››Read more

CAL Tailgate

The Moritz tailgating season kicked off Sept. 15 at the Barrister Club before the Buckeyes took on CAL. There was plenty of fun for the kids and adults alike. ››View photos

Student Groups

Did you know there are more than 50 student organizations at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law? ››Meet the groups
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.

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 in her Oct. 17 lecture. ››Register now

2012 Lawrence Negotiation Lecture

Kenneth R. Feinberg, a key player in resolving many of the nation’s most challenging and widely known disputes, delivers “Unconventional Responses to Unique Catastrophes" on Oct. 25. ››Register now

Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice

This multipart conference coming to Moritz on Oct. 26 will explore questions about the relationship between and among race, sexuality, and social justice. ››Register now

David H. Bodiker Lecture on Criminal Justice

Bryan Stevenson, executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Ala., will deliver “Excessive Punishment and Mass Incarceration in an Era of Fear and Anger" on Oct. 30. ››Register now

Works-in-Progress Conference

Those interested in attending the Sixth Annual Works-in-Progress Conference, hosted in part by the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution, must register by Oct. 15. ››Register now
Alumni News

The Honorable David A. Katz '57 was profiled in the September 2012 issue of The Federal Lawyer. The article shares a Henry David Thoreau quote Katz carries in his wallet, details about when his dreams of a career in law began, and other interesting points of his career. To read the full story, click here.

Richard Mancino '82, a partner with Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in New York City, contributed to his firm's selection by Law360 as "Pro Bono Firm of 2012." Law360 singled out two of Mancino's pro bono cases for special recognition. In Favors v. Cuomo, a three-judge federal court panel granted judgment for Willkie's clients, agreeing to redraw New York's congressional districts by following neutral redistricting principles that did not favor incumbents. In the other, Mancino led a pro bono team's submission of an amicus brief on behalf of the National Center for Science Education in Ohio's Knox County Fifth Appellate District Court of Appeals. The case, Freshwater v. Mount Vernon School District Board of Education, raised issues concerning the inappropriate teaching of Creationism by a public high school science teacher. The case is now before the Ohio Supreme Court.

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