February 2013


Flipping criminals, wiretaps part of prosecution work

After eight years of dabbling in cases centered on money laundering, drug trafficking, and alien and arms smuggling on the Texas-Mexico border, Robert Brady ’97 said he was looking to relocate to somewhere more picturesque for a family, somewhere “a bit more cosmopolitan,” to be exact.

Instead, he got narcotics and wiretaps.

The assistant U.S. attorney, who formerly served as the chief of the Del Rio Division in Texas, has been settled into his new office in Miami, Fla., for about a year now, where he works for the Southern District of Florida in the Narcotics Division. ››Read more

Corporate counsel helps with Tim Hortons’ expansion

Kate Clay’s career has taken her from Ohio to the West Coast and across the Atlantic Ocean, but it’s her current position with Tim Hortons in Central Ohio that has made her want to stay put.

Since graduating from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 2002, Clay has worked in Portland, Ore., doing business and real estate law, at a law firm in Germany, and in Columbus at a law firm focusing on international law and business and real estate issues. In 2011, Clay was hired by Tim Hortons as the company’s corporate counsel for U.S. real estate — a job where her previous experience is put to use on a daily basis. ››Read more

Bringing a legal mind to business, Jazz Arts Group

From finance to education to nonprofit organizations, Dan Weiss ’85 has pushed the boundaries of his law degree to new limits.

The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law alumnus put his critical-thinking skills learned in law school to the test while enjoying careers in music, teaching at the graduate level, and small-business consulting. His admittedly “unconventional” experiences since his last days in Drinko Hall have helped him shape his career into one that is constantly changing to be exactly what he’s looking for. ››Read more

Law School News

Access to Justice faces obstacles amid economic downturn

Attorneys are invited to a free conference later this month at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law where they can earn free CLE credits. “Opening Courtroom Doors: Access to Justice in Ohio” will be held Feb. 22. ››Read more

Pension discussion to draw academics, managers, advisors

Law and Capital Markets @ Ohio State, a new program at the Moritz College of Law, is hosting a “Roundtable on Public Pension Reform” from 8 a.m. to noon Feb. 22. The event is free, but registration is required. ››Read more

Alumna’s Today Show blog post goes viral

Jennifer Towell ’00 was eloquent, persuasive, and as no-nonsense as any mother can be in her blog post criticizing a segment that recently aired on The Today Show. Host Matt Lauer asked an expectant couple to get right to the “good news” – that a new prenatal test revealed their baby does not have Down syndrome. Towell is the author of Cowgirl Up!, a blog about her life as a mother of two beautiful children, including Joey, who has Down syndrome. Her post about breaking up with The Today Show went viral, garnering more than 10,000 page views in a few days and sparking robust debates on other parenting blogs. ››Read the post here

Auction to raise money for public interest fellows

This year’s annual Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) Auction is geared toward giving law students who take summer jobs in public interest fields a fellowship of up to $3,500. Featured items at the March 5 fundraiser include a vacation stay in the Moritz family’s South Carolina condo, tickets to sporting events and theme parks, and signed sports memorabilia. ››Read more

Thompson to give final Demoracy Studies talk

Dennis Thompson, the Alfred North Whitehead Professor of Political Philosophy at Harvard University, will present “The Challenge of Political Compromise” as part of the Democracy Studies Speakers Series on April 2. ››Read more

Race Judicata to raise money for Columbus Bar Foundation

The Sixth Annual Race Judicata, a charity 5K run/walk presented by the Student Bar Association, will be held April 13. The race will benefit the Columbus Bar Foundation and its many causes. ››Read more

Winners declared in mediation competition

Sixteen teams competed; when it was all over, only two were left standing. ››Read more

Become a mentor

Mentoring and More @ Moritz is a great way for alumni to give back to the next generation of lawyers. To become a mentor, email MoritzMentoring@osu.edu. ››View photos from January luncheon
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.

'Roundtable on Public Pension Reform'

Law and Capital Markets @ Ohio State hosts Feb. 22 a half-day seminar examining the state of reforms, governance issues, and investment strategies. It is free to attend. ››Register now

'Access to Justice' conference

The Ohio State Law Journal and other organizations are hosting a free conference on Access to Justice issues in Ohio on Feb. 22. CLE credit is available. ››Register now

'The Challenge of Political Compromise'

Harvard University's Professor Dennis Thompson will give the final talk in the two-year Democracy Studies Speakers Series on April 2. ››Register now
Alumni News

Evelyn Lundberg Stratton ’79 has joined Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP as of counsel in the firm's Columbus office. Stratton retired as a justice at the Ohio Supreme Court at the end of 2012.

Mónica Ramírez '03 is the acting deputy director of Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc. (Center for Migrant Rights, Inc.). Ramírez joined CDM’s team in August and will be based in the Baltimore satellite office. Ramírez, the daughter of migrant farmworkers, is an activist, attorney, author, teacher, speaker, consultant, and leader. She is a nationally recognized leader in the movement to end sexual harassment and assault against farmworker and low-wage immigrant women.

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