March 2013


J.D., M.D. give alumnus leg up with startups

With a plethora of legal experience in medicine, Dr. Scott Smith’s pursuit of both law and medical degrees has been worth every penny.

“It’s been a pretty crazy career,” said Smith, who works in Silicon Valley as a partner at Dorsey and Whitney, LLP. Most of Smith’s career has focused on patent law for startup companies inventing medical devices. “Partway through medical school I had the idea I should use my J.D.-M.D. combination to do something a little bit different,” he said.

Since making that decision, Smith has worked as in-house counsel for multiple medical device startups – including one acquired by Johnson & Johnson for nearly $8 million– and also for several law firms with medical device patent practices.

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Serving those who serve the country

For Lt. Ann Tuddenham ’11, law school was part of the plan, and the U.S. Navy is where she found her place.

Although she came from a “Navy family,” Tuddenham wasn’t sure that a career in the military was something she wanted to pursue until her first year at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

Tuddenham’s experiences in the JAG Corps have given her a chance to work in a variety of different legal positions, including Staff Judge Advocate which is similar to an in-house counsel. She has given advice to commands at sea, as well as having represented sailors who are at risk of getting administratively dismissed from the Navy.

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Moritz, Vorys partner for CLE series on appellate law

The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and law firm Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP are partnering together to present an upcoming CLE series for attorneys interested in appellate law.

The Appellate Strategies and Perspectives CLE series will provide attorneys with practical tips and tools, an analysis of emerging trends and issues in the field, and a judicial viewpoint on the practice in three sessions in 2013, each following a similar format.

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Law School News

Alumnus to be honored with Distinguished Service Award

The Ohio State University will present William P. Blair III ’70 with the University Distinguished Service Award at the August commencement ceremony. Blair is one of seven people to receive the prestigious award in 2013. ››Read more
Jenna Grassbaugh

Military, alumni invited to veterans project launch

Alumni and students, especially those who have served or are serving in the military, are invited to a special event on April 5 announcing the creation of the Captain Jonathan D. Grassbaugh Veterans Project at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. ››Read more

Moritz teams advance to nationals, bring home awards

From Boston to Ann Arbor to Akron to Columbus, students at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law spent the month of February in tough competition with other law students in a number of tournaments. ››Read more
Sarah Cole

Cole wins University award

Sarah Rudolph Cole, the John W. Bricker Professor of Law, was surprised in her classroom Thursday morning by E. Gordon Gee, president of The Ohio State University, and a few other visitors who came to congratulate her on winning the 2013 Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching. ››Read more
Douglas Berman

Berman aids U.S. Sentencing Commission

Professor Douglas Berman is known nationally as an expert on sentencing law, which is precisely why the U.S. Sentencing Commission recently asked him for a favor in the wake of its own website being dismantled by hackers. ››Read more

I/S symposium to focus on broadband issues

Broadband – high-speed Internet access beyond the capacities of dial-up – long has been touted as a foundation for economic growth, jobs, and a better way of life. It’s proliferation, however, poses key legal and public policy challenges. This will be the focus of a March 22 symposium organized by I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society. ››Read more

Lecture to focus on Supreme Court’s error-correction

An internationally renowned arbitration expert will discuss “Error Correction and the Supreme Court’s Arbitration Docket” the annual Schwartz Lecture on Dispute Resolution, scheduled for March 28 at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. ››Read more

Issues related to business incubators topic of symposium

“Incubators: Function and Future” is the central topic for this year’s Ohio State Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal symposium, scheduled for March 29 at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. ››Read more
Derek Clinger

2L’s op-ed featured on CNN

Derek Clinger, a 2L at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, was a featured author on the website for the CNN show Global Public Square with Fareed Zakaria, regarding his opinions on the current corruption crisis in Egypt. ››Read more

Race Judicata to raise money for Columbus Bar Foundation

The Sixth Annual Race Judicata, a charity 5K run/walk presented by The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law Student Bar Association, will be held April 13 at Fred Beekman Park, 2200 Carmack Road. The race will benefit the Columbus Bar Foundation and its many causes. ››Read more

Series finishes with ‘Challenge of Political Compromise’

Dennis F. Thompson, founding director of Harvard's university-wide ethics program, will present the talk “The Challenge of Political Compromise” as part of the Democracy Studies Speakers Series on April 2. ››Read more

Student groups to host session on human trafficking

The Women’s Legal Society and the Federalist Society will host representatives from the Ohio Attorney General's Office, Rep. Teresa Fedor’s Office, DOMA International, the Central Ohio Rescue and Restore Coalition, and the Honorable Paul M. Herbert for a discussion on human trafficking at noon April 16 in the William B. Saxbe Law Auditorium at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. The public is invited to attend, and lunch will be provided.

Soul Food Luncheon

The Black Law Students Association capped off Black History Month by hosting its annual Soul Food Luncheon in the William B. Saxbe Law Auditorium. ››View photos
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.

Appellate Strategies CLE series

The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and law firm Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP are partnering together to present this three-part CLE series. ››Register today

Grassbaugh Veterans Project

The College is hosting an announcement event on April 5 with details about the Captain Jonathan D. Grassbaugh Veterans Project, which begins operation this fall. ››Register today

'Competition and Innovation in the Broadband Age'

A free symposium presented by I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society, in collaboration with The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, the Center for Interdisciplinary Law and Policy Studies, and Microsoft. ››Register today

Schwartz Lecture on Dispute Resolution

Professor Christopher R. Drahozal of The University of Kansas will deliver his lecture, “Error Correction and the Supreme Court’s Arbitration Docket," on March 28. ››More information

'Incubators: Function and Future'

The Ohio State Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal presents its free symposium on March 29. ››Register today
Alumni News

David M. Selcer '68, a retired partner of Baker & Hostetler LLP, has published a new novel, Deadly Audit: A Buckeye Barrister Mystery, with Cozy Cat Press, which is available on Amazon Kindle. It's part of a tongue-in-cheek series featuring a Columbus lawyer-sleuth.

Tom Littman '88 has been named CEO of the Beachwood, Ohio private equity firm Kirtland Capital Partners. Littman joined the firm in 1995 and had served as a senior managing partner since 2009. “Tom has played a significant role in our success during the last 18 years, having been involved in fundraising, deal sourcing, due diligence, acquisitions, portfolio management and divestitures,” said outgoing CEO John Nestor, who will stay on as chairman and senior managing partner.

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