April 2013


Sweepstakes to race tracks: Alumnus finds niche in gaming law

With the passing of Ohio’s Casino Initiative in 2009, Mike Zatezalo’s practice was bound to mature beyond helping children win tickets at Chuck E. Cheese or play McDonald’s Monopoly.

The initiative, which permitted four casinos to be built in Ohio, attracted a score of slot manufacturers and investors to Kegler Brown Hill & Ritter’s gaming law practice, which Zatezalo, a 1975 graduate of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, developed and now heads as managing director.

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Changing justice system through mentoring

Whether she’s in a public defender’s office or standing at the front of a lecture hall – and even when she’s trekking through the Himalayas, developing legal aid offices in Nepal – Priya Lakhi ’99 has consistently centered her career on mentorship.

The visiting associate professor of law at Roger Williams University and interim director of its Criminal Defense Clinic lights up when reflecting on the times she was taken under lawyers’ wings as an intern.

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Bronze star recipient’s work has global reach

It hangs from his uniform on a red, white, and blue ribbon. A smaller star is fixed in its center. Engraved on the back of the bronze medal are the words “meritorious achievement.”

John Swords ’06 has a bronze star medal, an award bestowed on soldiers who exhibit meritorious achievement or valor in a combat environment. The current chief of administrative and fiscal law for U.S. Army Africa (USARAF) earned his during service as a defense counsel in Iraq from February 2010 to 2011.

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Law School News

Students win Sutherland Cup, compete across country

Students from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law continue to compete in moot court competitions at home and afar. Last month, they brought honor to the College – and a national championship in the case of one team. ››Read more

$27K raised for public interest fellows

Despite a threatening forecast of 6 inches of snow, almost 300 people turned out for the annual Public Interest Law Foundation Auction last month, raising more than $27,000 to support students engaged in public interest employment over the summer. ››Read more
Amy Cohen

Cohen named Radcliffe Institute Fellow

Professor Amy Cohen has been selected as a Radcliffe Institute Fellow for the 2013-14 academic year. This extremely competitive program provides a one-year fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and supports outstanding research projects in a variety of disciplines. ››Read more
Martha Chamallas

Chamallas given Distinguished Scholar Award

Professor Martha Chamallas, the Robert J. Lynn Chair in Law, has received the University's Distinguished Scholar Award, which recognizes exceptional scholarly accomplishments by senior professors who have compiled a substantial body of research. ››Read more

Professors: Regulators not making most of cost-benefit analyses

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness (CCMC) released a report written by Moritz College of Law professors Paul Rose and Christopher Walker titled, The Importance of Cost-Benefit Analysis in Financial Regulation. ››Read more

Journal editors named for 2013-14

Five members of the Class of 2014 will lead The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law’s student-run journals in the coming academic year. ››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

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.
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.

Grassbaugh Veterans Project

The College is hosting an announcement event on Friday with details about the Captain Jonathan D. Grassbaugh Veterans Project, which begins operation this fall. Learn about the project and recognize 2L Jenna C. Grassbaugh for her efforts to improve the lives of veterans. ››Register today

Race Judicata

Lace up! The Sixth Annual Race Judicata, a charity 5K run/walk benefiting the Columbus Bar Foundation, will be held at 9 a.m. April 13 at Fred Beekman Park. Sign up, or have your business sponsor the event today. ››Request registration information

Tailgates announced for 2013 season

Only 177 days until the first Moritz College of Law tailgate of the football season. Come join fellow alumni, students, and friends during one of our fun-filled events this coming football season! ››Register today
Alumni News

Andrew P. Swary '02 has been appointed chief legal counsel for Finance Fund, a statewide nonprofit financial intermediary based in Columbus. Swary will advise Finance Fund on all legal matters, including advancing and protecting the organization’s interests in the areas of transactions, corporate governance, compliance, risk management and ethics. Prior to joining Finance Fund, Swary was a senior associate at Squire Sanders (US) LLP, where he represented for-profit and nonprofit community development entities.

Tyson Crist '99 recently published an article in The American Bankruptcy Law Journal, the quarterly journal of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges and the most-cited journal on bankruptcy issues. The article is Stern v. Marshall: Application of the Supreme Court's Landmark Decision in the Lower Courts, 86 Am. Bankr. L.J. 627 (2012). Crist is a partner in the Columbus office of Ice Miller LLP.

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