May 2013


Being open to risks, change leads to opportunity

Michael A. Womack ’93 has never been afraid of change. Change has created his opportunities.

“In order to take advantage of opportunities, you need to be willing to move,” said Womack, the senior vice president of human resources at AutoZone in Memphis, Tenn.

Growing up, Womack moved all over the globe, living in Michigan, Canada, Belgium, Haiti, Egypt, and Germany before graduating from high school. He decided to come back to the United States to pursue a college education, but he has relocated several times since then for career opportunities.

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Judge handles difficult, sensitive cases

As a domestic relations and juvenile judge in Henry County, Ohio, Denise Herman McColley ’81 is more than just an observer in her courtroom. Often, she is put into the role of an advocate for children and advisor to couples in turmoil.

McColley sees numerous cases every day ranging from standard divorce to child abuse, but the hardest are cases in which children are badly affected physically, mentally, or both.

“In general, the most difficult cases are those alleging abuse, neglect, or dependency and, of course, divorce cases in which parents are being really awful to one another – it’s very hard to see how that affects the children,” she said.

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Alumna leads arts organization, finds ‘purpose work’

Demetries Jo Neely ’84 has been involved in the arts her entire life. Now, after spending 22 years at Nationwide Insurance, Neely is finding ways to use her business experience and law education to get creative.

After retiring from Nationwide Insurance in 2008, Neely accepted the position of executive director at the King Arts Complex in Columbus, which focuses on performing and visual arts and introducing the arts to area youth.

“This is the best role ever because it’s not a job," Neely said. "It’s purpose work, and I am humbled by the fact that I have the pleasure of continuing to carry out Dr. King’s mission.”

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Law School News

Seeking submissions for All Rise magazine

Have you finalized major litigation or brokered a large deal of late? If so, you might be the perfect fit for a new feature in the college's alumni magazine: Big Suit, Big Deal. ››Submit your news

CBA to honor Moritz faculty, alumnus

The Columbus Bar Association will present the Liberty Bell Awards to two professors at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in June and honor one alumnus for his outstanding tradition of service to the organization. ››Read more
Steven Davidoff

Professor lands on Top 10 Corporate and Securities Articles

An article by Steven Davidoff, associate professor of law and finance at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, has been selected as one of the Top 10 Corporate and Securities Articles of 2012 by Corporate Practice Commentator. ››Read more
David Stebenne

Professor receives teaching award

David Stebenne, professor of law and history, received the Clio Award for "outstanding teacher in history" from the honors society Phi Alpha Theta. ››Read more

Student declared National Best Advocate

A 3L at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law was declared National Best Advocate at the 36th Annual American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition held April 4-6 in Chicago. ››Read more
Nikki Baszynski

Diversity award goes to Moritz again

Nikki Trautman Baszynski '13, was named a recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award, which recognizes individuals or units that have demonstrated a significant commitment to enhancing diversity at The Ohio State University. ››Read more
Dylan Borchers

3L receives OSBA Environmental Law Award

Dylan Borchers '13 has been awarded the Ohio State Bar Association Environmental Law Award for a paper he submitted, titled “Electric Aggregation and the Story of Ohio's Move to Competitive Retail Electric Markets.” ››Read more
Susan Manship

Journal celebrates first year of Furthermore

Last spring, the Ohio State Law Journal published its first essays on its online companion, Furthermore. Editor Susan Manship '13 offers up highlights for its first anniversary. ››Read more

Team finishes as quarter-finalist in National Trial Competition

Gus Lazares and Katie Wallrabenstein, 2Ls at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, finished as quarter-finalists in the 2013 National Trial Competition held April 3-7 in San Antonio. ››Read more

Class of 2013 Send-off

Hooding is still a week away, but the Class of 2013 tried on their gowns and took their official class photo recently. Check out scenes from the day, including their awards ceremony. ››View Photos

End-of-Year Barbecue

Mother Nature couldn't dampen the spirits of those students celebrating the last day of classes at Moritz. An end-of-year picnic moved inside when the rains came. ››View Photos

NPR's Tamara Keith Speaks

Tamara Keith, congressional correspondent for National Public Radio, gave the final talk in the Democracy Studies Speakers Series. Her title: "Washington's Fiscal Fights: A View from the Fourth Estate." ››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.

Tailgates announced for 2013 football season

Only 149 days until the first Moritz College of Law tailgate! Come join fellow alumni, students, and friends during one of our fun-filled events this coming football season. ››Register today
Alumni News

Arturo Hernandez '95, was named director of global compliance to RPM International Inc. Hernandez will be responsible for handling the company's corporate compliance program worldwide.

Andre Porter '05, has been named director of the Ohio Department of Commerce. Porter has been commissioner for the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and an attorney at Schottenstein Zox & Dunn Co. LPA, which is now Ice Miller LLP.

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