October 2013


Alumnus owns business, serves as mayor in Colorado city

Owning a business is time-consuming enough, but for Jeff Huff ’83, that’s just one of his jobs. His other is mayor of Castle Pines, Colo.

Balancing the two, especially with a family of three teenage daughters at home, can be challenging. But Huff said the two jobs are not so different.

“It’s a lot like creating a new business,” he said of being mayor. “You hire your staff; you prioritize your tasks; you get processes in place; and then things start clicking along. Ideally there’s not much day-to-day management that’s done by the mayor and the council members, so we can act in a more traditional policy role and guide the overall direction of the city.”

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Ky. lawyer’s career spans labor, employment, banking law

Sometimes career aspirations don’t follow a predictable path. For Thomas Fenton ’79, flexibility was the key to finding success.

“To follow a legal career path, you should anticipate that it may change directions and be prepared for that,” he said. “I think coming out of law school, people ought to be well prepared to do an awful lot of things.”

Following his graduation from the Moritz College of Law, Fenton knew his journey would begin in Louisville, Ky. as he followed his fiancee to her hometown. There, he began his work with a small firm, practicing labor law for nine years. At that point, a rare opportunity presented itself: National City Bank had created a new position and was seeking an individual who was capable of practicing employment law. Fenton jumped at the chance.

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Former JAG finds new advocacy role

Jennifer Towell ’00 had no idea that the advocacy skills she developed as a lawyer would eventually be transferred to another cause close to heart.

Towell serves on the 2013 board of trustees for the United Disability Services, an organization that grabbed her interest after the birth of her second son, Joey, who has Down syndrome, and as the legal advisor on the board of trustees for Stand Up For Downs.

“I was thrilled to join it because I knew they just have an incredible organization here for all individuals with disabilities of all ages,” she said. “Stand Up For Downs is also an outstanding organization because our focus is specifically Down syndrome.”

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Law School News

Zimmerman verdict topic of talk Friday

bell hooks, a distinguished visiting professor and internationally known author, will discuss the controversial George Zimmerman verdict and its implications on race, gender, and equality at noon Friday in the William B. Saxbe Law Auditorium. ››Read more

Bodiker lecture to feature prosecutor in Usama bin Laden, Blagojevich cases

Patrick J. Fitzgerald, former U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, will present “Miranda and Terrorism Suspects: What to Do?” during the fifth annual David H. Bodiker Lecture on Criminal Justice on Tuesday. ››Read more

Archie Griffin to join law school alumni for Reunion Weekend fun

Two-time Hiesman-winner Archie Griffin, the president and CEO of The Ohio State University Alumni Association, will be a featured guest at the Reunion Weekend tailgate on Oct. 19. Monday is the deadline to register for a weekend of fun, as we celebrate the classes of 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, and 2008. ››Read more

TBDTITL returns to Moritz

The Best Damn Tailgate in the Land has returned to Moritz. Find out more about upcoming tailgates, including one highlighting the Black Law Students Association members and alumni. ››Read more

‘National Conversation’ on politics comes to Ohio State

The Ohio State University is an epicenter for election law and political reform discussions this fall, and alumni around the country are encouraged to take part Oct. 15 in the Bipartisan Policy Center Commission on Political Reform’s National Conversation on American Unity. ››Read more

Symposium to focus on tort, anti-discrimination law

The Ohio State Law Journal will explore the theoretical and doctrinal affinities and clashes between tort and anti-discrimination law at a Nov. 15 symposium, “Torts and Civil Rights Law: Migration and Conflict.” ››Read more

Seeking 'Big Case, Big Deal' news

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 All Rise magazine: Big Case, Big Deal. ››Submit your news
Micah Berman

Researchers to help FDA with tobacco studies, regulation

Professor Micah Berman, an expert in tobacco regulation, will be among a team of researchers at Ohio State studying tobacco use patterns, industry marketing practices, and public perceptions to help the Food and Drug Administration in its new role of regulating the tobacco industry. The National Institutes of Health awarded an $18.7 million grant to Ohio State for the research center. ››Read more
Katrina Lee

Professor featured in Life After Law

Professor Katrina Lee is one of 30 former practicing attorneys featured in a new book released this week, Life After Law. The book tells the stories of former lawyers who left law practice and successfully pursued rewarding careers. ››Read more

Wisconsin Tailgate

The first Moritz tailgate of the season was a success - as was the Buckeyes' showing in a 31-24 victory over the Badgers. ››View photos

Race Judicata

This year's Race Judicata 5k benefited the Grassbaugh Veterans Project, for which fundraising continues. ››View Photos

Experience Moritz

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12th & High

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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.

Reunion Weekend

There is still time to register for this year's Reunion Weekend, held Oct. 18-20. Don't miss out on the Moritz Alumni Awards Ceremony and dinner, a tailgate with Archie Griffin, Ohio State football glory, and making new memories with old friends! ››Register now

Bodiker Lecture

The David H. Bodiker Lecture on Criminal Justice on Oct. 8 features Patrick J. Fitzgerald, former U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, presenting “Miranda and Terrorism Suspects: What to Do?” ››Register now

Moritz Tailgates

An endless buffet, drinks, and a healthy helping of Buckeye pride will be on tap for Moritz tailgates on Oct. 19 (Iowa), Oct. 26 (Penn State - BLSA recognition), and Nov. 23 (Indiana). ››Register now

National Conversation on American Unity

The Commission on Political Reform discusses electoral reforms in an interactive town hall on The Ohio State University campus on Oct. 15. ››Register now

OSLJ Symposium

Join the Ohio State Law Journal as it explores tort and anti-discrimination law at its Nov. 15 symposium, “Torts and Civil Rights Law: Migration and Conflict.” CLE credit is pending. ››Register now
Alumni News

Scott Greytak '10, an associate with Campinha Bacote LLP in Washington, D.C., recently worked on the U.S. Supreme Court's affirmative action decision, Fisher v. The University of Texas at Austin, and was featured recently in The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed. Greytak also has been speaking on legal panels and giving presentations at various higher education and diversity conferences. Over the past year, he has written law review articles on education policy published in West's Education Law Reporter, as well as in two South African law journals, De Jure and The South African Public Law Journal.

Kimberly (Blackwell) Lawler '05 and her husband, Mike, welcomed their third son, Joseph Benedict, on St. Patrick's Day 2013. Lawler practices commercial real estate law at Higier Allen & Lautin in Dallas.

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