November 2013


Career in contracts led to ConAgra

Lisa Timms ’99 did not expect her career path after law school graduation to lead her to so many different directions. However, her enthusiasm to learn in early professional experiences was key to building the foundation of her career, one that would eventually lead her to a position with ConAgra Foods.

“Never say ‘no’ to an opportunity,” Timms said. “You never know what new project may translate into a new, great experience for you. I could never have guessed that the foundation of my career would have been built on contracts. But because I was willing to try to do contracts, it resulted in a career.”

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Alumnus uses technological expertise as IP attorney

While an undergraduate student majoring in computer science at the University of Rochester, David Easwaran ’07 knew he was interested in technology. Through a minor in political science, he discovered he had an interest in law as well.

“I decided to go to law school to try to put these two interests together,” he said. “It seems like something that not a lot of people do, and that’s how I started down the path of becoming a patent attorney.”

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Former SAG attorney returns to Drinko Hall

Karen Shoupe ’78 knew exactly where she wanted to be after graduating from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law: living in New York City and practicing entertainment law. Her dream came true when she acquired a position as an attorney for the Screen Actors Guild, an experience she still looks upon fondly to this day.

Shoupe returned to her alma mater in October during Ohio State’s 2013 Homecoming Weekend for her 35th law school reunion. She was invited by the Sports and Entertainment Law Association to share her story.

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Law School News

Greif trust gives $250K to provide aid for trafficking victims

Some of Ohio’s most vulnerable minors will benefit from free legal services provided through a new public service fellowship at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law funded by a $250,000 grant from the Greif Packaging Charitable Trust. ››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

Law students, volunteers ready to serve veterans

The Captain Jonathan D. Grassbaugh Veterans Project is ready to accept client referrals. Under the supervision of attorneys, Moritz College of Law students will help veterans facing consumer and housing issues. ››Read more

Third in Appellate Series to be held Nov. 7

Post-briefing issues will be covered in the third session of the Appellate Strategies and Perspectives CLE series, presented Nov. 7 by Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP and The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. ››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

Professors to help bring Supreme Court case to life in play

Four professors at The Ohio State Moritz College of Law will play a role in an upcoming play at the Wexner Center for the Arts, but not as actors or directors. ››Read more
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Cosmo features Moritz student

Jenna Grassbaugh, a 3L and founder of the Capt. Jonathan D. Grassbaugh Veterans Project, was featured in the November issue of Cosmopolitan honoring women veterans. ››Read more

Alumni can make tax-free gifts from IRAs in 2013

Alumni over the age of 70˝ are eligible to make a gift to the Moritz College of Law directly from individual retirement accounts (IRAs) by Dec. 31 without undesirable tax effects. ››Read more

Reunion Weekend 2013

The wet weather couldn't put a damper on the 2013 Reunion Weekend. Moritz alumni shined brightly at the annual awards ceremony and posed for photos with Archie Griffin. ››View photos
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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.

Appellate Series

Post-briefing issues will be covered during the Nov. 7 installment of the Appellate Strategies and Perspectives CLE series. ››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.” ››Register now

Final Tailgate

An endless buffet, drinks, and a healthy helping of Buckeye pride will be on tap for the final Moritz tailgates of the season on Nov. 23, when the Buckeyes take on the Hoosiers. ››Register now

NYC Alumni Reception

Dean Alan C. Michaels is inviting alumni in the New York and New Jersey areas are to a reception hosted by Jones Day at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 2 at 222 E. 41st St., New York, NY. Wine, beer, and hors d'oeuvres will be served. To RSVP, email
Alumni News

Andrea Seidt ’98, Ohio's securities commissioner, began in October a one-year term as president of the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), the oldest international organization devoted to investor protection. Seidt has served as commissioner of securities since 2008. Prior to her appointment, she worked on investor and consumer protection litigation as deputy chief counsel for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. For more on Seidt’s appointment, see this article.

Betsy (Worthing) Lennane '06 and Mike Lennane '06 welcomed their daughter, Ava June, on Feb. 15, 2013. The couple lives and practices in San Antonio.

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