January 2014


Former public defender finds calling as judge

When Judge Ted Barrows ’76 was running to serve on the bench of the Franklin County Municipal Court, he wasn’t given much of a shot by the local political pundits. His opponent was an incumbent; Barrows was not from Ohio; and he had never worked for a large or wealthy law firm.

So as the election headed into the home stretch, Barrows got on buses, knocked on doors, and attended every parade or parish festival he could find. Now four years into his second six-year term, he finds the work meaningful and rewarding.

“It’s the perfect job for me,” he said. “If I had sat down 25 years ago and said, ‘What would be the perfect job for me?’ I might not have said municipal court judge, but it is perfect.” ››Read more

Helping others on their ‘health care journey’

For Kara Trott ’91, the discipline and critical thinking skills she developed during as an Ohio State law student became instrumental in the founding of her company, Quantum Health.

The Quantum Health program reorganizes employers’ benefits delivery to help employees and their dependents better navigate a complex health care system, which reduces unnecessary costs simultaneously.

“I really like things that have tremendous intellectual challenge, but interestingly for me, I found that the practice of law was very reactive, not as proactive as I like to be,” said Trott, the CEO of Quantum Health. ››Read more

Alumna learned legal nuances in Dubai

Sanya Shah ’12 never imagined the valuable insight she would gain working at an international law firm in Dubai.

Shah’s position as a legal intern at HPL Yamalova & Plewka JLT included spending a lot of time working on real estate law, dealing with everything from investors who purchased property without signing contracts during the Dubai real estate boom to others who lost money as a result of faulty planning. She also worked on employment disputes, interacting with clients from India, Czechoslovakia, and the U.K.

“Dubai has a very new, young legal system,” said Shah, who now works at JPMorgan Chase & Co. “So we were kind of like the wild west of law where there are really no laws set in stone.” ››Read More

Law School News
Terri Enns

Professor, alumna tapped for state committees

Moritz College of Law Professor Terri Enns has been named to the advisory committee of the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway, and Mary Mertz ’02 has been named to its steering committee. ››Read more

Students head to Houston for national championship

Three students from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law will make history this month as they take part in the Andrews Kurth National Moot Court Championship. ››Read more
Deborah Merritt

ABA Journal names professor’s blog in ‘best of’ list

Professor Deborah Jones Merritt’s Law School Café blog has been named to the ABA Journal's seventh annual "Blawg 100," a listing of the 100 best blogs for a legal audience as determined by the publication. ››Read more
Bruce Johnson

Outgoing associate dean: ‘Many memorable moments over the past 21 years’

Bruce S. Johnson, the associate dean for information services and director of the Michael E. Moritz Law Library, retired on Dec. 31. ››Read more

NSA surveillance program focus of ‘draft symposium’

An academic journal led jointly by faculty and students at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law has launched an online “working draft symposium” regarding the controversial electronic surveillance programs of the National Security Agency. ››Read more

Dispute Resolution in Special Education Symposium planned

Special education law is an unusual practice field with respect to the breadth of specialized dispute resolution process used to resolve issues. The Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution will focus on the history and effectiveness of many of these processes during a Feb. 27-28 symposium. ››Read more

PILF auction slated for March 6

Save the date! The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law's annual Public Interest Law Foundation Auction will be held March 6 at the Huntington Club in Ohio Stadium. ››Read more

Gathering, usage of massive data to be examined in March

What do Facebook, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Security Agency, and perhaps your city’s board of education have in common? Massive data sets - the potential and key legal challenges of which will be discussed at a March symposium hosted by I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society. ››Read more

Moritzers at the Orange Bowl

Alumni were at the tailgates outside and in the stands in Miami, Fla. on Jan. 3 for the Discover Orange Bowl. ››View photos

Helping hungry Ohioans

Students, faculty, and staff raised $766 and collected 594 pounds of food for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank during the annual SBA Thanksgiving Luncheon on Nov. 26. That amounted to 3,658 meals for Central Ohioans over the holiday season. ››View photos
12th & High

12th & High

View photos taken recently from around the Moritz College of Law ››View Photos

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.

Young Alumni Happy Hour

The Columbus Young Alumni Happy Hour will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at Hubbard Grille, 793 N. High St. Hors d’oeuvres will be served, and a cash bar will be available. ››Register today!

Dispute Resolution in Special Education Symposium

Join the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution for this free symposium Feb. 27-28. ››Register today!

Big Data Future

I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society tackles the policy and legal challenges of gathering massive data sets at this March 19-21 symposium. ››Register today!
Alumni News

Christine Wheatley ’96 has been named secretary and general counsel of The Kroger Co., effective in the spring of 2014 upon the retirement of Paul Heldman, the executive vice president, secretary, and general counsel of the company, which is one of the world’s largest retailers. Wheatley joined Kroger in 2008 as corporate counsel and became its senior counsel in 2011 and a vice president in 2012. She previously worked in private practice, including as a partner at Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP in Cincinnati. Wheatley is a Kroger representative for the Greater Cincinnati Minority Counsel Program and serves as a fellow in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.

Saber Williams VanDetta '02 and her husband, Joe, welcomed Luca Thomas to their family in January 2013, joining big sister Olive. VanDetta is a senior associate in litigation in the Cleveland office of Squire Sanders LLP.

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