Briefing Room


2016 Alumni Award winners

October 11, 2016 | Alumni

The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law Alumni Awards recognize alumni across the country who are working on the front lines of important social issues, breaking new paths in their chosen fields, and giving back to their communities. This year’s winners were announced at the annual reunion cocktail reception, which was held at the newly renovated Columbus Museum of Art, on Sept. 30. Continue reading to see the list of those recognized for their service in 2016.

Distinguished Alumna/us Award: Frank E. Bazler ’53

This award is given annually to a Moritz Law graduate for exceptional achievement or outstanding service to the college or community. Frank E. Bazler and his wife, Virginia H. Bazler, have donated their time and resources to ensuring Ohio State continues to offer students an education that prepares them for successful careers upon graduation.

Outstanding Recent Alumna/us Award: Katherine S. Chappelear ’07

This award is granted to an individual who has graduated from Moritz within the past 10 years whose accomplishments exemplify outstanding professionalism or loyalty to the college community. Katherine S. Chappelear is an assistant prosecuting attorney with the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office and has served on the Ohio State Bar Association’s (OSBA) Task Force on Legal Education and the Women in the Profession Section of OSBA. She currently serves as a delegate on the OSBA’s Council of Delegates for District 7.

William K. Thomas Distinguished Jurist Award: Peggy L. Bryant ’76

This honor is awarded to a current or former judge who has graduated from the college and whose personal integrity and commitment to fairness, freedom, and equality exemplify the highest ideals of the judicial system. Peggy L. Bryant served on the 10th District Court of Appeals from 1987 to 2013. At the time of her retirement she was the longest serving appellate judge in Ohio. Prior to taking the bench on the district court of appeals, she served on the Franklin County Municipal Court and before that worked in private practice. Bryant passed away after a long battle with breast cancer in 2013.

Community Service Award: Robert W. Briggs ’66

This award is presented to a Moritz Law graduate who has volunteered significant and sustained time and expertise to assist a local, state, national, or international humanitarian organization. Robert W. Briggs is a partner, chairman emeritus, and former CEO of Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC. Over the course of his career Briggs has served in leadership roles for both local and national foundations where he led entities through key transitions including board restructuring, investment changes, and overall directional shifts.

George V. Voinovich Public Service Award: Robert Solomon II ’88

This honor is awarded to an alumna/us whose public interest career exemplifies a commitment to promote and provide access to the legal system. Examples of public interest organizations include, but are not limited to, legal aid, legal services, civil liberties, pro bono representation, or volunteer lawyer projects. Robert Solomon II is assistant vice provost of Diversity and Inclusion at Ohio State. Prior to moving into his current position, Solomon was the assistant dean for admissions and financial aid and director of diversity at the Moritz College of Law. Before joining the faculty at Moritz, he served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice.