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New Congressional Conversations initiative kicks off with Portman, Pelosi

March 28, 2016 | Events

The Ohio State University continues its proud heritage of developing future policymakers and legislative leaders with Congressional Conversations, an initiative that brings prominent federal legislators to the university on a regular basis. The inaugural speakers will be U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) April 8, and U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) April 22.

Congressional Conversations is a joint endeavor of the Moritz College of Law and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs.  Discussion will focus not on the day’s partisan talking points, but rather on improving legislative process and American governance, public policy, and public service.  Students will have an opportunity to engage with and learn from legislative leaders.  Most semesters the series will host two conversations.

Registration for the events is required and is available online for Senator Portman event and will open in early April for the Pelosi event.

The Moritz College of Law is home to one of the nation’s foremost legislation programs.  Moritz has been at the leading edge of the national trend among law schools to requiring a course in legislation.  Additionally, Moritz’s Legislation Clinic is one of the few such clinics nationwide, and uniquely allows law students to do legislative work for the state Legislature’s Members and their staffs.  Moritz also offers many upper level courses involving legislation, a faculty that includes former staff for the U.S. Congress and Ohio Legislature, and also one of the country’s top election law programs, Election Law @ Moritz. It also works to develop lawyer-leaders through the Program on Law and Leadership.

The John Glenn College of Public Affairs is ranked as the best Public Affairs program in Ohio and in the top 25 nationally. The Glenn College teaches a new generation of public servants how to address complex issues that are happening in today’s communities. The program prepares students with the tools and opportunities needed to make change a reality in civic life. The Glenn College is committed to inspiring and developing students to become the leaders of a new generation of public and nonprofit professionals who can take on complex issues and make change a reality in civic life.

Both Moritz and Glenn College offer extensive academic and externship programs in Washington D.C. and throughout Ohio. Dual degrees are available between the two colleges, which also  coordinate on multiple-day national security simulations. The initiative is also sponsored by Ohio State’s Democracy Studies Program.

Alumni of the two colleges include Brian Sandoval, current Governor of Nevada; Sherrod Brown, current U.S. Senator; former U.S. Senators George Voinovich and Howard Metzenbaum; former U.S. Representatives Michael Oxley, William Natcher, and William McCulloch, as well as hundreds of other former Ohio public officials, including Governors, state Senators, and state Representatives. In addition, thousands of alumni can be found in public policy positions in government agencies, non-government organizations, and think-tanks nationwide and worldwide.