Briefing Room


Daley, Smith win awards from Class of 2013

May 24, 2013 | Faculty

Professor Rick Daley ’78 and Monte Smith ’90, assistant dean for academic affairs, were honored by the Class of 2013 as the Morgan E. Shipman Outstanding Professor and Outstanding Staff Member, respectively.

Daley is a senior lecturer in law with 30 years of experience as a practicing attorney. He enjoys preparing students for the time when they leave the “law school bubble” and enter the legal profession. He teaches courses in real estate development law, commercial leasing, and drafting business contracts. He is the author of Real Estate Development Law and a supporting Teacher’s Manual on Real Estate Development Law.

Daley spent 12 years in private practice, first as an associate and principal with the Columbus, Ohio firm of Murphey, Young and Smith and then as a partner in the international firm of Squire, Sanders and Dempsey. He represented a wide variety of closely held corporate clients, with a special emphasis on the representation of real estate developers.

In 1990, he left the law firm life to become executive vice president and general counsel of The Pizzuti Companies, a real estate development company headquartered in Columbus with offices in Chicago, Orlando, and Indianapolis. Daley spent the next 13 years in the dual role of lawyer and business principal in connection with The Pizzuti Companies’ development, leasing, and financing of more than 20 million square feet of Class A office and industrial projects throughout the Midwest and Southeast regions of the U.S.

Upon retiring from The Pizzuti Companies in 2003, Daley spent three years providing legal and business consulting services to private developers and corporate real estate departments located throughout the country. He became a full-time faculty member at his alma mater in 2006.

Smith also returned to Moritz in 2006, serving as the assistant dean for academic affairs at his alma mater. This is the fifth consecutive year that the graduating class at Moritz has selected Smith as Outstanding Staff Member.

Smith worked as an associate for Jones Day in Columbus. He then went on to clerk for the Honorable Sandra S. Beckwith in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio in Columbus and Cincinnati. Between Judge Beckwith and a one-year stint with the Honorable Mark R. Abel, Smith spent 14 years as a judicial clerk.

Smith left a job he loved to take a position in which he could help people one-on-one. As the assistant dean of academic affairs at Moritz, Smith oversees or participates in several initiatives, including registrar’s office operations, Mentoring and More @ Moritz, academic advising, the judicial externship program, clerkship advising, and moot court activities. He also teaches Legal Writing and Analysis, Civil Procedure II, and Appellate Advocacy.

Smith has the opportunity to work with Moritz students through many of the challenges that law school presents. From finding a summer clerkship to help in the classroom, he continually provides students with valuable support and advice.