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Garry W. Jenkins Invested as John C. Elam/Vorys Sater Professor of Law

February 25, 2015 | Faculty

On February 12, 2015, Professor Garry W. Jenkins, associate dean for academic affairs, was awarded the John C. Elam/Vorys Sater Professor of Law in a ceremony at the Barrister Club. Many of his current and former students, as well as his family and colleagues, were on hand to celebrate with him.

After an introduction by Dean and Edwin M. Cooperman Professor of Law Alan C. Michaels, Professor Jenkins delivered a speech entitled “Lawyers, Legal Education, and Leadership for the Common Good.”

This investiture marked the most recent in a series of career accolades for Professor Jenkins, who specializes in law and philanthropy, corporate social responsibility, corporate governance, and leadership studies at Moritz College of Law. He is also the founding director of the Program on Law and Leadership, a multifaceted education and development initiative to advance the theory and practice of leadership among lawyers.

His work has been published in a variety of journals including the Case Western Law Review, Georgia Law Review, North Carolina Law Review, and Southern California Law. In 2008, he received the Outstanding Young Nonprofit Lawyer Award from the American Bar Association for his scholarly contributions. His research has also been honored for excellence in the fields of global justice (by Oxford University Press) and corporate law (by the Corporate Practice Commentator).

Professor Jenkins’s most recent publication, tentatively called “The Wall Street Takeover of Nonprofit Boards,” will appear in the Stanford Social Innovation Review (forthcoming 2015), the leading interdisciplinary journal focused on nonprofit studies, published by the Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. He regularly teaches Business Associations, Nonprofit Organizations, and Lawyers as Leaders, and serves on the governing boards of Haverford College, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Ohio, and the Ohio Public Interest Law Foundation.

In 2014, he was named to Lawyers of Color’s “50 Under 50,” a list of the most influential minority law professors in legal education. Prior to joining the Ohio State faculty in 2004, Professor Jenkins was chief operating officer and general counsel of The Goldman Sachs Foundation, a $200 million-plus international corporate foundation. Before joining Goldman, Sachs & Co., he was an attorney with the New York law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, where he counseled public charities and private foundations; formed and advised private investment funds; and negotiated mergers and acquisitions.

Professor Jenkins clerked for Judge Timothy K. Lewis of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit from 1998 to 1999. He earned a B.A. from Haverford College, a master’s degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review.