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Merritt receives University Teaching Award

March 4, 2009 | Faculty

Professor Deborah Jones Merritt was recently named one of the 10 recipients of the University-wide 2009 Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching.

The Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching honors faculty members for superior teaching. Recipients are nominated by present and former students and colleagues and are chosen by a committee of alumni, students, and faculty.

Merritt graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and from Columbia Law School. After graduation, Professor Merritt clerked for Judge (now Justice) Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the Supreme Court of the United States.

She joined The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 1995. From 2000-05, Merritt served as director of the John Glenn Institute for Public Affairs.

Merritt has published widely on issues of equality, affirmative action, federalism, health and technology, legal education, tort reform, and law and social science. Much of her work has focused on public policy issues, and she has made numerous presentations to judges, legislators, and other policymakers. She has also co-taught courses in Europe with both Justice Ginsburg and Justice O’Connor.

She currently teaches Evidence, Law and Psychology, Legal Writing and Analysis, and the Criminal Defense Practicum.

Merritt, the John Deaver Drinko-Baker & Hostetler Chair in Law, has been honored as both an Ohio State University Distinguished Lecturer in 1999 and as a University Distinguished Scholar in 2002, both awards are conferred on the University’s most outstanding researchers.