In the fall, LL.M. students take LL.M. Legal Writing, a course designed to provide them with a strong foundation in U.S. legal writing. This year, Moritz pioneered a new model for the program adding five 3L legal writing fellows to serve as resources for the LL.M. students.
3Ls Jahan S. Karamali and Kyle Sommerville, students in the Moritz Criminal Prosecution Clinic, won a guilty verdict in an assault case they tried in Delaware County last month – the first trial they had ever handled from start to finish.
Reading and writing have always been a passion for 2L Andrew Mikac. They inspired him first to share that enthusiasm with students in educationally under-served communities, and now are driving him to pursue a degree in law.
Jason Luebbers ’15 was one of several Moritz law students and alumni who served as legal observers at an Oct. 18 “What is Justice? – Rally at the Statehouse.” The event was organized to protest the absence of an indictment in the Aug. 5 shooting death of John Crawford III by police officers at a Beavercreek, Ohio Wal-Mart.
2L Chris Thomas is a dual-degree candidate seeking both his J.D. and a Ph.D. in education simultaneously. While neither pursuit is considered easy by any standard, Thomas says he decided to take the challenge to better position himself for a career in education after graduation.
3Ls Josh Fravel and Ed Hebb have been named this year’s Lawrence Negotiation Competition winners. They, along with 2Ls Chris Sponseller and Matt Raby, who took second place, will now represent the Moritz College of Law at the ABA Regional Negotiations Competition in November.
Last summer, at the end of a stint as a summer associate at law firm, Amable Bunry ’15’s supervisor, sat her down for a frank talk about her future. She said, “We really enjoyed having you here, but we think you should go pursue your passion. You seem so vested in Africa. Go try it out. If you don’t like it, let us know.”
An interest in immigration law wasn’t something 2L Alex Holtzman simply stumbled upon when he entered law school. The son of an immigrant, Holtzman worked for several community-based organizations, both Ohio and in his home state of Michigan, before heading to D.C. this summer.
Mandi Grandjean ’16 worked as a legal intern at the Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney’s office this summer, where she spent her days researching and writing motions on behalf of the state of Ohio.
The Moritz Civil Law Clinic won a civil-rights-tort suit against the state of Ohio for an incarcerated client after she alleged the state prison system failed to treat her medical records with care, and as a result, the entire prison learned of her HIV+ status.
In a recent ceremony at the Library of Congress, Jonathan Olivito ’14 received recognition for a note he published in the Ohio State Law Journal, entitled “Beyond the Fourth Amendment: Limiting Drone Surveillance Through the Constitutional Right to Informational Privacy.”
Moritz students working with the Captain Jonathan D. Grassbaugh Veterans Project won a security deposit back for two Ohio State students and Marine Corps veterans earlier this year after they were unable to get it back from their former landlord on their own.