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Douglas A. Berman

Professor and Newton D. Baker-Baker & Hostetler Chair in Law
Executive Director, Drug Enforcement and Policy Center

Professor Berman’s principal teaching and research focus is in the area of criminal law and criminal sentencing and rapidly-evolving drug laws and regulations, with a special emphasis on the intersection of these issues. In addition to authoring numerous publications on topics ranging from capital punishment to the federal sentencing guidelines, Professor Berman has served as an editor of the Federal Sentencing Reporter for more than a decade, and is the sole creator and author of two widely-read and widely-cited blogs: Sentencing Law and Policy and Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform.

Professor Berman is frequently consulted by national and state policymakers, sentencing commissioners, and public policy groups concerning sentencing law and policy reforms. He has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives and before numerous sentencing commissions. Professor Berman has appeared on national television and radio news programs and has been extensively quoted in major newspaper articles, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Legal Times, and in pieces from the Associated Press, Reuters, and Knight-Ridder news services.

Prior to joining the faculty of the Moritz College of Law, professor Berman was a litigation associate at the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, and Garrison in New York City and served as a law clerk for Judge Jon O. Newman and then for Judge Guido Calabresi, both on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He attended Princeton University and Harvard Law School.

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Sean Hill

Sean Hill

Assistant Professor of Law
Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University

Professor Hill’s research interests lie at the intersection of critical race theory and criminal justice policy. His forthcoming publication in the UCLA Law Review specifically examines bail reform and pretrial risk assessment instruments through a critical race lens. Prior to joining The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, he held a law research fellowship at Georgetown University Law Center, leading a seminar on the racial implications of algorithmic risk assessment.

Hill previously served as a Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Fellow with the Katal Center, driving a campaign to reform New York’s bail practices. He also practiced as a Senior Staff Attorney with the legal non-profit, Youth Represent, where he represented formerly-incarcerated youth in the criminal and civil matters interfering with their successful re-entry. Through a 2013 Equal Justice Works Fellowship, Hill started Youth Represent’s Family Stability Project, which expanded the law office’s legal practice to various Family Court matters.

Hill received his undergraduate degree from Duke University, and earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was an active member of the Black Law Students Association and student government.

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Tasha Perdue

Assistant Professor
John Glenn College of Public Affairs, The Ohio State University

Professor Perdue’s research contextualizes drug use and public policy responses to drug use disorders by studying socio-cultural factors associated with risk and protective behaviors and the subsequent impact on substance use trajectories. Perdue’s research is informed by her professional experience as a case manager in a community mental health center, a regional epidemiologist with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and volunteer/researcher within a harm reduction center in Skid Row, Los Angeles.

Perdue has received commendations for her research and advocacy work and was awarded an R36 dissertation award (NIDA R36 DA048343-01A1) from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to qualitatively examine the impact of street fentanyl on heroin trajectories and associated risk and protective behaviors in Dayton, Ohio.

Perdue received her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California Suzanne-Dworak Peck School of Social Work, a Graduate Certificate in Public Policy from the USC Price School of Public Policy, a Master of Social Work with a focus on Social Policy and Evaluation for Mental Health from the University of Michigan, and her B.S. in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology from Bowling Green State University.

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Patricia J. Zettler

Associate Professor of Law
Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University

Professor Zettler has advised various groups and organizations on FDA law and policy. Among other things, she served as a consultant to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on Pain Management and Regulatory Strategies to Address Prescription Opioid Abuse from 2016 to 2017, and has served on the editorial advisory board for the Food and Drug Law Journal since 2015. Professor Zettler also is frequently quoted in the media on FDA law and policy issues, including in outlets such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Bloomberg, BuzzFeed, Reuters, Forbes, and STAT News.

Before joining the Ohio State faculty in 2019, Professor Zettler was a faculty member of the Center for Law, Health & Society at Georgia State University College of Law and, before that, she was a fellow at the Center for Law and the Biosciences at Stanford Law School. In addition to Professor Zettler’s academic work, she served as an associate chief counsel in the FDA’s Office of the Chief Counsel. Professor Zettler also has bioethics experience through work at the Program in Medical Ethics at the University of California San Francisco and at the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health.

Professor Zettler received her undergraduate and law degrees from Stanford, both with distinction.

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Benton Bodamer

Adjunct Faculty
Member at Dickinson Wright PLLC, Columbus

Benton Bodamer is a Member of Dickinson Wright PLLC.  He has represented a wide range of public and private companies, as well as many of the leading international private equity sponsors. He regularly advises clients on complex domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, joint ventures, minority investments, divestitures, and restructurings.  Mr. Bodamer also routinely counsels privately held businesses (including sponsor portfolio companies) on general corporate matters, governance, corporate best practices, and commercial transactions. Prior to joining Dickinson Wright, Mr. Bodamer practiced for over a decade with international law firms Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and Goodwin Procter LLP.