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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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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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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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Sarah Brady Siff

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

Dr. Siff is a historian of modern U.S. law and politics specializing in the history of drug control. The DEPC is supporting her work on two book manuscripts. “Tough on Dope: Crime and Politics in California’s Drug Wars” is a survey of local and state drug prohibition efforts from 1850 to the mid-1960s, including issues of federalism and constitutional law. “Weed Killers: Cannabis Eradication in the United States” covers the unsuccessful, century-long campaign of American marijuana prohibition with an emphasis on agricultural and environmental policy as well as law enforcement. Siff’s 2019 article “Burn, Sell, or Drive: Forfeiture in the History of Drug Law Enforcement” in the Ohio State Law Journal proposes that customary drug-related seizure and forfeiture practices in the United States are rooted in founding-era tax law.

A former journalist, Dr. Siff has written a number of historical articles for a popular readership including “Policing the Police: A Civil Rights Story” and “Toxicology, Conspiracy, and History.” She is copy editor for Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective and contributing editor for Points: The Blog of the Alcohol & Drugs History Society. She will offer a seminar on the historical impact of drug control on policing and civil liberties, titled Drug Law Enforcement & the Bill of Rights, in Spring 2021.


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.

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Andrea M. Headley

Assistant Professor
McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University

Andrea M. Headley is a public management and criminal justice scholar whose research investigates the relationship between local government agencies and the community. Her research has focused within the context of policing to understand how organizational, managerial, and individual level factors affect public service delivery and outcomes. Further, her work has explored the causes and consequences of outcome disparities and inequities in policing. Her prior research has been funded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics and she has been the recipient of several prestigious awards, honors, and fellowships. She has worked with various public service organizations to conduct both applied and engaged research on issues pertaining to police-community relations. She uses these experiences to help inform her teaching and further her scholarship. Formerly, she was an Assistant Professor in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University, a Faculty Member in the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center in the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State, and a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her Ph.D. and M.S. from Florida International University and B.S.Ed. from the University of Miami.

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Alex Kreit

Assistant Professor and Director
Center on Addiction Law & Policy at Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of Law

Alex Kreit is a leading expert on illegal drug and marijuana law and director of the Center on Addiction Law & Policy at Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of Law. Previously, he was director of the Center for Law and Social Justice at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and a co-director of the Criminal Law Fellowship Program. He is author of the casebook Controlled Substances: Crime, Regulation, and Policy, published by Carolina Academic Press, and co-author of the annually updated reference book Drug Abuse and the Law Sourcebook, published by Thomson Reuters (with Gerald F. Uelmen). Professor Kreit is frequently quoted in the media on drug policy and marijuana law issues, having appeared in news outlets including the Christian Science Monitor, the Fox News Channel, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the San Diego Union-Tribune, VICE News and the Wall Street Journal.

Before coming to Thomas Jefferson, Professor Kreit worked as an associate at Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco and clerked for the Honorable M. Blane Michael on the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Professor Kreit has taught in Hangzhou, China and Nice, France in Thomas Jefferson’s study abroad programs and as a visiting faculty member at Boston College Law School. He continues to practice law as a member of the Appellate Defenders Inc. panel, representing indigent defendants in state criminal appeals.

Professor Kreit is actively involved in the community.  He was a member of the City of San Diego’s Ethics Commission, which is responsible for monitoring, administering, and enforcing the City’s governmental ethics laws. From 2009 to 2010, he served as Chair of the City of San Diego’s Medical Marijuana Task Force.

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