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Programs and Events

The Intellectual Property Speaker Series, sponsored by Emerson Thomson Bennett, provides discussion and insights on current issues in patents and patent prosecution, copyright, trademark, and other intellectual property practice areas.

The Law, Finance and Governance program sponsors talks and events focusing on issues facing women in business law, and showcasing influential women business lawyers and executives. The series is made possible by funding from generous donors committed to advancing women in the legal profession.

The Speakers Series on Corporate Restructuring brings leading attorneys to Moritz to speak with students about the legal practice of reorganizing the various structures and operations of a company, in order to make the company more profitable, or better able to manage its needs. The series is sponsored by Robert Miller, former corporate general counsel/global legal for The Procter & Gamble Company.

The Kephart Fisher Business of Law Series presents programs, such as conferences, lectures, and symposia, on various topics related to the business side of the practice of law. The series is sponsored by Kephart Fisher LLC.

For 2022, the events will be virtual and take place on January 26th, February 23rd and March 23rd.

Attendance will be free, but advanced registration will be required.

The Ohio Supreme Court has approved the January and February events for CLE credit.  An application for CLE credit for the March event is pending.


This initiative, launched in 2015, brings successful business people, many of whom are also lawyers, to the Moritz College of Law to discuss their businesses and non-legal careers in business, including roles such as CEOs, COOs, venture capitalists, business developers, etc. Speakers offer insight into topics such as starting a business, risk and business development, executive decision-making and transitioning from attorney to business person. Students learn from professionals in the field about developing essential skills like leadership, management ability, and team-building, and hear first-hand about risk and opportunity in business.

The General Counsel Series brings leading attorneys of prominent businesses to The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law to speak to law students about their role as general counsel and about current topics in their industry. The series was designed to help students understand the role of the attorney in a business context and to understand the skills they must develop to be successful in-house, and to provide career models for Moritz students who hope to work as general counsel at some point in their careers. The series, an integral part of the program, has hosted in-house counsel from OhioHealth, DHL Supply Chain, The Andersons, Goldman Sachs, BuzzFeed, Cardinal Health, Honda, Express, Limited Brands,, and Dun & Bradstreet, among others.

The program on Law, Finance and Governance organizes conferences on issues related to business law, often in collaboration with student organizations and law journals, other departments and colleges at Ohio State, law firms, or non-profit organizations.

Through interdisciplinary talks on current hot topics, the program seeks to broaden the depth of discourse among academics, practitioners, policy-makers and students on a range of topics at the intersection of law, finance and governance.