Howard P. Fink

Isadore and Ida Topper Professor of Law Emeritus
Howard P. Fink
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(614) 247-1603 Drinko 374C



  • B.S., Cornell University
  • LL.B., Yale Law School

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Howard P. Fink is a Professor of Law Emeritus. A research assistant and research associate at Yale Law School from 1958 to 1965, Professor Fink also served from 1961 to 1963 as Special Assistant to the Judicial Conference of the United States Advisory Committee on Rules of Evidence for the Federal Courts, drafting the Federal Rules of Evidence. He began teaching at Ohio State in 1965. He was later appointed the Isadore and Ida Topper Professor of Law.

He has taught Civil Procedure, Federal Courts and the a seminar in Law, History and Philosophy at Ohio State.

Since joining the Ohio State faculty in 1965 he has also been a visiting professor at the University of Illinois, the University of San Diego, the National Law Center at George Washington University, Emory University, Wake Forest University, Santa Clara University, Stetson and the University of Toledo Law Schools.

Professor Fink helped develop and, for several summers, taught in the college’s summer pre-law program at St. Anne’s College, the University of Oxford, in England. He was Of Counsel to the law firm of Porter, Wright, Morris, and Arthur, and has served as President of the Board of Trustees of The Ohio State University Hillel Foundation and in other community organizations. He was co-chair of the Editorial Board of the Michie Co.

Professor Fink was a co-author of Moore’s Federal Practice, 2nd ed. (1958-1978) He is co-author of Federal Jurisdiction: Policy and Practice (2d ed. 1987), Civil Procedure (2d ed. 1989), Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure with Commentary (1991-2006), and Federal Practice in the 21st Century (1996), 2nd ed. (2002), and 3rd ed. (2007). He also edits the Summary Guide to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

He served on the Commission to Revise the Rules of the Ohio Supreme Court.