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Leadership Activities Garner Wagoner '97 Moritz Law Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award

Wagoner received the award on October 15 at the tailgate prior to the Ohio State-Michigan football game at the college's new Barrister Club

October 25, 2005


Mark Wagoner

Mark Wagoner '97 receives the Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award from Dean Nancy H. Rogers.

At age 34, Mark D. Wagoner Jr. has demonstrated distinctive achievement as a lawyer, newly-elected Ohio representative, and Toledo community leader. In recognition of his leadership abilities, Wagoner, a 1997 graduate of the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University, received the college's Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award on October 15 at the tailgate prior to the Ohio State-Michigan football game at the college's new Barrister Club, located at 25 West 11th Avenue.

The award is presented to the Moritz College of Law alumnus who has graduated in the last ten years and whose early accomplishments exemplify outstanding professionalism or service to the College.

"It means a lot to receive such an award from a school I care so much about," said Wagoner. "It's really exciting to come back after eight years and see all the changes. Dean (Nancy H.) Rogers has built a strong sense of community within the school."

Recognition of Wagoner's leadership abilities began early. At Ottawa Hills High School, he captained the football, ice hockey, and baseball teams. Mark was selected as the outstanding athlete in his senior class and was involved in a wide range of extra-curricular activities.

He graduated cum laude from Georgetown University, where he majored in government and history, and then entered law school at Ohio State. During that time, he served at president of the Student Bar Association and as senior editor for the Ohio State Law Journal.

For the past eight years, Wagoner has practiced law with Shumaker, Loop, and Kendrick in Toledo. His practice focuses on litigation, where he helps people and companies solve difficult and pressing problems on a daily basis. He has also done legal work for the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments. The Toledo Bar Association has twice recognized Mark with one of its pro bono awards for providing free legal services to people who could not otherwise afford it.

Wagoner is committed to making his community a better place to live. He has served as the president of the Young Leaders Council and on the campaign cabinet of the United Way of Greater Toledo. Wagoner is also an active member of the executive committee and board of trustees for Mobile Meals for Greater Toledo and the Aspiring Minds of Toledo, a group of young individuals who seek to provide a future vision for Lucas County. Wagoner is also a graduate of Leadership Toledo and the Toledo Area Chamber of Commerce Local Government Academy.

In November 2004, he was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives as a representative of Ohio's 46th district by a 61 percent winning margin. He now is vice chair of the Civil and Commercial Law Committee and serves on the Finance and Appropriations Committee; the Financial Institutions, Real Estate, and Securities Committee; and the Public Utilities and Energy Committee.

"Ohio State law school did a terrific job of instilling the importance of public service," said Wagoner. "From Professor Brudney's legislation seminar to Professor Shipman's securities class, I still use the lessons I learned in law school each day in the legislature."

Mark and his wife, Meredeth, and son Mickey, live in Ottawa Hills.