2017 Award Recipients

1. Attorney in the Public Sector Award Recipient:

Representative Kathleen Clyde – Ohio House of Representatives

Kathleen Clyde has dedicated her career to public service and positively impacting the community. Clyde is currently serving her fourth term in the Ohio House of Representatives and is a leading voice on multiple state issues. Notably, she is recognized as an advocate for voting access and an expert on election law. She frequently speaks in this capacity, including speaking engagements at The Ohio State University, Harvard Law, Stanford Law, and Capital University. As a representative, she serves on multiple Ohio House Committees including: Government Accountability & Oversight Committee, Energy & Natural Resources Committee, and the Higher Education & Workforce Development Subcommittee. Clyde has also been appointed to the Democratic National Committee, the Ohio Ballot Board, and the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission. Recently, she announced the introduction of House Bill 14, which would enact Automatic Voter Registration for those with Ohio driver’s licenses or state identification, and for high school students once they turn 18.

Clyde earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Wesleyan University and graduated from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 2008, as a Public Service Fellow. As a law student, she was an editor of the law review and president of the Public Interest Law Foundation. She also worked on voting rights issues with the Election Law center at Ohio State, as a law clerk for the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office, and at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University.

Prior to running for the Ohio House of Representatives, Clyde was already dedicated to benefiting her community. She served as a director of the Early Voting Center in Franklin County during the 2008 Presidential election. She then became the Deputy Legal Counsel to the Speaker of the Ohio House, where she helped address many legal issues including access to justice and voting, including creating a statewide process for handling provisional ballots, and co-sponsoring a bill that allows domestic violence victims to keep their home addresses secure. Clyde’s tireless support of voting rights has earned her the Moritz Outstanding Recent Alumna Award, the Ohio Democratic Party’s Gertrude W. Donahey Award, the Ohio Association of Elections Officials Legislator of the Year, and a nomination for the EMILY’s List Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award.


2. Attorney in the Private Sector Award Recipient:
Professor Douglas Rogers – Vorys, Sater Seymour and Pease LLP

Douglas Rogers has dedicated much of his career to public service and pro bono activities. Rogers holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and a B.A. from Cornell University. He started practicing law with the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland in 1971, then became Director of the Ohio Legal Rights Service, a state agency representing individuals with disabilities, and then became Director of the Legal Aid Society of Columbus. After that Rogers was a partner at Vorys, Sater Seymour and Pease LLP, for more than twenty years, but he did a variety of pro bono work and other work assisting individuals with disabilities while at Vorys. At Vorys, he practiced in the Litigation and Intellectual Property Groups until 2008, when he retired from the firm.

For about 6 months he then served as the volunteer Deputy Disability Directory for the 2008 Obama Presidential Campaign. Since that election, he has practiced as a volunteer attorney for the Attorney General of the State of Ohio and various legal services organizations on housing issues during the foreclosure crisis, on healthcare issues, including the Medicaid expansion in Ohio; and currently on family law matters.

Since 2008 Rogers has also taught Introduction to Intellectual Property and Patent Law as an adjunct professor at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. He has had multiple articles published including: “Double Patenting: Follow-on Pharmaceutical Patents that Suppress Competition;” “Obvious Confusion Over Properties Discovered After a Patent Application;” “Federal Circuit’s Obviousness Test For New Pharmaceutical Compounds: Gobbledygook?;” “After Prometheus, Are Human Genes Patentable Subject Matter?;” and “Coding For Life – Should Any Entity Have The Exclusive Right To Use And Sell DNA?”

Rogers has received the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section Committee on Pro Bono National Public Service Award in 2010. He was also awarded the John C. and Ginny Elam Pro Bono Award by the Ohio State Bar Association in 2011.