2018 Award Recipients
1. Attorney in the Public Sector Award Recipient:
Lisa Lagos – Assistant Federal Public Defender, Capital Habeas Unit, Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Ohio
Lisa Lagos ’12 represents death row inmates in federal court and executive clemency proceedings and assists with Ohio’s lethal injection litigation challenging the constitutionality of the state’s execution method. Prior to this, she similarly represented condemned prisoners as an assistant state public defender in the Death Penalty Division of the Office of the Ohio Public Defender.
Lagos is a 2012 graduate of The Ohio State University where she received a dual degree in law from the Moritz College of Law and a Masters of Arts in Public Policy and Management from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. While earning her joint degree, Lagos served as president of both the Public Interest Law Foundation and the Student Bar Association. As an alum, she has dedicated herself to Moritz, participating in various PILF panels and supporting Moritz students interested in death penalty work. Lagos is also active in the Mentoring and More @ Moritz program.
Lagos began her career as a public defender interning with OPD after her first year of law school. The following summer she externed for now Chief Judge R. Guy Cole, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Lagos also served as an associate editor of the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law and as a research assistant to Professor Doug Berman, assisting with his work on the Joint Supreme Court–Ohio State Bar Association Task Force to Review the Administration of Ohio’s Death Penalty.
Lagos is a recipient of the American Law Institute–American Bar Association (ALI–ABA) Scholarship & Leadership Award; the Michael E. Moritz Leadership Award in Law; and the Dean’s Special Award for leadership and contributions to the College of Law. Before attending law school, she interned for the American Bar Association, Section of Dispute Resolution in Washington, D.C., and worked for several years as legal assistant and litigation support supervisor for a small law firm. Lagos graduated with honors from the University of California, Irvine with a B.A. in political science.
2. Attorney in the Private Sector Award Recipient:
David Bloomfield – Bloomfield & Kempf, LLC
David Bloomfield ’69 formerly taught Immigration Law as an adjunct professor at both The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and Capital University College of Law. He has served as an adjunct professor for immigration law and other subjects at Capital for more than 25 years where his teaching earned him the Adjunct Professor of the Year award on four separate occasions.
Throughout his career, Bloomfield has been an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, serving on its national board and as past president of the Ohio chapter. He has made presentations at numerous legal education seminars and conferences on many topics including immigration matters at the local, state, and national levels. In recognition of his pro bono work in immigration matters, the United States Department of Justice awarded him their Public Service Award presented by then Attorney General of the United States, Janet Reno.
Bloomfield has written extensively on various legal topics, including immigration, and has authored three law journal articles and a chapter in a book. In addition, he is a contributing author of Legal Professional Codes for various Eastern European Countries as part of an American Bar Association project regarding establishment of professional codes for the newly democratic nations of the former Soviet Bloc. Bloomfield has been an active member of various bar associations, and has served as committee chair at the local, state, and national levels. He has been a member of the Ohio Supreme Court Board of Commissioners on Grievance and Discipline, and is a past chair of the Ohio Supreme Court Client Security Fund Board with an annual budget and reserves in excess of $2 million. David has served the community as special counsel, Tax Society of the City of Fuzhou, China, and host for the delegation in its visit to the United States. He is also special counsel to the Central Ohio Chinese Cultural Society, and advisor and lecturer to the organization on immigration matters and general legal issues confronting Chinese professionals in the community. Also, he has been named counselor of the Ohio Chinese Cultural School that teaches Chinese and English to fulfill the needs of members of the community of Chinese descent and their offspring.
Also active in community organizations, Bloomfield was a board member of Northwest Mental Health and board chair of Friends of the The Ohio State University Libraries. He served as an officer and board member of Community Connection as well as board chair of the International Visitors Council. Bloomfield received both his bachelor’s and law degrees from The Ohio State University.