- Alumna leads northeast Ohio city as law director
- Jack Thomas ’82 uses skills learned in law school as Emmy Award-winning writer, executive producer
- Dr. Gregory Vincent ’87 named president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges
- Moritz Federalist Society named National Student Chapter of the Year
- 1L pursues law degree as another means to serve
PLL events provide opportunities like none other at Moritz. Whether it’s hearing from a CEO, sitting down with a distinguished alumni, or participating in a Dean’s roundtable, events are where our students make connections and become leaders. For a full list of PLL events and photo galleries, visit our event timelines by year.
Mentoring & More at Moriz: “What an Ohio AG can Do About Drug Abuse,” featuring the Democratic and Republican candidates of Ohio AG, Steve Dettleback and Dave Yost
September 20, 2018
“Join PLL and Mentoring and More on September 20th for a bipartisan discussion about the drug abuse crisis with the candidates for Attorney General of Ohio. Democratic candidate Steve Dettelbach worked in the Department of Justice and as a U.S. Attorney before practicing at BakerHostetler. Republican candidate Dave Yost currently serves as the Auditor of Ohio, served as the Delaware County prosecutor, and previously practiced at Burkam, Yost & Fuller. As the state’s top law officer and legal adviser to government at state and local levels, the Attorney General helps shape both the frontline and strategic direction of Ohio’s response to the drug abuse crisis. Prof. Nancy Rogers, a former Attorney General of Ohio, will facilitate the discussion. The candidates will present their views on how the Attorney General should respond to drug abuse. Attendees will also discuss in small groups and present their thoughts to the candidates. Don’t miss this chance to engage directly with some of Ohio’s top policymakers.”~~Donnie Naiman, ‘20
October 10, 2018
“Judge Guy Reece has served as presiding judge of the Franklin County Municipal Court of Common Pleas. Since Judge Reece’s appointment in 2003 and subsequent election to the court in 2004, he has been a model example of judicial leadership. He not only served as president of the Ohio Common Pleas Judges Association, but also as the Chair of the National Conference of State Trial Judges. His judicial peers honored him for his service to the community and courts. Judge Reece is also a retired U.S. Army Colonel and in his free time, leads the Boy Scouts in Ohio and northern Kentucky. His judicial experience and leadership, peer-recognition, and commitment to his community is why this conversation is invaluable to any law student who wants to develop into an impactful leader.”~~Joe Jakubowski, ‘20
October 16, 2018
“Andrea Seidt received her undergraduate and law degrees from The Ohio State
October 22, 2018
“Ben Mizer, who currently is a partner at Jones Day, continues to lead an aspiring career focused both on the public and private sectors. Before joining Jones Day, Mr. Mizer served as the Solicitor General of Ohio, followed by fulfilling the role of Acting Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Division. While at the DOJ, Mr. Mizer oversaw litigation including, but not limited to, immigration, national security and food and drug law and advised the White House, Attorney General and other agencies on such matters. He has been recognized for his commendable work by the Justice Department and the National LGBT Bar Association. Prior to working in the public sector, Mr. Mizer attended the University of Michigan law school and clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. Throughout his career, Mr. Mizer has developed essential leadership skills, which he continues to utilize on a daily basis in order to serve those around him.”~~ Kishala Srivastava, ‘19
October 25, 2018
U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein emphasized the importance of the rule of law in a recent address to students from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. As a guest of the Program on Law and Leadership Conversation Series, Rosenstein spoke and answered questions for nearly an hour in an auditorium in Sullivant Hall. Professor emeritus Nancy Rogers, former Moritz College dean, Ohio Attorney General and now director of the Program on Law and Leadership, moderated the program.
November 19, 2018
Congresswoman Joyce Beatty is a native Ohioan with a strong history of connecting people, policy and politics to make a difference. Since 2013, Beatty has proudly represented Ohio’s Third Congressional District.
Beatty serves on the House Committee on Financial Services and is a member of two Subcommittees: Housing and Insurance and Oversight and Investigations. The Financial Services Committee oversees the entire financial services industry, including the nation’s banking, securities, insurance, and housing industries, as well as the work of the Federal Reserve, the United States Department of the Treasury and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.
Prior to her service in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congresswoman Beatty was Senior Vice President of Outreach and Engagement at The Ohio State University and a member in the Ohio House of Representatives for five terms. During her tenure in the Ohio House, she rose to become the first female Democratic House Leader in Ohio’s history and was instrumental in spearheading and enacting legislation to require financial literacy in Ohio’s public school curriculum, to expand STEM education, and to secure funds to help under- and uninsured women access breast and cervical cancer treatment.
January 17, 2019
“Ilene Cohn, Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations, has worked in various roles for the UN for over 25 years. After becoming interested in international issues while a student at Moritz, Ms. Cohn’s career at the UN has focused on child rights, human rights, and humanitarian law in armed conflict settings. Her work has taken her to Mozambique, Palestine, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Guatemala, Brazil, and Croatia, among other places. She participated in the drafting of the UN Convention on the Right’s of the Child, co-authored Child Soldiers: The Role of Children in Armed Conflict, and has also co-authored chapters on children in post-genocide Rwanda and the mental health of children in war. Students will have an opportunity to ask questions of Ilene and engage in a timely discussion of the current refugee crisis and the recent public focus on children caught in armed conflict.”~~Michelle Esparza, ‘19
January 24, 2019
“Yvette McGee Brown’s life is a testament to her success, passion, and enthusiasm for her career. She is an incredible leader and advocate for diversity initiatives. Currently, Yvette is a Partner at Jones Day and serves as Jones Day’s Partner-in-Charge for Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement. Yvette brings a holistic perspective as she has served 11 years as a jurist and is highlighted by her service as a Justice on the Ohio Supreme Court. Prior to her judicial service, Yvette was an executive at Nationwide Children’s Hospital for eight years. She also served as a corporate director for two public companies — M/I Homes and Glimcher Realty Trust — and is a director for Motorist Mutual Insurance Company. As someone who has had the pleasure to speak with Yvette during an intimate lunch conference, she brings a wealth of advice, experience, and knowledge to the conversation. Her personal connection is infectious, and she is a woman who truly welcomes life and work with a positive attitude.”- Rhianna Wardian, ’21.
“Knowing Yourself, Knowing Your Organization: Matching Leadership Approach to the Needs of the Moment,” facilitated by Prof. Peter Shane
February 1, 2019
Professor Peter Shane, a former law dean, discusses the ways in which different leadership styles may align with different organizational needs, depending on both shortterm challenges and long-term objectives. He will also discuss what leaders should know about themselves and their organizations in order to function effectively. Part of the group discussion will invite students to propose alternative leadership approaches in the context of particularly difficult organizational challenges.
“Professor Shane is internationally recognized for his work scholarly articles, as well as his contributions to the New York Times, and many other media outlets. Shane specializes in separation of powers law and has co-authored leading casebooks. He has served on the faculty at the University of Iowa College of Law and was dean at the University of Pittsburgh School of
Law. In addition to his extensive experience in teaching law, Professor Shane has received a National Science Foundation grant for interdisciplinary study related to cyberspace and democracy. At Moritz College of Law, he provides strong leadership in interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching. Shane will share many insights about leadership, and matching leadership styles with a particular organization. His workshop will be extremely valuable to all future lawyer-leaders.”~~Haleigh Hopkins, ‘19
Conversation with Hope Sharett, Director of Philanthropy and Community Engagement, Crane Group; Former E.D., Law and Leadership Institute
February 7, 2019
“Hope Sharett is a master of the government, nonprofit, and business sectors. Ms. Sharett began her career at Bricker & Eckler, and then served as chief of the outside counsel division of the
Ohio Attorney General’s Office. She also served as the executive director of the Law and Leadership Institute, an academic enrichment program for high school students from underserved communities that operates at Moritz and seven other Ohio law schools. Ms. Sharett is currently directing philanthropy and community engagement for the Crane Group. She is a recipient of the Moritz Outstanding Recent Alumna/us Award and former adjunct professor at the Glenn College of Public Affairs. With her leadership experience and seamless transition from private practice to nonprofit work, this conversation with Hope Sharett is one that you don’t want to miss.”~~Alexis Apparicio, ‘20
Deputy Chief Counsel for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, as well as in private practice. Ms. Seidt is now a national leader in state securities regulation through her role with the North American Securities Administrators Association. Seidt has served as Commissioner of Securities since 2008. Her experience and leadership in public and private practice is why this conversation has tremendous value to all law students who have interests in both areas and wants to develop skills to succeed as a leader in either or both of them.”~~ Laura Sandi, ‘20
Dean’s Roundtable with Kathy and Fred Ransier, Retired Partners, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease; Former Managing Partners, Ransier & Ransier
February 14, 2019
“Kathy Ransier is a retired partner in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP where she practiced corporate law. Prior to joining Vorys, Kathy was the managing partner of her firm Ransier & Ransier LLP for 26 years. With nearly 40 years of practice under her belt, Ms. Ransier has gained extensive experience in transactional law, commercial real estate, business organization, non-profit, and business development. In addition to her broad work experience Ms. Ransier is has shown a robust commitment to serving her community. She has served on numerous boards for civic organizations, educational institutions and non-profits. Her husband, Fred Ransier, is a retired partner in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP where he practiced bankruptcy law, government relations, real estate, litigation and financial institutions. He has served as a Bankruptcy Trustee for the Southern District of Ohio since 1988 and represented clients in commercial and real estate matters. Mr. Ransier has joined numerous boards for civic organizations, educational institutions and non-profits.”
~“Angie Plummer leverages her Moritz degree to resettle and provide legal services to refugees and immigrants in Columbus as the Executive Director of Community Refugee and Immigration Services (CRIS). To date, she has participated in the resettlement of over 75,000 refugees and the successful resolution of many family reunification and asylum cases. Ms. Plummer combines her gifts in listening, lawyering, and advocacy to lead CRIS and drive successful outcomes for the clients whom she serves.”~~Georgie Asfoura, ‘20 “Angie Plummer leverages her Moritz degree to resettle and provide legal services to refugees and immigrants in Columbus as the Executive Director of Community Refugee and Immigration Services (CRIS). To date, she has participated in the resettlement of over 75,000 refugees and the successful resolution of many family reunification and asylum cases. Ms. Plummer combines her gifts in listening, lawyering, and advocacy to lead CRIS and drive successful outcomes for the clients whom she serves.”~~Georgie Asfoura, ‘20 ~Haleigh Hopkins, ‘19
Dean’s Roundtable with Angie Plummer, Executive Director of Community Refugee and Immigration Services (CRIS)
February 21, 2019
“Angie Plummer leverages her Moritz degree to resettle and provide legal services to refugees and immigrants in Columbus as the Executive Director of Community Refugee and Immigration Services (CRIS). To date, she has participated in the resettlement of over 75,000 refugees and the successful resolution of many family reunification and asylum cases. Ms. Plummer combines her gifts in listening, lawyering, and advocacy to lead CRIS and drive successful outcomes for the clients whom she serves.”~~Georgie Asfoura, ‘20
“Leading within a Crisis Situation,” a simulation preparing for civil unrest, facitated by Profs. Nancy Rogers and Bill Froehlich
February 25, 2019
Professors Bill Froehlich and Nancy Rogers, aided by Moritz graduates involved in the Divided Community Project, will run a simulation used by city leaders to prepare for a situation of civil unrest. You will receive preparation for your role. Afterwards they will provide individual feedback on how you played your role as a city leader.
“Leadership and high-pressure decision making are not often challenged or put into practice until a moment of crisis or civil unrest. This simulation is designed to sharpen your decision-making skills, build your confidence as a leader, and create a greater understanding of your leadership style under high stake situations. Take advantage of this opportunity and learn from two respected and established leaders in the profession. Available seats fill quickly, please register quickly in order to secure your leadership seat at the table.”~~Rhianna Wardian, ‘20
February 27, 2019
Chief Justice Elizabeth “Beth” D. Walker was elected to the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia on May 10, 2016, becoming the first Justice elected in a non-partisan race. She took office on January 1, 2017.
Justice Walker was raised in Huron, Ohio. She is a 1987 summa cum laude graduate of Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan. She earned her law degree in 1990 from The Ohio State University, where she was Articles Editor for The Ohio State Law Journal. During her years of private practice, she participated in courses offered by the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, including its Mediation Workshop.
Immediately after graduating from law school, Justice Walker moved to West Virginia and joined the law firm of Bowles Rice McDavid Graff & Love (now Bowles Rice) in Charleston. During her twenty–two years at Bowles Rice, she concentrated her statewide practice on labor and employment law and mediation. Justice Walker served on the firm’s Executive Committee and in several other leadership roles.
After moving from Charleston to Morgantown in 2011, Justice Walker became Associate General Counsel for the West Virginia United Health System (also known as West Virginia University Medicine). In that role, she advised WVU Medicine’s hospitals and other affiliates regarding labor and employment matters from 2012 until she resigned in 2016 to take office.
In 2012, Justice Walker was elected a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. She is a 1999 graduate of Leadership West Virginia.
A lifelong Girl Scout, Justice Walker is former chairwoman and current member of the board of directors of Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council. She has been an active community volunteer and served as chairwoman of the boards of Leadership West Virginia and Kanawha Pastoral Counseling Center.
She is married to Mike Walker and stepmother to Jennifer. They live in Charleston.
April 2, 2019
“Alex Shumate, managing partner in the Columbus office of Squire Patton Boggs, is a distinguished member of the Columbus legal community and has been consistently recognized as a leading Columbus practitioner. Previously, he served as chief counsel and deputy chief of staff to an Ohio Governor and as assistant attorney general to the state of Ohio. At Squire Patton Boggs, Mr. Shumate provides business, regulatory, and legislative counsel to numerous large corporations in the Midwest. Currently, Mr. Shumate also serves as a corporate board member for J.M. Smucker Company and Cyrus One. Mr.
Shumate’s community activities include a third term on The Ohio State University Board of Trustees (which recently voted on Coach Urban Meyer’s sanction), and he has been honored by several organizations including the Columbus Bar Association, the United Negro College Fund, the United Way, the NAACP, and the American Red Cross.”~~Kevin Scott, ‘20
April 2, 2019
April 12, 2019
Representative Gonzales grew up in Northeast Ohio where he attended St. Ignatius High School. He went on to earn a scholarship to The Ohio State University where he played wide receiver for the football team. After spending a lifetime in and around Northeast Ohio, and 5 years in the NFL, Gonzalez went to Stanford University where he earned his MBA and learned the fundamentals of running a successful business. Currently, he is serving his first term in Congress and has pledged to be a conservative problem solver and seek bipartisan solutions to America’s biggest problems. Gonzalez is proud to serve Northeast Ohio on the House Committees on Financial Services and Science, Space and Technology. He resides in Rocky River with his wife, Elizabeth, and their infant son, Alexander.