2014-2015 Events


PLL Informational Event and Welcome for New Students (Barrister Club, Registration Required)

September 4, 2014

New students: You don’t want to miss this event!  You’ll get great food, information on the Program on Law and Leadership’s slate of exciting guests and events, and you’ll hear from upper class students who will lead small group discussions about leadership and share their experiences in the Program.

September 19, 2014 | 9/22/14 3:00 pm - 9/22/14 3:00 pm This two hour workshop, “Executive Communication in the Electronic Age”, taught by author and e-policy expert, Nancy Flynn will give you a crash course in electronic communication at the executive level.  Gain valuable e-policy knowledge from the best! Room 250 Drinko Hall.  

October 9, 2014 | 9/25/14 12:10 pm - 9/25/14 12:10 pm As Director of the Juvenile Justice Community Planning Initiative, Subha works on advocating for and developing data driven systems change to reduce the number of youth in detention. Subha has a passion for board service and is a board member for the Columbus Junior League, as well as the Columbus Museum of Art Women’s Board, Nationwide Children’s Hospital […]

Dean’s Roundtable with Christine Mayer ’96 (invite only)

October 24, 2014

Share lunch and conversation at The Barrister Club with Dean Michaels and Christine Mayer ’96, President of the GAR Foundation.  GAR invests in Greater Akron to promote quality of life, education, and economic opportunities for its people, in a culturally vibrant community.

This event is invite only. Please contact Annina Parini at parini.2@osu.edu for more information.

Dean’s Roundtable with John Lowe ’98 (1L’s only)

November 3, 2014

Join Dean Alan Michaels and Jeni’s Ice Cream CEO, John Lowe ’98 for a conversation about leadership. 1L’s only, invitation required. Contact Annina Parini for more information at parini.2@osu.edu

Speaker Series Keynote: Chief Judge Jamie Baker–12pm at the Ohio Union

November 14, 2014

James E. Baker, in his final year as Chief Judge of the nation’s highest military court, visits The Ohio State University to reflect on the importance of ethical courage and leadership for all professionals.  Come hear Judge Baker discuss some of the special challenges associated with working at the intersection of law, policy, and senior leaders in the national security realm.  Previously, Chief Judge Baker served as Legal Advisor to the National Security Council at the White House, Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and a Marine Corps infantry officer.  He is the author of In the Common Defense: National Security for Perilous Times (2008).  He has been an Adjunct Professor at Yale, Georgetown, Iowa, and Pittsburgh law schools.

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to hear from a remarkable leader, lawyer, and scholar!  12:00 p.m. in the US Bank Theater of the Ohio Union.  Lunch will be served, registration is required.

PLL Panel Event, “Lawyers, Leadership & Community Change. Who, What, How.”

January 22, 2015

Come hear three lawyer-leaders talk about how they’ve used their positions of leadership to make positive changes in their communities.  Janet Jackson, President and CEO of Central Ohio United Way, Judge Bill Dues, Preble County Juvenile Judge and Founder/President of the Preble County Youth Foundation, and Jeffry Harris, Economic Director of The City of Worthington will join Dean Garry Jenkins for a discussion of leadership in the community.

Conversation with Richard F. Celeste, Former U.S. Ambassador to India & Governor of Ohio (Saxbe Auditorium)

February 3, 2015


The American Constitution Society, PILF, and The Program on Law and Leadership will welcome Former U.S. Ambassador to India and Governor of Ohio Richard F. Celeste on Tuesday, February 3 in Saxbe Auditorium.  Mr. Celeste will share stories about his experiences as a public servant and why it is as important as ever that more motivated young people stay engaged in local, state, and national government.

Celeste began his career in public service in 1963 after returning from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Following his time in England, he served in the staff liaison office in the Peace Corps before moving to India as special assistant to Chester Bowles, the then U.S. Ambassador. Celeste returned to Ohio and was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives from Cuyahoga County in 1970. He was next elected to be the 55th Lieutenant Governor in 1974 and served under a Republican, James A. Rhodes.  In 1978, Celeste ran for governor, but lost to incumbent Rhodes. President Carter appointed Celeste to serve as Director of the Peace Corps from 1979-1981.

In 1982, Celeste ran for Governor again and won.  He served two terms as Governor of Ohio where he navigated Ohio through the savings and loan crisis, increased support for mental health and addiction recovery services, increased funding for education and children services, all while opening more government positions to African Americans and appointing more women to his cabinet than every previous governor combined. At the end of his second term Celeste, controversially, granted clemency to a number of Ohio prisoners acknowledging the racial disparity in sentencing in Ohio and battered women’s syndrome.

Celeste worked briefly on health care reform for the DNC in 1993.  From 1991 until 1997 his firm Celeste and Sabety designed regional and local economic development strategies. In 1997 President Clinton named Celeste as his Ambassador to India.

Celeste most recently retired from his position as the President of Colorado College, which was his longest continuous position anywhere in his long career, at 9 years. He now serves on numerous boards and is responsible for the soon to be built U.S. Olympic museum, which is slated to be break ground in Colorado Springs.


February 11, 2015 | 2/19/15 12:10 pm - 2/19/15 12:10 pm Greg Kirstein is the senior vice president and general counsel for the Columbus Blue Jackets organization and oversees all legal matters for the club as well as its human resources department. He joined the club as general counsel in 1998, bringing with him over 16 years of experience as a litigator and additional expertise in […]

Conversation with Mary Augsburger, Executive Director, OSBA (invite only)

March 4, 2015

Dean Garry Jenkins will engage Mary Augsburger in a lively conversation about leadership during this private lunch conversation at the Barrister Club.  Be part of this event! Contact Annina Parini to be entered into the lottery for a seat at the table.  parini.2@osu.edu


Dean’s Roundtable with Mike Oxley ’69 (invite only)

April 6, 2015

Michael G. Oxley, former Congressman and Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, is of Counsel at BakerHostetler in D.C. and serves clients in the areas of corporate governance, investigations, and government policy. In addition to his position with BakerHostetler, Mr. Oxley also is Senior Advisor to the Board of Directors of NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. After a 25-year career representing Ohio’s Fourth Congressional District, Congressman Oxley is best known for his co-authorship of the landmark Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, which restored Americans’ confidence in the capital markets early in the decade and created a new accounting oversight board for publicly traded companies.

Personal Strengths in Leadership

April 17, 2015

“Mastering yourself is true power.” – Lao Tzu

Leadership is often achieved by mastering your own strengths, and the best law is practiced by men and women whose practices fully utilize their unique skills and strengths.  The Program on Law and Leadership is producing a workshop tailored to law students, and their strengths.  Take the Strengths Finder test, then attend this workshop and find out how you can apply your strengths in law school and at work.

Participants in this workshop will:

  •  Identify how each of your strengths helps you make a positive impact in law school and work
  • Gain new skills to help enhance and reinforce your strengths at work
  • Select responsibilities that through your top strengths you can help your team reach its highest potential

Mark your calendars for Friday, April 17 from 3-6 p.m. in Drinko Hall (room TBD).  Please secure your spot at this workshop by emailing Annina Parini at parini.2@osu.edu. Further instructions will be forwarded after Spring Break. If you’ve already taken the Strengths Finder test (through Moritz Career Services), you don’t have to re-take it.