Sidebar        College mourns loss of Professor Krivoshey

Robert Martin Krivoshey ’78, clinical professor of law at The Ohio State Moritz College of Law, passed away on Tuesday, August 16, 2016. He was 73.

“Bob was a legend within our walls and beyond,” said Alan C. Michaels, dean and Edwin M. Cooperman Chair in Law. “I can hear Bob—always modest and unassuming–scoffing at the word ‘legend,’ but it is true. Through nearly three decades of training students to prosecute and defend criminal cases (and to have been once a student of Bob’s was to be forever one of his charges) Bob’s dedication for students and passion for justice were an inspiration.  His impact and his legacy are both extraordinary. We will miss him dearly, but his lessons live on in the army of Krivoshey alumni.”

Krivoshey started teaching at Ohio State in 1988 and was the founding professor of the Criminal Defense Clinic. Shortly after he arrived, he proposed the Criminal Prosecution Clinic, which was a novel idea at the time. Krivoshey also taught Trial Advocacy, Jury Selection, and Evidence and coached the National Trial Advocacy Team for many years. Mementos and gifts from his former trial advocacy teams are prominently displayed in his office.

“Bob cared deeply about his students, and he structured everything he did around helping them develop their professional judgment and confidence,” said Steven F. Huefner, director of clinical programs and Alumni Society Designated Professor of Law. “Generations of Moritz graduates have appreciated the tremendous mentorship that Professor Krivoshey provided them. Everyone loved to hear his stories, to get his advice, or to hear his frank appraisals. Bob took great pride in his alumni, and the parade of current and former students who came to visit with him in his office was evidence of just how beloved he was.”

As a scholar, Krivoshey’s work stayed focused on trial advocacy. He edited four books on trial advocacy – Instructions, Verdicts, and Judicial Behavior; Juries: Formation and Behavior; Opening Statement, Closing Statement, and Persuasion in Trial Advocacy; and Presentation of Evidence to Juries. He also served as editor of the book Readings in Trial Advocacy and the Social Sciences (1994), a four-volume anthology of scholarly articles.

“Bob taught his students to be zealous but truthful; to recognize the humanity of criminal defendants, witnesses, and victims; to wield the rules of evidence like a sword; and to marvel at the infinite variation of human behavior,” said Deborah Merritt, the John Deaver Drinko-Baker & Hostetler Chair in Law who also co-taught both clinics with Krivoshey. “Generations of prosecutors, defense attorneys, and other graduates embody Bob’s wisdom. I learned as much from Bob as they did, and I am deeply grateful for the time I spent teaching with him.”

Born in New York, Krivoshey earned his B.A. from Yeshiva University in 1964 and earned a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago before attending law school at The Ohio State University.

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