2017 Alumni Award Recipients - Capital University Law School

2017 Alumni Award Recipients

  • Congratulations to our 2017 Alumni Recognition Award Recipients! 


    Young Alumnus of the Year Award

    The Honorable Jonah Saving
    has a Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University and graduated in 2008 from Capital University Law School. He is a Judge in the Hocking County Juvenile & Probate Court and is one of the youngest judges in the State of Ohio. Prior to being elected judge in 2014, Jonah was an assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Hocking County and Logan City Law Director.

    Jonah is actively involved in the legal community. He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and the Hocking County Bar Association as well as the Ohio Association of Juvenile Court Judges and the Ohio Association of Probate Court Judges. Jonah also serves as the president of the board of Hocking Valley Community Residential Center, where troubled youth receive positive rehabilitation programming.

    Every year for Christmas Jonah assists with the installation of the holiday light display on the courthouse in downtown Logan, Ohio. Jonah met many of his lifelong friends at Capital, some of which have been invaluable to his career development. One of his most memorable experiences was the intense socratic method of teaching by Professor Turack during 1L Contracts.



    G.O.L.D. Award (Graduate of the Last Decade)

    Matthew W. Warnock
    has a Bachelor of Science degree in history, with honors, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Ohio Wesleyan University. He earned his law degree from Capital Law School, summa cum laude, in 2007 and was a member of Law Review.

    Matt is a Partner at Bricker & Eckler and is the chair of their Oil & Gas Industry Group. In Matt’s words “As a third year associate I was presented with a once in a lifetime opportunity – to literally create a practice from scratch. Oil and gas development was new to the Appalachian region and the firm allowed me to essentially be an entrepreneur. With that, Bricker’s oil and gas practice was born. Today it is a feature practice area of the firm and at the leading edge of Ohio’s legal market.” Matt has spoken at numerous seminars and continuing legal education events and has successfully argued 3 cases before the Ohio Supreme Court involving the Ohio Dormant Minerals Act.

    Matt serves as a mentor in the Ohio Supreme Court Mentoring Program, provides pro bono legal services to Focus Hippotherapy, Inc. and is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, where he serves on the National Resources Law Committee.

    In 2012 and 2013 Matt worked with the Capital University Law School Administration to create the school’s oil and gas curriculum which evolved into the creation of the law school’s energy center. Since 2013 he has served as an adjunct professor at Capital Law teaching the first oil and gas course offered at a Central Ohio law school.

    One of Matt’s fondest memories is the few very close friendships he developed during his first year of law school in the lunchroom. Several of the friendships have grown into lifelong friendships and actually resulted in an introduction to his wife.




    Alumni Outstanding Service Award

    The Honorable Luann Cooperrider
    has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from The Ohio State University and is a 1983 graduate of Capital University Law School. She is the first woman to be elected as a judge in Perry County and serves as a Judge in the Perry County Juvenile & Probate Court.

    Prior to becoming a judge, Luann was the first woman assistant prosecutor in Perry County. She helped create the Perry County Free Legal clinic and 2 juvenile facilities in Perry County. The Community Correction Facility is an ALPHA school where approximately 40 young people attend each day and the Perry Multi-county Juvenile Facility is a residential facility that serves 20 young males who are rehabilitated.

    Judge Cooperrider is active in her community and her church and is currently working to open a homeless shelter in Perry County. Recently, along with several honor society students from her county, she slept in a box to bring awareness about homelessness to Perry County.

    Judge Cooperrider was chosen by her peers to be the President of the Ohio Association of Juvenile Judges and is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and the Perry County Bar Association. As she puts it, being a judge has been “more of a calling than a job to me”. She was honored with the Nettie Cronis Lutes Award in 2001 and the Steven J. Krekus Grand Master Freemasonry Award in 2004.

    One of Luann’s fondest memories is being greeted warmly by Joyce Blackmore on the first day of law school.



    Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award

    David Yost
    holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from The Ohio State University and graduated from Capital University Law School in 1991. He currently serves as the Auditor for the State of Ohio, a position he has held for 6 years.

    Prior to becoming State Auditor, David was an award winning journalist with the Columbus Citizen Journal and ran a successful private law practice. In 2003 he became the Delaware County Prosecutor where he won the first ever capital murder case in the county’s history and successfully prosecuted the largest drug ring to operate in Delaware County.

    In 2010 David was elected the 32nd Auditor of the State of Ohio and since then has achieved over 100 criminal convictions for public corruption, identified over $22 million in stolen and misspent tax money, taken on student attendance data rigging and has identified over $220 million in efficiency savings as well as written successful reform legislation.

    He also volunteers at Better Way Ministries feeding the homeless, has served on the Legal Aid Society Board, volunteers at his church and does fundraising for food banks. Some of David’s fondest memories of Capital include: his classmates, Constitutional Law class, Professor Sullivan and Professor Ferriell’s exam and horrible puns.


    Josiah H. Blackmore, II Award

    Lisa Eschleman is a graduate of Indiana University and a 1987 graduate of Capital University Law School, magna cum laude. She recently retired from the Ohio Center for Law Related Education where she was the Executive Director.

    Prior to working with the Ohio Center for Law Related Education, Lisa was the Chair for the Ohio Environmental Review Appeals Commission, Associate Director for Pro Bono for the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation and a Partner with Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur.

    Lisa is a former coach for the Adoption Law Moot Court team, served on the Law School Task Force and is currently an Adjunct Professor at Capital Law School. She serves on several boards including: Columbus Bar Association Pro Bono Committee, Ohio State Bar Association Committee and Section Advisory Committee and the Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer Legacy Committee. She has served on the Board for the Law and Leadership Institute, is a former Chairperson on the Columbus Bar Association Board, has served on the Mount Carmel Foundation board and was the Chairperson of the Capital Law School Board of Counselors.

    Lisa says that serving as an adjunct professor is among the most rewarding and engaging experiences of her professional career and has fond memories of times with her law classmates at High Beck and Victories.