Board of Counselors

  • The Board of Counselors is comprised of alumni and non-alumni representatives invited by the Dean to serve as advisers on policy matters. It is a diverse group, representing the broad reach of the law school: solo practitioners, law firms, corporations, and government and public interest law settings.

    Established in 1998, the board was convened to assist in the development of a strategic plan for Capital University Law School, and once developed, to monitor its implementation. Additionally, the board provides continuous, independent input from important constituencies, reflecting on such matters as the caliber of graduates, the academic program, and faculty and administration relations with the larger community, among other issues.

    The mission of the Law School's Board of Counselors is to serve the school as a connection to the community, as a trusted adviser to the dean, and as an enthusiastic advocate for the school, its students and its worthiness for support.

    Board of Counselors - 2015-2016
    Jon F. Kelly, L'76 (Chair)
    James D. Abrams, L'03, Taft
    Mary Amos Augsburger, L'02, Ohio State Bar Association
    Frank W. Carsonie, L'92, Benesch
    Mark A. Engel, L'79, T'90, Bricker & Eckler LLP
    Todd A. Ernsberger, L'03, T'04, Onda, LaBuhn, Rankin & Boggs, LPA
    Hon. Kathleen E. Graham, P’77, L’82, Franklin County Municipal Court
    David W. Grauer, L'85, Jones Day 
    Mark Hatcher, L'06, T'06, BakerHostetler
    Senator James M. Hughes, L'94, Ohio Senate  
    Michael M. Jordan, L'97 Ice Miller LLP
    Eric R. Keller, L'95, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LPA
    Emmett M. Kelly, L'99, Frost Brown Todd LLC
    Edward L. "Skipp" Kropp, L'78, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
    Jonathan W. Marshall, L'70
    J. Thomas Mason, L'84, M/I Homes
    R. Lindsey McCutchan, L'97, Nationwide 
    David P. Meyer, L'95, LLM'96, Meyer Wilson Co., LPA
    Gretchen Koehler Mote, L'78, Ohio Bar Liability Insurance Co.
    Nicholas A. Pittner, L'70, H'01, Bricker & Eckler LLP
    Donna M. Ruscitti, L'86, Porter Wright  
    Allen L. Rutz, L'98, Vorys
    Jeffrey S. Standley, L'88, Standley Law Group LLP
    Jo Ellen Yeary, L'80 (Immediate Past Chair)

    Ex-Officio
    James R. Beattie, Associate Dean
    Shawn M. Beem, L’02, Assistant Dean for Professional Development
    Terri T. Botsko, L’91, Director of Law Alumni Relations
    Rachel M. Janutis, Interim Dean
    Jose Juarez, SBA President/JD Candidate 2016
    Elaine N. Silveira, L'99, Ohio State Troopers Association, President, Law Alumni Association

    Emeriti
    Robert J. Weiler, L'83, H'05, The Robert Weiler Company

    Past Chairs
    Jo Ellen Yeary, L'80 (2014 -2015)
    Lisa L. Eschleman, L'87, Ohio Center for Law-Related Education (2013-2014)
    James D. Abrams, L'03, Taft (2012-2013)
    Hon. Teresa L. Liston, L'81, (ret.) (2011-2012)
    Georgeann G. Peters, L'83, BakerHostetler (2010-2011)
    Philip J. Fulton, L'80, Fulton Law Offices (2009-2010)
    Gary W. Hammond, L'80, Hammond Sewards & Williams (2008-2009)
    Kathleen M. Trafford, L'79, Porter Wright (2007-2008)
    Barbara J. Lucks, L'76, Barbara J. Lucks, LPA (2006-2007)
    J. Miles Gibson, L'78, Isaac Wiles (2005-2006)