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Magistrate Judge Deavers, L’94, to speak at Commencement

1/29/2013  -  The Hon. Elizabeth Preston Deavers will present the keynote address at the 2013 Capital University Law School commencement and hooding ceremony May 19.

Deavers, a 1994 graduate of the Law School, was appointed to an eight-year term as U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of Ohio on March 15, 2010.

Approximately 168 juris doctor students and five Master of Laws and Master of Taxation students are expected to graduate at the event, to be held at 2 p.m. at the Palace Theater, 34 E. Broad St., Columbus.

Deavers received her juris doctor from Capital University Law School in 1994. She was editor-in-chief of the Law Review and a member of the Order of the Curia. She received her bachelor of arts in political science with a minor in philosophy from The Ohio State University in 1989.

She entered private practice in 1994 as an attorney in the litigation department of the Columbus office of Bricker & Eckler, LLP. From 1997 to 2000, she served as a term law clerk to United States District Judge Edmund A. Sargus, Jr. She returned to Bricker & Eckler after her term clerkship.

During her years in private practice, she was involved in complex commercial federal practice, ERISA, False Claims Act proceedings, asset-based health care financing, occupational safety and health law, workers’ compensation defense, civil rights litigation and class action practice. She returned to the court as Judge Sargus’s career law clerk in 2002, where she served until taking the bench in 2010.

Deavers also is a member and former president of the Columbus Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.