News Briefs February 2013 - Capital University Law School

News Briefs February 2013

  • Alex Kozinski TNRole of federal judiciary in society subject of Capital University Law School’s Sullivan Lecture
    The role of the federal judiciary in American society will be the subject of the 34th annual John E. Sullivan Lecture, sponsored by Capital University Law School.

    This year’s lecturer is the Hon. Alex Kozinski, Chief Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Kozinski’s presentation will be “Apolitical or Political Force? The Federal Judiciary’s Role in American Society.”

    The lecture will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 4, 2013 at the Athletic Club of Columbus, 136 E. Broad St., Columbus, with a reception following Kozinski’s presentation. The event is approved for 1.5 CLEs. Complete information and registration.

    According to Kozinski, the federal judiciary is world-renowned for its strength and independence. These qualities are supposed to insulate judges from the influence and interference of politics. But that’s often not the case. Drawing on recent and historical examples, Kozinski’s speech will examine the extent to which the judiciary is and isn’t free of politics. The speech will urge a return to the single most important guarantor of
    the rule of law: judicial self-restraint.

    Kozinski was appointed United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit in 1985 and became Chief Judge in 2007. Before his appointment, he served as Chief Judge of the United States Claims Court from 1982-85, Special Counsel of the Merit Systems Protection Board from 1981-1982 and Assistant Counsel to the Office of Counsel to the President in 1981.

    He was Deputy Legal Counsel in the Office of President-Elect Reagan from 1980-81. He also worked as an attorney for Covington & Burling from1979-81 and for Forry Golbert Singer & Gelles from 1977-79. He was Law Clerk to Chief Justice Warren E. Burger from 1976-77 and Law Clerk to Circuit Judge Anthony M. Kennedy from 1975-76. He received his undergraduate degree from UCLA in 1972 and his juris doctor from UCLA Law School in 1975.


    Elizabeth Preston Deavers TNMagistrate Judge Deavers, L’94, to speak at Commencement

    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. 


    Capital University Law School seeking nominees for 2013 Hall of Honor 

    John Sullivan TNCapital University Law School is accepting nominations for the 2013 inductees into the Hall of Honor, a place that permanently honors the dedication and contributions of outstanding alumni, friends, faculty and staff of the Law School. 

    Induction will be planned for this fall. This will be the third group of people inducted.

    To be eligible, an honoree may be living or deceased. Alumni must have graduated at least 15 years ago, although nominees to the Hall of Honor also may be non-alumni with a long-term affinity with or connection to the Law School. Professors and staff considered for nomination must have taught or been employed at the Law School for at least 15 years.

    To be selected for the Hall of Honor, candidates must have reached and remained at the pinnacle of their field long enough to demonstrate perseverance and maturation, or must have effected a profound positive influence on the Law School in the years since graduation.

    Nominations are due by July 1. For complete information and a nomination form, go to

    Law School announces 2013 Alumni Award Recipients

    Five Capital University Law School alumni and a program critical to Capital’s bar passage success will be honored at the Law Alumni Association’s Eighth Annual Alumni Recognition Luncheon.

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    Capital University Law School's National Center for Adoption Law and Policy to host the 9th Annual Wells Conference on Adoption Law: "Rethinking Children's Best Interests"

    The 2013 Wells Conference will explore issues and conflicts that arise in various contexts when determining the best interests of a child and consider innovative ways of resolving those issues. Our speakers and topics this year include: 

    The New Face of Family and Children’s Best Interests
    Annette Appell, Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Civil Justice Clinic, Washington University Law
    Cynthia R. Mabry, Professor of Law, Howard University School of Law
    Lynne Marie Kohm, John Brown McCarty Professor of Family Law, Regent University School of Law
    Mellisa Holtzman, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Ball State University

    Assisted Reproduction Technology and Children’s Best Interests
    Angela Upchurch, Professor of Law, Capital University Law School 
    Denise Bierly, The American Academy of Adoption Attorneys

    The Indian Child Welfare Act and Children’s Best Interests
    Marcia Yablon-Zug, Associate Professor of Law, University of South Carolina School of Law

    Representation of the Child and Children’s Best Interests
    Megan Chaney, Director of Clinical Programs and Experiential Learning and Associate Professor of Law, University of Laverne College of Law
    Garry I. Bevel, American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law

    6.5 CLE and Social Work Counselor and Social Worker Continuing Education credit hours are requested. 

    Registration Fee:
    $75.00 - Attorneys Seeking CLE credit
    $60.00 - Government/Non-profit Attorneys Seeking CLE credit
    $40.00 - All others

    Register online. 

    Jerry O. Allen to be honored as 2013 David D. White Award recipient Jerry O. Allen, L'84 TN 

    Jerry O. Allen, a 1984 Capital University Law School graduate and partner at Bricker & Eckler LLP, has been selected to be the 2013 David D. White Award recipient.

    The reception will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at host Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP, in the Huntington Center, 41 S. High St., in Columbus. The event will be sponsored by the Capital University Law School African American Law Alumni Association and Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP.

    The reception is $50 per person; $40 of that cost is a tax-deductible contribution to the David D. White Scholarship Endowment. 

    Register online for the David D. White Award reception or call 614-236-6601 by Friday, Feb. 22.

    Profile in Success: Tyler Dunham

    Imagine a lawyer and you probably think of pinstripe suits and wingtips. Buttoned down. Regimented.

    Think of a professional musician, on the other hand, and you might envision a creative free spirit who eschews the by-the-book approach to life.

    Mash them both together – and throw in a splash of entrepreneurial spirit – and you wind up with Tyler Dunham, L’08. 

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    The Capital University Lawyer is now available online 

    The most recent issue of The Capital University Lawyer is now available online. Read it today.