Faculty Favorites - Capital University Law School

Faculty Favorites

  • Each year, we collect some information about the faculty so that our incoming class can read a little about their professors and get to know them a bit before entering their classrooms. Here’s what they said:

    Rachel Janutis
    What is your favorite book? Classic: The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald   Legal Fiction: To Kill a Mocking Bird, Lee   Contemporary Fiction: The House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende; Atonement, Ian McEwan; White Teeth, Zadie Smith   Non-fiction: Evicted, Matthew Desmond   Young Adult: The Gutsy Girl, Caroline Paul
    What is your favorite movie? Casablanca and The Bishop's Wife
    What is your favorite local restaurant? Giuseppe's Ritrovo and The Top Steakhouse 
    What is your fondest memory of being a 1L? Finishing my last set of exams.  
    What is your scariest 1L memory? Being called on in Criminal Law. 

    Richard Woods
    What is your favorite book? The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov, A ship of the Line by C.S. Forester. 
    What is your favorite movie? A Lion in Winter, Auntie Mame, Harold and Maude, Ben Hur, Lawrence of Arabia, and special TV bonus-Victory at Sea.
    What is your favorite local restaurant? Refectory.
    What is your fondest memory of being a 1L? Meeting Professor, and friend, Douglas Whaley.
    What is your scariest 1L memory? Cold Calling.

    Susan Gilles
    What is your favorite book? Anything by Jane Austen! 
    What is your favorite movie? Anything based on a Jane Austen novel (as long as it is not a bad Hollywood version!) 
    What is your favorite local restaurant? The Whole Foods in Dublin. First, you can snack for free on all those samples; Second, you can sit at the counter and order a delicious and healthy meal without all the fuss (or cost) of a fancy restaurant. Try the salmon or the mussels!

    Charles Cohen
    What is your favorite book? Atonement by Ian McEwan
    What is your favorite movie? Reds
    What is your favorite local restaurant? G. Michael’s Bistro
    What is your fondest memory of being a 1L? Riding my bicycle over the Golden Gate Bridge on study breaks.
    What is your scariest 1L memory? Waiting in line to receive my first grades. They were handed to you on paper.

    Brian Bacon
    What is your favorite book? Resorting the Lost Constitution by Prof. Randy Barnett and Reading Law- Interpreting Legal Texts by the late Justice Antonin Scalia and Bryan Garner
    What is your favorite movie? A Man for All Seasons (1966)
    What is your favorite local restaurant? Lola & Giuseppe's in Gahanna
    What is your fondest memory of being a 1L? My criminal law professor Harry Gerla advising us on the eve of our very first law exam at the end of the first semester: "If you don't make it here, you can always try brain surgery" 
    What is your scariest 1L memory? When my late distinguished torts professor Frederick Davis interrupted a student during class who was monopolizing a colloquy by stating: "Don't interrupt me when I'm interrupting you" 

    Michael Farley
    What is your favorite book? Kennedy and King; The President, the Pastor, and the Battle Over Civil Rights by Steven Livingston 
    What is your favorite movie? Godfather (the original)
    What is your favorite local restaurant? Milestone 229
    What is your fondest memory of being a 1L? The amazing friendships developed through a shred experience. 
    What is your scariest 1L memory? Not having the success I originally thought I would have - I fought back and did fine. Law school, particularly in 1L, can be humbling. 

    Dan Kobil
    What is your favorite book? V.S. Pritchett, Penelope Lively, J.R.R. Tolkien, Marilynne Robinson, Henry David Thoreau, and Kingsley Amis
    What is your favorite movie? The Wizard of Oz, Love and Death, The Meaning of Life, Bladerunner, The Princess Bride, Juno
    What is your favorite local restaurant? The Flatiron

    Lisa Eschleman
    What is your favorite book? A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
    What is your favorite movie? Shawshank Redemption
    What is your favorite local restaurant? Moretti’s
    What is your fondest memory of being a 1L? Getting through my first year
    What is your scariest 1L memory? Being called on by Professor Turack

    Bradley Smith
    What is your favorite book? Anarchy, State & Utopia, by Robert Nozick
    What is your favorite movie? Casablanca, Local Hero
    What is your favorite local restaurant? Lindey’s; for a restaurant more attuned to a student budget, Ringside Tavern; local in terms of my home out in Granville – the Pub at the Granville Inn
    What is your fondest memory of being a 1L? Sitting in the student commons with friends over lunch, and on through the afternoon, discussing law, politics, movies, sports, philosophy, careers, and whatever else, but I guess mainly law and politics and philosophy – we would meet there every Monday and often not split up until 5:00 or 6:00 in the evening.
    What is your scariest 1L memory? Opening first semester grades – that moment when tearing the envelope open, before you can see the results.
    Other advice: Law is a wonderful profession. It is intellectually interesting; you will have more control over your work than most people; for most lawyers it provides a good financial living, even for those who choose careers in non-profits or the public sector; and your job, not just as “attorney” but as “counselor,” is to help people solve their problems, using your judgment, wisdom, and ability.

    Michael Lehv
    What is your favorite book? I rarely get a chance to read fiction. Most of my elective reading is to familiarize myself with something new in one of the sciences.
    What is your favorite movie? That’s an easy one for me – “2001: A Space Odyssey.” It was my introduction to computers and set the stage for lifetime of semi-professional interest in the field.
    What is your favorite local restaurant? Guiseppe’s in Bexley is hard to beat for Italian food and is a once-a-week favorite. Bon Vie in Easton is another that we visit almost as frequently.
    What is your fondest memory of being a 1L? As a night-schooler working full-time, I’m not sure “fondest” is a term I’d use to describe anything during my first year. However, I actually enjoy technical writing so Legal Writing was a natural fit for me.
    What is your scariest 1L memory? Witnessing Professor Sullivan eject “unruly” students from his criminal law class was easily my scariest experience.

    Lance Tibbles
    What is your favorite book?
    Thomas Buergenthal, A Lucky Child: A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz As a Young Boy (2009). Professor/Judge Buergenthal was the youngest survivor of Auschwitz; he was 11 years old when the camp was liberated.
    Robert M.Veatch, Patient, Heal Thyself: How the New Medicine Puts the Patient in Charge (2009). Ethicist Veatch argues that values underlie almost all medical procedures & physicians can claim no expertise on making those value judgments.
    Steve T. Wax, Kafka Comes to America: Fighting For Justice in the War on Terror/A Public Defender’s Inside Account (2008). One of Wax’s clients was a small town lawyer whose home & office were entered without warrant, he was arrested on a mistaken fingerprint from Spain, and his confidential client files read by the FBI. Wax was told “our government can make you disappear.”
    What is your favorite movie? “The Reader”
    What is your favorite local restaurant? People’s Court in the Student Commons
    What is you scariest 1L memory? In Common Law Procedure class, the Dean would reduce students to tears when they could not explain the difference between “general assumpsit” and “special assumpsit.” Most of us could handle “quare clausum fregit.” But if a student could not grasp the difference between “trespass on the case,” he (all law students were he in those days) just disappeared never to be seen or heard from again.

    Regina Burch
    What is your favorite book? Anything by Mark Twain
    What is your favorite movie? Dr. Strangelove
    What is your favorite local restaurant? Indian Oven
    What is your fondest memory of being a 1L? Finishing my last exam and beginning a summer externship.
    What is you scariest 1L memory? Volunteering to recite Pennoyer v Neff in Civ Pro

    William Fischbein
    What is your favorite book? Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
    What is your favorite movie? Lonesome Dove
    What is your favorite local restaurant? Villa Nova
    What is your fondest memory of being a 1L? Skipping the last day of class to play golf with classmates
    What is you scariest 1L memory? The exams that started thereafter

    David Mayer
    What is your favorite book? Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged
    What is your favorite movie? Harold & Maude (Favorite law-related movie: Twelve Angry Men, the original 1957 film, starring Henry Fonda)
    What is your favorite local restaurant? Bob Evans (especially for breakfast)
    What is your fondest memory of being a 1L? Taking time out from my studies the first week of classes to paint a picture (a landscape, either a sunrise or a sunset, depending on my mood).
    What is you scariest 1L memory? Getting called on twice as much as anyone else in Contracts, because the professor mispronounced my classmate Mr. Meyer’s name as “Mayer,” so I responded whenever he called on either one of us! And it wasn’t until the end of the semester that I figured out why!

    Thomas Brown
    What is your favorite book? I have so many favorite books it is impossible to pick just one. Last year I loved Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.
    What is your favorite movie? It’s a Wonderful Life
    What is your favorite local restaurant? Lindey’s in German Village
    What is your fondest memory of being a 1L? My classmates, some of whom I remain in contact with, are my fondest memory as a 1L. (We supported each other with encouragement and friendship.)
    What is you scariest 1L memory? The scariest was being the first one called on in Torts to argue the plaintiff’s side of a case I barely understood.

    Jeff Snapp
    What is your favorite book? A Prayer for Owen Meany
    What is your favorite movie? The Shawshank Redemption
    What is your favorite local restaurant? Aladdin’sRichard Woods 

    What is your favorite book? The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov, A ship of the Line by C.S. Forester. 
    What is your favorite movie? A Lion in Winter, Auntie Mame, Harold and Maude, Ben Hur, Lawrence of Arabia, and special TV bonus-Victory at Sea.
    What is your favorite local restaurant? Refectory.
    What is your fondest memory of being a 1L? Meeting Professor, and friend, Douglas Whaley.
    What is your scariest 1L memory? Cold Calling.