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Dewhirst ‘Honored’ to be First Recipient of Markus Award

5/7/2019  -  Professor Scot Dewhirst, L’78, is the first recipient of the Judge Markus Family Adjunct Faculty Award. Prof. Dewhirst, of counsel for Artz, Dewhirst & Wheeler where he was a founding partner of the firm in 1988, says he has been an adjunct professor at Capital University Law School for 30 years, sometimes teaching up to six courses during the year.

“I enjoy it,” Prof. Dewhirst says. “I enjoy being a part of people going forward and becoming a success. Hopefully, I’m helping shape the future of the legal profession. I hope to help students create the best perspective of a practicing attorney.”

The Judge Markus Family Adjunct Faculty Award was established last fall by Judge Richard Markus and his family to recognize an adjunct faculty member for outstanding law school teaching and service to law students. The fund also supports an annual reception to recognize CapLaw’s adjunct faculty. Judge Markus’ daughter-in-law, Susan Gilles, is Capital University’s John E. Sullivan Professor of Law and his son, Kent Markus, served as an associate professor at Capital and was instrumental in founding what is now known as the Family and Youth Law Center.

Prof. Dewhirst says he was notified by Law School Dean Rachel M. Janutis, and says he is “totally honored to be the first recipient” of the award, noting that Judge Markus has been committed to recognizing adjunct teaching at CapLaw and other universities.

Students who have had the opportunity to enroll in Prof. Dewhirst’s classes have learned from an expert in the fields of mediation and negotiation, as well as legal interviewing and counseling. He developed mediation projects in both Jamaica and Nicaragua with then-Capital University Law School Professor Roberta Mitchell, L’72, (who is now an emeritus professor). Prof. Dewhirst also founded and serves as the co-director of the Center for Dispute Resolution.

“I knew I had been teaching a long time when I had a student who said to me, ‘You taught my father 25 years ago,’” he says with a laugh.

As an attorney, Prof. Dewhirst has received the highest AV ratings for ethical standards and legal ability awarded by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings.

In addition to mediation, Prof. Dewhirst is noted for his work in historic preservation and zoning. Along with his ADW law partners, he has been a pioneer in providing legal services to the LGBTQ community. He says he became involved with a number of organizations when the AIDS epidemic hit in the 1980s and his firm began handling many pro bono cases for the LGBTQ community and providing pro bono services to Stonewall Union, an organization whose mission is to increase visibility, inclusion and connection for the LGBTQ community.