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Capital Law Offering Three New Courses in the Spring

11/20/2018  -  This spring, CapLaw introduces three new courses for “practice-ready” law students:

Regulatory & Compliance Law with Professor Jessica Tobias, L’09 (2 credits)

In addition to serving as an introduction to regulatory law and concepts of compliance, this course will begin to develop the skills lawyers need to advise organizations and administer compliance procedures in an ethical framework. Through practical exercises, students will gain experience in providing clients with legal assessments that focus on solving organizational problems. This class is recommended for students interested in regulatory compliance, ethics, organizational governance, and investigations.

Professor Tobias is the Ethics Director and Compliance Investigator for the Office of University Compliance and Integrity at The Ohio State University. She previously worked for the Ohio State Bar Association, assisting in investigations of attorney and judicial misconduct. Additionally, she served as staff counsel to the Joint Task Force to Review the Administration of Ohio’s Death Penalty. As a JD student at Capital Law, she was a Government Relations extern for the Supreme Court of Ohio.

Introduction to ERISA and Other Employee Benefit Laws with Professor Daniel Cecil (2 credits)

Employee benefits is an “in-demand” area of law, both for in-house counsel and within law firms. This course will introduce students to important employee benefits laws, including the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), Internal Revenue Code, COBRA, FMLA, and more. These laws provide a framework for understanding the design and administration of various types of employee benefit plans, as well as the unique litigation issues that attorneys encounter.

This is Professor Cecil’s second year of teaching at Capital Law School. He is currently an attorney at Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, where his practice focuses primarily on employee benefits and deferred compensation. During law school, he was an extern for U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Merz, a law clerk for University Hospitals Health Systems and a summer associate at Eastman and Smith. After law school, he joined Eastman and Smith, where his practice primarily focused on trade secret/noncompete and ERISA litigation. Prior to joining Nationwide, he served as ERISA Counsel at Battelle Memorial Institute.

Entrepreneurship & Law with Professor Ward Hill (2 credits)

Students will learn decision-making skills for the uncertain operating environments of start-up businesses in “Entrepreneurship & Law.” Such decisions must combine elements of business and law that are interdependent, and require knowledge of contracts, product development, intellectual property, employment law, financial growth, tax law, capital structure, outside investment, and international activities. Teams composed of an MBA student and a JD student will build a business from the ground up, competing for financial and market dominance.

Professor Hill is President of Candor Hill Solutions, LLC, a venture catalyst and consulting firm, and he is Executive Professor, School of Management and Leadership, Harold Squire Chair in Entrepreneurship, at Capital University, where he teaches Investments, Finance, Leadership & Ethics, Strategy & Policy, and Entrepreneurship. His previous experience includes being Finance Director of a $75 million real estate development company and a Senior Vice President at National City Bank.