The Ohio State Bar Association announced the selection of the recipient of the newly-created Chief Justice Moyer Professorship for the Administration of Justice and the Rule of Law at The Ohio State University (OSU) Moritz College of Law, Chief Justice Moyer’s alma mater, and the first two recipients of the Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer Fellowships.
Chief Justice Moyer Professorship
Dean Alan C. Michaels of the OSU Moritz College of Law nominated Edward B. “Ned” Foley to become the recipient of the new Chief Justice Moyer Professorship for the Administration of Justice and the Rule of Law, and at the Provost’s recommendation the Ohio State University Board of Trustees made the appointment on June 22, 2012.
Professor Foley had been the Isadore and Ida Topper Professor of Law, and serves as director of Election Law @ Moritz. One of the nation’s preeminent experts on election law, Professor Foley teaches and writes in all areas of this field. His current research focuses on improving the processes for resolving disputed elections, and he has been asked to lead a new American Law Institute project on election law.
Professor Foley earned his undergraduate degree in history from Yale University and his law degree from Columbia University School of Law. He has taught at Ohio State since 1991. Before then, he clerked for Chief Judge Patricia M. Wald of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and for Justice Harry Blackmun of the United States Supreme Court. In 1999, he took a leave from the faculty to serve as the State Solicitor in the office of Ohio’s Attorney General. In that capacity, he was responsible for the state’s appellate and constitutional cases.
“Professor Foley’s devotion to rule of law values and nonpartisan administration of justice will help him carry forward values that Chief Justice Moyer cherished. His work will be another part of Chief Justice Moyer’s extraordinary legacy,” said Dean Michaels.
“Chief Justice Moyer has been a role model for me ever since I came to understand the significance of his leadership while I served as State Solicitor. When Dean Michaels told me of this honor, I was moved beyond measure. I can only hope that in my teaching and scholarship I can live up to standards set by Chief Justice Moyer,” said Foley.
Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer Fellowships
Law students Chelsea Brint from the University of Cincinnati College of Law and Jonathan Kenney of the University of Dayton School of Law were selected as the first two recipients of the Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer Fellowships.
The annual fellowships are awarded to two exceptional first or second year students from Ohio law schools and are designed to honor Chief Justice Moyer’s commitment to improving access to courts, advancing civility and ethics, working with national and international organizations to promote the rule of law and promoting civic education. Fellowship recipients receive $3,000 from the Moyer Legacy Fund and $1,000 from their law schools to fund a summer opportunity advancing these principles.
Chelsea Brint’s fellowship involves promoting the principles of judicial independence and the rule of law while working as an intern this summer with the Asia-Pacific Field Operation and Technical Operation Division of the United Nations Office of the High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva, Switzerland. The territory covered by this division extends from Iran in the west to Fiji in the east. This organization’s focus is to support the adjudication of human rights violations in the region.
Brint said of her fellowship opportunity, “I have spent the better part of my undergraduate and graduate studies gaining experience in the field of human rights. This position offers practical insight into how to best utilize my legal skills in my chosen vocation as an advocate for human rights. I will have the opportunity to learn from professionals who have dedicated their lives to promoting human rights internationally and make connections that will be invaluable going forward.”
Jonathan Kenney’s fellowship involves working with Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc., a Toledo-based legal aid organization that provides civil legal access for the state’s poor and marginalized. He is focusing on home foreclosure defense for low and medium income families in Dayton, Ohio. Kenney is bilingual which he believes will be useful in working with the area’s Hispanic community.
“I was raised by a single parent, with three siblings, so I witnessed the financial hardships a family could bear. I was the first member of my family to go to college. Now I am extending my education to include knowledge of the law, and I am devoted to using that specialized training and to spending my career serving the community,” said Kenney.
Following the untimely passing of Chief Justice Moyer, the Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer Legacy Fund was established at the Ohio State Bar Foundation to help perpetuate Chief Justice Moyer’s dedication to the administration of justice and public understanding of the law through programs that advance civility, integrity and the rule of law. The Ohio State Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Foundation and The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law established a committee of lawyers, judges, family members and friends of Chief Justice Moyer, chaired by OSBA Past-President Barbara J. Howard of Cincinnati, which raised $1.3 million from the legal and business communities to support the professorship and fellowships.
“Awarding the professorship and the first two fellowships is the realization of a dream we all had to honor the legacy of Chief Justice Moyer,” said Barbara J. Howard, Moyer Legacy chair. “The Moyer Legacy Fund will allow us to perpetuate Chief Justice Moyer’s commitment to civility and the rule of law, and instill those important principles in future generations of lawyers and legal educators.”
“The Ohio State Bar Association is proud to be a partner in the Moyer Legacy efforts,” said Judge Patrick Fischer, president of the OSBA. “Chief Justice Moyer stood for all that is honorable in our profession, and his legacy will live on in those who are honored through the professorship and fellowships.”
“The focus of the Ohio State Bar Foundation is to promote public understanding of the law and improvements in the justice system, and the Moyer Legacy Fund does just that,” said Heather Sowald, president of the Ohio State Bar Foundation. “Reaching the fundraising goal was a monumental undertaking, and was made possible through the hard work of many volunteers and the commitment of Ohioans to all that Chief Justice Moyer stood for.”