The Ohio State Bar Association announced the selection
of the second recipient of the Chief Justice Moyer Professorship for
the Administration of Justice and the Rule of Law at The Ohio State
University Moritz College of Law, Chief Justice Moyer’s alma mater, and
the recipients of the Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer Fellowships for
Chief Justice Moyer Professorship
Dean Alan C. Michaels of the Moritz College of Law nominated Ric Simmons
to become the recipient of the 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 April 2, 2014.
joined the Moritz faculty in 2003. A graduate of Columbia Law School, he
was a Stone Scholar and a senior editor of the Columbia Law Review. He earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Stanford University.
Following law school,
Professor Simmons clerked for the Honorable Laughlin E. Waters of the
Central District of California. He then served for four years as an
assistant district attorney for New York County and was an acting
assistant professor at New York University School of Law from June 2000
through June 2003.
Currently, he teaches
Evidence and Criminal Law at Moritz. In the past, he also worked
extensively at the Prosecution Clinic. He frequently comments on criminal
cases in the media.
succeeds Professor Edward B. Foley, who was the first Moyer Professor at
Ohio State, who has now become the Charles W. Ebersold and Florence
Whitcomb Ebersold Chair in Law.
“The goal of the OSBA
Moyer Legacy Committee is further the tenets for which Chief Justice
stood, including legal and civic education, dispute resolution, personal
integrity, ethics, civility, and judicial independence and the rule of
law. Professor Simmons and our newest Moyer Fellows are doing just
that,” said OSBA President Jonathan Hollingsworth.
dedication to promoting public understanding of our rule of law and the
importance of the nonpartisan administration of justice are in line with
values that Chief Justice Moyer prized. His work will represent a new
chapter of Chief Justice Moyer’s extraordinary legacy,” said Dean
“I am honored to be
chosen to carry forward Chief Justice Moyer’s extraordinary legacy.
Since my move to Ohio in 2003, I have come to understand and greatly
appreciate his contributions to the public’s understanding of the law
and his dedication to the fair and impartial administration of justice. I
hope that, through my teaching and scholarship, I can reflect Chief
Justice Moyer’s high standards,” said Simmons.
Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer Fellowships
The Moyer Legacy Committee recommended that three law students be awarded 2014 Moyer Fellowship Grants. They are Abigail Mack of the Moritz College of Law, Prad Georges of the University of Akron School of Law and Benjamin Imdieke of the University of Toledo College of Law.
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.
Abigail Mack, a student
at Moritz College of Law, will work as a Summer Fellow with Palestine
Works to assist in providing legal services to victims of human rights
violations in Israel and occupied Palestinian territory.
Prad Georges, who
attends the University of Akron School of Law, will travel to Baton
Rouge for his fellowship. He will work with a law professor at Southern
University to compile Haitian land use laws and regulations into a
publicly accessible database that will facilitate the implementation of a
property recording system in Haiti. This system would be used to
resolve land ownership disputes and to facilitate economic development.
Benjamin Imdieke, a law
student at the University of Toledo College of Law, will undertake
in-depth research of land-use regulations and urban redevelopment
efforts in Toledo, Cleveland and Detroit. His goal is to develop a legal
practicum that would allow law students to assist in urban
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 the
necessary funds from the legal and business communities to support the
professorship and fellowships.