OSBA announces Moyer Professorship, Fellowships

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 2014.
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. 

Professor Simmons 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.

Professor Simmons 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.

“Professor Simmons’ 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 Michaels.

“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 redevelopment efforts.

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.



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