Honors Roundtable Series

The Roundtable Series

At the Leadership Honors Roundtable Series, LHP students engage in spirited discussions in a relaxed, small group setting with practicing attorneys, judges, educators, politicians, in-house counsel and executives who have distinguished themselves as leaders and bring a broad range of experience and perspectives to the sessions. The Roundtable Series is chaired by former Governor of the State of Ohio, Bob Taft, whose skills as a moderator help shape the conversations using student questions and comments as a guide.

2018-2019
Carlos Bernal

Friday, March 15, 2019

Carlos Bernal is Justice of the Colombian Constitutional Court. His qualifications include a LL.B. from the University Externado of Colombia (Bogotá – Colombia) (1996), a S.J.D. from the University of Salamanca (Spain) (2001), and a M.A. (2008) and a Ph.D. in Philosophy (2011) from the University of Florida (U.S.A). He has held a visiting professorship at the University of Paris X (Nanterre), and Senior Research Fellowships at the Yale Law School and the Max Plack Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (Heidelberg). His scholarship focuses on constitutional rights’ interpretation, comparative constitutional change, general jurisprudence –in particular on the intersection between social ontology and legal theory–, and the philosophical foundations of tort law.

David C. Greer

Friday, February 15, 2019

David Greer has been a practicing trial lawyer in Dayton, Ohio for more than fifty years. In that span of time he has represented clients in cases in an estimated more than five hundred jury trials, ranging from capital murders to corporate takeovers. David is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a life member of the Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference and a former president of the Dayton Bar Association. David is also an author and leader of the Classic Jazz Stompers, an eight piece orchestra with a vast repertoire of jazz and hot dance music from the 1920s and 1930s.

Hon. Dennis Adkins

Friday, Nov. 9, 2018

Judge Adkins was appointed to the General Division bench on June 6, 2011. He serves as the Security Committee Chair and also serves on the Criminal Practice and Technology Committees. He received his B.S. from the University of Dayton in 1982, and his J.D. from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University in 1986. In 2013, Judge Adkins created the first Veteran's Treatment Court in this area. He presides over the court, which is designed to provide treatment and rehabilitation for veterans who have found themselves involved in the Criminal Justice System due to combat related problems.

Gilbert King

Friday, Oct. 26, 2018

Gilbert King is the author of three books, most recently, Beneath a Ruthless Sun. His previous book, Devil in the Grove, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction in 2013. A New York Times bestseller, the book was also named runner-up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for nonfiction, and was a finalist for both the Chautauqua Prize and the Edgar Award. King has written about race, civil rights, and the death penalty for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and The Atlantic, and he is a contributor to The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization covering the U.S. criminal justice system. King’s earlier book, The Execution of Willie Francis, was published in 2008. He lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Bob Taft

Friday, Sept. 28, 2018

Bob Taft, Governor of Ohio 1999-2007, came to the University of Dayton in 2007 as a Distinguished Research Associate; he teaches Legislative Politics and Education Policy and helps oversee the Statehouse Civic Scholars summer internship program.
2017-2018
Evelyn Stratton

Friday, Sept. 29, 2017

Evelyn Stratton served for 16 years as a justice on the Supreme Court of Ohio. She is currently of counsel in the Vorys Columbus office. Stratton spent the first nine years of her legal career as a central Ohio trial lawyer. In 1988, she became the first woman elected judge of the Franklin County Common Pleas Court. She was appointed to the Ohio Supreme Court by Governor George Voinovich in 1996 and was elected by Ohio voters to three six-year terms.
Senator Maggie Hassan

Friday, Oct. 27, 2017

Senator Maggie Hassan is the second woman in American history to be elected both Governor and United States Senator. Hassan was elected to the U.S. Senate from New Hampshire in 2016. She served as the 81st Governor of New Hampshire from 2013-2017. Hassan's talk is entitled, "Learning from those Around You: The Qualities that Can Help You Succeed in Your Career and as a Citizen."​ In it she will address how civic engagement and learning from those around you are fundamental duties for every American. She will also discuss how shared challenges, like the substance misuse crisis, impact New Hampshire, Ohio, and states across the nation.

Martin Hamlette, JD, MHA, Executive Director, National Medical Association

Friday, Feb. 23, 2018

A seasoned healthcare administrator, Mr. Hamlette is experienced in both the public and private sectors, including health law and policy, current healthcare reform issues, the impact of health reform on medically diverse populations and the professionals who treat them. In 2007, he was named chief health policy advisor within the Washington, DC Executive Office of the Mayor, Office of Policy and Legislative Affairs, by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty. As policy and legislative strategist, he guided the mayor and agency directors within the District's healthcare cluster, authored policy positions, drafted legislation and testified at public hearings. Mr. Hamlette received a letter of commendation from the mayor for his efforts. Subsequently, Mr. Hamlette served in private practice as counsel and administrator to medical providers, state government and a professional medical association on issues arising from and related to the Affordable Care Act. http://www.nmanet.org/
Judge Lech Garlicki

Friday, March 23, 2018

Judge Lech Garlicki has worked at the Warsaw University since 1968, and since 1987 as full professor. He was member of the Warsaw Bar from 1980-1993, judge of the Constitutional Court of Poland from 1993-2001, and judge of the European Court of Human Right from 2002-2012. He was president of the fourth Section in 2011-2012. He lectured at numerous universities in Europe, the United States, Israel, Japan, China and Hong Kong. He is author or editor of over 300 publications in different languages, including a five-volume Commentary to the 1997 Constitution of Poland and two-volume Commentary to the European Convention on Human Rights.

2016-2017
Professor Emeritus Richard Saphire

July 2016

Moderator: Susan Wawrose, Director, Leadership Honors Program

A former professor of the School of Law, Professor Saphire has been involved with the American Civil Liberties Union for many years. Most recently, he was an attorney of record in the Ohio “voter purge” case, successfully challenging the state’s policy of removing voters from the rolls after they had not voted for six years. Professor Saphire talked with students about his extensive pro bono work and drew on his career path and experience as he talked with students about their interests, values, and personal and professional goals.

Professor Lawrence Lessig

Sept. 21, 2016

Students in the LHP were privileged to spend an afternoon with Lawrence Lessig, Harvard Law School professor, New York Times best-selling author, recent presidential candidate and three-time TEDTalk speaker. Professor Lessig talked with students about the corrupting force of money in politics and shared his insights on the 2016 election, the first Presidential debate, and the need for change in our national political system. For more information on Professor Lessig visit www.lessig.org.

Michael L. Buenger, Administrative Director of the Ohio Supreme Court

Oct. 19, 2016

Administrative Director Michael L. Buenger has served as the Administrative Director of the Supreme Court of Ohio since January 5, 2015. As the senior non-elected officer of the Supreme Court, he, along with the Chief Justice and Justices, the Ohio Judicial Conference, and the judges of the state, is responsible for developing and communicating the long-term vision, values, and direction of the Supreme Court and the judicial branch. Mr. Buenger has also worked for the National Center for State Courts as a senior rule of law adviser in Kosovo, and has worked on rule of law development, judicial reform, and anti-corruption in other countries. He has authored numerous law review articles on state courts, human rights, and international law. supremecourt.ohio.gov/ 

Hon. Anthony Capizzi

Jan. 2017

Judge Anthony Capizzi serves as a Montgomery County Juvenile Court Judge, a position he was first elected to in 2004. Judge Capizzi is enthusiastic and energetic about working to promote the welfare of children, as has been his trademark throughout his legal career. Judge Capizzi serves on the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Judicial College, as Chair of the Ohio Juvenile Judges Curriculum Committee, and as Past President of the Ohio Juvenile Court Judges Association.
Martin Hamlette, JD, MHA, Executive Director, National Medical Association

Feb. 2017

A seasoned healthcare administrator, Mr. Hamlette is experienced in both the public and private sectors, including health law and policy, current healthcare reform issues, the impact of health reform on medically diverse populations and the professionals who treat them. In 2007, he was named chief health policy advisor within the Washington, DC Executive Office of the Mayor, Office of Policy and Legislative Affairs, by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty. As policy and legislative strategist, he guided the mayor and agency directors within the District's healthcare cluster, authored policy positions, drafted legislation and testified at public hearings. Mr. Hamlette received a letter of commendation from the mayor for his efforts. Subsequently, Mr. Hamlette served in private practice as counsel and administrator to medical providers, state government and a professional medical association on issues arising from and related to the Affordable Care Act. http://www.nmanet.org/ 

Hon. Judith French

March 2017

Judi French became a justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio in January 2013 and was elected to her first full term on November 4, 2014. She has traveled throughout Ohio, visiting all 88 counties in her first two years on the bench. Before becoming a justice, French had served the State of Ohio as a lawyer for a state agency, an assistant attorney general and counsel to the Governor.
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