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Certified Ready

Fifty-six members of the Columbus School of Law’s Class of 2011 were recognized at the Certificate Presentation Ceremony held by the law school’s Office of Institutes and Special Programs on May 26th

The annual event, which precedes by a day the general class commencement, presents students with a special certificate that acknowledges their concentrated coursework in a chosen subject area.  
A certificate from one of the law school’s five highly-respected programs is regarded as a stamp of special expertise in such areas as securities law, communications law, international law and other practice areas.
“These are some of the most dynamic practice areas going today,” said Dean Veryl V. Miles during her opening remarks. “Because of the reputations that these Institutes have earned within the legal community, and blessed with the superb professional connections of our faculty directors, our students are well positioned to launch into stimulating careers that will reward them for decades to come.”
One by one, each Institute faculty director spoke of their program’s highlights over the previous year. They described for parents and family members the symposia, panel discussions, community outreach, legal externships and many other activities that the students took part in. They praised the students’ work ethic, drive, compassion for others, and willingness to take advantage of all of the possibilities of a legal education in the nation’s capital.
“I credit our alumni for looking after our students,” commented Professor David Lipton, director of the law school’s Securities Law Program. Lipton proudly shared with parents the 100 percent job placement rate for his program’s alumni in 2010.
Professor Sarah Duggin, director of the Law and Public Policy Program, was moved by her students’ willingness to help others through the tools of the law.
“I’m proudest of your heart,” she said as parents beamed. “There’s a lot to worry about in the world. But none of you has turned away from the problems. You’ve shown that you care about the marginalized of society.”
Duggin spoke for all of her colleagues with a final thought. “The world needs your dedication. We’re counting on all of you to do great things.”




Institute for Communications Law Studies

Securities Law Program
Jay Mason All
Rekha Chandrasekher
Delara Manda Derakhshani
Gregory S. Egan
Christina Kiyoko Kube
Kara Beth Leibin
Gregory M. Louer*
Ansley Haman Schrimpf
Matthew Thomas Starr
Anh Ngoc Nguyen Suthar
James Vincent Catano
Golkouh Ghassemlou
Jessica Lynn Hayes
Ivy Huo
Gerald John O’Hara, III *
Michael Sean Mick—concentration
Master of Laws
with a concentration in Securities Law  
Michael A. McClain, Jr.
Jeffrey Harris Stoltz

Comparative and International Law Institute

Law and Public Policy Program

Karri N. Allen
Catherine Ruth Birdwell
Jonathan Michael Breyan
Thomas Curtin
Jordan Long Dansby
Laura Anne Dorey
Molyneau Rochelle DuBelle
Gregory S. Egan
John P. Heekin
Keith F. Huffman
Jessica Gail Katz
Antoine Raif Khoury
Hosung Kim
Ching Kwok
Katrina T. Mason
Melissa Olivia Nonaka
Jason Alexander Stiener
Andrew Nelson Warthen
Jessica Kathleen Woods

Program of Studies in Jurisprudence
Robert Aron Benjamin
Amanda Schlener

Korey Joseph Barry

Catherine Jeanne Cravath
Edwin M. Ferguson, Jr.
Casey Christine Higgins
Erin Maria Hughes
Alisa Marie Huth
William Halley McDermott
Nicole D. Picard
Vineetha Pillai
Tyler Alexander Ray
Laura Emily Scott
Christina Kathleen Setlow
Blair C. Warner
Jessica Ellen Young