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ONU Law Homecoming 2017

Come home to ONU Law and spend the day with us!

Alumni, join us for Homecoming 2017 at the College of Law. Ohio Northern University’s Homecoming Weekend is Sept. 22-23. You’ll have the opportunity to see classmates, visit with former deans and current faculty, pick up CLE credits, tour our new classrooms, and enjoy campus activities throughout the day. We hope you will be a part of this special day, and we look forward to seeing you on September 23.


Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017

8 a.m. – Law Dean’s Homecoming Breakfast (Hanson Reading Room of Taggart Law Library)

Join the current and past deans of the College of Law for a country breakfast buffet in the beautiful Hanson Reading Room (named in honor of Eugene Hanson, Dean of the College of Law from 1958-73). The Law Dean’s Homecoming Breakfast is included with the CLE.


9 a.m. – PAD CLE Registration (Celebrezze Large Moot Courtroom)


9:30 a.m.-noon – PAD CLE (Celebrezze Large Moot Courtroom)

The PAD CLE is a Homecoming tradition at the College of Law. The CLE is pending approval by the Ohio Supreme Court for 2.5 hours of Professional Conduct, including Substance Abuse, Ethics and Professionalism.


Professionalism: Good Writing as a Professional Responsibility

Rule 1.1 of the Ohio Rules of Professional Responsibility states that a “lawyer shall provide competent representation to a client. Competent representation requires the legal knowledge, skill, thoroughness, and preparation reasonably necessary for the representation.” This presentation will focus on how this rule relates to a lawyer’s writing. The presentation will discuss this rule in relation to the specific recommendations made by the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Professionalism and will look at ways in which bad writing can get a lawyer into trouble.

Professor Melissa Kidder

Instructor of Legal Research and Writing

Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law


Substance Abuse: Lest We Forget…

The presentation will focus on the prevalence of alcohol dependence in our society and the impact on the individual and family. At a time when so much attention and resources are being devoted to the opioid crisis in our state, we cannot and should not overlook the damaging effects of alcohol use and dependence, a phenomenon which is more prevalent and costly to society as a whole.

Dr. Michael Schafer

Director of Counseling Center

Ohio Northern University


Ethics: The Bad, the Worse, and the Just Plain Unfortunate: A Review of Select 2016-17 Ohio Attorney Discipline Cases

This presentation will discuss select 2016-2017 Ohio attorney discipline cases. The cases that are discussed will focus primarily on Rule 1 – Client-Lawyer Relationship and Rule 8 – Maintaining the Integrity of the Profession. In addition to the cases dealing with these rules, the presentation will also examine the rules themselves to offer the attendees the opportunity to reflect on the rules and to discuss the rules and best-practices to ensure compliance in practice.                 

Professor Raymond Grogan

Staff Attorney and Assistant Director of Legal Clinics

Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law



11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – Tailgate Lunch (King Horn Field House)

Wristbands for admission to lunch and the game will be issued at the CLE registration table from 9 a.m. until noon. Additional wristbands may be pre-ordered through the law alumni office.


11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – Activities Tent (Tundra between King Horn and Biggs)


1 p.m. – Pre-game Festivities (Dial-Roberson Stadium)


1:30 p.m. – ONU Football Game (Dial-Roberson Stadium)



  • $50 for law alumni
  • $65 for non-alumni

Click here to pre-register. The deadline to pre-register is Friday, Sept. 15, 2017.