COLUMBUS, OHIO 43215-3200

Telephone: (614) 236-6500



ABA Approved Since 1954


Capital University Law School traces its origin to 1903, when the YMCAsupported the founding of the Columbus Law School, with its distinctive commitment to provide working class people with the opportunity to join the legal profession. The American Bar Association accredited the school, then called Franklin Law School, in 1954. The Law School became affiliated with Capital University in 1966. In 1983, Capital University Law School became a member of the Association of American Law Schools.


Today Capital University Law School is a comprehensive educational institution, offering a J.D. degree, a joint J.D. Master of Business Administration, Master in Science in Nursing, Master of Theology, or Master of Sports Administration/Facility Management degree, as well as an LL.M. in Tax, Business, or Business and Tax. In addition the Law School offers a Master of Taxation for Accountants and a Paralegal Certification program. The Law School is housed in a state of the art technologically sophisticated building in the heart of Columbus, Ohio’s downtown business, government, and law center, blocks away from the state capital, federal and local courts, and the region’s major law firms.


Capital’s vibrant J.D. and LL.M programs are offered in full-time, part-time day or part-time evening options. Our Juris Doctor program strongly emphasizes basic lawyering skills - legal research, writing, dispute resolution, and analytical skills - skills that can be applied to a variety of legal careers. Our curriculum encompasses more than 120 elective courses, running the gamut of business and commercial law, property, criminal law and procedure, public law, international law, litigation, and taxation. Our concentrations in dispute resolution, environmental law, governmental affairs, labor and employment, publicly-held companies, small business entities, and children and family assist students to focus in an area of the law and expand their knowledge for the legal and business world.


Complimenting a student’s classroom experience are opportunities for involvement in our National Center for Adoption Law & Policy, the only entity of its kind in the nation studying and advising governmental and nonprofit agencies on issues of adoption and child welfare; the Tobacco Public Policy Center; or the Center for Dispute Resolution. In addition, students gain real world experience in our clinics, externship programs, law review, and moot court teams. Students have 24 hour access to our comprehensive law library, with a full complement of librarians, who hold J.D. and library science degrees, wireless internet access anywhere in our building, as well as, access to WESTLAW and LEXIS.


Part of a long-standing tradition in excellence is Capital’s high-caliber faculty. First and foremost, our faculty members are teachers, devoted to the education of our students, and they are masters at integrating theory and practice. Many of our faculty are nationally-recognized experts in their fields, and have published books and articles in all of the leading law journals on topics such as constitutional litigation, contracts, election law, environmental law, remedies, negotiations, marriage and same-sex unions, and African-American males and the law. Capital’s caring and committed faculty and administration support our students through their legal education and beyond. From the admission office to the career planning office, we work with our students as individuals to maximize their potential. We recognize the individual qualities and abilities that set our students apart from others. The Career Services Office offers career counseling, career education, and workshops on resume writing, interviewing, and job search strategies. This office provides information on employers and employer contact through the campus interview program.


Capital University Law School is particularly proud of the accomplishments of its graduates. Presidents of the Ohio State and Columbus Bar Associations, members of Congress and several state legislators, federal and state judges, partners in all of the major law firms in central Ohio and increasingly in all of the major cities around the country, leaders in business, finance, and real estate development, are numbered among the 6,000 Capital Law graduates throughout the country.


Dean: Jack A. Guttenberg (614) 236-6383

Graduate Tax and Business Programs: Danshera Cords (614) 236-6516

Paralegal Programs: Donna Schoebel (614) 236-6444

Center for Dispute Resolution: Roberta Mitchell (614) 236-6516

National Center for Adoption Law and Policy: Angela Upchurch (614) 236-6535

Library: Donald Hughes (614) 236-6464

Career Services: Mary Ann Willis (614) 236-6888

External Relations: John Strick (614) 236-6601

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs: Jennifer DiSanza (614) 236-6402

Tobacco Public Policy Center: Micah Berman (614) 236-7314




JACK A. GUTTENBERG, (Law Professor), born Detroit, Michigan, 1951; admitted to bar, 1976, Georgia and Michigan; 1982, Ohio. Education: University of Michigan (B.A., 1973); Wayne State University School of Law (J.D., 1976). COURSES:Criminal Law, Professional Responsibility, Trial Advocacy. Email:jguttenberg @


SCOTT ANDERSON, (Law Professor), born Cincinnati, Ohio, January 14, 1964; admitted to bar, 1991, Ohio. Education: Ohio State University (B.A., 1986; Ph.D., 2006); Case Western Reserve University (J.D., 1991). COURSES:Legal Writing, Legal Drafting, Criminal Law. Email:sanderson @


DANNY BANK, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1990, Ohio; 1992, New York. Education: Capital University Law School (J.D., 1990). COURSES: Clinic. Email: dbank @


JAMES R. BEATTIE, JR., (Law Professor), born Glenridge, New Jersey, February 23, 1952; admitted to bar, 1993, New York. Education: Muskingum College (B.A., 1974); Tulane University (M.A., 1981); Vanderbilt University School of Law (J.D., 1991); Columbia University School of Law (LL.M., 2000). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Law and Religion, Modern Legal Philosophy. Email: jbeattie @


STACEY LEMMING BLASKO, (Law Professor), born Athens, Ohio, February 7, 1970; admitted to bar, 1996, Ohio. Education: Miami University (B.A., 1992); Case Western Reserve University (J.D., 1996). COURSES:Legal Writing, Analysis and Research. Email:sblasko @


JANET GEORGE BLOCHER, (Law Professor), born Ohio, August 29, 1958; admitted to bar, 1985, Georgia; 1990, Ohio. Education: Ohio Northern University (B.A., 1980); Capital University Law School (J.D., 1985). COURSES:Legal Research &Writing, Externships. Email:jblocher @


WILLIAM H. BLUTH, (Law Professor), born New York, New York, October 31, 1945; admitted to bar, 1969, New York; 1970, Ohio. Education: City College of the City University of New York (B.A., 1966); Boston College (J.D., 1969). COURSES:Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Family Law, Remedies. Email:wbluth @


J. JOSEPH BODINE, JR., (Law Professor), born Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, August 31, 1963; admitted to bar, 1989, Ohio. Education: New York University (B.F.A., 1985); Capital University Law School (J.D., 1989); New York University School of Law (LL.M., 1990). COURSES: Academic Success, Legal Writing, Criminal Procedure. Email:jbodine @


MARK R. BROWN, (Law Professor), born Louisville, Kentucky, August 13, 1959; admitted to bar, 1984, Kentucky. Education: University of Dayton (B.S., 1981); University of Louisville (J.D., 1984). Email:mbrown @


THOMAS BROWN, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1974, Ohio. Education: Kent State University (B.S., 1971; M.L.I.S., 2002); Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (J.D., 1974). COURSES: Legal Writing, Analysis and Research. Email: tbrown @


REGINA F. BURCH, (Law Professor), born Mt. Clemens, Michigan, June 6, 1961; admitted to bar, 1999, Massachusetts; 2002, California. Education: Harvard College (A.B., 1986); Sloan School of Management (1992); University of California, Hastings (J.D., 1999). COURSES:Business Association. Email:rburch @


CHARLES E. COHEN, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1999, California. Education: Harvard University (B.A., 1987); University of California (J.D., 1999). COURSES: Secured Transactions, Payment Systems, Property. Email: ccohen @


MARGARET M. CORDRAY, (Law Professor), born Los Angeles, California, October 18, 1961; admitted to bar, 1987, California; 1990, Ohio. Education: University of the Pacific (B.A., 1983); University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law (J.D., 1986); Oxford University (B.C.L., 1988). COURSES: Evidence, Remedies. Email:mcordray @


DANSHERA CORDS, (Law Professor), born Aspen, Colorado, February 12, 1972; admitted to bar, 1998, Washington; 2002, New York. Education: University of Washington (B.A., 1991); Seattle University School of Law (J.D., 1998); New York University School of Law (LL.M., 2000). COURSES:Partnership Tax, Corporate Tax, Taxation of Mergers and Acquisitions. Email:dcords @


STANTON G. DARLING II, (Law Professor), born Camp Blanding, Florida, May 11, 1944; admitted to bar, 1968, District of Columbia; 1972, California; 1984, Ohio. Education: Ohio State University (B.A., summa cum laude, 1965); Georgetown University (J.D., 1968). COURSES: Torts, Civil Procedure, Product Liability. Email: sdarling @


MICHAEL DISTELHORST, (Law Professor), born Columbus, Ohio, February 11, 1949; admitted to bar, 1976, Ohio. Education: Capital University (B.A., 1971; J.D., 1976). COURSES:Contracts, Commercial Law, Professional Responsibility, Jurisprudence. Email:mdistelhorst @


JEFFREY T. FERRIELL, (Law Professor), born Columbus, Ohio, November 27, 1953; admitted to bar, 1978, California. Education: Ohio State University (B.S., 1975); Santa Clara University (J.D., 1978); University of Illinois (LL.M., 1983). COURSES: Bankruptcy, Commercial Law, Federal Courts, Contracts. Email: jferriel @


SUSAN M. GILLES, (Law Professor), born Glasgow, Scotland, February 3, 1960; admitted to bar, 1985, Ohio. Education: University of Glasgow (LL.B., 1981); Harvard University (LL.M., 1982). COURSES:Civil Procedure, First Amendment, Administrative Law, Torts, Comparative Law. Email:sgilles @


JOSEPH KARL GRANT, (Law Professor), born Cleveland, Ohio, May 17, 1973; admitted to bar, 1999, Ohio; 2001, District of Columbia. Education: Brown University (A.B., 1995); Duke University (J.D., 1998). COURSES: Property, Wills and Trusts.


MYRON C. GRAUER, (Law Professor), born Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, December 28, 1948; admitted to bar, 1975, Pennsylvania; 1976, District of Columbia; 1985, Ohio. Education: University of Vermont (B.A., 1971); University of Pittsburgh (J.D., 1975); Yale University (LL.M., 1980). COURSES: Federal Taxation, Estates and Trusts. Email:mgrauer @


DENNIS D. HIRSCH, (Law Professor), born New York, New York, May 22, 1962; admitted to bar, 1994, New York; 1995, District of Columbia. Education: Columbia University (B.A., 1985); Yale Law School (J.D., 1991). COURSES:Environmental Law, Property. Email:dhirsch @


DONALD A. HUGHES, JR., (Law Professor), born Norwalk, Connecticut, April 6, 1952; admitted to bar, 1982, North Dakota. Education: Hamilton College (B.A., 1974); University of Connecticut (M.A., 1978; J.D., 1981); Southern Connecticut State College (M.L.S., 1981). COURSES: Legal Writing, Copyright, Law and Literature. Email: dhughes @


RACHEL M. JANUTIS, (Law Professor), born Evergreen Park, Illinois, August 16, 1970; admitted to bar, 1995, Illinois. Education: Northwestern University (B.S.J., 1992); University of Illinois (J.D., 1995). COURSES: Civil Procedure Remedies. Email: rjanutis @


DANIEL T. KOBIL, (Law Professor), born Toledo, Ohio, August 26, 1956; admitted to bar, 1983, Ohio. Education: University of Toledo (B.A., 1978; J.D., 1983). COURSES:Constitutional Law, Commercial Law, Appellate Practice and Procedure, Legal Research and Writing. Email:dkobil @


RISA LAZAROFF, (Law Professor), born Columbus, Ohio, November 11, 1961; admitted to bar, 1988, Ohio. Education: University of Michigan (A.B., 1982); Ohio State University (J.D., 1987). COURSES: Legal Drafting, Appellate Advocacy, Legal Research and Writing. Email:rlazaroff @


SUSAN E. LOOPER-FRIEDMAN, (Law Professor), born Oxford, United Kingdom, January 9, 1955; admitted to bar, 1981, California; 1982, Massachusetts. Education: Universite de Grenoble (Degree, 1974); University of Wisconsin (B.A., 1977); University of Santa Clara (J.D., 1981); Harvard University (LL.M., 1984). COURSES:Property, Jurisprudence, Legal History, Comparative Law. Email:slooper @


DAVID N. MAYER, (Law Professor), born Flint, Michigan, December 1, 1955; admitted to bar, 1984, District of Columbia. Education: University of Michigan (A.B., 1977; J.D., 1980); University of Virginia (M.A., History, 1982; Ph.D., History, 1988). COURSES:Constitutional History, Legal History, Intellectual Property, Copyright, Unfair Trade Practices. Email:dmayer @


SHIRLEY L. MAYS, (Law Professor), born Springfield, Ohio, November 21, 1954; admitted to bar, 1988, Ohio. Education: Central State University (B.A., 1976); Harvard University (J.D., 1987). COURSES:Business Associations, Agency/Partnership, Corporations, Sex-Based Discrimination, Local Government Law. Email: smays @


LORIE MCCAUGHAN, (Law Professor), born Columbus, Ohio; admitted to bar, 1996, Ohio. Education: Mt. Carmel School of Nursing (L.N., 1985); Otterbein College (B.S.N., 1990); Capital University Law School (J.D., 1996). COURSES:Clinic. Email: lmccaughan @


CHRISTOPHER MCNEIL, (Law Professor), born Bad Godesburg, Germany, November 26, 1955; admitted to bar, 1989, Ohio. Education: University of Kansas (B.G.S., 1978; J.D., 1981); University of Nevada (Ph.D., Judicial Studies, 2008). COURSES: Legal Writing, Analysis and Research, Administrative Law.


ROBERTA S. MITCHELL, (Law Professor), born Mansfield, Ohio, March 28, 1943; admitted to bar, 1972, Ohio. Education: West Virginia University (B.A., 1965); Capital University Law School (J.D., 1972). COURSES:Clinical, Dispute Resolution, Negotiation, Mediation, Interviewing and Counseling. Email: rmitchell @


JACQUELINE M. ORLANDO, (Law Professor), born Youngstown, Ohio, August 20, 1955; admitted to bar, 1988, Ohio. Education: Youngstown State University (B.A., 1977); University of Pittsburg (M.L.S., 1978); The Ohio State University (J.D., 1988). COURSES: Legal Writing, Analysis and Research. Email: jorlando @


MICHAEL RICH, (Law Professor), born Toronto, Canada, November 11, 1975; admitted to bar, 2003, New York; 2004, Ohio. Education: University of Delaware (B.A., 1997); Stanford Law School (J.D., 2000). COURSES:Criminal Law, Evidence and Professional Responsibility. @


SUSAN SIMMS, (Law Professor), born Phoenix, Arizona, March 31, 1951; admitted to bar, 1982, Ohio. Education: Wittenberg University (B.A., 1973); Kent State University (M.Ed., Ed.S., 1975); Ohio State Law School (J.D., 1982). COURSES:Legal Writing, Externship. Email:ssimms @


BRADLEY A. SMITH, (Law Professor), born Wyandotte, Michigan, May 4, 1958; admitted to bar, 1990, Ohio. Education: Kalamazoo College (B.A., 1980); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1990). COURSES:Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Jurisprudence, Election Law. Email:bsmith @


JEFF SNAPP, (Law Professor), born Huntsville, Ohio, August 28, 1964; admitted to bar, 1990, Ohio. Education: Ohio Northern University (B.A., 1986); Duke University (J.D., 1990). COURSES: Legal Writing, Analysis and Research. Email: jsnapp @


KEN SPIERT, (Law Professor), born Columbus, Ohio, November 17, 1953; admitted to bar, 1987, Ohio. Education: Bluffton College (B.A., 1975); Trinity Lutheran Seminary (M.T.S., 1982); The Ohio State University (J.D., 1987). COURSES: Legal Writing, Analysis and Research. Email:kspiert @


MARK P. STRASSER, (Law Professor), born Bridgeport, Connecticut, June 15, 1955; admitted to bar, 1993, California. Education: Harvard University (B.A., 1977); University of Chicago (Ph.D., 1984); Stanford University (J.D., 1993). COURSES: Family Law, Jurisprudence, Professional Responsibility. Email: mstrasser @


LANCE TIBBLES, (Law Professor), born Heppner, Oregon, September 29, 1938; admitted to bar, 1964, Oregon. Education: University of Oregon (B.S., with honors, 1960; LL.B., 1963). COURSES:Law and Medicine, Bioethics, Professional Responsibility. Email:ltibbles @


DANIEL C. TURACK, (Law Professor), born Toronto, Ontario, Canada, October 5, 1934; admitted to bar, 1965, Ontario. Education: University of Toronto (B.A., 1957); Osgoode Hall (LL.B., 1960); University of Michigan (LL.M., 1961; S.J.D., 1969). COURSES:Contracts, Public International Law, Admiralty, Human Rights, Comparative Law, International Business Transactions. Email:dturack @


YVONNE TWISS, (Law Professor), born Erie, Pennsylvania, January 23, 1967; admitted to bar, 1998, Ohio. Education: Miami University (B.A., 1989); Capital University Law School (J.D., 1998). COURSES: Bar Studies, Legal Analysis, Professional Responsibility. Email:ytwiss @


ANGELA UPCHURCH, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 2001, Illinois. Education: Loyola University (B.A., 1998; J.D., 2001). COURSES:Torts, Civil Procedure. Email: aupchurch @


ROBERT J. WADE, (Law Professor), born Martinsville, Indiana, October 24, 1938; admitted to bar, 1964, Indiana; 1972, Ohio. Education: Indiana University (B.S., 1960); University of Michigan (J.D., 1963); Southern Methodist University (LL.M., 1968). COURSES:Taxation. Email:rwade @


FLOYD D. WEATHERSPOON, (Law Professor), born High Point, North Carolina, February 16, 1951; admitted to bar, 1985, Ohio. Education: North Carolina A&T State University (B.S., 1971); Howard University (J.D., 1977). COURSES:Labor Law, Labor Relations, Employment Discrimination, Labor Arbitration. Email: fweatherspoon @


RICHARD J. WOOD, (Law Professor), born Binghamton, New York, December 3, 1951; admitted to bar, 1977, California. Education: University of Kentucky (B.A., 1974); Ohio State University (J.D., 1977); Georgetown University (LL.M., 1985). COURSES: Federal Tax, Agency, Partnership, Corporations. Email: rwood @