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Harris Distinguished Practitioner Series: featuring Irene Keyse-Walker

Date: November 15, 2012

Time:  12:15 p.m.

Location:   Room 118

Food will be provided.

Irene Keyse-Walker, a partner in the Cleveland office of Tucker Ellis, practices in the area of appellate law. Since 1982, she has argued hundreds of appeals in state and federal courts on a wide variety of issues. The first Ohio lawyer to be elected to the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, she has long been a proponent of the appellate specialty. Cases she has argued before the Ohio Supreme Court have established standards for punitive damages in products liability and insurance bad faith cases, determined that the birth of a healthy child as the result of medical malpractice is not a compensable damage, and formulated the prima facie requirements of male-on-male sexual harassment claims. Other state and federal appellate decisions include reversals of multimillion-dollar jury verdicts in negligence, pharmaceutical, products liability, and Ohio workplace intentional tort cases.

The recipient of numerous honors, she was selected as Best Lawyers® 2012 Cleveland Lawyer of the Year in the area of Appellate Practice, as one of the “Top 250 Women in Litigation” in the nation (Benchmark Litigation, 2013 Edition), and as a "Sixth Circuit Litigation Star - Ohio" (Benchmark Appellate, 2013 Edition).


Schedule for the Day

10:05-11:30 in Room 114. All first year torts students, joint class of Profs. Malloy and Bettman.  We will be watching the oral argument in Arbino v. Johnson & Johnson, in which Ms. Keys Walker successfully argued in favor of the constitutionality of the most recent tort reform statutes.  We will then discuss the decision in the case, and other tort reform and advocacy issues.  Prof. Malloy and I are opening this session up to the entire student body, up to the maximum seating capacity of the room, on a first come first served basis.  If you are interested in attending this class, please contact Mindy Lawson so we can keep track of available seats. Case citation is 116 Ohio St.3d 468, 2007-Ohio-6948.

12:15-1:15 in Room 118. Talk: How to Build an Appellate Practice.  Lunch provided on first come first served basis.  Dean Bilionis and students Sara Barry and Scott Wilson will lead the discussion

1:30-2:30 in the Crow’s Nest. This event is  for those especially interested in Moot Court.

3:05-3:25—Mr. Langlois’ class on Appellate practice and procedure