Advisory Board

The Managing Partners Diversity Initiative Advisory Board is made up of representatives from signatory law firms, law schools, government organizations, and bar associations. Led by MPDI Chair, Bill Nolan, the MPDI Advisory Board meets regularly to discuss the strategy for implementation of each element outlined in the 5-year plan.

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Bill Nolan, MPDI Chair

Managing Partner, Barnes & Thornburg

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Dean Lincoln Davies

Dean, OSU Michael E. Moritz College of Law

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Jim Flynn

Managing Partner, Bricker & Eckler

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Lindsay Ford Ellis

Assistant General Counsel, OhioHealth Corporation

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Henrique Geigel, HNBA

Regional President, Hispanic National Bar Association Region X

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Rachel M. Janutis

Dean & Professor of Law, Capital University Law School

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Liza Kessler

Partner-in-Charge, Jones Day Columbus

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Melinda S. Molina

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Associate Professor of Law

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Samuel Peppers

Dinsmore & Shohl

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Brenda Rinehart

First Assistant Attorney General, Office of Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost

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Meredith Rockwell

Chief of Human Resources and Labor Counsel, Office of Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost

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Anna Sanyal, APABA-CO

Attorney Examiner, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio

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Brian Shinn

Chief of Claims Section & Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein

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Noel C. Shepard

Frost Brown Todd LLC

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Jill Snitcher McQuain

Executive Director, Columbus Bar Association

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Dean Michael States

Assistant Dean for Admission, Financial Aid, & Diversity Initiatives at The OSU Moritz College of Law

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Janay Stevens, JMLBA

Associate, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP

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Bob Tannous

Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP

In a competitive environment, in a diverse country, in a global economy, law firms must seek to reflect the face of the clients we serve. It has always been the right thing to do. Now it is a business as well as cultural imperative.
— Columbus MPDI