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About the Authors

Mary Beth Beazley

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B.A., Bowling Green State University
J.D., University of Notre Dame

Professor Mary Beth Beazley came to Ohio State in 1988 after serving as co-director of the Legal Research, Writing, and Reasoning Program at Vermont Law School and as a research and writing instructor at the University of Toledo. She teaches Writing and Analysis, Appellate Advocacy, and Advanced Legal Writing, and she has coached the National Moot Court Team for many years.

Professor Beazley has authored a widely used textbook (A Practical Guide to Appellate Advocacy) and numerous articles, including “Ballot Design as Fail-Safe: An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Litigation.” She also has authored a chapter in the Carolina Academic Press publication The Law and Harry Potter.


Monte Smith

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B.A., The Ohio State University
J.D., The Ohio State University

Dean Smith graduated from the Moritz College of Law in 1990. He worked as an associate at Jones Day before becoming a career law clerk for the Honorable Sandra S. Beckwith of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

In 2006, Dean Smith returned to the Moritz College of Law full time as Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs.