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Richard P. Perna Young Alumni Award

Richard P. Perna Young Alumni Award Of Excellence

The Richard P. Perna Young Alumni Award of Excellence recognizes a UDSL graduate who has made a significant leadership, career and/or service contribution to their community, the School of Law or the legal profession within 10 years of graduation.

Scot Ganow '09, 2019 Recipient

Scot Ganow is currently co-chair of Taft Stettinius & Hollister’s Privacy and Data Security Practice, where he assists clients of all sizes and across the country in understanding their legal obligations related to data governance, to include navigating ever expanding privacy and security regulations.

A former military brat and Army officer himself, Scot has traveled and lived all over the U.S. However, he has now lived in Dayton longer than anywhere. Scot graduated UDSL in 2009 as a recipient of the Pro Bono Commitment to Service Award. He has continued his service in the Dayton community in a variety of ways.  He currently serves as outside counsel to The Victory Project, an after school program for at risk youth, and has otherwise volunteered or served on the board for almost 10 years. 

As privacy is a passion for Scot, he also volunteers a great deal of his time educating on the value for privacy and protecting one’s information in age of the Internet. Scot regularly speaks to students, teachers, parents and community groups on ways to protect oneself online and exercise choices in how we share information about ourselves. Scot presented his TEDx Dayton talk “The Humanity in Privacy” at Dayton’s Victoria Theater in 2016. 

Scot has also been a tireless advocate for the School of Law, offering assistance to hundreds of students in the form of mentoring, networking assistance, mock interviews and career advice. Scot regularly speaks to incoming classes and at other sessions on a variety of topics related to law school and beyond. Scot views his role as an adjunct professor to not only prepare his students on the substantive law, but also prepare them for gaining access into the modern legal workforce and succeeding there. Scot commits a significant amount of time in and out of class encouraging the development of marketable professional skills in his students to help them distinguish themselves and thrive in a competitive marketplace.

Jane Novick '12, 2017 Recipient

Jane Novick’s life's passion was solidified when her second child Elana, was determined to be developmentally delayed.  In her quest to advocate for Elana’s best interests, Jane learned enough to become an advocate for people with special needs.  In Ohio, she created the South Dayton Parent’s group and was appointed by Governor Taft to the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council, in which she chaired the Employment and Health committee.  Jane strongly believes that individuals with special needs should have the ability to move out of segregated settings and be integrated into the community through work, school, housing and recreation. 

Her advocacy led her to the University of Dayton School of Law where she earned her JD in January 2012 at the age of 57.  Her practice focuses on disability issues, elder law, in particular elder abuse, estate planning, and juvenile issues.  Jane is a member of the Montgomery County Collaboration Against Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of the Elderly; Lifecycles, a committee that focuses on issues affecting people at different stages of their life, the Wright State University Community Advisory Board for the Person-Centered Medical Home for People Living with Dementia, and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. She has given lectures at the Montgomery County Regional Center for Children with Special Needs, the Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disability Services, the Access Center for Independent Living and at several senior centers and community centers.


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