Professor Janet Moore Invited to Facilitate Meeting for Justice Department Fellows
Professor Janet Moore, with Andrew Davies, Ph.D., accepted an invitation to facilitate the first meeting of U.S. Department of Justice Smart Defense Fellows. The Fellows are public defenders and researchers who received approximately $2.5 million in federal grants to improve public defense. Dr. Davies and Professor Moore will facilitate this meeting in Washington, D.C. on February 3, 2016. This invitation resulted from Professor Moore’s work with Dr. Davies creating IDRA, the Indigent Defense Research Association.
Godsey Appointed to European Innocence Network Board
Professor Mark Godsey accepted a board position on the new European Innocence Network and will lecture at the Network's upcoming conference in Prague, Czech Republic in June, 2016.
Professor Mark Godsey Invited to Speak in Japan
Professor Mark Godsey was invited to present a closing lecture at the symposium launching the Japan Innocence Project in March, 2016. He will present at events in Tokyo and Kyoto.
Dean Joseph Tomain Publishes Several Works
Dean Emeritus and Professor Joseph P. Tomain published a short article, Clean Power and the Democratization of Energy in the US, 17 Network Industries Quarterly 3 (No. 3 2015) (peer reviewed).
He also contributed to The Clean Power Plan: Issues to Watch (2015) (a White paper published by the Center for Progressive Reform) available here.
Finally, Dean Tomain’s peer reviewed article, Clean Power and the Future of US Energy Politics and Policy, was accepted for publication in Utilities Policy.
Dean Joseph Tomain Publishes New Book on Energy Law
Dean Emeritus and Professor Joseph P. Tomain’s book, Energy Law in the United States of America, co-authored with Lincoln L. Davies was published on December 18, 2015.
Dean Joseph Tomain Delivers Several Presentations
Dean Emeritus and Professor Joseph P. Tomain delivered a 3 hour seminar on Energy Law and Policy Past and Future to the trial and appellate attorneys at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He also gave a lecture to the Law Faculty and to the Mining Faculty at the University of Lorraine in Nance, France titled Shale and Coal Gas Development in the United States.
Professor Mark Godsey Publishes on Global Innocence Movement
Professor Mark Godsey submitted a chapter entitled “The Global Innocence Movement” for the book, Wrongful Convictions and the DNA Revolution: Twenty-Five Years of Freeing the Innocent," to be published by the Cambridge University Press.
Professor Mark Godsey Appointed to State-wide Task Force Examining Grand Jury System
Professor Mark Godsey, director of the Ohio Innocence Project at the College of Law, has been appointed to a state-wide task force charged with recommending way to improve how grand juries function.
Cincinnati, OH – Professor Mark Godsey, director of the Ohio Innocence Project at the College of Law, has been appointed to a state-wide task force charged with recommending ways to improve how grand juries function.
Supreme Court of Ohio Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor announced on January 28, 2016 the formation of the Task Force to Examine Improvements to the Ohio Grand Jury System.
The concept of a grand jury has been part of the federal system since 1791 and a constant in the Ohio Constitution’s Bill of Rights as far back as 1802. Every state constitutional revision since has preserved the protection of the grand jury.
“To be clear, this task force is being asked to recommend ways to improve the functioning of grand juries and to see what additional steps can be taken to improve the public’s confidence in our justice system,” Chief Justice O’Connor said in a media release about the task force. “It is not being asked to determine whether the grand jury system should be eliminated.”
The task force will be chaired by Franklin County Common Pleas Court Judge Stephen L. McIntosh. It includes a diverse group of 18 professionals who are judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, law professors, legislators, members of law enforcement, and community leaders.
The task force will hold its first meeting on Feb. 17, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. at the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center, 65 S. Front St., Columbus. The meeting is open to the public, but seating is limited. The task force has been asked to submit its final report and recommendations by June 15, 2016.
Task force members include:
- Judge Stephen L. McIntosh – Franklin County Common Pleas Court (chair)
- Prosecutor Daniel R. Lutz – Wayne County (vice chair)
- Sen. Kevin Bacon – District 3 • Sen. Edna Brown – District 11
- Judge Joyce A. Campbell – Fairfield Municipal Court
- Rep. Robert R. Cupp – District 4
- Judge Michelle D. Earley – Cleveland Municipal Court
- Judge William R. Finnegan – Marion County Common Pleas Court
- Judge Steven E. Gall – Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court
- Professor Mark A. Godsey – University of Cincinnati College of Law
- Judge Michael R. Goulding – Lucas County Common Pleas Court
- Colonel Chief Eliot Isaac – City of Cincinnati Police Department
- President/CEO Janet E. Jackson – United Way of Central Ohio
- Judge Melissa A. Powers – Hamilton County Municipal Court
- Professor Ric Simmons – The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
- Rep. Fred Strahorn – District 39
- Defense Attorney Roger Synenberg – Synenberg, Coletta & Moran, LLC
- Judge Stephen A. Wolaver – Greene County Common Pleas Court
Looking at Health through the Human Rights Lens; Lecture Examines the Connection
Lecturer and Professor Alicia Ely Yamin, Harvard University, will discuss the power and potential of applying a human rights perspective to health and health-related issues at a lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 at the College of Law. The event begins at 5:00 p.m. in Room 204; it is free and open to the public.
See photos from the event: Yamin Book Launch
Cincinnati, OH—“Patterns of health and ill-health are not just a result of biological or behavioral-factors, but they are also the results of … injustices,” said Professor Alicia Ely Yamin at a recent TEDxUConn talk describing the transformative power of applying human rights to health. Professor Yamin will share her thoughts on its potential for social transformation when she visits the College of Law on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. She will discuss her recently published book “Power, Suffering, and the Struggle for Dignity: Human Rights Frameworks for Health and Why They Matter.” Her book is part of Professor Bert Lockwood’s Human Rights Series at the University of Pennsylvania Press. Professor Lockwood, Distinguished Service Professor of Law, is the Director of the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights.
A Preview: Power, Suffering and the Struggle for Dignity
In Yamin’s book she examines human rights-based approaches to health and why it matters. She suggests that applying a human rights framework to health forces us to think about our own suffering and that of others, as well as fundamental causes of that suffering. She combines theory with personal examples of human rights-based approaches and shows the impact they have had on people’s lives and health outcomes.
About Professor Alicia Ely Yamin
Alicia Ely Yamin, JD, MPH is a Lecturer on Law and Global Health, Director of the JD/MPH program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Policy Director at the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University. Trained in both law and public health at Harvard, Yamin’s career, at the intersection of health and human rights, has bridged academia and activism. From 2007 to 2011, Yamin held the prestigious Joseph H. Flom Fellowship on Global Health and Human Rights at Harvard Law School. Prior to that, she served as Director of Research and Investigations at Physicians for Human Rights, where she oversaw the organization’s field investigations, and was on the faculty of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University (1996-2003). Yamin is known globally for her pioneering scholarship and advocacy in relation to economic and social rights, and rights-based approaches to health, for which she has received multiple distinctions. She has contributed to the drafting of multiple General Comments by UN treaty bodies, as well as UN Human Rights Council resolutions. Yamin regularly advises UN bodies in relation to health and human rights, and has provided strategic guidance to NGOs as well as courts on landmark litigation relating to health- and sexual and reproductive rights, in various countries and regions, as well as in supra-national adjudication. In 2014, she was named as the 2015-2016 Visiting Gladstein Professor of Human Rights at the University of Connecticut, and she is currently serving on the Lancet-O’Neil Institute Commission on Global Health and the Law.
Todd Wurzbacher Fulfills 25-Year Dream as First Year Law Student
For first-year law student Todd Wurzbacher, going to law school had been a dream of his for nearly 25 years.
Wurzbacher grew up in Cincinnati and attended Thomas More College before embarking on a career path that has ranged from work in the start-up world, to a four-year stint as a city councilman in Mason, Ohio, in the mid-2000s—a part of his life that he’s quick to downplay, calling it all “political stuff.” He says he’s also spent a lot of time doing lobbying work, along with some venture capital work and running his own consulting agency.
Since last February, however, Wurzbacher—through a company called Elevation Industries—has been focusing on finding employment solutions for individuals with a criminal record, or, “hard-to-hire individuals,” he explained. Wurzbacher said his work with Elevation has had an affect on his areas of interest in law school.
“Originally, for the last several years when I thought about law school, I really wanted to go do international type work. But, as I’ve gotten more involved in reentry work and prison work, it’s kind of shifted my focus a little bit on criminal justice issues and things of that nature,” said Wurzbacher. “Hopefully I’ll take everything that I learn in law school and use it in Elevation. That’s kind of the master plan.”
Aside from balancing his course load at the law school and his work with Elevation, Wurzbacher is also busy parenting five children.
“It’s tough trying to balance time with that kind of course load,” he said. “But the staff has been fantastic, the administrative staff has been great, the teachers have been wonderful—they definitely worked really to hard to understand the stuff I have going on outside of work.”
Even still, downtime seems like a foreign concept to Wurzbacher.
“Early in the semester, there were students coming into the lunchroom eating lunch. And I’m in the lunchroom running payroll, signing checks and doing all that kind of stuff,” he explained. “And at one point, I had three guys who had an interview—we were trying to place them in a company, and they didn’t have a way to get there. So, in between classes, I’m running these guys—two ex-convicts and a former pimp—down to the interview and I’m thinking, ‘Man, I didn’t think my life was going to look like this.’”
And, for Wurzbacher, it’s all “incredibly rewarding.”
Author: Nick Ruma, Communication Intern