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OIP Attorney Jennifer Bergeron on WOSU Radio

On November 16, 2015, “All Sides with Ann Fisher” on WOSU, discussing the Plight of the Wrongfully Convicted, featured an interview of OIP staff attorney Jennifer Bergeron. You can listen to the podcast online.

Prof. Felix Chang’s Paper Accepted

Professor Felix Chang’s paper, Vertical Integration in Derivatives Markets, has been accepted for the Next Generation of Antitrust Scholars Conference, which will be held NYU School of Law in January of 2016. 

Prof. Tim Armstrong Gives Presentation on Theories of Copyright Law

Prof. Timothy Armstrong delivered a presentation to the Harvard Law School Association of Cincinnati titled, "Art and Money, Here and Abroad: Two (or Four) Theories of Copyright." The presentation took place on November 20, 2015 at the offices of Blank Rome LLP in downtown Cincinnati.  The talk considered competing theories of copyright law that have been enunciated at different times by U.S. policymakers, and asked whether the increasing prominence of copyright as an issue in the international trade regime called those theories into doubt.

Prof. Aaron Creates Counseling Training Videos for Educators

Professor Marjorie Aaron and videographer/editor Mike Mimms completed several videos some of which are available now:

  • the Hapless Harvest Counseling Video – available on the ABA Section on Dispute Resolution/Suffolk University website for teachers.
  • the Dale Doran Client Counseling Video (involving a client seeking legal advice about the effect of a non-compete, stock ownership and potential breach of contract issues, and a strategy for moving forward).  This will soon be up on the ABA Section on Dispute Resolution/Suffolk University Law School website for teachers.

Prof. Aaron Teaches Courses in Professional Communication and Analysis

Professor Marjorie Aaron taught a full day workshop on November 6, 2015 for the CPR Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution in St. Louis, for CPR's St. Louis based members, in house counsel and major law firms. The workshop focused on Counseling Clients through Bad News, and on Decision Tree Analysis in Legal Practice.

She also taught a two hour class on Decision Tree Analysis at Penn State's law school via Skype on November 17, 2015. And she completed the third of a three day workshop series on Effective Professional Communication at the Lindner College of Business, with co-faculty from CCM: Rocco Dal Vera and Denise Dal Vera on November 21. 

Profs. Aaron and Lawrence Coach Negotiation Teams

Professor Marjorie Aaron and Adjunct Professor James Lawrence coached two teams of 1Ls (Melissa Springer and Meghan Franklin, and David Lopez and Benjamin White) throughout October and November for the ABA Regional Negotiation Competition.  Professor Aaron traveled with the teams to Chicago on the weekend of November 13-15, 2015. 

Prof. Aaron Conducts “Grand Arbitration Experiment

Professor Marjorie Aaron, with her ADR class, conducted a "grand arbitration experiment" to take a look a variation in arbitrator awards among different decision-makers, and also seeking to determine whether the choice of solo vs. three member arbitrator panel or information about arbitration brackets influenced the arbitration results. More than 60 lawyers and approximately 20 students attended the event and sat as arbitrators. The UC Law ADR class presented the arbitration case (newly written) to the room.  The bottom line results were the number of arbitrators (one vs. three) or knowledge about brackets did not impact results among lawyer-arbitrators.  However, the most interesting to Professor Aaron was the range of findings.  Approximately 1/3 of the lawyer decision makers found liability (and 100% of the student decision makers).  The awards included "fees and costs only" in the range of $1m, $1.5m, $3.5m, $7m, $10.5m, and $13m.

Law Classes Now an Undergraduate Opportunity

Prof. Ann Hubbard teaching

UC undergraduates can get an early taste of law school and gain insights into everyday legal issues this spring, when the College of Law offers courses designed especially for them for the first time. 

College of Law professors will teach Constitutional Landmarks and Disability Rights Law, both of which are open to students from any college. Both also count as electives toward the Certificate in Legal Studies, a program expected to launch in 2016.

"We are delighted to welcome UC undergraduate students to our building and look forward to continuing to build connections in the months to come," said Dean Jennifer S. Bard.

“Both courses were created with undergraduates in mind, so they don’t replicate traditional law school classes. Instead they expose students to aspects of the law and the legal system that they are likely to encounter in school, at work or elsewhere,” said Professor Michele Bradley, Special Assistant to the Dean for Strategic Initiatives at the College of Law. Bradley is helping to coordinate this initiative.

Students from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds can benefit from familiarity with legal concepts introduced in these courses, Bradley said. “Whether you’re studying business, engineering, social work, education or journalism, for example, it’s helpful to understand how the law and the legal system work.”

Disability Rights Law

The Disability Rights Law course, taught by Professor Ann Hubbard, will examine how society and laws both define and respond to individuals with diverse disabilities. A large focus will be on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

“One in five Americans have a disability, and one in 10 college students do, so it’s a fact of life,” Hubbard said. “You will have clients, patients or customers with disabilities, you will have employees with disabilities, and you may need to make your place of business accessible to those with disabilities.”

Students will examine specific disabilities—including HIV, depression and visual impairment—exploring if and how they limit one’s ability to work, learn, or take part in a community. “If you let go of your assumptions, you find that many conditions are not as limiting as you first thought,” Hubbard said.

Constitutional Landmarks

Constitutional Landmarks, taught by Professor Chris Bryant, will introduce students to some of the U.S. Supreme Court’s most pivotal and controversial rulings, including debates from the cases as well as the context in which rulings were made.

Students will not merely be reading about the decision, they will immerse themselves in substantial excerpts from opinions of the case, which are what often spark substantial debate and controversy.

“In addition to the opinions, there will be supplemental material to help the students in cracking these cases...because some of them are jawbreakers,” Bryant said.

Broad appeal to legal insights

Both Hubbard and Bryant agree that students with no interest in law school can still benefit from enrollment.

"Professionals in every field follow a host of laws every day: about contracts, privacy, workers' rights, taxes and the like,” Hubbard said. “The better you know the law and follow the law, the less you'll have to call in the lawyers. But you will know when you do need to consult a lawyer, and you'll know what questions to ask that lawyer."

Bryant said that an understanding of past Constitutional law cases is important for general citizenship purposes. Legal doctrine should be accessible to all well-informed and thoughtful citizens, he said, and this course will offer important context about Supreme Court rulings.

“It will be extremely engaging for the students,” Bryant said. “They’ll be surprised at how quickly they take to what these old fogies in robes have to say.”

Both courses signal an exciting expansion in the College of Law, which just boasted the second-highest Ohio Bar passage rates in the state; UC students boast an 88 percent passage for first time takers and 87 percent overall compared to the state’s 80 percent and 74.5 percent, respectively.

“We are so excited to welcome undergraduate students into the law school to see what a dynamic community and engaging professors we have,” Bradley said. “There is a rapidly growing need for legally educated people, short of having a JD, and I see this as filling a really important need in society.”

Professor Kalsem Publishes

Professor Kristin Kalsem’s book, In Contempt: Nineteenth-Century Women, Law, and Literature, was released in paperback in October.

Professor Felix Chang's Book Accepted for Publication

Professor Felix Chang’s book, Roma Inclusion and U.S. Civil Rights: A Legal and Cultural Comparison, has been accepted by Cambridge University Press. Professor Chang and his co-author compare the integration of the Roma minority in Eastern Europe with the U.S. Civil Rights movement.