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Zach O’Driscoll Wins Award for Poster

12/6/2016  -  Capital University Law School prides itself not only on being a part of the community, but standing out in the city which it calls its home. On October 7, 2016, Zachary O’Driscoll, L ’17, furthered this effort by becoming the latest recipient of the Excellence Core Value Showcase Award from the 3rd Annual Learning Showcase at Franklin University.

The Excellence Core Value Showcase Award recognizes a student who pursues exceptional results with determination, pride and passion. The student creates an abstract of a topic he has researched and presents it to 16 judges at the event.

“I was told about the Showcase in Law Review, and I chose to submit my law review concept into the contest,” said O’Driscoll.

O’Driscoll created a poster titled “The Mascot Manifesto: Challenging the Constitutionality of the Lanham Act in a Heightened Era of Political Correctness.” It explored trademarks that are under scrutiny due to changing social attitudes, focusing specifically on the Washington Redskins team name and logo.

The event itself was held at the newly renovated Columbus Metropolitan Library. It allowed students to setup their presentations, and speak with both the public and judges throughout the evening. The evening was capped off with the award presentation and an address from the keynote speaker, Franklin County Municipal Court Judge Paul M. Herbert, L’ 87. In its third year, the showcase drew around 100 and 120 submissions on topics all across the social and legal spectrum.

“I didn’t expect to win” said O’Driscoll. He was presented with a vase, certificate, and added to the past award winners list. The 16 judges that chose O’Driscoll are from all over the area, and ranged from the Provost of Franklin University to the Adjutant General of the Ohio National Guard.

O’Driscoll is set to graduate from the Capital University Law School in the Spring of 2017. Currently a member of Law Review and an Intern at the Ohio Auditor’s Office, Zach is unsure of his plans going forward.

“I work at the Auditor’s Office now, so I would like to stay political, but we’ll see,” he said when asked about his plans for the future. Based on this recent award, it appears that whatever Zach chooses to do, he will excel at it.