News - Capital University Law School

October 2017

Jeff Ferriell TN
Over the summer, Capital University Law School Professor Jeff Ferriell was appointed by Columbus Mayer Andrew Ginther, as a volunteer member of the German Village Commission. The German Village Commission reviews applications for exterior changes to houses and other structures in Columbus’s German Village Neighborhood, where Prof. Ferriell has lived since 1986. German Village, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, has been subject to “architectural review” since 1960, pursuant to Columbus City Code Chapters 3116 and 3119. Prof. Ferriell holds the position, that is usually reserved for a lawyer, that was previously held, from 2000-2008, by his wife, Cheryl Hacker, who is a 1988 Capital University Law School graduate. The same position was previously held by another Capital University Law School Alum, Adjunct Capital University Law School Professor Scott Dewhirst. Prof. Ferriell has previously worked in historic preservation while serving as a member of the Board of Directors and President of the Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association, in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, which is a National Historic Landmark. Prof. Ferriell has been on the Capital faculty since 1987, and teaches Contracts, Commercial Law, and Bankruptcy. He is also a member of Ohio’s delegation to the Uniform Law Commission.

July 2017

Dan Kobil

Professor Dan Kobil, who has written extensively on the clemency power of presidents and governors, published an opinion piece in in the July 22, 2017, edition of the Columbus Dispatch entitled: “President has Power to Pardon in cases of Treason.” Professor Kobil discussed the broad scope of the president’s power to issue pardons to those who may have violated federal law by colluding with Russia, and argued the only remedy for abuse of this presidential authority would be impeachment and removal of the president. An electronic version of the essay is found here.

Professor Kobil was also quoted by the news website, Politifact, on July 21, 2017. The entire article can be found here

May 2017

Dan Kobil TN
Professor Dan Kobil and alumna Colleen Marshall, L'04 (Massucci Law Group) facilitated a conversation entitled, The 1st Amendment: Freedoms of Speech, Press and Assembly, hosted by the Columbus Bar Association. The conversation centered on the freedoms articulated in the Bill of Rights, first amendment to the Constitution. Moderated by an academic for historical context and an attorney/journalist for current context, this event featured spirited discourse as to what these rights mean to us today.  The purpose of the discussion was not to stoke political divides, but rather to lessen the rhetoric by offering historical context, legal precedent, and active dialogue to foster a better understanding of today’s world events. 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of the 14th amendment. To honor our rich history of civil liberties, the Columbus Bar Association is hosting a series of informal, moderated conversations on modern day constitutional issues.

December 2016

Dan Kobil TN
Professor Dan Kobil was quoted in December regarding state clemency practices by writers for the Chicago Tribune and the Boston Herald. These articles can be found here and here.