News - Capital University Law School

September 2022

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Mark Brown, the Newton D. Baker/Baker & Hostetler Chair & Professor, was a guest columnist for on “How Ohio Stacks the System Against Independent and Minor-Party Candidates.”

August 2022

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Bradley Smith, the Josiah H. Blackmore II/Shirley M. Nault Professor of Law, has been appointed to the Ohio State Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Each State Advisory Committee is composed of citizen volunteers familiar with local and state civil rights issues. The members assist the Commission with its fact-finding, investigative, and information dissemination functions. Professor Smith, a leading national expert in election law, also has experience in employment discrimination and immigration law.  Smith joins longtime member Mark Strasser, Trustees Professor of Law at Capital, on the 12-member Committee. 

April 2022

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Professor Bradley A. Smith has some advice for Elon Musk. In an April 7 Wall Street Journal Op/Ed, Smith offered 10 tips to address Twitter’s free-speech policy now that the Tesla CEO is the social media platform’s top shareholder.

Among Smith’s suggestions are setting algorithms to allow questionable content to remain on the site until it has been reviewed by a human rather than the current practice of aggressively taking down posts that could potentially violate Twitter policies. He advises hiring a content defender to “err on the side of speech, not censorship.”

Smith opines that in order for Twitter to be more transparent, the outlet should stop taking sides, expose government entities requesting tweets be deleted and conduct an outside audit of its content removal policy. He also is in favor of eliminating the ban on political ads and encourages the company to advocate for free speech.

“These steps would go a long way toward boosting Twitter’s image and, more important, making it a positive force for democracy – in Mr. Musk’s words, a true ‘public town square,’” Smith concludes.

The column already has elicited responses from those who agree with Professor Smith’s advice, including Ramesh Ponnuru, editor of National Review, who showed support for the editorial on the magazine’s website.

February 2022

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Professor Emeritus Rick Wood recently published, Has Congress Sounded a Retreat From the Haig-Simons Definition of Income For Federal Tax Purposes By Changing the Rules for Spousal Support? (22 Houston Business and Tax Law Journal 54 (2021)). Professor Wood included a special dedication in this article: “This article is dedicated to Professor Jacqueline Orlando, Director of the Capital University Law Library and Professor of Legal Research and Writing. Professor Orlando passed away suddenly on April 8, 2020. She was instrumental in furthering my research and helped me refine my thinking for this article in very helpful way.” 

January 2022


At its Annual Membership Meeting on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) Board of Directors appointed five (5) new members including Jenny Wondracek, Director of the Law Library and Professor of Legal Research and Writing at Capital University Law School.

CALI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit consortium of law schools, law libraries, and related organizations. Almost every United States law school is a member of CALI and they make up the bulk of our membership.  In keeping with our Mission Statement, CALI conducts applied research and development in the area of computer-mediated legal education and creates tools that increase access to justice. 

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Professor Brad Smith, Josiah H. Blackmore II/Shirley M. Nault Professor of Law, was quite productive in his scholarly area of election law in the new year!

  • Professor Smith, together with Professor Ned Foley of Ohio State Moritz College of Law, Professor Michael McConnell of Stanford Law School, and Professor Richard Pildes of New York University Law School, published an op-ed in the Washington Post titled, How Congress Can Fix the Electoral Count Act.
  • Professor Smith, together with Professor Ned Foley of Ohio State Moritz College of Law, participated in the National Constitution Center’s We The People Podcast titled, The Case for Reforming the Electoral Count Act.
  • Professor Smith published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, titled, Ted Cruz vs. Frankenstein’s Monster.

December 2021

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Professor Mark R. Brown, the Newton D. Baker/Baker and Hostetler Chair, commented "on the dissent penned by Judge Jeffrey Sutton, in light of the Sixth Circuit's decision upholding the Biden Administration's OSHA vaccine mandate" in JURIST.

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Professor Mark R. Brown, the Newton D. Baker/Baker and Hostetler Chair published, “The Legality of Biden’s OSHA Vaccine Mandate for American Workers,” in JURIST.

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Professor Susan Gilles and her co-author (and former CapLaw Law faculty member) Professor Angela Upchurch’s recent article, Finding A “Home” For Unincorporated Entities Post-Daimler AG v. Bauman, 20 Nev. L. J. 693 (2020), was cited in a Comment in the Harvard Law Review, in two separate memos before federal district courts, and has become part of the West Federal Forms for district courts.