January 2015

Dan Kobil TN
Professor Dan Kobil was quoted in a page 1 story in the Chicago Tribune on January 19, 2015, on Governor Quinn’s grant of clemency. "There's an aspect of luck that's always been a part of clemency," said Daniel Kobil, a professor at Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio, who studies clemency. "There's an element of luck that invariably comes into play when human discretion is involved."
 

Floyd Weatherspoon TN
Professor Floyd Weatherspoon presented, Why Black Men Can’t Breathe: The Persistence of Racial Inequality in the American Justice System, during the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Learning at Capital University on January 19, 2015, and at The Mid-Atlantic People Of Color (Mapoc) Conference at West Virginia University College Of Law on January 29-31, 2015.


Jeff Ferriell TN
On Thursday, January 15, Professor Jeff Ferriell participated in a panel of law enforcement officials, judges, public officials and attorneys during Ohio’s Human Trafficking Awareness Day at the Ohio State House. Panelists were asked about how the legal system can help prevent human trafficking. Prof. Ferriell was there because he is a member of Ohio’s delegation to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws which in 2013 developed the Uniform Act for the Prevention of and Remedies for Human Trafficking. During the presentation, Prof. Ferriell explained how key features of the Uniform Act could advance the fight against human trafficking in Ohio. The panel was organized by Ohio State Representative Theresa Fedor of the 45th Ohio House District, in Toledo. Joining Prof. Ferriell on the panel were Catherine Hoolahan, Attorney (Moderator), Heather Hill, U.S. Attorney, Southern District of Ohio, Paul Herbert, Judge, Franklin Co. Municipal Court, Gregory Singer, Judge, Montgomery Co. Court of Common Pleas, Connie Zemmelman, Judge, Lucas Co. Juvenile Court, Megan Mattimoe, Legal Advocacy Director, Advocating Opportunity, Tim Brown, Executive Dir. & Staff Attorney, Wood Co. Juvenile Court, Aaron Dennis, Vice Unit Detective, Columbus Police, Pete Swartz, Detective, Toledo, FBI Task Force, Nikki Bazynski, Office of the Ohio Public Defender, Judge Denise Cubbon, Judge, Lucas Co. Juvenile Court, Mark Wasylyshyn, Wood County Sheriff, Gene Kelly, Clark County Sheriff, Veronica Scherbauer, Office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Amy O’Grady, Office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, and Sarah K Ladd, Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc.
 

Dennis Hirsch TN
Professor Dennis Hirsch presented on Saturday, Jan. 3 at the AALS Annual Meeting as part of the Sections on Defamation and Privacy and Internet and Computer Law Joint session on Automated Decision-Making. His paper, which was selected in a Call for Papers concerned big data, privacy and discrimination.

December 2014

Mark Brown TN
Professor Mark Brown published a new edition of his casebook, M. Brown & K. Kinports, Constitutional Litigation Under Section 1983 (Lexis 3d ed. 2014).

Mark Strasser TN
Professor Mark Strasser co-authored a new casebook that focuses on family law from multiple perspectives: Wardle, Strasser, and Kohm, Family Law From Multiple Perspectives: Cases and Commentary (American Casebook Series, 2014).

Stan Darling TN
Professor Stan Darling co-authored with James M. Klein (Charleston School of Law) the 2014-2015 annual supplement to the Klein Darling Civil Practice volumes of Baldwin’s Ohio Practice.

Lance Tibbles TN
Professor Lance Tibbles contributed a chapter, "Lawyers Keep Clients’ Confidences" in the latest edition of the Ohio State Bar Association’s book, Legal Basics for Small Business.  

November 2014

Floyd Weatherspoon
Associate Dean and Professor of Law, Floyd Weatherspoon, discussed the lessons we can take away from Ferguson in the aftermath of the Grand Jury's decision not to indict Office Wilson in the death of Michael Brown. Click here to watch the 10TV live broadcast.

October 2014

Melinda Molina
Professor Melinda Molina's article, "Calle 13: Reggaeton, Politics & Protest" will be published by the Washington University Journal of Law and Policy. The article explores the musical genre of reggaeton and the politically charged lyrics of reggaeton duo Calle 13 in particular as a form of cultural resistance and popular protest challenging the troubling depiction of Latinos in the United States.

Susan Gilles
 Professor Susan Gilles moderated the discussion, “Political Outrage! What’s a Reporter to Do?”, during the Ohio State Bar Association's Law and Media Conference 2014. The topic focused on whether over-the-top political mudslinging grabs voters’ attention as well as how journalists cover outrageous ads within legal and ethical limits.

Richard Wood
 On Monday evening October 20, 2014, Professor Rick Wood explained the tax benefits of adoption (up to $13,109 in tax credits alone) to prospective adoptive parents. Professor Wood spoke at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Education Center in connection with the National Center for Adoption Law and Policy’s “Adoption Academy.”

Floyd Weatherspoon
Professor Floyd Weatherspoon was an opening speaker at the Ohio Special Education Leadership Conference in Columbus on October 14, 2014. More than 1500 school district personnel, parent advocates, and attorneys were in attendance.

Floyd Weatherspoon
Professor Weatherspoon received the Mary Parker Follett Award at the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) 14th Annual Conference on October 10th in Cincinnati, Ohio. The award is presented to an individual who has shown a passion and willingness to take risks; in tackling a contemporary problem or opportunity in the field of dispute resolution; has used innovative and experimental techniques; and draws upon the talents and ideas of all persons involved. Mary Parker Follett (1868-1933) was an early advocate of resolving conflict by encouraging parties to integrate interests into negotiations. During the mid-1920s, Follett shifted her focus from community group processes to the field of business. Business leaders sought her advice on how to manage their enterprises, and she became a featured speaker at national and international business conferences. Her talks were drawn together and published posthumously in the influential book Dynamic Administration.

September 2014

Lance Tibbles
Professor Lance Tibbles was one of 11 local attorneys who were recently honored by the Columbus Bar Foundation for 50 years of service to the profession. The Columbus Bar Foundation’s mission is to promote access to justice and improve understanding and respect for the law. At a luncheon on September 23, 2014, Professor Michael Distelhorst introduced Professor Tibbles and briefly described the highlights of his life in law. For a complete transcript of Professor Distelhorst's introduction, see News.

Jeff Ferriell
The third edition of Professor Jeff Ferriell's hornbook, "Understanding Contracts" was published in September, by LexisNexis. It is available from LexisNexis.com and will be available soon on Amazon.com and law school bookstores. Professor Ferriell's Research Assistants Erin Porta and Eric Coss, both of whom graduated in May and took the Ohio Bar exam in July, helped with research, cite-checking, and proofreading the updated text. Professor Ferriell teaches Contracts, Bankruptcy, and Secured Transactions. He is also the Director of Capital's Academic Success Program and serves as a member of Ohio's delegation to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws.
 

Michael Distelhorst TN
Professor Mike Distelhorst was a speaker for the Annual Conference of the Public Children Services Association of Ohio (PCSAO) on September 10, 2014. The title of his presentation was “Substance/Abuse vs. Integrity-Based Ethics in the Legal and Other Professions.”

Dan Kobil
Professor Dan Kobil published a book chapter in the Third Edition of “America's Experiment with Capital Punishment: Reflections on the Past, Present, and Future of the Ultimate Penal Sanction” (Carolina Press, 2014). Professor Kobil contributed Chapter 25 to the book, “The Evolving Role of Clemency in Capital Cases.” Professor Kobil, a national expert on state and federal clemency matters, pointed out in his chapter that among states that impose the death penalty, there are extreme disparities in how clemency tends to be used. For example, since 1976, Ohio’s governors have commuted one death sentence for every 2.8 executions that the state carried out, while in Texas the rate is one commutation for every 250 executions. Professor Kobil attributes some of this disparity to the conflicting messages about the proper role of clemency that the U.S. Supreme Court has communicated in its opinions. He writes that the Court has characterized clemency as an “essential, efficacious means of assuring that the innocent and undeserving are not executed,” yet its jurisprudence leaves the implementation of clemency “almost entirely to the political process,” regardless of whether the process is a fair one.

August 2014

Michael Distelhorst TN
Professor Mike Distelhorst continued to serve as the Chair of the Law School Committee of the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Commission on Professionalism. The Law School Committee, among its other duties, has served during the summer, along with the Commission’s Secretary, as the planning group for the Commission’s fall, state-wide “Student to Lawyer Symposium” entitled “Preparing the Leaders of Tomorrow’s Changing Legal Profession.”

July 2014

Lance Tibbles
 Professor Lance Tibbles’ letter-to-the-editor about the recent Hobby Lobby U.S. Supreme Court case was printed in the “web only” letters-to-the-editor in the Thursday July 10th edition of the Columbus Dispatch. Professor Tibbles’ three major points were:

1. The case is not a First Amendment case. The Supreme Court was interpreting the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The court said for the first time that a for-profit corporation can invoke the statute’s religious protections.

2.The case is not about abortion. The contraceptive drugs and devices at issue either prevent fertilization or, perhaps, prevent implantation of a fertilized egg – both of which prevent pregnancy from occurring. However, an abortion is the termination of an existing pregnancy.

3. The case is not about an employer providing its funds to pay its employees’ health insurance. When employers pay health insurance premiums for their employees, it is part of their pay package – the price of labor. The cost of that benefit is recovered from the employees by reducing their take-home pay.
 

June 2014

Floyd Weatherspoon
 Professor Floyd Weatherspoon was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the American Arbitration Association (AAA) at its annual meeting held in San Francisco. AAA is the world’s leading provider of conflict management and dispute resolution services. Professor Weatherspoon is the Associate Dean for Alternative Dispute Resolution Programs and Professor of Law at Capital University Law School.  Hehas served as a neutral in complex commercial, labor and employment disputes for more than 30 years.

Dan Kobil
Professor Dan Kobil spoke about canvassing, the First Amendment, and the significance of Ohio Citizen Action v. City of Englewood, 671 F.3d 564 (6th Cir. 2012), to Ohio Citizen Action’s Cincinnati canvassing team on June 25, 2014. Professor Kobil helped brief and argue the Englwood case to the Sixth Circuit, with the court ruling unanimously in favor of Citizen Action’s right to canvass free from a 6:00 p.m. curfew that the City had sought to impose on door-to-door canvassing.