News - Capital University Law School

November 2017

Dennis Hirsch TN
Dennis Hirsch, professor of law at both Capital and The Ohio State University, authored a commentary for the Nov. 17 edition of the Columbus Dispatch, “Trump’s authoritarian impulses threaten liberty.” In it, Hirsch examines America’s arc from “the leading example and protector of liberal democracy” during World War II to President Trump’s controversial praise for Philippines President Rodrigo Duerte, a “strongman known for ordering his police to kill, without trial, thousands of suspected drug users and dealers.”

Brad Smith TN
Josiah H. Blackmore II/Shirley M. Nault Professor of Law Bradley Smith’s op-ed, “A ‘Teachable Moment’ on Free Speech,” appeared in the Nov. 2 edition of the Wall Street Journal. In it, Smith examined some of the complex and often contradictory impulses behind the desire to restrict political speech, and the important protections offered by the First Amendment. Professor Smith is chairman of the Institute for Free Speech.

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.

Beem, Shawn TN
Assistant Dean Shawn M. Beem, L’02, was member of the planning committee for the Summit on Emerging Law Careers for Law Grads hosted by NALP in Washington, D.C. on October 6, 2017. He was also the moderator of the panel, “Informed and Engaged Outreach for Emerging Legal Jobs: A Template for Law Schools.” 

Brad Smith TN
Josiah H. Blackmore II/Shirley M. Nault Professor of Law Bradley Smith spoke to the Cincinnati Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society on "Crossing the Efficiency Gap: Gill v. Whitford and the Constitutionality of Partisan Gerrymanders." Professor Smith was also an invited member at a Liberty Fund colloquium on "Freedom of Assembly and Religious Liberty." 

September 2017

Brad Smith TN
Josiah H. Blackmore II/Shirley M. Nault Professor of Law Bradley Smith launched a regular column on First Amendment issues for the Washington Examiner. Recent columns have included "The Left again tries to prohibit corporate giving to nonprofits and think tanks" (Oct. 4); "New Republican FEC commissioner nominee, same old smears from the opposition" (Sept. 25); and "How government enables online outrage mobs" (Sept. 6).He has contributed op-ed columns to other outlets, including "Congress should protect political speech by ignoring Disclose Act," (The Hill, Sept. 22); "New Mexicans should be suspicious of secretary of state’s anti-privacy rulemaking" (New Mexico Politics, Sept. 11); and "A secretary of state power grab on nonprofit privacy" (Santa Fe New Mexican).As a leading national expert on issues of money in politics, he has recently been quoted in Time, The Daily Signal, The Taos News, The Albuquerque Journal, Bloomberg News Daily Report, National Review,, the Washington Post, Lifezette, and on National Public Radio.In addition, Professor Smith is a member of the First Amendment Institute's First Amendment Report Card Expert Panel, which issues a quarterly update on the state of First Amendment freedoms in the United States. 

Brad Smith TN
Josiah H. Blackmore II/Shirley M. Nault Professor of Law Bradley Smith was an invited panelist for the 13th annual Blouin Creative Leadership Summit on "Constitutionality and the Western Democratic Order: Crisis or Adjustment?" held in New York Sept. 18.   

August 2017

Brad Smith TN
Josiah H. Blackmore II/Shirley M. Nault Professor of Law Bradley Smith’s article, "The Academy, Campaign Finance, and Free Speech Under Fire," was published this fall in the Journal of Law and Policy. Professor Smith’s article, "Into the Thicket: What’s Next in Election Litigation," appeared in the summer 2017 edition of Judicature, a scholarly magazine for judges. He also contributed an essay, "Politics, Money and Corruption: The Story of McConnell v. Federal Election Commission," in the edited volume Election Law Stories, (Joshua Douglas & Eugene Mazo, eds.). His casebook, Voting Rights and Election Law, is now in its second edition. Last year he co-authored a companion volume, Understanding Election Law and Voting Rights. Both books are co-authored with Professors Michael R. Dimino, Sr. of Widener University’s Commonwealth Law School in Philadelphia and Michael Solimine of the University of Cincinnati College of Law.  

Brad Smith TN
Josiah H. Blackmore II/Shirley M. Nault Professor of Law Bradley Smith spoke on two panels at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools: "Reforming the Presidential Nomination Process" and "Should Citizens United Be Overruled?" The meeting was held July 31 to Aug. 6 in Boca Raton, Fla. 

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

Brad Smith TN
Josiah H. Blackmore II/Shirley M. Nault Professor of Law Bradley Smith was an invited speaker at the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference on "Public Confidence in the Election Process." The conference is the annual meeting of all judges, U.S. attorneys, U.S. public defenders, and other court personnel in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. This year’s conference was held in San Francisco July 17-20. 

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.