News - Capital University Law School

March 2018

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Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Law Melinda Molina has authored an essay, “Addressing the Lack of Diversity on Corporate Boards: Building Responsive Law School Pedagogy and Curriculum,” to be published in the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal. In the essay, she discusses the underrepresentation of women and people of color on corporate boards and the social and institutional barriers to greater diversity, following up with ideas on how law schools can address these barriers through curriculum and in the classroom. She presented the essay at Loyola’s Institute for Investor Protection Roundtable Conference, “Corporate Ethics and Compliance in an Era of Deregulation.” Recently, Dean Molina joined a panel discussion on promoting and supporting diversity in law school leadership at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law’s conference, “Honoring King’s Legacy: Equality and Inclusion and the Social Legitimization of Racism.”

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Josiah H. Blackmore II/Shirley M. Nault Professor of Law Brad Smith debated Fordham University Law professor and former New York gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout on “Citizens United and the Role of Campaign Finance Regulation in Our Democracy” at Fordham Law School on March 14. Professor Smith was also a featured speaker at the 16th annual Corporate Governance Conference, sponsored by the Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance at the University of Texas-Dallas, on March 28. He addressed the group of approximately 200 officers and directors of major corporations on “Ethical Issues in Corporate Political Activity and Disclosure.”

Professor Smith writes a regular column on election and free speech issues for the Washington Examiner. Recent columns include “Americans Should Ask Politicians What They Are Doing to Protect Our 1st Amendment Rights;” “Don’t Give the IRS Personal Information It Doesn’t Need,” and “If $1000 is ‘Crumbs,’ Our Campaign Disclosure Laws Are Out of Date.” Recent controversies involving campaign finance law, including the Cambridge Analytica and Stormy Daniels stories, have kept Professor Smith, a former member of the Federal Election Commission, busy. He has recently been quoted in Newsweek, the Raleigh News-Observer, Public Integrity, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal, and China Daily.

February 2018

Mark Brown
Professor Mark Brown recently participated on a panel at the state house sponsored by the Ohio University Student Senate Alumni Society as part of its annual Advocacy Forum. Each year, the Ohio University Student Senate Alumni Society hosts an event for current members of the Ohio University Student Senate, alumni, and friends to provide an opportunity to learn more about how decisions in Columbus affect their daily lives and hear about current topics of interest to students. This year Forum was a discussion about free speech on college campuses and the issues facing universities as they seek to find the middle ground between social expression and campus and student safety. Professor Brown was joined on the panel by Rep. Andy Brenner, the sponsor of an Ohio House bill that prevents public universities from limiting the speakers student groups can bring to campus, and Bruce Johnson, who represents several Ohio colleges and universities.

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Mark R. Brown, Newton D. Baker/Baker and Hostetler Chair of Law, was quoted in a Feb. 24 article in the New York Times on lawsuits filed against President Donald Trump for accepting gifts from foreign and state governments. Professor Brown discussed the personal and public capacities of a president and the various assumptions associated with that dichotomy. The article was subsequently picked up by the Associated Press and the Washington Post.

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Bradley A. Smith, Josiah H. Blackmore II/Shirley M. Nault Professor of Law, has been crisscrossing the nation, speaking to prestigious professional organizations. He discussed “The Radicalism of Citizens United” with the Nashville Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society on Tuesday, Jan. 23, and the University of Memphis Humphries School of Law on Thursday, Jan. 25. He debated “Donor Privacy and Campagn-Related Speech” with Richard Hasen of the University of California – Irvine on Saturday, Jan. 27, before the Federalist Society Western Chapters Conference in Los Angeles. Professor Smith delivered the keynote address, “Can Fair Elections and Fundamental Rights Co-Exist,” at the Missouri State Conference of the Federalist Society on Monday, Jan. 29, and he spoke on “Citizens United and the Future of Campaign Finance Reform at Duke Law School on Thursday, Feb. 8. He also recently taped a segment on “What Hamilton Teaches Us About the Importance of Anonymous Speech” for Our American Stories.

November 2017

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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.”

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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

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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.

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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.” 

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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

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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. 

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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.