News Briefs - Capital University Law School

News Briefs

  • Capital University is creating new curriculum

    Student 100Capital University Law School is creating several innovative additions to its curriculum as part of its response to the changing educational needs of its students.

    The Law School’s faculty has recently approved changes that include a cutting-edge online adoption law course, a new course in oil and gas law, a new concentration in energy law and a new core bar studies course.

    “Each of these changes represent the law school’s commitment to offering relevant, distinct and practical approaches to legal education,” said Dean Rich Simpson. “They are part of our efforts to offer a distinct approach to our curriculum that is highly relevant to the job market for law school graduates.”

    Angela UpchurchExploring online synchronous courses: Starting this fall, Professor Angela Upchurch will begin teaching the law school’s existing course on adoption law to currently enrolled students in a highly interactive, synchronous online format.

    Unlike many online college classes, Upchurch’s course will allow students to experience the class at the same time as students physically in the classroom. The technology allows these distance learners to interact in real time with the professor and other students.

    “This is an innovative approach for innovative learners,” Upchurch said.

    If Upchurch’s first synchronous course is successful, it will open the door for other courses to be offered online – and for students at other law schools across the country to take CapLaw classes without traveling to Columbus.

    Many colleges and universities allow distance learning. Because of requirements from the American Bar Association and other state bar associations, online courses have made only limited inroads in legal education, Upchurch said. Synchronous classes eliminate these challenges by allowing students to interact with the professor and other students in real time, creating an online classroom experience that is as close as possible to being physically in the classroom.

    “There is no hiding in the back row with this kind of class,” Upchurch said. “Everyone is in the front row.”

    Upchurch will use a variety of technologies to facilitate the course, including live video conferencing, taped video lectures, and the ability to poll students with questions to see how many of them are grasping the covered material.

    “In many ways I think it’s a much better way to learn,” Upchurch said. “It eliminates variables associated with traveling to class. It makes it much easier to incorporate the knowledge and expertise of real-world practitioners into the classroom. And it makes it much more practical for students to get externships outside of Central Ohio while still attending law school.”

    New energy law program: Capital University Law School has initiated a new energy law program as a response to the boom in natural gas exploration in Ohio and many other parts of America.

    Fenner Stewart 180Many of the changes within energy industries are coming about thanks to technological advances in exploration and production, which have made it viable to commercially unlock the oil and gas deposits contained in shale and tight sands. In Ohio alone, the economic benefit of shale oil and gas deposits is predicted to add $5 billion annually to the state economy. Shale development, particularly in Ohio and Pennsylvania, will require trained oil and gas attorneys, as well as retaining real estate practitioners, regulatory attorneys, and compliance professionals.

    “The energy sector has undergone a dramatic transformation in the past decade,” said Professor Fenner Stewart, co-director of the Midwest Center for Energy Law and Policy at Capital University. “Governments, community groups, and industry continue to search for workable solutions to issues associated with satisfying an increasing demand for energy while ensuring responsible environmental stewardship. There are no easy answers.”

    Capital University Law School’s new energy law program will be modeled off similar programs found in traditional energy states like Texas and Oklahoma. What will make Capital’s program distinctive is that it will be tailored to meet the unique legal challenges of new energy states like Ohio, Stewart said.

    “No other law school in the Midwest is taking on such an ambitious project,” Stewart said. “We are assembling a steering committee of leading experts from the legal practice, industry, and the academy to help guide the development of this project so that Capital’s energy law program will be unlike any energy law program north of Oklahoma.”

    The Law Firm Challenge is building up momentum 

    Each year, the Law Firm Challenge unites alumni and Central Ohio law firms in a friendly competition to raise funds for Capital University Law School. Alumni volunteer agents at each firm encourage their alumni peers to financially support any area of the law school annually.

    Participating firms, including firms with five or more CapLaw JD graduates, compete by measuring the participating rate of alumni support. Thanks for the generosity of Central Ohio CapLaw alumni, last year was the best ever with seven firms achieving 100 percent participation. Those firms include Baker Hostetler, Benesch, Bricker & Eckler LLP, Maguire & Schneider LLP, Standley Law Group LLP, Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP, and Wiles, Boyle, Burkholder & Bringardner Co., LPA
    Your firm can join the competition by contacting Assistant Director of Alumni Relations Terri Botsko, L'91, at 614-236-6604. Donations must be made before June 30, 2013 to be counted in this year's challenge.

    The new sign has arrived! CapLaw's Broad Street sign gets a new look. 
    Installing a new sign

    The sign at 303 E. Broad Street was replaced Monday morning, April 22. The new sign, sporting the re-branded logo and Capital colors, was placed on the existing sign block within a few hours. 

    Stop by the Law School to see it or visit the album on our Facebook page.

    CapLaw students selected for the Order of Barristers 
    Eight of the law students from the Class of 2013 have been selected for induction into the Order of Barristers, a national honor society that recognizes third-year students for excellence and achievement in oral and written advocacy in, and other contributions to, Moot Court and Mock Trial programs. Congrats!

    • Jesse Branner (Fall National Moot Court team)
    • Jennifer Huber (Chief Justice of the Moot Court Executive Board member of Civil Rights Moot Court team) 
    • Tom Jeffcott (Mock Trial team) 
    • Jackie Jewell (Fall National Moot Court team; Mock Trial team)
    • Morgan Lyles (Fall National Moot Court team)
    • Jennifer Matzye (Spring National Moot Court team)
    • Mark Stine (Fall National Moot Court team)
    • Aracely Tagliaventi (Civil Rights Moot Court team)

    CapLaw 2L Scott Hubay has been awarded a 10-week summer fellowship
    The Peggy Browning Fund has awarded a 10-week summer fellowship to Scott Hubay, a second year student at Capital University Law School. Scott will spend the fellowship working at International Brotherhood of Teamsters in Washington, DC. The application process is highly competitive, and the award was based on his outstanding qualifications.

    In 2013, the Peggy Browning Fund will support nearly 70 public interest labor law fellowships nationwide. With more than 500 applicants from 139 participating law schools, securing a Peggy Browning Fellowship is not an easy task. Peggy Browning Fellows are distinguished students who have not only excelled in law school but who have also demonstrated their commitment to workers’ rights through their previous educational, work, volunteer and personal experiences. Scott Hubay is no exception.

    After the completion of his undergraduate degree at the Ohio State University, Scott served on various federal and statewide progressive campaigns in the field of campaign finance. His experience in political races culminated in 2011 with a role as finance director for We Are Ohio, a successful labor coalition set up to defeat Senate Bill 5. Before that race, he was a member of the finance departments for the Ohio House Democratic Caucus and Mary Jo Kilroy’s successful campaign for Ohio’s 15th Congressional District. After graduation from law school, he wants to continue his involvement with organized labor and the progressive movement by getting involved in the field of labor side employment law.

    Law School recognizes 2013 Alumni Award Recipients at annual luncheon

    Five Capital University Law School alumni and a program critical to Capital’s bar passage success were honored at the Law Alumni Association’s Eighth Annual Alumni Recognition Luncheon April 12. More than 300 people attended the luncheon, sponsored by Robert Schottenstein, L'77, and David Meyer, L'95,T'96.

    James R. Havens, '78, L'81 received the Josiah H. Blackmore II Dean’s Award, recognizing outstanding service to the Law School and the Dean’s Office. Scott R. Mote, L'76, received the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award for significant achievements in the legal field and notable contributions to the profession, community and Capital University Law School. The Hon. Anne Taylor, L'79, received the Alumni Outstanding Service Award for significant voluntary service, beyond the call of business or professional duty, to the community and/or Capital University Law School. Sandra R. McIntosh, L'04, received The Young Alumnus of the Year Award. The award recognizes a CapLaw graduate born after July 1, 1972, who has made significant achievements in his or her legal occupation and has made notable contributions to the legal profession and community. Lindsay Ford Ellis, L'07, received the Graduate of the Last Decade Award for making significant achievements to the legal profession and/or the Law School. Capital University Law School Advanced Bar Studies (ABS) received the second annual Impact Award. The program’s creator and ABS Director, Professor Yvonne Twiss, L'98, accepted the award. The Impact Award is given annually to the Capital University Law School program or person that contributed most to the legal development and career of the person making the nomination.

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    Capital University Law School offering June, July and October 2013 mediation and dispute resolution trainings  

     "The program was fantastic. Incredibly informative and user friendly. The format forced you to engage and to really participate in the program. Best CLE I have ever taken by far." …training participant

    Complete all of your CLE requirements in one week and enhance the negotiation and dispute resolution skills every attorney needs.

    • Intensive Mediation: 34.50 CLEs 
    • Negotiation: 7.00 CLEs
    • Basic Mediation: 13.5 CLEs
    • Becoming a More Effective Mediator: 7.00 CLEs
    • Mediation Ethics, Professionalism and Substance Abuse Education: 3.75 CLEs 
    • Succeeding in the Business of Mediation: 3.25 CLEs
    • Divorce and Family Mediation: 40 CLEs. This course complies with Ohio Supreme Court requirements for approved 40 hour divorce mediation course. Under Rule 16 requirements, the Court also requires a 12 hour Basic Mediation course or equivalent experience if seeking to be an approved family court mediator.

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