Dean's Message December 2012 - Capital University Law School

Dean's Message December 2012

  • Rich Simpson 180The end of the calendar year is always a time to think about the future. In that vein, allow me to offer a look ahead at a few of the exciting things being planned for Capital University Law School in 2013.

    Adding fuel to the curriculum: In 2013, we plan to enhance our curriculum with a new course in oil and gas law. With natural gas fracking and other energy-related issues at the forefront of the news, we believe it is critical to give our students some exposure to issues associated with this area the law. The potential ramifications of fracking are broad, ranging from the sale of mineral rights to real estate issues, from estate planning to neighbor-against-neighbor civil action. We believe this is such a critical area evolving within the law that we’re moving ahead to launch the course by summer.

    In the spring we also will be adding a course, the “Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Seminar and Practicum.” The course focuses on increasing students’ understanding of federal constitutional law and improving students’ communication and presentation skills. The most unique part of the practicum is that it allows Capital University Law School students to teach junior and senior high school students in two Columbus city schools about constitutional issues and decision of the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Our patriotic duty: Capital students will be getting real-world experience while making a difference to the community with January’s planned launch of the Military/Veterans Legal Assistance Call Center at Capital University Law School. This new program, created in partnership with the Ohio Military/Veterans Legal Assistance Project (OMVLAP), will make it easier for Central Ohio’s low-income veterans and active military personal to get legal assistance they might not otherwise be able to afford. The call center will provide referral information and brief legal advice and counseling when possible to low income veterans and active duty military personnel in Franklin, Delaware, Fairfield, Licking, Madison, Pickaway and Union counties. Read the news article. The Law School will be looking for additional funding to continue the center after its first six months. Alumni interested in supporting this program are encouraged to contact John Strick at or 614-236-6603.


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