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August 2005 In Brief

After the Bar Party Rocked: Join the Virtual Fun

They sat, they slogged on, and they survived the Ohio Bar Exam. Dean Nancy Rogers, Moritz law faculty, and staff congratulated 2005 graduates for their perseverance at the annual After the Bar Party held this year on July 28 in Lou's Café. Fun was had by all. Join the virtual party.

Marsha Rockey Schermer '80 Memorial Concert to Benefit Moritz Students

Cook, Dixon & Young, called by PBS "one of the most versatile and virtuosic groups performing today," will headline the Marsha Rockey Schermer Scholarship Benefit Concert at 8:00 p.m., October 29 at the Palace Theatre. Proceeds fund two $5,000 per year scholarships for Moritz students each year.

The scholarships were established in 2001 after Marsha's death by local attorney Doug Wrightsel and friends in honor of her memory. The annual benefit concert is a tribute to Marsha's love of music, and support of women and minorities in the legal profession.

The selection of Cook, Dixon & Young to perform is particularly appropriate. The trio will perform a wide range of material from seven genres, from opera and Broadway to blues and spirituals in their unique style. With few African-Americans on the opera scene, this talented trio perfectly embodies Marsha's vision of equality, as well as excellence, in the arts.

Ticket prices for the evening, including reception, are $125. For more information please contact Marion Smithberger, 221-4112, or

Student Bar Association and Business Law Society Co-Sponsor Student-Alumni Golf Outing September 18

All alumni are invited to the annual Student-Alumni Golf Outing on September 18, co-hosted by the Moritz Student Bar Association and Business Law Society. The outing will be held at Phoenix Golf Links.

Date: Sunday, September 18th
Time: 1 p.m.
Cost: $45 per-person

For more information and to register contact Allison Binkley, Robert Hayes or Ian Jones.

U.S. Supreme Court Nomination Resources

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's announced retirement inspired this month's collection of U.S. Supreme Court Nomination/Confirmation Resources.

The well-known SCOTUSBlog has a new sister site, The Supreme Court Nomination Blog. The blog, hosted by the Washington D.C. firm Goldstein & Howe, contains posts which address all aspects of the upcoming Supreme Court nomination(s).

The Washington Post has launched a Supreme Court blog which is following the nomination and confirmation process. The JURIST, the University of Pittsburgh Law School's online legal newspaper, has a page with current news updates concerning the upcoming Supreme Court nomination and other Supreme Court news.

The U.S. Senate Nominations page contains information about the Senate's role in considering and confirming the President's executive and judicial nominations. The page directs users to helpful current and historic nomination information.

Professor Dan Tokaji shares his thoughts on Justice O'Connor's retirement and the upcoming nomination on his Equal Vote blog, and Professor Doug Berman considers Justice O'Connor's capital sentencing legacy in Sentencing Law and Policy.