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  Winter 2014  
New fellowship serves juvenile trafficking victims

Ohio has the unfortunate distinction of being a leader in the number of victims affected by a lucrative, black market business: human sex and labor trafficking.

A new public service fellowship at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law is taking aim at the problem by providing free legal representation and advice to vulnerable child victims.

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‘In Bitcoin We Trust?’
A free symposium on Feb. 21 focusing on the regulation, use and growth of digital currency. CLE credit available. Register by Feb. 17.

‘Dispute Resolution in Special Education Symposium’
A free, two-day event, held Feb. 27-28, discussing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”), dispute resolution techniques in educational plans, and more. Register today.

‘Big Data Future’
On March 19-21, The Ohio State University explores the gathering of massive data sets and the effect it has on the economy, government, health, education, social welfare, and more. Register today.

Auction for Public Interest Law Foundation
Support law students working in the public interest this summer by taking part in an unforgettable evening March 6 at the Huntington Club in Ohio Stadium. Join the Central Ohio legal community in raising money through live and silent auctions. More details here.




An Education in Politics

Keisha Hunley-Jenkins ’05 never thought she would pursue a career in politics. But after the office of Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman called with a job offer, she’s now directing an office in City Hall.

Hunley-Jenkins is the director of external affairs for the mayor, a role in which she connects with the community on a grass-roots level and then helps shape policy to address the community’s needs. “No two days are the same,” she said, adding that the job is more rewarding than any professional experience she’s had in her life.

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Peace Corps experience provides perspective for 1L

When Jeff Bartolozzi lived in a community of chicken farmers half a world away – in the Republic of Mali in West Africa – he saw firsthand that money isn’t necessary to experience joy in life.

“They are much happier than people in the United States,” he said of the farmers, whose annual income averaged $1,300. “More of your time is spent developing relationships with your family, your friends, and your peers, and less time is devoted to focusing on your career, your possessions, and your status.”

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On Point

Moot court team places third in nation

The Moot Court and Lawyering Skills Program is making room around the Moritz College of Law for extra hardware this week after a team of 3Ls returned from a national competition in Houston with multiple trophies and accolades.

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Moritz makes push for legislative clerkship program

Unhappy with bright lawyers’ lack of access to jobs in Congress, students and faculty at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law are working toward a change.

Top law graduates from all around the country compete each year for prestigious clerkships within the judicial branch of government or entry-level attorney positions within the executive branch. Professor Dakota Rudesill pondered: Why are there not similar positions designed specifically for recent law school graduates in Congress, which acts as the primary author of federal law?

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Symposium to explore implications of digital currency

A new way for consumers to pay for purchases online will be the focus of a Feb. 21 symposium at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, when the Ohio State Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal presents “In Bitcoin We Trust? A Forward Look at the Regulation, Use, and Growth of the Digital Currency.”

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‘Dispute Resolution in Special Education Symposium’ planned

Special education law is an unusual practice field with respect to the breadth of specialized dispute resolution process used to resolve issues. The Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution will focus on the history and effectiveness of many of these processes during the “Dispute Resolution in Special Education Symposium,” held Feb. 27-28 at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

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Gathering, usage of massive data to be examined in March

What do Facebook, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Security Agency, and perhaps your city’s board of education have in common? The answer lies in the gathering and use of massive data sets, measurable in terabytes – trillions of pieces of information.

“Big Data Future,” a free, public, multidisciplinary conference at The Ohio State University on March 19-21 will explore the possibilities for new enterprises grounded in Big Data to improve economic, social, and political life.

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Law students, volunteers ready to serve veterans

The Captain Jonathan D. Grassbaugh Veterans Project accepting client referrals. Central Ohio veterans in need of legal assistance with a variety of housing matters and consumer issues may be eligible for free legal services.

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Legal writing award sends student to GRAMMYs

Amid all of music’s brightest stars at the GRAMMYs on Sunday was one of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law’s brightest minds. No, 3L Matt Borden did not perform or take the stage, but he did present his award-winning paper to hundreds of the top lawyers in entertainment law from around the country.

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Professors elected to American Law Institute

Professors Steven Huefner and Marc Spindelman were elected to the American Law Institute (ALI), an independent U.S. organization that produces scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law. Made up of more than 4,000 lawyers, judges and law professors of the highest qualifications, ALI drafts, discusses, revises and publishes restatements of the law, model statutes and principles of law that are enormously influential in the courts and legislatures, as well as in scholarship and legal education.

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Classroom Closeup

Distance Learning Initiative highlights technology use

Class: Election Law; Professor: Daniel P. Tokaji

The college continues to find ways to use cutting-edge technology to expand course offerings and unveiled its Distance Learning Initiative in the fall with the University of Iowa College of Law. This semester, students in Iowa are tuning into the Election Law class taught by Professor Daniel P. Tokaji, the Robert M. Duncan/Jones Day Designated Professor of Law. In the fall, students in Columbus were able to learn and actively participate in real time in a class taught by Herbert Hovenkamp, a leading scholar on antitrust law.

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We don’t know if it actually was ugly. We just know that it looked ugly.

Professor Douglas A. Berman discussing with the Associated Press about how the courts will view the new method of exeuction used with Dennis McGuire, who took 26 minutes to die on Jan. 16.

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