Briefing Room
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Davies named Vice Provost

Professor Sharon Davies has been named Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer for the university. “In a nation of increasing diversity, higher education institutions play a critical role in preparing students to be culturally competent contributors to their future professions and workplaces, and civically engaged members of their communities,” she said.

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Events

State Constitutions in the United States Federal System

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On March 6 the Ohio State Law Journal will host “State Constitutions in the United States Federal System: An Exploration of the Construction, Execution, and Interpretation of State Founding Documents.” The symposium will explore the various structural aspects of state constitutional law.

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Voting Rights Act at 50

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Fifty years have passed since the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was signed into law. To celebrate, Pam Karlan, deputy assistant attorney general in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, will address its history, legacy, and future.

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Students

2L’s photography to be exhibited in upcoming installation at Columbus Museum of Art

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On Feb. 6 a new exhibit will open at the Columbus Museum of Art, in partnership with the #JJ Instagram Community, entitled #MobilePhotoNow. The collection features the work of 240 mobile photographers from 40 different countries around the globe, including that of 2L Scott Surovjak.

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Externships provide real-world experience for students

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“I just felt the gravity of that responsibility. You don’t get to feel that in a law school class. Exams are high pressure, but actually practicing law and having an impact on people’s rights and privileges was something that I only got from that experience.”

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Faculty

Garry W. Jenkins Invested as John C. Elam/Vorys Sater Professor of Law

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On February 12, 2015, Professor Garry W. Jenkins, associate dean for academic affairs, was awarded the John C. Elam/Vorys Sater Professor of Law in a ceremony at the Barrister Club.

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Kaminski Writes Op-Ed for Slate

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Assistant Professor of Law Margot E. Kaminski, one of the country’s rising experts on law and technology, wrote an article for Slate on the Federal Aviation Administration and drone regulations — and privacy.

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Alumni

Former Columbus mayor and alumnus dies

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Former Columbus Mayor Dana G. “Buck” Rinehart ’73 passed away on Feb. 18 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 68. Rinehart held office from 1984 to 1991, a time of dramatic growth for the city of Columbus.

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Recent grad argues appeals case

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After a mere two months of practicing law professionally, recent graduate Jonathan Olivito ’14 was given the kind of opportunity even the most seasoned professionals pine for – the chance to argue an appeal in front the Ohio 10th District Court of Appeals last month.

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