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Library Balances Print, Electronic Resources

This is an exciting time for libraries. The positive reaction of our students to the refurbishing of various areas of the Michael E. Moritz Law Library, and the very enthusiastic response to the renovated William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library at [...]

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Professor Merritt argues before U.S. Supreme Court

Professor Deborah Jones Merritt was the only one making her case before the U.S. Supreme Court Oct. 7, but several others – from her own family to her Moritz one – contributed to the success of her first U.S. Supreme [...]

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What Should You Know Regarding Possible Changes to Consumer Arbitration?

In recent months, a major lawsuit was filed by the Minnesota Attorney General against one of the nation’s major arbitration providers, and Congress is considering legislative reform of arbitration guidelines. Professor Sarah Rudolph Cole, an expert in arbitration, discusses the [...]

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Commission directed by Prof. Shane releases findings

Moritz Professor Peter M. Shane and the blue-ribbon commission for which he was executive director released a report today in Washington, D.C., setting forth a new vision for healthy, informed, democratic communities. The Knight Commission on the Information Needs of [...]

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Madison’s Nightmare: How executive power threatens American democracy

Though he campaigned on a theme of change, Barack Obama in his first months in office has already asserted inherent presidential power in some ways reminiscent of his Republican predecessors. While abandoning the Bush Administration’s most audacious claims, President Obama [...]

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How Arizona v. Gant changed procedures for searching arrestee’s vehicles

In April, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a 5-4 opinion that revised the long-standing Belton rule, the effect of which will be to change the procedures police officers may use when searching the vehicles of persons whom they arrest. Police [...]

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Technology adds new questions regarding employee supervision

As the Internet and other technologies continue to advance, employers have more and more tools to monitor employees and research prospective employees. Whether reviewing online profiles or monitoring employees’ computer keystrokes, employers will face some tough decisions on what is [...]

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Colker designated Distinguished University Professor

Ruth Colker, the Heck Faust Chair in Constitutional Law at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, is one of the most influential figures in the field of disability law in the United States. Her scholarly work has influenced [...]

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Beazley honored with Morgan E. Shipman Outstanding Professor Award

It was during Professor Mary Beth Beazley’s third year of law school that she got her first taste of teaching. She was a teaching assistant and vividly remembers taking the initial plunge into the career that she once declared she [...]

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The aftermath of what could be the world’s largest Ponzi scheme

In December 2008, Bernard Madoff was charged with a single count of securities fraud stemming from a Ponzi scheme that was reportedly estimated at $50 billion. Madoff represented several individual investors, foundations, and charities, and the losses could result in [...]

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How changes to the Americans with Disabilities Act could affect you

In September 2008, President Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008. The act made changes to the definition of “disability,” and reassessed how statutory terms involving disabilities should be interpreted. Professor Ruth Colker, one of the [...]

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Lessons learned: Looking back on Election Day 2008

In the days leading up to the Nov. 4 elections, the tension in the fourth floor faculty offices at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law continued to build.  But the pressure was not about who would win, but [...]

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