Briefing Room


Bodiker Lecture features Stephen B. Bright

This year’s David H. Bodiker Lecture on Criminal Justice on Oct. 6 will feature Stephen B. Bright, president and senior counsel at the Southern Center for Human Rights. His talk is entitled: “Rigged: When Race and Poverty Determine Outcomes in the Criminal Courts.”

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Chamallas cited extensively in lead paint case

Judge Jack B. Weinstein of a New York federal court relied heavily on the research of Professor Martha Chamallas in deciding a recent case involving a young child who was injured by lead paint. The defendant argued damages should be reduced because the child is Hispanic.

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Modern Family: Alumna finds her passion in helping Ohio’s LGBTQ youth

All Rise profiled alumna Siobhan Boyd-Nelson ’05, who works as Kaleidoscope Youth Center’s development and marketing associate, in its Spring 2015 edition.

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Beyond the glass ceiling

For All Rise, we talked to seven female graduates, who practice various types of law, about the obstacles they have overcome to make it to the top of their chosen fields.

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Voting Rights Act at 50

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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Reconstructing Rosa Parks: On the Civil Rights Narratives We Receive and the Ones We Need

On Feb. 12, Jeanne Theoharis will give a talk based on her book The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks, in which she overturns the canonized story of Parks as a one-time resister, reminding us of her life-long commitment to the black freedom struggles of the South and the North.

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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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Moritz hosts Ferguson discussion

A standing-room only discussion on recent events in Ferguson, MO featured Moritz professors Joshua Dressler, Amna Akbar, Ric Simmons, and Sharon Davies. They discussed the legal standard for self-defense, the history of race-related protests, the structure of grand juries, and unconscious bias in American society.

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Panel Discussion on the “The Ferguson Case” in the Aftermath of the Grand Jury’s Decision

Professors Amna Akbar, Sharon Davies, Joshua Dressler, and Ric Simmons will sit down for a panel discussion on Dec. 2 on the grand jury decision in the Ferguson, Mo. case of a white police officer shooting an unarmed black 18-year-old earlier this year.

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Davies is Recipient of 2015 YWCA Women of Achievement Award

Sharon L. Davies, Gregory H. Williams Chair in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and Director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, is the recipient of a 2015 YWCA Women of Achievement Award, which was established three decades ago to honor female leaders in central Ohio.

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Nevada State Senator Chosen as New Senate Minority Leader

Alumnus and Nev. State Senator Aaron Ford ’01 was recently elected senate minority leader of the Nevada Senate for the 2015 legislative session.

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Grassbaugh wins diversity award for service to veterans

3L Jenna Grassbaugh was honored with the university’s Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award, which recognizes three to five faculty, students, or staff each year from across the university. Grassbaugh founded the Jonathan D. Grassbaugh Veterans Project in honor of her late husband.

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