Briefing Room

education law and policy

OSU Law graduate Debra Dixon, at the base of the US Capitol in Washington, DC.  Photo:  Jay Mallin   jay@jaymallinphotos.com

All roads lead to the capital

Growing up, Debra Dixon ’89 never specifically dreamed about having a career in the inner circle of Washington, D.C., politics. But two of her greatest passions—immigration issues and education policy— led her to the nation’s capital, where she now owns a consulting firm.

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Heather DiFranco ’01 awarded NALP Service Excellence Award

Heather DiFranco ’01 served as chair of the National Association for Law Placement’s ABA Audit Protocol Work Group, which helped law schools transition to new protocols on reporting graduate job placement data. For her work she was awarded the NALP Service Excellence Award.

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Passion, focus, hard work lead alumna to dream career on Capitol Hill

For as long as she can remember, Amirah Salaam ’06 has been fascinated with the political process. Growing up in New Jersey and Virginia, she dreamed of one day working on Capitol Hill. Today, she is living that dream as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C.

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2L Explores Passion for Education with Dual-Degree

2L Chris Thomas is a dual-degree candidate seeking both his J.D. and a Ph.D. in education simultaneously. While neither pursuit is considered easy by any standard, Thomas says he decided to take the challenge to better position himself for a career in education after graduation.

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Colker appointed as disability expert on consent decree between U.S. Dept. of Justice and Law School Admissions Council

Ruth Colker was appointed to serve as a disability expert on the consent decree between the U.S. Department of Justice and the Law School Admissions Council. She is tasked with helping them develop “best practices” for administering the LSAT.

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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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Students invited to education career luncheon

Prior to the Dispute Resolution in Special Education Symposium, a lunch will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Barrister Club, focusing on careers for lawyers in education and featuring a keynote speech by Paul Grossman, former head of Education at the Office of Civil Rights in California.

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Special Education Advocacy sparks student’s interest in law

Some students always envision attending law school. They work tirelessly as undergraduates to build up their GPAs and study endlessly for that daunting LSAT, eventually celebrating their acceptance into law school. For 3L Carolyn Cole, the path wasn’t so straightforward.

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Former JAG finds new advocacy role

Jennifer Towell ’00 had no idea that the advocacy skills she developed as a lawyer would eventually be transferred to another cause close to heart. Towell serves on the 2013 board of trustees for the United Disability Services, an organization that grabbed her interest after the birth of her second son, Joey, who has Down syndrome, and as the legal advisor on the board of trustees for Stand Up For Downs.

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Disabled Education: A Critical Analysis of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

(NYU Press, 2013) By Ruth Colker The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) promises a free and appropriate public education to all children with disabilities. At first glance, the IDEA is a shining example of law’s democratizing impulse. But, in […]

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Clarence Dass ’10 Hosts Radio Show

Lawyers should get out of their offices more often. That is what Clarence Dass ’10 believes – and what motivated him to approach a Detroit radio station about launching a legal education initiative.

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Teach For America leaves lasting impact on Moritz students

There are currently 16 Moritz students who are alumni of Teach For America (TFA). Ask for a volunteer to talk about their experience and 16 hands shoot up.  Ask for a volunteer to opine about education in America, 16 hands […]

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