Faculty in the News

Ohio State law professors are sought out for their expertise by a number of news media outlets and blogs with large audiences. Topics range from the death penalty to voter ID laws to artificial insemination – and our faculty members’ quotes and analysis can be found everywhere from small-town and national newspapers to radio broadcasts to cable news programs. The following is a selection of media coverage for Moritz College of Law faculty.

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Recent Media Coverage

Donald Trump video outlines first 100 day plans

November 22, 2016

Featured Expert: Daniel P. Tokaji

Professor Dan Tokaji was quoted on Fox28 about Donald Trump’s latest video outlining plans for his first 100 days in office.

"Take immigration for example, one of the cornerstones of the Trump campaign, not just building the wall, but reversing some of President Obama's actions on immigration, in particular the protection of the immigrant children," Tokaji said. "There will be a big backlash from the growing Latino population if he acts too aggressively on that, something that could hurt the Republican Party for decades."

Judges Find Wisconsin Redistricting Unfairly Favored Republicans

November 21, 2016

Featured Expert: Edward B. Foley

Professor Edward Foley was quoted in The New York Times about a new court ruling that found the Wisconsin Legislature’s 2011 redrawing of State Assembly districts in favor of Republicans was an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander. According to the 2-1 ruling by the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, the state Legislature violated both the First Amendment and the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.

“Nobody has come up with a standard to measure constitutionality — how to distinguish between malevolent, evil partisanship that’s manipulative, versus the natural advantage one party might have as a result of where voters happened to live,” Foley said.

Obama-Era Court Fights Become Mission Impossible After Trump Win

November 17, 2016

Featured Expert: Christopher J. Walker

Professor Chris Walker was quoted in Bloomberg about the policies introduced during the Obama administration -- especially pertaining to health care, the environment, and the financial industry -- that could be reversed after Donald Trump assumes office.

"I don’t think the entire Obama legacy is going to be undone in a month, but there’s a chance for some pretty substantial chipping away of his hallmark legislation," Walker said. "A fair amount of these rules could be unwound pretty quickly."

Ex-Officer Awaits Decision on Retrial in Fatal Shooting

November 14, 2016

Featured Expert: Ric Simmons

Professor Ric Simmons was quoted The Associated Press about the recent mistrial of Ray Tensing, the former University of Cincinnati police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man, Samuel DuBose, last July. Tensing was charged with murder and is awaiting a decision as to whether he will be retried. According to Simmons, prosecutors examine the number of jurors either favoring acquittal or conviction while determining whether to retry a case.

"If it is 11 to one for acquittal, you probably wouldn't want to do it again," Simmons said.

Obama's Hundreds of Executive Orders, Under Trump Microscope

November 14, 2016

Featured Expert: Peter M. Shane

Professor Peter Shane was quoted in The National Law Journal about the 258 executive orders issued during President Barack Obama’s administration that President-elect Donald Trump will now examine as he transitions into office.

According to Shane, “misleading verbiage” throughout the election portrayed much of what Obama enacted as an executive order, even though efforts like the Clean Power Plan were actually enacted by regulation instead.

After fraught election, questions over the impact of balky voting process

November 12, 2016

Featured Expert: Edward B. Foley

Professor Edward Foley was quoted in The Boston Globe about the integrity of voting rights protections in a Trump Administration.

“I don’t think the sky is going to completely fall on voting rights,” Foley said. “My instinct is that the system is going to essentially protect voters from outright disenfranchisement.”

Another Perspective: No need to spend trillions; present forces can deal with any enemy

November 12, 2016

Featured Expert: John B. Quigley

Professor John Quigley’s latest article for The Gainesville Sun examines the hefty price tag of the country’s defense budget.

“The Cold War's end was expected to produce a so-called peace dividend that would allow us to devote our hard-earned cash to things that make life better, like bridges that do not collapse and water systems that deliver a liquid one can actually drink,” Quigley writes. “But President Barack Obama's defense budget request for fiscal year 2017 reads like something out of ‘The Hunt for Red October.’”

Lawsuits cloud Trump’s transition to presidency

November 11, 2016

Featured Expert: Edward B. Foley

Professor Edward Foley was quoted in the Financial Times about how the six dozen lawsuits filed against Donald Trump might influence his transition into the White House. Foley referenced how the lawsuits filed against former president Bill Clinton impacted the rest of his time in office.

“It wasn’t just a distraction. Many people thought the Lewinsky scandal crippled the end of his presidency,” Foley said. “Historians have talked about the fact he had to devote a certain amount of his attention to dealing with the sexual harassment lawsuit. It was a significant issue on his mind and his conscience.”

Converts To Trump

November 11, 2016

Featured Expert: David Stebenne

Professor David Stebenne’s latest blog post for The Huffington Post explores why white evangelical Christians and white Catholics voted in large for Donald Trump.

“White evangelicals and white Catholics - older ones especially - appear to have responded positively to his overall campaign theme of ‘Make America Great Again,’” Stebenne writes. “To them, that phrase implies a return to the kind of country and culture in which Trump grew up, which was more economically populist and morally traditional.”

Trump May Be off the Hook From All Those Lawsuits, at Least for Now

November 10, 2016

Featured Expert: Edward B. Foley

Professor Edward Foley was quoted in LawNewz about the pending lawsuits against Donald Trump.

“[T]he judiciary will want to look to the principle that no one is above the law,” Foley said. However, “there is “the risk of a civil lawsuit being a genuine distraction such that it outweighs the interests of the litigants in the civil suit.”