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

Ohio Union Leader: SCOTUS Right-To-Work Decision Could Impact Classrooms

February 23, 2018

Featured Expert: L. Camille Hébert

Professor L. Camille Hébert was quoted in WYSO about Janus v. AFSCME, a right-to-work case set to go before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday. 


“This is changing law that has been established law for 41 years,” Hébert said.

Trump budget would end agency that resolves differences in a time of deep division

February 23, 2018

An op-ed written by Grande Lum about the Community Relations Service (CRS) was published in The Hill.


“Closing CRS would be an absolute tragedy—at a time when the FBI and others have reported an increase in hate incidents, particularly anti-Muslim hate crimes, and at a time of a resurgence of clashes involving white supremacists, including the Charlottesville tragedy,” Lum writes. “The proposed elimination of CRS is a harbinger of the devaluation of bridge-builders, those who would bring people together rather than tear them apart." 

Kazakhstan's frozen billions sound alarm for sovereign funds

February 20, 2018

Featured Expert: Paul Rose

Professor Paul Rose was quoted in Reuters about an order from a Belgian court to freeze $22.6 billion of assets held in trust for a Kazakhstan sovereign wealth fund (SWF). 



“This is a dangerous and worrisome precedent for other funds,” Rose said. “Lots of funds will be looking very carefully at the outcome of this case and wondering whether their assets can be frozen.”

Suspect accused of killing Westerville police officers to appear in court on Tuesday

February 19, 2018

Featured Expert: Ric Simmons

Professor Ric Simmons was quoted in NBC4 about the man accused of shooting and killing Officers Eric Joering and Anthony Morelli in Westerville, Ohio. The suspect, Quentin Smith, is charged with two counts of aggravated murder. According to Simmons, aggravated murder charges will allow the prosecution to seek the death penalty. 



“It’s a statutory provision that bumps up a sort of standard murder into a more severe crime,” Simmons said

Why pregnant Sen. Tammy Duckworth won’t be able to take maternity leave

February 15, 2018

Featured Expert: Steven F. Huefner

Professor Steven Huefner was quoted in Yahoo Lifestyle about Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) who will become the first sitting senator to give birth in office. Duckworth won’t take a maternity leave after she gives birth, as she won’t be permitted to sponsor legislation or to vote during her leave. 



“Senators are not supposed to ask for leave except for pretty intense circumstances,” Huefner said. “They’re expected to be there whenever the Senate is in session

Lawsuit claims federal marijuana ban is unconstitutional

February 15, 2018

Featured Expert: Douglas A. Berman

Professor Doug Berman was quoted in Texas Standard about a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn the government’s ban on marijuana. Several plaintiffs in the case use marijuana to help relieve symptoms of PTSD and other severe medical conditions. 


“Big pharmaceutical companies and others feel restrained, and are unwilling to…go through the regulations that are required to even start studying how to develop more medicines using the compounds in marijuana,” Berman said.

The Justice Department Wants To Get Rid Of A Civil Rights–Era "Peacemaker" Office

February 12, 2018

Grande Lum, director of the Divided Community Project, was quoted in BuzzFeed News about a budget proposal from the Justice Department that would eliminate funding for the Community Relations Service, which was established following the Civil Rights Act to act as a “peacemaker” in communities experiencing racial tensions and hate crimes. Lum headed the Community Relations Service for four years, from 2012 to 2016. 


"We are at a time when there’s increased division in communities throughout this country, so this is a time to increase [funding], not to eliminate it," Lum said. "They worked closely with Martin Luther King and other civil rights leaders to help create positive, constructive outcomes and it would be really frustrating if that were shuttered forever.”

Zinke met Israeli energy boss who called Arabs a 'cancer'

February 9, 2018

Featured Expert: John B. Quigley

Professor John Quigley was quoted in E&E News about a meeting between Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Efraim “Effie” Eitam, a far-right former Israeli politician who also runs an oil and gas company that may be violating international law and U.S. policy, according to experts. 


"You have someone who is engaged in action that is illegal and by meeting with [Eitam] it seems to be giving some credibility to what they're doing," Quigley said.


February 7, 2018

Featured Expert: Daniel P. Tokaji

Professor Dan Tokaji was quoted in The Columbus Dispatch about partisan congressional redistricting in Ohio. 



"I can’t think of anywhere where we’ve had a situation like we’ve had here for the past couple of years,” Tokai said. “People in Ohio’s state legislature recognize there’s a serious problem.”


Fluctuating immigration legislation brings changes to Ohio State courses

February 5, 2018

Adjunct professor Amy Bittner was quoted in The Lantern about the evolving nature of the immigration courses offered at The Ohio State University.


“Immigration has always been a changing animal. I mean, the laws don’t change very much themselves because Congress hasn’t made an agreement for any legislative change,” Bittner said. “So what really changes with immigration is the enforcement of the laws, and that’s up to the discretion of the executive, basically the president.”