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

Legal Fees Mount As Ohio Defends Abortion Laws

March 19, 2018

Featured Expert: Marc Spindelman

Professor Mark Spindelman was quoted in the Statehouse News Bureau about Ohio’s newest abortion law, which bans abortion if a fetus is diagnosed with Down syndrome. A federal judge granted a preliminary injunction against the law last week. 


"The Supreme Court's abortion rules give pregnant women the right to terminate unwanted pregnancies for whatever reason they choose,” Spindelman said. “The state can, in some ways, seek to influence that decision, but the final decision belongs to the pregnant woman. For the state to take the decision away from her, for the state to make the decision for her, as SB 164 does, is unconstitutional."


President Trump's New Opioid Plan Includes the Death Penalty for Drug Traffickers

March 19, 2018

Featured Expert: Douglas A. Berman

Professor Doug Berman was mentioned in The Associated Press about President Donald Trump’s proposal to curb the national opioid epidemic, which includes making drug dealers eligible for the death penalty. 


It’s not clear whether imposing death sentences for drug dealers is constitutional, Beman said, and the issue would need to be resolved by the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Despite Ohio's medical marijuana industry's rocky start, job excitement grows

March 18, 2018

Featured Expert: Douglas A. Berman

Professor Doug Berman was quoted in Cleveland.com about Ohio’s burgeoning medical marijuana industry. Dispensary training seminars offered by companies like HempStaff are selling out in cities across the country, but Berman cautions that the number of grow facilities in Ohio is limited. 


"It's not like it's a field like real estate where there's a lot more opportunity. Right now there's only going to be 60 dispensaries that are going to be open. That puts a cap on growth, at least at the beginning ... Nobody says there can only be 60 restaurants," Berman said.

‘Lack of candor’: Reason for firing McCabe one of most serious in FBI

March 18, 2018

Featured Expert: David Stebenne

Professor David Stebenne was quoted in The Washington Times about the firing of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. According to an inspector general's report, McCabe showed lack of candor throughout his tenure, including while under oath. If the report about McCabe is released, the public could better assess the accusations against him, Stebenne said. 


“If the internal investigation proves he did something wrong and was terminated for cause, I think the political aspects stay in the background,” Stebenne said. “But if he is exonerated, I don’t know how that would play out. I imagine all the political aspects would come back to the forefront.”

Sessions Attacks ‘Activist Judges’ Over Sanctuary Cities and DACA Blocks

March 11, 2018

Featured Expert: Peter M. Shane

Professor Peter Shane was quoted in Newsweek about U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ criticism of federal judges for issuing injunctions against certain Trump administration policies. Sessions referred to them as “activist judges.”


“There’s an old joke: A judicial activist is one who issues a decision you don’t like,” Shane said. “Calling someone a judicial activist is a tradition virtually as old as the country.”

Possible Changes to Americans with Disabilites Act

March 9, 2018

Featured Expert: Ruth Colker

Professor Ruth Colker appeared on WOSU to discuss the ADA Education and Reform Act, which would extend the amount of time someone could sue a business for inadequate accommodations. 

Ohio bill would protect employees who decline to get flu shots

March 7, 2018

Featured Expert: Efthimios Parasidis

Professor Efthimios Parasidis appeared on 10TV News to discuss House Bill 193, which would prevent an employer from taking action against an employee who has not been vaccinated against the flu. 

LSAT-Maker Held In Contempt Over Disability Accommodations

March 7, 2018

Featured Expert: Ruth Colker

Professor Ruth Colker was quoted in The Recorder about a federal ruling which held the Law School Admission Council in civil contempt for violating a court order meant to accommodate disabled test takers on the Law School Admission Test.


“I hope this decision causes [the council] to take seriously its obligation to accommodate testing applicants with disabilities and end its egregious practices of directly defying the clear rules contained in both the Consent Decree and Best Practices Report,” Colker said. “As an entity overseeing the admission of students to law school, I would hope that [the council] would conduct itself with the highest standards of ethics and integrity.”



New Districts In 2018 Unlikely As SCOTUS Continues To Weigh Wisconsin Gerrymandering Lawsuit

March 5, 2018

Featured Expert: Edward B. Foley

Professor Edward Foley appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio to discuss Gill v. Whitford, a landmark redistricting lawsuit before the U.S. Supreme Court. 


“Even if they're victorious … I think the 2018 elections will be on the old maps," Foley said. 

How The FBI Has Come Into And Out Of Political Favor

February 28, 2018

Featured Expert: David Stebenne

Professor David Stebenne appeared on KJZZ to discuss how attitudes toward the FBI have shifted over time among Democrats and the GOP.