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

Issue 2: Breaking down the cost of the Drug Price Relief Act

October 11, 2017

Featured Expert: Efthimios Parasidis

Professor Efthimios Parasidis appeared on WBNS-10TV to discuss Issue 2, the Drug Price Relief Act. Opponents of Issue 2 claim that taxpayer money could be used to defend the law should pharmaceutical companies sue to block it.

"I don't see any legal basis for the pharmaceutical companies to actually sue the state of Ohio once or if this issue passes," Parasidis said. "Studies have consistently shown that Americans pay more for drugs than anywhere else in the world. To say that countries or states like Ohio can't negotiate drug prices is disingenuous on the part of the drug companies.”

Ranked-choice voting: A better way or chaos?

October 11, 2017

Featured Expert: Edward B. Foley

Professor Edward Foley’s book, “Ballot Battles: The History of Disputed Elections in the United States” was quoted in The Ellsworth American, in an article about ranked-choice voting in Maine.

Plurality language was added to Maine’s Constitution in 1880 after none of the candidates for governor in the election of 1879 received a majority vote.

“After this ordeal, the state eliminated the requirement that a gubernatorial candidate win a majority in order to win the office outright; instead, a plurality would suffice,” Foley writes.

Listen to ‘The Daily’: The A.C.L.U. and the Alt-Right

October 9, 2017

Featured Expert: David A. Goldberger

Professor Emeritus David Goldberger appeared on “The Daily,” a podcast produced by The New York Times, to discuss the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and First Amendment advocacy following the white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville.

Podcast: The future of gerrymandering

October 6, 2017

Featured Expert: Daniel P. Tokaji

Professor Dan Tokaji appeared on a podcast produced by Constitution Daily, a publication of the National Constitution Center, to discuss the future of gerrymandering. 

The 'unique' nature of the US voting system could help Russia tip the scales of future elections, experts say

October 5, 2017

Featured Expert: Edward B. Foley

Professor Edward Foley was quoted in Business Insider about Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and vulnerabilities in the structure of the Electoral College.

"In this case, it is important to remind ourselves of the role of provisional ballots,” Foley said. "They're not perfect, and I'd rather make sure, on the front end, that these databases are unhackable. But election systems are a risk management enterprise.”

The NFL and the First Amendment: A Guide to the Debate

October 5, 2017

Featured Expert: Peter M. Shane

Professor Peter Shane was requoted in The Washington Post about the NFL and players’ rights to protest during a game.

“It would be against the law for Trump to threaten government action against a private entity in order to provoke the firing of employees based on their party affiliation, but that statute appears inapplicable here,” Shane originally told Vox in September.

M. Cherif Bassiouni, War-Crimes Jurist and Human Rights Champion, Is Dead at 79

October 4, 2017

Featured Expert: Mohamed Helal

Professor Mohamed Helal was quoted in The New York Times in an obituary for M. Cherif Bassiouni, an Egyptian-American jurist and renowned international criminal justice expert.

“Cherif was a tough taskmaster,” Helal said. “He was an obsessive micromanager who paid close attention to every substantive and procedural detail of his work, but he also cared deeply about our lives.”


Ohio State graduate programs that rank in top 10 nationally

October 4, 2017

Featured Expert: Sarah Rudolph Cole

Professor Sarah Rudolph Cole was quoted in The Lantern about the Program on Dispute Resolution at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

“When you watch television shows, you see lawyers in a trial, only about 5 percent of cases go to trial,” Cole said. “There’s a much greater need for problem solvers than actual litigators these days. The dispute resolution program allows students to be both. Our students get to work on cutting-edge projects and do research with our professors, in the law environment. It’s very unusual for students to work with the faculty in the way that we do here.”

Your right to sue Equifax is in very incapable hands

October 4, 2017

Featured Expert: Creola Johnson

An op-ed written by Professor Creola Johnson about the Equifax data breach and forced arbitration clauses was published in The Columbus Dispatch.

“The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) arbitration rule takes our constitutional rights out of the hands of companies like Equifax, Wells Fargo and a long line of other potential Wall Street wrongdoers and instead upholds Americans’ right to our day in court, regardless of the will of bad corporate actors,” Johnson writes. “That is why I recently joined more than 400 of my colleagues, fellow law professors and academics from all 50 states, in submitting a letter urging Congress to support the rule.”

Justices Show Their Colors in SCOTUS Gerrymandering Case

October 3, 2017

Featured Expert: Edward B. Foley

Professor Edward Foley was quoted in Law.com about the potential outcome of Gill v. Whitford before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The case may be “one of those rare cases for which what transpires during oral argument genuinely has a chance to be outcome-determinative,” Foley said.