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

Professor Colker dicusses Fisher v. University of Texas on The John Hines Show

June 23, 2016

Featured Expert: Ruth Colker

Professor Ruth Colker discussed the outcome of Fisher v. University of Texas, a case before the Supreme Court examining the affirmative action admissions policy of the University of Texas at Austin, on The John Hines Show on WCCO CBS Minnesota.

An Obscure Ohio State Law Could Shake Up the Republican Convention

April 14, 2016

Featured Expert: Daniel P. Tokaji

Professor Dan Tokaji was quoted in an ABC News article about the Republican Convention:

“It’s entirely imaginable that these kind of controversies will emerge if Donald Trump goes into Cleveland without 1,237,” said Dan Tokaji, an expert in election law at the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University, referring the number of delegates needed to clinch the nomination. “There’s going to be a furious jockeying for these delegates.”

How to Fix the U.S. Supreme Court Impasse

April 14, 2016

Featured Expert: Peter M. Shane

Professor Peter Shane spoke with The Atlantic about possible ways to fix the U.S. Supreme Court impasse:

"Beyond that, as Peter Shane of Ohio State University recently pointed out in an interview, Article II of the Constitution makes clear that 'advice and consent' is a formal vote, not just a moment of silence. The president has 'power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treaties, provided two thirds of the senators present concur.' In 225 years, to the best of my knowledge, no one has discerned this power vested in the president. There’s a reason for that: It’s not there."

Solicitor General Saddles Up for Busy April at SCOTUS

April 14, 2016

Featured Expert: Christopher J. Walker

Professor Chris Walker was quoted in a Bloomberg BNA piece on SCOTUS:

"While the case has significant implications for the millions of immigrants potentially affected by DAPA, the court's decision could also 'have a dramatic effect on our modern regulatory state that would extend far beyond the important executive action on immigration actually at issue in this case,' Ohio State University Moritz College of Law's Chris Walker, Columbus, Ohio, told Bloomberg BNA April 9.

'There are at least four questions presented in the case, all of which could have profound effects on other executive actions,' Walker, who writes for the ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice's blog, said."

Prison Rate Was Rising Years Before 1994 Law

April 10, 2016

Featured Expert: Douglas A. Berman

Professor Doug Berman was mentioned in a New York Times article on rising prison rates:

"Douglas A. Berman, a professor of criminal law at Ohio State’s Moritz College of Law, agreed with other experts that the direct effects of the 1994 law on incarceration rates had often been exaggerated.



He also said that Mr. Clinton’s embrace in the early 1990s of anti-crime rhetoric may have been a political necessity, considering the drubbing that Michael Dukakis received in the 1988 presidential campaign for being considered soft on crime. And Mr. Clinton is right to say that black Americans were disproportionately victimized by runaway crime, and wanted help."

Could Donald Trump surrogate Roger Stone be charged with ‘menacing’ GOP convention delegates?

April 8, 2016

Featured Expert: Joshua Dressler

Professor Joshua Dressler was quoted in a Washington Post article about Donald Trump surrogate Roger Stone possibly being charged with "menacing" GOP convention candidates:

"Asked by The Fix to review Stone’s comments, Joshua Dressler, faculty managing editor of the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, said 'a plausible case can be made that this would constitute menacing.'”

“'To be guilty, however, the prosecutor would need to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the words were expressed with the intention of causing apprehension of harm,'” Dressler added. 'So, what I am saying is that there might be sufficient evidence to obtain an indictment for this or a related offense, but whether you could prove the case at trial is a much greater hurdle.'”

Caller who reported man with gun at Wal-Mart that led to police shooting may be charged

April 7, 2016

Featured Expert: Ric Simmons

Professor Ric Simmons was quoted in an Associated Press article that was picked up by the Chicago Tribune, about possible charges against "a 911 caller who reported a man waving a gun in a Wal-Mart before police fatally shot him and found he had an air rifle he took from a shelf."

"But the prosecutor is under no obligation to bring charges," said Ric Simmons, an Ohio State University criminal law professor. "It would have to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the caller knew what he was calling in hadn't occurred."

District Fight May Persist in Texas After Supreme Court Ruling

April 4, 2016

Featured Expert: Daniel P. Tokaji

Professor Dan Tokaji was quoted in a New York Times article on voter ID laws:

 "'The big case isn’t this case, but the next case,' said Daniel P. Tokaji, a professor at Ohio State’s Mortiz College of Law and an authority on elections law.




Constitutional issues are at stake in this and other voting-rights debates. But the political ramifications are impossible to ignore. Dividing political districts into roughly equal numbers of people gives children and nonvoters an equal share of representation. If district boundaries were drawn counting only eligible voters, areas with large numbers of children — often low-income or immigrant neighborhoods — would find their political power diluted as their districts were enlarged to capture more adults."

The Scarlett Johansson Bot Is the Robotic Future of Objectifying Women

April 4, 2016

Featured Expert: Margot Kaminski

Professor Margot Kaminski was quoted in Wired magazine about the future of robotics...and gender:

"'There’s no doubt that as the robotics technology democratizes, we’ll see an increase in attempts to make your own personalized Kim Kardashian, for example,' says Ohio State University law professor Margot Kaminski. 'And there’s also no doubt in my mind that this will have a gendered component. Siri’s a woman, Cortana’s a woman; if robots exist to perform labor or personal assistances, there’s a darn good chance they’ll be women.'”

Will Ohio legalize medical marijuana in 2016?

March 28, 2016

Featured Expert: Douglas A. Berman

Professor Doug Berman was quoted in a Cincinnati Enquirer article about whether marijuana will become legalized in 2016:

"It’s the very possibility that the voters might foist this upon the state that might keep the legislators moving," said Doug Berman, an Ohio State University law professor who teaches a course on marijuana policy.