Faculty in the News
Moritz College of Law faculty members are increasingly finding themselves in the spotlight as reporters seek them out for expert comment on today's headlines. The topics cover a wide range, such as the death penalty, artificial insemination, and voting machines. Just as varied are the locations of the publications or news outlets, ranging from small town newspapers to wire services with international distribution.
The following is a list of selected media coverage for Moritz faculty members. The links below will direct you to sites that are not affiliated with the Moritz College of Law. They are subject to change, and some may expire or require registration as time passes. Contact Barbara Peck, Chief Communications Officer, for any media requests at (614) 292-0283.
Deborah Jones Merritt Media Hits
The following is a list of selected media coverage for Deborah Jones Merritt. The links below will direct you to sites that are not affiliated with the Moritz College of Law. They are subject to change, and some may expire or require registration as time passes. (Return to Faculty Bio)
Professor Deborah Merritt was quoted in an article in the Zainesville Times Recorder about the Harry Brown rape case, in which the defendant chose to represent himself. “I don’t think this is a trend, but it does show it’s becoming more common to see people doing this themselves,” Merritt said.
Business Insider referenced Professor Deborah Jones Merritt’s research in an article about a drop in law school applicants. The article noted Merritt’s research showed “at the present rate, there will be between 53,000 and 54,000 for the current academic year. That’s fewer applicants than US law schools have seen in the past three decades.”
Avoiding law school in droves
Jan. 28, 2013
Professor Deborah Jones Merritt was mentioned in The National Law Journal in an article about a drop in law school applicants. The article noted Merritt’s research on the topic showed “at no time during the past 30 years had the applicant totals slipped below 60,000.”
Merritt told the Journal: “I was pretty surprised when I looked back and saw the prospective applicant levels would bring us back to 1983. … There’s a general sense people have that applications are cyclical, but I don’t see any way for a quick rebound here.”
The article was also referenced by ABA Journal and Connecticut Law Tribune.
Professor Deborah Jones Merritt was quoted in a Dayton Daily News story about the nomination of Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court. The story states: “‘She fits very well into that mold,’ said Deborah Jones Merritt, a professor of law at Ohio State University and a former law clerk to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.’”
Moritz Professor Deborah Jones Merritt was quoted in a Columbus Dispatch story regarding the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a case that she tried. The story states: “‘Let's just say I'm celebrating the experience,’ she said with a laugh, adding that ‘we plan to have a celebratory post-mortem sometime next week.’”
Professor Deborah Jones Merritt was mentioned in a National Law Journal story about the case that she recently argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. The story stated: “The plaintiffs, defendants and objectors successfully petitioned the Supreme Court for review. Because all three parties disagreed with the 2nd Circuit decision, the justices appointed Deborah Jones Merritt of Ohio State University Moritz College of Law to argue in support of the appellate court ruling.”
Professor Deborah Jones Merritt was featured in a Columbus Dispatch story about her Oct. 7 argument before the U.S. Supreme Court. The story stated: "Just minutes after finishing oral arguments yesterday, Deborah Jones Merritt bounded down the marble steps of the U.S. Supreme Court and high-fived some of her Ohio State University law students. 'I don't think we won,' the Ohio State law professor said. 'But we did it,' referring to the argument. For Merritt -- who had been a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor before she retired and who also clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg when she was a federal appeals judge -- it was the first time she appeared before the justices to argue a case."
Professor Deborah Jones Merritt was quoted in an article in The Blog of Legal Times regarding her preparation to argue for the respondent in the copyright case Reed Elsevier v. Muchnick. The story states: “In preparing for her argument, Merritt said one of the toughest adjustments she'll have to make is standing behind the podium for a full half-hour. ‘That's not my style,’ said the professor. ‘I won't get to walk around the classroom and gesticulate.’ "
Professor Deborah Merritt was mentioned in a Beyond Chron article regarding the “underlying policy narratives” of Reed Elsevier v. Muchnick. The story states: “Intriguingly, amicus Deborah Merritt, an Ohio State University law professor, is a former clerk for Justice Ginsburg. Merritt’s brief is effective – so, effective, in my view, that it raises the possibility that Ginsburg and her brethren have a larger agenda.”
Democrats should stick by Florida, Michigan ouster
Apr. 10, 2008
Professor Deborah Jones Merritt published an Opinion Editorial in The Columbus Dispatch about why Democratic primary votes in Florida and Michigan should not factor into the party’s choice for a presidential nominee. “The rhetoric about Florida and Michigan overlooks two fundamental points: Everyone knew the rules governing these states six months ago, long before any candidate started winning or losing. And voters lose faith in an election system that changes the rules after the ballot box closes,” she said.
In an op ed piece in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Professor Deborah Jones Merritt compared U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor to the framers of the U.S. Constitution.
Bitter battle in Senate expected over nominee
July 6, 2005
In a Lowell (Mass.) Sun story about the upcoming Supreme Court nomination process, Professor Deborah Jones Merritt noted that the principle of law is the reason judges change once they've been appointed to the court.
From early on, grit ingrained in O'Connor
July 3, 2005
Professor Deborah Jones Merritt is quoted in the Chicago Tribune story on the legacy of outgoing Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
In a Newhouse News Service story about the retirement of Sandra Day O'Connor from the U.S. Supreme Court, Professor Deborah Jones Merritt, who clerked for Justice O'Connor during the justice's first term, said that Justice O'Connor viewed the position with a sense of honor and also great trepidation.
Firsts define O'Connor
July 2, 2005
Professor Deborah Jones Merritt is quoted in the Chicago Tribune story on the legacy of outgoing Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Merritt says that "people are talking about her position as a centrist on the court, and in many ways, that is one of the greatest tributes to her."