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.
TBA Media Hits
The following is a list of selected media coverage for TBA. 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)
Voters repeal Issue 2; 'the people have spoken'
Nov. 9, 2011
Professors David Stebenne and Daniel Tokaji were quoted by The Lantern in a post-Election Day analysis about what the defeat of Issue 2 means for Ohio Gov. John Kasich and the 2012 presidential election year ahead.
"Issue 2 was the most extreme situation," Stebenne said. "We can't know for sure, but its rejection would hopefully mean all of its proponents, like Kasich, would regroup and propose something less drastic."
Tokaji, a senior fellow at Election Law @ Moritz, said the Issue 2 protestors are so proactive that it may affect the upcoming presidential elections. "Issue 2 has mobilized its progressives in the opposite direction," he said. "This could have major consequences for the 2012 presidential elections."
Stebenne said he had similar thoughts. "Everyone is looking to see what Ohio does in this election," Stebenne said. "The win is big for Obama. There has not been a Republican president to be re-elected who has not won Ohio."
Tokaji also said the loss will affect Republicans greatly. "What we saw tonight is Democrats used the ballot box to fight back against the Republicans who now dominate the legislature and the governor's office," he said. "They were able to rally up some people who felt very strongly about the issue and used it to their advantage."
Election Law @ Moritz was cited by The Star Press in Muncie, Ind. in an editorial about election laws that should be changed, including the suggestion that Indiana should take an idea from Ohio and require names appearing on ballots be rotated in regard to their position.
The newspaper's editorial board stated, "According to Election Law @ Moritz, part of the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University: 'Studies have shown that being the first candidate listed for a race can give a candidate a 2-3 percentage point advantage. Perhaps this benefit occurs because Americans tend to review most information in their lives in a top-to-bottom, left-to-right way, and -- especially in less-publicized races -- may simply decide that the first candidate is 'good enough' without reviewing the rest of the candidates.' "
Experts: Unclear whether use of Ohio grandma OK
Oct. 14, 2011
Professors David A. Goldberger and Daniel Tokaji were quoted by The Associated Press in a wire story about deuling groups in the Issue 2 fight in Ohio using the same video clip of a Cincinnati great-grandmother to drum up support for their respective sides. The article was published by The Huffington Post, CBSNews.com, KRSO.com in Santa Rosa, Calif., andThe Republic in Columbus, Ind.
The controversy surrounds statements Marlene Quinn made for a political advertisement for We Are Ohio, the union-backed coalition fighting to repeal a law that would limit collective bargaining rights. Building a Better Ohio, a group defending the law, recut the footage for its own commercial, claiming the law will help, not hurt, firefighter staffing.
"I think her having thrown herself into the debate ... there's a First Amendment right to use her in response," Tojaki said.
Goldberger, agreed, saying as long as Building a Better Ohio used Quinn's image truthfully, the ad was fine.
"I don't think it's any different from her appearing in an interview and someone rerunning it on YouTube," Goldberger said.
However, in a letter to TV stations asking them to pull the ad, attorneys for We Are Ohio wrote that the way Quinn's image was used was "false and misleading." Goldberger said if a court or the Ohio Elections Commission decides that is true, Quinn could have grounds for a legal claim.
The future Dinsmore & Shohl Student Commons was reported on by Columbus Business First, with a spotlight on alumni from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law who donated funding to remodel the student locker area in Drinko Hall. Their contributions were matched by their law firm, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.
Ohio House leader says voter photo ID bill is dead
July 29, 2011
Election Law @ Moritz was cited by The Repository, the daily newspaper serving the Canton area, in an article about a proposal that would have required Ohio voters to show photo identification at the polls. "Ohio isn’t the only state to toy with the idea of requiring voters to present photo identification. Seven states already have such provisions in their laws, according to the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, which gathers data nationally on election law," the article states.
The Election Law @ Moritz program was quoted in an Associated Press article about the request of 16 democratic senators to the U.S. Department of Justice to look into whether voting rights are being jeopardized by the recent surge in the number of states requiring a photo ID to vote. Election Law @ Moritz provided background and statistics for the article.
Justice Scalia speaks about Constitution in Ohio
Nov. 17, 2009
The Moritz College of Law was mentioned in an Associated Press story about the visit of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to the law school. The story stated: “He delivered the keynote speech Tuesday at a daylong forum on the concept of originality, or the theory the Constitution should be interpreted as its authors intended. He embraces the theory. … U.S. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke at the Ohio State law school in April.”