On the Record

The Ohio State law faculty offers insights and analysis on a variety of pressing legal issues in the news cycle. We share their latest through our On the Record blog. Quotes are available for journalists to use.

IRS releasing new guidelines for social welfare organizations

by Monica DeMeglio | November 26, 2013

The IRS announced today that it will issue proposed guidance for tax-exempt social welfare organizations – also known as 501(c)(4)s – that would include a definition for the term “candidate-related political activity” and indicate that the promotion of social welfare does not include this type of activity. Donald Tobin, a law professor at Ohio State, […]

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Simmons weighs in on new Steubenville developments

by Monica DeMeglio | November 26, 2013

With four more indictments in the Steubenville rape case, national attention once again turns toward this small town in Southeastern Ohio. Professor Ric Simmons, a former New York assistant district attorney, has followed the case since the beginning and provides national media with expert analysis about the complexities of trying various aspects of the case. […]

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Berman’s bytes on smoking study

by Monica DeMeglio | September 26, 2013

Micah Berman, an assistant professor who holds joint appointments at The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law and the College of Public Health, gave a great on-camera interview from our campus studio recently about a study he helped conduct that examined the costs employers pay for employees who smoke.

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Beyond the politics of Syria

by Monica DeMeglio | September 3, 2013

In a blog post Sunday, Professor Peter M. Shane goes beyond the political debates surrounding potential military action in Syria and explains why President Obama’s pursuit of congressional authority for a stike is “his single most important decision in reshaping the post-9/11 presidency.”

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Breaking down the War Powers Resolution

by Monica DeMeglio | August 30, 2013

As the country focuses on developments pertaining to potential U.S. military action in Syria, what lessons in presidential powers can be learned from previous engagements?

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Berman talks tough on mandatory minimums

by | August 15, 2013

In an op-ed today in the Los Angeles Times, Professor Douglas A. Berman explains why Attorney General Eric Holder’s recommended changes for mandatory minimum sentences don’t go far enough.

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Smokin’ hot study unveiled over summer

by | August 13, 2013

Micah Berman, an expert on health law who spent part of his career crafting public health policies targeting tobacco, fielded a lot of questions this summer from reporters about a groundbreaking study he spearheaded. The study examined the costs associated with hiring a smoker, factoring in everything from lost productivity with smoke breaks to health care expenses.

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