Moritz College of Law The Ohio State University
This Month @ Moritz

In Brief

Serve as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice at Moritz this November!
Would you like to serve as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice without enduring a nasty Senate confirmation hearing? Moritz Law is in need of 80 people to judge the oral arguments of second-year students in Professor Beazley's mandatory Appellate Advocacy course. Students in the course research and write a brief for one of four cases currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court and then present their case to the Court at oral arguments.

We need you to join our "Supreme Court of Moritz" panels. As a judge, your responsibilities will include asking questions and providing critiques to help give our students a positive oral argument experience. The oral arguments will be graded by an adjunct professor who co-teaches the course. If you are able to serve, we'll send you student briefs and bench materials to help you prepare, and you'll even get your own judicial nameplate (it will be paper instead of bronze, but it's the thought that counts).

This year students will be arguing one of the following cases: Gonzalez v. Oregon, Schaffer v. Weast, Georgia v. Randolph, or Maryland v. Blake. More information on these cases can be found online at

The oral arguments are scheduled for 6-9 p.m., November 7-9 (Monday through Wednesday) and November 14-17 (Monday through Thursday). Judicial recruiting is handled by Ashley Thompson, the third-year student who serves as director of the Appellate Advocacy Council. If you are interested in serving as a justice, send an e-mail to Ashley ( Please be sure to include your name, contact information, and the date(s) you are available.

We hope you can join us on the bench!

Election Law @ Moritz Offers Conference on Independent Election Administration
This two-day Election Law @ Moritz conference will bring together public officials, academics, elected representatives, members of the media, and interested observers to discuss the prospects for reinvigorating our democracy through reforms in both the drawing of political districts and the administration of the voting process.

For more information, go to the Election Law @ Moritz events page. Seating is limited. Please contact Professor Steve Huefner or Professor Dan Tokaji if you'd like to attend.

Juvenile Law Seminar to be Held September 15-16
Juvenile law will be the topic of discussion during a two-day seminar at the Moritz College of Law on September 15-16. Co-sponsored by the college's Justice for Children Project and the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (OACDL), the first day will address abuse, neglect, and dependency issues while the second day will focus on delinquency issues. Sessions will be held in Saxbe Auditorium of Drinko Hall, 55 West 12th Avenue. A request for at least 12.5 hours of CLE credit is pending with the Ohio Supreme Court. For more information, go to the Justice for Children web site.

Student Bar Association and Business Law Society Co-Sponsor Student-Alumni Golf Outing September 18
All alumni and friends are invited to attend the third Annual Student Bar Association/Business Law Society Student-Alumni Golf Outing.

When: Sunday, September 18th at 1 p.m.
Format: 4 person scramble
Where: Phoenix Golf Links
Cost: $45.00, which includes golf, cart, dinner (buffet of chicken, hamburgers, brats, side dishes, lemonade and a cash bar) and prizes

Those who wish to participate in the dinner only may do so for $12.00. To sign up, please contact Bob Hayes or Allison Binkley.

OSU Offers CLE on Charitable Estate Planning

The Ohio State University 2005 Charitable Estate Planning Seminar
Date and time of Seminar: October 14, 2005, 8:15am - 3:45pm
Location: University Plaza Hotel, 3110 Olentangy River Rd., Columbus, OH 43202
Cost: $69.00 for 5.5 hours of CLE (*2.5 of which are ethics/professionalism)

For more information, contact Danna Grant at the OSU Office of Planned Giving at, 614-292-2183 or 1-800-327-7907


The seminar will provide a three-hour presentation on charitable estate planning by Dianna Smiley, Program Director for the National Center for Family Philanthropy. Her presentation, is entitled "Family and Legacy Giving: What Donors Expect from their Advisors." Dianna Smiley will share her expertise on how financial advisors (attorneys, accountants, financial planners) can help families and individuals learn about philanthropy in order to maximize the meaning and impact of their giving during their lifetimes and beyond.

She will highlight one of the most distinguishing and distinctive themes in family philanthropy: donor legacy. How does a financial advisor start and continue conversations with clients/donors regarding family philanthropy? How does the foundation -- and a family foundation in particular -- describe and pass on its legacy over time and through generations? How is a donor's intent interpreted, maintained, adapted, and carried out by succeeding generations of trustees and staff? How do children and grandchildren blend their interests and a changing world with the donor's intentions, thereby creating a vital, ongoing philanthropy?

*The seminar will include 2.5 hours of ethics, substance abuse and professionalism geared toward the (Ohio) Professional Conduct requirement. Christopher Weber, Esq. will provide sixty minutes of instruction related to the Code of Professional Responsibility (ethics); and Geoffrey Stern, Esq. will provide thirty minutes of instruction on substance abuse, including causes, prevention, detection and treatment, as well as sixty minutes of instruction related to professionalism (including a Lawyer's Creed and A Lawyer's Aspirational Ideals, Rule X, Section 3 (A)(1)).

More Resources as Roberts Supreme Court Nomination Unfolds
The nomination of Judge John Roberts to the U.S. Supreme Court has inspired this month's collection of U.S. Supreme Court confirmation resources.

Browse the published opinions of Judge Roberts by subject matter here.

Read the CRS report "Supreme Court Appointment Process: Roles of the President, Judiciary Committee, and Senate" (updated July 6, 2005).

Visit C-Span's Supreme Court resources page to view video and documents related to Judge Robert's confirmation hearings, which will be available via streaming video on C-Span's website.

Dan Tokaji discusses what impact Judge Roberts could have on the Supreme Court from a voting rights perspective on his Equal Vote blog.

Doug Berman considers Judge Roberts' potential impact on sentencing jurisprudence in Sentencing Law and Policy.

Dale Oesterle writes about the reaction of the business community to the nomination of Judge Roberts in Business Law Prof Blog.