Professor Amna Akbar was awarded this year’s Columbus Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society’s Progressive Young Leader Award at its annual awards reception in April.
Nancy Hardin Rogers was presented with The Ohio State University’s Distinguished Service Award at the spring commencement ceremony for her long record of service to the university, and for her current work as a founder of the legal movement toward mediation.
Sheldon W. Halpern, professor emeritus, died on Feb. 26 at the age of 80. He taught courses in copyright, trademark, defamation, privacy, and contracts.
Professor Ellen E. Deason received the university’s Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching in a surprise ceremony during her International Business Arbitration class today. The award recognizes teaching excellence, and faculty are nominated by students, other faculty, and alumni.
Francis X. (“Frank”) Beytagh, dean of the College of Law from 1985-1993, died on February 21 at the age of 80. Dean Beytagh was an outstanding leader, a nationally recognized scholar in his field of Constitutional law, and a dedicated teacher, a role he continued at the College until he took emeritus status in 1997.
The International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution recognized Professor Nancy H. Rogers with the Outstanding Professional Article award for her article When Conflicts Polarize Communities: Designing Localized Offices to Intervene Collaboratively.
Professor Christopher Walker served as the academic consultant for the Administrative Conference of the United States on a project exploring the role of federal agencies in the legislative process. In the fall, he released a final report with findings from the study.
Professor Ric Simmons has been selected to serve on a task force that will examine potential changes to Ohio’s grand jury system in the wake of controversy over fatal police shootings.
Professor Edward B. Foley was awarded a fellowship from the Stanford University Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law for winter 2016. As a fellow, Foley will be working on a project about ethics of electoral competition.
Assistant Professor of Law Margot E. Kaminski testified at a hearing this morning at the U.S. House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade.
On October 20, Professor Steven F. Huefner was invested as the Alumni Society Designated Professor of Law in a ceremony at the Barrister Club. Many of his students, as well as his family and colleagues, were on hand to celebrate. After an introduction by Dean Alan C. Michaels, Professor Huefner delivered a speech entitled “Studies in Democratic Governance.”
Professor Deborah Jones Merritt wrote an op-ed in The New York Times calling for changes to the bar exam. While the passage rates for Moritz graduates held steady at over 90 percent, nationally passage rates are down significantly. Merritt lays out three reasons for the decline.