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Ruth Colker

Ruth Colker

For those with hearing impairments, restaurant noise isn’t just an irritation. It’s discrimination.

Professor Ruth Colker, Distinguished University Professor and Heck Faust Memorial Chair in Constitutional Law was recently quoted in the Washington Post article titled, For those with hearing impairments, restaurant noise isn’t just an irritation. It’s discrimination. Noise as a disability-rights issue is an “evolving area of law,” said Ruth Colker, a law professor at Ohio State University, who […]

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Ruth Colker

The Time Crunch on Standardized Tests Is Unnecessary

“Whether you can tell me the answer quickly has nothing to do with whether you, in fact, know the content,” Colker said. “And there are some people who, for whatever reason, are pretty quick at things. They don’t necessarily have more depth of knowledge, and depth of knowledge [is] what we should care about for admissions purposes.”

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Ruth Colker

The College Admissions Scandal and the Trouble With Strictly Timed Standardized Tests

“Stringently timed, high-stake tests have an adverse impact against racial minorities, women, those with low socio-economic status, non-native speakers of English, older applicants, and people with disabilities,” Colker writes. “Of course, that adverse impact is further exacerbated when the ultra-wealthy cheat to inflate their children’s scores.”

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Work at Home Gets Skeptical Eye From Courts as Disability Issue

“The scale is stacked on the side of the employer,” Colker said.

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Executive Orders on Immigration

On Monday, Feb. 6  a faculty panel discussed the President’s Executive Orders on Immigration. Dean Alan C. Michaels moderated and Professors David S. Bloomfield, Ruth Colker, Mohamed Helal, and Peter Shane presented. [Listen to Audio Recording]

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Reflections on the President’s Executive Orders on Immigration

On Monday, Feb. 6, at 4 p.m. in Saxbe Auditorium, a faculty panel discussed the President’s Executive Orders on Immigration. Dean Alan C. Michaels  moderated and Professors David S. Bloomfield, Ruth Colker, Mohamed Helal, and Peter Shane spoke. To listen […]

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Faculty experts weigh in on recent U.S. Supreme Court cases

It has been a big month for those who keep a close watch on the decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court. Here is a rundown of recent Supreme Court decisions, along with quotes by our faculty members, and links to media coverage they have received.

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Ruth Colker

Colker appointed as disability expert on consent decree between U.S. Dept. of Justice and Law School Admissions Council

Ruth Colker was appointed to serve as a disability expert on the consent decree between the U.S. Department of Justice and the Law School Admissions Council. She is tasked with helping them develop “best practices” for administering the LSAT.

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Special Education Advocacy sparks student’s interest in law

Some students always envision attending law school. They work tirelessly as undergraduates to build up their GPAs and study endlessly for that daunting LSAT, eventually celebrating their acceptance into law school. For 3L Carolyn Cole, the path wasn’t so straightforward.

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Disabled Education: A Critical Analysis of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

(NYU Press, 2013) By Ruth Colker The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) promises a free and appropriate public education to all children with disabilities. At first glance, the IDEA is a shining example of law’s democratizing impulse. But, in […]

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Colker to Head Mini-Seminar on Advanced Education Advocacy and Issue Analysis

A mini-seminar on Advanced Education Advocacy and Issue Analysis is scheduled to be held 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 19 at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Presented by the Ohio Poverty Law Center, LLC and Center […]

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Professor Colker to discuss ‘The Learning Disabilities Mess’ in webinar

Distinguished University Professor Ruth Colker, an expert in disability law, will discuss use of the term “learning disability” in an upcoming webinar on Thursday, Jan. 19. Colker, the Heck Faust Memorial Chair in Constitutional Law at The Ohio State University […]

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