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 organizationsby | 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, […]
Simmons weighs in on new Steubenville developmentsby | 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. […]
Berman’s bytes on smoking studyby | 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.
Beyond the politics of Syriaby | 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.”
Breaking down the War Powers Resolutionby | 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?
Berman talks tough on mandatory minimumsby | 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.
Smokin’ hot study unveiled over summerby | 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.