2013 OHIO LAW STUDENT CLOSING ARGUMENT COMPETITION
CLEVELAND – Thursday evening, October 24, 2013, The Landskroner Foundation for Children hosted its 15th Annual Law Student Closing Argument Competition in the courtroom of the Honorable Hollie Gallagher at the Cuyahoga County Justice Center. The twelve students participating in the event were selected from a pool of applicants from law schools across the state of Ohio. The participants included second-and third-year law students from The University of Akron, Cleveland State University, University of Toledo, Ohio Northern University College of Law, University of Dayton School of Law and Case Western Reserve University School of Law.
Will Huhn, law professor, debated Medicaid expansion in an Ideastream segment available at http://www.ideastream.org/news/feature/medicaid-expansions-legality-debated-between-plaintiff-and-u-of-akron-legal
Professor Wilson R. Huhn to Speak About Shuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action on International Radio News Program
AKRON, OH, October 16, 2013 – The University of Akron School of Law professor Wilson R. Huhn spoke yesterday on the Voice of Russia’s Due Diligence radio program, about the case Shuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action. He was interviewed by Carmen Russell-Sluchansky.
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Constitution Week - Friday, September 13, 2013
9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
This program offers a comprehensive overview of all eighty cases from the United States Supreme Court’s past term. Justice Scalia described one of the major decisions as “argle-bargle” or nonsense, but this program tries to make sense of it all. Faculty experts from Akron Law discuss the Court’s cases in constitutional law, criminal law, civil procedure, administrative law, business, intellectual property, and health law. Designed in a newscast-type format, the presentations inform as they entertain. The program is intended for all interested audiences including attorneys, journalists, high school, college and law students and the general public.
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A recent article in the national media suggested our law school engaged in questionable practices with respect to scholarship renewals. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Here are the facts: For years (since at least 2007) we have been fully transparent about the likelihood and difficulty of maintaining our merit scholarships in all our letters to students and on our website (see https://www.uakron.edu/law/admissions/finaid/retention.dot). Widespread first-year scholarships plus relatively low tuition ($23,583 full-time tuition for 2013-14) serve our mission of keeping law school accessible and affordable. We have chosen to base continuing merit scholarships on strong performance in law school rather than on entering credentials. This strategy enables us to attract excellent students, keep law school affordable, and treat our continuing students more equitably. Our debt load upon graduation reflects this commitment: our students’ average debt is lower than 93% of all law schools and 84% of public law schools.
Classes are over for the semester, but students continue to fill the halls of Akron Law. Between current students who are enrolled in summer classes and recent graduates who are preparing to take the Bar Exam, many students are just as busy now as they are during the regular semester.
Students have an opportunity to enroll in one or more of the 23 courses being offered this summer. Course offerings include Property; Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing; Basic Business Associations; Payment Systems; Secured Transactions; Alternative Dispute Resolution; Financial Accounting; Wills, Trusts and Estates; Trial Advocacy; a variety of clinical seminars; and seminars in Biodiversity/Climate; School Law; Law, Morals & Ethics; Immigration Law; and Public Health Law and Bioethics.
The Ohio Bar Exam will take place July 30 – August 1, 2013. The 152 Akron Law Alumni who have registered to sit for a Bar Exam this July are immersed in bar preparatory courses, stacks of review books, and an abundance of caffeine! A team of Akron Law staff will travel to Columbus this July to provide support for the Akron Law alumni taking the Ohio Bar Exam.
Join Professor Huhn on July 16 at 12 p.m. for a discussion of the most recent constitutional law cases handed down by the United States Supreme Court. This online CLE is entitled “Supreme Court Update - Constitutional Law Decisions for 2012-2013.” Click here to register online or Contact Michele Novachek at 330.972.636. or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Akron School of Law held its 89th Commencement Ceremony at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 19 at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall. The 2013 UA School of Law commencement speaker was Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor.
The University of Akron School of Law honored four faculty members, who will retire from Akron Law at the end of spring semester, with a reception in the law school atrium on Thursday, April 25 from 4 – 6 p.m.
The University of Akron School of Law, in conjunction with Peking University Law School, the Washington, D.C. law firm of Sughrue Mion and the Beijing law firm of Tongshang, sponsored a program in Beijing, China May 17-19 on issues relating to U.S. intellectual property law. The focus of the program was on the recent changes to U.S. patent law set forth in the America Invents Act. The program included sessions on U.S. trademark law and Section 337 practice.
The University of Akron School of Law Alumni Association held its annual Alumni Awards and Class Reunion Dinner at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 17 in the Student Union Ballroom. The honorees were chosen for their achievements in the legal profession and their communities.
Nearly 300 people packed the John S. Knight center in downtown Akron for the 15th Annual Richard C. Sughrue Symposium on Intellectual Property Law and Policy. The Symposium was geared towards updating IP professionals on the latest developments in intellectual property law and how those developments will impact future IP practices.
The Joseph G. Miller and William C. Becker Center for Professional Responsibility will hold a symposium on April 4 and 5 titled Navigating the Practice of Law in the Wake of Ethics 20/20: Globalization, New Technologies, and What it Means to be a Lawyer in These Uncertain Times.
This past weekend The University of Akron School of Law continued its winning tradition in trial advocacy when it hosted the regional round of the National Trial Competition. Twenty-two law student teams from Ohio and Michigan competed in the tournament
The University of Akron School of Law’s winning tradition in advocacy law continued this past weekend in St. Louis with a strong performance from Akron Law’s Black Law Students Association (BLSA) chapter. Team members Eric Foster and Terence Baptiste, both third-year law students, captured a third-place finish at the Midwest Regional Competition of the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition allowing the team to qualify to compete at the national level during the National BLSA Convention in Atlanta, Ga. from March 6 – 10. The team was coached by Rick Strong and Elizabeth Shaver, both assistant professors of legal writing and research at Akron Law.
To avoid falling victim to a national trend hurting law schools around the country, The University of Akron School of Law has developed a proposition that improves the value of a law degree.
Professor Dan L. Burk, from University of California, Irvine School of Law, will visit The University of Akron School of Law on Tuesday, March 5 at 3 p.m. as part of the annual Albert and Vern Oldham Intellectual Property Law lecture series. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will take place at Akron Law, 150 University Ave., Room 152. One hour of free continuing legal education credit will be offered, and a reception will immediately follow the lecture.
In October 2011, the most significant changes to U.S. patent law since the Patent Act of 1836 were enacted into law with the “America Invents Act (AIA).” The Honorable Teresa S. Rea, deputy under secretary of commerce for Intellectual Property and deputy director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, will discuss the agency’s implementation of AIA at the 15th annual Richard C. Sughrue Symposium on Intellectual Property Law and Policy on Monday, March 4 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The symposium will be held at the John S. Knight Center in Akron and is co-sponsored by The University of Akron School of Law and Sughrue Mion PLLC law firm.
Akron Law's Law Association for Women will host Claudia J. Bayliff, Esq, a nationally recognized expert on sexual violence, on Monday, Feb. 18. Bayliff is an attorney and educator with 24 years of experience working on issues related to sexual violence. She was also the first Chief of the U.S. Air Force's worldwide Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program.
Jim and Nancy Petro, authors of the book “False Justice – Eight Myths That Convict the Innocent,” will visit The University of Akron School of Law on Thursday, March 14 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. for a lecture titled “How We Convict the Innocent (and How We Can Stop).”
Learn more about taking charge of your heart health with the Go Red for Women Movement! On Feb. 27 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., The University of Akron and The American Heart Association will join forces for the annual Coeds Go Red event to be held in the UA Student Union Ballroom.
We need your vote! The National Law Journal has launched its “Best of NLJ” survey, and we are pleased to share that Akron Law is listed in the category of Best IP LL.M. Program. There are many categories, and the Best IP LL.M. category is embedded in a longer survey. Please note that there does not have to be a vote cast for every category. Voting closes Feb. 10. We encourage you to vote and to please share this link with others. Winners will be announced in a special National Law Journal supplement on March 25. Our strength in Intellectual Property warrants an excellent reputation. Building our reputation in IP law enhances the law school, helps all of our graduates seeking employment and ensures a strong future. Let's get the good word out! Vote at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2013BestofNLJ .
The University of Akron School of Law and the Stark County Bar Association will join forces for the annual “Law, Love and Chocolate” benefit. The event will be held from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 7 at The Canton Club (101 Central Plaza, Suite #1200, Canton).