Akron Law Current News http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/rss.dot Akron Law Current News Akron Law Mock trial team WINS again! http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=cbef704f-904e-4ea9-b976-76225b3487d4 <p>The Akron Law Mock Trial Team are <b><i><span style="text-decoration: underline;">CHAMPIONS once again</span></i></b>!! This past weekend, the team defeated all comers at the 2014 Ohio Attorney General Public Service Mock Trial Tournament. The field was made up of eight teams from Ohio law schools, with Akron defeating Ohio State in the finals. Team members were: &nbsp;Eunice Asamoah. Rimma Avanesyan, Ian Chaves, and Adam Kumler. The team was coached by Greg Thompson ('12), Tony Wise ('13), and Sharon Tassie (of the Ohio Attorney General's office).</p> Mon, 03 Nov 2014 14:30:00 EST cbef704f-904e-4ea9-b976-76225b3487d4 Akron Legal News quotes Law Professor Katharine Van Tassel regarding Ohio’s work to handle the Ebola crisis. http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=331ea690-04e5-4224-ab34-d090aa89323b <p><span><a href="http://www.akronlegalnews.com/editorial/11442">Akron Legal News</a>&nbsp;</span><span>quotes professor&nbsp;<b>Katherine Van Tassel</b>&nbsp;and associate professor&nbsp;<b>Terry O&rsquo;Sullivan</b>&nbsp;in a story describing how state officials are working to get a handle on the Ebola crisis.</span></p> Mon, 03 Nov 2014 14:15:00 EST 331ea690-04e5-4224-ab34-d090aa89323b Professor Van Tassel highlights constitutional concerns with Ohio’s Public Health Laws and Ebola in Crain’s Cleveland Business article http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=c49227ae-e2b0-473e-b344-9187020d9908 <p>Ebola concerns are causing companies to seek legal advice</p> <p>By JEREMY NOBILE</p> <p>October 26, 2014 4:30 AM</p> <p>Americans are terrified of the Ebola virus.</p> <p>And while the country has yet to see any true outbreak, fear of the disease has skyrocketed since the first confirmed reports of the virus in North America. Citizens now rank Ebola among the biggest problems facing the United States, ahead of poverty and terrorism, according to a recent Gallup poll. In Ohio, there have been no confirmed Ebola cases, a couple quarantines, and about 160 reports of an individual coming in contact with an infected person, according to data from the Ohio Emergency Management Agency.</p> <p>But Ebola concerns are raising a litany of legal questions as well, from how companies should treat employees possibly exposed to the virus or an infected person to whether quarantines infringe on an individual's own civil liberties.</p> <p>Victor Geraci, a labor and employment attorney at Fisher &amp; Phillips, said many employers are looking for help &ldquo;digesting&rdquo; laws and information already out there to evaluate their liability, particularly those in health care fields or where international travel is a part of the job.</p> <p>&ldquo;There is confusion, and because there is a group of people who would normally look to law firms on workplace safety issues or protection of employee safety, they're doing so now,&rdquo; Geraci said, adding that he's quick to remind clients &ldquo;this is not a crisis at the moment.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;It's not an outbreak, it's a scare,&rdquo; said Joe Gross, a partner at Benesch specializing in labor and employment law. &ldquo;And because it's a scare, people are reacting.&rdquo;</p> <p>Gross said he's fielding questions from supervisors and employers across numerous fields who are seeking similar counsel. Many worries center on labor laws, he said, as employers aim to protect their own companies from the potentially infected by encouraging people to stay home, even if they were just briefly in the same room as an infected person.</p> <p>But a thin line separates proper procedure and potential workplace discrimination.</p> <p>Out of date</p> <p>Katharine Van Tassel, director of the Public Health Law and Science Center and Health Law Program at the University of Akron, says part of the issue stems from America's antiquated health laws, written in 1953, that don't outline protocols for dealing with a potential pandemic like Ebola. Those laws create the power to impose quarantines.</p> <p>The lack of clarity creates unknowns, which begets fear. Van Tassel calls it &ldquo;emotional epidemiology.&rdquo;</p> <p>How to treat an employee who may have only been near an infected person is a significant gray area, Van Tassel said. If an employee with no diagnosis of Ebola and questionable symptoms was forced to stay home by the government or their boss, have they been unfairly labeled as disabled? Would such actions hold up if challenged in court?</p> <p>If that employee is not being paid, Van Tassel thinks not.</p> <p>In contrast, the law provides for other similar situations where a person could miss work, like if someone were called upon for jury duty, or even to serve in the National Guard. In both cases, the government is asking a person to miss work to benefit the greater good, Van Tassel said, but the individual is protected in those cases from losing pay or otherwise being retaliated against. She argues the same protections need to be created in public health law not only for potentially ill Ebola victims, but to address future issues that could stem from the appearance of an infectious disease on American soil.</p> <p>Similar fears have arisen before with the threats of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), Avian influenza (bird flu), even decades ago with the spread of AIDS in the 1980s. All are diseases that once belonged solely to animals and found their way to humans, Van Tassel notes. And similar issues are bound to happen again.</p> <p>&ldquo;We need a process in place that says you don't lose your personal rights because you're in quarantine,&rdquo; Van Tassel said. &ldquo;It just boggles my mind that if we ask these people to sacrifice for the community ... that we're not handing them a brochure saying, "These are your rights.''</p> <p>Balancing act</p> <p>Gross said one employer was asking how to treat an employee who lived with someone who had contact with a person who &ldquo;may&rdquo; have had Ebola-related symptoms. The person was seeking advice on how to be fair not only to the individual, but to other employees possibly fearing exposure, regardless of the likelihood.</p> <p>Gross said he encourages employers to consider drafting their own policies for dealing with the potential effects of Ebola and the complications arising from it to establish protocols that can be applied equally. If a person is being asked to stay home for any reason against their will, Gross suggests drafting an agreement allowing the person to continue earning pay to avoid any possible legal ramifications.</p> <p>&ldquo;Some employers may want to be in front of the issue, many others would not,&rdquo; Gross said.</p> <p>&ldquo;But if they deal with it once, they should deal with it in a policy sense so they treat everyone the same.&rdquo;</p> <p>Meanwhile, Van Tassel said the federal government could take some similar advice.</p> <p>&ldquo;We want to have a plan in place so that people trust the government and choose to cooperate,&rdquo; Van Tassel said.</p> <p>&ldquo;If people do not trust the government, they may not come forward and report that they have been exposed to an infected person, and then they could spread the virus further,&rdquo; she added.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;It is imperative that lawyers, healthcare providers and public health officials come together to update Ohio law to properly balance the protection of public health with the constitutional rights of its citizens. &rdquo;</p> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:45:00 EDT c49227ae-e2b0-473e-b344-9187020d9908 Sports law expert, Law Professor Jack Sahl, weighs in on Ray Rice NFL drama. http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=067e82d1-ac4b-4b49-89b1-951cbd23bd20 <p><span>Law professor&nbsp;</span><b>Jack Sahl</b><span>&nbsp;appeared on &ldquo;The Average Joe Sports Show&rdquo; on&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.akronnewsnow.com/personalities/brad-russell">WAKR-AM</a><span>&nbsp;to discuss former Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice&rsquo;s case against the NFL and his former team. For complete audio, click here:&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.akronnewsnow.com/personalities/brad-russell">http://www.akronnewsnow.com/personalities/brad-russell</a></p> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:00:00 EDT 067e82d1-ac4b-4b49-89b1-951cbd23bd20 Associate Dean William Jordan named Fellow of the ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=3ce7a5bc-93f5-4046-b9ed-5e54925cc5d6 <p>William S. Jordan III, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at The University of Akron School of Law, was named a Fellow of the Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice of the American Bar Association. With this honor, Dean Jordan joins a list of esteemed fellows, including present and former United States Supreme Court Justices Scalia, Breyer, and Rehnquist; Director of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs for the Obama Administration Cass Sunstein; C. Boyden Gray, White House Counsel to President George H. W. Bush and former United States Ambassador to the European Union; Ted Olson, former United States Solicitor General; and many other esteemed lawyers, judges and law professors.</p> <p>Bill Jordan has been involved with the ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice for over 15 years. For the last 12 years, he has written the &ldquo;News from the Circuits&rdquo; column reporting on Administrative Law decisions in the U.S. Courts of Appeals in the Section&rsquo;s quarterly magazine. In addition, he has chaired the Judicial Review Committee. Further, he was elected to a 3-year term on the Council of the Section several years ago and has chaired the Publications Committee for several years, presiding over the publications of several books on administrative law each year. He has also organized or served on several panels at the Section&rsquo;s annual Fall Conference in Washington, D.C.. and, for the past several years, Bill has reported on recent developments in Rulemaking at the annual conference.</p> <p>Congratulations, Dean Jordan! Akron Law is so proud of you! For more information about Bill Jordan, please see his complete bio&nbsp;<a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/faculty/profile.dot?identity=692044">here</a>.</p> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:15:00 EDT 3ce7a5bc-93f5-4046-b9ed-5e54925cc5d6 Professor Katharine Van Tassel discusses the Ebola crisis and Ohio’s quarantine laws on The Jasen Sokol Show on WAKR http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=cb0c8242-3359-4274-abd6-1bbbd6789970 <p>Professor Katharine Van Tassel discusses the Ebola crisis and Ohio&rsquo;s quarantine laws on The Jasen Sokol Show on 1590 WAKR (Akron) on Thursday, October 9th&nbsp;</p> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 10:00:00 EDT cb0c8242-3359-4274-abd6-1bbbd6789970 U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Adopts Recommendations Made by Akron’s Public Health Law & Science Center http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=6fc7be49-a80f-4024-896c-e20dcd523f23 <p>The eagerly anticipated Statutory Enforcement Report,&nbsp;<i>Patient Dumping</i>, issued by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights was released in the last week of September 2014. The Report adopts several recommendations made by Professor Katharine Van Tassel in her testimony before the Commission in Washington D.C. last April, 2014 and in her Written Statement submitted to the Commission.&nbsp; The Report was sent directly from the Commissioners to President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Speaker of the House, John Boehner.&nbsp;</p> <p>The research that formed the background for the Written Statement was performed by the Student Research Team for the Public Health &amp; Law Center at Akron Law (pictured), along with the expert support of the Akron staff members of the PHLSC team, Anthony Colucci and Amy McCoy. This Written Statement was cited multiple times in the report.</p> <p>"This was definitely a team effort," states Professor Van Tassel. "It is amazing how our team pulled together to help with my testimony and with the research for the Written Statement. It shows what we can do together here at Akron Law to improve the human condition."</p> <p>"Patient dumping" is the practice of hospitals' denying individuals emergency medical screening and stabilization services, or transferring them to other hospitals, once a hospital discovers that the patients are uninsured or have no means to pay for treatment.</p> <p>The Report examines the effectiveness of the federal law that Congress passed to address such practices:&nbsp; the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA).&nbsp; The Report discusses what policies may be adopted to better protect the rights of the mentally ill, and makes detailed findings and recommendations for improvements.&nbsp; The recommendations include:</p> <ul> <li>Better data collection</li> <li>Increased regulatory oversight</li> <li>Non-punitive methods for hospital reporting</li> <li>Electronic filtering of data that automatically flags inadequate reporting data</li> <li>Linking budgets of community-based mental health programs with local hospitals to recover costs from patients treated in centers rather than hospitals</li> <li>Making it mandatory for the Centers for Medicare &amp; Medicaid Services to forward all EMTALA cases to the Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services</li> <li>Increased training and education</li> <li>Conforming EMTALA's definition of stabilization so that it is consistent with the medical definition</li> <li>Fostering learning from best practices</li> <li>Implementing consistent protocols and discharge planning</li> </ul> <p>Martin R. Castro, Chairman of the Commission, stated, "We are pleased to share this important Report with the President, Congress and the American people and hope that our findings and recommendations serve to improve the conditions that were presented to the Commission during the briefing."</p> <p>The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is an independent, bipartisan agency charged with advising the President and Congress on civil rights matters and issuing an annual federal civil rights enforcement report. For information about Commission's reports and meetings, visit http://www.usccr.gov.</p> Mon, 06 Oct 2014 11:00:00 EDT 6fc7be49-a80f-4024-896c-e20dcd523f23 Over Seventy Law, Public Health and Medical Students Come Together from Several Universities to Create Interdisciplinary Teams to Discuss Ebola Crisis http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=0457ba05-63ed-4ce8-8701-62ec4389e0c1 <p>Over 70 law, public health and medical students joined together to discuss the Ebola crisis in the first inter-professional class held between Akron Law, NEOMED and CEOMPH held this past Saturday, October 4.&nbsp;</p> <p>The students attended via web video conferencing classrooms located at University of Akron, Cleveland State University, Ohio University, and Youngstown State.</p> <p>The afternoon-long session explored the legal, ethical and medical issues arising out of a hypothetical outbreak of Ebola involving 200 individuals in Northern Ohio. There were short presentations and a panel discussion by faculty to introduce the problem. Then, the students held lively discussions in break-out sessions involving inter-professional teams of medical students, physicians, public health professional students and the law students who are part of the Health Law Certificate Program at Akron Law. &nbsp;</p> <p>Faculty presenters and panelists included the following:</p> <ul> <li><span>Dr. Julie Aultman, who is an Adjunct Professor in Akron Law's Health Law Certificate Program and who is also an Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine and Director for the Bioethics Certificate Program at the Northeast Ohio Medical University</span></li> <li><span data-mce-mark="1">Professor Katharine Van Tassel, who is a Professor of Law and is the Director of the Public Health Law &amp; Science Center and Health law Programs at the University of Akron School of Law</span></li> <li><span data-mce-mark="1">Dr. Amy Lee, who is the Program Director for the Consortium of Eastern Ohio Master of Public Health Program (a partnership of The University of Akron, Cleveland State University, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Ohio University, and Youngstown State University) and who is also a Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the Northeast Ohio Medical University</span></li> <li><span data-mce-mark="1">Dr. Michelle Chyatte, who is an Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the Northeast Ohio Medical University</span></li> </ul> Mon, 06 Oct 2014 10:00:00 EDT 0457ba05-63ed-4ce8-8701-62ec4389e0c1 Expert on sports law, Professor Jack Sahl, comments on lawsuits against universities and the NCAA brought by players released to play before recovering from concussions http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=9c952af1-6742-4ec9-a532-4d7b30c69de7 <p>Expert on sports law, Professor Jack Sahl, comments on lawsuits against universities and the NCAA brought by players released to play before recovering from concussions.</p> <p><a href="http://www.pamplinmedia.com/pt/9-news/233553-96815-lawsuit-targets-psu-gridiron-concussions">Click here for more information.</a></p> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:15:00 EDT 9c952af1-6742-4ec9-a532-4d7b30c69de7 Akron Law students get practical legal experience http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=5c7b1358-e6ce-46d3-ac94-4f81846830d8 <p>The University of Akron School of Law held another of its monthly outreach clinics on Saturday, August 23, 2014. Local citizens who attend the clinic have the opportunity to complete applications for the Certificate of Qualification for Employment (CQE) or applications for expungement (the court sealing of their criminal record). The purpose of the clinics is to increase employment opportunities for those who have a criminal record.</p> <p>Eighty-four people attended the clinic held on Saturday at the Mount Haven Missionary Baptist Church. During the 3-hour clinic, law student volunteers completed twenty-nine CQE applications, and twenty-six expungement applications. Twenty University of Akron law students staffed the clinic, including 8 first year students who had not yet attended their first official law school class.</p> <p>The law student volunteers raved about their volunteer experience at the clinic.</p> <p>First year student Kyle Cramer stated, &ldquo;I greatly enjoyed the experience. It was very satisfying helping people. Most of the clients were very grateful.&rdquo; Fourth year part-time student Kristen Guappone commented: &ldquo;I truly felt I made a difference. [I helped] clients who [had] acknowledge[d that] they ... made a serious mistake in the past, and were now actively trying to turn their lives around. Frustrated that their past mistake was keeping them from employment or housing, the CQE petition we filed helped them demonstrate and show to the court that they were making a sincere[] . . . effort to remain a ... law-abiding citizen and to maintain those positive choices in their lives. The clients were overly thankful, some near tears, that [the] granting of this CQE might finally allow them . . . to leave some of their past behind, and have a second chance.&rdquo;</p> <p>Third year student Dave Garnier had similar comments about his experience. The &ldquo; CQE Legal Clinic is a way for law students to help these people take steps to improve their lives and those of their family members. The CQE application process is not difficult for a law student, but our help makes a real difference in the lives of many Summit County residents with prior convictions. As students at the University of Akron School of Law, aware of the responsibilities of those entering the legal profession to the community ... we welcome such a wonderful opportunity to bring together a need and a possible way to meet that need.&rdquo;</p> <p>Third year student Justin Burns also observed that &ldquo;Akron Law's CQE Clinic is an example of how the University of Akron School of Law can partner with our community to facilitate ex-offenders' re-entry into society. Personally, I found it frustrating to hear of how our clients' past offenses, some [with] convictions over 15 years ago, still faced obstacles in finding employment based on their criminal record. Since the individuals with whom I worked had already demonstrated the ability to lead law-abiding lives in order to become eligible for the certificate, it was inspiring to become part of their journey as they apply to become active, engaged citizens in our community.&rdquo;</p> <p>To date, the University of Akron School of Law has hosted 14 outreach clinics. 709 people have attended the clinics and they have been helped by 295 law-student volunteers. The law students have completed 225 CQE applications and approximately 191 expungement applications.</p> <p>The CQE clinic is supervised by Professor Joann Sahl, and the Expungement clinic is supervised by Attorney Russel Nichols.</p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:45:00 EDT 5c7b1358-e6ce-46d3-ac94-4f81846830d8 Professor Katharine Van Tassel to speak at AALS annual Meeting on issues of law and policy arising from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=ad67e52f-3573-4c58-9541-cc504d885680 <p>&nbsp;The 2014 West African outbreak of the Ebola virus is the most severe epidemic attributed to this pathogen since 1976, when international health officials began keeping records on Ebola. &nbsp;As of August 2014, the total number of suspected cases has approached 2,000, and the number of suspected deaths has exceeded 1,000. &nbsp;The World Health Organization has designated the health crisis as one of international concern. &nbsp;The law has a strong stake in containing this outbreak and preventing future episodes of this kind. Professor Katharine Van Tassel will be speaking on a panel at the upcoming Annual Meeting of the American Association of Law Schools addressing issues of law and policy arising from the Ebola outbreak. Professor Van Tassel is the Director of the Public Health Law &amp; Science Center and Health Law Program at the University of Akron School of Law.&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="/dotAsset/f5efe10b-e724-4101-9b77-4ac32a00f16e.png" width="521" height="505" /></p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:00:00 EDT ad67e52f-3573-4c58-9541-cc504d885680 Wilson Huhn, professor of law, is quoted in a Bloomberg story on a U.S. Supreme Court decision http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=f6a00f6a-8646-4006-a9b8-109ed12df4e7 <p>Wilson Huhn<span>, professor of law, is quoted in a Bloomberg story on a U.S. Supreme Court decision on contraceptive coverage regulations --&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.bna.com/forprofit-closely-held-n17179891700/">http://www.bna.com/forprofit-closely-held-n17179891700/</a><span>.</span></p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 14:45:00 EDT f6a00f6a-8646-4006-a9b8-109ed12df4e7 Professor Emerita Elizabeth Reilly featured in Akron Legal News http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=a10ab7fb-deb0-4089-9d1f-c910c5c39e8d <p>Professor Emerita&nbsp;<b>Elizabeth Reilly</b>, who will retire June 30, is featured in an Akron Legal News story available at <a href="http://www.akronlegalnews.com/editorial/10541%23">http://www.akronlegalnews.com/editorial/10541#</a> .&nbsp;</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:30:00 EDT a10ab7fb-deb0-4089-9d1f-c910c5c39e8d Professor Emeritus, Jeffrey Samuels takes a look at Redskins name controversy http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=957d064e-3a4f-4c30-8b54-69dbde65161a <p>Professor Emeritus, Jeffrey Samuels recently spoke to Ray Horner on his WAKR radio show about the recent controversy regarding the Washington Redskins name.&nbsp; Please&nbsp;<a href="http://akronnewsnow.com/wakr/ray-horner-show/item/154569-audio-retired-ua-professor-takes-a-look-at-redskins-name-controversy">click here</a>&nbsp;to listen to audio from the show.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 16:00:00 EDT 957d064e-3a4f-4c30-8b54-69dbde65161a Akron Law Alumna, Taryn Heath, sworn in as president of the Stark County Bar http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=4e3221d0-c674-4b30-b7ab-8be52cf4a17e <p><b>Taryn Heath (&rsquo;82)&nbsp;</b>was recently sworn in as president of the Stark County Bar Association.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p></p> <p>The Alliance Review story is available&nbsp;<a href="http://www.the-review.com/local%20news/2014/06/24/judge-taryn-l-heath-elected-stark-county-bar-president">here</a>.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:45:00 EDT 4e3221d0-c674-4b30-b7ab-8be52cf4a17e Akron Law duo earns highest ranking for 2L team in Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=6fe9155e-388a-4f30-9d68-d02afe1f8dcb <p align="left">Two law students from The University of Akron School of Law placed sixth overall in the Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition, held June 5-8, 2014. The invitation-only Top Gun competition is sponsored by Baylor Law School and is limited to 16 of the best law schools in trial advocacy. The University of Akron has been invited every year since the tournament's inception in 2010.</p> <p align="left">&nbsp;</p> <p align="left">&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="https://www.uakron.edu/dotAsset/3957e365-8bc1-471b-a6b8-986bb21c74f0.jpg&amp;random=79649" height="130" style="float: right;" /></p> <p align="left">Akron Law second years Justin Workman and Scott Kamenitsa represented Akron Law, arguing a case involving copyright law. Workman was selected to be lead counsel and was in charge of presenting both sides of the case.&nbsp;Kamenitsa played a key role in preparing material and making in-trial adjustments.</p> <p align="left">&nbsp;</p> <p align="left">&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="https://www.uakron.edu/dotAsset/c5266302-302d-444f-91eb-51d6b4098580.jpg&amp;random=79649" height="130" style="float: right;" /></p> <p align="left">The duo, coached by Dan Leister ('12) of Sutter O'Connell, went up against some of the top teams in an already stellar field of competition. They won their first two cases 3-0 against Chiacago-Kent and 2-1 against South Texas, before losing their next two in highly contested rounds, including a case against Yale in round 3 that was decided in a split decision by a single point. Akron Law's sixth place finish was the highest ranking for a 2L team.</p> <p></p> <p align="center">Congratulations to Justin and Scott! Well done!<br /> <img src="https://www.uakron.edu/dotAsset/941c04d2-e125-4d65-9037-0b04b5ed8465.jpg&amp;random=79649" width="600" /></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 14:00:00 EDT 6fe9155e-388a-4f30-9d68-d02afe1f8dcb Akron Law Teams with Federal Judicial Center to offer Patent Course for Federal Judges http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=3e4997ac-7bc2-4efb-b54c-33ae1e81d607 <p>The University of Akron School of Law is once again teaming up with the Federal Judicial Center to offer a course for federal district court judges on patent litigation. The program will be held June 30-July 1, 2014 in Menlo Park, California.&nbsp; A similar, highly successful, program was held last April in Charleston, South Carolina.</p> <p>The course is designed to provide federal trial judges with a better understanding of the many issues they will face in presiding over patent infringement suits.&nbsp; The program includes sessions on the legal and economic issues in patent litigation, settlement, case management conferences, claim construction, discovery, helping the jury, and post-trial proceedings. The curriculum was designed by Professor Robert C.</p> <p>Kahrl, the Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence at the University of Akron School of Law, and is taught by leading patent litigators from around the country, as well as by retired jurists with long experience in presiding over patent suits and appeals.</p> <p>Approximately 50 federal judges have been invited to participate in the upcoming program, many of whom are participating in the current pilot program that allows judges to elect to preside over patent suits.</p> <p>The Federal Judicial Center is the research and education agency of the federal judiciary.</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 11:30:00 EDT 3e4997ac-7bc2-4efb-b54c-33ae1e81d607 Prof. Thomas invited to moderate 2015 AALS Panel http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=37130610-ee18-4f37-82c8-484a18719b48 <p><a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/faculty/profile.dot?identity=700609"><b>Tracy Thomas</b></a>&nbsp;was invited to moderate the 2015 AALS panel, &ldquo;Engendering Equality: A Conversation with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and New Voices in Women&rsquo;s Legal History.&rdquo;&nbsp; This is a joint program of the Women in Legal Education section, the Legal History section, and the Constitutional Law section featuring remarks by Justice Ginsburg and new scholars in women&rsquo;s legal history.</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 12:48:00 EDT 37130610-ee18-4f37-82c8-484a18719b48 Akron Trial Team wins National Championship http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=3f2fa17d-c161-4d06-8f2c-1854a9ac097c <p><img src="/dotAsset/2c7ffa5a-84ff-4420-8b1a-9565bc4b8ece.jpg" width="380" height="500" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></p> <p>April 16, 2014</p> <p>The University of Akron School of Law Mock Trial Team is National Champion once again! In the recent four-day American Association for Justice&rsquo;s Student Trial Advocacy Competition in Santa Monica, CA, the Akron Law team of advocates Joseph Darwal and Justin Workman, along with their witnesses Elizabeth Emanuel and C. Adam Carro, competed against the top trial programs in the United States. When all was said and done, Akron Law was crowned national champions for the fourth time in eleven years.</p> <p>The Akron Law team&rsquo;s climb to the top began in March when they participated in a hard fought regional competition that narrowed the field from 224 teams down to the top 14. During that regional competition, Akron Law bested a field of teams from Case Western Reserve Law School, Michigan State, Cleveland State, Thomas Cooley, University of Cincinnati, Capital University, and the University of Toledo. That win entitled Akron Law to compete in the national competition.</p> <p>Over the first two days of the national competition in Santa Monica, the Akron Law team lost its first two trials to the eventual #1 and #3 seeded teams, New York University and Duquesne University, in 2-1 decisions that were decided by the narrowest of margins. The disappointing early results meant that, in order to make the cut to the final eight, the Akron Law team would need to sweep all three judges in its round against South Texas College of Law, nationally recognized as one of the top five trial advocacy program in the country. And, that is exactly what they did.</p> <p>From that point on, the Akron Law team could not be stopped. Joseph Darwal and Justin Workman consistently won the jury over during opening statement, witness examination and closing argument, while witnesses Elizabeth Emanuel and C. Adam Carro laid out Akron&rsquo;s case on direct examination and confounded opposing counsel on cross. Regardless of which side of the case Akron presented &ndash; plaintiff or defense - the results were the same. Together, the team swept through the quarterfinal and semi-final rounds against the Charlotte School of Law and Stetson University setting up a championship round against Syracuse University. In the end, Akron Law won over every member of the championship round jury panel, consisting of Los Angeles&rsquo; most prominent trial attorneys, in a 3-0 decision that capped off an unprecedented comeback from the preliminary rounds.</p> <p>The victory was the well earned by all four members of the competition team. The team was coached by Akron Law graduates Larry Sutter (&rsquo;89) and Kevin Kita (&rsquo;11) with the law firm of Sutter O&rsquo;Connell, and Tony Wise (&rsquo;13), with the Stark County Public Defender&rsquo;s Office.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:08:00 EDT 3f2fa17d-c161-4d06-8f2c-1854a9ac097c School of Law Faculty's Recent Scholarly Achievements http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=ee5a309f-b8ec-49a4-a464-aa73981826e3 <p><strong>Betsy Shaver</strong>&nbsp;accepted an offer to publish her article,&nbsp;<em>Can the States Ban the Use of Non-Positive Interventions? Re-Examining Positive Behavior Supports under IDEA</em>, in the Steton Law Review.</p> <p><strong>Kristen Barnes&rsquo;</strong>&nbsp;proposal,&nbsp;<em>Race Conscious Admissions in Higher Education in the European Union and the United States</em>, was accepted for a paper presentation at the AALS Mid-Year Workshop on Transnational Perspectives on Equality Law, to be held in Washington, D.C. on June 22-24, 2014.</p> <p><strong>Sarah Morath</strong>&nbsp;accepted an offer to publish her article,&nbsp;<em>The Farmer In Chief: Obama&rsquo;s Local Food Legacy</em>, in the Oregon Law Review.</p> <p>Please send additional scholarship news to <a href="mailto:vacca@uakron.edu" target="_blank">vacca@uakron.edu</a>.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:55:00 EDT ee5a309f-b8ec-49a4-a464-aa73981826e3 Professor Jack Sahl to speak at the Combating Threats to the International Financial System: The Financial Action Task Force symposium http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=9df95329-9228-4a73-b1c6-e573aad38f74 <div align="center"> <p><img src="/dotAsset/e58b8923-92ff-47f9-897c-08e857bc2a66.jpg" alt="New York Law School Law Review proudly presents" width="100%" /><br /><strong>Combating Threats to the International Financial System:<br />The Financial Action Task Force</strong></p> <p></p> <p><strong>When</strong><br />Friday, April, 25, 2014, 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.<br /><em>The event will be followed by a wine and cheese reception</em></p> <p><strong>Where</strong><br />New York Law School Auditorium<br />185 West Broadway, New York, New York 10013</p> <p><strong>Register Today</strong><br />Registration is available&nbsp;<a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001SIGhmIdEoXSSAFKtm72r0w-DXKMkGZrRo2OdXrMRUiWGBIwvaywwqu5GmhGf4BoeCu_ND4sz0VEkYqYc85QMRnVRuyoBjfQJEAkG2VFf_3b7i1vXkkqCGpdHksgQMC9CuJ-JCwibJlWj9TvwD8ZtzA==" target="_blank"><span>here</span></a>&nbsp;for $60<br />($50 for ACTEC members and NYLS alumni;<br />No charge for Law School and College &amp; University students with valid ID;<br />no charge for NYLS Faculty and Staff)<br /><em>Registration includes 6 CLE credits (Transitional and Non-Transitional; 3.5 in Areas of Professional Practice and 2.5 in Ethics); continental breakfast, lunch, and reception</em></p> <p><strong>About the Symposium</strong><br />In response to rampant international money laundering and terrorist financing, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) was established to set international standards and promote the effective implementation of legislative and regulatory reforms. This symposium examines policy recommendations promulgated by FATF, their implementation at both state and federal levels, and their direct impact on legal professionals in the corporate, financial, and trusts and estates legal fields.<br /><br />Follow the conversation on Twitter at #NYLSFATF.</p> <p><strong>Panels</strong></p> <div align="center"> <div width="45%" align="left"> <ul> <li>An Introduction to the Financial Action Task Force</li> <li>Federal and State Implementation of FATF Policies</li> <li>The FATF and Professional Ethics</li> </ul> </div> </div> <p><strong>Speakers</strong><br /><strong>Karen Hawkins</strong>&nbsp;(Keynote Speaker), Internal Revenue Service;&nbsp;<strong>Shima Baradaran</strong>, University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law;&nbsp;<strong>Jean-Paul Duvivier</strong>, PricewaterhouseCooper LLP;&nbsp;<strong>Saby Ghoshray</strong>, WorldCompliance, Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies;&nbsp;<strong>Nick Kazmerski</strong>, FDIC;&nbsp;<strong>William LaPiana</strong>, New York Law School;&nbsp;<strong>Peter Margulies</strong>, Roger Williams School of Law;&nbsp;<strong>Duncan Osborne</strong>, Osborn, Helman, Knebel &amp; Deleery, LLP, President of ACTEC;&nbsp;<strong>Michael Rosen</strong>, United States Treasury;<strong>John P. Sahl</strong>, Akron Law;&nbsp;<strong>Houman Shadab</strong>, New York Law School;&nbsp;<strong>Kevin L. Shepherd</strong>, Venable LLP;&nbsp;<strong>John A. Terrill, II</strong>, Heckscher Teillon Terrill &amp; Sager, PC;&nbsp;<strong>Laurel S. Terry</strong>, Penn State Dickinson School of Law;&nbsp;<strong>Nicholas Turner</strong>, CITI.</p> <p><em>For full program information and speaker bios, visit our&nbsp;<a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001SIGhmIdEoXSgbRHgHDUtEV0oGVkKCnhEzsalsGXfOWTWuuqGq2yAy5-Clfr9JX-viofgJbuvVaAlcQ4goTpCuiSiZ0USUyfjF5sYHsQkL57SxTdDgESHJlr48m3lfxf3" target="_blank">website</a></em>.</p> <p><strong>CLE Credits</strong><br />6 Transitional and Non-Transitional CLE credits will be available:<br />3.5 in Areas of Professional Practice and 2.5 in Ethics<br /><em>CLE credits are included in the registration fee</em></p> <p><a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001SIGhmIdEoXSgbRHgHDUtEV0oGVkKCnhEzsalsGXfOWTWuuqGq2yAy5-Clfr9JX-viofgJbuvVaAlcQ4goTpCuiSiZ0USUyfjF5sYHsQkL57SxTdDgESHJlr48m3lfxf3" target="_blank"><span>www.nylslawreview.com/FATF</span></a></p> </div> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:28:00 EDT 9df95329-9228-4a73-b1c6-e573aad38f74 Professor Huhn to speak on WAKR about Ohio's same sex marriage ruling http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=5357ec7b-7549-44a0-9148-d65edfc3f873 <p>Current news &ndash; Professor Will Huhn to speak on WAKR about the upcoming Ohio same sex marriage ruling that will be handed down on April 14 --&nbsp;<a href="http://www.akronnewsnow.com/wakr">Read more here</a>.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 11:17:00 EDT 5357ec7b-7549-44a0-9148-d65edfc3f873 Akron Law Civil Litigation Clinic presents at the International Institute for Refugees from Burma and Bhutan http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=1049413a-4386-475e-b962-7653487eda88 <p>Yesterday, the Civil Litigation Clinic's students conducted a Landlord-Tenant presentation at the International Institute for Refugees from Burma and Bhutan, read more at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.asiaohio.org/2014/04/01/ltw-march/">Asian Services in Action's</a>&nbsp;website.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:59:00 EDT 1049413a-4386-475e-b962-7653487eda88 Akron Wins! http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=e1c6a601-f1a7-423e-9acd-196f0525d6e1 <p>The University of Akron trial program added another regional championship to its trophy case this weekend when it took part in the American Association for Justice&rsquo;s mock trial competition in Cleveland, Ohio.&nbsp; Two Akron teams, consisting of advocates Lavell Payne and Ben Sorber, along with their witnesses Dakota Fox and Elayna Saad, and advocates Joe Darwal and Justin Workman, along with their witnesses Elizabeth Emanuel and C. Adam Carro competed in the field of 16. In the end, only Akron could beat Akron.<br /><br />Over the first 3 days of competition, the Akron teams bested competition from Case Western, Michigan State, Cleveland State, Thomas Cooley, University of Cincinnati, Capital University, and University of Toledo.&nbsp; The teams put up a combined record of 8-0, winning 23 of 24 judges through the opening and semi-final rounds to set up an Akron vs. Akron regional final round that would be determined by the slimmest of margins.<br /><br />With state court Judge Robert McClelland presiding, the teams faced off Sunday morning to determine which team would represent Akron law in the national competition.&nbsp; Both teams presented strong cases and scored nearly perfectly on all judges ballots.&nbsp; When all was said and done, the team of Joe Darwal, Justin Workman, Elizabeth Emanuel and C. Adam Carro took the regional title and punched their ticket to Santa Monica, California for April 10-13 where they will compete with the best advocates from 13 other regions across the country for the opportunity to bring home Akron&rsquo;s ninth national title.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:17:00 EDT e1c6a601-f1a7-423e-9acd-196f0525d6e1 Professor J. Dean Carro to speak on the Second Amendment with the League of Women Voters http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=d6a936ac-0ef1-4b10-895d-c8bdec88e190 <p>&nbsp;J. Dean Carro, retired Dean&rsquo;s Club professor of law at UA, will discuss the history and modern interpretation of the Second Amendment at a League of Women Voters of Tallmadge program March 20, 7 p.m., at Tallmadge High School. This Tallmadge Express announcement is <a href="http://www.tallmadgeexpress.com/community/2014/03/16/league-of-women-voters-tallmadge-present-program-on-second-amendment">available here</a>.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 15:35:00 EDT d6a936ac-0ef1-4b10-895d-c8bdec88e190 Professor Van Tassel quoted in Legal News Pros story concerning a Civil Rights hearing http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=57738ebb-adee-4ab5-862e-a923b712c2ed <p>Testimony by&nbsp;<b>Katharine Van Tassel</b>, UA professor of law and director of the Public Health Law and Science Center and Health Law Program, is quoted in a Legal News Pros story about a hearing before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in Washington, D.C. held March 14. Text is&nbsp;<a href="http://legalpronews.findlaw.com/article/b87cc8a06ec8d9b2ad130a3e05e67a00">available here</a>.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 15:25:00 EDT 57738ebb-adee-4ab5-862e-a923b712c2ed Professor Willa Gibson quoted in Akron Beacon Journal regarding declining bankruptcy filings in OH http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=e726606d-514a-4bdf-ba25-36fe8e5308aa <p>From&nbsp;<em>The Akron Beacon Journal</em>:</p> <p>Bankruptcy filings declined 5 percent in Ohio last year &mdash; the fourth consecutive year that they dropped in the state.</p> <p>Ohio lagged behind the nation, though, which saw filings fall 12 percent, according to statistics released by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.</p> <p>There were 47,892 cases filed in Ohio last year, compared to 50,641 the previous year.</p> <p>Both personal and business filings declined.</p> <p>There were 46,946 personal filings, down 5 percent, and 946 business filings, down 12 percent.</p> <p>Reginald Jackson, a former president of the American Bankruptcy Institute and a partner at the Vorys law firm in Columbus, said the slightly improved economy and fact that there had been so many filings in previous years may explain the lower numbers.</p> <p>Willa Gibson, a law professor at the University of Akron, agreed and also cited a healthier stock market and government programs that helped struggling homeowners with their mortgages.</p> <p>&ldquo;More people are probably employed so that has an impact as well as the ability to refinance at lower interest rates,&rdquo; she said.</p> <p>Medical bills and job loss are the two biggest problems that push people into bankruptcy.</p> <p>The court statistics show there were:</p> <ul> <li>&thinsp;36,486 Chapter 7 filings, which involve liquidating nonexempt property with the proceeds going to creditors.</li> <li>11,284 Chapter 13 filings, which involve a debtor keeping his property and paying back the debt over time.</li> <li>111 Chapter 11 filings, a reorganization usually done by a corporation.</li> <li>11 Chapter 12 filings, which are reserved for farmers and fishermen.</li> </ul> <p>The filings in Summit County fell 3 percent to 2,660, which includes one case filed outside the bankruptcy court&rsquo;s northern district. Stark and Portage counties experienced 2 percent and 6 percent declines, respectively.</p> <p>Elsewhere in the Akron area, Wayne (6 percent), Medina (3 percent) and Cuyahoga (1 percent) had increases.</p> <p>Cuyahoga had the most filings in the state with 7,050, which includes seven cases filed outside the bankruptcy court&rsquo;s northern district. Noble County in southeastern Ohio had the least with 24.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ohio.com/news/local/bankruptcy-filings-fall-in-ohio-for-fourth-consecutive-year-1.463554">Original article.</a></p> <p></p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 11:56:00 EST e726606d-514a-4bdf-ba25-36fe8e5308aa Prof Katherine Van Tassel to testify before U.S. Commission on Civil Rights http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=2cfd41d7-92a7-4c7e-bf5d-0e44648ed61e <p><strong>WASHINGTON, DC</strong>&nbsp;- The United States Commission on Civil Rights announces that it will hold a briefing to examine compliance with the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA), a federal law that requires Medicare-participating hospitals to treat emergency medical conditions of any person regardless of capacity to pay, and makes unlawful the discharge of patients prior to stabilizing any medical condition. The purpose of EMTALA is to prevent hospitals, states and/or localities from prematurely discharging indigent people in need of emergency care and transporting them to other entities, a practice colloquially called &ldquo;patient dumping.&rdquo; The briefing will take place on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:30 am ET at the Commission&rsquo;s headquarters: 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 1150, Washington, DC 20425. Please note that the offices are accessed on F Street NW. Interested members of the public are invited to attend and no reservation is necessary.</p> <p>Of concern to the Commission is the extent to which patients with a psychiatric disability are denied adequate care and whether there has been systemic neglect of this group. Experts at the briefing will present research on how many patients across the country may have been prematurely discharged; will discuss what policies are in place to detect potential violations of the law; will report on possible links between deficiencies in federal expenditures to states and prevalence of patient dumping; and will discuss whether hospital policies governed by the Act should be revised to ensure the protection of patients&rsquo; rights. The Commission will hear from nine speakers in three panels. The government panel will be Marilyn Dahl, Department of Health &amp; Human Services, Centers for Medicare &amp; Medicaid Services; Eileen Hanrahan, Department of Health &amp; Human Services, Office of Civil Rights; and Sandra Sands, Department of Health &amp; Human Services, Office of the Inspector General. The advocates/practitioners panel will be Staci Pratt, ACLU; Gina Greenwood, Baker Donelson; Hernan Vera, Public Counsel; and Susan Preston, Goodell, DeVries, Leech and Dann LLP. The scholars/academics panel will be Katharine Van Tassel, The University of Akron School of Law; and Richard Elliot, Mercer University School of Medicine and School of Law.</p> <p><a href="http://www.usccr.gov/press/2014/Patient-Dumping-Briefing_PR.pdf">Original Press Release.</a></p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 12:18:00 EST 2cfd41d7-92a7-4c7e-bf5d-0e44648ed61e Genetin’s article on the Erie doctrine published in Akron Law Review and cited in two recent law review articles http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=67c6da21-5ec7-4153-8720-c1aec6498652 <p><span style="font-size: 11.0pt; font-family: 'Calibri','sans-serif'; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;">Professor Genetin&rsquo;s article on the <i>Erie</i> doctrine, <i>Reassessing the Avoidance Canon in </i>Erie <i>Cases</i>, 44 Akron L. Rev. 1067 (2011) (<i>Reassessing the Avoidance Canon</i>), has recently received significant attention. &nbsp;The so-called &ldquo;<i>Erie</i> doctrine&rdquo; originated in a case entitled <i>Erie Railroad Co. v. Tompkins</i>,&nbsp;304 U.S. 64&nbsp; (1938).&nbsp; The <i>Erie</i> doctrine, among other things, explores the appropriate allocation of power between the federal and state governments. &nbsp;Professor Genetin&rsquo;s article on <i>Erie</i> was also cited in two recent law review articles.&nbsp; In an article that will be included in a forthcoming 75th anniversary symposium on the <i>Erie</i> doctrine, Professor Allan Erbsen (University of Minnesota Law School) cited <i>Reassessing the Avoidance Canon</i> in his article emphasizing the need to develop &ldquo;default rules&rdquo; for analyzing <i>Erie</i> doctrine issues.&nbsp; Similarly, Professor Jill Fraley (Washington &amp; Lee University School of Law) cited the article in discussing whether statutes and procedural rules should be read textually or in light of the purpose and history of the provision at<span style="color: #1f497d;"> issue.&nbsp;</span></span></p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 11:33:00 EST 67c6da21-5ec7-4153-8720-c1aec6498652 Professor Padfield’s article published in the Oklahoma Law Review http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=2100f751-6366-4ece-88f0-41fa13e73aea <p><span>Stefan Padfield&rsquo;s article, Rehabilitating Concession Theory, has been published in the Oklahoma Law Review. In his article, Professor Padfiled writes that the three primary theories of the corporation are concession theory, real entity theory, and aggregate theory.&nbsp; This Essay argues that the reports of concession theory's demise have been greatly exaggerated and that there remains a serious role for the theory in discussions concerning the place of corporations in society. This is important because without a vibrant concession theory we are left primarily with aggregate theory and real entity theory, two theories of the corporation that both defer to private ordering over government regulation.</span></p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 16:59:00 EST 2100f751-6366-4ece-88f0-41fa13e73aea Tennessee Supreme Court cites Professor Genetin’s article. http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=1f661547-30d3-4154-acd8-b28315d31b91 <p>In November 2013, the Tennessee Supreme Court cited Professor Genetin&rsquo;s article in an opinion, <i>Cooper v. Glasser</i>, 2013 WL 6174469 (2013), that the court stated presents a question of first impression &ndash; whether a Federal Rule of Civil Procedure or state claim preclusion law would govern when a federal court dismisses supplemental state-law claims from federal court and the plaintiff later re-files the identical claims in state court.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 08:44:00 EST 1f661547-30d3-4154-acd8-b28315d31b91 Professor Genetin elected chair of the AALS section on litigation http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=e295b744-7b2a-490f-a88d-e2cf10d390f2 <p>Professor Bernadette Genetin was elected as the Chair of the Section on Litigation at the recent Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). &nbsp;At that meeting, the Litigation Section presented a program entitled Preparing the 21st Century Litigator, focusing on effective means of training litigators. &nbsp;Professor Genetin plans to follow that program with one exploring the future contours of the &nbsp;discovery process. &nbsp;This essential subject is taking on increased importance, as the debate on proposals to limit discovery available under the Federal Rules heats up.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 15:43:00 EST e295b744-7b2a-490f-a88d-e2cf10d390f2 Professor Jack Sahl offers lecture on counseling clients in the entertainment industry http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=09b7f9e2-42d5-48ea-bee4-34f577f1f593 <p>Professor Jack Sahl will be presenting the ethics lecture at the Practicing Law Institute&rsquo;s seminar on Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pli.edu/Content/Seminar/Counseling_Clients_in_the_Entertainment_Industry/_/N-4kZ1z12f94?Ns=sort_date|0&amp;ID=176452">Click here</a>&nbsp;for more information on this program.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 15:03:00 EST 09b7f9e2-42d5-48ea-bee4-34f577f1f593 Akron Law Professor Marty Belsky and UA Vice President Lee Gill featured in program remembering Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Heschel http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=641b29f8-8d3c-4611-a0cb-40e531b9ab46 <p>On Sunday, January 12, Akron Law Professor Martin H. Belsky and Lee A. Gill, co-chairs of the University of Akron&rsquo;s Diversity Council will be featured in a program entitled, &ldquo;Praying With Their Feet: Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. &amp; Dr. Abraham Joshua Heschel.&rdquo; The program celebrates the lives, visions and teachings of Heschel and King with the hope of encouraging those in attendance to work toward social justice. &ldquo;One of the most remarkable things about both [King and Heschel] is that they trusted in people to do the right thing and understood that to attain justice, they had to convince the majority to accept the minority,&rdquo; says Belsky. &ldquo;Once you get to a common core of understanding and an acceptance of one another &mdash; once you can humanize the other &mdash; you&rsquo;re halfway there. This program is a way to build understanding.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://www.ohio.com/news/local/remembering-martin-luther-king-jr-abraham-heschel-on-road-to-social-justice-1.457990">For more information, click here.</a></p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 11:46:00 EST 641b29f8-8d3c-4611-a0cb-40e531b9ab46 Assoc. Dean Jordan’s article discussed at length by D.C. Circuit Judge Douglas Ginsburg http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=bb6f3477-5441-4e93-a683-a9086084b5b3 <p>In his recent essay,<i>&nbsp;The Behavior of Federal Judges: A View from the D.C. Circuit</i>, 97 Judicature 109 (2013), a review of a recent book, The Behavior of Federal Judges, by Lee Epstein, William Landes, and Judge Richard Posner, &nbsp;D.C. Circuit Judge Douglas Ginsburg refers extensively to Associate Dean William Jordan&rsquo;s 2001 article&nbsp;<i>Judges, Ideology, and Policy in the Administrative State: Lessons from a Decade of Hard Look Remands of EPA Rules</i>, 53 Admin. L. Rev. 45 &nbsp;(2001). Dean Jordan&rsquo;s article was an empirical study examining the effects of political ideology on decisions by judges on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. He concluded that, on balance, &ldquo;we have a picture of careful judging, without the strong ideological influences that have been predicted in other studies.&rdquo;</p> <p>Responding to the authors&rsquo; assertion of high dissent rates on the D.C. Circuit and their finding of a &ldquo;significant ideological influence on court of appeals decisions,&rdquo; Judge Ginsburg noted that Professor Jordan&rsquo;s approach to examining circuit court decisions &ldquo;would capture the complexity of such a case by examining each issue,&rdquo; while the book&rsquo;s authors &ldquo;would suppress that complexity by characterizing the case as a whole.&rdquo; The result, according to Judge Ginsburg, was to &ldquo;overstate the degree of disagreement and to see ideology where there is none.&rdquo; Referring Professor Jordan&rsquo;s article, Judge Ginsburg concluded that, &ldquo;It is no small consolation to see the D.C. Circuit absolved-yet again-of the charge, so often levied in the vacuous but vociferous political debates over the confirmation of a new judge, that the court is a political partisan.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=214088">Read the full piece here.</a></p> <p><a href="/dotAsset/152938d7-2580-47bb-b76f-011f2d6c715b.pdf">Read Judge Ginsburg's article here.</a></p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 10:32:00 EST bb6f3477-5441-4e93-a683-a9086084b5b3 Professors Huhn and Van Tassel and their predictions for 2014 http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=835a4a1c-57b0-4712-9a21-315e7472b59b <p>University of Akron School of Law Professors Katharine Van Tassel and Wilson Huhn offer predictions for 2014. They discussed the Affordable Health Care Act from two different perspectives.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.uakron.edu/im/online-newsroom/news_details.dot?newsId=728e0cdb-a5de-4653-8a4f-2fbbda96111f&amp;pageTitle=Top%20Story%20Headline&amp;crumbTitle=UA%20experts%20offer%20predictions%20for%202014">Click here for further reading.</a></p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 10:21:00 EST 835a4a1c-57b0-4712-9a21-315e7472b59b Akron Law’s New Health Law Program featured in Akron Legal News http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=b0f2084a-1f47-4bea-9166-e71e9fa7b4e2 <p>&ldquo;As officials and pundits continue to debate the long-term effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, law schools have begun stepping up their efforts to train future healthcare lawyers charged with helping clients comply with the act&rsquo;s regulations and adapt to changes brought on by advancements in the medical field. Last summer The University of Akron School of Law became the latest institution in northeast Ohio to offer specialized training for those considering going into the field, launching its Public Health Law &amp; Science Center and Health Law Certificate Program.</p> <p>Buckingham, Doolittle &amp; Burroughs healthcare lawyer Joseph Feltes is &hellip; a guest lecturer at the Public Health Law &amp; Science Center as well as a member of [its] steering committee.</p> <p>&lsquo;I have been a healthcare lawyer for 35 years,&rsquo; said Feltes, the partner in charge of Buckingham&rsquo;s Canton office. &lsquo;Right now we are in the middle of a paradigmatic change in the delivery and payment of healthcare services. There has been nothing like it for the past 50 years and regardless of the fate of Obamacare there is no turning back the clock on things like value-driven care, hospital-physician alignment, patient-centered medical homes, technology and significant advances in research and science.&rsquo;</p> <p>&lsquo;Healthcare lawyers in the future are going to need to get their arms around the regulations which are going to come out in droves and tackle the legal and ethical debates that result from research. I think law and science are going to have to learn to walk hand-in-hand and that is exactly what the new health center is preparing students to do.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p> <p>View the complete article at <a href="http://www.akronlegalnews.com/editorial/8855">http://www.akronlegalnews.com/editorial/8855</a></p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 10:50:00 EST b0f2084a-1f47-4bea-9166-e71e9fa7b4e2 Follow Akron Law Professor Wilson Huhn’s blog http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=72344110-b0d1-4319-80ba-818269a16cbb <p>Akron Law Prof Wilson Huhn regularly blogging at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wilsonhuhn.com/">http://www.wilsonhuhn.com/</a>.</p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 12:10:00 EST 72344110-b0d1-4319-80ba-818269a16cbb Professor Katharine Van Tassel quoted by American Bar Association http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=9e75b432-855c-43b1-9ded-8ea204236f7b <p>Katherine Van Tassel, Akron Law professor and director of the Akron Law Public Health Law and Science Center, was quoted in an American Bar Association article describing Professor Van Tassel&rsquo;s presentation at the ABA&rsquo;s 2013 Administrative Law Conference at Georgetown University. &nbsp;At the annual conference, legal experts discussed the controversy surrounding whether requirements for disclosing ingredients are considered regulating speech or regulating conduct. Professor Van Tassel argued that because the government has a substantial interest in protecting public health, compelled commercial speech &ndash; such as labeling requirements &ndash; is permitted based on the Central Hudson Test, which determines whether a governmental regulation of speech is constitutional.</p> <p>Read more about her argument here:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.americanbar.org/news/abanews/aba-news-archives/2013/11/legal_experts_debate.html">http://www.americanbar.org/news/abanews/aba-news-archives/2013/11/legal_experts_debate.html</a>.</p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 11:31:00 EST 9e75b432-855c-43b1-9ded-8ea204236f7b AKRON LAW WINS DIVERSITY AWARD FROM CLEO http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=8344b8b9-987e-4a01-a1ee-4b1da22c8dae <p>The UA School of Law is pleased to announce that CLEO, the Council on Legal Education Opportunity, has named us a significant contributor to their diversity initiatives to increase the pipeline for minority students into law schools. &nbsp;We have been named a William A. Blakey Diversity Pipeline Architect. &nbsp;CLEO sent us a poster commemorating their 45th anniversary, which prominently names us as a key supporter. &nbsp;That poster is being displayed in the glass case in the elevator lobby for all to see. We are very pleased to contribute to the important cause of increasing the diversity pipeline and to supporting an inclusive environment in the law school and legal profession.</p> <p>Please make sure to check out the poster, and to be inspired to continue our commitment to diversity and inclusion.</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 15:14:00 EST 8344b8b9-987e-4a01-a1ee-4b1da22c8dae Wayne College professor appreciates U.S. freedoms, establishes scholarship for UA law students http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=ede1b166-873c-4c9d-a300-30f7932f352b <p>People who have never experienced discrimination often fail to appreciate U.S. legislation &ndash; enacted and refined over the years &ndash; that guarantees all citizens equal opportunity and equal protection under the law.</p> <p>Dr. Jerry Obiekwe, however, has never taken those rights for granted during the many decades he has made his home in the United States.</p> <p>A math professor who has taught since 1993 at The University of Akron Wayne College, Obiekwe left his native Nigeria to pursue greater educational opportunities. Along the way, he earned two doctoral degrees from U.S. institutions and gained something equally important: a special appreciation for the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, and all laws that profoundly improved the rights of women and minorities in America.</p> <p>Obiekwe, in fact, ultimately came to believe that such historic societal change was the product of a nation with great respect for law. &ldquo;Law affects every aspect of life,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;It modifies behavior, creates an environment where intellectualism is allowed to flourish, and provides the parameters of a level playing field for all Americans.&rdquo;</p> <p>Thus, grateful for U.S. laws that allowed him to fulfill his dreams, Obiekwe was inspired in 2013 to establish&nbsp;<b>The Jerry C. Obiekwe, Ph.D., Ed.D., Endowed Scholarship in the School of Law</b>, which provides financial assistance &ndash; in perpetuity &ndash; to deserving, second-year African-American students enrolled in the School of Law at The University of Akron.</p> <p>Through the scholarship, Obiekwe desires to assist law students who ultimately can help ensure the opportunities that benefitted him remain available for future generations.</p> <p>&ldquo;We must continue to be vigilant, making certain these rights are not weakened or abolished,&rdquo; Obiekwe said. &ldquo;Let&rsquo;s continue to find ways to make them better, as equal access to opportunities motivates all people to strive to the limits of their ability, which inevitably translates to the uplifting of society at large.&rdquo;</p> <p>Donations to&nbsp;<b>The Jerry C. Obiekwe, Ph.D., Ed.D., Endowed Scholarship in the School of Law</b>&nbsp;are welcome.</p> <p>Incidentally, the School of Law scholarship is the second endowed fund Obiekwe has created at The University of Akron. In 2012 he established a scholarship for students studying math at Wayne College.&nbsp;<b>The Obiekwe Memorial Endowed Scholarship</b>&nbsp;was a nod to his beloved late parents, S.A. and C.E. Obiekwe, who believed a university-level education was a positive investment that never stopped yielding dividends &ndash; to the individual and to society.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 09:41:00 EST ede1b166-873c-4c9d-a300-30f7932f352b Annual Administrative Law Conference http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=99f5cb51-7c59-4afa-ae1d-9b1f3490447c <p>The University of Akron School of Law Professor Katharine Van Tassel and Associate Dean William Jordan spoke on two separate panels at the prestigious Annual Administrative Law Conference in Washington, D.C. last week. Professor Van Tassel ...served as a panelist on &ldquo;Speak No Evil: Changing Controls on Commercial Speech by Federal Enforcement Agencies&rdquo; and Dean Jordan discussed, as a panelist, &ldquo;Developments in Administrative Law: Part 1.</p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 15:45:00 EST 99f5cb51-7c59-4afa-ae1d-9b1f3490447c Alumnus and author lectured Nov. 13 http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=115cf272-e267-49ef-8515-aa58c334a173 <p>The 1983 School of Law School graduate and award-winning author and historical researcher discussed his book, &ldquo;The Diary and Letters of Elihu Washburn.&rdquo; Published in 2012, the book features the edited diary of Washburne, chronicling his time as the American minister to France during the siege and Commune of Paris in 1870-1871.&nbsp;<br /><br />Hill, who spent nearly a decade working in politics and government before embarking on a career change, shared stories from his work as an independent historical researcher. He has consulted on such high-profile projects as Ken Burns' &ldquo;Civil War&rdquo; series (for which he won an Emmy as the film's co-producer), and David McCullough's book &ldquo;John Adams.&rdquo; Hill also has assisted other authors with their historical works, including Evan Thomas, Michael Korda and Caroline Kennedy.&nbsp;<a href="#top">To the headlines.</a></p> Sun, 17 Nov 2013 16:35:00 EST 115cf272-e267-49ef-8515-aa58c334a173 Professor Huhn asked to speak on Cleveland Public Radio about the Gettysburg Address http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=6f59a26a-3f8c-4d96-86de-db6820fa02a0 <p>November 19<sup>th</sup> marks the 150<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. To commemorate the occasion, Akron Law Professor Wilson Huhn will be a guest on Cleveland Public Radio (FM 90.3)&rsquo;s Ideastream on Tuesday, November 19 from 9 to 10 a.m. Professor Huhn will discuss the Gettysburg Address from a legal, political, religious, philosophical, military and literary perspective. Tune in to hear Professor Huhn&rsquo;s insightful analysis.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 11:48:00 EST 6f59a26a-3f8c-4d96-86de-db6820fa02a0 LAW STUDENTS SUCCESSFULLY COMPETE FOR SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS IN STATEWIDE COMPETITION http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=9a1f0edc-4e37-44fb-b082-363909d1e4a3 <p align="center"><strong>2013 OHIO LAW STUDENT CLOSING ARGUMENT COMPETITION</strong></p> <p>CLEVELAND &ndash; Thursday evening, October 24, 2013, The Landskroner Foundation for Children hosted its 15<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;Annual Law Student Closing Argument Competition in the courtroom of the Honorable Hollie Gallagher at the Cuyahoga County Justice Center.&nbsp; The twelve students participating in the event were selected from a pool of applicants from law schools across the state of Ohio.&nbsp; 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.</p> <p>In the competition, each student was given 15 minutes to argue on behalf of a child exposed to school bullying.&nbsp; Each student presented the case of their 13 year-old client to a jury comprised of experienced trial lawyers, esteemed Judges from the Court of Common Pleas, in Cuyahoga County, media representations, and child advocates.&nbsp; This year taking home first place was<b>&nbsp;Justin Workman</b>, from University of Akron,&nbsp;<b>Colin Beisel</b>, from University of Akron finished second, while<b>&nbsp;Lavell Payne</b>, from University of Akron, finished third. These top three finishers received scholarship awards in the amount of $750, $500, and $200 respectively.</p> <p>Since the inception of this program over 180 law students from across Ohio have competed and over $24,000 in scholarship awards have been distributed to the competition winners.</p> <p>The Landskroner Foundation for Children is a nonprofit child advocacy organization founded as an outgrowth of the personal injury law practice of the Cleveland-based law firm of Landskroner &middot; Grieco &middot; Merriman, LLC TeamLGM.&nbsp; The Foundation&rsquo;s mission includes promoting safe and positive environments for children as well as protecting the rights of children through education and recognition of children&rsquo;s needs.&nbsp; The Law Student Closing Argument Competition was created to encourage law students to consider public interest work after graduation from law school and to remind these future lawyers of their civic responsibility to the communities in which they choose to practice law.</p> <p align="center">For more information contact Anathea Brynak at 216-522-9000.</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 14:15:00 EDT 9a1f0edc-4e37-44fb-b082-363909d1e4a3 Medicaid Expansion's legality debated by Professor Will Huhn http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=203682c8-77d4-4ee5-a73c-d1c51fd3204d <p><b>Will Huhn</b>, law professor, debated Medicaid expansion in an Ideastream segment available at <a href="http://www.ideastream.org/news/feature/medicaid-expansions-legality-debated-between-plaintiff-and-u-of-akron-legal">http://www.ideastream.org/news/feature/medicaid-expansions-legality-debated-between-plaintiff-and-u-of-akron-legal</a></p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 12:44:00 EDT 203682c8-77d4-4ee5-a73c-d1c51fd3204d VOICE OF RUSSIA RADIO STATION FEATURED AKRON LAW PROFESSOR http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=222f5293-977f-4059-a9d7-4728ae0d157b <p align="center"><i>Professor Wilson R. Huhn to Speak About Shuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action on International Radio News Program</i></p> <p>AKRON, OH, October 16, 2013 &ndash; The University of Akron School of Law professor Wilson R. Huhn spoke yesterday on the Voice of Russia&rsquo;s Due Diligence radio program, about the case Shuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action. He was interviewed by Carmen Russell-Sluchansky.</p> <p><a href="http://voiceofrussia.com/us/2013_10_16/Affirmative-Action-Supreme-Court-asks-if-a-state-can-ban-it-altogether-9814/">Click here</a>&nbsp;to listen to the interview.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am grateful to have had the opportunity to describe to an international audience what this case is about. This case is not primarily about affirmative action, but rather about equal access to the political system.&rdquo;</p> <p>Professor Huhn previously filed an amicus brief in the case from a group of law professors on behalf of the respondent, Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action that examined the history of attempts by persons opposed to civil rights to distort the political process, making it difficult or impossible for minorities to achieve their legal goals.</p> <p>&ldquo;The case, Shuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, does not involve the constitutionality of affirmative action itself but rather, the constitutionality of a law that makes it more difficult for racial minorities, than for other groups, to achieve their legislative goals,&rdquo; said Professor Huhn. &ldquo;The state of Michigan adopted a state constitutional amendment that prohibited state university officials from using race in university admissions.&rdquo;</p> <p>Voice of Russia is an international radio news program that airs domestically in Washington, Miami and Chicago, as well as 160 countries worldwide. Due Diligence brings in-depth news and analysis on politics, law and policy featuring the top minds and the top newsmakers to present unabridged dissection of the day&rsquo;s events.</p> <p><b><span>About The University of Akron School of Law<br /></span></b>The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. The law school features a nationally-recognized program in intellectual property, as well as one of four Constitutional Law Centers in the United States. To learn more, visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law">uakron.edu/law</a>.</p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 16:02:00 EDT 222f5293-977f-4059-a9d7-4728ae0d157b Supreme Court Review: Legalistic Argle Bargle http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=f8564eb3-e803-48a3-974e-c140b19461f8 <p><b>Constitution Week - </b>Friday, September 13, 2013<br />9 a.m. &ndash; 2:30 p.m.</p> <p>This program offers a comprehensive overview of all eighty cases from the United States Supreme Court&rsquo;s past term.&nbsp;&nbsp;Justice Scalia described&nbsp;one of the major&nbsp;decisions as &ldquo;argle-bargle&rdquo; or nonsense, but this program tries to make sense of it all. &nbsp;Faculty experts from Akron Law discuss the Court&rsquo;s cases in constitutional law, criminal law, civil procedure, administrative law, business, intellectual property, and health law.&nbsp; Designed in a newscast-type format, the presentations inform as they entertain.&nbsp; The program is intended for all interested audiences including attorneys, journalists, high school, college and law students and the general public.</p> <p><a href="/law/continuinged/supremecourtreviewlegalisticarglebargle.dot">Click here</a> for more information.</p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 14:55:00 EDT f8564eb3-e803-48a3-974e-c140b19461f8 Akron Law addresses issue of merit-based scholarship renewals http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=3d447e4f-6e88-44b4-a398-a2770ac43cc2 <p>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 <a href="https://www.uakron.edu/law/admissions/finaid/retention.dot">https://www.uakron.edu/law/admissions/finaid/retention.dot</a>). 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&rsquo; average debt is lower than 93% of all law schools and 84% of public law schools.</p> <p>We have worked hard over the years to institute a scholarship program that enhances access to legal education for those who might not otherwise be able pursue a law degree. While our merit scholarship renewal requirements have been stringent, we have always been fully transparent about the requirements. We include information about the likelihood of renewal in all of our scholarship-related letters and on our website. For scholarship retention data, see:</p> <p><a href="https://www.uakron.edu/law/admissions/finaid/retention.dot">https://www.uakron.edu/law/admissions/finaid/retention.dot</a></p> <p>All of our required consumer information (and some non-required consumer information) is here:</p> <p><a href="https://www.uakron.edu/law/admissions/consumerinfo.dot">https://www.uakron.edu/law/admissions/consumerinfo.dot</a></p> <p>All of this is publicly available.</p> <p>And since 2007, well ahead of any ABA requirements, we have specifically identified the percentage of scholarship renewals in materials we send to admitted students. If you check the Law School Transparency website, you will see an unblemished record for the 2011 report. We provide all required information and much more. [An earlier version of their report shows that we had one bad mark for failure to file a required report, but we actually filed it that day after they did their survey, well before their earlier report ever appeared.]</p> <p>It is important to evaluate any single ranking or other piece of information in the larger context. For us, the bottom line is enhancing access to legal education. We do that through our scholarship program and through our unusually low tuition. As a result of these efforts, our graduates have among the lowest average debt levels in the country at graduation. The class of 2012 averaged $66,283 in debt at graduation (see <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/admissions/finaid/borrowing.dot">http://www.uakron.edu/law/admissions/finaid/borrowing.dot</a>), which was lower than the average debt at graduation at 93% of all other American law schools, 84% of American public law schools, and all other Ohio law schools.</p> <p>Relevant debt data from the class of 2012 is summarized below (Source: 2012-2013 ABA Takeoff Report, Table J-8).</p> <p>Avg. Debt at Graduation among Private American Law Schools: $122,159</p> <p>Avg. Debt at Graduation among Public American Law Schools: $84,600</p> <p><strong>Overall Average (Unweighted): $106,836</strong></p> <p><strong></strong>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Average debt at graduation among Ohio law schools</strong></p> <p>The University of Akron School of Law: $66,283</p> <p>Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law: $82,269</p> <p>University of Cincinnati School of Law: $84,140</p> <p>The University of Toledo School of Law: $95,375</p> <p>Ohio Northern University, Pettit College of Law: $97,968</p> <p>The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law: $98,674</p> <p>University of Dayton School of Law: $118,333</p> <p>Case Western Reserve University School of Law: $118,806</p> <p>Capital University School of Law: $120,471</p> <p><strong>Overall Average (Unweighted): $98,035</strong></p> <p><strong></strong>&nbsp;</p> <p>It is also important to understand that we a have a tiered renewal system. In the 2010 through 2012 entering classes, we allowed for partial renewal, so another 15% of the 2011 entering class renewed 50% of their scholarship going into their second year of law school.</p> <p>For the 2013 entering class, we have lowered the scholarship renewal standard to an unprecedented level. Those entering law school in fall 2013 will need to maintain a 2.90 GPA (roughly the top third of the class) in order to continue 100% of their scholarships to the next year of law school. Since the scholarships we offer are merit-based, we believe that in order to renew scholarships, scholarship recipients must demonstrate merit. The failure to require a significant demonstration of merit would create equity issues because students who received scholarships as entering students and then earned very low grades would end up sitting in class alongside students who did not receive scholarships as entering students and ended up earning very high grades.</p> <p>Under our approach, approximately 2/3 of entering students receive scholarships. A substantial number of those students necessarily will not be in the top of the class, but the scholarships give them the opportunity to enter law school and demonstrate their ability. Even with widespread loss of scholarships, our low tuition means that our graduates still average among the least student debt upon graduation of all law schools in the country.</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 15:54:00 EDT 3d447e4f-6e88-44b4-a398-a2770ac43cc2 Law Writing Tutor to Present at International Conference http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=43f10e58-304d-42b9-8ea2-0ea911cb93cb <p>Tabitha Martin, an Akron Law Writing Center tutor for the last two years, will be presenting her research on persuasive legal writing at <a href="http://www.city.ac.uk/applied-legal-storytelling-conference">The Legal Writing Institute&rsquo;s Fourth Biennial Applied Legal Storytelling Conference</a> in London (UK) this month. The conference brings together academics, practitioners, and professors to explore the role of narrative in legal writing.</p> <p>Her presentation, &ldquo;How Lawyers Tell Their Stories: Linguistic Strategies in Narrative Appellate Brief&nbsp; Writing,&rdquo; grew out of both her work with Akron Law students and her studies as a Composition graduate student. &ldquo;In my literary linguistics class, we discussed the techniques that fiction writers use to get readers to empathize with characters. I realized that these same techniques could be used by legal writers to create empathy for their clients.&rdquo; Tabitha also developed a writing workshop last semester for the LARW students to help them learn how to apply the principles to their own Appellate Briefs for class.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m looking forward to representing Akron Law at such a prestigious conference, and I thank all of the LARW professors for their help with my research, especially Prof. Cohen and Prof. Schiavone, who told me about the conference.&rdquo; Tabitha will be teaching English Composition I in the Fall at UA and hopes to pursue her PhD in writing and rhetoric in 2014.</p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 15:07:00 EDT 43f10e58-304d-42b9-8ea2-0ea911cb93cb This Summer at Akron Law http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=cace72ed-9347-4c50-9bed-f36d5023ea74 <p>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.&nbsp;</p> <p>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 &amp; Ethics; Immigration Law; and Public Health Law and Bioethics.</p> <p>The Ohio Bar Exam will take place July 30 &ndash; 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.</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 14:36:00 EDT cace72ed-9347-4c50-9bed-f36d5023ea74 Supreme Court Update - Constitutional Law Decisions for 2012-2013 http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=89d9c06b-9df6-4eda-b387-c1ca55b0b4bd <p>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. &nbsp;This online CLE is entitled &ldquo;Supreme Court Update - Constitutional Law Decisions for 2012-2013.&rdquo;&nbsp;<a href="https://www.lawalum.uakron.edu/storefronts/supreme-court-update-constitutional-law-decisions-for-2012-2013">Click here</a>&nbsp;to register online or Contact Michele Novachek at 330.972.636. or&nbsp;<a href="mailto:manovac@uakron.edu">manovac@uakron.edu</a>.</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 14:33:00 EDT 89d9c06b-9df6-4eda-b387-c1ca55b0b4bd Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor Spoke at Akron Law Commencement May 19 http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=a42be706-d82a-421b-b9d3-5838aeb644a7 <p>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&rsquo;Connor.</p> <p>&ldquo;Chief Justice Maureen O&rsquo;Connor is an exemplar of the lawyer as public servant. Her deep and wide experience in high-level executive and judicial roles have enabled her to advocate effectively for improving the administration of our justice system and access to justice,&rdquo; says Professor Emerita&nbsp;Elizabeth Reilly. &ldquo;We are honored that she will speak at our commencement as our graduates make the transition from student to professional.&rdquo;</p> <p>Chief Justice Maureen O&rsquo;Connor is the tenth Chief Justice in Ohio history and is the first woman to lead the Ohio judicial branch.</p> <p>She first joined the Supreme Court of Ohio as an associate Justice in January 2003. She was re-elected in November 2008 and was elected Chief Justice in 2010. Her first statewide judicial election in 2002 made her the 148<sup>th</sup> Justice to the Court, the sixth woman to join the Court.</p> <p>Born in the nation&rsquo;s capital, but raised in Strongsville and Parma, Chief Justice O&rsquo;Connor&rsquo;s career in public service and the law spans three decades and includes service as a private lawyer, magistrate, common pleas court judge, prosecutor, and Supreme Court Justice.</p> <p>She earned her bachelor of arts at Seton Hill College in 1973 before going on to earn her law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, 1980.</p> <p>While gaining experience in practice as an attorney during the early 1980s, Chief Justice O&rsquo;Connor created a home for her family and her legal career in Northeast Ohio. Appointed a magistrate in Summit County in 1985, she served in that capacity until becoming a common pleas court judge in 1993. As a busy trial judge, Chief Justice O&rsquo;Connor was selected by her peers to serve as the administrative judge &mdash; a testament to her ability to build coalitions and maintain collegiality while administering to the business of the courts.</p> <p>She resigned from the bench to become the Summit County prosecuting attorney in 1995. There, she aggressively prosecuted repeat offenders, violent criminals, and public officials who committed ethical violations or improprieties, and lobbied for tougher laws on rape and gang-related offences. Her untiring work received accolades from victims&rsquo; rights groups and educational institutions, and earned awards from Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Cleveland State University. As prosecutor, Chief Justice O&rsquo;Connor also lobbied the General Assembly on important criminal justice reforms.</p> <p>In 1998, she was elected lieutenant governor &mdash; the second-highest official in the state. She became the governor&rsquo;s chief advisor on criminal justice issues, serving as director of the Ohio Department of Public Safety, and as chair of Ohio&rsquo;s Security Task Force and the State Building Security Review Committee.</p> <p>In the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, she led the state in its response to new threats of terrorism by working with law enforcement, Ohio EMA and The Department of Homeland Security, efforts that garnered the praise of federal homeland security officials.</p> <p>Chief Justice O&rsquo;Connor also has raised two adult sons, Alex and Ed Kipp, who both married lovely intelligent women, much to her surprise and delight.</p> <p>Since being sworn in as Chief Justice in January 2011, Chief Justice O&rsquo;Connor has pursued an extensive agenda for strengthening the third branch of Ohio government in a number of key areas including budget, diversity, death penalty, impartial courts, community involvement, internal effciencies, CLE, and commercial dockets.</p> <p>Learn more about Chief Justice O&rsquo;Connor at <a href="http://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/SCO/justices/oconnor/default.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/SCO/justices/oconnor/default.aspx</a> .</p> <p><b>About The University of Akron School of Law</b></p> <p>The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. The law school features renowned programs in intellectual property, professional responsibility and trial advocacy, and is home to one of four Constitutional Law Centers in the United States, established by the U.S. Congress in 1986.To learn more, visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law">www.uakron.edu/law</a>.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 13:10:00 EDT a42be706-d82a-421b-b9d3-5838aeb644a7 Retirement Celebration Held for Professors Aynes, Carro, Koosed and Richert on April 25 http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=09f21d36-8b94-4350-a2ab-e7039136bf8b <p>The University of Akron School of Law honored four faculty members, who will retire from the School of Law at the end of spring semester, with a reception in the law school atrium on Thursday, April 25 from 4 &ndash; 6 p.m.</p> <p>Professor Richard L. Aynes has been with the School of Law for 37 years. He earned Bachelor and Juris Doctor degrees from Miami University and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law before joining The University of Akron School of Law in 1976 as coordinator of the Appellate Review Office and a Lecturer. He was Associate Dean from 1984 - 1993 and has held the rank of Professor since 1986. He served as UA's interim athletics director in 1993-94 and returned to Akron Law where he held the John F. Seiberling Chair of Constitutional Law for the balance of 1994. Professor Aynes was appointed Dean of Akron Law in 1995, a position he held through 2007. Beginning in spring 2008 he returned to the faculty as holder of the John F. Seiberling Chair of Law and Director of the Constitutional Law Center. For Aynes&rsquo; full bio, visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/faculty/profile.dot?identity=687625" target="_blank">here</a> .&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Professor J. Dean Carro joined the law school 35 years ago after he graduated from the School of Law in 1978. He is currently the Dean's Club Professor of Law, Professor of Clinical Education, Director of the Appellate Review Office and Director of the Legal Clinic. He received his B.A., cum laude, from State University of New York at New Paltz. Professor Carro teaches Clinical Seminar: Criminal Law, Appellate Advocacy, Trial Advocacy, and Criminal Procedure. His areas of research include prisoner civil rights actions, post-conviction (state and federal), criminal and appellate (state and federal). He is admitted to practice in Ohio and before the U.S. Supreme Court; the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio; and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. For Carro&rsquo;s complete bio, visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/faculty/profile.dot?identity=687943" target="_blank">here</a> .&nbsp;</p> <p>Professor Margery M. Koosed has been with the School of Law for 39 years. She is the Aileen McMurray Trusler Professor Emeritus at the School of Law. Her writing focuses on death penalty litigation issues. She teaches Criminal Law, Constitutional Criminal Procedure, and seminars in criminal process, capital punishment litigation and mistaken convictions. Professor Koosed received her B.S., cum laude, from Miami University and J.D. from Case Western Reserve University. A member of the Akron Law faculty since 1974, she served initially as a Lecturer in Law and Coordinator of the Appellate Review/Legal Clinical Program, and later as a Visiting Professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law. For Koosed&rsquo;s complete bio, visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/faculty/profile.dot?identity=692083" target="_blank">here</a> .</p> <p>Professor Paul Richert, who is also the law librarian, joined the law school 36 years ago in 1977. He received his A.B. and M.S. at the University of Illinois and J.D. at Tulane University. He focuses his research on legal research topics and currently teaches international human rights. His professional memberships include the American Association of Law Libraries, the American Bar Association and the Akron Bar Association. Professor Richert created and maintains the Law Scout Web site, which is a database that links to legal pathfinders at&nbsp;about 100 law schools. For Richert&rsquo;s complete bio, visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/faculty/profile.dot?identity=700375" target="_blank">here</a> .&nbsp;</p> <p><b>About The University of Akron School of Law</b></p> <p>The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. The law school features renowned programs in intellectual property, professional responsibility and trial advocacy, and is home to one of four Constitutional Law Centers in the United States, established by the U.S. Congress in 1986.To learn more, visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law">www.uakron.edu/law</a>.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 14:54:00 EDT 09f21d36-8b94-4350-a2ab-e7039136bf8b Akron Law Co-Sponsored IP Program in China May 17-19 http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=1ceac4cc-a511-4e05-96c5-9aafd928f81d <p>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.&nbsp; The focus of the program was on the recent changes to U.S. patent law set forth in the America Invents Act.&nbsp; The program included sessions on U.S. trademark law and Section 337 practice.<br /> <br /> The sessions included speakers from both the U.S. and China.&nbsp; Speakers from China included representatives of the judiciary, the Chinese Patent Office, practicing attorneys, and law professors. The U.S. Embassy's Economics Minister Counselor, Hanscom Smith, will deliver a luncheon address.<br /> <br /> The program was organized by the director of Akron Law's IP program, Professor Jeffrey M. <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/faculty/profile.dot?identity=700492" target="_blank">Samuels</a>, along with attorneys from the <a href="http://www.sughrue.com/" target="_blank">Sughrue Mion</a> firm and Professor Yang Ming, of <a href="http://english.pku.edu.cn/" target="_blank">Peking University</a>, who served as a visiting professor at Akron Law last winter.<br /> <br /> The University of Akron School of Law and Peking University Law School signed a memorandum of understanding regarding cooperation in the area of intellectual property law in 2011. Professor Samuels will be teaching a course at Peking University later this spring.&nbsp; He will also be making a presentation at the program with Jody Haller Drake, partner at Sughrue Mion.</p> <p>The IP <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/ip/index.dot" target="_blank">Center</a> manages the Intellectual Property Law Program at Akron Law. Nationally respected, The Center administers one of the most comprehensive intellectual property programs in the country, offering over 20 courses in the field. The Center also administers the law school&rsquo;s Master of Laws in Intellectual Property program and the joint J.D./LL.M. program in intellectual property law.&nbsp; The latter program enables students to earn both degrees in three years of full-time study, plus at least one summer session.&nbsp; In addition to the annual Symposium, the Center also&nbsp;invites distinguished speakers to campus and sponsors an annual IP Scholars Forum and other events.&nbsp;Learn more at <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/ip" target="_blank">uakron.edu/law/ip</a> .</p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 17:18:00 EDT 1ceac4cc-a511-4e05-96c5-9aafd928f81d Akron Law Alumni Association Honored Outstanding Alumni and Faculty on May 17 http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=c4cace14-fd3f-4886-86fb-61ac7a13af15 <p>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.</p> <p>The 2013 Outstanding Alumni Award honorees are Joseph M. Gingo (&rsquo;71),chairmen, president and CEO of A. Schulman; Kevin C. Krull (&rsquo;77) vice president of business operations and general counsel of International Data Group; The Honorable Elinore Marsh Stormer (&rsquo;82), Summit County Probate Court; and William T. Whitaker (&rsquo;72), William T. Whitaker, Co., L.P.A.</p> <p>Other awards being presented are:</p> <ul> <li><b>John R. Quine Award for Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member:</b> Robert C. Kahrl, Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence</li> <li><b>Faculty Scholarly Publication Award:</b> Elizabeth A. Reilly (&rsquo;78), <span>Professor Emerita</span>&nbsp;of Law, &ldquo;When Law and Conscience Collide: The Draft Nonregistration Case of <i>United States vs. Mark Arden Schumaker</i>&rdquo; in &ldquo;Justice and Legal Change on the Shores of Lake Erie: A History of the Northern District of Ohio&rdquo; (Paul Finkelman &amp; Roberta Sue Alexander, eds. 2012)</li> <li><b>Faculty Practical Publication Award:</b> Tracy A. Thomas, Aileen McMurray Trussler Professor of Law, &ldquo;The War on Women,&rdquo; in &ldquo;Women and the Law&rdquo; (West 2012).</li> <li><b>Faculty Blog Award:</b> Wilson R. Huhn, C. Blake McDowell, Jr. Professor of Law,</li> <li>April 5, 2012. &ldquo;Suppressed 2006 Zelikow Memo Against Torture Released&rdquo; (http://akronlawcafe.com/2012/04/05/suppressed-2006-zelikow-memo-against-torture-released)</li> <li><b>Faculty Book Award:</b> Wilson R. Huhn, C. Blake McDowell, Jr. Professor of Law,</li> <li>&ldquo;ObamaCare: (The Protection and Affordable Care Act): Is It Necessary, What Will It Accomplish, Is It Constitutional,&rdquo; (Carolina Academic Press 2012), published in Kindle format</li> <li><b>Alumni Scholarly Publication Award:</b> Jeffrey L. Gower (&rsquo;02), &ldquo;H1-B Visas,&rdquo; in <i>Debates on U.S. Immigration</i> (October 2012)</li> <li><b>Alumni Practical Publication Award:</b> Robert L. Kinder (&rsquo;03), &ldquo;Securing Insurance Coverage for Patent Infringement Lawsuits under CGL Insurance Policies Could Save Millions,&rdquo; <i>Intellectual Property Today </i>(March 2012)</li> </ul> <p><a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/photos/slideshow.dot?albumId=5880513194920393745&amp;pageTitle=Alumni%20Dinner%202013&amp;crumbTitle=Alumni%20Dinner%202013">Click here</a> to view photos of the event.</p> <p><b>About The University of Akron School of Law<br /></b>The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. The law school features renowned programs in intellectual property, professional responsibility and trial advocacy, and is home to one of four Constitutional Law Centers in the United States, established by the U.S. Congress in 1986.To learn more, visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law">www.uakron.edu/law</a>.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 14:13:00 EDT c4cace14-fd3f-4886-86fb-61ac7a13af15 Record Attendance at 15th Annual Richard C. Sughrue Symposium on Intellectual Property Law and Policy http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=d459853a-b279-4e20-a435-cfceb6b61a0b <p>Nearly 300 people packed the John S. Knight center in downtown Akron for the 15<sup>th</sup> 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.</p> <p>The keynote address was given by the Hon. Teresa Stanek Rea, the Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Acting Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark <a href="http://www.uspto.gov/" target="_blank">Office</a> (PTO).&nbsp; Ms. Rea discussed the agency's implementation of&nbsp; the &ldquo;<a href="http://www.uspto.gov/aia_implementation/index.jsp" target="_blank">America Invents Act</a>&rdquo; (AIA), including those provisions that went into effect on March 16, in particular, those relating to implementation of the Act's first to file provisions.&nbsp; Ms. Rea also reviewed the state of PTO operations, including the backlog of unexamined applications and appeals.</p> <p>Professor Timothy Holbrook, of Emory Law, addressed recent patent law developments; Robert W. Clarida, of Reitler Kailas &amp; Rosenblatt LLC, spoke on the latest copyright law developments; and Professor David Welkowitz, of Whittier Law School, spoke about trademark law developments. Topics included a review of the Supreme Court's patent docket, the scope of the copyright law's fair use doctrine, and the trademark law's functionality doctrine.</p> <p>The program also included a presentation on ethics in a post-AIA world, and panel discussions on the first inventor-to-file system and pending IP-related Supreme Court cases.</p> <p>The luncheon speaker was Jim Tressel, the University&rsquo;s Vice President for Strategic Engagement, who discussed the importance of not only student success, but success as it relates to business. &ldquo;Success is the peace of mind of knowing you did the best you could do for you and for your team,&rdquo; said Tressel. The luncheon was sponsored by <a href="http://www.ulmer.com/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Ulmer &amp; Berne</a>, LLP.&nbsp;</p> <p>For interested individuals who were unable to attend, a copy of the full symposium materials is available for $50. Please contact Michele Novachek at <a href="mailto:manovac@uakron.edu">manovac@uakron.edu</a> or at 330-972-6363 for more details.</p> <p>Akron Law live-tweeted the symposium. Follow us on Twitter at @AkronLaw or search the IP Symposium hashtag #akronlawip for more information about the symposium, as well as Akron Law news and events.</p> <p>The symposium was co-sponsored by The University of Akron School of Law's Center for Intellectual Property Law and Technology and the law firm of <a href="http://www.sughrue.com/" target="_blank">Sughrue</a> Mion, PLLC. For more than 50 years, Sughrue Mion has served clients, both domestic and foreign, in the areas of patent, trademark, copyright, Internet, trade secret and unfair competition law. The sponsorship is in memory of founding partner Richard C. Sughrue.</p> <p>The IP <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/ip/index.dot" target="_blank">Center</a> manages the Intellectual Property Law Program at Akron Law. Nationally respected, The Center administers one of the most comprehensive intellectual property programs in the country, offering over 20 courses in the field. The Center also administers the law school&rsquo;s Master of Laws in Intellectual Property program and the joint J.D./LL.M. program in intellectual property law.&nbsp; The latter program enables students to earn both degrees in three years of full-time study, plus at least one summer session.&nbsp; In addition to the annual Symposium, the Center also&nbsp;invites distinguished speakers to campus and sponsors an annual IP Scholars Forum and other events.&nbsp;Learn more at <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/ip" target="_blank">uakron.edu/law/ip</a> .</p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 14:26:00 EDT d459853a-b279-4e20-a435-cfceb6b61a0b MBC Center to Hold Symposium on Navigating the Practice of Law in the Wake of Ethics 20/20 http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=05095476-d185-4ef7-880a-9729e3ce859f <p>The Joseph G. Miller and William C. Becker Center for Professional Responsibility will hold a <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/millerbecker/mbi-symposium-2013/" target="_blank">symposium</a> on April 4 and 5 titled Navigating the Practice of Law in the Wake of <a href="http://www.americanbar.org/groups/professional_responsibility/aba_commission_on_ethics_20_20.html" target="_blank">Ethics 20/20</a>: Globalization, New Technologies, and What it Means to be a Lawyer in These Uncertain Times.&nbsp;</p> <p>The ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20 has undertaken a comprehensive review of the profession&rsquo;s current ethics rules in light of major changes to the practice of law, including new technologies and the globalization of the delivery of legal services. This intensive review has taken more than three years and the first set of the Commission&rsquo;s recommendations were adopted by the ABA in August 2012. It is anticipated that all of the Commission&rsquo;s work will be submitted to the ABA by February 2013.</p> <p>The Ethics 20/20 and Uncertain Times Symposium will not only assess the work of Ethics 20/20 &ndash; in terms of both process and substance &ndash; but will also examine the current landscape for the delivery of legal services in the United States and elsewhere. International and national experts in the professional responsibility field, including persons involved in the Ethics 20/20 Commission&rsquo;s work, ABA staff counsel, and a diverse group of lawyers, in-house counsel, academics, and judges will present papers assessing the Commission&rsquo;s work and examining related questions.</p> <p>The symposium is chaired by Frank E. <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/millerbecker/profile.dot?identity=708580" target="_blank">Quirk</a>, director and Jack P. <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/millerbecker/profile.dot?identity=700432" target="_blank">Sahl</a>, faculty director. 8.5 CLE hours has been requested. Cost to attend is $150; $125 for Akron Law Alumni; and $125 group rate for two or more from the same organization. Register online <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/millerbecker/mbi-symposium-2013/registration.dot" target="_blank">here</a> or email <a href="mailto:manovac@uakron.edu" target="_blank">manovac@uakron.edu</a> or call 330-972-6363.</p> <p><strong>About the Joseph G. Miller and William C. Becker Center for Professional Responsibility</strong></p> <p>The Joseph G. Miller and William C. Becker <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/millerbecker/" target="_blank">Center</a> for Professional Responsibility at The University of Akron School of Law is dedicated to enhancing public trust and confidence in the legal profession and the judicial system by:</p> <ul> <li>Pursuing programs and academic endeavors to promote access to justice and to enhance ethical awareness and performance of attorneys, judges, law teachers and students;</li> <li>Advocating the enhancement of professionalism of those who practice, adjudicate, teach and study the law;</li> <li>Reaching out to other professions to identify and pursue areas of common professional interest; and</li> <li>Examining, reporting on and suggesting improvements in the disciplinary systems for lawyers and judges.&nbsp;</li> </ul> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 10:40:00 EST 05095476-d185-4ef7-880a-9729e3ce859f Two Akron Law Students Advance to National Trial Competition in April http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=8a42de34-6b43-4d3b-ab9f-4fcaf4f8a0d1 <p>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 <a href="http://www.tyla.org/tyla/index.cfm/resources/law-students1/trial-advocacy-programs/national-trial-competition/" target="_blank">National Trial Competition</a>. Twenty-two law student teams from Ohio and Michigan competed in the tournament.</p> <p>Three teams from Akron Law competed in the tournament. The team of Max Hiltner and Joseph Darwal was one of two winners of the competition. They will join a team from The Ohio State University Moritz School of Law to compete in the national competition April 3-7 in San Antonio, Texas. The team of Holly Facer, Joshua Rau and Kelsey Carson narrowly missed advancing to the quarter final round. Both teams are coached by Akron Law alumnus, Aaron Howell (&rsquo;06).</p> <p>Akron Law students Anthony Wise and Kelle Redepenning were the third Akron Law team competing in the regional tournament. They volunteered at short notice to compete when another law school withdrew one of its teams. More than 100 judges and lawyers volunteered their time to serve as judges for each of the five rounds of competition. One hundred and fifty volunteers served as witnesses for the competition, and more than 50 Akron Law students volunteered to be witnesses.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.tyla.org/tyla/index.cfm/resources/law-students1/trial-advocacy-programs/national-trial-competition/" target="_blank">National Trial Competition</a> was established in 1975 to encourage and strengthen students' advocacy skills through quality competition and valuable interaction with members of the bench and bar.&nbsp; The program is designed to expose law students to the nature of trial practice and to serve as a supplement to their education. It is the Texas Young Lawyers Association intent to provide a meaningful contribution to the development of future trial lawyers.</p> <p><b>The University of Akron - A Winning Tradition</b></p> <p>In the last 25 years Akron Law <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/teams/" target="_blank">trial teams</a> have been champions or co-champions in the 41 district tournaments sponsored by the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) or Texas Young Lawyers Association National Trial Competition (ABA/NTC). At the national level, they have placed second four times in the ATLA or NTC Tournaments, were national quarterfinalists eight times, national semifinalists twice, and national champions in the 2004 ATLA Tournament. Additionally, Akron Law teams have been invited to compete in the prestigious National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) Tournament of Champions 18 times since 1989. Akron Law won the National Championship in 2003 and also won Best Advocate honors. Akron Law placed second at the Tournament in 2004 and won the Award for Best Advocate, Preliminary Rounds. Akron Law also placed second in that tournament in 2005 and 2007 once again won the Best Advocate Award.&nbsp;</p> <p></p> <p><em>Photo Caption: Pictured third from left is Akron Law student Max Hiltner and pictured fourth from left is Akron Law student Joseph Darwal</em></p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 09:52:00 EST 8a42de34-6b43-4d3b-ab9f-4fcaf4f8a0d1 Akron Law Advances to National Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=5d5edb2b-d267-4257-b532-33dbd5934fd7 <p>The University of Akron School of Law&rsquo;s winning tradition in advocacy law continued this past weekend in St. Louis with a strong performance from Akron Law&rsquo;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 &ndash; 10. The team was coached by Rick <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/faculty/profile.dot?identity=813052" target="_blank">Strong</a> and Elizabeth <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/faculty/profile.dot?identity=785674" target="_blank">Shaver</a>, both assistant professors of legal writing and research at Akron Law.</p> <p>&ldquo;Eric and Terence performed admirably during the competition, refining and improving their performance with every round,&rdquo; said Professor Elizabeth Shaver. &ldquo;Most importantly, they conducted themselves with the utmost professionalism and courtesy. They were outstanding representatives of Akron Law.&rdquo;</p> <p>In addition, the Akron Law BLSA chapter was honored as the Midwest Black Law Student Association's Small Chapter of the Year and will also compete for the title at the national level in Atlanta. This year's BLSA officers are Terence Baptiste<b> </b>(President), Lavell Payne<b> </b>(Vice President), Samantha Hardin<b> </b>(Attorney General), and Lauren Simmons (Corresponding Secretary).</p> <p>Since its inception in 1975, the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition (FDMCC) seeks to provide national BLSA members the opportunity to hone their appellate advocacy skills. Each year, between 100 and 125 teams compete across the nation within the six Regional Competitions, culminating in the top three teams from each region competing at the national level during NBLSA's Annual Convention. The competition provides competitors with the opportunity to argue issues that are at the forefront of debate in the legal profession. This year marks the 38th anniversary of this competition and this year&rsquo;s theme is "Living the Dream: Developing Excellence in Advocacy and Fostering Progress in Society."</p> <p><b>About Advocacy Law at The University of Akron School of Law</b></p> <p>In the last 25 years Akron Law trial teams have been champions or Co-champions in the 41 district tournaments sponsored by the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) or Texas Young Lawyers Association National Trial Competition (ABA/NTC). At the national level, they have placed second four times in the ATLA or NTC Tournaments, were national quarterfinalists eight times, national semifinalists twice, and national champions in the 2004 ATLA Tournament.<b> </b>Akron Law&rsquo;s moot court teams have also achieved numerous successes. Akron Law won the National Moot Court Competition in Child Welfare and Adoption Law in 2010 and fielded the best oralist in the competition. Also in 2010, the Giles Sutherland Rich Team was the regional runner-up and won the regional award for best brief. Many other moot court teams have won awards for their oral and briefing skills, and have advanced to the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of prestigious competitions.<b></b></p> <p><b>About The University of Akron School of Law</b></p> <p>The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. The law school features renowned programs in <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/ip/index.dot" target="_blank">intellectual property</a>, <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/millerbecker/index.dot" target="_blank">professional responsibility</a> and <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/teams/index.dot" target="_blank">trial advocacy</a>, and is home to one of four <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/constitutionallaw/index.dot" target="_blank">Constitutional Law Centers</a> in the United States, established by the U.S. Congress in 1986. To learn more, visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law">www.uakron.edu/law</a>.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 14:48:00 EST 5d5edb2b-d267-4257-b532-33dbd5934fd7 Bucking the Trend and Saving Bucks for Students: Akron Law Freezes Tuition for Incoming Class, Cuts Out-of-State Surcharge http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=1826f041-9cce-4314-b438-1661d3e4d945 <p>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.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 14:00:00 EST 1826f041-9cce-4314-b438-1661d3e4d945 Patent Law Expert to Speak on Whether Human Genes Are Patentable March 5 http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=d33ba084-7d46-4578-9034-cb1125246e09 <p>Professor Dan L. <a href="http://www.law.uci.edu/faculty/page1_d_burk.html" target="_blank">Burk</a>, 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 <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/ip/oldhamlectureship.dot" target="_blank">series</a>. 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.</p> <p>Burk&rsquo;s lecture, titled &ldquo;The Nature of Patentable Subject Matter,&rdquo; will address the question of whether human genes patentable. On Nov. 30, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in <i>Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc.</i>, agreeing to hear arguments on the single question &ldquo;Are human genes patentable?&rdquo; The <i>Myriad</i> case is the third in a series of recent subject matter cases heard by the Court, ranging across software, biotechnology, and medical diagnostics. Although many of the DNA molecules at issue in <i>Myriad </i>were constructed in the labora&shy;tory, opponents of DNA patenting have argued that such molecules do not meet the test for patentable subject matter if the they can ever be found occurring, if perhaps rarely or un&shy;expectedly, in human cells. This approach to patentable subject matter is a variation on the &ldquo;inherency&rdquo; doctrine from patent law&rsquo;s novelty requirement: when an invention is present but unappreciated or inaccessible in the prior art, it is said to be inherent. In novelty cases, the inherency question has been decided on whether the public was receiving the benefit of the invention before the inventor made it explicitly available. Although it is not at all clear that inherency should be imported into the subject matter inquiry at all, if it is, the standard of public benefit should be similarly decisive.</p> <p>Burk is an internationally prominent authority on legal and social issues related to high technology, whose research encompasses the areas of patent, copyright, electronic commerce, and biotechnology law. Some of his most recent work has considered the statutory &ldquo;policy levers&rdquo; used by courts to apply patent incentives to industries with diverse innovation profiles, as well as the effect of intellectual property rights on the structure of firms and of industries.</p> <p>Although this is a free event, registration is still required. To register, please visit uakron.edu/law, call 330-972-7988 or email <a href="mailto:sfauppe@uakron.edu">sfauppe@uakron.edu</a>.</p> <p>The Albert and Vern Oldham Intellectual Property Law Endowment Fund was established at the Akron Law by Edwin W. &ldquo;Ned&rdquo; Oldham, senior partner at the former Oldham &amp; Oldham Co., L.P.A., now Hahn Loeser + Parks, Akron. Albert and Vern Oldham founded Oldham &amp; Oldham, a patent law firm, in 1947. The fund is devoted to furthering the Akron Law&rsquo;s mission in the area of intellectual property law. Ned Oldham sought to strengthen the teaching of patent, copyright and trademark law at the school and to focus on the importance of innovation and the entrepreneurial spirit that drives continued growth, progress and excellence in our community and nation.</p> <p>The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. The law school features a nationally-recognized program in intellectual property, as well as one of four Constitutional Law Centers in the <st1:country-region><st1:place>United States</st1:place></st1:country-region>. To learn more, visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law">www.uakron.edu/law</a>.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 15:56:00 EST d33ba084-7d46-4578-9034-cb1125246e09 Deputy Director of USPTO to Be Keynote Speaker at 15th Annual IP Symposium http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=eee7ccae-d0be-4875-9573-e1ece660fe61 <p>In October 2011, the most significant changes to U.S. patent law since the Patent Act of 1836 were enacted into law with the &ldquo;America Invents Act (AIA).&rdquo; The Honorable Teresa S. <a href="http://www.uspto.gov/about/bios/rea_bio.jsp" target="_blank">Rea</a>, deputy under secretary of commerce for Intellectual Property and deputy director of the United States Patent and Trademark <a href="http://www.uspto.gov/" target="_blank">Office</a>, will discuss the agency&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.uspto.gov/aia_implementation/index.jsp" target="_blank">implementation</a> of AIA at the 15<sup>th</sup> annual Richard C. Sughrue <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/ip/sughrue.dot" target="_blank">Symposium</a> 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 <a href="http://www.sughrue.com/" target="_blank">firm</a>.</p> <p>The program also will include a review of developments in patent, trademark and copyright law, a presentation on ethics in a post-AIA world, and panel discussions on the soon-to-be-implemented first inventor-to-file system and pending IP-related Supreme Court cases. The luncheon speaker will be Jim Tressel, the University&rsquo;s Vice President for Strategic Engagement. The luncheon is sponsored by <a href="http://www.ulmer.com/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Ulmer &amp; Berne</a>, LLP.&nbsp;</p> <p>Register online <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/ip/sughrue.dot" target="_blank">here</a> or call 330-972-6363, email <a href="mailto:manovac@uakron.edu">manovac@uakron.edu</a> .</p> <p>Unable to attend? Follow live on Twitter <a href="http://twitter.com/AkronLaw" target="_blank">@AkronLaw</a> ,&nbsp;hashtag #akronlawip .</p> <p>Co-sponsor <a href="http://www.sughrue.com/" target="_blank">Sughrue Mion</a> celebrates more than 50 years as an international intellectual property law firm specializing in patent, trademark, copyright, Internet, trade secret and unfair competition law. The sponsorship is in memory of founding partner Richard C. Sughrue.&nbsp;</p> <p><b>About The University of Akron School of Law</b></p> <p>The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. The law school features renowned programs in intellectual property, professional responsibility and trial advocacy, and is home to one of four Constitutional Law Centers in the United States, established by the U.S. Congress in 1986.To learn more, visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/" target="_blank">www.uakron.edu/law</a>.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 09:34:00 EST eee7ccae-d0be-4875-9573-e1ece660fe61 National Expert on Sexual Violence to Speak Feb. 18 http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=9c3c9e70-1f20-4807-aad0-43bcb6a0597d <p>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</p> <p>Bayliff will give two presentations, both in School of Law 165. The first, to be held at 12:15 p.m., is titled &ldquo;Raped or 'Seduced'? How Language Helps Shape Our Response to Sexual Violence.&rdquo; It will be an interactive session to explore the language of sexual assault: how we talk about and write about this crime. In addition, Bayliff will discuss specific examples of language we use and explore how to discuss sexual assault in a way that more accurately depicts the crime. Lunch will be provided for all those who <a href="http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/W3DNSKF">RSVP</a> online.</p> <p>The second session, &ldquo;The Justice Gap for Sexual Assault Victims: What Are We Going to Do to Close It?&rdquo; will be held at 5:15 p.m. This interactive session will explore the concrete reasons why the &ldquo;justice gap&rdquo; for sexual assault victims exists. More importantly, participants will discuss specific recommendations about how to can work towards closing this gap. Food will be provided for all who RSVP. In addition, one hour of free continuing legal education credit (CLE) will be provided.</p> <p>To register for the evening event, please <a href="http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/W3DNSKF">RSVP</a> online.</p> <p>To register for the event and receive free CLE credit, please call ext. 6363, email <a href="mailto:manovac@uakron.edu">manovac@uakron.edu</a> or visit the <a href="http://www.lawalum.uakron.edu/page.aspx?pid=637">Law Association for Women CLE online</a>.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 03 Feb 2013 10:00:00 EST 9c3c9e70-1f20-4807-aad0-43bcb6a0597d Authors Jim and Nancy Petro to Hold Lecture on How the Innocent are Convicted http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=78b12e6f-9791-443e-a360-8baf5b1e5275 <p>Jim and Nancy Petro, authors of the book &ldquo;False Justice &ndash; Eight Myths That Convict the Innocent,&rdquo; will visit The University of Akron School of Law on Thursday, March 14 from 12:30 &ndash; 1:30 p.m. for a lecture titled &ldquo;How We Convict the Innocent (and How We Can Stop).&rdquo;</p> <p>Jim and Nancy Petro&rsquo;s book examines the flaws in America&rsquo;s justice system which have led to an unacceptable number of wrongful criminal convictions. As Ohio Attorney General, Jim Petro was confronted with the spectre of mistaken conviction when the&nbsp;guilt of several prisoners <ins cite="mailto:mkoosed" datetime="2013-03-05T20:06">&nbsp;</ins>was called into question. Since leaving that position, he has worked with the Ohio Innocence Project and others on ways to avoid mistaken convictions. &nbsp;In&nbsp;&ldquo;False Justice&rdquo; and the upcoming lecture, the Petros detail the eight myths of our justice system which produce these mistakes.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are tremendously honored to have Jim and Nancy Petro at the School of Law to discuss how our trust in the criminal justice system is sometimes misguided. Improving the reliability of that system is an aim everyone shares, and their contributions to that effort are immeasurable,&rdquo; says Professor Margery Koosed, who teaches criminal law and procedure at the School of Law.</p> <p>The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will take place at Akron Law, 150 University Ave., Room 151. Registration is not required. A reception will immediately follow the lecture, during which the authors will hold a book signing.</p> <p>Jim Petro&nbsp;is a former&nbsp;Republican Attorney General of Ohio.&nbsp;Throughout his 35-year career as an attorney and 28-year career as an elected public office holder, he has been publicly committed to strong law-and-order platforms. As Ohio Auditor of State, he and his team cleaned up a corrupt office and performed audits that led to the criminal conviction of an unprecedented 110 public officials in Ohio. His tenure as Attorney General was marked by a nation-leading effort that added 210,000 DNA profiles from Ohio felons and misdemeanants to the national DNA Codis database. This effort resulted in the immediate solving of dozens of cold cases, hundreds over the ensuing months and years.&nbsp;He was instrumental in passage of Ohio&rsquo;s Innocence Protection Legislation (SB 77), a model for reform around the country. Jim Petro most recently served as Chancellor of the Board of Regents of the State of Ohio, working to improve Ohio&rsquo;s higher education system.</p> <p>Nancy Petro&nbsp;has&nbsp;35 years of full-time experience in marketing, publishing, and business management and has taken an active role in her husband's political career.</p> <p>The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. The law school features a nationally-recognized program in intellectual property, as well as one of four Constitutional Law Centers in the United States. To learn more, visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law">www.uakron.edu/law</a>.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 15:05:00 EST 78b12e6f-9791-443e-a360-8baf5b1e5275 The University of Akron and The American Heart Association Join Forces for Coeds Go Red http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=4715293b-ca1e-452d-a64e-dc74c2ac4ae3 <p>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.</p> <p>Attendees will enjoy a free heart-healthy lunch, a welcome from Jim Tressel, and a program presented by Cheryl J. Johnson, M.D., FACOG, medical education clerkship director for Akron City Hospital's department of obstetrics and gynecology. In addition, attendees may participate in drawings including a $50 Barnes &amp; Noble gift card, the Macy's Clinique booth for a quick "pick-me-up," and free blood pressure and BMI screenings from the College of Nursing. Attendees are also encouraged to wear red to support the Go Red for Women Movement.</p> <p>Registration is required. RSVP by Feb. 20 to Molly Palmer at <a href="mailto:molly.palmer@heart.org" target="_blank">molly.palmer@heart.org</a>, 330-664-1908, or register online <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/webforms/law/community/coeds-go-red-registration.dot" target="_blank">here</a> .</p> <p>This event is sponsored by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, with additional support from Summa Health System and The University of Akron School of Law, School of Nursing, Department of Telecommunications, Division of Strategic Engagement, and Talent Development and Human Resources.</p> <p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oGZtpv5p54%20" target="_blank">Visit YouTube to see why UA Goes Red!</a>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 16:44:00 EST 4715293b-ca1e-452d-a64e-dc74c2ac4ae3 Vote for Akron Law! http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=6bf84a22-f3fb-4078-bcc1-0e9aefeed777 <p>We need your vote! The National Law Journal has launched its &ldquo;Best of NLJ&rdquo; survey, and we are pleased to share that Akron Law is listed in the category of&nbsp;<b>Best IP LL.M. Program</b>. There are many categories, and the&nbsp;<b>Best IP LL.M. category</b>&nbsp;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.&nbsp;&nbsp;Our strength in&nbsp;<a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/ip/index.dot" target="_blank">Intellectual Property</a>&nbsp;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&nbsp;<i><a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2013BestofNLJ">https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2013BestofNLJ</a>&nbsp;.</i></p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 12:15:00 EST 6bf84a22-f3fb-4078-bcc1-0e9aefeed777 Annual Law Love and Chocolate Benefit to be Held Feb. 7 http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=ac49b603-c9a1-47b6-b27a-1bc55985fd28 <p>The University of Akron School of Law and the Stark County Bar Association will join forces for the annual &ldquo;Law, Love and Chocolate&rdquo; benefit. The event will be held from 4:30 &ndash; 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 7 at The Canton Club (101 Central Plaza, Suite #1200, Canton).</p> <p>Local celebrities will prepare sweet treats for attendees. The menu includes a champagne toast, hors d'oeuvres, and a chocolate fountain. Proceeds from this event will support The Deyarmin Foundation for Veterans. The Honorable Taryn Heath, a 1982 graduate of the School of Law, will host the event.</p> <p>The participating celebrities are:</p> <ul> <li>The Honorable W. Scott Gwin</li> <li>The Honorable Frank G. Forchione</li> <li>The Honorable Lee Sinclair</li> <li>The Honorable Dixie Park</li> <li>The Honorable Mary A. Falvey</li> <li>Magistrate Ali Frantz</li> <li>Magistrate David Nist</li> <li>Attorney Rick Nicodemo</li> <li>Attorney Kathleen Stoneman</li> <li>Attorney Susan Fernandez</li> <li>Attorney Blake Gerney</li> <li>Attorney Wendy Rockenfelder</li> <li>Professor J. Dean Carro</li> <li>Dr. John Park</li> <li>Tzangas Plakas Mannos Ltd. Attorneys</li> <li>Pitinii, Davies &amp; Cazantzes, LLC Attorneys</li> <li>Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths &amp; Dougherty, Co., LPA Attorneys</li> <li>Schulman, Zimmerman and Associates</li> <li>Black, McCuskey, Souers &amp; Arbaugh, LPA Attorneys</li> </ul> <p>Tickets are $40 per person; $70 per couple in advance; or $50 per person; $85 per couple after Jan. 28. To purchase tickets, visit <a href="http://www.lawalum.uakron.edu/page.aspx?pid=506" target="_blank">here</a>&nbsp;or call 330-453-0685.</p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 11:33:00 EST ac49b603-c9a1-47b6-b27a-1bc55985fd28 Akron Law Hosts Legal Writing One-Day Workshop Dec. 7 http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=7721c230-877c-4d8c-ab79-135064fd9da8 <p>On Friday, Dec. 7, Akron Law hosted a one-day legal writing workshop. This workshop addressed The Evolving Legal Writing Classroom, focusing on advocacy. Many of the topics appealed to all audiences, including developing a theme within a brief and being an effective advocate within ethical boundaries. Additional topics were of interest to current and aspiring Legal Writing professors, but also helped judges and practitioners develop the skills of the young attorneys with whom they work. For the complete program click&nbsp;<a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/writing/legal-writing-institute-one-day-workshop.dot" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 13:53:00 EST 7721c230-877c-4d8c-ab79-135064fd9da8 Renowned Ethics Expert Visited Akron Law Nov. 9 http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=78edbfff-a290-4b80-a605-6db15214adcd <p>On &nbsp;Friday, Nov. 9, Bruce Green, Oppenheim Professor of Antitrust and Trade Regulation Law at Fordham Law School, spoke at Akron Law as a part of the Joseph G. Miller and William C. Becker <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/millerbecker/index.dot" target="_blank">Center</a> for Professional Responsibility&rsquo;s annual Distinguished Lecturer Series. The lecture was free and open to the public, and one hour of free CLE credit was offered.</p> <p>Professor Green spoke to a crowd of approximately 50 attendees on the topic "Lawyers' Professional Independence: Overrated or Undervalued?" The U.S. legal profession often speaks of lawyers&rsquo; &ldquo;professional independence,&rdquo; but it uses the term in different ways depending on the context. Sometimes &ldquo;professional independence&rdquo; refers to the freedom of the organized bar, in collaboration with state judiciaries, to make rules for lawyers without interference by government agencies or other state actors. Sometimes the term refers to individual lawyers&rsquo; independence &ndash; whether from third parties who threaten to interfere with lawyers&rsquo; loyalty to their clients or from clients who demand too much loyalty. Professor Green will explore whether the bar overemphasizes these aspects of &ldquo;professional independence&rdquo; while overlooking and undervaluing another, namely, lawyers&rsquo; independence from judges and courts.</p> <p>&ldquo;Professor Bruce Green is an internationally renowned scholar and leader in the professional responsibility field,&rdquo; says Professor Jack <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/millerbecker/profile.dot?identity=700432" target="_blank">Sahl</a>, Faculty Director of the Miller-Becker Center. &ldquo;Bruce&rsquo;s many accomplishments underscore his tireless commitment to improving the delivery of legal services and increasing access to justice. What is not readily apparent from his many accomplishments is Bruce&rsquo;s extraordinary support for others whether as a mentor to a junior colleague or just letting you know he&rsquo;s thinking of you at an important moment. He is truly a lawyer statesman who will inspire others during his visit.&rdquo;</p> <p>Professor Green began his term as Chair of the American Bar Association&rsquo;s Criminal Justice Section during the ABA&rsquo;s 2010 Annual Meeting. Professor Green is among the country&rsquo;s foremost scholars of legal ethics, and his work establishing and directing the Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics has made Fordham Law a leader in promoting the integration of ethics perspectives in legal practice, legal institutions, and the development of the law. His extensive scholarship has been published in the nation&rsquo;s leading law journals, and his service to the profession extends to leadership roles with the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, New York City Bar Association, and New York County Lawyers Association.</p> <p>The Miller-Becker Center Distinguished Lecturer Series brings prominent academic experts in the field of ethics and professional responsibility to Akron Law each year to discuss current topics in the field. The series is offered with support from the Joseph G. and Sally A. Miller Family Foundation.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 14:18:00 EDT 78edbfff-a290-4b80-a605-6db15214adcd UA "Pay It Forward" Competition Awards $2000 to Local Nonprofit http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=e4bb29f3-48e6-4299-bbcf-4e9025a6e689 <p>Professors Gary Spring (UA School of Law) and Bob Chalfant (UA College of Business Administration) have incorporated a &ldquo;Pay it Forward&rdquo; service-learning/philanthropy project into their Legal Minefields of Entrepreneurism joint law/MBA class offered at The University of Akron. Through funding the UA Institute for Teaching and Learning received from the United Way of Summit County, the students had $2000 to award to a local nonprofit organization.</p> <p>Six student groups competed for the $2000 grant. The student group who delivered the best presentation (advocating for the nonprofit they represent) won the grant. Judging the student projects were Judge Eve Belfance, Paul Perantinides (attorney), and Roger Read (philanthropist).</p> <p>Presentations were given this past Thursday, Oct. 25, and the judges awarded the $2000 grant to <strong>Child Guidance and Family Solutions</strong>. This teams was led by School of Law students Lewis Bennett, Christian Gruner-Vazquez, Kenneth Bailey, and CBA student Kelly Loebick-Frasella. The winning team highlighted Child Guidance&rsquo;s &ldquo;sandplay therapy&rdquo; room at their new building. This therapy uses large trays filled with sand and has the children display figurines, fences, structures and vehicles that often translate to the way they view the world.&nbsp; The sand itself is a healing and grounding medium and the placement of items allows for deeply expressive feelings to be displayed and discussed.&nbsp; This is a therapy that can be utilized with very young children and also with older individuals.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;I believe that students need not only learn about law and business but also about responsibility for their community at large and social entrepreneurism.&nbsp; Hopefully by working with nonprofits and seeing their necessary nature and good works the students will take this with them when they leave school.&nbsp; This may be the most important thing we help them learn. &nbsp;This program sponsored by the United Way is terrific experiential learning and is emblematic of the University&rsquo;s goal of working to better the Akron community,&rdquo; says Professor Gary Spring, director of the Small Entrepreneur and Economic Development (SEED) Clinic.</p> <p>The five other projects presented that evening were:</p> <p><b>OPEN M:</b> OPEN M is an acronym that stands for Opportunity for People Everywhere in Need Ministry, and OPEN M's mission is to feed the hungry, care for the sick, nurture children, build families, and strengthen the community. &nbsp;In order to help provide care for an estimated 22,000 uninsured individuals in Summit County, OPEN M operates a free medical clinic that offers general and specialty medical care,dental care, eye care, and access to a retail-size pharmacy. &nbsp;OPEN M is seeking funding for the free clinic's Smoking Cessation Program. &nbsp;The funding will be used to purchase over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapy medication. &nbsp;The goal is to create a tobacco-free environment at the free clinic and lower the health risks of OPEN M patients.</p> <p><b>Safe Landing:</b> A shelter for troubled youth between the ages of 11-18. The shelter takes in children through walk-ins, child protective services, and through the juvenile court. While at the shelter, the children are given a structured schedule and family-like environment. In furtherance of the family environment, the shelter tries to expose the children to both cultural and recreational activities. Whereas many children, in a normal setting, have the opportunity to visit a &nbsp;play, a museum, or simply go to the movies, these children often do not have that opportunity. Our research has shown that exposure to recreational activities results has positive effects on the social and behavioral development of children.</p> <p><b>ACCESS:</b> A holistic approach - mind, body, and soul - that attempts to fix the homelessness problem from the inside out. ACCESS is a unique organization - the only one of its kind in the regional area - that approaches homelessness in this way. We are going to seeking funding for one month of their stepping stones program, which is their 3-week program that tries to rehabilitate homelessness)</p> <p><b>Mature Services:</b> Since 1975, Mature Services, Inc. has promoted successful aging by providing services that support, strengthen, and empower older adults.&nbsp; Currently, the U.S. population is aging at a rapid rate, and the need for these essential programs has never been greater.&nbsp; While Mature Services, Inc. attempts to satisfy the increased demand, they are confronted with severe funding cuts that threaten their ability to keep pace.&nbsp; In order to bridge this gap, students in the University of Akron&rsquo;s <i>Pay it Forward</i> program have developed a marketing plan to increase revenue through Mature Services&rsquo; <i>Festive Food Catering</i> business.&nbsp; By leveraging the <i>Festive Food </i>brand, the <i>Pay it Forward </i>group anticipates sustained growth that will support Mature Services&rsquo; mission for years to come.&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Mental Health America:</b> This is a nonprofit organization that is a part of Mental Health America which is a national organization.&nbsp; MHASC was established in 1956 and is dedicated to promoting mental health, preventing mental disorders and achieving victory over mental illness through advocacy, education, research, and service.&nbsp; The primary goal of MHASC is to eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness through education and advocacy.&nbsp; MHASC would use the <i>Pay it Forward </i>grant to buy a tablet, provide martial arts funding for the children, board games, and coloring books and other activity books. A tablet is desired for our non-profit organization because of the number of different programs that they put on involving education and advocacy.&nbsp; A tablet is best for this non-profit because of the portability of such an item and the ease of use connecting and presenting to people of all ages.&nbsp; Additionally, MHASC would like to allow the people that use their services to use this device because of the amount of applications available to help with mental illnesses.</p> <p><b>About the SEED Clinic<br /></b>The University of Akron School of Law began providing free legal services to the indigent in the late 1960s. The Small Entrepreneur and Economic Development (SEED) Legal Clinic was developed as an outgrowth of the original clinic to provide low cost legal assistance to emerging businesses in Northeast Ohio. The SEED Clinic is able to provide low cost legal assistance by using the SEED clinic to provide las students with the opportunity to gain hands-on legal experience with real-world business issues. All work created by law students is reviewed by a licensed, supervising attorney. Learn more at <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/clinical/seed/">http://www.uakron.edu/law/clinical/seed/</a> .</p> <p><em><b>Photo Caption: (L-R): Lewis Bennett, Kelly Loebick-Frascella, Christian Gruner-Vazquez, Kenneth Bailey</b><b>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</b></em></p> Mon, 29 Oct 2012 13:20:00 EDT e4bb29f3-48e6-4299-bbcf-4e9025a6e689 Center for Intellectual Property Law and Technology Presented "The Impact of IP on Public Health" on Oct. 26 http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=2fec8a6d-d150-43f8-bc8f-758f0594297a <p>Akron Law&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/ip/index.dot" target="_blank">Center</a> for Intellectual Property Law and Technology hosted an <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/ip/ipforum/index.dot?page=Forum" target="_blank">academic forum</a>&nbsp;and expert <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/ip/ipforum/index.dot?page=Discussion%20" target="_blank">public panel&nbsp;discussion</a>&nbsp;on cutting-edge issues dealing with the impact of intellectual property on public health on Oct. 26.</p> <p>Today intellectual property affects the prices of drugs, biologics and medical devices and the rights of physicians to use them. It affects doctors&rsquo; and patients&rsquo; access to records of health-care providers, including the hospitals and other organizations where they work and receive care. It even affects the rights of medical professionals to learn of risks and dangers to their patients, including exposure to chemicals in industrial and work environments. Panelists discussed these and other issues during the day-long events.</p> <p>The expert panel consisted of Professor Frank Pasquale (Seton Hall School of Law), Professor Andrew Torrence (University of Kansas School of Law), and Professor Jim Chen (University of Louisville School of Law). The panel discussion, which was open to the public, was chaired by Akron Law Professor Katharine Van Tassel, who has extensive experience in health law issues and serves as the editor of the Health Law Prof Blog. Professor Van Tassel joined the Akron Law faculty this August after having taught at Western New England College of Law and St. Thomas University School of Law in Florida. One hour of free CLE was offered to registrants.</p> <p>The panel discussion was preceded by the law school&rsquo;s annual IP Scholars Forum, which was moderated by Akron Law Emeritus Professor Jay Dratler, Jr. In addition to Professors Pasquale, Torrance and Chen, the following professors participated in the academic forum:</p> <ul> <li>Professor Frank Pasquale, <i>Seton Hall School of Law</i></li> <li>Professor Andrew Torrance, <i>University of Kansas School of Law</i></li> <li>Professor and Former Dean Jim Chen, <i>University of Louisville School of Law</i></li> <li>Professor Kathy Strandburg, <i>New York University School of Law</i></li> <li>Associate Professor Kara W. Swanson, <i>Northeastern University School of Law</i></li> <li>Associate Dean and Professor of Law Tim Hall, <i>Louisville School of Law</i></li> <li>Assistant Professor Yaniv Heled, <i>Georgia State University College of Law</i></li> <li>Professor Robert R. Reis, <i>Co-Director of the Intellectual Property and Technology Concentration and the Director of the Technology Transfer Program, SUNY Buffalo Law School</i></li> <li>Tom Folsom, <i>Professor of Law Regent University School of Law</i></li> <li>Jeff Samuels, <i>Director, Center for IP Law and Technology and David L. Brennan Professor of Law, Akron Law</i></li> <li>Jay Dratler, Jr., <i>Goodyear Professor of IP, Emeritus, Akron Law</i></li> <li>Samuel Oddi, <i>Giles Sutherland Rich Professor of IP, Akron Law</i></li> <li>Katharine A. Van Tassel, <i>Professor of Law, Akron Law</i></li> <li>Ryan Vacca, <i>Assistant Professor of Law, Akron Law</i></li> </ul> <p>A summary of the discussion will appear both online and in print as a &ldquo;White Paper.&rdquo;&nbsp; Akron Law&rsquo;s Professor Ryan Vacca has volunteered to serve as the first reporter and to prepare a draft for circulation and review. This summary will appear online no later than 60 days after the Forum and will be printed in the spring issue of the <i>Akron IP Journal</i>.</p> <p>This event was live-tweeted. Visit Akron Law on <a href="https://twitter.com/AkronLaw" target="_blank">Twitter</a>&nbsp;or search the hashtag #akronlawip .</p> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 15:33:00 EDT 2fec8a6d-d150-43f8-bc8f-758f0594297a Akron Law Hosted "The History of the Northern District of Ohio" Symposium on Sept. 27 http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=89501380-2548-476f-ac16-02f692e54449 <p>Akron Law hosted a symposium on Thursday, Sept. 27 celebrating the release of the book, Justice and Legal Change on the Shores of Lake Erie: A History of the Northern District of Ohio (Ohio Univ. Press 2012) that explores the many ways that the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio has affected the development of American law and history.</p> <p><br />The book offers a &ldquo;greatest hits&rdquo; of cases from the Northern District, including the Kent State shootings, school desegregation, conscientious objection, abortion, and pollution on the Cuyahoga River. Beginning with the court&rsquo;s creation in 1855, the book traces cases such as fugitive slave rescues, political corruption, the Eugene Debs prosecution, to the immigration of alleged Nazi war criminal John Demyanjuk. It provided the backstory on the big cases that came before the court and confirms the significant role played by district courts in the history of the United States.<br />Nearly 100 people attended the afternoon symposium, which was followed by a reception and book signing.</p> <p><br />Interim Dean Elizabeth Reilly, as well as Professors Tracy Thomas and Martin H. Belsky, wrote chapters for the book. Dean Reilly and Professor Thomas also participated as panelists.</p> <p><br />Judge James G. Carr gave the welcoming remarks, and Professor Paul Finkelman (Albany Law) provided the keynote lecture titled &ldquo;The District&rsquo;s First Political Trial: The Oberlin Fugitive Slave Case.&rdquo; Other symposium participants included Judge David Katz, Judge Dan Polster, Professor Roberta Alexander (Dayton), Professor Richard Saphire (Dayton Law), and Professor Keith Hirokawa (Albany Law). Chief Judge Solomon Oliver, Jr. offered closing remarks prior to the reception.</p> <p><br />Other members of the judiciary participating in the audience were Judge Christopher Boyko, Judge C. Ellen Connally, Judge David D. Dowd, Judge Mabel Jasper, Judge Benita Pearson, and Judge Lesley Wells.</p> <p><br />This event was live-tweeted. Visit <a href="http://twitter.com/AkronLaw%20" target="_blank">Akron Law on Twitter</a>&nbsp;or search the hashtag #akronlawhistory on Twitter for a recap of the event. In addition, the event will be available on the Akron Law YouTube channel.</p> <p><br />Copies of Justice and Legal Change on the Shores of Lake Erie: A History of the Northern District of Ohio are available for purchase through the <a href="http://ohioswallow.com/book/Justice+and+Legal+Change+on+the+Shores+of+Lake+Erie" target="_blank">OU Press web site</a>.</p> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 15:32:00 EDT 89501380-2548-476f-ac16-02f692e54449 Akron Law CARES Community Service Project Held Sept. 22 http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=86af99f4-c460-490c-b1be-db3361d45455 <p>The University of Akron School of Law&nbsp;held its fourth annual Akron Law CARES event benefiting the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 8 a.m. &ndash; noon at the following locations: Fred Nimmer Place (1600 Brittain Road, Akron); Allen Dickson (21 23rd Street, Barberton); Safterstein Towers I (525 Diagonal Road, Akron); and Safterstein Towers II (585 Diagonal Road, Akron).</p> <p>Akron Law alumni, students, administration and faculty will be assisting senior residents with &ldquo;hands-on&rdquo; work, such as assisting senior residents with cleaning and organization needs of their units, as well as joining senior residents for fun social activities.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;This event continues to further Akron Law&rsquo;s commitment to community service and pro bono activities,&rdquo; says Pro Bono Coordinator and Professor of Law Joann Sahl.</p> <p>For more information about Akron Law CARES, visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/community/akronlawcares/">http://www.uakron.edu/law/community/akronlawcares/</a> .</p> <p><strong>About Akron Law&rsquo;s Commitment to Community Service</strong></p> <p>As part of its commitment to the Akron community, Akron Lawadopted a community service/pro bono requirement for graduation in 2010. Under the terms of this requirement, Akron Law students must complete a minimum of 30 hours of community service prior to graduation. Of these 30 hours, at least ten must be pro bono and five must be focused on serving those of limited financial means. The Akron Law faculty and administration hopes that this requirement will not only impact current students, but will also foster a spirit of service in Akron Law graduates as they move on to the practice of law.</p> <p>Since its inception, the law school and the Akron community have shared a unique and vital relationship. The well-being of that relationship is essential to the success and longevity of the law school. Thus, it is the duty and privilege of Akron Law, its students, and alumni to strive to better the community that nearly all live and/or work in.</p> <p>The community service/pro bono program is coordinated by Professor Joann Sahl, Director of the Civil Litigation Clinic. Professor Sahl elicits community service/pro bono opportunities and refers them to the students. Some of the available opportunities include Akron Law Cares, Akron Law Takes the First Step, Community Legal Aid, the public defender&rsquo;s office, CASA/GAL, local food banks and hot meals programs.&nbsp; For more information, visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/community/">http://www.uakron.edu/law/community/</a> .</p> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 15:29:00 EDT 86af99f4-c460-490c-b1be-db3361d45455 Portrait Unveiling of Dean Emeritus Richard L. Aynes Held Aug. 31 http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=fb227c14-2156-42a3-bfd3-25c01f4ffa8d <p>The University of Akron School of Law honored Dean Emeritus Richard L. Aynes with an official portrait unveiling on Aug. 31.</p> <p>&ldquo;Dean Aynes has been a tireless advocate for Akron Law, serving in every role with incredible dedication, commitment, and enthusiasm to our alma mater,&rdquo; says Interim Dean Elizabeth A. Reilly.&nbsp; &ldquo;He received an Honorary Alumni Award from the Akron Law Alumni Association in 2008. It is indeed our honor to recognize him with his portrait and this unveiling ceremony.&rdquo;</p> <p>Dean Aynes joined Akron Law in 1976 as Coordinator of the Appellate Review Office and a Lecturer.&nbsp; He served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 1984-1993 and has held the rank of Professor since 1986.&nbsp; He served as UA's Interim Athletic Director in 1993-94 and returned to Akron Law where he held the John F. Seiberling Chair of Constitutional Law for the balance of 1994.&nbsp; Dean Aynes was appointed Dean of Akron Law in 1995, a position he held through 2007. &nbsp;Beginning in the spring semester of 2008, Dean Aynes returned to the faculty as holder of the John F. Seiberling Chair of Law and Director of the Constitutional Law Center.&nbsp; His research and teaching interests include constitutional law, the 14th Amendment and legal history.</p> <p>Those wishing to contribute to the Dean Aynes&rsquo; Portrait Fund may do so by contacting Mrs. Staats.&nbsp; Checks should be made payable to The University of Akron School of Law or by credit card (MasterCard, VISA, or Discover).&nbsp;</p> <h4>About The University of Akron School of Law</h4> <p><b></b>The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. A regional school of national impact, the law school features renowned programs in intellectual property, professional responsibility and trial advocacy, and is home to one of four Constitutional Law Centers in the United States, established by the U.S. Congress in 1986. To learn more, visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law">www.uakron.edu/law</a>.</p> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 11:01:00 EDT fb227c14-2156-42a3-bfd3-25c01f4ffa8d Martin H. Belsky to Return to Faculty Full Time http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=1dba880d-5265-4850-baac-2696b070d342 <p>Martin H. Belsky, dean and Randolph Baxter Professor of Law, has announced his decision to not seek reappointment as dean of The University of Akron School of Law.</p> <p>&nbsp;In a message sent to UA School of Law alumni, Dean Belsky stated the following:</p> <p>&ldquo;On June 30, I will reach the end of my term as dean.&nbsp;Yesterday afternoon, I told the Provost that I will not be seeking reappointment as the dean of The University of Akron School of Law.&nbsp; Over the past five years, I&rsquo;ve enjoyed talking to many of you at various events and personal meetings both here in Akron and throughout our broad alumni network around the country.&nbsp; We are proud of your successes and your membership in our Akron Law community. Your commitment to and affection for the law school, and assistance in developing ten alumni chapters, and an alumni board, contribute greatly to this school&rsquo;s success. I&rsquo;ve appreciated your comments and criticisms and I&rsquo;ve enjoyed being your Dean. After completing my term as Dean, I will return to full-time teaching at the law school. &nbsp;I look forward to continuing as a faculty member and seeing you at future events. This is an outstanding law school with a talented and impressive faculty and staff, loyal and active alumni, and interesting and challenging &lsquo;alums in waiting.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p> <p>Belsky began his career in 1969 as a prosecutor, and then chief prosecutor in Philadelphia. Beginning in 1975, he served both as counsel to the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives and as chief counsel to the Special House Committee on the Outer Continental Shelf (offshore drilling). From 1979 to 1982, he served first as deputy general counsel and then assistant administrator of the Federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.</p> <p>Belsky began his academic career in 1982 as associate professor of law and director of the multi-disciplinary Center for Governmental Responsibility at the University of Florida. From 1986 to 1995, he served as dean and president and professor at Albany Law School. From 1995 to 2007, he served as dean and professor at the University of Tulsa College of Law. Dean Belsky joined The University of Akron School of Law in January 2008 as dean and Randolph Baxter Professor of Law. For Belsky&rsquo;s complete bio, please visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/faculty/professors/belsky/" target="_blank">here</a> .&nbsp;</p> <p><b>About The University of Akron School of Law<br /></b>The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. A regional school of national impact, the law school features renowned programs in intellectual property, professional responsibility and trial advocacy, and is home to one of four Constitutional Law Centers in the United States, established by the U.S. Congress in 1986.To learn more, visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law">www.uakron.edu/law</a>.</p> Thu, 31 May 2012 10:27:00 EDT 1dba880d-5265-4850-baac-2696b070d342 Wilson R. Huhn Receives the 2012 Scholar of the Year Award http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=cbc695ef-15de-4128-88c6-065ac27042e1 <p>Professor Wilson R. Huhn received the 2012 Scholar of the Year Award at The University of Akron School of Law 2012 commencement ceremony. Members of the Akron Law Review select the recipient of this award.&nbsp;</p> <p>This year, the students selected Huhn on the basis of him being Akron Law&rsquo;s most productive scholar, publishing a book, a book chapter, and four law review articles. In this same academic year, Huhn&rsquo;s work has been downloaded off of SSRN 447 times, and off of BEPRESS 1027 times. His notable work, the <i>Five Types of Legal Argument</i>, is out in its second edition and is assigned at many law schools across the nation.</p> <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;Professor Huhn is a leader within the academic community and an expert on constitutional law,&rdquo; said Carol Tran, executive editor of the Akron Law Review. &ldquo;He has been cited by more than 200 other scholars in the United States working in his field.&nbsp; On top of that, he did all this while being a committed teacher, continuously teaching during the academic year and even part of the summer.&rdquo;</p> <p>Huhn is a C. Blake McDowell, Jr., Professor and Associate Director of the Constitutional Law Center at The University of Akron School of Law. He currently teaches courses in Constitutional Law, Advanced Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence, and Commercial Paper. He received his B.A. at Yale University and J.D., <i>cum laude</i>, at Cornell University, where he was a member of the Cornell Law Review. Prior to joining the Akron Law faculty in 1984, Huhn served as law clerk for the late Judge Leo A. Jackson in the 8th District Court of Appeals and as an associate at Squire, Sanders and Dempsey. Huhn's book&nbsp;"ObamaCare: Is It Necessary, What Will It Accomplish, Is It Constitutional" (Carolina Academic Press 2012) is available in electronic format for Kindle.&nbsp; His book "The Five Types of Legal Argument" (Carolina Academic Press, 2002, 2008) is required reading at a number of law schools nationally. Other&nbsp;recent publications include&nbsp;<i>A Higher Law: Abraham Lincoln&rsquo;s Use of Religious Imagery</i> (Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion, forthcoming 2011),&nbsp;<i>&nbsp;Abraham Lincoln&rsquo;s Influence on the Modern Supreme Court</i> (Oklahoma City University Law Review, forthcoming 2011),&nbsp;<i>The Constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Under the Commerce Clause and the Necessary and Proper Clause</i>, 32 Journal of Legal Medicine 139-165 (2011),&nbsp;<i>The Constitutionality of &ldquo;Socialized Medicine&rdquo;</i> 15 Michigan State University Journal of Medicine and Law 299-336 (2011),&nbsp;&nbsp;<i>Constantly Approximating Popular Sovereignty: Seven Fundamental Principles of Constitutional Law, </i>19 William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal 291 (2010); <i>The Legacy of Slaughterhouse, Bradwell, and Cruikshank in Constitutional Interpretation</i>, 42 Akron Law Review 1051 (2009); <i>Cross Burning as Hate Speech Under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution</i>, 2 Amsterdam Law Forum vol. 1 19 (2009) (online journal); <i>Ten Questions on Gay Rights and Freedom of Religion</i>, Akron Journal of Constitutional Law and Policy (online journal) (July 31, 2009); <i>Abraham Lincoln Was a Framer of the Constitution, </i>86:3 Washington University Law Review (Slip Opinions, online journal) (March 12, 2009); <i>Waterboarding Is Illegal</i>, Washington University Law Review (Slip Opinions, online journal) (May 10, 2008); <i>Congress Has the Power to Enforce the Bill of Rights Against the Federal Government: Therefore FISA is Constitutional and the President's Terrorist Surveillance Program Is Illegal</i>, 16 William &amp; Mary Bill of Rights Journal 537 (2007); <i>In Defense of the Roosevelt Court</i>, 2 Florida A &amp; M University Law Review 1 (2007); <i>The State Action Doctrine and the Principle of Democratic Choice</i>, 34 Hofstra Law Review (2006); and <i>The Constitutional Jurisprudence of Sandra Day O'Connor: A Refusal to "Foreclose the Unanticipated"</i>, 39 Akron Law Review 373-415 (2006). The graduating class selected Huhn Outstanding Professor of the Year in 1987, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2005 and 2008, the Akron Law alumni awarded him the Outstanding Publication prize in 2004 and 2006, and the law faculty named him the "Most Valuable Player" for his contributions to legal scholarship, 2001-03. In 2011, he received an Honorary Alumni Award from the Akron Law Alumni Association.</p> <p><b>About The University of Akron School of Law<br /></b>The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. A regional school of national impact, the law school features renowned programs in intellectual property, professional responsibility and trial advocacy, and is home to one of four Constitutional Law Centers in the United States, established by the U.S. Congress in 1986.To learn more, visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law">www.uakron.edu/law</a>.</p> Tue, 22 May 2012 13:47:00 EDT cbc695ef-15de-4128-88c6-065ac27042e1 Alan Newman Receives 2012 Outstanding Professor of the Year Award http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=3ba5db9e-18be-4cb1-950e-ce2c0d3e1008 <p>Professor Alan Newman received the 2012 Outstanding Professor of the Year Award at The University of Akron School of Law 2012 commencement ceremony.</p> <p>Each year, members of the law school's graduating class nominate professors for the Outstanding Professor of the Year Award. The class then selects from among the top nominees and presents the award at the law school's commencement ceremony.</p> <p>&ldquo;The students&rsquo; appreciation for this professor is not only based on the knowledge and command of the law but also for the genuine kindness and the positive attitude and cheerful smile brought to every class,&rdquo; said outgoing SBA (Student Bar Association) President Jennifer Ellison.&nbsp;&ldquo;As a previous five-time recipient of this award, this professor has shown his unwavering commitment to his students and continues to be an outstanding example of integrity, professionalism and intelligence making him again, worthy of this honor.&rdquo;</p> <p>Newman joined the Akron Law faculty in 1996. He teaches courses in wills, trusts and estates and accounting and finance from a lawyer's perspective. Newman received his bachelor of accountancy, as well as his J.D. degree, from the University of Oklahoma. He was the valedictorian of his law school class, a member of the Order of the Coif and the articles editor of the <em>Oklahoma Law Review</em>. Newman is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He also is an academic fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and a certified public accountant. Newman is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the <em>Probate Law Journal of Ohio</em> and recently served as the reporter for the Joint Committee on the Ohio Trust Code of the Legal, Legislative, and Regulatory Committee of the Ohio Bankers League and the Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law Section of the Ohio State Bar Association. His recent publications include the third edition of the volume of the Bogert, Trusts and Trustees treatise on the reporting and accounting duties of trustees; Revocable Trusts and the Law of Wills: An Imperfect Fit, 43 Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Journal 523 (2008); The Trustee&rsquo;s Duty to Keep Beneficiaries Reasonably Informed, 21 Probate Law Journal of Ohio 17 (Sept./Oct. 2010); and The Uniform Trust Code: An Analysis of Ohio's Version, 34 Ohio Northern University Law Review 135 (2008). Newman was also voted Outstanding Professor of the Year in 2011, 2007, 2001, 2000 and 1998.</p> <p><b>About The University of Akron School of Law<br /></b>The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. A regional school of national impact, the law school features renowned programs in intellectual property, professional responsibility and trial advocacy, and is home to one of four Constitutional Law Centers in the United States, established by the U.S. Congress in 1986.To learn more, visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law">www.uakron.edu/law</a>.</p> Tue, 22 May 2012 13:23:00 EDT 3ba5db9e-18be-4cb1-950e-ce2c0d3e1008 Chief Judge Solomon Oliver Jr. to Speak at Akron Law's Commencement May 13 http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=75db218d-106f-4f63-89b8-a08f98741385 <p>The University of Akron School of Law will hold its 88th Commencement Ceremony at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 13 at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall. The 2012 UA School of Law commencement speaker will be Chief Judge Solomon Oliver, Jr.</p> <p>&ldquo;Chief Judge Oliver is a scholar, a talented and fair jurist, and a leader in the field of judicial administration,&rdquo; says Dean Martin H. Belsky. &ldquo;A former professor, he has always been a supporter of innovation in legal education. We are honored that he is to be our commencement speaker.&rdquo;</p> <p>Chief Judge Oliver was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio by President Clinton on May 9, 1994. He has served as Chief Judge of that court since June 1, 2010.</p> <p>Chief Judge Oliver was born in Bessemer, Ala., the fourth often children of Reverend Solomon Oliver and Mrs. Willie Lee Oliver. He attended the segregated public schools of Bessemer, graduating from J.S. Abrams High School in 1965.</p> <p>Chief Judge Oliver graduated from the College of Wooster with honors in 1969, majoring in philosophy and political science. He received a J.D. degree from New York University in 1972, and a Master&rsquo;s degree in Political Science from Case Western Reserve University in 1974.</p> <p>Chief Judge Oliver served as Assistant Professor of Political Science at the College of Wooster from 1972&ndash;75. From 1975&ndash;76, he served as a law clerk to the late Judge William H. Hastie of the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals, the first African American to serve as an Article III federal judge.</p> <p>From 1976 to 1982, Chief Judge Oliver served with the U.S. Justice Department as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Cleveland. From July 1978 to March 1982, he was Chief of the Civil Section of the U.S. Attorney&rsquo;s Office. In March 1982, he became Chief of Appellate Litigation in that Office.</p> <p>Chief Judge Oliver joined Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University as a faculty member in fall 1982. From May 1991 &ndash; May 1994, he served as Associate Dean of Faculty and Administration at the Law School.</p> <p>Chief Judge Oliver has written articles and lectured on a wide range of topics at colleges and universities, at continuing legal education seminars and at judicial conferences. Chief Judge Oliver was especially gratified to deliver a keynote address entitled, &ldquo;The Role of Judicial Review in a Democracy&rdquo; in March 1995 at a conference of East African judges in Arusha, Tanzania. One of his most recent publications is a chapter entitled, &ldquo;Summary Judgment&rdquo; in a six-volume treatise entitled <i>Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts</i>.</p> <p>Chief Judge Oliver has received various awards, including the Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Wooster and the Distinguished Alumni Award from New York University Black, Latino, Asian Pacific American Law Alumni Association.</p> <p>Chief Judge Oliver is a member of the American Law Institute, the American Bar Foundation and the Board of Trustees of the College of Wooster. He has served as Secretary to the Council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar and currently serves as Vice Chair of the Council. He has also co-chaired the ABA Litigation Section&rsquo;s Minority Trial Lawyer Committee. He is a member of the Olivet Institutional Baptist Church of Cleveland. He previously served as a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States and currently serves on its Advisory Committee on Civil Rules.</p> <p><b>About The University of Akron School of Law<br /></b>The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. A regional school of national impact, the law school features renowned programs in intellectual property, professional responsibility and trial advocacy, and is home to one of four Constitutional Law Centers in the United States, established by the U.S. Congress in 1986.To learn more, visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law">www.uakron.edu/law</a>.</p> Mon, 07 May 2012 10:22:00 EDT 75db218d-106f-4f63-89b8-a08f98741385 Akron Law to Honor Outstanding Alumni and Faculty on May 11 http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=20408bda-6192-4656-a8fd-35522c7a95c6 <p>The University of Akron School of Law Alumni Association will hold its annual Alumni Awards and Class Reunion Dinner at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 11 in the Student Union Ballroom. The honorees were chosen for their achievements in the legal profession and their communities.</p> <p>The 2012 Outstanding Alumni Award honorees are Candace Campbell Jackson (&rsquo;95), vice president and chief of staff, The University of Akron; Larry G. Poulos (&rsquo;73) Rischitelli and Poulos in Hudson and retired chief magistrate of the Summit County Probate Court; The Honorable Lynn C. Slaby (&rsquo;72) commissioner, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio; and Jay L. Vodofsky (&rsquo;78), chief director for First Manhattan Co.</p> <p>Robert Thomas, adjunct faculty member, will receive The John R. Quine Award as the Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member; Dean Martin H. Belsky, will receive the Thomas G. Byers Memorial Award for Outstanding Faculty Publication for his article &ldquo;Electing our Judges and Judicial Independence: The Supreme Court&rsquo;s &lsquo;Triple Whammy&rsquo;&rdquo; and Robert L. Tucker (&rsquo;84) will receive the Outstanding Alumni Publication Award for his article &ldquo;Stolen Art, Looted Antiquities, and the Insurable Interest Requirement.&rdquo;</p> <p>Tickets for the dinner are $50 per person; $400 per table of eight. For registration information, visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lawalum.uakron.edu/alumnidinner" target="_blank">here</a> &nbsp;or contact Sue Staats at 330-972-7246 or staats@uakron.edu.</p> Mon, 23 Apr 2012 11:21:00 EDT 20408bda-6192-4656-a8fd-35522c7a95c6 Akron Law, Ohio Aerospace Institute and Pearne & Gordon, LLP Hold Program on America Invents Act http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=59c1dfe3-dc23-4aa9-a6ce-08b60eb45f87 <p>The University of Akron School of Law collaborated with the Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI) and the Cleveland intellectual property law firm of Pearne &amp; Gordon, LLP in sponsoring a one-day program&nbsp; on "Protecting Your Intellectual Property: Impact of the America Invents Act on Your Intellectual Property."&nbsp;</p> <p>The program was held April 4, 2012 at OAI's headquarters in Cleveland.&nbsp;Professor <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/faculty/profile.dot?identity=700492" target="_blank">Jeff Samuels</a>,&nbsp;director of Akron Law&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/ip/" target="_blank">Center</a> for Intellectual Property (IP)&nbsp;Law and Technology, played an instrumental role in organizing the program.</p> <p>"This program is part of the law school's continued commitment to assist local and regional businesses to understand the importance of IP to their success and to the economy in general," said Professor Samuels.<br /><br />The America Invents Act (AIA), which was enacted into law in September 2011, contains the most significant changes to U.S. patent law since the Patent Act of 1836. The impact of those changes affects all businesses &ndash; large and small &ndash; and overall American innovation and research commercialization.The OAI program, which was held April 4, focused on those provisions of the AIA that will have the greatest impact on the innovation process, such as the new first inventor to file system and new post-grant and inter partes review procedures at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.</p> <p>The program also included a general overview of IP Law, as well as a discussion of the regulatory regime involving exports.&nbsp; In addition to Professor Samuels, speakers included Scott Oldham, of Hahn Loeser &amp; Parks, who chairs Akron Law's&nbsp;IP <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/ip/council/" target="_blank">Advisory Council</a>, and John Hornickel, of PolyOne Corp., who serves as an adjunct professor at Akron Law. The Akron Law&nbsp;IP Advisory Council assists Akron Law with advancing the Intellectual Property curriculum, fostering relationships with businesses and law firms, and assisting students with career planning.<br /><br />The President of The University of Akron, Dr. Luis M. Proenza, delivered the keynote address entitled "The Innovation Imperative."&nbsp; In his address, President Proenza noted as follows:</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><em>One important element in our technology transfer discussion lies in our failure to tackle the optimization of our education system. Indeed, if the often-quoted suggestion that 95 percent of all technology transfer takes place as people move from college into the workplace or from one company to another is true, then why do we seldom include this in our technology transfer discussions? Thus, I suggest that close relationships between business and universities are the first step in a talent supply chain optimization. In much the same way that universities harp on about the importance of well-prepared students but fail to sufficiently leverage its relationship with K-12, industry says workforce is its number one issue, but doesn't pay the same attention to its human capital supply chain as it does to the supply chain of materials and components. Business" partners with "business" to improve the transfer of goods, but it fails to adequately partner with universities to facilitate the transition of students into the workforce. If we are to compete in this global economy, we can and must do better to enhance the quality of our talent supply chain.</em></p> <p>President Proenza concluded his remarks by remarking on the steps being taken at the university to strengthen the link between collaboration on research and developing talent for industry.</p> <p><b>About The University of Akron School of Law<br /></b>The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. A regional school of national impact, the law school features renowned programs in intellectual property, professional responsibility and trial advocacy, and is home to one of four Constitutional Law Centers in the United States, established by the U.S. Congress in 1986. To learn more, visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law" target="_blank">www.uakron.edu/law</a>.</p> Tue, 17 Apr 2012 09:04:00 EDT 59c1dfe3-dc23-4aa9-a6ce-08b60eb45f87 Judge Paul Redmond Michel Joins Center for Intellectual Property Law and Technology Advisory Council http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=c0bc3a89-633d-4976-94fe-3231981c8382 <p><span style="font-size: x-small;" size="2">The Center for Intellectual Property Law and Technology is pleased to announce the addition of Judge Paul Redmond Michel to the Intellectual Property Advisory Council. </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: x-small;" size="2">&ldquo;We are delighted and honored that Judge Michel has joined our Council,&rdquo; says Professor Jeff Samuels, director of the Center for Intellectual Property and Technology. &ldquo;His judgment, experience, and expertise will prove invaluable in advancing the law school&rsquo;s IP program.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;" align="center"><span style="font-size: x-small;" size="2"><b>About Judge Michel<br /></b></span><span style="font-size: x-small;" size="2">Judge Michel was an American federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit from 1988 until 2010, and served as its chief judge from 2004 until his retirement.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: x-small;" size="2">Judge Michel received a B.A. in 1963 from Williams College and a J.D. in 1966 from the University of Virginia. He was admitted to practice in Pennsylvania in 1967, in U.S. district court in 1968, in U.S. circuit court and before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1969.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: x-small;" size="2">He was assistant district attorney in the Office of the Deputy District Attorney for Investigations in Philadelphia from 1966-74, as well as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve from 1966-72. From 1974-75 he was the Assistant Watergate Special Prosecutor, and from 1975-76 was assistant counsel to the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He then became the deputy chief and Koreagate prosecutor for the Public Integrity Section of the United States Department of Justice from 1976-88.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: x-small;" size="2">Judge Michel became the associate deputy U.S. attorney general in 1978, and in 1981 became counsel and administrative assistant to U.S. Senator Arlen Specter until his judicial appointment. He has also been adjunct faculty at the George Washington University Law School and John Marshall Law School since 1991.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: x-small;" size="2">Judge Michel was nominated to the Federal Circuit by President Ronald Reagan on Dec. 19, 1987 to fill a seat vacated by Judge Phillip Benjamin Baldwin. The Senate confirmed Michel&rsquo;s nomination on Feb. 29, 1988, and he assumed the office on March 8, 1988.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: x-small;" size="2">Judge Michel retired on May 31, 2010, and Judge Randall Ray Rader succeeded him as chief judge.</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;" align="center"><span style="font-size: x-small;" size="2"><b>About the IP Advisory Council<br /></b></span><span style="font-size: x-small;" size="2">The Intellectual Property Advisory Council was formed in 2000 to alert the School of Law and its Center for Intellectual Property Law and Technology to developments in the rapidly evolving field of intellectual property. The Council is made up of members who are experts in the field from around the nation and around the world. It serves an important role in advancing the IP curriculum, as well as fostering relationships with businesses and law firms, assisting students with career planning issues, and matters related to program and resource development. It has had great success in its efforts to propel the School of Law to the forefront of intellectual property expertise.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: x-small;" size="2">A foundation of excellence for the Center for Intellectual Property Law and Technology has been assured by the past and present support of alumni, friends, corporations and associations. Their altruistic spirit has, in perpetuity, established a foundation of academic excellence in intellectual property at Akron Law for students and the legal profession.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: x-small;" size="2">More specifically, the Council, which serves at the pleasure of Akron Law, shall have the following goals and objectives:</span></p> <ul style="text-align: left;"> <li><span style="font-size: x-small;" size="2"><i>Advocacy:</i> To promote the School of Law and the Center for Intellectual Property Law within the intellectual property law community.</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: x-small;" size="2"><i>Curriculum:</i> To provide advice to the School of Law and the Center for Intellectual Property Law on such matters as curriculum development and faculty recruiting.</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: x-small;" size="2"><i>Dialogue:</i> To arrange opportunities for structured and unstructured communications and involvement among students, faculty and the intellectual property law community.</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: x-small;" size="2"><i>Employment:</i> To assist students in obtaining information regarding the practice of intellectual property law and in seeking employment.</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: x-small;" size="2"><i>Outreach:</i> To advise and support the activities of the School of Law, vis-&agrave;-vis strategic alliances with external constituencies.</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: x-small;" size="2"><i>Philanthropy:</i> To assist the School of Law in resource development, including the cultivation and solicitation of philanthropic resources.</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: x-small;" size="2"><i>Recruitment:</i> To assist the School of Law in recruiting outstanding students </span></li> </ul> <p style="text-align: left;" align="center"><span style="font-size: x-small;" size="2"><b>About the Center for Intellectual Property Law and Technology<br /></b></span>The Center manages the Intellectual Property Law Program at Akron Law. Nationally respected, The Center administers one of the most comprehensive intellectual property programs in the country, offering more than 20 courses in the field. The Center also administers the law school&rsquo;s Master of Laws in Intellectual Property program and the joint J.D./LL.M. program in intellectual property law.&nbsp; The latter program enables students to earn both degrees in three years of full-time study, plus at least one summer session.&nbsp; The Center also invites distinguished speakers to campus and hosts a highly successful annual symposium - the Richard C. Sughrue Symposium on Intellectual Property Law and Policy, as well as an annual IP Scholars Forum, and other events. Visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/ip">uakron.edu/law/ip </a>to learn more about the Center.</p> Mon, 09 Apr 2012 17:03:00 EDT c0bc3a89-633d-4976-94fe-3231981c8382 Akron Law Advances to Finals of American Association for Justice (AAJ) Trial Team Competition http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=22dd5632-dafc-4709-8428-57c0e7333be6 <p>The University of Akron School of Law <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/teams/trialadvcy.dot" target="_blank">Trial Team</a> members Dan Bray, Daniel Leister, Anthony Wise and Michelle McBee won the American Association for Justice (AAJ) regional tournament in&nbsp;Wilmington, Del. this weekend. The team will compete at the AAJ national championship held in Las Vegas, Nev. on March 24.</p> <p>The final round of the AAJ competition featured two Akron Law teams. The other Akron Law team advancing to the final round consisted of trial team members Kelsey DiFrancesco, Greg Thompson, Laci Mason, and Joseph Martinez.</p> <p>Both teams achieved perfect records before advancing to the final round. The teams defeated Yale Law and University of Cincinnati School of Law in the semifinal rounds.</p> <p>This is the third time in the last five years the finals consisted of both Akron Law teams. Akron Law alumni Larry Sutter and Brian Dodez coach the teams.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our team&rsquo;s success at the competition continues our trial program&rsquo;s winning tradition,&rdquo; said Joann Sahl, assistant director of the Legal Clinic.</p> <p>The American Association for Justice sponsors the National Student Trial Advocacy Competition, an annual nationwide mock trial competition. This is an exceptional opportunity for law students to develop and practice their trial advocacy skills before distinguished members of the bar and bench. (Official Site)</p> <p>AAJ's mock trial cases are always civil cases and tend to deal with products liability, personal injury, or medical malpractice/negligence issues. Teams will be judged on their skills in case preparation, opening statements, use of facts, the examination of lay and expert witnesses, and closing arguments. There will be no written exercise. The competition is open to law schools nationwide. Teams are assigned to one of&nbsp;14 regional competitions. Only the top team from each region will advance to the National Finals.</p> <p>In the last 25 years Akron Law trial teams have been champions or Co-champions in the 41 district tournaments sponsored by the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) or Texas Young Lawyers Association National Trial Competition (ABA/NTC). At the national level, they have placed second four times in the ATLA or NTC Tournaments, were national quarterfinalists eight times, national semifinalists twice, and national champions in the 2004 ATLA Tournament. Additionally, Akron teams have been invited to compete in the prestigious National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) Tournament of Champions 18 times since 1989. Akron Law&nbsp;won the National Championship in 2003 and also won Best Advocate honors. Akron Law&nbsp;placed second at the Tournament in 2004 and won the Award for Best Advocate, Preliminary Rounds. Akron Law also placed second in that tournament in 2005 and 2007 once again won the Best Advocate Award. Learn more about Akron Law at <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law">www.uakron.edu/law</a> .</p> Wed, 07 Mar 2012 09:36:00 EST 22dd5632-dafc-4709-8428-57c0e7333be6 Akron Law Welcomes Yang Ming from China as Visiting Intellectual Property Law Professor http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=fa789210-0312-4325-ab51-d525d0c81dd1 <p>Akron, Ohio, Feb. 14, 2012 &ndash; The University of Akron School of Law <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/ip/" target="_blank">Center</a> for Intellectual Property Law and Technology welcomes Professor Yang Ming of the Peking University School of Law in Beijing, China as a visiting professor.</p> <p>&ldquo;Dean Belsky and I welcome Professor Yang Ming to Akron Law, where he will teach a course on Chinese Intellectual Property Law,&rdquo; says Professor Jeffrey <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/ip/profile.dot?identity=700492" target="_blank">Samuels</a>, director of the Akron Law Intellectual Property Center for Law and Technology. &ldquo;His visit follows a trip Dean Belsky and I made in October 2010 to Peking University Law School. In the future, we plan on further faculty exchanges, as well as student exchanges and other collaborative ventures.&rdquo;</p> <p>In addition to teaching, Ming will also speak to the Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association, and serve as a panelist on International Intellectual Property Developments at the upcoming Richard C. Sughrue <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/ip/sughrue.dot" target="_blank">Symposium</a> on Intellectual Property Law and Policy on March 19 at the John S. Knight Center in Akron. The symposium is co-sponsored by Akron Law and Sughrue Mion, PLLC.</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>Ming is associate professor of Peking University Law School, Ph.D. (People&rsquo;s University of China); LLM (Zhongnan University of Economics and Law); LLB(Zhongnan University of Economics and Law) .He worked in Peking University Law School as a postdoctoral fellow and transferred to be a teacher since July 2006. He did studies in University of California Berkeley Law School as a visiting scholar from August&nbsp; 2008 to June &nbsp;2009. His priority research areas are Intellectual Property Law, Internet Law and Competitive Law. Ming participated in the project of &ldquo;the study on incorporeal property institution&rdquo;, supported by the Ministry of Justice of the P.R.C and was awarded the First Prize of the Ministry of Justice Jurisprudence teaching material and academic achievement.</p> <p>Ming&lsquo;s study was assessed at excellent level in the State Natural Science Foundation Project&mdash; &ldquo;Intellectual Property Law in the Age of Knowledge Economy&rdquo; and another achievement in the State Social Science Foundation Project&mdash;&ldquo;Development of High Technology and Innovation of Civil Law&rdquo; was evaluated at the first level. He has accomplished numerous academic publications, including the books, A Study on Intellectual Property Anspruch&mdash;with the Repression of Unfair Competition and Studies on essential problems of Intellectual Property (volume5) and the articles, the Intellectual Property Right of Music for Voices in a Chinese Opera, Chinese Opera Work and Chinese Opera Cinematographic Work&mdash;from the Case of Tian Xian Pei and Literary Work v. Artistic Work&mdash;Reflection on the Essential Theory Problems of Intellectual Property.</p> <p><b>About The University of Akron<br /></b>The University of Akron is the public research university for Northern Ohio. The <i>Princeton Review</i> listed UA among the &ldquo;Best in the Midwest&rdquo; in its 2011 edition of <i>Best Colleges: Region-by-Region</i>. Approximately 29,300 students are enrolled in UA&rsquo;s approximately 300 associate, bachelor&rsquo;s, master&rsquo;s, doctoral and law degree programs and 100 certificate programs at sites in Summit, Wayne, Medina and Holmes counties. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/">www.uakron.edu</a>.</p> <p><b>About The University of Akron School of Law<br /></b>The University of Akron <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/" target="_blank">School of Law</a> promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. A regional school of national impact, the law school features renowned programs in intellectual property, professional responsibility and trial advocacy, and is home to one of four Constitutional Law Centers in the United States, established by the U.S. Congress in 1986.To learn more, visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law">www.uakron.edu/law</a>.</p> Tue, 14 Feb 2012 11:18:00 EST fa789210-0312-4325-ab51-d525d0c81dd1 Akron Law and Stark County Bar Association to Hold Benefit Feb. 13 http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=690e6b44-bb57-43ca-bc71-0188a25957c2 <p>The University of Akron School of Law and the Stark County Bar Association will join forces for the annual &ldquo;Law, Love and Chocolate&rdquo; benefit. The event will be held from 4:30 &ndash; 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 13 at the Stark County Bar Association (101 Central Plaza, Suite #1200, Canton).</p> <p>Local celebrities will prepare sweet treats for attendees. The menu includes a champagne toast, hors d'oeuvres, a chocolate fountain and chocolate cream cheese jalapeno poppers. Proceeds from this event will support the Friends of the Children&rsquo;s Network of Stark County, Inc. The Honorable Taryn Heath, a 1982 graduate of the School of Law, will host the event.</p> <p>The participating celebrities are:<br />&bull; The Honorable W. Scott Gwin<br />&bull; The Honorable Frank G. Forchione<br />&bull; The Honorable Michael L. Howard<br />&bull; The Honorable Rosemarie Hall&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br />&bull; The Honorable Dixie Park<br />&bull; The Honorable Richard D. Reinbold, Jr.<br />&bull; The Honorable Mary A. Falvey<br />&bull; The Honorable C. Roland Centrone<br />&bull; Magistrate Ali Frantz<br />&bull; Attorney Timothy Saylor, SCBA President<br />&bull; Attorney Judith Lancaster<br />&bull; Attorney Kristen Bates Aylward<br />&bull; Attorney Amanda Walls<br />&bull; Attorney Thomas Himmelspach<br />&bull; Attorney Gregory Beck<br />&bull; Attorney Judy Corrente<br />&bull; Tzangas, Plakas, Mannos and Raies Attorneys<br />&bull; Day Ketterer Attorneys<b><span style="text-decoration: underline;"></span></b></p> <p>Tickets are $40 per person in advance; or $50 after Feb. 6. To purchase tickets, visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law">www.uakron.edu/law</a> ; call 330-972-7246 or e-mail <a href="mailto:staats@uakron.edu">staats@uakron.edu</a> .</p> <p><b>About The University of Akron<br /></b>The University of Akron is the public research university for Northern Ohio. The <i>Princeton Review</i> listed UA among the &ldquo;Best in the Midwest&rdquo; in its 2011 edition of <i>Best Colleges: Region-by-Region</i>. Approximately 29,300 students are enrolled in UA&rsquo;s approximately 300 associate, bachelor&rsquo;s, master&rsquo;s, doctoral and law degree programs and 100 certificate programs at sites in Summit, Wayne, Medina and Holmes counties. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/">www.uakron.edu</a>.</p> <p><b>About The University of Akron School of Law<br /></b>The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. A regional school of national impact, the law school features renowned programs in intellectual property, professional responsibility and trial advocacy, and is home to one of four Constitutional Law Centers in the United States, established by the U.S. Congress in 1986.To learn more, visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law">www.uakron.edu/law</a>.</p> Thu, 02 Feb 2012 15:43:00 EST 690e6b44-bb57-43ca-bc71-0188a25957c2 Akron Law Gives Thanks http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=2337771 <p>"I am thankful for our outstanding students and alumni who are the tradition of the amazing legacy that is Akron Law." - <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/faculty/profile.dot?identity=698581">Margaret Andreeff Matejkovic</a>, Associate Dean for External Programs</p> <p>"I am&nbsp;grateful for the Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice of the American Bar Association, through which I meet the most intelligent, exciting, and challenging administrative law experts in the country and am able to contribute to the continuing development of administrative law, which affects everyone in&nbsp; more ways than we can know." - <a target="_blank" href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/faculty/profile.dot?identity=692044">Professor Bill Jordan</a>, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs</p> <p>"I am thankful for my students, from whom I learn so much." - <a target="_blank" href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/faculty/profile.dot?identity=689605">Professor Steve Cook</a></p> <p>"I am thankful for our students. They inspire me and give me hope for the future of the country." - <a target="_blank" href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/faculty/profile.dot?identity=687625">Professor Richard Aynes</a>, Director of the Akron Law Constitutional Law Center</p> <p>"I am thankful that, in a time of economic unrest, I not only have a job, but I get to work with excellent colleagues and students."&nbsp;- <a target="_blank" href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/faculty/profile.dot?identity=689656">Anthony Colucci</a>, College Program Specialist</p> <p>"I&rsquo;m thankful for the idealism of the democratic rule of law." - <a target="_blank" href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/faculty/profile.dot?identity=698680">Professor Alan Newman</a></p> <p>"I am thankful for the opportunity to help so many others by helping to train the lawyers who will serve them -- what a blessing it is to have a role in helping to bring about peaceful resolutions of problems and assuring that&nbsp; people's rights are protected." - <a target="_blank" href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/faculty/profile.dot?identity=692083">Professor Marge Koosed</a></p> <p>"I am thankful for the opportunity to work with other faculty and staff in training many able students to make a positive contribution to individual and community welfare through their legal education." - <a target="_blank" href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/faculty/profile.dot?identity=700375">Professor Paul Richert</a>, Law Librarian</p> <p>"I am grateful for the support and friendship of such wonderful colleagues, students and Akron Law alums." - <a target="_blank" href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/faculty/profile.dot?identity=700675">Barbara Weinzierl</a>, Director, Career Planning and Placement Office</p> <p>"I am thankful for everything I have gotten from attending the University of Akron School of Law -my profession, my position here, my wife(whom I met while in law school) and my children, who are the product of that marriage." - <a target="_blank" href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/faculty/profile.dot?identity=687943">Professor J. Dean Carro</a>, Director, Akron Law Legal Clinic</p> <p>"I am grateful for the opportunity to teach students, provide service to the law school and my community, and to research and write in areas in which I have an interest." - <a target="_blank" href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/faculty/profile.dot?identity=691906">Professor Willa Gibson</a></p> Tue, 29 Nov 2011 14:54:00 EST 2337771 Recap of the "American Invents Act" Patent Law Symposium http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=2311991 <p>The University of Akron School of Law hosted a program on the new &ldquo;America Invents Act (AIA)&rdquo; on Oct. 14, 2011.&nbsp; The Act was signed into law on Sept. 16 and contains the most extensive changes to U.S. patent law since the Act of 1836.</p> <p>The conference speakers included Marla Grossman, of American Continental Group; Dana Colarulli, the director of the Patent and Trademark Office&rsquo;s Office of Government Affairs; Harold C. Wegner, of Foley &amp; Lardner; Kelly Hyndman, of Sughrue Mion; John V. Biernacki, of Jones Day; and John Hornickel, of PolyOne Corp.</p> <p>The AIA was six years in the making and followed on the heels of comprehensive studies of the U.S. patent system by the Federal Trade Commission and the National Academy of Sciences.</p> <p>While various provisions of the AIA went into effect immediately, many other provisions will not take effect until either 12 or 18 months after enactment. The Patent and Trademark Office has established a website at <a href="http://www.uspto.gov/AmericaInventsAct">www.uspto.gov/AmericaInventsAct</a> that reviews the Act&rsquo;s implementation.&nbsp; The agency is currently engaged in rulemaking with respect to a number of changes.</p> <p>The law transitions the U.S. from a first&ndash;to-invent system to a first-inventor-to-file system.&nbsp; This change brings U.S. law into closer conformity with that of other countries.</p> <p>To implement this change, the new law makes many changes to that section of the patent statute dealing with the issue of novelty. The impact of some changes is currently unclear, particularly as to what constitutes &ldquo;prior art.&rdquo;&nbsp; &lsquo;Prior art&rsquo; is a term used to broadly describe the entire body of knowledge before a particular date that is relevant to an invention&rsquo;s patentability. An inventor or other parties can disqualify an application from patentability.&nbsp; Unlike most countries, the U.S. has had a grace period of one year prior to the date the patent application is filed for activities of the inventor.&nbsp; The new law states that a disclosure made one year or less before the filing date shall not be prior art.&nbsp; It is currently unclear what prior art activities are considered disclosures.&nbsp;</p> <p>The AIA also includes a number of provisions designed to improve patent quality.&nbsp; For example, it&nbsp; allow third parties to submit certain prior art to the Patent and Trademark Office to assist the agency in making patentability determinations and provides for a new post-grant opposition proceeding.</p> <p>The AIA also expands upon the so-called prior user defense to a patent infringement suit. Prior to enactment of the AIA, such defense could only be asserted against a business method patent. The new law expands this defense to all areas of technology.&nbsp; In addition, while compliance with the best mode requirement is still required in order to obtain a patent, once issued, a patent may not be attacked on grounds it fails to disclose the best mode.</p> <p>In another change that will impact on patent litigation, alleged infringers will be able to be joined in the same lawsuit only if the same accused product or process is involved. Before enactment of the AIA, multiple defendants could be joined in the same lawsuit where their only connection was the allegation that they infringed the same patent.&nbsp; Many lawsuits involved over a dozen defendants, which often led to &ldquo;guilt by association&rdquo; where there was overwhelming evidence against another defendant.&nbsp;</p> <p>Further discussion of the AIA will take place during the annual Richard C. Sughrue Symposium on Intellectual Property Law and Policy, which is co-sponsored by The University of Akron School of Law and the Sughrue Mion law firm.&nbsp; The program will be held Monday, March 19, 2012.&nbsp; Further information regarding the program will be forthcoming shortly.</p> Tue, 15 Nov 2011 11:43:00 EST 2311991 Sixth Annual IP Scholars Forum Focuses on Patent Law Reform http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=2284949 <p>On Friday, Oct. 28, The University of Akron School of Law's <a target="_blank" href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/ip/">Center</a> for Intellectual Property and Technology hosted its&nbsp;Sixth Annual IP Scholars <a target="_blank" href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/ip/forum-2011.dot">Forum</a>.&nbsp;This year's topic was Patent Law Reform.&nbsp; Participants from throughout the United States and as far away as Australia came to Akron to discuss the changes to patent law resulting from the America Invents Act (AIA), which was signed into law on Sept. 16, 2011.&nbsp;</p> <p>Participants at the Forum discussed their general thoughts on whether the AIA constituted reform in the right direction or whether the reform would be ineffective.&nbsp;Throughout the day, the participants discussed specific changes made by the AIA, including the role of supplemental examination, the move from a first-to-invent system to a first-to-file and first-to-disclose system, and whether the new rules on tax strategies and business methods will prove to be beneficial. These issues were discussed in the context of the legislative process, case law interpreting the 1952 Patent Act, and the underlying policies for the existing rules and the reforms.</p> <p>Although there was disagreement by the scholars on specific issues, the consensus was that the AIA was less sweeping than reported, failed to solve most of the important needs of the patent system, and is likely to spur confusion and interesting legal arguments for several years to come.</p> <p>The IP Scholars Forum is an annual event held each fall. The forum&rsquo;s purpose is to bring together a small group of prominent scholars for intensive, high-level discussions on cutting-edge issues of common interest. Papers are not formally presented at the forum. Instead the event focuses on free-flowing discussion based on the forum topic, and the papers are submitted to later appear in symposium format in the <i>Akron IP Journal</i>.</p> <p>For more information about the Akron Law Center for Intellectual Property and Technology, visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/ip">www.uakron.edu/law/ip</a> .</p> <p><b>About The University of Akron<br /></b>The University of Akron is the public research university for Northern Ohio. The <i>Princeton Review</i> listed UA among the &ldquo;Best in the Midwest&rdquo; in its 2011 edition of <i>Best Colleges: Region-by-Region</i>. Approximately 29,300 students are enrolled in UA&rsquo;s approximately 300 associate, bachelor&rsquo;s, master&rsquo;s, doctoral and law degree programs and 100 certificate programs at sites in Summit, Wayne, Medina and Holmes counties. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/">www.uakron.edu</a>.</p> <p><b>About The University of Akron School of Law<br /></b>The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. A regional school of national impact, the law school features renowned programs in intellectual property, professional responsibility and trial advocacy, and is home to one of four Constitutional Law Centers in the United States, established by the U.S. Congress in 1986.To learn more, visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law">www.uakron.edu/law</a>.</p> Tue, 01 Nov 2011 09:43:00 EDT 2284949 Akron Law Announces Creation of J.D./LL.M. Program http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=2161833 <p>The University of Akron School of Law announces the creation of a joint Juris Doctorate (J.D.) and Master of Laws (LL.M.) <a target="_blank" href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/ip/llm.dot">program</a> in Intellectual Property.</p> <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;The J.D./LL.M. in Intellectual Property (IP) program is a unique and efficient academic opportunity,&rdquo; says Lauri Thorpe, assistant dean for Admissions.&rdquo;Students may earn both the J.D. and the LL.M. in IP in three years (if full-time) or in four years (if part-time) including summers. Students earn 76 J.D. credits plus 12 IP credits at the J.D. level plus 12 IP credits at the LL.M. level for a total of 100 credits. This 100 credit hour requirement is only 12 more credits than our traditional 88 credit hour J.D. program.&nbsp;And there are some students who are also on track to also earn the M.B.A at the same time. It&rsquo;s a no-brainer for students interested in IP to earn the J.D./LL.M., which can create a competitive edge in this challenging job market while also saving precious tuition dollars and valuable time.&rdquo;</p> <p>IP courses that students can or will take include Fundamentals of IP, Patent Policy, Copyright Law, Trademark and Unfair Competition Law, International IP Law, Entertainment Law and more. The full curriculum is available to view at &nbsp;<a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/curriculum/llm/index.dot">http://www.uakron.edu/law/curriculum/llm/index.dot</a>.</p> <p>This new joint program was developed under the leadership of Professor Jeffrey M. Samuels, director of the Akron Law Center for Intellectual Property Law and Technology.</p> <p>"The new joint J.D./LL.M. program makes Akron Law&rsquo;s IP program even more unique and desirable for potential students,&rdquo; says Professor Samuels.&nbsp;&ldquo;It will enhance our ability to attract students interested in IP and provide such students with the knowledge and skills they will need to be successful."</p> <p>&ldquo;When I first heard about the joint J.D./LL.M.&nbsp;Intellectual Property&nbsp;degree program, I did not think that it would have much value to me. As I looked into the details I realized that I would be able to graduate in the same amount of time as I had planned for just a J.D., but I would graduate with a J.D., a certificate in IP, and an LL.M. in IP," says current Akron Law student,&nbsp;Andrew J. Maas.&nbsp;"I feel like having an LL.M. in IP puts me in a different category of law school graduates. There are only a handful of programs in the U.S. that offer an LL.M. in IP, and Akron Law is well-recognized nationally and internationally. I have already received job interviews because I will graduate with not only a J.D., but an LL.M. in IP as well. The joint J.D./LL.M. in IP also allows me to keep my options open for future potential of teaching at any law school in the country.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Akron Law <a target="_blank" href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/ip/">Center</a> for Intellectual Property Law and Technology, one of few such centers in the United States, is one of the focus areas of the law school and contributes to the school&rsquo;s national impact. The Center invites distinguished speakers to campus, hosts the annual Richard C. Sughrue Symposium on Intellectual Property Law and Policy, the annual IP Scholars Forum, and administers a Certificate program in IP Law, as well as of Master of Laws in IP Program.</p> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 13:26:00 EDT 2161833 Akron Law to Hold Open House on July 30 http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=2101751 <p>Prospective law students can learn about opportunities at The University of Akron School of Law at an open house from 1 to 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, July 30.</p> <p>The program will include an admissions and financial aid session; a mock law class; and a student and alumni panel discussion. After the open house, optional guided tours of the law school will be available beginning at 3:15 p.m.</p> <p>The University of Akron School of Law is located on the corner of Wolf Ledges and University Avenue. Free parking is located in Lot 34, just south of the law school.</p> <p>To make a reservation, call 800-425-7668 or visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/admissions/visiting/july.dot">here</a> .</p> Thu, 07 Jul 2011 15:38:00 EDT 2101751 Akron Law Students Receive Recognition for Pro Bono Work http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=2006956 <table border="0" style="text-align: center;"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p style="text-align: center;"><img width="350" src="/dotAsset/2035017.jpg" alt="Cleveland Legal Aid Award Recipients" height="234" /></p> </td> <td> <p style="text-align: center;"><img width="350" src="/dotAsset/2035077.jpg" alt="Pro Bono Award Recipients" height="234" /></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;">Cleveland Legal Aid Award: From L-R<br />Morena Carter, Catherine Adinaro, Iken Sans and Sharece Miller</td> <td>Pro Bono Award: From L-R<br />Chirs Nolan, Gregory McCleery, Ann Marie Sutter and Paul Perantinides</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p style="text-align: center;">Several Akron Law students have received recent recognition for their pro bono work in the community.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">Each year, the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation requests that The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland recognize outstanding law student volunteers. This year, four students from The University of Akron School of Law received that recognition. Catherine Adinaro, Morena Carter, Sharece Miller and Iken Sans were all recognized for their commitment to legal services and the clients of Legal Aid.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">&ldquo;Each of these law students has gone above and beyond what we hope for from our law student volunteers.&nbsp; By that I mean, they have given up multiple Saturday mornings over the course of a few years to volunteer as intake volunteers at our Brief Advice Clinics.&nbsp;We typically get about 10 law students at each clinic, and in general have a really supportive law student volunteer pool, but each of these students has contributed in a more significant fashion,&rdquo; explained Lauren Gilbride, staff attorney for the Volunteer Lawyers Program of The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland.&nbsp;&ldquo;They have also helped trained new volunteers and each has attended enough clinics that they&rsquo;ve become familiar with our typical legal issues and can help issue spot and identify problems as well as conduct quick research for the volunteer attorneys.&nbsp;In addition, they each have excellent interviewing skills and treat the clients with kindness and respect.&nbsp;As a former law student, I know how precious Saturday mornings can be, and Iken, Cathi, Morena and Sharece have all given up their own time to help both The Legal Aid Society and our clients.&nbsp; They&rsquo;re wonderful!&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: center;">At the 2011 Akron Law Commencement ceremony, two graduating students, Ann Marie Sutter and Gregory McCleery, were recognized for their commitment to pro bono by the law firm with the third annual Pro Bono Award, which is sponsored by the law firm Perantinides and Nolan. The Pro Bono award is given to honor law students who have demonstrated a commitment to volunteer service. These students accumulated the most hours throughout this past school year, and for their hard work, they each received an award of $500.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">Akron Law is committed to community service and pro bono, which is a requirement for graduation. Under the terms of this requirement, Akron Law students must complete a minimum of 30 hours of community service prior to graduation. Of these 30 hours, at least 10 must be pro bono and five must be focused on serving those of limited financial means. The Akron Law faculty and administration hopes that this requirement will not only impact current students, but will also foster a spirit of service in Akron Law graduates as they move on to the practice of law. It is the duty and privilege of Akron Law, its students, and alumni to strive to better the communities that they live/work in.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&ldquo;Our law students donate hundreds of hours each year to projects in their communities. Their commitment to service makes a real difference in the lives of so many deserving people,&rdquo; said Joann Sahl, assistant director of the Akron Law Legal Clinic and pro bono coordinator.</p> Fri, 27 May 2011 10:56:00 EDT 2006956 Jane Campbell Moriarty Receives the 2011 Scholar of the Year Award http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=1986970 <p>Professor Jane Campbell Moriarty received the 2011 Scholar of the Year Award at The University of Akron School of Law 2011 commencement ceremony. Members of the Akron Law Review select the recipient of this award.&nbsp;This year, the students selected Moriarty on the basis of her&nbsp;nationally recognized contributions to the legal community, which includes four books with a second edition of her casebook coming out this year, 16 articles and essays, with two more currently in progress. &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;Professor Moriarty is a leader within the academic community and an expert on scientific evidence,&rdquo; said Jacqueline T. Walsh, executive editor of the Akron Law Review. &ldquo;She has chaired two symposia in the past three years. She has spoken at 29 national and international conferences and symposia, with two more scheduled this year, and has presented at 28 other regional conferences and CLE programs.&rdquo;</p> <p>Professor of Law and Director of Faculty Research and Development, Jane Campbell Moriarty, joined the School of Law in 1997. She currently teaches Evidence, Expert Evidence, Employment Discrimination and Professional Responsibility. Moriarty received her B.A., summa cum laude, from Boston College where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and awarded the Bapst Philosophy Medal. She earned her J.D., cum laude, from Boston College Law School, where she served as managing editor of the Boston College Third World Law Journal. Prior to joining the Akron Law faculty, Moriarty practiced law in Boston and Pittsburgh and clerked for The Honorable Ralph J. Cappy, Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Moriarty is author of numerous publications including Expert and Scientific Evidence: Cases and Materials (Aspen Publishers, with Professor John M. Conley) and Misconvictions: When Law and Science Collide (NYU Press, forthcoming 2011-12). She chaired the Neuroscience, Law and Government Symposium in fall 2008, which was held at The University of Akron. She was the recipient of the Outstanding Professor of the Year Award in 2002 and in 2008.</p> Mon, 16 May 2011 11:38:00 EDT 1986970 Alan Newman Receives 2011 Outstanding Professor of the Year Award http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=1986952 <p>Professor Alan Newman received the 2011 Outstanding Professor of the Year Award at The University of Akron School of Law 2011 commencement ceremony. Each year, members of the law school's graduating class nominate professors for the Outstanding Professor of the Year Award. The class then selects from among the top nominees and presents the award at the law school's commencement ceremony.</p> <p>&ldquo;The preparation, enthusiasm, and joy that Professor Newman brings to each class is inspiring,&rdquo; said outgoing SBA (Student Bar Association) President J.J. Hammerle.&nbsp; &ldquo;His command of the subject matter is unsurpassed, and his ability to convey that knowledge to his students is worthy of this honor. When students leave Professor Newman&rsquo;s class, they are not just prepared for the bar exam, they are prepared to practice law.&rdquo;</p> <p>Newman joined the School of Law faculty in 1996. He teaches courses in wills, trusts and estates and accounting and finance from a lawyer's perspective. Professor Newman received his bachelor of accountancy, as well as his J.D. degree, from the University of Oklahoma. He was the valedictorian of his law school class, a member of the Order of the Coif and the articles editor of the Oklahoma Law Review. Newman is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He also is an academic fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and a certified public accountant. Newman is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Probate Law Journal of Ohio and recently served as the reporter for the Joint Committee on the Ohio Trust Code of the Legal, Legislative, and Regulatory Committee of the Ohio Bankers League and the Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law Section of the Ohio State Bar Association. His recent publications include the third edition of the volume of the Bogert, Trusts and Trustees treatise on the reporting and accounting duties of trustees; Revocable Trusts and the Law of Wills: An Imperfect Fit, 43 Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Journal 523 (2008); The Trustee&rsquo;s Duty to Keep Beneficiaries Reasonably Informed, 21 Probate Law Journal of Ohio 17 (Sept./Oct. 2010); and The Uniform Trust Code: An Analysis of Ohio's Version, 34 Ohio Northern University Law Review 135 (2008). Newman was also voted Outstanding Professor of the Year in 2007, 2001, 2000 and 1998.</p> Mon, 16 May 2011 11:36:00 EDT 1986952 Dr. Francis Gurry to Speak at Akron Law Commencement May 15 http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=1960330 <p>The University of Akron School of Law will hold its 87th Commencement Ceremony at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 16 at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall. The 2011 UA School of Law commencement speaker will be Dr. Francis Gurry, director general of the World Intellectual Property Organization.</p> <p>&ldquo;During my years of government service and since, I have had frequent contact with Dr. Gurry and know him to be a most capable steward of the world&rsquo;s major IP treaties and a leader in promoting the relationship between IP and economic development,&rdquo; says Professor Jeff Samuels, director of the Akron Law Intellectual Property Center.</p> <p>Gurry was appointed director general of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on Oct. 1, 2008, and Secretary-General of its sister organization, the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV), on Oct. 30, 2008.</p> <p>Gurry began his WIPO career in 1985. He was instrumental in establishing the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center in 1994 and subsequently in developing the highly successful Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy. He served on the WIPO senior management team from 1997, initially as Assistant Director General, then from 2003 as Deputy Director General.</p> <p>Before joining WIPO, Gurry practiced as an attorney in Australia, and taught law at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He holds law degrees from the University of Melbourne and a Ph.D from the University of Cambridge, UK. He is an Honorary Professorial Fellow of the University of Melbourne, an Honorary Professor of Peking University and holds honorary doctorates from a number of universities.</p> <p>He is the author of numerous publications and articles on intellectual property issues in international journals. An Australian national, Gurry speaks fluent English and French.</p> <p><b>About The University of Akron<br /></b>The University of Akron is the public research university for Northern Ohio. The <i>Princeton Review</i> listed UA among the &ldquo;Best in the Midwest&rdquo; in its 2011 edition of <i>Best Colleges: Region-by-Region</i>. Approximately 29,300 students are enrolled in UA&rsquo;s approximately 300 associate, bachelor&rsquo;s, master&rsquo;s, doctoral and law degree programs and 100 certificate programs at sites in Summit, Wayne, Medina and Holmes counties. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/">www.uakron.edu</a>.</p> <p><b>About The University of Akron School of Law<br /></b>The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. A regional school of national impact, the law school features renowned programs in intellectual property, professional responsibility and trial advocacy, and is home to one of four Constitutional Law Centers in the United States, established by the U.S. Congress in 1986.To learn more, visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law">www.uakron.edu/law</a>.</p> Mon, 02 May 2011 17:01:00 EDT 1960330 Akron Law Wins National Moot Court Competition http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=1880572 <p>For the second consecutive year, the Akron Law Moot Court Competition Team has won The Sixth Annual National Moot Court Competition in Child Welfare and Adoption Law, which&nbsp;took place March 18-19 at Capital University Law School in Columbus Ohio.</p> <p>25 teams from around the country (13 different states, representing 17 schools) participated. Second year students Vince DeLorenzo and Tiffany Sovik advanced through three rounds on Thursday and just missed the top 16 cut. Third year students Jason Cave and Emily Trettel advanced through the Thursday rounds, made the top 16 and advanced through 4 more rounds on Friday to defeat Northern Kentucky University in the final round and win the competition. Emily Trettel was named Best Oral Advocate.</p> <p>The Final round judges were:<br />- Justice Yvette McGee Brown, Supreme Court of Ohio<br />- David P. Broome, President of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys<br />- Howard Davidson, Director of the ABA Center on Children and the Law<br />- Maureen Farrel-Stevenson, President/CEO of the National Association of Council for Children<br />- Richard C. Simpson, Dean of Capital University Law School<br />- The Honorable David E. Stucki, Senior Judge of Stark County Family Court and Secretary of the<br />&nbsp;&nbsp; National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges</p> <p>&nbsp;The team is coached by Akron Law alumma and director of the Akron Law Academic Success Program,&nbsp;Katherine Silver Kelly, '06 and Attorney Michael Altvater, '08 (associate at Stark &amp; Knoll).</p> Tue, 22 Mar 2011 15:55:00 EDT 1880572 Live from the IP Symposium: Ethical Implications of Use of Private Investigations http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=1878493 <div> <p>Ethics &ndash; Ethical Implications of Use of Private Investigators</p> <p>Moderator/Commentor: Professor <a target="_blank" href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/faculty/profile.dot?identity=700432">Jack Sahl</a>, Akron Law<br />Panelist: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.pattishall.com/ourteam/PhillipBarengolts-118.aspx">Philip Barengolts</a>, Pattishall McAuliffe</p> <p>Mr. Barengolts is discussing ethical issues with respect to trademark pretext investigations.&nbsp; Mr. Barengolts suggests there are 4 ethical rules that are of concern:</p> <ul> <li><a target="_blank" href="http://www.americanbar.org/groups/professional_responsibility/publications/model_rules_of_professional_conduct/rule_4_1_truthfulness_in_statements_to_others.html">Rule 4.1</a> &ndash; truthfulness in statements to others; </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Rules <a target="_blank" href="http://www.americanbar.org/groups/professional_responsibility/publications/model_rules_of_professional_conduct/rule_4_2_communication_with_person_represented_by_counsel.html">4.2</a> &amp; <a target="_blank" href="http://www.americanbar.org/groups/professional_responsibility/publications/model_rules_of_professional_conduct/rule_4_3_dealing_with_unrepresented_person.html">4.3</a> &ndash; communications with persons represented by counsel or unrepresented; can't suggest disinterest; and </li> </ul> <ul> <li><a target="_blank" href="http://www.americanbar.org/groups/professional_responsibility/publications/model_rules_of_professional_conduct/rule_8_4_misconduct.html">Rule 8.4</a> &ndash; can't violate a rule through the acts of another. </li> </ul> <p><span id="more-8148">&nbsp;</span></p> <p>Mr. Barengolts stated that the main case involving pretext investigations involves the Beatles.&nbsp; The court said that engaging with sales personnel was okay when the investigators are pretending to be an ordinary average person and asking questions an ordinary consumer would ask.&nbsp; In a subsequent case involving Italian furniture, a different court said the investigators posing as high-end furniture purchasers was also acceptable.</p> <p>However, a later ruling created a conflict.&nbsp; Mr. Barengolts said the investigators in this case asked questions concerning the acquisition of the allegedly infringing products and business practices.&nbsp; In essence, asking more detailed questions than were posed in the earlier cases.&nbsp; The difficulty is determining what level of questions are improper and who they can be asked to.</p> <p>Mr. Barengolts noted that a court in Illinois compared the trademark pretext investigation to civil rights cases and declared these investigation to be appropriate as long as the investigator does not trick the other party into saying something they would not normally say.</p> <p>Mr. Barengolts and Prof. Sahl suggested that lawyers clearly instruct their investigators on what is permissible and impermissible and do so in writing.&nbsp; Most importantly, attorneys need to remind their investigators that they need to stick to their role and be consumers.&nbsp; Furthermore, they suggest that attorneys not do the investigation yourself, because the attorney runs the risk of becoming a fact witness and losing the ability to represent their client in the case.</p> <!-- <rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#" xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/" xmlns:trackback="http://madskills.com/public/xml/rss/module/trackback/"> <rdf:Description rdf:about="http://www.ohioverticals.com/blogs/akron_law_cafe/2011/03/ip-symposium-ethical-implications-of-use-of-private-investigations/" dc:identifier="http://www.ohioverticals.com/blogs/akron_law_cafe/2011/03/ip-symposium-ethical-implications-of-use-of-private-investigations/" dc:title="IP Symposium: Ethical Implications of Use of Private Investigations" trackback:ping="http://www.ohioverticals.com/blogs/akron_law_cafe/2011/03/ip-symposium-ethical-implications-of-use-of-private-investigations/trackback/" /> </rdf:RDF> --></div> Mon, 21 Mar 2011 17:26:00 EDT 1878493 Live from the IP Symposium: The Supreme Court's Patent Docket http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=1878469 <div> <p>Panel Discussion: The <a target="_blank" href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/">Supreme Court's</a> Patent Docket</p> <p>Moderator: Professor Robert C. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/faculty/practitioner-in-residence.dot">Kahrl</a>, Akron Law</p> <p>Panelists:<br />Gary <a target="_blank" href="http://www.dicksteinshapiro.com/hoffmang/">Hoffman</a>, Dickstein Shapiro LLP<br />Alan J. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.sughrue.com/alan-j-kasper/">Kasper</a>, Sughrue Mion, PLLC<br />Wayne <a target="_blank" href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/ip/council/profile.dot?identity=741202">Watkins</a>, The University of Akron<br />Harold C. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.foley.com/people/bio.aspx?employeeid=16338">Wegner</a>, Foley &amp; Lardner</p> <p>This panel is looking at the 3 cases pending in the Supreme Court (<a target="_blank" href="http://www.i4ilp.com/papers.php">i4i</a>, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.patentlyo.com/patent/2010/11/supreme-court-to-hear-bayh-dole-patent-ownership-dispute-stanford-v-roche.html">Stanford</a>, and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/global-tech-appliances-inc-v-seb-s-a/">Global Tech</a>) followed by a presentation on how to get your case in the Supreme Court.</p> <p><span id="more-8146">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Microsoft v. i4i</strong></span> (Gary Hoffman)</p> <p>The issue is the burden of proof.&nbsp; Since early 1980s, the standard has been "clear and convincing."&nbsp; The particular prior art involved in this case was a prior use and this prior art was not before the PTO.&nbsp; Microsoft argues that the clear and convincing standard is not in &sect; 282 and because the PTO never considered this prior art, a preponderance of the evidence standard is appropriate.&nbsp; i4i argues that the clear and convincing standard should be maintained because it is a long-standing precedent and the effects on US commerce would be negative.&nbsp; Many amicus briefs have been filed in support of both sides (and neither side).</p> <p>Why did the Supreme Court take this case?&nbsp; Is it the existence of "patent trolls?"</p> <p>What's the impact on value of patents and innovation? Mr. Hoffman notes he doesn't believe that changing the standard will have any effect on juries deciding invalidity.&nbsp; He also questions what the parties will do if the standard is lowered?&nbsp; Submit more prior art?&nbsp; Less prior art?</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Stanford Univ. v. Roche Molecular Systems</strong></span> (Wayne Watkins)</p> <p>The Stanford employee assigned his future patent rights to Roche, but Stanford argues the invention belongs to it per the Bayh-Dole Act.&nbsp;&nbsp; The Federal Circuit held the assignment to Roche was permissible.&nbsp; The question the Supreme Court is answering is whether the Federal Circuit's ruling violates Bayh-Dole.</p> <p>Mr. Watkins believes the Court took this case because of the conflict between the text of the statute and the intent and policy of the statute.</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Global-Tech v. SEB</span></strong> (Alan Kasper)</p> <p>The issue is whether the legal standard for the state of mind element of a claim for actively inducing infringement under &sect; 271(b) is "deliberate indifference of a known risk" that an infringement may occur&hellip; or "purposeful, culpable expression and conduct" to encourage an infringement as the Court taught in <em>MGM v. Grokster</em> (a copyright case).</p> <p>Mr. Kasper compared the statutory language of <a target="_blank" href="http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode35/usc_sec_35_00000271----000-.html">271(a), (b), and (c)</a> and finds a lack of language suggesting a standard for intent.&nbsp; He further pointed out that there is a wide-ranging spectrum for the intent standard (ranging from no showing of knowledge or intent to a specific knowledge of the patent to deliberate indifference).</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>How to Get into the Supreme Court</strong></span> (Harold Wegner)</p> <p>Mr. Wegner is discussing how to get your case before the Supreme Court.&nbsp; Two suggestions he had, were, first, you need a bad decision by the Federal Circuit.&nbsp; Second, you need good amicus briefing on the cert question.&nbsp; Mr. Wegner is particular impressed with <a target="_blank" href="http://www.law.gwu.edu/Faculty/profile.aspx?id=5945">Prof. John Duffy</a>'s and other law professors' influence in this regard.</p> <!-- <rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#" xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/" xmlns:trackback="http://madskills.com/public/xml/rss/module/trackback/"> <rdf:Description rdf:about="http://www.ohioverticals.com/blogs/akron_law_cafe/2011/03/ip-symposium-the-supreme-courts-patent-docket/" dc:identifier="http://www.ohioverticals.com/blogs/akron_law_cafe/2011/03/ip-symposium-the-supreme-courts-patent-docket/" dc:title="IP Symposium: The Supreme Court&#039;s Patent Docket" trackback:ping="http://www.ohioverticals.com/blogs/akron_law_cafe/2011/03/ip-symposium-the-supreme-courts-patent-docket/trackback/" /> </rdf:RDF> --></div> Mon, 21 Mar 2011 16:54:00 EDT 1878469 Live from the IP Symposium: Implications of Costco on Exhaustion Doctrine http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=1878295 <p>Panel Discussion: Implications of <a target="_blank" href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703727804576017414255046264.html">Costco </a>on Exhaustion <a target="_blank" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exhaustion_doctrine">Doctrine</a></p> <p>Moderator: Professor A. Samuel <a target="_blank" href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/faculty/profile.dot?identity=698734">Oddi</a>, Akron Law</p> <p>Panelists:<br />Kenneth J. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.sughrue.com/kburchfiel/">Burchfiel</a>, Sughrue Mion, PLLC<br />Patrick J. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.finnegan.com/PatrickCoyne/">Coyne</a>, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett &amp; Dunner<br />Wayne M.<a target="_blank" href="http://www.ulmer.com/attorneys/Serra_Wayne/Pages/default.aspx"> Serra</a>, Ulmer &amp; Berne, LLP<br />Professor Ryan <a target="_blank" href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/faculty/profile.dot?identity=1235134">Vacca</a>, Akron Law <img src="http://www.ohioverticals.com/blogs/akron_law_cafe/wp-includes/js/tinymce/plugins/wordpress/img/trans.gif" title="More..." /></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Mr. Patrick J. Coyne </strong></span></p> <p>Mr. Patrick Coyne opened the discussion with the exhaustion doctrine in the context of copyright law. He discussed several historical cases and their impact on the exhaustion doctrine.</p> <p>The First-Sale principle was first established in <em>Bobbs-Merril v. Straus</em>. Straus purchased copies of the book and refused to sell them at the price Bobbs demanded. Straus prevailed.</p> <p>In <em>K-Mart v. Cartier</em>, the Supreme upheld Custom&rsquo;s interpretation of the statute that Customs is not required to bar parallel imports of gray market goods.</p> <p>The <em>Costco</em> case included a very small global design. The design was registered, not aesthetic, and used to control the importation of the good. The court did not even address the issue of whether was it even a copyright. The Supreme Court did not clarify substantial issues that still need resolved.</p> <p>The take away from these cases was that if the good is made in the US, or the first sale occurs in the US, then the First Sale Doctrine applies.</p> <p>Mr. Coyne also discussed the legislative history. The history shows that the focus was on piracy and that where work was transferred was important, not where the work was made or sold.</p> <p>Who does Mr. Coyne think should have won? Costco should have one hands down.</p> <p>First, what does it mean to be &ldquo;made under this title?&rdquo; Where the work was made does not matter because the Berne Convention made where the work was created insignificant. In addition, exhaustion occurs by a sale, it does not matter where the actual sale occurs. <em>Costco </em>has created a &ldquo;parade of horribles&rdquo; because the Supreme Court interpretation includes those that have purchased a good overseas and later transfer the good to someone in the States as infringers.</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Professor Ryan Vacca</span></strong></p> <p>Professor Vacca discussed Trademarks and the shift in the exhaustion doctrine from an emphasis on relationships to a rule of universality. For the last century, the rule of universality applied, a good legally made in one country can be imported into another country without violating a trademark. So how does this relate to copyrights? Gray goods.</p> <p>1<sup>st</sup> scenario &ndash; US Co purchased and registers TM from independent Foreign Co</p> <p>Infringing and barred under Tariff and Lanham Act</p> <p>2<sup>nd</sup> &ndash; US CO registers TM; US Co and Foreign Co are affiliated</p> <p>Not infringing</p> <p>3<sup>rd</sup> &ndash; US Co authorizes independent Foreign Co to use TM abroad</p> <p>Infringing</p> <p>Lanham and Tariff Acts created exceptions to exporting TM goods</p> <p>The key is the relationship between the US Co and foreign entity. If there was an affiliation, there is no infringement and the importation is not barred. Another important key is goods analysis. If the good is materially different, then it is infringing and the importation is barred. If the good is NOT materially different, then it is not infringing. For example, Cabbage Patch Dolls. Spanish manufacturer licensed to make and sell only in Spain. A third party purchased dolls and important them into the US. The birth certificates were in Spanish, not English, therefore the product was materially different and infringing.</p> <p>The goods analysis is really is a superimposition onto the relationship analysis. The goods are evaluated first, and then analysis goes to the relationship analysis. However, this is not a good approach under copyright law because importing an identical product undermines the author&rsquo;s interests.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Mr. Kenneth J. Burchfiel</strong></span></p> <p>Mr. Burchfiel does not believe <em>Costco</em> has application to patent law. There is very little precedent on the question of whether a foreign sale of a US good that is authorized by the patent owner is later re-imported without the owner&rsquo;s permission infringes. The issue surrounding the territorial restriction in <em>Costco</em> is to what extend to 271(g) limitations apply to section 154?</p> <p>Patent exhaustion is a judge-made doctrine loosely tied to a statute. There is an express importation right under the Patent Act. In addition there is judicial antipathy to price fixing. Can the patentee sell a product and limit the rights of subsequent users?</p> <p>The Patent Exhaustion Doctrine provides that the initial authorized sale of a patented item terminates all patent rights to that item. (LGE v. Quanta) Therefore most patent exhaustion cases revolve around contracts to determine what is an authorized sale, when did the sale take place, etc.</p> <p><em>Fuji v. Jazz</em> had many conclusory statements without supporting reasoning. In that case, Jazz would buy the old Fuji disposable cameras, with Fuji&rsquo;s permission, in other countries, recondition them, and import them into the US. The court in that case said, &ldquo;US patent rights are not exhausted by products of foreign provenance&hellip;.. A different rule applies in the copyright context.&rdquo; The Second Circuit is in contradiction with this opinion and there&rsquo;s hope that the SC will take-up the issue for clarification at some point in the future.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Mr. Wayne M. Serra</strong></span></p> <p>Mr. Serra discussed the implications of <em>Costco</em> in the software industry. He stressed that we are in a digital age, causing an innovative disruption, decimating some traditional industries like the newspaper industry. Music industry has also dealt with disruptive innovations beginning with 8-track tapes and later compact discs. The MP3 file format now allows music files to be compressed enough to making internet transfer practical.</p> <p>Many software cases just avoid the Exhaustion Doctrine. In <em>Vernor v. Autodesk</em>, the first sale doctrine did not apply to licensing arrangements for software. Licenses had a transfer restriction as part of the agreement. In <em>UMG Recordings, Inc. v. Augusto</em> (9<sup>th</sup> Cir. 2010), however, the exhaustion doctrine applied because UMG did nothing to ensure users accepted the license, therefore UMG&rsquo;s license failed.</p> <p>He concluded with stating that companies are taking advantage of the importance of court decisions. Restive licensing agreements are being enforced by courts.</p> Mon, 21 Mar 2011 16:09:00 EDT 1878295 Live from the IP Symposium: The Future of the Nation's Patent and Copyright Systems http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=1877635 <p>Paul Michel (former Chief Judge, Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit)</p> <p>Marybeth Peters (former US Register of Copyrights)</p> <p><b>Marybeth Peters</b></p> <p>Register Peters started off her talk discussing the biggest challenges in her job as Register of Copyrights.&nbsp; These included the following:</p> <ul> <li>Formalities being voluntary as a result of joining the Berne Convention.</li> <li>DMCA requires the Copyright Office to create exemptions to access controls.&nbsp; These took a lot more time and effort than she expected.</li> <li>We're becoming a more digitized world and issues of territoriality are challenging.&nbsp; The suggestions for compulsory licensing are not a good idea.</li> <li>Making the Copyright Office more digital and accessible. </li> </ul> <p>Next, she discussed the challenges in the future for copyright law.&nbsp; She commented that the challenges are:</p> <ul> <li>We have a digital networked worldwide society and content can travel all over the world very quickly.</li> <li>Even if you're not a pirate, getting licenses is "a distressing exercise."&nbsp; This is especially the case in a world where everyone wants everything immediately.</li> <li>The copyright law is pretty outdated. A complete revision is essential.</li> </ul> <p>Finally, Register Peters discussed some proposed solutions to some of the currently existing problems, including and noting that:</p> <ul> <li>We need to revise the copyright law, but this isn't realistic.&nbsp; Nonetheless, individual problems can be solved legislatively.</li> <li>Giving the DOJ the power to shut down rogue web sites (proposed by Senator Leahy).</li> <li>Orphan works problem &ndash; limit the liability of people who do diligent searches for the copyright owner.&nbsp; Google Books has stifled this.</li> <li>The private sector &ndash; creators and users &ndash; need to sit down and work out solutions.&nbsp; Congress isn't going to do it.&nbsp; Guidelines and best practices can and should be done.</li> <li>Licensing innovations.&nbsp; Statutory licensing isn't a good idea, but collective licensing (along the lines of ASCAP and BMI) may be a good idea.&nbsp; Fair use is not a good enough solution because of its uncertainty.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Paul Michel</b></p> <p>Judge Michel began by discussing the challenge he faced while sitting on the Federal Circuit.&nbsp; He said, "The problem of being on the court is that you don't have 1<sup>st</sup> Amendment rights."&nbsp; He stepped down because he figured he could do more good off the court than on &ndash; trying to educate members of Congress and their staffers.&nbsp;</p> <p>Judge Michel then explained that he thought the key players who will be involved in trying to rebalance patent law are: (1) Congress, (2) Supreme Court; (3) PTO; (4) Federal Circuit; (5) White House; (6) mainstream media; (7) K-Street lobbyists.</p> <p>Judge Michel commented on the pending patent reform legislation.&nbsp; He predicted that a patent reform bill will pass, even if it doesn't do much.&nbsp; The three most contentious issues, according to Judge Michel are: (1) first-to-file; (2) post-grant review; and (3) financing of the PTO (fee diversion from PTO to other government programs).&nbsp; Judge Michel believes first-to-file will be adopted, but the scope of the grace period may be changed.&nbsp; With respect to post-grant review, Judge Michel thought one of the two procedures will pass, but what the thresholds should be is an open question, although will probably be more modest than what was proposed in the Senate.&nbsp; Finally, with respect to fee diversion, Judge Michel thought the House will not ban diversion.</p> <p>Judge Michel concluded with a couple thoughts on <i>Microsoft v. I4i </i>and how the Federal Circuit will change.&nbsp; He thinks the Supreme Court will reverse the Federal Circuit and apply a preponderance of the evidence standard across the board (i.e. get rid of the clear and convincing standard altogether).&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;With respect to changes to the Federal Circuit, Judge Michel predicted that there will be three additional slots opening on the court in the next 18 months.&nbsp; The debate will be should the nominees be someone with an interest in patent law or more of a generalist.&nbsp; The White House will obviously play a major role in the development of the court.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 21 Mar 2011 12:09:00 EDT 1877635 Live from the IP Symposium: Trademark Law Developments http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=1877458 <p>Trademark Law Developments</p> <p>Professor David Welkowitz (Whittier Law School) discussed 5 different issues involving trademark law (dilution, adwords, contributory liability, aesthetic functionality, and rights of publicity).</p> <p><br /><b>Dilution</b></p> <p><i>Victoria's Secret v. Moseley</i> was decided by the Supreme Court several years ago, but it's still around.&nbsp; On remand, the only claim left is the tarnishment claim.&nbsp; The 6<sup>th</sup> Circuit says there's an inference or presumption of tarnishment when the mark is being used in a sexual manner.&nbsp; Professor Welkowitz questions whether this presumption can realistically be rebutted?&nbsp; He also wonders if the same presumption will be raised in contexts involving drugs.</p> <p><i>Visa v. JSL</i>&nbsp; is a blurring claim.&nbsp; "Visa" is a real word and has a real connotation and the defendant argued it was using the ordinary word in its ordinary context.&nbsp; The 9<sup>th</sup> Circuit said this was not the case because it was being used as a trademark and not for providing the goods or services in which the word would be used for (e.g. providing travel documentation).</p> <p>The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) hadn't really decided very many trademark dilution cases, but last year the TTAB has shown more interest in dilution cases (5 during the last year).&nbsp; One case is <i>National Pork Board v. Supreme Lobster &amp; Seafood Co</i>. in which the TTAB determined that there was a likelihood of dilution involving "Pork &ndash; the other white meat."&nbsp; Another is <i>Coach v. Triumph Learning</i>, which found that the mark COACH was not famous because dilution is concerned with the general public, not just consumers (e.g. handbag consumers).&nbsp;</p> <p><b>AdWords</b></p> <p><i>Rosetta Stone v. Google</i>.&nbsp; Google sells words (many times trademarked words) to advertisers.&nbsp; Trademark owners object to Google selling these words.&nbsp; The district court held that AdWords are essential to the operation of Google's search engine.&nbsp; Professor Welkowitz thinks this is an odd application of the functionality test.&nbsp; This case is currently on appeal to the 4<sup>th</sup> Circuit and Professor Welkowitz thinks the 4<sup>th</sup> Circuit will come to a different conclusion on the functionality issue.</p> <p><b>Contributory Liability</b></p> <p><i>Tiffany v. eBay</i> involved contributory liability for counterfeits sold on eBay.&nbsp; eBay was not a direct infringer &ndash; it wasn't selling the counterfeit goods, but eBay certainly knew that there were some counterfeit goods being sold on its site.&nbsp; The question was how particularized must that knowledge be to be liable.&nbsp; The Second Circuit, similar to the YouTube decision, held that the knowledge needs to be particularized.</p> <p><b>Aesthetic Functionality</b></p> <p><i>Fleischer Studios v. AVELA</i> (9<sup>th</sup> Cir. 2011) &ndash; consumers aren't buying Betty Boop merchandise not because they think it's official or produced by a certain source, but instead they're buying the products because they want Betty Boop merchandise.&nbsp; Because of this, the image of Betty Boop was found to be functional.</p> <p>&nbsp;<b>Rights of Publicity</b></p> <p><i>Keller v. Elec. Arts</i> &ndash; a videogame case using real college football players.&nbsp; A college football play brought suit alleging a violation of his right of publicity under California law.&nbsp; The question was whether this was a transformative use.&nbsp; The court said the videogame producer was just using the image of the player and not transforming it at all.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 21 Mar 2011 11:00:00 EDT 1877458 Live from the IP Symposium: Copyright Law Developments http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=1877272 <p>Copyright Law Developments</p> <p>Robert W. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.cll.com/our-attorneys/robert-w-clarida">Clarida</a>, Cowan Liebowitz &amp; Latman</p> <p>Mr. Clarida began with a discussion on <i>Viacom v. YouTube</i> (currently on appeal to Second Circuit).&nbsp; YouTube argues the &sect; 512(c)&nbsp;safe harbor protects it and unless Viacom gives a takedown notice, YouTube is protected.&nbsp; Viacom argues that &sect; 512(c) doesn't apply because YouTube was "aware of facts or circumstances from which infringing activity is apparent."&nbsp;&nbsp; Judge Stanton (SDNY) says just knowing that there is some general infringement going on is not enough - a red flag is needed.&nbsp; The court based its decision on the "no monitoring rule" of the DMCA which says there's no obligation to monitor the site and check the content that's coming in (&sect; 512(m)).&nbsp; Mr. Clarida says the red flag standard by Judge Stanton is too high and hopefully the Second Circuit will clear it up on appeal.</p> <p>Next, Mr. Clarida addressed the Supreme Court's decision in <a target="_self" href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/09pdf/08-103.pdf">Reed Elsevier v. Muchnick</a>, which involves the copyright registration requirement of &sect; 411(a) of the Copyright Act.&nbsp; Section 411(a) states that a copyright owner needs to register registered the work before being able to sue for copyright infringement.&nbsp; The Supreme Court said the registration requirement is not jurisdictional, but is a claim-processing rule.&nbsp; The difference is that the argument can be waived if not raised.&nbsp; To be jurisdictional, the statute must clearly say it's jurisdictional, otherwise it's a claim-processing rule.&nbsp; This ruling was based on an employment discrimination case.&nbsp; The Supreme Court's decision in this case differed from about 200 lower court cases that were decided to the contrary.&nbsp;&nbsp; Mr. Clarida claims this has created a looser world for copyright.</p> <p><i>Salinger v. Colting</i> (2nd Circuit 2010) was a fair use case involving JD Salinger's classic book, Catcher in the Rye.&nbsp; The district court said there was no fair use and granted an injunction.&nbsp; The Second Circuit said no fair use, but reversed on granting of preliminary injunction because the district court presumed irreparable harm contrary to the Supreme Court's decision in <a target="_self" href="http://www.oyez.org/cases/2000-2009/2005/2005_05_130">eBay v. Mercexchange</a> (a patent case).</p> <p>Mr. Clarida said these cases suggest that copyright practitioners need to look beyond copyright law when advising their clients and arguing before the courts. They need to consider patent law and even employment discrimination concepts.</p> <p><i>Soft Entertainment v. Dodger Productions</i> (CD Cal. 2010) involves a 7 second clip from the Ed Sullivan Show.&nbsp; The question was <a target="_blank" href="http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode17/usc_sec_17_00000107----000-.html">fair use</a>.&nbsp; The court said use of this clip constituted fair use because this clip was a historical reference point and that the introduction by Ed Sullivan was not the heart of the work, but merely an artery to the heart of the work.</p> <p><i>Bouchat v. Baltimore Ravens</i> (4th Circuit 2010). &nbsp;Mr. Bouchat designed a logo for the Ravens, which looked very similar to the logo eventually adopted by the Ravens.&nbsp; Ultimately, the Ravens subsequently changed their logo.&nbsp; The court found no fair use, because, in part, there's a market for throw-back merchandise.&nbsp; Comparing Bouchat and Soft Entertainment, Mr. Clarida said "fair use is absolutely a crapshoot. You're really just flipping a coin."</p> <p>Next Mr. Clarida discussed <i>Golan v. Holder</i>, a case where the Supreme Court granted recently granted cert.&nbsp; The Copyright Act brings back into copyright works of foreign origin that had fallen into the public domain.&nbsp; It is argued that the portion of the Copyright Act that brought these works back under copyright law violates the 1st Amendment, because the traditional contours of copyright protection have been altered because we've never brought works out of the public domain.&nbsp;</p> <p>Finally, Mr. Clarida covered a couple of VARA cases.&nbsp; In <i>Mass. Museum of Contemporary Art v. Buchel</i> (1<sup>st</sup> Cir. 2010), the court held that an unfinished work of art is a work of art protected by VARA.&nbsp; <i>Kleinman v. City of San Marcos</i> (5<sup>th</sup> Cir. 2010), involved a "car bash" that took place when a new store opened.&nbsp; The city ticketed the artist saying you can't have a junk car on your front yard.&nbsp; The artist claimed this violates VARA.&nbsp; The 5<sup>th</sup> Circuit said these bashed cars didn't count as a work of visual art because this is a merchandising/promotional item.</p> Mon, 21 Mar 2011 10:34:00 EDT 1877272 Book Signing to be Held March 30 For "Feminist Legal History: Essays on Women and the Law" http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=1875532 <p>The University of Akron School of Law will be hosting a book signing and reception for &ldquo;Feminist Legal History: Essays on Women and Law,&rdquo; by Tracy A. Thomas, professor of law and Dr. Tracey Jean&nbsp;Boisseau, professor of history. Join the authors in the law school atrium from 4:30 &ndash; 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30 for a&nbsp;discussion about the book, followed by a reception and book signing.</p> <p>&ldquo;Feminist Legal History,&rdquo; published by New York University (NYU) Press, represents feminist legal historians&rsquo; efforts to begin to define their field, by showcasing historical research and analysis that demonstrates how women were denied legal rights, how women used the law proactively to gain rights, and how, empowered by law, women worked to alter the law to try to change gendered realities. Encompassing two centuries of American history, thirteen essays expose the ways in which legal decisions have hinged upon ideas about women or gender, as well as the ways women themselves have intervened in the law.</p> <p>Tracy A. Thomas is professor of law at The University of Akron School of Law and author of the forthcoming book &ldquo;Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Feminist Foundations of Family Law," also published by NYU Press. Tracey Jean Boisseau is associate professor of history at The University of Akron and author of &ldquo;White Queen: May French-Sheldon and the Imperial Origins of American Feminism&rdquo; (Indiana University Press 2004).</p> Sat, 19 Mar 2011 13:43:00 EDT 1875532 Akron Law and Sughrue Mion PLLC Law Firm Sponsor 13th Annual Intellectual Property Law Symposium on March 21 http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=1847824 <p>The University of Akron School of Law and Sughrue Mion PLLC law firm will sponsor the 13<sup>th</sup> annual Richard C. Sughrue Symposium on Intellectual Property Law and Policy on Monday, March 21 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the John S. Knight Center in Akron.</p> <p>The program will include updates on the latest developments in intellectual property law. Noted treatise author Donald Chisum will discuss developments in patent law, including the Supreme Court&rsquo;s decision in <i>Bilski</i>. The program will also feature a panel comprised of Marybeth Peters, who recently retired as the Register of Copyrights, and former Federal Circuit chief judge Paul R. Michel, who will discuss the challenges facing copyright and patent law. Other panels will discuss the pending Supreme Court case dealing with the first sale doctrine and the ethical implications of using private investigators in intellectual property disputes. If Congress enacts patent reform legislation during this session, the program also will include a review of such legislation&rsquo;s major provisions and their impact on the practice of law. Robert Bahr, Associate Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy at the United States Patent and Trademark Office will be the featured luncheon speaker.</p> <p>For registration information, call 330-972-6363, e-mail <a href="mailto:manovac@uakron.edu">manovac@uakron.edu</a> or visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/ip/sughrue.dot">http://www.uakron.edu/law/ip/sughrue.dot</a>&nbsp;.</p> <p>Co-sponsor Sughrue Mion celebrates more than 50 years as an international intellectual property law firm specializing in patent, trademark, copyright, Internet, trade secret and unfair competition law. The sponsorship is in memory of founding partner Richard C. Sughrue.</p> Sat, 05 Mar 2011 12:48:00 EST 1847824 Akron Law Trial Team is Runner-Up at ATLAC Competition http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=1828588 <p>The University of Akron School of Law trial team had a strong performance at the recent Academy of Trial Lawyers at Allegheny County Competition (ATLAC, formerly Gourley) in Pittsburgh, Pa.&nbsp;The team, comprised of student advocates Amanda Bunner, Marissa Pappas and Nick McGroarty, finished in second place.&nbsp;</p> <p>After scoring the highest amount of points of all of the teams advocating on behalf of the plaintiff, Bunner and Pappas competed against the team from Duquesne Law School in the final round. Bunner and Pappas had a great final round and obtained a $50,000 verdict in favor of their client, McGroarty.&nbsp;The ATLAC tournament is a unique competition, which focuses on a personal injury suit and provides doctors and medical professional as expert witnesses. John Rubis, 2008 graduate of Akron Law and Caryn Peterson, 2007 graduate of Akron Law, volunteered as coaches.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am very proud of our advocates&rsquo; performance,&rdquo; said Joann Sahl, assistant director of the Legal Clinic. &ldquo;Their strong finish demonstrates once again why the trial teams at The University of Akron School of Law have a national reputation.&rdquo;</p> <p>The ATLAC Competition originated in 1962 as a friendly competition between the two area law schools, Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburgh. Today, the competition includes law schools from the east coast and midwest regions.</p> Tue, 22 Feb 2011 15:58:00 EST 1828588 Discover Law Day to be Held Feb. 19 http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=1785202 <p>The Law School Admission Council has designated February as DiscoverLaw.org Month.&nbsp; As part of a continuing commitment to diversity, The University of Akron School of Law and the Law School Admission Council will co-sponsor Discover Law Day Program.</p> <p>Prospective law students can learn about the opportunities at The University of Akron School of Law by attending an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 19. This is event is free and open to the public. Attendees can register to attend online at <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/admissions/visiting/discoverlaw.dot">http://www.uakron.edu/law/admissions/visiting/discoverlaw.dot</a>&nbsp;.</p> <p>The program will include an admissions and financial aid session; a mock law class; and a student and alumni panel discussion. Prior to the open house, guided tours of the law school will be available beginning at noon.</p> <p>Free parking will be available in Lot 34, south of the law school. The law school is located at 150 University Avenue.</p> Wed, 09 Feb 2011 11:34:00 EST 1785202 Akron Law Announces New Criminal Expungement Clinic http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=1761529 <p>The University of Akron School of Law in cooperation with the City of Akron has announced a new initiative named the Akron Law Criminal Expungement Clinic.</p> <p>The City of Akron has provided Akron Law with a $10,000 grant to finance the program, which will allow Akron Law students to assist Akron residents on having their felonies expunged from their records. Students will work under the supervision of Akron Law Legal Clinic Director and Professor of Law J. Dean Carro and Akron Law graduate Aviva Wilcher, who will serve as director of the Criminal Expungement Clinic.</p> <p>&ldquo;Almost 20 students who have been trained on expungement law and will meet with members of the community who are interested in having their records sealed,&rdquo; explains Wilcher. We also have students who are interned certified who will be able to actually go into court with our applicants and make the argument to have the criminal convictions, as well as dismissals sealed. In the state of Ohio a felony conviction is eligible for expungement three years after whatever sanctions were imposed.&rdquo;</p> <p>Convictions for first- and second-degree felonies &mdash; including murder, rape, felonious assault and kidnapping &mdash; or any violent crime can never be sealed. Nor can a crime that warrants a mandatory prison sentence, or any sex crime or case where the victim was a child. Those convicted of operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or drivers who refuse to be tested for drugs or alcohol, also can't apply. Only first-time offenders are eligible. Additionally, participants must be a resident of Akron for at least one year.</p> <p>The program was the brainchild of Akron City Council President Marco S. Sommerville who contacted Akron Law about partnering for this program.</p> <p>&ldquo;It is clear that there needs to be some revamping done in this system,&rdquo; said Sommerville. &ldquo;There is a major problem with people in this community who have felonies and are unable to receive a second chance at life.&rdquo;</p> <p>To learn more about the Akron Law Criminal Expungement Clinic, call 330-972-7751.</p> <p>Online news clippings available. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.ohio.com/news/114703469.html">Akron Beacon Journal</a> ; <a href="http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/27/jailed-for-choosing-a-better-school/?src=twrhp">WEWS-TV</a> ; <a target="_blank" href="http://tiny.cc/3kk0s">WKSU-FM</a>;</p> Thu, 27 Jan 2011 15:07:00 EST 1761529 IP Council Member Dr. Helen Free Honored by President Obama http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=1627915 <p>Dr. Helen <a target="_blank" href="http://www.invent.org/hall_of_fame/63.html">Free</a>, a member of Akron Law&rsquo;s Intellectual Property Advisory <a target="_blank" href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/ip/council/">Council</a>, was awarded a 2009 National <a target="_blank" href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/10/15/president-obama-honors-nations-top-scientists-and-innovators">Medal</a> of Technology and Innovation on Nov. 18, 2010 &nbsp;by President Obama.&nbsp;Dr. Free received the prestigious award for work in the field of medical and clinical urinalysis testing.&nbsp;She and her husband, the late Dr. Alfred Free, were both chemists with Miles Laboratories (now Bayer Corporation) and were instrumental in the development of the &ldquo;dip and read&rdquo; test that allowed diabetics to instantly monitor their blood glucose levels from the privacy of their homes.&nbsp; She is a consultant for Bayer AG.</p> Wed, 01 Dec 2010 11:22:00 EST 1627915 Akron Law Makes Donation to Local Community Legal Aid Office http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=1621831 <p>The University of Akron School of Law, as part of National Pro Bono week, made a donation to the Akron Community Legal Aid office. The $430 donation was given to Sarah Stratton, director of Community Legal Aid on Thursday, Nov. 18.</p> <p>As part of Akron Law&rsquo;s continued efforts to educate students on the importance of <a target="_blank" href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/community/">pro bono</a> work, the school organized a fundraising event held Oct. 22 as part of pro bono week. The event consisted of games such as jousting and cornhole, and faculty and students paid a fee to participate, which went towards the donation to the Akron Community Legal Aid office.</p> <p>&ldquo;This event had two goals: to bring students and faculty together in a lighter setting and to communicate to students the pressing needs that face legal aid societies throughout the U.S.,&rdquo; said Dean Martin H. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/faculty/profile.dot?identity=687742">Belsky</a>. &ldquo;I am pleased that both goals were accomplished.&rdquo;</p> Mon, 29 Nov 2010 14:16:00 EST 1621831 Harvey Nelson, CEO of Main Street Gourmet, is Inaugural Entrepreneur-in-Residence http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=1588636 <p>Akron Law and UA College of Business Administration are hosting Harvey Nelson, CEO and co-founder of Main Street Gourmet as the inaugural <a target="_blank" href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/clinical/seed/entrepreneur-in-residence.dot">Entrepreneur-in-Residence</a>. During his residency at UA, Nelson will be speaking at classes and meeting with students, as well as working with the School of Law Small Entrepreneur and Economic Development <a target="_blank" href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/clinical/seed/">(SEED) </a>Clinic and some of their clients.</p> <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;Harvey, in meeting with some of the SEED Clinic&rsquo;s clients, has offered great insight and guidance to them.&nbsp;Further, his interaction with our students has been extremely valuable,&rdquo; says Director of the SEED Clinic, Gary <a target="_blank" href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/faculty/profile.dot?identity=707788">Spring</a>.</p> <p>Nelson, along with UA graduate Steve Marks, founded Main Street Gourmet in 1987 and has grown it into a nationally recognized company. From his accomplishments with Main Street Gourmet, Nelson has received an onset of awards and achievements which include the Entrepreneurial Achievement, <i>Sales &amp; Marketing Executives International (2004), </i>Entrepreneur of the Year, <i>Greater Akron Chamber</i>, Outstanding Alumni Entrepreneur, <i>The University of Akron</i>, Richard Shatten Civic Distinction Award, <i>Crain&rsquo;s Leading EDGE Awards</i> and Innovative Bakery of the Year, <i>Baking Management Magazine</i>. Nelson received his B.A. from The University of Akron in mathematics and started working as a business analyst and programmer for B.F. Goodrich and as a Group Home Worker for Hogares, Inc. in Albuquerque, N.M.</p> <p>Nelson and Main Street Gourmet are involved in many community activities such as Muffins for Mammograms which Harvey co-founded to raise funds for free mammograms and to promote Breast Cancer Awareness. He also has been committed to the Akron Canton Regional Foodbank as President from 1998-2000, Board of Trustees from 1994-2000, Foundation Board Secretary 2001-2009 and is currently the Foundation Board Chairman. Nelson has been a volunteer teacher with Junior Achievement since 1993 and on The University of Akron Polymer Advancement Council since 2002. Nelson also lectures and speaks to numerous community and business organizations. He also has a self-published and self-awarded prize-winning (2003 Blueberry Award) Author, <i>Riding On A Dragon</i> in 2003.</p> Tue, 16 Nov 2010 11:21:00 EST 1588636 The Honorable Dixie Park is Jurist-in-Residence on Nov. 18 http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=1557619 <p>The Honorable Dixie Park will visit The University of Akron School of Law on Thursday, Nov. 18 as part of the Jurist-in-Residence <a target="_blank" href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/faculty/jurist-in-residence.dot">program</a>. Park will present a public lecture titled &ldquo;Guardianship Law: Trends, Practices and Aspirations.&rdquo;</p> <p>The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held Thursday, Nov. 18 at 4 p.m. in Room 152 at The University of Akron School of Law, 150 University Ave., Akron, Ohio. One hour of free continuing legal education credit will be offered. To register to attend, visit <a target="_blank" href="https://www.uakron.edu/webforms/law/faculty/jir.dot">here</a>; e-mail <a href="mailto:manovac@uakron.edu">manovac@uakron.edu</a> or call ext. 6363.</p> <p>Park is the first woman elected Judge of the Probate Division, Stark County Common Pleas Court. She began her service on the Probate bench in January of 2004. Park was duly elected on Nov. 4, 2004. In 2007, Judge Park initiated the creation of the Guardian Oversight Council (GOC) consisting of members of the community from different disciplines and experience to assist and make recommendations to the Probate Court on community standards for guardianship cases.</p> Tue, 09 Nov 2010 11:29:00 EST 1557619 Forth Annual IP Scholars Forum Held Nov. 5 http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=1554271 <p>IP Scholars from across the country gathered at Akron Law on Nov. 5 for the forth annual Akron IP <a target="_blank" href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/ip/forum2010.dot">Forum</a>. The Forum&rsquo;s purpose is to bring together a small group of prominent scholars for intensive, high-level discussions on cutting-edge issues of common interest. Participating scholars may choose to have their papers published in symposium format in the <i>Akron Law Intellectual Property <a target="_blank" href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/lawreview/aipj/">Journal</a></i>.</p> <p>This year&rsquo;s forum topic was &ldquo;IP and the Supreme Court.&rdquo;&nbsp; Over the last few years, the Supreme Court has become involved with IP as never before. In patent law it has rendered six major decisions: <i>Bilski</i> (software and business-method patents) <i>Festo</i> (doctrine of equivalents), <i>MedImmune</i> (declaratory judgments), <i>eBay </i>(injunctive remedies), <i>KSR</i> (obviousness), and <i>Quanta Electronics</i> (first sale). The Court has been less active in copyright but still has decided <i>Tasini</i> (articles in databases), <i>Eldred </i>(copyright term extension) and <i>Grokste</i>r (inducing infringement). Even in relatively stable trademark law the Court has decided <i>Traffix </i>(trade dress and patents), <i>Wal-Mart</i> (distinctiveness of trade dress), <i>Victoria&rsquo;s Secret </i>(dilution) and <i>Dastar</i> (trademark protection for creative content).</p> <p>Participating in the forum were Professors Jeff <a target="_blank" href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/faculty/profile.dot?identity=700492">Samuels</a>, Jay <a target="_blank" href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/faculty/profile.dot?identity=691699">Dratler</a>, Sam <a target="_blank" href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/ip/profile.dot?identity=698734">Oddi</a>, Elizabeth <a target="_blank" href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/faculty/profile.dot?identity=700330">Reilly</a> and Ryan <a target="_blank" href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/faculty/profile.dot?identity=1235134">Vacca</a> of Akron Law; Susanna Fischer and Elizabeth Winston&nbsp; from Columbus School of Law &ndash; The Catholic University of America; Robert Reis from&nbsp; University of Buffalo Law School; Liam O&rsquo;Melinn&nbsp; from Ohio Northern University School of Law; Michael Landau from Georgia State College of Law; and Thomas Folsom from Regent University School of Law. In addition two Akron Law editors-in-chief, Morena Carter (Akron Law Review) and Scott Chmielecki&nbsp; (IP Journal), gave short presentations encouraging participants to publish their Forum papers with <i>Akron Law Intellectual Property Journal.</i></p> <p>This year's Forum began with a discussion of preliminary results from empirical research conducted by Professor Vacca on the Supreme Court's IP decisions.&nbsp; Fortunately, his results confirmed the convention wisdom of recently increasing activity.&nbsp; The attendees then discussed a number of dimensions of the Supreme Court's intervention, including the tension between formalism and substantive justice, between rules and standards, between the Federal Circuit's special expertise and the Supreme Court's generalism, and between legal norms and voluntary private arrangements of IP through contract.&nbsp; The participants also examined the Supreme Court's general sense that something is wrong with IP, its prudential timidity in making corrections, and erosion of the public domain.&nbsp; As usual, the discussions were open, free and enjoyable.</p> Mon, 08 Nov 2010 15:31:00 EST 1554271 Bar Exam Success! Akron Law #1 in Ohio for First-time Takers http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=1526329 <p>This morning, the Ohio Supreme Court released the results of the July 2010 Ohio Bar Examination.&nbsp;94 percent&nbsp;of&nbsp;Akron Law's&nbsp;first-time takers passed the exam, placing them first in the state. The state pass rate was 88 percent. When repeat takers are included, our graduates ranked third, with a pass rate of 87 percent, above the state-wide rate of 84 percent.</p> <p>"Congratulations are due to many people, including our faculty, academic support and bar passage staff, and our whole administrative team," says Dean Martin H. Belsky. "But let us especially congratulate our students &ndash; now successul alums &ndash; who have demonstrated again that hard work, excellent teaching and bar support works."</p> <p>Over the last five years, 84 percent of our graduates have passed on the first attempt, and over the last two years,&nbsp;90 percent have passed on the first attempt. Akron Law ranked #2<strong> </strong>out of the nine Ohio law schools for first-time pass rate on the July 2008 and 2009 Ohio Bar Exams, as well. <a target="_self" href="http://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/AttySvcs/admissions/barExam.asp">Click here</a> to get detailed statistics on Ohio bar exam performance for the last ten years.</p> Fri, 29 Oct 2010 15:36:00 EDT 1526329 Career Planning and Placement Office Launches Law Clerk for Hire Database http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=1512025 <p>The Law Clerk for Hire Database, or &ldquo;LC4H&rdquo; as it has become known, is the brainchild of Barbara Weinzierl, Director of Career Planning and Placement. The idea for LC4H came to Barbara after attending a meeting of the Akron Bar Association Small and Solo Practitioners Section. At that meeting, Barbara learned that many small law firms and solo practitioners may need law clerk help, but that the need went unfilled for a variety of reasons, including cost and lack of time to devote to hiring. Specifically, many small firms and solo practitioners do not have a need for a &rdquo;permanent&rdquo; law clerk but might need help for projects on a case-by-case, hourly basis. Section Chairs <b>Diana Colavecchio</b> <b>(&rsquo;89)</b>, <b>Susan Durr</b> <b>(&rsquo;83)</b>, and <b>Lynne Earhart</b> <b>(&rsquo;07)</b> agreed with Barbara that if Akron Law and its students could meet this need, it would be a great resource for the Akron legal community.</p> <p>With that in mind, Barbara met with the Akron Law Technology Support to discuss her goals and vision for LC4H. Technology Support, working closely with <b>Joel Holt</b> <b>(&rsquo;05)</b>, Assistant Director of Career Planning and Placement, created a web-based database where students create a profile and upload their resume and potential employers have the ability to search those resumes. Specifically, students create a profile indicating, among other things, what year of law school they are in, their class rank, and what kind of work they are interested in. Students then upload their resume to a confidential, personal &ldquo;resume page.&rdquo;</p> <p>Employers are also required to create a profile and login information. Once logged in, employers can search the LC4H database for students matching the criteria indicated by the employer. For example, employers can look specifically for a second-year law student who has an interest in domestic relations and is in the top 50 percent of their class. The database will then generate a list of all the matching students, including their contact information and a link to their personalized resume page. The goal of the LC4H database is to provide an easy and functional method to &ldquo;match&rdquo; employers and students. Once the match is made, the student and employer establish the wages and hours.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Career Planning and Placement Office (&ldquo;CPPO&rdquo;)hopes that LC4H will provide local legal employers with a user friendly means to locate and contact law students who are eager to gain substantive work experience. Moreover, the CPPO is excited that LC4H will provide students the opportunity to reach a previously untapped source of legal work. It is this merger of supply and demand that the CPPO is betting on to make LC4H a huge success.</p> <p>The CPPO believes that, in this market, there is a growing demand for this kind of service &minus; legal work on an as needed, hourly basis. As law firms begin to hire more and more contract attorneys, it is only reasonable to presume that law clerk hiring will follow suit. Another benefit is that students, regardless of class rankings, now have a means, in conjunction with their traditional job search, to gain substantive experience, perhaps in multiple areas of practice with different levels of responsibility.</p> <p>&ldquo;One of the best places to get that kind of experience is often times in a smaller law practice because there isn&rsquo;t a lot of support staff at a smaller firm and law students may be doing a little bit of everything like drafting motions, filing in courts, research and so you are really seeing what it&rsquo;s like to be a lawyer,&rdquo; explains Barbara.</p> <p>The ultimate purpose of LC4H is to expose a potential need for law clerk help to those who had never considered it and then to help them fill it efficiently and at a reasonable price. While it is important for law students to gain practical experience now, the CPPO hopes that students will be able to parlay their &ldquo;temporary&rdquo; job into something long term. The CPPO believes that some of the small firms and solo practitioners will consider hiring students on a permanent basis once they are exposed to students who consistently perform at a high level. At a minimum, law students will gain practical experience and network with local attorneys. Barbara sees LC4H as having far-reaching potential.</p> <p>&ldquo;There is nothing else out there that is similar to this at other schools. This database is specific to Akron Law. Maybe in the future there will be a category for recent grads,&rdquo; says Barbara. &ldquo;The Office of Career Planning and Placement hopes that the students as well as the Akron legal community will take advantage of it. This is a great thing and potentially will benefit both sides.&rdquo;</p> <p>To register for access to the Law Clerk for Hire database, visit <a target="_blank" href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/career/lawclerk/">here</a> .</p> Tue, 26 Oct 2010 13:17:00 EDT 1512025 Akron Law Students Have Strong Showing at Landskroner Competition http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=1487638 <p>On Oct. 14, 2010, The Landskroner Foundation for Children hosted its 12<sup>th</sup> Annual Law Student Closing Argument Competition in the courtroom of the Honorable Michael Donnelly 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, and Case Western Reserve University School of Law.</p> <p>In the competition, each student was given 15 minutes to argue on behalf of an injured child who lost his ability to speak as a result of medical negligence. Each student presented the case of their 14-year-old client to a jury comprised of experienced trial lawyers, esteemed Judges from the Court of Common Pleas, in Cuyahoga County, media representations, and child advocates. This year Christina Spallina from Case Western Reserve University School of Law was the first place winner, finishing second was Wes Buchanan, from the University of Akron, and finishing third was Daniel Leister, also from the University of Akron. The top three finishers received scholarship awards in the amount of $750, $500 and $200, respectively.</p> <p>Since the inception of this program over 143 law students from across Ohio have competed and over $17,000 in scholarship awards have been distributed to the competition winners.</p> <p>The Landskroner Foundation for Children is a nonprofit child advocacy organization founded as an outgrowth of the personal injury law practice of the Cleveland-based law firm of Landskroner &bull; Grieco &bull; Madden, LLC. The Foundation&rsquo;s mission includes promoting safe and positive environments for children as well as protecting the rights of children through education and recognition of children&rsquo;s needs. The Law Student Closing Argument Competition was created to encourage law students to consider public interest work after graduation from law school and to remind these future lawyers of their civic responsibility to the communities in which they choose to practice law.</p> Mon, 18 Oct 2010 13:05:00 EDT 1487638 Delegation from India and Bhutan Visit the Miller-Becker Center for Professional Responsibility http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=1479472 <p>A delegation of visitors from India and Bhutan met on Monday, Sept.27 with Director Frank Quirk and Faculty Director John Sahl of the Joseph G. Miller and William C. Becker Center for Professional Responsibility of The University of Akron School of Law. The members of the delegation are in high-level government positions in their respective countries.</p> <p>The delegation came to this country under the auspices of the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.&nbsp; The purpose of their visit is to examine and explore the principles of ethics and transparency in American government and issues of corporate responsibility in this country. They were hosted in <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Akron</st1:place></st1:city> by the Akron International Friendship organization and guided in their visits by James Schilling.</p> <p>Professor Sahl and Mr. Quirk reviewed for the members of the delegation the structure of the legal system in our country and the safeguards and institutions in place to promote high levels of ethical and professional responsibility among lawyers and judges in America. They addressed specifically the role that the Miller-Becker Center has played in enhancing public trust and confidence in the legal profession and judicial system through the Center&rsquo;s programs and activities.</p> <p>The meeting produced a lively discussion with the guests and provided opportunity for Mr. Quirk and Professor Sahl to answer many questions about ethical responsibility in our legal and judicial systems.</p> Thu, 14 Oct 2010 13:03:00 EDT 1479472 Ronald D. Rotunda to Speak at Akron Law Oct. 29 http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=1479442 <p>The University of Akron School of Law&rsquo;s Joseph G. Miller and William C. Becker <a target="_blank" href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/millerbecker/index.dot">Center</a> for Professional Responsibility Distinguished Lecturer <a target="_blank" href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/millerbecker/rotunda.dot">Series</a> presents &ldquo;Lawyers: Why We are Different and Why We Are the Same&rdquo;. The lecture will be given by Ronald D. Rotunda, The Doy &amp; Dee Henley Chair and Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence Chapman University School of Law.&nbsp;Watch the lecture online <a target="_blank" href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/video/display.dot?videoId=1534123">here</a> .</p> <p>The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held Friday, Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. in Room 151 at The University of Akron School of Law, 150 University Ave., Akron, Ohio. One hour of free continuing legal education credit will be offered. A reception will immediately follow the lecture. To register to attend, visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law">www.uakron.edu/law</a>; e-mail <a href="mailto:manovac@uakron.edu">manovac@uakron.edu</a> or call ext. 6363.</p> <p>The lecture will address the lawyers&rsquo; heightened interest in their ethical obligations, as malpractice law suits and government enforcement actions &ndash; both based on the Rules of Professional Conduct &ndash; are on the increase. In his presentation, Rotunda will discuss to what extent the ethics rules make lawyers different than other professionals and what courts and law firms can do to create incentives for lawyers to follow the rules that already exist.</p> <p>Rotunda, is a public scholar and internationally renowned authority in two fields, Professional Responsibility and Constitutional Law. He is a longstanding member of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility Publications Board and has served on its Professional Discipline Committee. Rotunda helped to write the first Cambodian democratic constitution as Law Advisor to its Supreme National Council and has assisted other democracies in Easter Europe and the former Soviet Union in drafting constitutions and judicial codes. In addition, he helped draft the first set of Rules of Ethics for lawyers in the Czech Republic and, more recently, served as Special Counsel for the Department of Defense.</p> Thu, 14 Oct 2010 12:49:00 EDT 1479442 University of Akron to Celebrate Constitution Day http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=1382173 <p>The University of Akron will be participating in National Constitution Day with several days of activities. Constitution Day is a national celebration of the day the U.S. Constitution was signed. The United States Congress passed legislation in 2005 making it mandatory for every institution of higher education in the U.S. to celebrate Constitution Day on or around Sept. 17th on their campuses. Activities for the week include:</p> <p><b><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Week of Sept. 13</span></b></p> <p>For people who have an interest in observing a constitutional law class, seats will be available the week of Sept. 13 in Professor Will Huhn&rsquo;s class, which meets Monday and Wednesday from 7:30 - 8:50 a.m. and Tuesday and Thursdays 9-10:30 a.m. in Room 151 or they can attend Professor Bill Rich&rsquo;s class on Wednesday from 6:30 &ndash; 7:50 p.m. or Thursday from 8:10 &ndash; 9:30 p.m. in Room 165.<b><span style="text-decoration: underline;"></span></b></p> <p><b><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Wednesday, Sept. 15</span></b></p> <p><b>Constitution Day Displays<br /></b>School of Law Library and Bierce Library<br />Learn more about constitutional history and resources at the Constitution Day displays in School of Law and Bierce Libraries.</p> <p><b>&ldquo;The Effects of the Civil Rights Movement Upon the U.S. Constitution&rdquo;<br /></b>12:15 &ndash; 1 p.m.<br />School of Law Room Atrium<br />Professor Will Huhn will discuss the Civil Rights Movement and its profound impact on America and on the interpretation of the Constitution of the United States.</p> <p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"></span></p> <b><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Thursday, Sept. 16</span></b></p> <p><b>"The 10th Amendment: Liberty's Best Hope or Tea Party Delusion?"&nbsp;<br /></b>12:15 &ndash; 1 p.m. in Room 151 at the School of Law<br />Robert Alt, a Senior Legal Fellow and Deputy Director of the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies&nbsp;of the Heritage Foundation, will give a talk focused on renewed interests in the 10th Amendment by tea party groups, especially those states/groups trying to use it to get the Healthcare&nbsp;Law declared unconstitutional.&nbsp;Commentary will be presented on his talk by Professor Richard Aynes, Director of the Constitutional Law Center at the School of Law. This program will be sponsored by the Federalist Society.</p> <p><b>Constitution Day Displays<br /></b>School of Law Library and Bierce Library<br />Learn more about constitutional history and resources at the Constitution Day displays in School of Law and Bierce Libraries.</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Friday, Sept. 17 &ndash; National Constitution Day!<br /></span></strong><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><br /></span>Constitution Day Activity Tables</strong> <br />Student Union on the 2nd floor concourse from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. and<br />Polsky Building in the 3<sup>rd</sup> Floor Atrium from 11 a.m. &ndash; 1 p.m.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &bull; Pick Up a free pocket constitution<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &bull; Take the U.S. Constitution quiz<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &bull; Pick up Constitution Fun Facts<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &bull; View the giant replica of the original U.S. Constitution</p> <p><b>Constitution Day Displays<br /></b>School of Law Library and Bierce Library<br />Learn more about constitutional history and resources at the Constitution Day displays in School of Law and Bierce Libraries.</p> <p>Tables sponsored by: Associated Student Government, The Service and Civic Engagement Community and Student Life<strong>.</strong></p> Wed, 08 Sep 2010 08:29:00 EDT 1382173 Akron Law and Akron Bar Association to Present Brief Writing and Oral Advocacy Program http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=1342030 <p>The University of Akron School of Law in conjunction with the Akron Bar Association will present a continuing legal education (CLE) program titled &ldquo;Brief Writing and Oral Advocacy&rdquo; on Thursday, Sept. 30 from 8 &ndash; 11:45 a.m. at the Akron Bar Association (57 South Broadway, Akron).</p> <p>The program will address how to be most effective in court. Ninth District Court of Appeals Judge Beth Whitmore and Director of the Legal Clinic and Appellate Review Office and Professor of Law J. Dean Carro will provide insight on written and oral advocacy.</p> <p>&nbsp;The cost to attend is $105 for Akron Law Alumni/Akron Bar Association Members; $130 for non-alumni/non-members; and free for Akron Law Students. Three CLE credits are included in the cost. Register by e-mail at <a href="mailto:manovac@uakron.edu">manovac@uakron.edu</a> ; phone at 330-972-6363 or online at <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/continuinged/brief-writing.dot">http://www.uakron.edu/law/continuinged/brief-writing.dot</a> .</p> Mon, 23 Aug 2010 17:41:00 EDT 1342030 Akron Law Cares Community Service Project Oct. 2 http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=1341451 <p>The University of Akron School of Law will be holding its second annual Akron Law Cares event on Saturday, Oct. 2 from 9 &ndash; 11:30 a.m. Akron Law Cares is a community service project that benefits the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority.</p> <p>Akron Law alumni, students, administration and faculty will be assisting senior residents at the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority&rsquo;s Fred W. Nimmer Place (1600 Brittain Road) and William E. Fowler Apartments (65 Byers Avenue). Activities will include &ldquo;hands-on&rdquo; work of assisting senior residents with cleaning and organization needs of their units, as well as joining senior residents for fun social activities.</p> <p>&ldquo;We hope this event continues to further Akron Law&rsquo;s commitment to community service and pro bono activities,&rdquo; says Pro Bono Coordinator and Professor of Law Joann Sahl.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/community/akronlawcares/">http://www.uakron.edu/law/community/akronlawcares/</a> .</p> Mon, 23 Aug 2010 15:44:00 EDT 1341451 Akron Law to Hold Open House on July 31 http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=1177600 <p>Prospective law students can learn about opportunities at The University of Akron School of Law at an open house from 1 to 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, July 31.&nbsp;The program will include an admissions and financial aid session; a mock law class; and a student and alumni panel discussion. Prior to the open house, guided tours of the law school will be available beginning at 11:30 a.m.</p> <p>The University of Akron School of Law is located on the corner of Wolf Ledges and University Avenue. Free parking is located in Lot 28, the parking deck underneath E.J. Thomas Hall, across University Avenue from the School of Law. The entrance to the deck is located on Hill Street.</p> <p>To make a reservation, call 800-425-7668 or visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/admissions">http://www.uakron.edu/law/admissions</a></p> <p>The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. A regional school of national impact, the law school features renowned programs in intellectual property, professional responsibility and trial advocacy, and is home to one of four Constitutional Law Centers in the United States, established by the U.S. Congress in 1986.To learn more, visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law">www.uakron.edu/law</a>.</p> <p>The University of Akron is the public research university for Northern Ohio. It is the only public university in Ohio with a science and engineering program ranked in the top five nationally by U.S. News &amp; World Report. Serving 26,000 students, the university offers approximately 300 associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral and law degree programs and 100 certificate programs at sites in Summit, Wayne, Medina and Holmes counties. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/">www.uakron.edu</a></p> Mon, 21 Jun 2010 09:43:00 EDT 1177600 Akron Law Faculty Offer Bar Exam Advice http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=1149832 <p>The July Bar Exam is quickly approaching, and we at Akron Law know how stressful preparing can be. Our Akron Law Faculty share their advice on getting ready for this very important day.</p> <p><em>Remember, even though it is challenging thousands of graduates and hundreds of upper-class students who you knew have passed this examination. You can too. It is a marathon and not a sprint: you need to keep your focus and prepare well.<br /></em>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong> - Professor Richard Aynes</strong></p> <p><i>1) continue to do what made you successful in law school-study hard, study more than you think you need to-take a break now and then- stay fit and healthy. 2) you will find that this is truly a review, the material you will be reading is material you already know.</i> <br /><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &ndash; Professor J. Dean Carro<i>&nbsp;</i></strong></p> <p><i>YOU CAN DO THIS! Look at all you have accomplished, from the LSAT to admission, to graduation. The bar is just another hurdle on the way to your dream. Keep track of your study hours. It only takes a few seconds at the end of each study period. As your study hours add up, your &ldquo;total&rdquo; will help create a sense of emotional &ldquo;momentum&rdquo; that will nudge you on if you are not studying enough, or will give you some solace at those times when studying is really tough. </i></p> <p><i>You know much more than you think you know. Don&rsquo;t believe it? Try focusing on a single substantive area, like torts, and write down everything you know. Tests, cases, elements, issues, facts &ndash; everything. If you forget an element of a test, circle what you do know, and go back to the test after you have completed your &ldquo;brain&rdquo; dump. Sure it&rsquo;s hard work, and time-consuming. But writing from memory helps most students &ldquo;cement&rdquo; things in their memory and will give you a boost that you really do know more than you think you do. Plus, keep your writings. As you get further on down the line toward the bar, your stack of &ldquo;dumps&rdquo; will give you some tangible evidence of just how hard you have worked.</i></p> <p><i>Try to study at consistent times, take regular breaks, and stop at the end of your study &ldquo;day.&rdquo; Get a good nights&rsquo; sleep and go at it again the next day. Once you get into the rhythm, it will surprise you that the routine helps you study more easily for 8 or more hours at a time.</i></p> <p><i>Lastly &ndash; DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT rely on the fact that you can take the bar exam again. YOU WILL ONLY TAKE IT ONCE. DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT TAKING IT AGAIN. <br /></i><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &ndash; Professor Stephen Cook</strong></p> <p><i>My advice is to view bar prep as your full time job the month before the exam. That means 8 hours a day (at least!) and it should be your primary focus. There's a tremendous amount of material to master - this is not the time for last minute cramming!<br /><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &ndash; </strong></i><strong>Professor Carolyn Dessin</strong></p> <p><i>Know thyself and thy meds. Do not take any over the counter or prescription med (for sleeping for instance, or lessening anxiety) without testing it in the weeks before the exam.<br /><br />&nbsp;Know thyself and thy best roomate/sleeping arrangements. Lee and I were married and took the Bar together. We knew our sleep needs and habits were so varied that we would not do well staying the same room - we got separate but adjoining ones so he could sleep and I could study late without disturbing each other. </i></p> <p><i>Know thyself and thy best learning style. Some are active learners and need to write their own notes/outlines rather than just memorize commercially prepared ones. Either way keep up with the materials, treat this as a full-time job.</i> <br /><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &ndash; Professor Marge Koosed</strong></p> <p><i>I&rsquo;ve told many students that I am unaware of any person who has truly done all of the Bar-Bri practice tests (both MBE and essay) and not passed the Bar Exam.&nbsp; And I don&rsquo;t mean just outlining essay answers, but really sitting down each time for the full hour (or whatever) and grinding out a complete answer.&nbsp;The repetition is the key&mdash;do enough of those MBE and essay problems, and the real thing doesn&rsquo;t seem so bad.</i> <br /><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &ndash; Professor Stewart Moritz</strong></p> <p><i>Devote a high percentage of your study time to practice exams. They are the most important part. After scoring, go over everything you missed at least twice.</i> <br /><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &ndash; Professor Kalyani Robbins</strong></p> Wed, 09 Jun 2010 09:57:00 EDT 1149832 Five Questions http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=1099534 <p>Five questions with Stephen R. Cook: 2010 Outstanding Professor of the Year</p> <p><b>What made you decide to leave private practice and become a professor?</b><br />I was here at the school interviewing an expert witness for a messy personal injury case that our firm was handling. As I was leaving school, Mike Walsh, who was working in the Legal Clinic at the time, told me about a new Small Business Clinic that was going to be starting, as a part of the regular Legal Clinic. The interview process for the Director of the new Clinic had just begun, and I put my name in the hat. I had worked in the Legal Clinic all through law school and knew J. Dean Carro and Mike Walsh. My Clinic experience was the highpoint of my law school days. I interviewed for the new position and was fortunate to get the job, which was part-time at the start. The opportunity to build a Clinic from the ground up was very appealing to me. As time went on, the New Business Clinic was formed and grew. I took on additional Clinic and teaching responsibility and ultimately was made an assistant clinical professor of law.</p> <p><b>What do you love most about teaching?</b><br />No one thing. I enjoy working with bright, motivated students. I learn as much from them as they do from me. I enjoy the confidence students put in me when they talk privately about problems. I get great satisfaction from being a small part of students&rsquo; lives and helping them gain the confidence to become good lawyers.</p> <p><b>You are retiring from teaching and working in the Clinic full time. What will you miss the most?</b><br />Interactions with students. I am in awe of how bright, insightful and motivated our students are.</p> <p><b>The Class of 2010 now has the fun task of studying for the Bar. What advice do you have for them?</b><br />Start early. The bar exam is ten miles wide and one inch deep. You can only succeed by starting early so that you can cover the great amount of information you need to know.</p> <p><b>Your bowtie has become the signature of your appearance. Can you tell us the origin?</b><br />My mother dressed me in a bowtie when I was five. I never grew up.</p> Mon, 17 May 2010 14:59:00 EDT 1099534 Richard L. Aynes Receives the 2010 Scholar of the Year Award http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=1098349 <p>Akron, Ohio, May 17, 2010 &ndash; Professor Richard L. Aynes received the inaugural 2010 Scholar of the Year Award at The University of Akron School of Law 2010 commencement ceremony. Members of the Akron Law Review select the recipient of this award.&nbsp;This year, the students selected Professor Aynes on the basis of his&nbsp;nationally known scholarship in&nbsp;Constitutional Law and&nbsp;longstanding encouragement of&nbsp;scholarly endeavors among the&nbsp;Akron Law&nbsp;faculty. &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;Scholarly legal writing has played a large role in the development of our legal system &ndash; and indeed in the manner our nation has developed. Today, I am here to present the Faculty Scholar award to a professor at Akron who is among the strongest legal minds in the nation, and who shares so much of his insight with the legal community,&rdquo; said 2009-10 Akron Law Review Editor-in-Chief Michael Rasor. &ldquo;His contributions to academia are unmatched. In the past year alone, he has published four articles. During his career, he has been published in journals at Yale and Harvard, as well as five articles in our own Akron Law Review. He has published a total of 21 articles, 3 books, 14 contributions to books, and 11 other miscellaneous writings.&rdquo;</p> <p>Professor Richard L. Aynes earned Bachelor and Juris Doctor degrees from Miami University and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law before joining The University of Akron School of Law in 1976 as coordinator of the Appellate Review Office and a Lecturer. He was Associate Dean from 1984 - 1993 and has held the rank of Professor since 1986. He served as UA's interim athletics director in 1993-94 and returned to Akron Law where he held the John F. Seiberling Chair of Constitutional Law for the balance of 1994. Professor Aynes was appointed Dean of Akron Law in 1995, a position he held through 2007. Beginning in spring 2008 he returned to the faculty as holder of the John F. Seiberling Chair of Law and Director of the Constitutional Law Center. His research and teaching interests include constitutional law, the 14th Amendment and legal history. He has written numerous articles in the area of Constitutional Law including articles published in the Yale Law Journal, the Journal of Southern Legal History, the Chicago Kent Law Review and the Catholic University Law Review. Professor Aynes has been admitted to the bar for the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and U.S. District Court for Northern Ohio. Among his current and past memberships are the American Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, Akron Bar Association, Western Reserve Legal Services (Board of Trustees), ABA Special Committee of Evaluation of Judicial Performance (reporter), and consultant to the ABA Victim's Committee, Ohio Supreme Court Racial Fairness Implementation Committee, Ohio Supreme Court Continuing Legal Education Committee and Scanlon Inn of Court.</p> <p><b>About The University of Akron</b></p> <p>The University of Akron is the public research university for Northern Ohio. The <i>Princeton Review</i> listed UA among the &ldquo;Best in the Midwest&rdquo; in its 2008 edition of <i>Best Colleges: Region-by-Region</i>. Serving 26,000 students, the University offers approximately 300 associate, bachelor&rsquo;s, master&rsquo;s, doctoral and law degree programs and 100 certificate programs at sites in Summit, Wayne, Medina and Holmes counties. For more information, visit www.uakron.edu.</p> <p><b>About The University of Akron School of Law</b></p> <p>The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. A regional school of national impact, the law school features renowned programs in intellectual property, professional responsibility and trial advocacy, and is home to one of four Constitutional Law Centers in the United States, established by the U.S. Congress in 1986.To learn more, visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law">www.uakron.edu/law</a>.</p> Mon, 17 May 2010 10:19:00 EDT 1098349 Stephen R. Cook Receives 2010 Outstanding Professor of the Year Award http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=1098175 <p>Akron, Ohio, May 17, 2010 &ndash; Professor Stephen R. Cook received the 2010 Outstanding Professor of the Year Award at The University of Akron School of Law 2010 commencement ceremony. Each year, members of the law school's graduating class nominate professors for the Outstanding Professor of the Year Award. The class then selects from among the top nominees and presents the award at the law school's commencement ceremony.</p> <p>&ldquo;Through the use of humor, insight, and genuine compassion, he motivated us all to be better students and better people. The fact that not every student in the class of 2010 actually had a class with this professor is a testament to how much he affected us as students, and even more so as future attorneys,&rdquo; said 2009-10 Student Bar Association President Timothy Gallagher, who presented Cook with the award. &ldquo;His passion for the law is equally matched by his passion for molding us from students into lawyers. This professor is a teacher first, whether his lessons are learned in the classroom, in the courtroom, or through a quick conversation in the hallway.&rdquo;</p> <p>Cook is a resident of Wooster and joined Akron Law in 2002 as a Clinical Professor of Law, Director of the New Business Legal Clinic, the Trial Litigation Clinic, Supervisor of the Mahoning County Misdemeanant Inmate Assistance Program and Director of Bar Preparation. He retired from teaching full time in spring 2010 and will return as an adjunct professor in fall 2010 teaching Contracts. He received his B.S. from The University of Maryland (1967), M.A. from Kent State University (1973) and J.D. from The University of Akron School of Law (1996). Cook teaches Seminar: New Business Legal Clinic and Seminar: Business Planning. He is admitted to practice in Ohio and before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Cook&rsquo;s professional memberships include the American Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, Akron Bar Association and the Ohio Bar College. Prior to joining the faculty at Akron Law, Cook was a magistrate for the Village of Smithville Mayor&rsquo;s Court and in private practice with Cook &amp; Schmitt, LLP and and attorney at Critchfield, Critchfield &amp; Johnson, LTD.</p> <p><b>About The University of Akron</b></p> <p>The University of Akron is the public research university for Northern Ohio. The <i>Princeton Review</i> listed UA among the &ldquo;Best in the Midwest&rdquo; in its 2008 edition of <i>Best Colleges: Region-by-Region</i>. Serving 26,000 students, the University offers approximately 300 associate, bachelor&rsquo;s, master&rsquo;s, doctoral and law degree programs and 100 certificate programs at sites in Summit, Wayne, Medina and Holmes counties. For more information, visit www.uakron.edu.</p> <p><b>About The University of Akron School of Law</b></p> <p>The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. A regional school of national impact, the law school features renowned programs in intellectual property, professional responsibility and trial advocacy, and is home to one of four Constitutional Law Centers in the United States, established by the U.S. Congress in 1986.To learn more, visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law">www.uakron.edu/law</a>.</p> Mon, 17 May 2010 09:24:00 EDT 1098175 Inside the Classroom: Lawyers as Leaders http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=1090981 <p>Lawyers as Leaders, the leadership project that Professor Elizabeth Reilly envisioned, brought together this essence of collaboration and tradition in more ways than one.&nbsp; Not only was this project a test of collaborative teamwork internally, but also a quest to unite and build a sense of community externally. By focusing on these two things Akron Law students have created a visible tradition that will hopefully have a lasting impact through the support of our alumni.&nbsp; Much thought was put into developing the specific pieces and parts of this tradition.&nbsp; These include the creation of a formal registry of graduating students, a unique lapel pin to be given to graduates during commencement and alumni-only ties and scarves available for later purchase.</p> <p>Professor Reilly designed the class to be a place where people learned about leadership and hoped they would then be able to transfer that into using it in their professional lives.&nbsp; To do that, she believed the students needed to experience working together on a project they designed and implemented themselves. The project was to be something that the students were responsible for from start to finish that would enable them to practice, learn and reflect upon leadership and leadership skills, as well as to have what they did make a significant contribution to something they cared about. Here is what the students had to say about their collaborative experience and fulfilling their project goals of community-building, visibility-enhancing, tradition, and sustainability.</p> <p><b>Some of you are graduating this year and some in 2011, how do you see what you learned from this project being applicable to your skill set when you enter the legal field?</b></p> <p><b>Dion Romero:</b>&nbsp; &ldquo;How does law school train you to be a leader, train you to work with people, and where do you get that from&rdquo; were all hot topics we discussed in great detail within this class.&nbsp; We all know collaborative group efforts are not the main focus while studying in law school.&nbsp; However, one of the things that we can take from this is that we <i>can</i> work together in a committee and we <i>can</i> be attuned to offering respect and gratitude to our group members, specifically in group settings.&nbsp; I am sure that beyond graduation we are going to remember each other and remember this even more than if it would have been a large group. We were a small group that grew together.</p> <p><b>What kind of challenges did you encounter?</b></p> <p><b>Dion Romero:</b>&nbsp; I think the biggest challenge we had was figuring out the best way to finance our ideas. As law students we have become experts at doing research, and we have no problem talking to people. But the new thing to us was actually going out finding people willing to finance our ideas.</p> <p><b>Nicholas Smith:</b>&nbsp; I was going to say the same thing.&nbsp; Basically, the biggest problem we came across was the funding issue as Dion mentioned. The second biggest problem was that we all came in with passions and our own big original ideas which made us really evaluate and dissect all the best possible ideas.&nbsp; We really had to take a step back and reassess each plan and say, &ldquo;How does it impact the goals we are trying to achieve? How can we create tradition out of this and build community?&rdquo; Once we stepped back a little bit, we realized that some of these ideas accomplished our goals a little better than others, and we really needed to focus on how to put them in action. That is when we started to get into some of the funding issues and also realized some of the ideas would be very expensive, some relatively cheap, meaningful, not meaningful etc.&nbsp; We then went from there.</p> <p><b>One thing that I am hearing a lot is passion, funding, and time management.&nbsp; How did you take those things and apply it to the three ideas:&nbsp; the lapel pin, tie and then the book?</b></p> <p><b>Genevieve Evans:</b>&nbsp; I think one of the best aspects of the class was we did not jump into the project right away.&nbsp; We were able to have lots of discussions amongst each other that really allowed us to get to know each other initially and therefore allow us to grow to know each other and in turn respect each other and each other&rsquo;s ideas.&nbsp; Even if it was not your idea or the one you were personally passionate about, you could still see the value of the other person&rsquo;s idea. This allowed for personal and group empowerment by being able to focus on the project that was most aligned with our ultimate goal.</p> <p><b>Professor Reilly, how did this fit with your original vision of the project?</b></p> <p><b>Professor Reilly:</b> I was, as I told them all, really blown away by what they did.&nbsp; My original vision was to give them total control and let them experience from the very beginning what it means to come up with the idea; to implement it; to work with each other; and to ultimately have something at the end that you could be really proud of.&nbsp; I was really blown away by how ambitious the project that they chose was and that they wanted to get it completed and on the ground in a very short timeframe.&nbsp; I was also very pleased at how well they did working together and at the willingness to deal with all the bumps in the road, specifically through the execution work.&nbsp; One of my other goals for this project was for students to understand the difference between an idea and the full-blown completion of that idea.&nbsp; I wanted them to really understand how long and how much it takes to get from here to there and how you have to continue recycling back to make sure you picked up any loose ends.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p><b>One thing I heard mentioned was that this really allowed for all of you to work in a group setting, which is something you don&rsquo;t often do in law school. What advice would you have for other students about working together in a group?</b></p> <p><b>Dion Romero:</b>&nbsp; Any sort of group project is difficult when you have conflicting ideas.&nbsp; As Chris said, it becomes difficult when you have a bunch of people come together and everyone knows that they are right.&nbsp; And one of the things I learned from this class is you have to be able to return the humility, because if you can&rsquo;t, then you can&rsquo;t work effectively in a group.&nbsp; And if you can&rsquo;t be humble enough to say, &ldquo;you know what, I was wrong&rdquo; or &ldquo;hey, that was a great idea&rdquo; you are only going to be a damaging asset to the group.</p> <p><b>Is there anything else about this experience that you would like to add?</b></p> <p><b>Dion Romero:</b> &nbsp;I did want to add one thing building on what Genevieve and Dean Reilly said.&nbsp; One of the things that I noticed with all of us was that tradition was important and a building block for this project.&nbsp; No one looked at this as a short-sighted project, and that is what really blew me away with working with this group. Everyone wanted to do something that would start a tradition; and last way beyond our time here.</p> <p><b>Professor Reilly:</b>&nbsp; I think the other piece that hasn&rsquo;t been mentioned is that each student took an entire week of the semester to help make the class. These students basically led the class and continued leading the class through the development of both class and personal mission statements.&nbsp; These mission statements were developed on the idea as if we were actually creating an enterprise.&nbsp; But, as it turned out, the class mission statement really came to bare in doing the project and it really helped keep the project on track by calling people back to what we all were admitted to focus on doing.</p> <p><b>All of you seem like very comfortable confident people. Was there anything that you took on that was outside of your comfort zone?</b></p> <p><b>Nicholas Smith:</b>&nbsp; To answer your question, no.&nbsp; But, with that being said I have been lucky enough to have been able to come to this class with some public speaking experience as well as having experience in project presentations.&nbsp; But, what this experience <i>did</i> allow for me to do was to refine the abilities I already had.&nbsp; It helped me be able to not just lead discussion but also understand the dynamic of the room I was presenting to and the feedback I was getting.&nbsp; Then I could change the presentation midstream to touch on the things that seemed more important to the class; changing on the fly.</p> <p><b>Genevieve Evans</b>:&nbsp; I am actually very uncomfortable with public speaking.&nbsp; And the terrible irony is that I was a Penn State cheerleader in front of 110,000 people, and I was turning bright red in front of five doing my presentation. But, ultimately, this class has really helped with achieving a comfort level with that kind of thing and has really translated into other very relevant areas throughout.</p> <p><b>Nicholas Smith: </b>The overall majority of classes in law school do not involve any sort of collaboration at all.&nbsp; It almost is exclusively competition.&nbsp; So, in terms of this idea of collaboration, a quick piece of advice:&nbsp; be open.&nbsp; This class was one of the few times that we were able to use collaboration, and in order to be effective, the group must be open to all different kinds of communication, both critical and positive.&nbsp; You also have to be open enough that you know where and how to use this type of feedback.&nbsp; Because once you do it&rsquo;s going to be extremely rewarding and beneficial, probably in all aspects of your life.</p> <p><b>What do each of you want to do after law school?</b></p> <p><b>Chris Ingram:</b>&nbsp; Right now, I am interested in criminal law but, I am also interested in litigation.</p> <p><b>Genevieve Evans:</b>&nbsp; I would like to go into sports and entertainment law, hopefully in an agent capacity.</p> <p><b>Nicholas Smith:</b>&nbsp; I am trying to gear myself towards some sort of corporate or business law although, I&rsquo;d love to own a sports franchise.</p> <p><b>Tony Granata:</b>&nbsp; I am very interested in business entrepreneurship.&nbsp; I&rsquo;d like to develop business models and plans and perhaps own my business someday.</p> <p><b>Dion Romero:</b>&nbsp; My background is in criminal law and that seems to be my passion.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 12 May 2010 14:42:00 EDT 1090981 Lecture to be Held in Honor of the Late Justice T. Modibo Ocran http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=1060630 <p>Akron, Ohio, April 29, 2010 &mdash; The University of Akron School of Law will hold a lecture in honor of the late Justice T. Modibo Ocran on Friday, May 14 at 4 p.m. at the School of Law in Room 151. (150 University Avenue, Akron, 44325). The lecture, &ldquo;The United Nations, Peacekeeping, and Post-Conflict Reconstruction of States&rdquo; will be given by Dr. Muna B. Ndulo, professor of law and director of the Institute for African Development at Cornell University Law School.</p> <p>T. Modibo Ocran was Dean&rsquo;s Club Research Professor and Professor of Law Emeritus at the School of Law. During his 23 years at the School of Law,&nbsp;Ocran taught public and private international law, comparative law, corporation law and jurisprudence. He developed a rich curriculum in international business law that included three advanced seminars addressing commercial law, investments, and trade regulation. In 2004, Ocran retired from the School of Law to accept the appointment as a Justice on the Supreme Court of Ghana &ndash; his native country. He pushed for the expansion of human rights in Ghana, and used the constitution to further the cause of political stability and national integration in his native land.</p> <p>Dr. Ndulo&rsquo;s lecture will examine the role of United Nations Peacekeeping operations in the reconstruction of failed and failing states and in the resolution of conflicts, as well as the challenges peace keepers face as they go about their duty of bringing peace to troubled countries.&nbsp; It will look at the conditions necessary for successful peace keeping, the role of external actors, and the reintegration of combatants into society.<em> </em></p> <p><b>About The University of Akron</b></p> <p>The University of Akron is the public research university for Northeast Ohio. The <i>Princeton Review</i> listed UA among the &ldquo;Best in the Midwest&rdquo; in its 2010 edition of <i>Best Colleges: Region-by-Region</i>. Approximately 28,000 students are enrolled in UA&rsquo;s 300 associate, bachelor&rsquo;s, master&rsquo;s, doctoral and law degree programs and 100 certificate programs at sites in Summit, Wayne, Medina and Holmes counties.&nbsp; For more information, visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/">www.uakron.edu</a>.</p> <p><b>About The University of Akron School of Law</b></p> <p>The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. A regional school of national impact, the law school features renowned programs in intellectual property, professional responsibility and trial advocacy, and is home to one of four Constitutional Law Centers in the United States, established by the U.S. Congress in 1986.To learn more, visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law">www.uakron.edu/law</a>.</p> Thu, 29 Apr 2010 15:15:00 EDT 1060630 Akron Law 2009-10 Pro Bono Service Award Announced http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=1060093 <p>The University of Akron School of Law strives to be a leader in pro bono service. Our students have been at the forefront of the effort to deliver legal services to those who do not have access to traditional legal assistance Two graduating Akron Law students have been recognized for their exceptional work in this important endeavor.</p> <p>This year, Shannon Foreman and James Patterson are the recipients of the 2009-10 Akron Law Pro Bono Service Award for reporting the highest number of pro bono hours. Mr. Foreman volunteered at the Akron Law&nbsp;Legal Clinic where he was involved in the inmate assistance program, appellate review, and clemency project. Mr. Foreman also volunteered for the Wills for Heroes program and Fugitive Safe Surrender. He also donated time to the Barberton Prosecutor&rsquo;s office. Mr. Patterson volunteered at Community Legal Aid Services Inc. He provided critical support for legal aid&rsquo;s pro bono bankruptcy project. Mr. Patterson also volunteered as a mediator in the small claims division of Akron Municipal Court.</p> <p>The students each received an award of $500.</p> <p>The 2009-10 Pro Bono Service Award is sponsored by the Akron law firm of Perantinides and Nolan.</p> Thu, 29 Apr 2010 13:14:00 EDT 1060093 Akron Law Alumni Association Honors Outstanding Alumni and Faculty on May 14 http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=1051117 <p>Akron, Ohio, April 26, 2010 &mdash; The University of Akron School of Law Alumni Association will hold its annual Alumni Awards Dinner at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 14 in the Student Union Ballroom. The honorees were chosen for their achievements in the legal profession and their communities.</p> <p>The 2010 Outstanding Alumni Award honorees are Karen Doty (&rsquo;81), general counsel for the Ohio Board of Regents; James Payne (&rsquo;77), retired deputy law director of the City of Akron; Thomas Pitts (&rsquo;79), partner with Stocker Pitts Co., LPA; and John Vasuta (&rsquo;93), chief operating officer of international operation for Bridgestone Firestone Americas Holdings, Inc. Frank E. Quirk, director of the Joseph G. Miller and William C. Becker Center for Professional Responsibility at the UA School of Law and of counsel at Brouse McDowell will receive an Honorary Alumni Award.</p> <p>Robert &ldquo;Larry&rdquo; Tucker (&rsquo;84), adjunct faculty member, will receive The John R. Quine Award as the Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member; Professor Margery M. Koosed, will receive the Thomas G. Byers Memorial Award for Outstanding Faculty Publication for her article &ldquo;Reforming Eyewitness Identification Law and Practices to Protect the Innocent;&rdquo; and Michael Bloom (&rsquo;08) will receive the Outstanding Alumni Publication Award for his article &ldquo;Asperger&rsquo;s Disorder, High Functioning Autism, and Guardianship in Ohio.&rdquo;</p> <p>For registration information, visit www.uakron.edu/law/ or contact Sue Staats at 330-972-7246 or staats@uakron.edu.</p> <p><b>About The University of Akron</b></p> <p>The University of Akron is the public research university for Northern Ohio. The <i>Princeton Review</i> listed UA among the &ldquo;Best in the Midwest&rdquo; in its 2008 edition of <i>Best Colleges: Region-by-Region</i>. Serving 26,000 students, the University offers approximately 300 associate, bachelor&rsquo;s, master&rsquo;s, doctoral and law degree programs and 100 certificate programs at sites in Summit, Wayne, Medina and Holmes counties. For more information, visit www.uakron.edu.</p> <p><b>About The University of Akron School of Law</b></p> <p>The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. A regional school of national impact, the law school features renowned programs in intellectual property, professional responsibility and trial advocacy, and is home to one of four Constitutional Law Centers in the United States, established by the U.S. Congress in 1986.To learn more, visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law">www.uakron.edu/law</a>.</p> Fri, 23 Apr 2010 10:43:00 EDT 1051117 Chancellor Eric Fingerhut to Speak at Akron Law Commencement May 16 http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=1035337 <p>Akron, Ohio, April 13, 2010 &mdash; The University of Akron School of Law will confer approximately 140 Juris Doctor degrees at its 86th Commencement Ceremony at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 16 at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall. The 2010 UA School of Law commencement speaker will be Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Eric Fingerhut.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are excited to have Chancellor Fingerhut as our Commencement Speaker,&rdquo; says Dean Martin H. Belsky. &ldquo;The Chancellor&rsquo;s career as a lawyer, both in private practice and for Legal Aid, educator, legislator, and now Chancellor exemplifies the variety of careers an attorney can have and the devotion to public service all should have.&rdquo;</p> <p>Eric Fingerhut was appointed the seventh chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents on March 14, 2007. He was the first to be appointed by the Governor of the State of Ohio as a member of his cabinet, and is charged with building a system of higher education&ndash; from the GED to Ph.D. &ndash; designed to prepare all Ohioans for the 21st century and rival the nation in accountability and innovation.</p> <p>In March 2008, the Chancellor Fingerhut delivered Ohio's 10-year Strategic Plan for Higher Education to the governor and Ohio General Assembly, with an overall goal to raise the educational attainment of the state of Ohio. Since its release, he has worked closely with the administration, Ohio General Assembly, businesses, colleges and universities, and other state agencies to implement strategies to make higher education more efficient while expanding low-cost pathways and educational opportunities to students, and to reframe the relationship between business and higher education to create new jobs and a highly skilled, globally competitive workforce that will ultimately lead the state to economic prosperity.</p> <p><b>About The University of Akron<br /></b>The University of Akron is the public research university for Northern Ohio. The <i>Princeton Review</i> listed UA among the &ldquo;Best in the Midwest&rdquo; in its 2008 edition of <i>Best Colleges: Region-by-Region</i>. Serving 26,000 students, the University offers approximately 300 associate, bachelor&rsquo;s, master&rsquo;s, doctoral and law degree programs and 100 certificate programs at sites in Summit, Wayne, Medina and Holmes counties. For more information, visit www.uakron.edu.</p> <p><b>About The University of Akron School of Law<br /></b>The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. A regional school of national impact, the law school features renowned programs in intellectual property, professional responsibility and trial advocacy, and is home to one of four Constitutional Law Centers in the United States, established by the U.S. Congress in 1986.To learn more, visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law">www.uakron.edu/law</a>.</p> Tue, 13 Apr 2010 09:38:00 EDT 1035337 Akron Law Wins National Moot Court Competition http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=1009672 <p>The University of Akron School of Law took first place at the Fifth Annual National Moot Court Competition in Child Welfare and Adoption Law earlier this month at the Ohio Judicial Center and Ohio Statehouse.</p> <p>Akron Law was among 17 law schools from around the country vying for the championship sponsored by the National Center for Adoption Law &amp; Policy at Capital&rsquo;s law school and four other prominent child advocacy organizations.</p> <p>Teams demonstrated their advocacy skills during oral arguments on the topic of &ldquo;Assisted Reproduction and Same Sex Relationships.&rdquo;</p> <p>In the final round, Akron law school students Maria Klutinoty and Emily Trettel defeated the Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Trettel also received the award for the Best Oralist.</p> <p>The team was coached by <strong>Michael T. Altvater ('08)</strong> and <strong>Katherine Silver Kelly ('06)</strong>.</p> <p>The final round judging panel included Jack Guttenberg, Capital law school dean, and representatives of the competition&rsquo;s national partners: Kathleen Hogan Morrison of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys; Janet Sherwood of the National Association of Counsel for Children; and Magistrate Paul DeMott (Hamilton County Juvenile Court) of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.</p> <p><b>About The University of Akron<br /></b>The University of Akron is the public research university for Northern Ohio. The <i>Princeton Review</i> listed UA among the &ldquo;Best in the Midwest&rdquo; in its 2008 edition of <i>Best Colleges: Region-by-Region</i>. Serving 26,000 students, the University offers approximately 300 associate, bachelor&rsquo;s, master&rsquo;s, doctoral and law degree programs and 100 certificate programs at sites in Summit, Wayne, Medina and Holmes counties. For more information, visit www.uakron.edu.</p> <p><b>About The University of Akron School of Law<br /></b>The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. A regional school of national impact, the law school features renowned programs in intellectual property, professional responsibility and trial advocacy, and is home to one of four Constitutional Law Centers in the United States, established by the U.S. Congress in 1986.To learn more, visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law">www.uakron.edu/law</a>.</p> Thu, 25 Mar 2010 16:07:00 EDT 1009672 Adam Liptak, Supreme Court Correspondent for The New York Times, to Speak at Akron Law http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=977983 <p>Akron, Ohio, March 6, 2010 &mdash; The University of Akron School of Law&rsquo;s Joseph G. Miller and William C. Becker Center for Professional Responsibility will offer its inaugural Journalism and the Law Lecture titled &ldquo;Covering the Roberts Court in the Obama Era: A Reporter&rsquo;s Reflections.&rdquo; The lecture will be given by Adam Liptak, Supreme Court Correspondent and columnist for The New York Times. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held Tuesday, April 6&nbsp; at 4 p.m. at The Quaker Square Inn at The University of Akron, 135 South Broadway, Akron, Ohio. One hour of free continuing legal education credit will be offered.</p> <p>In his presentation, Liptak will discuss the Supreme Court in a time of rapid change. After a decade without new justices in the final years of the Rehnquist Court, the Roberts Court has welcomed three new justices and it may well see a fourth appointment in the near future. Liptak will also consider the leadership of Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., the impact of Justice Sonia Sotomayor and the implications for the Court of the fact that it has become, given Democratic control of Congress and the Presidency, the most conservative of the three branches of government.</p> <p>Liptak, the Supreme Court correspondent of The New York Times, inaugurated the &ldquo;Sidebar&rdquo; column in January 2007. The column covers and considers developments in the law. Skip to next paragraphSince Liptak, a lawyer, joined The Times&rsquo;s news staff in 2002, he has contributed reporting and analysis on legal matters. He covered the Supreme Court nominations of John Roberts and Samuel Alito; the investigation into the disclosure of the identity of Valerie Wilson, an undercover C.I.A. operative; the trial of Lee Malvo, one of the Washington-area snipers; judicial ethics; and various aspects of the criminal justice system, notably capital punishment.</p> <p>In 2005, Liptak examined the rise in life sentences in the United States in a three-part series. The next year, he and two colleagues studied connections between contributions to the campaigns of justices on the Ohio Supreme Court and those justices&rsquo; voting records. He was a member of the teams that examined the reporting of Jayson Blair and Judith Miller at The Times.</p> <p><b>About The University of Akron</b></p> <p>The University of Akron is the public research university for Northern Ohio. The <i>Princeton Review</i> listed UA among the &ldquo;Best in the Midwest&rdquo; in its 2008 edition of <i>Best Colleges: Region-by-Region</i>. Serving 26,000 students, the University offers approximately 300 associate, bachelor&rsquo;s, master&rsquo;s, doctoral and law degree programs and 100 certificate programs at sites in Summit, Wayne, Medina and Holmes counties. For more information, visit www.uakron.edu.</p> <p><b>About The University of Akron School of Law</b></p> <p>The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. A regional school of national impact, the law school features renowned programs in intellectual property, professional responsibility and trial advocacy, and is home to one of four Constitutional Law Centers in the United States, established by the U.S. Congress in 1986.To learn more, visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law">www.uakron.edu/law</a>.</p> Sat, 06 Mar 2010 12:19:00 EST 977983 Akron Law and Sughrue Mion PLLC Sponsor 12th Annual Intellectual Property Law and Policy Symposium http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=911464 <p>Akron, Ohio, February 8, 2010 -- The University of Akron School of Law and Sughrue Mion PLLC law firm will sponsor the 12<sup>th</sup> annual Richard C. Sughrue Symposium on Intellectual Property Law and Policy on Monday, March 8 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the John S. Knight Center in Akron.</p> <p>The featured luncheon speaker will be the newly-appointed Commissioner for Patents Robert L. Stoll. The program will include presentations by leading practitioners and academics on the major issues of the day affecting intellectual property law. Presenters will discuss, among other topics, the <i>Bilski</i> case, the proposed Google Books Library Project settlement, the doctrines of inequitable conduct and fraud, and the host of ethical and other issues associated with the practice of outsourcing of work. A review of recent legislative developments also will take place.</p> <p>View the complete program <a target="_blank" href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/ip/sughrue-schedule.dot">here</a> .</p> <p>To register, call 330-972-6363, e-mail <a href="mailto:manovac@uakron.edu">manovac@uakron.edu</a> or&nbsp;click <a target="_blank" href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/ip/sughrue-registration.dot">here</a>&nbsp;.</p> <p>Co-sponsor Sughrue Mion celebrates more than 50 years as an international intellectual property law firm specializing in patent, trademark, copyright, Internet, trade secret and unfair competition law.&nbsp; The sponsorship is in memory of founding partner Richard C. Sughrue.</p> <p><b>About The University of Akron</b><b></b></p> <p>The University of Akron is the public research university for Northern Ohio. The <i>Princeton Review</i> listed UA among the "Best in the Midwest" in its 2008 edition of <i>Best Colleges: Region-by-Region</i>. Serving 26,000 students, the University offers approximately 300 associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral and law degree programs and 100 certificate programs at sites in Summit, Wayne, Medina and Holmes counties. For more information, visit www.uakron.edu.</p> <p><b>About The University of Akron School of Law</b></p> <p>The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. A regional school of national impact, the law school features renowned programs in intellectual property, professional responsibility and trial advocacy, and is home to one of four Constitutional Law Centers in the United States, established by the U.S. Congress in 1986.To learn more, visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law">www.uakron.edu/law</a>.</p> Mon, 08 Feb 2010 11:31:00 EST 911464 Guest Lecturer to Discuss the Modern Chinese Legal Identity http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=894649 <p>Akron, Ohio, Jan. 27, 2010 - The University of Akron School of Law will host a lecture by John Head, professor of law at the University of Kansas School of Law. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is titled "China's Legal Soul - The Modern Chinese Legal Identity in Historical Context" and will be held Tuesday, Feb. 2&nbsp; at 4 p.m. in Room 151 at The University of Akron School of Law, 150 University Ave., Akron, Ohio. A reception will immediately follow the lecture.</p> <p>In his presentation, Head will draw from his most recent book on Chinese law to offer observations on two key questions. First, is there a "rule of law" in China - and if so, what form does it take? Second, what might we consider the "legal soul" of modern China, providing that vibrant society with its central spirit or ideology?&nbsp; In addressing these issues, Head highlights the dramatic legal reform movement occurring in China today, almost exactly a century after the collapse of the (official) dynastic form of governance, in which Imperial Confucianism served (in Head's view) as the "legal soul" of the society.</p> <p>Head holds both an English law degree from Oxford University and a J.D. degree from the University of Virginia. Before joining the KU law faculty, he was in private practice in Washington, D.C., and served as legal counsel to the Asian Development Bank and to the International Monetary Fund. He has taught law in several countries in Europe and Asia and regularly undertakes overseas assignments involving international financial law, international organizations, and international legal training. He was the Paul Hastings Visiting Professor at the University of Hong Kong in March-April 2008 and spent the spring 2009 term teaching and conducting research at the University of Trento in northern Italy as the Trento Chair in Law, part of the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Awards Program.</p> <p>Head has published widely in the area of international financial law and institutions - with his most recent book in that area, Losing the Global Development War, released in 2008 - as well as in the area of Chinese law and legal history. His most recent book in that area, <i>China's Legal Soul</i>, will serve as the basis for his presentation on Feb. 2.</p> <p><b>About The University of Akron</b></p> <p>The University of Akron is the public research university for Northern Ohio. The <i>Princeton Review</i> listed UA among the "Best in the Midwest" in its 2008 edition of <i>Best Colleges: Region-by-Region</i>. Serving 26,000 students, the University offers approximately 300 associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral and law degree programs and 100 certificate programs at sites in Summit, Wayne, Medina and Holmes counties. For more information, visit www.uakron.edu.</p> <p><b>About The University of Akron School of Law</b></p> <p>The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. A regional school of national impact, the law school features renowned programs in intellectual property, professional responsibility and trial advocacy, and is home to one of four Constitutional Law Centers in the United States, established by the U.S. Congress in 1986.To learn more, visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law">www.uakron.edu/law</a>.</p> Wed, 27 Jan 2010 10:38:00 EST 894649 Akron Law to Hold Discover Law Day Feb. 27 http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=891838 <p>Akron, Ohio, Jan. 26, 2010 - The Law School Admission Council has designated February as DiscoverLaw.org Month.&nbsp; As part of a continuing commitment to diversity, The University of Akron School of Law and the Law School Admission Council will co-sponsor Discover Law Day Program.</p> <p>Prospective law students can learn about the opportunities at The University of Akron School of Law by attending an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27. This is event is free and open to the public. Attendees can register to attend online&nbsp;<a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/admissions/visiting/discoverlaw.dot">here</a> .</p> <p>The program will include an admissions and financial aid session; a mock law class; and a student and alumni panel discussion. Prior to the open house, guided tours of the law school will be available beginning at noon.</p> <p>Free parking will be available in Lot 34, south of the law school. The law school is located at 150 University Avenue.</p> <p><b>About The University of Akron<br /></b>The University of Akron is the public research university for Northern Ohio. The <i>Princeton Review</i> listed UA among the "Best in the Midwest" in its 2008 edition of <i>Best Colleges: Region-by-Region</i>. Serving 26,000 students, the University offers approximately 300 associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral and law degree programs and 100 certificate programs at sites in Summit, Wayne, Medina and Holmes counties. For more information, visit www.uakron.edu.</p> <p><b>About The University of Akron School of Law<br /></b>The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. A regional school of national impact, the law school features renowned programs in intellectual property, professional responsibility and trial advocacy, and is home to one of four Constitutional Law Centers in the United States, established by the U.S. Congress in 1986. For more information visit, www.uakron.edu/law.</p> Tue, 26 Jan 2010 10:19:00 EST 891838 Akron Law and Akron Bar Association to Hold Benefit Feb. 18 http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=886342 <p>Akron, Ohio, Jan. 22, 2010 - The University of Akron School of Law and the Akron Bar Association will join forces for the second annual "Law, Love and Chocolate" benefit. The event will be held from 5 - 7 p.m. on Feb. 18 at the Akron Bar Association (Fire Station No. 1, South Broadway).</p> <p>Local celebrities will prepare sweet treats for attendees. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Battered Women's Shelter in Akron.</p> <p>Participating local celebrities include:<br />Professors Stephen Cook, Sarah Cravens and Marge Koosed from the School of Law<br />Olivia Demas, president of the Akron Law Alumni Association<br />Tim Gallagher, president of the Student Bar Association at the School of Law<br />Judge Allison McCarty<br />Marc Merklin, attorney with Brouse McDowell and president of the Akron Bar<br />Larry Poulos, chief magistrate, Summit County Court of Pleas, Probate Division<br />Russ Pry, executive, Summit County<br />Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands</p> <p>Tickets are $10 in advance; $15 at the door. To purchase tickets, visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law">www.uakron.edu/law</a> ; call 330-972-7246 or e-mail <a href="mailto:staats@uakron.edu">staats@uakron.edu</a> .</p> <p><b>About The University of Akron<br /></b>The University of Akron is the public research university for Northern Ohio. The <i>Princeton Review</i> listed UA among the "Best in the Midwest" in its 2008 edition of <i>Best Colleges: Region-by-Region</i>. Serving 26,000 students, the University offers approximately 300 associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral and law degree programs and 100 certificate programs at sites in Summit, Wayne, Medina and Holmes counties. For more information, visit www.uakron.edu.</p> <p><b>About The University of Akron School of Law<br /></b>The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. A regional school of national impact, the law school features renowned programs in intellectual property, professional responsibility and trial advocacy, and is home to one of four Constitutional Law Centers in the United States, established by the U.S. Congress in 1986.To learn more, visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law">www.uakron.edu/law</a>.</p> Thu, 21 Jan 2010 09:31:00 EST 886342 Akron Law Gives Thanks http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=835795 <p><strong>Akron Law Gives Thanks</strong></p> <p>Akron, Ohio, Nov. 23, 2009 - In the spirit of Thanksgiving, members of The University of Akron School of Law faculty and administration share what aspects of the law for which they are most thankful.</p> <p>"I'm thankful that the law gives me the tools to help people through difficult times." - <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/faculty/profile.dot?identity=689605">Professor Stephen R. Cook</a></p> <p>&nbsp;"I am thankful for our law students, who inspire me to believe that in their capable hands the nation will be more just and have a bright future." -<a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/faculty/profile.dot?identity=687625"> Professor Richard L. Aynes</a></p> <p>"I am thankful that the framers of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights had a broad knowledge of history, understood &nbsp;human nature and had great wisdom." -<a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/faculty/profile.dot?identity=687943"> Professor J. Dean Carro</a></p> <p>"I am thankful to be a lawyer, someone capable of making a difference in the world by helping people solve problems by peaceful means. I am thankful that our society is governed by laws tempered with mercy, and that we have a Court occasionally willing to recognize that punishments should be doled out in accordance with our evolving standards of decency and with respect for human dignity, as this provides an opportunity to progress to a more civilized society." - <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/faculty/profile.dot?identity=692083">Professor Marge Koosed</a></p> <p>"I am thankful for the Constitution, and to live in a free society under the Rule of Law." - <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/faculty/profile.dot?identity=691999">Professor Wilson R. Huhn</a></p> <p>&nbsp;"I am very thankful for all the wonderful Akron Law alums who are so willing to offer guidance and support to our current students as they go through their job searches." -<a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/faculty/profile.dot?identity=700675"> Barbara C. Weinzierl, Esq</a>., Director, Career Planning Office</p> <p>"I am thankful for our outstanding students and alumni who are the tradition of the amazing legacy that is Akron Law." - <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/faculty/profile.dot?identity=698581">Margaret Andreeff Matejkovic</a>, Associate Dean for External Programs</p> <p>"I am thankful for the Endangered Species Act and hope that we continue to find ways to preserve and expand critical habitat." - <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/faculty/profile.dot?identity=813052">Professor Richard Strong</a></p> <p>"I am thankful for the rule of law, which makes it possible to live in an orderly civil society. I am also thankful for the <i>Metropolitan Edison Company v. People Against Nuclear Energy</i> case in the U.S. Supreme Court, which I argued lost, but which gave me the material for two law review articles, which in turn helped me get hired at this excellent law school in this wonderful city." - <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/faculty/profile.dot?identity=692044">Professor Bill Jordan</a>, Associate Dean</p> Mon, 23 Nov 2009 18:15:00 EST 835795 Guest Lecturer to Discuss Online Privacy Protection http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=835783 <p>Akron, Ohio, Nov. 10, 2009 - The University of Akron School of Law Center for Intellectual Property Law and Technology will host a lecture by Jacqueline Lipton, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is titled "Mapping Online Privacy" and will be held Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 5 - 6 p.m. in Room 152 at The University of Akron School of Law, 150 University Ave., Akron, Ohio. A reception will immediately follow the lecture.</p> <p>Lipton's lecture will address the difficulties in applying existing concepts of personal privacy to the maturing Internet. With Web 2.0 technologies, more people have more opportunities to post information about themselves and others online, often with scant regard for individual privacy.&nbsp; Shifting notions of "reasonable expectations of privacy" in the context of blogs, wikis, and online social networks create challenges for privacy regulation. Courts and commentators struggle with Web 2.0 privacy incursions without the benefit of a clear regulatory framework. &nbsp;</p> <p>Lipton joined Case Western Reserve University in 2001 afterhaving previously held positions in prominent law schools in the United Kingdom and Australia. Her writing and teaching is focused in the areas of commercial law, cyberlaw, and intellectual property law with a comparative/international focus. She has authored numerous law review articles in these areas, including recent publications in the Northwestern University Law Review, the Iowa Law Review, the UC Davis Law Review, the Boston College Law Review, Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, the Berkeley Technology Law Journal, the Washington and Lee Law Review, the Washington University Law Review, the Hastings Law Journal, the Wake Forest Law Review, the Florida Law Review, and the Cardozo Law Review (de novo inaugural online supplement).</p> <p>She is the co-author of the second and third editions of Cyberspace Law: Cases and Materials (Aspen, 2006 &amp; 2010) with Professor Raymond Shih Ray Ku. She also authored Security Over Intangible Property (Thomson, 2000), the first text devoted solely to the issue of securitization of intangible property, including intellectual property. She is currently completing a text on Internet domain name governance issues with particular focus on the balance between trademark interests and free speech for the Edward Elgar International Intellectual Property series.</p> <p>Prior to her academic work, Lipton held positions in several leading Australian commercial law firms, as well as serving as inhouse counsel for a major Australian bank. In the spring of 2010, Lipton will be a visiting professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, and Acting Director of its International Center for Automated Information Research (ICAIR).</p> <p><b>About The University of Akron</b><b></b></p> <p>The University of Akron is the public research university for Northern Ohio. The <i>Princeton Review</i> listed UA among the "Best in the Midwest" in its 2008 edition of <i>Best Colleges: Region-by-Region</i>. Serving 26,000 students, the University offers approximately 300 associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral and law degree programs and 100 certificate programs at sites in Summit, Wayne, Medina and Holmes counties. For more information, visit www.uakron.edu.</p> <p><b>About The University of Akron School of Law</b></p> <p>The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. A regional school of national impact, the law school features renowned programs in intellectual property, professional responsibility and trial advocacy, and is home to one of four Constitutional Law Centers in the United States, established by the U.S. Congress in 1986.To learn more, visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law">www.uakron.edu/law</a>.</p> Tue, 10 Nov 2009 18:15:00 EST 835783 Akron Law to Host Leading Tax Authority on Nov. 5 http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=835774 <p><strong>Akron Law to Host Leading Tax Authority on Nov. 5</strong></p> <p>Akron, Ohio, Oct. 26, 2009 - The University of Akron School of Law will host a lecture by leading tax authority Rick Grafmeyer, a 1982 graduate of the School of Law on Thursday, Nov. 5 at 5 p.m. in Room 152. The event is free and open to the public.</p> <p>Grafmeyer is currently a partner with Capitol Tax Partners, Washington D.C.'s largest independent consulting firm specializing in tax legislative and regulatory matters. He served as chief tax advisor to Sen. John McCain during the 2008 Presidential election. From 1998 to 2000, he was deputy chief of staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) and was responsible for major simplification study (three volumes), and separate studies on Tax Code penalty and disclosure provisions and tax-exempt organizations issued by JCT.</p> <p>In the 1990s, Grafmeyer was nominated to the Social Security Advisory Council by President Clinton and was the deputy republican staff director of the Senate Finance Committee. He also&nbsp;served as senior republican tax counsel for the Senate Finance Committee and was responsible for general business tax issues, tax-exempt organizations, employee benefits, tax accounting, and IRS compliance.</p> <p>Prior to his work on Capitol Hill, Grafmeyer was a partner in Arthur Andersen's National Office of Federal Tax Services and the leader of the firm's legislative practice and involved in regulatory and administrative issues before the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service.&nbsp; He also was a partner with Ernst &amp; Young and National Director for Washington Tax Services focusing on tax issues before Congress or pending within Treasury or the IRS.</p> <p>Grafmeyer is also a frequent commentator on tax and budget issues for CNN, CNBC, and PBS Nightly Business News.</p> <p><b>About The University of Akron</b><b></b></p> <p>The University of Akron is the public research university for Northern Ohio. The <i>Princeton Review</i> listed UA among the "Best in the Midwest" in its 2008 edition of <i>Best Colleges: Region-by-Region</i>. Serving 26,000 students, the University offers approximately 300 associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral and law degree programs and 100 certificate programs at sites in Summit, Wayne, Medina and Holmes counties. For more information, visit www.uakron.edu.</p> <p><b>About The University of Akron School of Law</b></p> <p>The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. A regional school of national impact, the law school features renowned programs in intellectual property, professional responsibility and trial advocacy, and is home to one of four Constitutional Law Centers in the United States, established by the U.S. Congress in 1986.To learn more, visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law">www.uakron.edu/law</a>.</p> Mon, 26 Oct 2009 18:10:00 EDT 835774 Akron Law and Vestige, LTD. to Present Electronic Evidence Certificate Program http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=835768 <p><strong>Akron Law and Vestige, LTD. To Present Electronic Evidence Certificate Program</strong></p> <p>Akron, Ohio, Oct. 12, 2009 - The University of Akron School of Law and Vestige, Ltd. will co-sponsor a continuing legal education program titled "Electronic Evidence Certificate Program" on Nov. 20 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Nov. 21 from 8 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. The program will be held at The University of Akron's Paul Martin University Center, 105 Fir Hill, Akron, Ohio.</p> <p>Participants will receive an Electronic Evidence Certificate demonstrating competency in the legal and technical knowledge and skill sets necessary to advise clients regarding: using electronic evidence to accurately document and prove maximum damages in civil cases; investigating events without interviewing personnel; finding facts without relying upon human recall; documenting events without incurring significant outside counsel fees; and allowing electronic evidence to lead outside counsel and client to claims and defenses faster and more economically than traditional case-building research.</p> <p>Presenters will be Don Wochna, founding partner of Vestige, Ltd., an electronic evidence professional services firm and Tom Henretta, a certified civil trial specialist.</p> <p>The registration fee before Nov. 9 is $450 per person; $500 per person after Nov. 9. The cost includes 12 CLE hours including one hour ethics, one hour professionalism and .5 hour substance abuse, as well as breakfast and lunch both days. Register online at <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/continuinged">www.uakron.edu/law/continuinged</a>, e-mail at <a href="mailto:manovac@uakron.edu">manovac@uakron.edu</a> or phone at 330-972-6363.</p> <p><b>About The University of Akron</b><b></b></p> <p>The University of Akron is the public research university for Northern Ohio. The <i>Princeton Review</i> listed UA among the "Best in the Midwest" in its 2008 edition of <i>Best Colleges: Region-by-Region</i>. Serving 26,000 students, the University offers approximately 300 associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral and law degree programs and 100 certificate programs at sites in Summit, Wayne, Medina and Holmes counties. For more information, visit www.uakron.edu.</p> <p><b>About The University of Akron School of Law</b></p> <p>The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. A regional school of national impact, the law school features renowned programs in intellectual property, professional responsibility and trial advocacy, and is home to one of four Constitutional Law Centers in the United States, established by the U.S. Congress in 1986.To learn more, visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law">www.uakron.edu/law</a>.</p> Mon, 12 Oct 2009 18:10:00 EDT 835768 Akron Law and ABA Center for Professional Responsibility to Co-Sponsor Symposium on Professional Responsibility and Ethics http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=835759 <p><b>AKRON&nbsp;LAW AND AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION CENTER FOR PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILTY TO CO-SPONSOR SYMPOSIUM ON PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY AND ETHICS</b></p> <p><b>Akron, Ohio, Sept. 8, 2009</b> - The&nbsp;Akron Law's Joseph G. Miller and William C. Becker Center for Professional Responsibility is holding its inaugural symposium titled "Lawyers Beyond Borders" and "Practicing Law in the Electronic Age" on Oct. 8 and 9 at Quaker Square Inn at The University of Akron, 135 South Broadway, Akron, Ohio. The symposium is co-sponsored by the American Bar Association Center for Professional Responsibility.</p> <p>Renowned authorities in the fields of professional responsibility and ethics will examine multiple current issues. Among the issues raised will be how the technological and the multi-jurisdictional nature of practice raises a variety of challenges for lawyers, judges and teachers in an increasingly more global and high-tech practice of law today.</p> <p>Stephen Gillers of New York University School of Law, will be the luncheon keynote speaker. His topic is titled "The Ohio Supreme Court's Total Ban on Litigation Funding Companies Helps Defendants Squeeze Plaintiffs Into Submission In Order to Protect...Nothing of Value."</p> <p>The registration fee for those seeking CLE credits is $75 for general public; $50 for UA School of Law alumni.&nbsp; 7.5 CLE credit hours have been requested.&nbsp; If not seeking CLE credit, symposium is free of charge.&nbsp; Further information and registration is available online at <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law">www.uakron.edu/law</a>.</p> <p><b>About The University of Akron</b><b></b></p> <p>The University of Akron is the public research university for Northern Ohio. The <i>Princeton Review</i> listed UA among the "Best in the Midwest" in its 2008 edition of <i>Best Colleges: Region-by-Region</i>. Serving 26,000 students, the University offers approximately 300 associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral and law degree programs and 100 certificate programs at sites in Summit, Wayne, Medina and Holmes counties. For more information, visit www.uakron.edu.</p> <p><b>About The University of Akron School of Law</b></p> <p>The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. A regional school of national impact, the law school features renowned programs in intellectual property, professional responsibility and trial advocacy, and is home to one of four Constitutional Law Centers in the United States, established by the U.S. Congress in 1986.To learn more, visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law">www.uakron.edu/law</a>.</p> Tue, 08 Sep 2009 18:10:00 EDT 835759 University of Akron to Celebrate Constitution Day Sept. 17 http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=835741 <p>Akron, Ohio, Sept. 3, 2009 - The University of Akron will be participating in National Constitution Day with several days of activities. Constitution Day is a national celebration of the day the U.S. Constitution was signed. The United States Congress passed legislation in 2005 making it mandatory for every institution of higher education in the U.S. to celebrate Constitution Day on or around Sept. 17th on their campuses. <br /><br />Activities for the week include: <br /><br /><b>Tuesday, Sept. 15</b> <br />Register To Vote! <br />11 a.m. - 2 p.m. <br />Student Union Lobby <br />Associated Student Government will register new voters. <br /><br />Constitution Day Displays <br />School of Law Library <br />Bierce Library <br /><br />Learn more about constitutional history and resources at the Constitution Day displays in School of Law and Bierce Libraries. <br /><br />The Constitution and Healthcare: A Discussion <br />Noon - 1 p.m. <br />School of Law Room 151 (Pardee Moot Court Room) <br /><br />Join this panel of experts and join the discussion on the hot topic of healthcare reform and constitutional issues surrounding healthcare. The panelists are:</p> <ul> <li>Richard L. Aynes, John F. Seiberling Chair of Constitutional Law and Director, Constitutional Law Center </li> <li>Wilson R. Huhn, C. Blake McDowell Jr. Professor of Law and Research Fellow, Constitutional Law Center </li> <li>Dr. Sharon Hull, Chair of the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine (NEOUCOM) </li> </ul> <p><br />Constitution Day Displays <br />School of Law Library <br />Bierce Library <br /><br />Learn more about constitutional history and resources at the Constitution Day displays in School of Law and Bierce Libraries. <br /><br /><b>Wednesday, Sept. 16</b> <br /><br />Register To Vote! <br />11 a.m. - 2 p.m. <br />Student Union Lobby <br /><br />Associated Student Government will register new voters. <br /><br /><b>Thursday, Sept. 17 - National Constitution Day!</b> <br /><br />Constitution Day Movie <br /><br />"A More Perfect Union - American Becomes a Nation" <br />Student Union 310 <br />Showings at Noon, 3 p.m. &amp; 5 p.m. <br />FREE! <br /><br />"Become an eyewitness to Constitutional Convention of 1787. This stirring film will bring the Founding Fathers to life as you witness the struggles and miracles that produced the Constitution of the United States and the freest nation on earth. Filmed on location at Independence Hall, Williamsburg, Virginia, and other historic sites, it dramatically chronicles how America became a nation." <br /><br />Constitution Day Activity Tables <br /><br />Student Union Lobby <br />11 a.m. - 2 p.m. <br /><br />College of Business Administration <br />Concourse <br />11 a.m. - 2 p.m. <br /><br />Polsky Building <br />3rd Floor Atrium <br />4 - 6 p.m. <br /><br />Celebrate Constitution Day! Stop the Constitution Day Tables</p> <ul> <li>Pick Up a free pocket constitution </li> <li>Take the U.S. Constitution quiz </li> <li>Register for the raffle </li> <li>Register to vote </li> <li>Pick up Constitution Fun Facts </li> <li>View the giant replica of the original U.S. Constitution </li> </ul> <p><br />Constitution Day Displays <br />School of Law Library <br />Bierce Library <br />Learn more about constitutional history and resources at the Constitution Day displays in School of Law and Bierce Libraries. <br /><br /><b>About The University of Akron</b> <br /><br />The University of Akron is the public research university for Northern Ohio. The Princeton Review listed UA among the "Best in the Midwest" in its 2008 edition of Best Colleges: Region-by-Region. Serving 26,000 students, the University offers approximately 300 associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral and law degree programs and 100 certificate programs at sites in Summit, Wayne, Medina and Holmes counties. For more information, visit www.uakron.edu.</p> Thu, 03 Sep 2009 18:05:00 EDT 835741 Akron Law to Hold Fall Admissions Sessions http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=835747 <p><b>Akron Law to Hold Fall Admissions Sessions</b></p> <p><b><br /></b><b>Akron, Ohio, Sept. 3, 2009</b> - The University of Akron School of Law at a series of information sessions held this fall.</p> <p>The sessions will be held Oct. 7 and 20 and Nov. 2 and 18. These sessions will address admissions, financial aid, the law school experience, and questions from the audience. Each session will also include an optional tour of the law school facility. All sessions begin at 5:30 p.m. and end at 6:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public.</p> <p>The University of Akron School of Law is located on the corner of Wolf Ledges and University Avenue. Free parking is available in Lot 34, south of the building.<br /><br />To register, visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law/lawadmissions/info_sess.php">www.uakron.edu/law/lawadmissions/info_sess.php</a>.</p> <p><b>About The University of Akron</b><b></b></p> <p>The University of Akron is the public research university for Northern Ohio. The <i>Princeton Review</i> listed UA among the "Best in the Midwest" in its 2008 edition of <i>Best Colleges: Region-by-Region</i>. Serving 26,000 students, the University offers approximately 300 associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral and law degree programs and 100 certificate programs at sites in Summit, Wayne, Medina and Holmes counties. For more information, visit www.uakron.edu.</p> <p><b>About The University of Akron School of Law</b></p> <p>The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. A regional school of national impact, the law school features renowned programs in intellectual property, professional responsibility and trial advocacy, and is home to one of four Constitutional Law Centers in the United States, established by the U.S. Congress in 1986.To learn more, visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/law">www.uakron.edu/law</a>.</p> Thu, 03 Sep 2009 18:05:00 EDT 835747 Stephen R. Cook Receives 2009 Outstanding Professor of the Year Award http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=835735 <p>Akron, Ohio, May 21, 2009 - Professor Stephen R. Cook received the 2009 Outstanding Professor of the Year Award at The University of Akron School of Law 2009 commencement ceremony. <br /><br />Each year, members of the law school's graduating class nominate professors for the Outstanding Professor of the Year Award. The class then selects from among the top nominees and presents the award at the law school's commencement ceremony. <br /><br />"His passion for the law is equally matched by his passion for molding us from students to lawyers. This professor is truly a teacher first, whether his lessons are learned in the classroom or through a quick conversation in the hallway," said 2008-09 Fourth-year Evening Class President Kristy Rider. "From his unwavering professionalism, we learn how to present ourselves. From his expression of love for his career in law, we learn to emphasize the positives in our lives. And from his firm belief in the abilities of each and every one of us, we continue forward, empowered by his confidence that we will all be great lawyers." <br /><br />Cook is a resident of Wooster and joined Akron Law in 2002. Cook, a Clinical Professor of Law and serves as Director of the New Business Legal Clinic, the Trial Litigation Clinic, Supervisor of the Mahoning County Misdemeanant Inmate Assistance Program and Director of Bar Preparation at The University of Akron School of Law. He received his B.S. from The University of Maryland (1967), M.A. from Kent State University (1973) and J.D. from The University of Akron School of Law (1996). Cook teaches Seminar: New Business Legal Clinic and Seminar: Business Planning. He is admitted to practice in Ohio and before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Cook's professional memberships include the American Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, Akron Bar Association and the Ohio Bar College. Prior to joining the faculty at Akron Law, Cook was a magistrate for the Village of Smithville Mayor's Court and in private practice with Cook &amp; Schmitt, LLP and and attorney at Critchfield, Critchfield &amp; Johnson, LTD. <br /><br />The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. The law school features nationally recognized programs in intellectual property and trial advocacy, as well as one of four Constitutional Law Centers in the United States and the Joseph G. Miller and William C. Becker Institute for Professional Responsibility. To learn more, visit www.uakron.edu/law. <br /><br />The University of Akron is the public research university for Northern Ohio. The Princeton Review listed UA among the "Best in the Midwest" in its 2008 edition of Best Colleges: Region-by-Region. Serving 26,000 students, the University offers approximately 300 associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral and law degree programs and 100 certificate programs at sites in Summit, Wayne, Medina and Holmes counties. For more information, visit www.uakron.edu.</p> Thu, 21 May 2009 18:05:00 EDT 835735 Ohio State Bar Honors Professor J. Dean Carro http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=835729 <p>Akron, Ohio, Friday, May 15, 2009 - The Ohio State Bar Association's (OSBA) Legal Education Committee honored Professor J. Dean Carro of The University of Akron School of Law as the recipient of the 2009 OSBA Legal Education Committee Award. This award is given to an outstanding legal education professional who has contributed to Ohio law and the Ohio bar. The award was presented Thursday evening at the OSBA Annual Meeting in Cleveland. <br /><br />J. Dean Carro has been with The University of Akron School of Law since 1978. As director of the law school's legal clinic, Professor Carro engages in the active practice of law. He also teaches in the areas of appellate advocacy, criminal law, criminal procedure and supervises students in clinical education. <br /><br />"I have the best job," Carro said. "Whether it is preparing students for legal careers, assisting indigent clients or presenting a continuing legal education course to lawyers and judges, I am able to have some impact on the profession that I am so passionate about." <br /><br />Outside of the classroom, Carro has appeared on two merit cases in the U. S. Supreme Court, as well as numerous merit cases in the Supreme Court of Ohio and the U. S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. Professor Carro has presented more than 150 appellate arguments, including arguments before various state courts of appeals. He frequently presents continuing legal education programs to judges and attorneys and is a ready resource for the media. <br /><br />"We are proud of Professor Carro's many and varied activities and accomplishments," Martin H. Belsky, dean of the law school wrote in his letter of nomination. "Most of all, we are proud of his character, integrity and commitment to the legal profession. He is indeed a candidate worthy of this prestigious award." <br /><br />Carro received his undergraduate degree from State University College of New York at New Paltz and his law degree from The University of Akron. In addition to being a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, he is also past president of the Akron Bar Association (2007-08) and a founding member of the Scanlon Inn of Court. Carro is also a member of the American Bar Association; American Arbitration Association; Federal Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Panel and Rules Advisory Committee; and the Association of American Law Schools Committee on Clinical Education. He received the Akron Bar Association's "Liberty Bell Award" for his work as a defender of the Constitution, and he was named an Ohio Super Lawyer for 2009 by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine.</p> Fri, 15 May 2009 18:00:00 EDT 835729 Congresswoman Betty Sutton to Speak at Akron Law Commencement on May 17 http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=835378 <p>Akron, Ohio, May 11, 2009 - The University of Akron School of Law will confer approximately 150 Juris Doctor degrees at its 85th Commencement Ceremony at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 17, at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall. <br /><br />U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton (D-OH), an Akron Law alumna, will deliver the commencement address to graduates. Sutton is a 1990 graduate of the law school. <br /><br />"We are honored to have Congresswoman Sutton as our commencement speaker," says Dean Martin H. Belsky. "Akron Law is deeply committed to public service, and Congresswoman Sutton's whole career demonstrates a life of such service." <br /><br />Sutton became a member of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2006 and serves Ohio's 13th District. She is a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. She also serves on the Subcommittee on Health, the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection, and the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. <br /><br />Prior to becoming a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Sutton served eight years in the Ohio House of Representatives and worked as a labor lawyer with the firm of Faulkner, Muskovitz &amp; Phillips LLP. She also served on the Barberton and Summit County Councils. <br /><br />The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. The law school features nationally recognized programs in intellectual property and trial advocacy, as well as one of four Constitutional Law Centers in the United States. To learn more, visit www.uakron.edu/law. <br /><br />The University of Akron is the public research university for Northern Ohio. The Princeton Review listed UA among the "Best in the Midwest" in its 2008 edition of Best Colleges: Region-by-Region. Serving 26,000 students, the university offers approximately 300 associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral and law degree programs and 100 certificate programs at sites in Summit, Wayne, Medina and Holmes counties. For more information, visit www.uakron.edu.</p> Mon, 11 May 2009 15:45:00 EDT 835378 Barbara C.S. Weinzierl Appointed Director of Career Planning and Placement for Akron Law http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=835366 <p><em>Akron, Ohio, April 27, 2009 -</em> Barbara C.S. Weinzierl has been appointed director of the Career Planning and Placement Office at Akron Law. <br /><br />A graduate of Vassar College and Cornell Law School, Weinzierl brings many years of experience in the career planning and placement field. During her tenure as assistant dean for Career Services for Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Weinzierl prepared and implemented a strategic plan to assist students and alumni in finding employment through an ambitious program of soliciting and developing job opportunities in local, regional and national markets. Among her many responsibilities in that role were presenting informational workshops on career and job search issues, providing career counseling, creating a student/alumni mentoring program, drafting a weekly student and alumni career services newsletter and preparing a career services guide. <br /><br />Prior to her position at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Weinzierl worked as the director of the Career Services Office at Duquesne Law School and associate director and interim director of the Career Planning and Placement Office at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. <br /><br />Before entering academia, Weinzierl was an associate attorney at Seward and Kissel in New York City, where she practiced in the Bankruptcy, Litigation and Corporate Finance Departments. Recently, she has worked as a certified stroke and turn judge official at USA Swimming sanctioned swim meets. <br /><br />Weinzierl currently resides in Hudson, Ohio with her husband and three children. She is an active community volunteer at numerous places, including First Congregational Church of Hudson and Western Reserve Academy. <br /><br />The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. The law school features nationally recognized programs in intellectual property and trial advocacy, as well as one of four Constitutional Law Centers in the United States. To learn more, visit www.uakron.edu/law. <br /><br />The University of Akron is the public research university for Northern Ohio. It is the only public university in Ohio with a science and engineering program ranked in the top five nationally by U.S. News &amp; World Report. Serving 26,000 students, the university offers approximately 300 associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral and law degree programs and 100 certificate programs at sites in Summit, Wayne, Medina and Holmes counties. For more information, visit www.uakron.edu.</p> Mon, 27 Apr 2009 15:40:00 EDT 835366 Akron Law Alumni Association to Honor Outstanding Alumni and Faculty on May 15 http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=835357 <p><em>Akron, Ohio, April 22, 2009 -</em> The University of Akron School of Law Alumni Association will hold its annual Alumni Awards Dinner at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 15 in the Student Union Ballroom. The honorees were chosen for their achievements in the legal profession and their communities. <br /><br />The 2009 Outstanding Alumni Award honorees are Bedford Biles ('58), sole practitioner (retired) and decorated WWII veteran; Nicholas T. George ('70), partner with Buckingham, Doolittle &amp; Burroughs LLP; Virginia Robinson ('86), personnel director for the City of Akron; and Jeffrey Savarise ('85), partner with Fisher &amp; Phillips LLP. Dr. Elizabeth J. Stroble, senior vice president, provost and chief operating officer of The University of Akron, will receive an Honorary Alumni Award. <br /><br />Farhad B. Sethna ('90), adjunct faculty member, will receive the John R. Quine Award as the Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member; Professor Stefan Padfield will receive the Thomas G. Byers Memorial Award for Outstanding Faculty Publication for his article "Is Puffery Material to Investors? Maybe We Should Ask Them;" and T. Leigh Anenson ('94), will receive the Outstanding Alumni Publication Award for her article "Treating Equity Like Law: A Post-Merger Justification of Unclean Hands." <br /><br />For registration information, visit www.uakron.edu/law/alumni or contact Sue Staats at 330-972-7246 or staats@uakron.edu. <br /><br />Bedford Biles began his career with Roadway Express, where he started at the company as terminal manager and eventually was promoted to national trouble shooter. While working at Roadway, he pursued his law degree, which he completed in 1958. Biles mainly practiced personal injury law, as well as divorce and real estate work. During World War II Biles was a member of the 101st Airborne Division in World War II. He served in four battles: Normandy, Rhineland, Ardennes, and Central Europe. He was wounded by shrapnel three times. For his honorable service to the United States he was awarded the following decorations and citations: EAMET Campaign Medal with four bronze service stars with one bronze service arrow head; three Purple Heart Medals (one for Normandy and two for the battles in Holland); the American Defense Service Medal; the Good Conduct Medal; the Bronze Star Medal; the Distinguished Unit Badge with One Oak Leaf Cluster and the French Legion of Honor. In 2008, Biles was the speaker at the UA School of Law Commencement ceremony. He currently resides in Marco Island, Fla., with his wife Fay. <br /><br />Nicholas T. George is a partner with Buckingham, Doolittle &amp; Burroughs LLP. In his role at Buckingham, George provides day-to-day consultation to numerous businesses throughout Northeast Ohio and is counsel to commercial real estate developers. He served as president and CEO of the firm from January 2000 until June 2008 and was previously the owner of the law firm of Nicholas T. George &amp; Associates, which merged with Buckingham, Doolittle &amp; Burroughs in 1997. George has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America from 2001-09 and has been recognized as one of Ohio's Super Lawyers in 2004-09, as voted by his peers. He has received a Martindale-Hubbell Rating of AV, which indicates very high to pre-eminent legal ability and very high ethical standards as established by confidential opinions from members of the Bar. He is a member of the Akron, American, and Ohio Bar Associations. George received his bachelor of arts degree from UA in 1968 and his juris doctorate from Akron Law in 1970. <br /><br />Active in the community, George is a board member of the Autism Family Foundation of Northeast Ohio, Heart-to-Heart Communications, Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs and the Stephen A. Comunale Jr. Family Cancer Foundation. He is vice chairman of the board of trustees of the Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Foundation and a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and Rotary Club of Akron. George has been the recipient of the UA Alumni Honor Award (2005), the American Heart Association Distinguished Achievement Award (2005), and the Outstanding Entrepreneurial Leadership Award, presented by UA's Fitzgerald Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies (2007). <br /><br />Virginia Robinson is a member of UA School of Law Class of 1986. Having worked as a registered nurse for 24 years before and during law school, Robinson is currently serving as personnel director for the City of Akron. She also has served as legal counsel for the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority and as assistant director of law for the City of Akron. Active in her community, Robinson is a past president of the Akron Law Alumni Association, the Akron Bar Association and the Akron Symphony Orchestra, and currently serves on community boards such as Mobile Meals, Community AIDS Network, and the Akron Community Foundation. She enjoys gardening, knitting and a variety of music. She is the mother of three and grandmother of two. <br /><br />Jeffrey A. Savarise received his juris doctorate degree from the UA School of Law in 1985 and graduated magna cum laude from John Carroll University in 1982 with a bachelor's degree in political science. He is a partner in the Louisville office of Fisher &amp; Phillips LLP and is chair of the firm's Automotive Manufacturing Practice Group. Savarise practices exclusively in the areas of labor and employment law on behalf of employers, where he handles cases in numerous state and federal jurisdictions. He also provides a variety of preventive maintenance and employment training programs especially geared to the automotive industry. Prior to joining Fisher &amp; Phillips, Savarise was with the law firm of Greenebaum, Doll &amp; McDonald, where he was a member of the firm's Labor and Employment Practice Group and served as employment counsel for Toyota Motor Engineering &amp; Manufacturing North America Inc. Savarise is a member of the Labor and Employment Sections of the Kentucky, Louisville, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and American Bar Associations. He also is a member of the American Bar Association Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution. He is a member of the Akron Law Dean's Council (2002-present) and the Spalding University Board of Overseers (2003-04). <br /><br />Dr. Elizabeth J. Stroble was named UA's senior vice president and provost and chief operating officer in June 2003. Prior to that appointment, she served as dean and tenured professor of the College of Education. Her higher education career has included faculty and administrative assignments at the University of Louisville and Northern Arizona University. <br /><br />While dean of UA's College of Education, Stroble helped establish interdisciplinary collaborations, such as the Center for Collaboration and Inquiry, the Muehlstein Academy for Mathematics and Science, and the Center for Literacy. She oversaw the college's review by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. The outcome of the review was so positive that the college served as a training site for accreditation reviewers. As the chair of the State University Education Deans, she hosted the first statewide meeting for deans of education and arts and sciences. <br /><br />Stroble has provided statewide leadership as a member of the boards for Ohio Learning Network and OhioLINK (chair in 2004-05) as well as appointments on three current Ohio Board of Regents committees, including co-chairing the Ohio STEM Academy Advisory Committee. Nationally, she has served on the Executive Board of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education from 2004-07 and currently is a member of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Appeals Board. In 2003, she received Northern Ohio Live's Rainmaker Award, and in 2004 she was a finalist for Inside Business's Athena Award. In 2007, she was appointed a Commissioner of the Science and Mathematics Teacher Imperative by the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges. <br /><br />Recent initiatives led or coordinated by Stroble's office include establishing an Honors College, restructuring the university's Community and Technical College to create Summit College, raising the funds for a $9 million dollar facility in nearby Medina County, launching UA's Inclusive Excellence initiative and a search for the university's first chief diversity officer, and continued affiliation with the Carnegie Academy on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Locally, Stroble serves on Summit County's P-16 Alliance, the board of directors for Project GRAD Akron, and has supported the launch of a UA-APS Early College High School as well as a STEM middle school that will be operated jointly by the university, Akron Public Schools, City of Akron, and the National Inventors' Hall of Fame. <br /><br />The Office of the Provost led a campus-wide conversation that resulted in Design for our Future and the resulting UA design principles: leadership, innovation, engagement, inclusive excellence, and assessment. Guided by these principles, campus leadership has now created an Enrollment Management Roadmap and a Student Success and Retention Plan. <br /><br />Stroble earned a bachelor of arts degree in history and English in 1973 from Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill. She earned a master of arts degree in history in 1979, and a master of arts degree in American and English literature in 1984, both from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. Stroble received her doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville in 1987. <br /><br />The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. The law school features a nationally-recognized program in intellectual property, as well as one of four Constitutional Law Centers in the United States. To learn more, visit www.uakron.edu/law. <br /><br />The University of Akron is the public research university for Northern Ohio. It is the only public university in Ohio with a science and engineering program ranked in the top five nationally by U.S. News &amp; World Report. Serving 26,000 students, the university offers approximately 300 associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral and law degree programs and 100 certificate programs at sites in Summit, Wayne, Medina and Holmes counties. For more information, visit www.uakron.edu.</p> Wed, 22 Apr 2009 15:40:00 EDT 835357 Nancy Rogers to Speak at Akron Law on April 23 http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=835348 <p><i>Akron, Ohio, April 13, 2009 -</i> Professor Nancy Rogers from the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University will visit The University of Akron School of Law on Thursday, April 23 at 4 p.m. as part of the Joseph G. Miller and William C. Becker Center for Professional Responsibility Speaker Series. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will take place at the UA School of Law, 150 University Ave., Room 152. A reception will immediately follow. <br /><br />Her presentation, "We're Not Yesterday's Coffee: The Most Rewarding Aspects of Being a Lawyer," will address lawyers weighing in on the ways Americans could more constructively engage with each other about matters of difference. Recent examples include Attorney General Eric Holder's speech on conversations about race and Ohio State Bar Association President Gary Leppla's statements concerning campaign rhetoric about legal practice. Rogers will ask, "If we, as lawyers, are ready to offer our expertise, voice and leadership on these issues, what are some opportunities that we could seize?" <br /><br />Rogers served as Ohio Attorney General from May 28, 2008 to Jan. 6, 2009, when she re-joined the OSU law faculty. She was dean of the OSU Moritz College of Law from 2001-08. Just prior to that, she served two years as OSU's vice provost for academic administration. Rogers was president of the American Association of Law Schools in 2007. <br /><br />Rogers received her bachelor's degree with highest distinction from the University of Kansas and her law degree from Yale Law School. After law school, she served as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Thomas D. Lambros and practiced law at the Cleveland Legal Aid Society. <br /><br />She began teaching at the OSU College of Law in 1976; served as associate dean for academic affairs from 1992-97 and was appointed to an endowed professorship as the Joseph S. Platt-Porter Wright Morris &amp; Arthur Professor of Law in 1995. She was visiting professor of law at Harvard Law School in spring 2000. In 2001 she was named the Michael E. Moritz Chair in Alternative Dispute Resolution. Her co-authored treatise on mediation received the CPR Legal Program Book Prize in 1989 and her co-authored short text on mediation received the same national prize in 1987. <br /><br />Rogers had a gubernatorial appointment as one of Ohio's five commissioners on the National Conference of Commissioners of Uniform State Laws from 1998-2005, and was reporter for the Conference's Uniform Mediation Law. She was a member of the AALS Executive Committee from 2001-04 and 2006-08. She served on the planning committee for the ABA Seminar for New Law Deans from 2002-07, chairing it for two years. From 1993-2003, she served on the board of the Legal Services Corporation, a presidential appointment that requires confirmation by the U.S. Senate. <br /><br />The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. The law school features a nationally-recognized program in intellectual property, as well as one of four Constitutional Law Centers in the United States. To learn more, visit www.uakron.edu/law. <br /><br />The University of Akron is the public research university for Northern Ohio. It is the only public university in Ohio with a science and engineering program ranked in the top five nationally by U.S. News &amp; World Report. Serving 26,000 students, the university offers approximately 300 associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral and law degree programs and 100 certificate programs at sites in Summit, Wayne, Medina and Holmes counties. For more information, visit www.uakron.edu.</p> Mon, 13 Apr 2009 15:40:00 EDT 835348 Trademark Expert to Speak at Akron Law on April 6 http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=835330 <p><em>Akron, Ohio, March 27, 2009 -</em> Professor Graeme Dinwoodie from Chicago-Kent College of Law will visit The University of Akron School of Law on Monday, April 6 at 5 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 the UA School of Law, 150 University Ave., Room 151. A reception will immediately follow. <br /><br />Dinwoodie's lecture, titled "Trademarks as Keywords," will address issues such as does a company that uses a competitor's trademark as a metatag or purchases another's mark as a search term violate U.S. trademark law? Also addressed will be whether search engines that require companies to link their ads to particular terms, offer software that results in pop-up ads when using certain search terms, or engage in so-called 'pay-for-priority' practices run afoul of the trademark laws. <br /><br />Dinwoodie joined the Chicago-Kent faculty in 2000 from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where he was a three-time recipient of the Goldman Prize for Excellence in Teaching. <br />In 2008, Dinwoodie received the Pattishall Medal for Teaching Excellence in the field of trademarks and trade identity law - awarded only once every four years - from the International Trademark Association. He also holds a chair in Intellectual Property Law at the University of London, Queen Mary College. He is presently the chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the Association of American Law Schools. <br /><br />Dinwoodie holds a First Class Honors LL.B. degree in Private Law from the University of Glasgow, an LL.M. from Harvard Law School, and a J.S.D. from Columbia Law School. He was the Burton Fellow in residence at Columbia Law School for 1988-89, working in the field of intellectual property law, and a John F. Kennedy Scholar at Harvard Law School for 1987-88. <br /><br />He is the author of the casebooks International Intellectual Property Law and Policy (with W. Hennessey and S. Perlmutter), International and Comparative Patent Law (with W. Hennessey and S. Perlmutter), and Trademarks and Unfair Competition: Law and Policy (with M. Janis). His articles on various aspects of intellectual property law have appeared in several leading law reviews. <br /><br />Dinwoodie has served as a consultant to the World Intellectual Property Organization on matters of private international law, to UNCTAD on traditional knowledge questions, and as an advisor to the American Law Institute project on Jurisdiction and Recognition of Judgments in Intellectual Property Matters. <br /><br />The Albert and Vern Oldham Intellectual Property Law Endowment Fund was established at the UA School of Law by Edwin W. "Ned" Oldham, senior partner at the former Oldham &amp; Oldham Co., L.P.A., now Hahn Loeser + Parks, Akron. Albert and Vern Oldham founded Oldham &amp; Oldham, a patent law firm, in 1947. The fund is devoted to furthering the UA School of Law's mission in the area of intellectual property law. Ned Oldham sought to strengthen the teaching of patent, copyright and trademark law at the school and to focus on the importance of innovation and the entrepreneurial spirit that drives continued growth, progress and excellence in our community and nation. <br /><br />The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. The law school features a nationally-recognized program in intellectual property, as well as one of four Constitutional Law Centers in the United States. To learn more, visit www.uakron.edu/law. <br /><br />The University of Akron is the public research university for Northern Ohio. It is the only public university in Ohio with a science and engineering program ranked in the top five nationally by U.S. News &amp; World Report. Serving 26,000 students, the university offers approximately 300 associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral and law degree programs and 100 certificate programs at sites in Summit, Wayne, Medina and Holmes counties. For more information, visit www.uakron.edu.</p> Fri, 27 Mar 2009 15:40:00 EDT 835330 Akron Law to Hold Discover Law Day on Feb. 28 http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=835318 <p>Akron, Ohio, Feb. 16, 2009 - The Law School Admission Council has designated February as DiscoverLaw.org Month. As part of a continuing commitment to diversity, The University of Akron School of Law and the Law School Admission Council will co-sponsor Discover Law Day Program. <br /><br />Prospective law students can learn about the opportunities at The University of Akron School of Law by attending an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28. <br /><br />The program will include an admissions and financial aid session; a mock law class; and a student and alumni panel discussion. Prior to the open house, guided tours of the law school will be available beginning at noon. <br /><br />The University of Akron School of Law is located on the corner of Wolf Ledges and University Avenue. Free parking is available in Lot 34, south of the building. <br /><br />To make a reservation, call 800-425-7668 or visit the Web site at www.uakron.edu/law/lawadmissions. <br /><br />The University of Akron is the public research university for Northern Ohio. It is the only public university in Ohio with a science and engineering program ranked in the top five nationally by U.S. News &amp; World Report. Serving 26,000 students, the university offers approximately 300 associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral and law degree programs and 100 certificate programs at sites in Summit, Wayne, Medina and Holmes counties. For more information, visit www.uakron.edu.</p> Sat, 28 Feb 2009 15:40:00 EST 835318 Akron Law and Sughrue Mion PLLC Sponsor 11th Annual Symposium on Intellectual Property Law and Policy http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=835306 <p><em>Akron, Ohio, February 9, 2009 -</em> The University of Akron School of Law and Sughrue Mion PLLC law firm will sponsor the 11th annual Richard C. Sughrue Symposium on Intellectual Property Law and Policy on Monday, March 9 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the John S. Knight Center in Akron. <br /><br />Prominent leaders in the field of intellectual property and policy will speak at this year's symposium titled "Old Problems, New Directions." <br /><br />The symposium will feature a review of recent developments in patent, trademark and copyright law by noted experts in the field. It will also include a review of the PTO's new disciplinary rules and a panel discussion on the likely impact of the Obama administration on IP policy. The featured luncheon speaker will be Chief Judge Paul R. Michel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. <br /><br />For more information, call 330-972-6363, or e-mail manovac@uakron.edu. The symposium's Web site is www.uakron.edu/law/ip/sughrue.php. <br /><br />Co-sponsor Sughrue Mion celebrates more than 50 years as an international intellectual property law firm specializing in patent, trademark, copyright, Internet, trade secret and unfair competition law. The sponsorship is in memory of founding partner Richard C. Sughrue. <br /><br />The University of Akron School of Law features a nationally renowned Center for Intellectual Property Law and Technology. A recent study in IDEA, an intellectual property journal, ranked the School of Law's IP program's course offerings as tied for fifth in the nation. Its LL.M. program is one of only 20 in the country. To learn more, visit www.uakron.edu/law. <br /><br />The University of Akron is the public research university for Northern Ohio. It is the only public university in Ohio with a science and engineering program ranked in the top five nationally by U.S. News &amp; World Report. Serving 26,000 students, the university offers approximately 300 associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral and law degree programs and 100 certificate programs at sites in Summit, Wayne, Medina and Holmes counties. For more information, visit www.uakron.edu.</p> Mon, 09 Feb 2009 15:35:00 EST 835306 UA to Celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Lincoln's Birth http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=835297 <p><em>Akron, Ohio, Feb. 2, 2009 -</em> The University of Akron will commemorate the 200th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's birth with a celebration on Feb. 12 at noon at The University of Akron Student Union in the Student Theater. The event is free and open to the public. <br /><br />The celebration will be a birthday celebration featuring light refreshments and an appearance from President Lincoln himself, as well as short presentations by the following Lincoln scholars: <br />Dr. Lesley Gordon, UA Dept. of History <br />Professor Wilson R. Huhn, UA School of Law <br />Dr. David Cohen, UA Dept. of Political Science <br />Professor Jeffrey M. Samuels, UA School of Law <br />Professor J. Dean Carro, UA School of Law <br />Professor Stephen Cook, UA School of Law <br /><br />The presentations will cover topics such as President Lincoln's "Team of Rivals" concept; how his adversity affected his role as a leader, what the crisis at Fort Sumter revealed about President Lincoln as a military and political leader and President Lincoln's role as an inventor and patent holder. <br /><br />The event is co-sponsored by the Constitutional Law Center at the UA School of Law, the UA Dept. of History, the UA Dept. of Political Science, the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics and the Office of the Associate Vice President for Inclusion &amp; Equity/CDO. <br /><br />The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. The law school features nationally recognized programs in intellectual property and trial advocacy, as well as one of four Constitutional Law Centers in the United States. To learn more, visit www.uakron.edu/law. <br /><br />The University of Akron is the public research university for Northern Ohio. It is the only public university in Ohio with a science and engineering program ranked in the top five nationally by U.S. News &amp; World Report. Serving 26,000 students, the university offers approximately 300 associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral and law degree programs and 100 certificate programs at sites in Summit, Wayne, Medina and Holmes counties. For more information, visit www.uakron.edu.</p> Mon, 02 Feb 2009 15:35:00 EST 835297 Akron Law and Akron Bar Association to Hold Benefit Feb. 19 http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=835279 <p><em>Akron, Ohio, Jan. 28, 2009 -</em> The University of Akron School of Law and the Akron Bar Association will join forces on a special benefit event titled "Law, Love and Chocolate." The event will be held from 4 - 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 19 at the Akron Bar Association (Fire Station No. 1, South Broadway). <br /><br />Local celebrities will prepare sweet treats and a quartet from the Akron Symphony will perform for attendees. Proceeds from this event will benefit Akron-Summit County Library's Reading Festival. Additional promotional support for this event is being provided by the Akron Symphony. <br />Participating local celebrities include: <br />Associate Dean William Jordan and Professor J. Dean Carro from the School of Law <br />Donnie Long, executive director of the Akron Bar <br />Marc Merklin, attorney with Brouse McDowell and president-elect of the Akron Bar <br />Carmen Roberto, attorney with Bernlohr Wertz <br />Margo Snider, executive director, and George Rosin, attorney and immediate past president of the Akron Symphony <br />Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer <br />Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio, president of the Akron Bar <br />Judge Brenda Burnham Unruh <br />Richard L. Williger, attorney and president of the Akron Law Alumni Association <br /><br />Tickets are $10 in advance; $15 at the door. To purchase tickets, visit www.uakron.edu/law or call 330-972-7246. <br /><br />The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. The law school features nationally recognized programs in intellectual property and trial advocacy, as well as one of four Constitutional Law Centers in the United States. To learn more, visit www.uakron.edu/law. <br /><br />The University of Akron is the public research university for Northern Ohio. It is the only public university in Ohio with a science and engineering program ranked in the top five nationally by U.S. News &amp; World Report. Serving 26,000 students, the university offers approximately 300 associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral and law degree programs and 100 certificate programs at sites in Summit, Wayne, Medina and Holmes counties. For more information, visit www.uakron.edu.</p> Wed, 28 Jan 2009 15:35:00 EST 835279 Professor Carro Named 2009 Ohio Super Lawyer http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=835264 <p><em>Akron, Ohio, Jan. 13, 2009 -</em> Professor J. Dean Carro, a 1978 graduate of The University of Akron School of Law, has been named by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top attorneys in Ohio. Only five percent of the lawyers in the state are named by Super Lawyers. <br /><br />The selections for Super Lawyers are made by Law &amp; Politics, a division of Key Professional Media, Inc. of Minneapolis, Minn. Each year, Law &amp; Politics undertakes a rigorous multi-phase selection process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers,independent evaluation of candidates by Law &amp; Politics' attorney-led research staff, a peer review of candidates by practice area, and a good-standing and disciplinary check. Super Lawyers can be found online at superlawyers.com, where lawyers can be searched by practice area and location. <br /><br />J. Dean Carro has been with The University of Akron School of Law since 1978. He is currently the Dean's Club professor of law, professor of clinical education, director of the appellate review office and director of the legal clinic. He received his B.A., cum laude, from State University of New York at New Paltz. Carro teaches Clinical Seminar: Criminal Law, Appellate Advocacy, Trial Advocacy, and Criminal Procedure. His areas of research include prisoner civil rights actions, post-conviction (state and federal), criminal and appellate (state and federal). <br /><br />He is admitted to practice in Ohio and before the U.S. Supreme Court; the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio; and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. In addition to being a past president of the Akron Bar Association (2007-08), his professional memberships include the Scanlon Inn of Court, American Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, American Arbitration Association, Federal Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Panel and Rules Advisory Committee, and Association of American Law Schools Committee on Clinical Education. <br /><br />Carro was recently appointed to two magistrate judge re-appointment committees by Chief Judge Carr of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and to chair one of the committees. He has appeared on two merit cases in the United States Supreme Court, as well as numerous merit cases in the Supreme Court of Ohio and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Including arguments before various state Courts of Appeals, Professor Carro has presented over 200 appellate arguments. He frequently presents CLEs to judges and attorneys and is a ready resource for the media. <br /><br />The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. The law school features a nationally recognized programs in intellectual property and trial advocacy, as well as one of four Constitutional Law Centers in the United States. To learn more, visit www.uakron.edu/law. <br /><br />The University of Akron is the public research university for Northern Ohio. It is the only public university in Ohio with a science and engineering program ranked in the top five nationally by U.S. News &amp; World Report. Serving 24,700 students, the university offers approximately 300 associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral and law degree programs and 100 certificate programs at sites in Summit, Wayne, Medina and Holmes counties. For more information, visit www.uakron.edu.</p> Tue, 13 Jan 2009 15:30:00 EST 835264 William S. Jordan, III Appointed Associate Dean http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=835249 <p><em>Akron, Ohio, Jan. 6, 2009 -</em> William S. Jordan III, C. Blake McDowell, Jr. Professor of Law at The University of Akron School Law has been appointed Associate Dean. <br /><br />Dean Jordan received his B.A. from Stanford University and his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan. Following law school, he served as an attorney-advisor at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He then entered the private sector with Washington, D.C. firm of Sheldon, Harmon, Roisman &amp; Weiss, which became Harmon, Weiss, and Jordan, where he engaged primarily in environmental and administrative litigation. He joined the Akron Law in 1985 and currently teaches Administrative Law and Property. <br /><br />Dean Jordan's research has addressed various aspects of judicial review. He is a former president of the Central States Law School Association and is currently a member of the Council of the Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice of the ABA. He is also co-chair of the Section's Judicial Review Committee and a contributing editor to Administrative and Regulatory Law News. He is a co-editor, with Charles Koch and Richard Murphy, of Administrative Law: Cases and Materials (5th Ed.), published by Lexis-Nexis. <br /><br />The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. The law school features nationally recognized programs in intellectual property and trial advocacy, as well as one of four Constitutional Law Centers in the United States. To learn more, visit www.uakron.edu/law. <br /><br />The University of Akron is the public research university for Northern Ohio. It is the only public university in Ohio with a science and engineering program ranked in the top five nationally by U.S. News &amp; World Report. Serving 24,700 students, the university offers approximately 300 associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral and law degree programs and 100 certificate programs at sites in Summit, Wayne, Medina and Holmes counties. For more information, visit www.uakron.edu.</p> Wed, 07 Jan 2009 15:30:00 EST 835249 Akron Law to Hold Open House on Jan. 3 http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=835873 <p><em>Akron, Ohio, Dec. 3, 2008 -</em> Prospective law students can learn about opportunities at The University of Akron School of Law at an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 3. <br /><br />The program will include an admissions and financial aid session; a mock law class; and a student and alumni panel discussion. Prior to the open house, guided tours of the law school will be available beginning at noon. <br /><br />The University of Akron School of Law is located on the corner of Wolf Ledges and University Avenue. Free parking is available in Lot 34, south of the building. <br /><br />To make a reservation, call 800-425-7668 or visit the Web site at www.uakron.edu/law/lawadmissions. <br /><br />The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. The law school boasts nationally recognized programs in intellectual property and trial advocacy, as well as one of four Constitutional Law Centers in the United States. To learn more, visit www.uakron.edu/law. <br /><br />The University of Akron is the public research university for Northern Ohio. It is the only public university in Ohio with a science and engineering program ranked in the top five nationally by U.S. News &amp; World Report. Serving 24,000 students, the university offers approximately 300 associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral and law degree programs and 100 certificate programs at sites in Summit, Wayne, Medina and Holmes counties. For more information, visit www.uakron.edu.</p> Wed, 03 Dec 2008 18:35:00 EST 835873 Akron Law Advocates Compete in National Moot Court Competition http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=835867 <p><em>Akron, Ohio, Dec. 2, 2008 -</em> The University of Akron School of Law moot court team recently returned from competing in the New York Bar Association National Moot Court Competition. Student advocates Jason Fuller, Patrick Weiss, Marci Clemons, Tasha Forchione, Kara Neal and Vincent Vigluicci participated in the competition. The team was coached by Professors J. Dean Carro and Joann Sahl, and alumni Paul Zindle ('07). <br /><br />Since 1950, the New York City Bar and the American College of Trial Lawyers have sponsored this National Moot Court Competition. Every year, over 150 law schools compete in the regional rounds throughout the U.S., and the winners advance to the final rounds held at the New York City Bar. This nationally recognized competition allows law students to hone their appellate advocacy skills by arguing before prominent members of the legal profession. <br /><br />The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. The School of Law's competition teams have a long history of excellence on the regional and national levels. To learn more, visit www.uakron.edu/law. <br /><br />The University of Akron is the public research university for Northern Ohio. It is the only public university in Ohio with a science and engineering program ranked in the top five nationally by U.S. News &amp; World Report. Serving 24,700 students, the university offers approximately 300 associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral and law degree programs and 100 certificate programs at sites in Summit, Wayne, Medina and Holmes counties. For more information, visit www.uakron.edu.</p> Tue, 02 Dec 2008 18:35:00 EST 835867 Akron Law Trial Team Competes in Battle of Ohio Competition http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=835861 <p><em>Akron, Ohio, Dec. 1, 2008 -</em> The University of Akron School of Law trial team recently returned from competing in the Battle of Ohio Competition. Student advocates Ashleigh Kendrick, Vicki Serrani, Amanda Quan, Alex Quay , Tim Gallagher, Eric Ledger, Brendan Flannery and Amanda Bizub-Franzmann participated in the competition. Eric Ledger was named Outstanding Advocate. The team was coached by trial team alumni Sandra Davenport ('07) and Aaron Howell ('06). <br /><br />The Battle of Ohio, formerly known as the Cross Town Shootout, began as a fall scrimmage between the UA School of Law and Case Western Reserve University School of Law more than a dozen years ago. Over the years, the competition has grown to include nearly half of Ohio's law schools and Chase College of Law from Kentucky. <br /><br />The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. The School of Law's competition teams have a long history of excellence on the regional and national levels. To learn more, visit www.uakron.edu/law. <br /><br />The University of Akron is the public research university for Northern Ohio. It is the only public university in Ohio with a science and engineering program ranked in the top five nationally by U.S. News &amp; World Report. Serving 24,700 students, the university offers approximately 300 associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral and law degree programs and 100 certificate programs at sites in Summit, Wayne, Medina and Holmes counties. For more information, visit www.uakron.edu.</p> Mon, 01 Dec 2008 18:35:00 EST 835861 Akron Law Trial Team is Runner-up in National Competition http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=835855 <p><em>Akron, Ohio, Nov. 19, 2008 -</em> The University of Akron School of Law trial team had another strong performance at the recent Buffalo/Niagara National Criminal Trial Tournament in Buffalo, NY. The team, comprised of student advocates Steve Fannin, Ashley Faris, Theresa Bratton and Nick Dodosh finished in second place. They defeated five opponents in the preliminary, quarterfinal and semifinal rounds before a narrow loss to Duquesne. The team was coached by 2005 Akron Law graduates Stephanie Adams and Rami Awadallah. <br /><br />The mock trial tournament is the brainchild of the late Robert M. Murphy, one of Buffalo's legendary trial attorneys. The fifth annual tournament began with 120 students taking opposite sides in a criminal trial over the stabbing of an argumentative competitor during the championship round of a high-stakes poker tournament at a Buffalo area casino. <br /><br />"I am very proud of our advocates' performance," said Joann Sahl, director of the Civil Litigation Clinic. "Their strong finish demonstrates once again why the trial teams at The University of Akron School of Law have a national reputation." <br /><br />The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. The School of Law's competition teams have a long history of excellence on the regional and national levels. To learn more, visit www.uakron.edu/law. <br /><br />The University of Akron is the public research university for Northern Ohio. It is the only public university in Ohio with a science and engineering program ranked in the top five nationally by U.S. News &amp; World Report. Serving 24,700 students, the university offers approximately 300 associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral and law degree programs and 100 certificate programs at sites in Summit, Wayne, Medina and Holmes counties. For more information, visit www.uakron.edu.</p> Wed, 19 Nov 2008 18:30:00 EST 835855 Akron Law to Present a Seminar on How Patents, Copyrights and Trademarks Can Help Businesses and Exports http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=835849 <p><em>Akron, Ohio, Oct. 28, 2008 -</em> The University of Akron School of Law with the cooperation of the U.S. Export Assistance Center in Cleveland, will present a half-day program on Monday, Nov. 10 from 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. describing how Northeast Ohio businesses and exporters can protect their patents, copyrights and trademarks in the United States and overseas markets. <br /><br />The program will provide basic information on intellectual property (IP) and how businesses can exploit it in local, regional, national and international markets. The course is designed primarily for businesses that have not yet established IP programs and procedures. It will cover what IP protects, how to secure protection at home and abroad, and important pitfalls and opportunities in IP law. It will also describe the assistance the United States Commercial Service offers small businesses in finding foreign customers and business partners and beginning export trade, and programs to assist U.S. companies to protect their intellectual property rights in foreign markets. <br /><br />The program will be held at the Sheraton Independence Hotel, 5300 Rockside Road in Independence, Ohio. The registration fee is $50 and includes a continental breakfast. Call 330-972-7988 or e-mail sfauppe@uakron.edu to register. <br /><br />The University of Akron School of Law boasts a nationally renowned Center for Intellectual Property Law and Technology. A recent study in IDEA, an intellectual property journal, ranked the School of Law's IP program's course offerings as tied for fifth in the nation. Its LL.M. program is one of only 22 in the country. To learn more, visit www.uakron.edu/law. <br /><br />The University of Akron is the public research university for Northern Ohio. It is the only public university in Ohio with a science and engineering program ranked in the top five nationally by U.S. News &amp; World Report. Serving 24,700 students, the university offers approximately 300 associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral and law degree programs and 100 certificate programs at sites in Summit, Wayne, Medina and Holmes counties. For more information, visit www.uakron.edu.</p> Tue, 28 Oct 2008 18:30:00 EDT 835849 Legal Ethics Expert Geoffrey Hazard to Give Public Lecture on Nov. 21 http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=835834 <p><em>Akron, Ohio, Oct. 22, 2008 -</em> Geoffrey Hazard, a renowned expert in the areas of legal ethics and professional responsibility, will be the inaugural Joseph G. Miller and William C. Becker Institute for Professional Responsibility Distinguished Lecturer on Nov. 21 at The University of Akron School of Law. <br /><br />His lecture, Not the "City of God:" Confronting Multiple Obligations, examines the idea that the standard modern method of thinking is analytic, isolating a specific problem for attention. The reality for clients, however, is that their practical and legal problems usually come in complex clusters, for which Hazard proposes a different and arguably more effective framework for lawyers to follow when counseling clients confronting a cluster of problems. <br /><br />Hazard received the distinguished American Bar Association Michael C. Franck Professional Responsibility Award in spring 2008 in recognition of his outstanding work in the field of professional responsibility and his service to the bar. He was reporter for the American Bar Association Model Rules of Professional Conduct and draftsman-consultant for the ABA Model Code of Judicial Conduct. Hazard was formerly a chaired professor at Yale Law and Penn Law. He is currently a chaired professor at the University of California Hastings College of Law. <br /><br />The lecture, held Nov. 21 at 3:30 p.m., is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the presentation. To attend the presentation, R.S.V.P. at 330-972-7988 or sfauppe@uakron.edu. <br /><br />The Joseph G. Miller and William C. Becker Institute for Professional Responsibility is dedicated to enhancing public trust and confidence in the legal profession and the judicial system by pursuing programs and academic endeavors to promote access to justice and to enhance ethical awareness and performance of attorneys, judges, law teachers and students; advocating the enhancement of professionalism of those who practice, adjudicate, teach and study the law; <br />reaching out to other professions and academic disciplines to identify and pursue areas of common professional interest; and examining, reporting on and suggesting improvements in the disciplinary systems for lawyers and judges. <br /><br />The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. The law school boasts a nationally recognized program in intellectual property, as well as one of four Constitutional Law Centers in the United States. To learn more, visit www.uakron.edu/law. <br /><br />The University of Akron is the public research university for Northern Ohio. It is the only public university in Ohio with a science and engineering program ranked in the top five nationally by U.S. News &amp; World Report. Serving 24,700 students, the university offers approximately 300 associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral and law degree programs and 100 certificate programs at sites in Summit, Wayne, Medina and Holmes counties. For more information, visit www.uakron.edu.</p> Wed, 22 Oct 2008 18:30:00 EDT 835834 Students Win Top Honors at 2008 Landskroner Competition http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=835843 <p><em>Akron, Ohio, Oct. 22, 2008 -</em> University of Akron law students took home top honors at the 2008 The Landskroner Foundation for Children Closing Argument Competition. <br /><br />The winning UA law students include Brian Dodez, a North Canton native and Copley resident, who won the first place prize of $750 and Kenneth Jacobson, a Canfield native and Akron resident, who won the second place prize of $500. <br /><br />Twelve students were selected from a pool of applicants from law schools across the state of Ohio. The 12 students were invited to argue on behalf of an injured child who lost his sight as a result of medical negligence. The jury was comprised of experienced trial lawyers, sitting trial court judges, members of the media and child advocates. <br /><br />The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. The School of Law's competition teams have a long history of excellence on the regional and national levels. To learn more, visit www.uakron.edu/law. <br /><br />The University of Akron is the public research university for Northern Ohio. It is the only public university in Ohio with a science and engineering program ranked in the top five nationally by U.S. News &amp;amp; World Report. Serving 24,700 students, the university offers approximately 300 associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral and law degree programs and 100 certificate programs at sites in Summit, Wayne, Medina and Holmes counties. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/">http://www.uakron.edu/</a>.</p> Wed, 22 Oct 2008 18:30:00 EDT 835843 Akron Law to Sponsor The Fourteenth Amendment: 140th Anniversary Symposium http://www.uakron.edu/law/news/news-details.dot?newsId=835828 <p><em>Akron, Ohio, Oct. 6, 2008 -</em> Academic experts from across the country will gather at The University of Akron School of Law for The Fourteenth Amendment: The 140th Anniversary Symposium on Oct. 23 and 24 at The University of Akron School of Law. <br /><br />The symposium will feature discussions on how the amendment came to be; how the early cases of the court are being used today by the U.S. Supreme Courts and other courts; what the Court's first three cases tell us about the amendment and the court; what drafting choices the 39th Congress made and why; how Section 3 of the amendment was used and what the potential is for continuing use; and how the citizenship clause changed African-American discourse. <br /><br />For registration information, call 330-972-6363, or e-mail manovac@uakron.edu. <br /><br />Nine hours of CLE credit is being requested. Symposium cost is $75 to receive CLE credit; $50 for UA School of Law alumni. Otherwise, symposium is free of charge, however space is limited and registration is required to reserve a seat. Full program and registration details are available at www.uakron.edu/law/constitutionallaw/conlawsymposium2008.php. <br /><br />The Akron Law Review is a co-sponsor of the symposium and will publish the proceedings in a future issue of the Review. <br /><br />The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. The law school boasts nationally recognized programs in intellectual property and trial advocacy, as well as one of four Constitutional Law Centers in the United States. To learn more, visit www.uakron.edu/law. <br /><br />The University of Akron is the public research university for Northern Ohio. It is the only public university in Ohio with a science and engineering program ranked in the top five nationally by U.S. News &amp; World Report. Serving 24,700 students, the university offers approximately 300 associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral and law degree programs and 100 certificate programs at sites in Summit, Wayne, Medina and Holmes counties. For more information, visit www.uakron.edu.</p> Mon, 06 Oct 2008 18:25:00 EDT 835828