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Law Professor Modibo Ocran to Sit on Ghana Supreme Court

Akron, Ohio, April 19, 2004 — A University of Akron law professor will fulfill his dream of serving his native country by sitting on Ghana's Supreme Court.

T. Modibo Ocran — a UA professor of law, Intellectual Property Center Fellow and Dean's Club Research Professor — will be sworn in to his new position in May in Ghana by President John Kufuor.

Since being notified in early 2003 that he was chosen to serve on the court, Ocran has stayed at The University of Akron to complete his teaching and research duties. The School of Law will celebrate Ocran's new position at a reception to be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on April 23 at the Martin University Center.

A member of UA's law school faculty since 1984, Ocran has taught courses in areas such as corporations, international law, international investments, international trade and international commercial law. Ocran holds two law degrees from the University of Ghana and two degrees from the University of Wisconsin at Madison — including a master's degree in comparative legal institutions and a doctorate in law and development studies, specializing in international economic law.

He also has served as senior political affairs officer for the United Nations Protection Force in the former Yugoslavia; legal/economics affairs officer for the U.N. Economic Commission for Africa; and head of the legal department for Ghana's Capital Investments Board. As chief executive and board member for the Ghana Investments Center in the early 1980s, Ocran held a cabinet-level position reporting directly to Ghana's vice president.

In his new duties, Ocran says he hopes to push for the expansion of human rights in the West African nation of more than 20 million, and use its constitution to deepen the quest for political stability and national integration.

In 1957, Ghana became the first country in colonial Africa to gain its independence. A long series of coups resulted in the suspension of the constitution in 1981 and the banning of political parties. A new constitution restoring multiparty politics was approved in 1992.

“We wish Modibo the greatest success and fulfillment in this exciting new chapter of his life,” Dean Richard Aynes says.

The University of Akron School of Law is committed to excellence in teaching and scholarship, and offers joint degrees in business, taxation, public administration and human resource management. It also offers certificate programs in litigation and intellectual property. The UA School of Law has a strong program for the concentrated study of intellectual property and technology, devoting more full-time faculty to the area and offering more courses than any law school in a six-state region.

From its beginnings in 1921, the UA School of Law has provided access to legal education through evening programs, access to legal services for traditionally underrepresented populations, and service to the bench, the bar and the broader community through volunteer leadership and consultation.

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