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Archive for October 25th, 2011


Demand for Oil & Gas Attorneys increases

Will there be a Midwest gold rush? The exploration for natural gas in eastern Ohio has prompted the firm of Thompson Hine LLP in Cleveland to form “Team Shale”, a group of 20 attorneys to focus on shale-related issues. The Columbus and Akron office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP has added 5 more attorneys to its energy practice, and Walter & Haverfield LLP in Cleveland is considering forming a group to handle work related to fracking, the technique of drilling down and fracturing shale to gain access to natural gas. The firms are anticipating a surge in activity from clients in need of legal guidance in navigating the energy boom. They are expecting a need for attorneys who practice in energy, environmental, intellectual property and real estate law. The October 24th issue of Crain’s Cleveland Business has a front page article on the topic. The latest copy is available in the Casual Reading area of the Law Library and in the placement office. An online version will be available on Lexis next week.

Alumnus Patrick Charles Writes Article on Birthright Citizenship

C|M|LAW Alumnus Patrick J. Charles has posted Decoding the Fourteenth Amendment’s Citizenship Clause: Unlawful Immigrants, Allegiance, Personal Subjection, and the Law (Washburn Law Journal, Vol. 51, No. 2, 2012) on SSRN.  The abstract states:

The purpose of this article is to decode the jus soli principles of the Fourteenth Amendment’s Citizenship Clause. It seeks to examine the legal tenets of birthright citizenship in the late nineteenth century, and concludes the Citizenship Clause is not an absolute command, and may be supplemented by legislation dependent on the tenets of allegiance, personal subjection, and international norms. From the 1866 Civil Rights Act through the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Wong Kim Ark, this article will trace the legal tenets of birthright citizenship as a means to better understand the Citizenship Clause.

Patrick Charles is currently employed as a historian for the United States Air Force.

Thanks to Jessica Mathewson for the tip.

Antonio Cassese, Jurist and Scholar

This past Saturday, Antonio Cassese, jurist and scholar, died at his home in Florence, Italy [NYT obituary]. Through his judicial decisions and scholarly publications, Cassese greatly influenced international law, especially war crimes jurisprudence. Highlights of his career include the first presidency of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, presidency of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, and head of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Darfur.

Scholarly publications of Cassese include –