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Archive for October, 2011


SearchOhio joins OhioLINK

Nineteen public libraries have now joined as OhioLINK members. Those 19 libraries are collectively known as “SearchOhio“. Think of SearchOhio as the public library’s version of OhioLINK. By sharing resources, OhioLINK members now have access to an additional 9.5 million popular materials, and SearchOhio members have access to the circulating collection of OhioLINK. If an item you want is not available by searching the OhioLINK catalog, you may check the SearchOhio collection by clicking the “SearchOhio” icon in the upper right hand of the screen. Enter your ID and password just as you would when requesting OhioLINK materials, and the material will arrive in the same manner as any OhioLINK book would arrive. Fine policies differ somewhat. Just ask a library staff member for details.

Ohio Bill Introduced Post Zanesville Exotic Animal Incident

Earlier this month, Zanesville, Ohio made the national and international press with the news of the local man who freed his collection of dangerous animals from their cages prior to committing suicide. Authorities killed 49 of the approximately 56 exotic animals that escaped.

On October 21, the Ohio General Assembly introduced HB352 [full text from Ohio Capitol Connection] that would address the possession of dangerous exotic animals. The bill would prohibit future acquisitions of dangerous exotic animals and would require the current owners of such animals to register them. The bill covers animals such as cats larger than house cats, nonhuman primates, alligators and crocodiles, and constricting or venomous snakes.

The Human Society of the United States has posted this map showing state exotic animal laws. Currently, fewer than 20 states ban most exotic animals as pets. Ohio is among the 7 states with no laws regulating the possession of dangerous exotic animals.

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 –