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Archive for May 23rd, 2012

Countering the Law Review Stigma

Law review articles are often assumed to be overlooked and underutilized by practicing attorneys and judges. They have been likened to “instant mashed potatoes” —  to be avoided by gourmet chefs in all but the most dire of circumstances. Ohio attorney Jared Klaus has taken a look at this assumption to see if it holds true for the Supreme Court of Ohio. In his article Law Reviews: An Undervalued Resource published in the May / June 2012 issues of Ohio Lawyer [full text, article starts page 28], he finds that the negative stigma associated with law reviews is not necessarily accurate. Klaus reports that law reviews are cited by the Supreme Court of Ohio with some regularity, especially in cases involving issues of first impression, or when there is a lower court split. Ohio Supreme Court judges also appear to turn to law reviews in cases involving issues of societal importance. The author gives the example of law review articles used in a major eminent domain case. A final note of interest – Klaus reports that Ivy League reviews don’t necessarily get top billing – the Akron Law Review has been cited by the Justices in the past decade more than any other journal.

5/31/12 Judicial Vacancies CLE Program

image of empty judge's chairCrisis In the Courts:  The New White House Confirmations Initiative and the Impacts of Judicial Vacancy on Justice will take place on Thursday, 31 May 2012, from 12noon till 2pm, in the C|M|Law Moot Court Room.  Moderated by Dan Moulthrop, Curator, The Civic Commons Conversations, this program will “debate the causes of the unprecedented vacancy crisis in the federal courts, its impact on the administration of justice and American liberties, and the new White House effort to end the stalemate.”  The distinguished panel includes Jonathan Adler, Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law, Case Western Reserve University School of Law; Marge Baker, Executive Vice President for Policy and Program, People for the American Way; The Honorable James S. Gwin, Judge, United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio; Christopher Kang, Senior Counsel to the President, Office of the White House Counsel; Jeremy Paris, Chief Counsel for Nominations and Oversight for Senator Patrick Leahy, U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary; and Michael Zubrensky, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice Office of Legal Policy.  This program is being co-sponsored by C|M|Law, the Alliance for Justice, the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, the National Council of Jewish Women, and People for the American Way.  It provides 2 free hours of CLE.  A light lunch will be served at 11:30am.