Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Olympics Branding Event

With the Olympics underway, the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) has instituted strict rules for non-sponsor organizations using Olympic imagery, and even words such as "games," "London," and "Twenty Twelve" if they are in close proximity to each other.

So, businesses and fans have found various ways of circumventing the rules.  CBC has posted numerous examples here.

Hat Tip: Legal Blog Watch

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Good Luck!

Bar exams are next week, and we'd like to take this opportunity to wish the very best of luck to all of our marvelous and hard-working Moritz grads.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Moritz Grad, Judge, Gospel Singer

Moritz Grad and Franklin County Common Pleas Court Judge Kimberly Cocroft apparently is a stellar gospel singer. See the recent article in the Columbus Dispatch. She sings with local group, Harmony Project.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

New Study on Top Law Faculties in Scholarly Impact

An updated study on the scholarly impact of law faculties has been produced by Professor Gregory Sisk and law librarians at the University of St. Thomas School of Law.  The study ranks 70 law schools based on law journal citations for tenured faculty.

Ohio State University tied for 30th with the University of St. Thomas and Washington & Lee.

See the full rankings here.


The Volokh Conspiracy

Monday, July 16, 2012

Sandusky Report

We've written multiple entries on the legal case against former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. See the full text of the 267-page report produced by the Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan law firm, retained by the Penn State Board of Trustees to investigate the matter. See also the statement released by partner and former FBI director Louis Freeh in conjunction with the report.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Ohio Prisoner Granted New Trial in Murder Case

We have written recently about Dewey Jones, convicted in 1995 of murdering a family friend.  However, new tests show that DNA at the murder scene was not a match for Jones.  Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands has ordered a new trial for Jones.

Akron Beacon Journal

Columbus Dispatch

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Supreme Court Term Highlights

Look beyond the health care decision and check out the other highlights of the U.S. Supreme Court's 2011-2012 term from Cornell's Legal Information Institute. LII provides links to the opinions and the major statutory and constitutional provisions at issue.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Ohio Addiction Treatment Law Only Used Once

As explained in this article from the Cleveland Plain Dealer, only one Ohio family has utilized a law that allows them to force a loved one into an addiction treatment program.

The law remains controversial: it is arguable how effective treatment is when it is not voluntary, and the families must be willing and able to pay the entire cost of the treatment, including making an up-front deposit with the court.

Friday, July 06, 2012

Slick Google Search Tips

John Tedesco, an investigative reporter for the San Antonio Express-News, shares some great Google search tips from Daniel Russell, a Google research scientist. For sure these can make your searches of the free web more effective. Included are:

site: [enter URL to search particular site]
filetype: [enter pdf, doc, ppt, etc. to search for documents in particular file format]
[keyword] AROUND(n) [keyword] to search for words in close proximity

. . . and many more tips

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Schoolhouse Rock! Cited

Many of us grew up watching the Schoolhouse Rock! series of short films on Saturday mornings.  The peppy tunes taught us about mathematics ("Three Is a Magic Number"), grammar ("Conjunction Junction"), and science ("Electricity, Electricity").

They also taught us about history and civics, with hits like "Sufferin' Till Suffrage" and, of course, "I'm Just a Bill."

Turns out that the judges at the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit remember those songs, too.  Because they cited one in a recent opinion:

To establish standing, plaintiffs must demonstrate that it is “likely, as opposed to merely speculative, that the injury will be redressed by a favorable decision,” Lujan, 504 U.S. at 561 (internal quotation marks omitted), but here, State Petitioners simply hypothesize that Congress will enact “corrective legislation.” State Pet’rs’ Timing & Tailoring Reply Br. 15. We have serious doubts as to whether, for standing purposes, it is ever “likely” that Congress will enact legislation at all. After all, a proposed bill must make it through committees in both the House of Representatives and the Senate and garner a majority of votes in both chambers—overcoming, perhaps, a filibuster in the Senate. If passed, the bill must then be signed into law by the President, or go back to Congress so that it may attempt to override his veto. As a generation of schoolchildren knows, “by that time, it’s very unlikely that [a bill will] become
a law. It’s not easy to become a law.” Schoolhouse Rock, I’m Just a Bill, at 2:41, available at http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7266360872513258185# (last visited June 1, 2012).
The full opinion is here.

Hat tip: Legal Blog Watch