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UC Law Downtown Teach-In for Student Scholarships

UC Law Downtown Teach In Day will be March 7, 2014.  All proceeds will directly support student scholarships. 


8: 15 a.m.:  Check in for all and coffee and pastries are at Frost Brown Todd LLP Founders' Conference Room 

8:45 a.m.:    Welcome and Introductions

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.:   CLE Sessions


Sessions at Frost Brown Todd Founders' Conference Room discussing Constitutions, Ethics, Courts, Clients, Justice and Truth include:
  • 9:00 - 10:00 - Professsor Chris Bryant, An Unhappy 48th Birthday?  The Voting Rights Act after Shelby County v. Holder:
    In one of last term’s most controversial rulings, the Supreme Court invalidated the statutory formula for “covered jurisdictions” under the VRA.  With Professor Bryant, we will consider: Was this a substantial blow to a noble cause or a timely acknowledgment of success?  How will it impact we the voters and we the citizens?
  • 10:00 - 11:10 - Professor Ronna G. Schneider, First Things First: A Look at Hot Issues Under the First Amendment:
    Speech, press, religion, assembly, and petition are the watchwords of the First Amendment faithful. In the past term, courts have heard arguments on religion in the public sphere, student free speech on campus and on-line, reporting disclosures, and tweets, to mention a few. Professor Schneider will point us to what’s hot and what rights are sought under the First Amendment.
  • 11:20 - 12:20 - Professor Marjorie Corman Aaron, The Challenges and Ethics of Changing Clients' Minds About Settlement:
    Settlement is the client’s decision, but doesn’t the lawyer shape the decision or constrain choices?  New research offers conversation strategies for changing minds: Should we use them with clients?  Is empathy ethical when intended for influence?  Profesor Aaron will discuss ethical quandaries and self-determination when you know too much about changing the client’s mind.
  • 12:00 - 1:00 - Lunch
  • 1:00 - 2:00 - Professor Mark Godsey, The Myth of Truth in American Justice:
    A premise of our justice system is that people are capable of fairly and objectively reconstructing facts after a crime to reveal the truth: what happened and who did it.  But is this true? Professor Godsey will discuss the ways human psychology distorts the truth and its reconstruction, causing multi-staged tragedies in our criminal justice system, including wrongful convictions.  Participants will learn barriers to truth and how our system can more accurately aim for justice.
  • 2:10 - 3:10 - Professors Emily Houh and Kristin Kalsem, Topics of Economic Justice:
    This session will survey increasingly popular short-term consumer loans (such as car title loans and tax refund anticipation loans) and state laws that govern them. Participants will learn how the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), created by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection, is working to “make markets for consumer financial products and services work for Americans,” and consider how these consumer lending practices impact our communities.
  • 3:20 - 4:20 - Professor Marianna Bettman, 2013's Top Ten Cases from the Supreme Court of Ohio:
    Ohio lawyers need to know what our Supremes are up to lately. Author of the blog, “Legally Speaking: Commenting on the Ohio Supreme Court” and former Appeals Court judge, now-Professor Bettman will review 2013’s Top Ten Ohio Supreme Court Cases. Participants will benefit from insight into current trends and future directions and their significance for legal practice.


Sessions at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease Conference Room disussing Cell Phones, BITs, Internet Ethics, Amicus Pressure, Discrimination & Regulation include:
  • 9:00 - 10:00 - Professor Timothy K. Armstrong, The DMCA and Cell Phone Unlocking:
    “Unlocking” a cell phone to enable it to work on other carriers’ networks has gone from illegal, to legal, and back to illegal. Efforts are underway to legalize it again.  This presentation will explore the controversy’s roots in the so-called “anti-circumvention” provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, and look at regulatory and legislative responses to the “unlocking” debate. 
  • 10:10 - 11:10 - Professor Jospeh P. Tomain, The Principles of Regulation:
    Why regulation?  How do private markets function? Are they perfect?  Are market fixes the only reasons for regulation? Beyond regulation, what other government choices might correct market imperfections? Drawing from his most recent book, Professor Tomain will discuss market virtues and failures, and reasons for government intervention and regulation.
  • 11:20 - 12:20 - Professor Kenneth J. Hirsh, Ethical Implications for the Internet Lawyer:
    Though your office may be brick and mortar, your practice likely is not just that. Professor Hirsh discusses the intersection of professional ethics and responsibility with virtual law offices, social networks, secure communications, and other aspects of lawyering on the Internet.
  • 12:20 - 1:00 - Lunch
  • 1:00 - 2:00 - Professor Jacob Cogan, Better with BITs:  How Bilateral Investment Treaties Reduce the Risk of Foreign Investments:
    n order to protect investors from the inherent risk associated with foreign direct investment, many countries have negotiated bilateral investment treaties (BITs). We will explore the types of legal risks associated with foreign direct investment and how BITs address those risks.
  • 2:10 - 3:10 - Professor Michael Solimine, Friends of the Court or Friends of the Parties? New Trends in Amicus Curiae Briefs in Federal and State Courts:
    This presentation will discuss the increasing number of amicus curiae briefs being filed in the U.S. Supreme Court, lower federal courts, and state courts. Their apparent increasing influence will be addressed, using amicus briefs filed by state attorneys general and the Solicitor General of the United States as case studies.
  • 3:20 - 4:20 - Professor Sandra Sperino, Employment Discrimination, Evolution and Regression, Updated for All:
    Employment changes as we work, why not employment discrimination?  Professor Sperino update us as to current law defining employment discrimination, as well as procedural and practical implications for employers and employees.


Download agenda (pdf). (Register here.)