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Professor Mark Godsey Receives Awards Bar Foundation and Philanthropy Group


Professor Mark Godsey accepted the Rescuer of Humanity Award in December, 2015 on behalf of the OIP from Project Love, a major philanthropic organization in Cleveland. Prior winners of the award include Rosa Parks, Steven Speilberg and Christopher Reeve.

He also received the Outstanding Organization Award in December, 2015 on behalf of the OIP from the Ohio State Bar Foundation.

 

Professor Kristin Kalsem Elected Section Secretary at AALS Meeting


Professor Kristin Kalsem attended the AALS conference in New York City in January, 2016. She was elected secretary of the Section on Law and Interpretation and to the Executive Boards of the Sections on Law and Humanities and Commercial and Related Consumer Law.

Professor Janet Moore Invited to Facilitate Meeting for Justice Department Fellows


Professor Janet Moore, with Andrew Davies, Ph.D., accepted an invitation to facilitate the first meeting of U.S. Department of Justice Smart Defense Fellows. The Fellows are public defenders and researchers who received approximately $2.5 million in federal grants to improve public defense.  Dr. Davies and Professor Moore will facilitate this meeting in Washington, D.C. on February 3, 2016.  This invitation resulted from Professor Moore’s work with Dr. Davies creating IDRA, the Indigent Defense Research Association.

Godsey Appointed to European Innocence Network Board


Professor Mark Godsey accepted a board position on the new European Innocence Network and will lecture at the Network's upcoming conference in Prague, Czech Republic in June, 2016.

Professor Mark Godsey Invited to Speak in Japan


Professor Mark Godsey was invited to present a closing lecture at the symposium launching the Japan Innocence Project in March, 2016.  He will present at events in Tokyo and Kyoto.

Dean Joseph Tomain Publishes Several Works


Dean Emeritus and Professor Joseph P. Tomain published a short article, Clean Power and the Democratization of Energy in the US, 17 Network Industries Quarterly 3 (No. 3 2015) (peer reviewed).

He also contributed to The Clean Power Plan: Issues to Watch (2015) (a White paper published by the Center for Progressive Reform) available here.

Finally, Dean Tomain’s peer reviewed article, Clean Power and the Future of US Energy Politics and Policy, was accepted for publication in Utilities Policy.

Dean Joseph Tomain Publishes New Book on Energy Law


Dean Emeritus and Professor Joseph P. Tomain’s book, Energy Law in the United States of America, co-authored with Lincoln L. Davies was published on December 18, 2015.

Dean Joseph Tomain Delivers Several Presentations


Dean Emeritus and Professor Joseph P. Tomain delivered a 3 hour seminar on Energy Law and Policy Past and Future to the trial and appellate attorneys at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He also gave a lecture to the Law Faculty and to the Mining Faculty at the University of Lorraine in Nance, France titled Shale and Coal Gas Development in the United States.

Professor Mark Godsey Publishes on Global Innocence Movement


Professor Mark Godsey submitted a chapter entitled “The Global Innocence Movement” for the book, Wrongful Convictions and the DNA Revolution: Twenty-Five Years of Freeing the Innocent," to be published by the Cambridge University Press.

Professor Mark Godsey Appointed to State-wide Task Force Examining Grand Jury System


Professor Mark Godsey, director of the Ohio Innocence Project at the College of Law, has been appointed to a state-wide task force charged with recommending way to improve how grand juries function.

Mark GodseyCincinnati, OH – Professor Mark Godsey, director of the Ohio Innocence Project at the College of Law, has been appointed to a state-wide task force charged with recommending way to improve how grand juries function.

Supreme Court of Ohio Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor announced on January 28, 2016 the formation of the Task Force to Examine Improvements to the Ohio Grand Jury System.

The concept of a grand jury has been part of the federal system since 1791 and a constant in the Ohio Constitution’s Bill of Rights as far back as 1802. Every state constitutional revision since has preserved the protection of the grand jury.

“To be clear, this task force is being asked to recommend ways to improve the functioning of grand juries and to see what additional steps can be taken to improve the public’s confidence in our justice system,” Chief Justice O’Connor said in a media release about the task force. “It is not being asked to determine whether the grand jury system should be eliminated.”

The task force will be chaired by Franklin County Common Pleas Court Judge Stephen L. McIntosh. It includes a diverse group of 18 professionals who are judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, law professors, legislators, members of law enforcement, and community leaders.

The task force will hold its first meeting on Feb. 17, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. at the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center, 65 S. Front St., Columbus. The meeting is open to the public, but seating is limited. The task force has been asked to submit its final report and recommendations by June 15, 2016.

Task force members include:

  •  Judge Stephen L. McIntosh – Franklin County Common Pleas Court (chair) 
  • Prosecutor Daniel R. Lutz – Wayne County (vice chair)
  • Sen. Kevin Bacon – District 3 • Sen. Edna Brown – District 11
  •  Judge Joyce A. Campbell – Fairfield Municipal Court
  • Rep. Robert R. Cupp – District 4
  • Judge Michelle D. Earley – Cleveland Municipal Court
  • Judge William R. Finnegan – Marion County Common Pleas Court
  • Judge Steven E. Gall – Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court
  • Professor Mark A. Godsey – University of Cincinnati College of Law
  • Judge Michael R. Goulding – Lucas County Common Pleas Court
  • Colonel Chief Eliot Isaac – City of Cincinnati Police Department
  • President/CEO Janet E. Jackson – United Way of Central Ohio
  • Judge Melissa A. Powers – Hamilton County Municipal Court
  • Professor Ric Simmons – The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
  • Rep. Fred Strahorn – District 39
  • Defense Attorney Roger Synenberg – Synenberg, Coletta & Moran, LLC
  • Judge Stephen A. Wolaver – Greene County Common Pleas Court