Sterio Discusses the Presidency in a War Without End on WCPN’s Talking Foreign Policy

Please tune in to WCPN 90.3 FM radio at 8 p.m. this Thursday, September 27, to hear Talking Foreign Policy, featuring C|M|LAW Professor Milena Sterio.  With the presidential election just weeks away, this one-hour broadcast focuses on presidential power in a war without end.  The program begins with a conversation with Harvard Law Professor Jack Goldsmith, who served as Assistant Attorney General in the George W. Bush Administration and is the author of the new book “Power and Constraint: The Accountable Presidency at After 9/11”.  Later in the hour, Baher Azmy, Legal Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, Mike Newton, of Vanderbilt Law School, and C|M|LAW’s Sterio join the discussion hosted by Professor Michael Sharf (Case).

Inniss Comments on the Importance of Parental Support and Early Economic Advantage in Child Success

C|M|LAW Professor Lolita K. Bucker Inniss published a Letter to the Editor at page A13 of the September 15-16, 2012  Wall Street Journal.  The letter was a response to a essay by Paul Tough entitled Opting Out of the ‘Rug Rat Race.  In commenting on the role of nonocognitive skills such as perseverance and grit in helping a child get ahead in life, Inniss argues that “Hard work and toughness are invaluable, but strong parental support and early economic advantages are what work to get children ahead.

Professor Inniss’ letter is available here:

The essay to which she responds is available here:

Becker Participates in LGBT Bar Association Webcast on Voter Rights and Voter Suppression

C|M|LAW Professor Susan J. Becker, who serves as President of the Ohio ACLU, participated on September 19, 2012, in a webcast sponsored by the National LGBT Bar Association (an affiliate of the ABA) . Professor Becker addressed the issue of voter suppression in Ohio, the legal challenges to voting restrictions currently being litigated in this state, and the impact of suppression laws across the U.S. on LGBT voters. Former Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner and Lawrence Norden, Deputy Director of the Democracy Program at NYU’s Brennan Center for Justice, were the other featured speakers. The program was broadcast live to National LGBT Bar members (who participated by sending questions via email to the program) and was then sent to 10,000 additional ABA members. The webcast is available here   Additional information on voting rights in Ohio is available at Information on other states and national issues is available at

Steinglass Speaks at Ohio Constitutional Law Seminar at the Ohio Historical Society

Professor and Dean Emeritus Steven H. Steinglass

On September 12, 2012, C|M|LAW Professor and Dean Emeritus Steven H. Steinglass participated on a panel at the Ohio Constitutional Law Seminar, sponsored by the law firm of Vorys, Sater, and presented at the Ohio Historical Society in Columbus.  The seminar, titled Should there be a Convention to Revise, Alter, or Amend the Ohio Constitution, included Steinglass’ presentation The History and Future of Constitutional Revision in Ohio.  In particular, Steinglass discussed the following questions: What is the history of changes to the Ohio Constitution?  How have constitutional conventions and the initiative provision been used to amend the Ohio Constitution?  Should there be a constitutional convention? What are the pros and cons of a convention versus a commission?   In addition to several other academics and lawyers from around the state, seminar participants included, The Hon. Ted Strickland, 68th Governor of the State of Ohio, The Hon. Peggy L. Bryant, Judge, Tenth District Court of Appeals, The Hon. William G. Batchelder, Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives, The Hon. Nancy H. Rogers, Professor of Law Emeritus, The Ohio State University and Former Attorney General of the State of Ohio.

Sagers Interviewed on Huffington Live Regarding the Universal-EMI Merger

C|M|LAW’s James A. Thomas Distringuished Professor of Law, Chris Sagers, was interviewed on a new internet TV channel, Huffington Live, concerning the Universal-EMI merger.  The segment, titled “Music Merger: Peril For Music Business?”, was hosted by Mike Sacks and included co-panelists Brian Buchanan, a singer/songwriter for the band Enter the Haggis, Casey Rae, Deputy Director of the Future of Music Coalition, and Georgetown University Adjunct Professor of Music & Technology, Melissa Webster, Music Journalist, and Paul Josephs, an independent musician, songwriter and producer. This is the same transaction he blogged about on Huffington Post.

To view the web-based TV program, click here:

Robertson Organizes and Speaks at C|M|LAW Utica Shale Conference

C|M|LAW Professor and Associate Dean Heidi Gorovitz Robertson served on the organizing committee for a jointly-sponsored conference on the development of shale oil and gas in Ohio.  The conference, Utica Shale:  Issues in Law, Practice and Policy, took place at C|M|LAW  on September 13 and 14, 2012.  It was co-sponsored by CSU’s Levin College of Urban Affairs, the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Crain’s Cleveland Business, Bricker & Eckler, LLP, Hull & Associates, Inc., Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC, Tucker Ellis LLP, and the University Clean Energy Alliance of Ohio.  Other members of the planning committee were Andrew Thomas (Levin College), Matthew Warnock (Bricker & Eckler) and Glenn Morrical (Tucker Ellis).

The conference brought together many of the major players in the quickly emerging field of shale oil and gas development.  Included on the panels were representatives from JobsOhio, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the Nature Conservancy, economists, lawyers, geologists, engineers, and academics from a number of fields.  Panel  topics included economic development, environmental and policy concerns, legal issues such as leasing, litigation, new and recent regulations, and tax and accounting considerations.

Associate Dean Robertson spoke on two panels at the Utica Shale conference.  As part of the Legislative and Regulatory Update, she spoke on the future viability of local ordinances that purport to control or ban drilling within a locality when state legislation clearly seeks to preempt them.  In addition, she spoke on a panel on Lessons Learned from the BP Gulf Coast Oil Spill.  Along with Baker Hostetler attorney and C|M|LAW Adjunct Professor Maureen Brennan, she spoke about those lessons and how they might apply as Ohio moves quickly to develop and regulate the shale oil and gas industry.

For more information about the Utica Shale conference, click here:

Sterio Presents at Chautauqua on Somali Piracy and at Case Law School on the Use of Drones in the War on Terror

C|M|LAW Professor Milena Sterio participated in the 7th annual International Humanitarian Law Dialogs in Chautauqua, New York, on August 27-28. Professor Sterio participated in a student-oriented session on Somali piracy issues, along with Professor Michael Scharf of Case Western Reserve University Law School and Judge Duncan Gaswaga of the Supreme Court of the Seychelles, the venue of several (successful) piracy prosecutions.

Professor Sterioalso  participated in the Frederic K. Cox Center annual symposium entitled “Presidential Power, Foreign Affairs, and the 2012 Election,” at Case Law School, on September 7th.  At that event, she participated in a Roundtable entitled “Rendition and Targeted Killings of Americans.” Her conference remarks will be published in a paper entitled “The United States’ Use of Drones in the War on Terror: The (Il)legality of Targeted Killings Under International Law” in the Case Western Journal of International Law.

Sterio Participates in Another Taping of “Talking Foreign Policy”

Professor Milena Sterio and other participants on Talking Foreign Policy

C|M|LAW Professor Milena Sterio participated in the taping of a quarterly radio show, “Talking Foreign Policy.”  The radio show, on which Professor Sterio has become a regular participant, will be broadcast on WCPN/90.3 on Thursday, September 27, at 8:00 p.m.  This episode focused on the expansion of presidential powers during the Bush and Obama administrations, as well as on the use of targeted killings via drone strikes as a weapon of war.

Sagers Blogs in Huffington Post about Universal Music’s Bid to Acquire EMI

According to C|M|LAW’s James A. Thomas Professor of Law, Chris Sagers, “There are currently only four major record companies. Like, in the whole world. In a typical year, these companies own all of the music on the Billboard 100 and 90% of music played on American radio stations. The Universal-EMI firm would single-handedly hold 40% and face only two meaningful competitors.”

Click here to read the Huffington Post blog and see what Professor Sagers thinks about this potential merger!