Sex, Drugs, Rock, and Roe: Inniss Opines on the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

C|M|LAW Professor Lolita K. Buckner Inniss’ Op-Ed will appear in tomorrow’s Plain Dealer.  Her piece is a commentary on the cultural influences of sex, drugs, and rock and roll on laws impacting access and rights to abortion, including Roe v. Wade. Tuesday is the 40th anniversary of the decision.

Inniss to Speak at Princeton re the Princeton Fugitive Slave

C|M|LAW’s Joseph C. Hostetler-Baker & Hostetler Professor of Law, Lolita K. Buckner Inniss will speak at Princeton University on February 25, 2013.  Her lecture, James C. Johnson and the Princeton Fugitive Slave Case, will be presented through the History Department and will focus on Professor Inniss’ research on the history of slavery in the Princeton area.

Details about the presentation are available here:

More information, and many photos and facts are available at the Facebook page Professor Inniss created: The Princeton Fugitive Slave: James Collins Johnson, accessible here:

Crocker Cited by U.S. Supreme Court in Ryan v. Valencia Gonzales

C|M|LAW Professor Phyllis L. Crocker’s article Not to Decide is to Decide: The U.S. Supreme Court’s Thirty-Year Struggle with One Case About Competency to Waive Death Penalty Appeals, 49 Wayne L. Rev. 885 (2004), has been cited in a footnote in the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Ryan v. Valencia Gonzales, which was handed down on January 8th.  In a unanimous opinion, the Court held that state court defendants on death row have no federal statutory right to an indefinite stay of execution from a federal court if they are incompetent; the proceedings may continue with the attorney alone litigating the case.  The Court observed, “At some point, the State must be allowed to defend its judgment of conviction.”  Slip op. at 18.  The Court also noted that the Gonzales “does not implicate the prohibition against carrying out a sentence of death upon a prisoner who is insane.”  Id. at n. 18.

You may view the decision here.

Becker, Snyder and Guttenberg Publish the 3rd Edition of The Law of Professional Conduct in Ohio

Lexis Nexis has published the 3rd edition of The Law of Professional Conduct in Ohio, co-authored by C|M|LAW Professor Susan Becker, C|M|LAW Professor Emeritus Lloyd Snyder and C|M|LAW faculty alum Jack Guttenberg (Capital). It is available both in hard copy and through the Lexis Nexis database. This new edition contains substantial updates and significantly expands its coverage of cutting edge issues such as inadvertent disclosure of confidential client information. It also covers professional conduct rules applicable in the federal district courts located in Ohio and other federal courts. 

Sterio Presents on the Use of Drones in the War on Terror, and also on the Post-ICC Future of Ad Hoc Tribunals

C|M|LAW Professor Milena Sterio presented her article, The United States’ Use of Drones in the War on Terror: The (Il)legality of Targeted Killings Under International Law, at the International Criminal Law Interest Group Annual Workshop, at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago on December 14, 2012.  This article will be published in the Case Western Journal of International Law; it examines the legality of the United States’s use of drones in places abroad.  The article raises questions about the CIA’s covert drone operations, and in particular how the US defines the battlefield (where suich drones can be used), the legality of drone targets, and the issue of the identity of drone operators and their location (in offices in the US).

In addition, Sterio submitted an article entitled The Future of Ad Hoc Tribunals: An Assessment of Their Utility Post-ICC to the ILSA Journal of International and Comparative Law.   This paper, which will be published by the ILSA journal in 2013, examines the future of ad hoc tribunals in light of the presence of the International Criminal Court and raises the question of whether ad hoc tribunals will ever be useful or necessary in the future, when cases can be sent to the ICC.  Professor Sterio presented a paper on this topic at the International Law Weekend conference in New York City in October 2012 (at Fordham Law School).

Glassman Presents on Visual Lessons for Legal Writing Students and the Movement of Art in Peacetime

C|M|Law Legal Writing Professor Brian Glassman presented From Art School to Law School: Visual Lessons for Legal Writing Students, at the University of Akron School of Law on December 7, 2012, as a part of the Legal Writing Institute’s One-Day Workshop series. Glassman walked the audience through innovative techniques he has developed for reinforcing writing topics using lessons learned in art school. For example, he used a well-known Degas ballet painting to discuss perspective and Ellsworth Kelly’s Red/Blue to teach contrast and distinguishing negative authority. At the beginning of the session, Glassman piqued audience interest by placing a collection of objects covered by a draped cloth in the front of the room.  Later in the presentation, he asked audience members to either sketch or identify the items under the cloth, thereby demonstrating how he employs another lesson learned in art school to teaching legal writing: to draw the body, the artist must understand the skeleton (the underlying structure); to write legal analysis, the writer must understand the structure of the argument. While Glassman designed these techniques to appeal especially to visual learners, he noted that his techniques may appeal to students with other predominant learning styles as well. The presentation was well received and generated lively discussion among the attendees.

Earlier this fall, Professor Glassman was an invited guest of the Cleveland State University Art Department, to which he presented International Law and Museum Practices Governing the Movement of Art in Peacetime: A Case Study.  To teach the subject matter, which included the International Council of Museums’ Code of Ethics, Professor Glassman developed a simulation in which students acted as members of a museum acquisitions committee. Glassman then guided the students through deciding whether to authorize bidding at auction on a rare Cambodian statue of uncertain provenance. Glassman based the simulation on an ongoing matter involving such a statue that Sotheby’s is being prevented from auctioning due to a claim made on the work by the Cambodian government, coupled with the intervention of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. The Cleveland State University Art Department regularly invites Professor Glassman to present on art law topics.

Plecnik Serves Willoughby/Willoughby Hills Library and Recreation Commissions

On December 17th, 2012, C|M|LAW Professor John T. Plecnik was elected Vice President of the Board of Trustees for the Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library System, and on January 2nd, 2013, he was elected Chair of the Recreation Commission for the City of Willoughby Hills.