Cleveland.com has published a letter to the editor from Professor Heidi Gorovitz Robertson advocating for alternatives to the July 2020 Bar Exam. She argues that temporary licensing of graduates is a nonstarter. Law graduates cannot take on demanding jobs, then abandon work for the time necessary to study for a traditionally administered bar exam. She urges the Supreme Court to use a shorter take-home bar exam or simply grant all Ohio law graduates a permanent license to practice, conditioned on continuing legal education or supervision some.
Her letter is available here: This year’s law school grads can be verified as ready to practice law, without in-person July bar exams
Professor Robertson is the Steven W. Percy Distinguished Professor of Law and Professor of Environmental Studies at Cleveland State University.
Professor Joseph Mead, in his capacity as Cooperating Attorney with the ACLU of Ohio, is assisting in a federal class action petition for a writ of habeas corpus challenging the continued detention of people in the Elkton federal prison in eastern Ohio. Three inmates have already died from COVID-19, and scores of prisoners and staff have fallen ill, including some seriously.
Professor Mead explains, “Prisons are not Constitution-free zones. People who live and work in prisons should not be forced to face unnecessary risk of death and disease.”
On April 9, 2020, the Israeli paper Ha’Aretz (“Israel’s NYT”), published a Letter to the Editor penned by Clinical Professor of Law Doron Kalir. The letter tried to explain the reason behind the recent move by Benny Gantz – until recently, the head of the opposition to Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu – to break up his own party and become a government member under Netanyahu. The move – unprecedented in Israeli politics, and perhaps worldwide – came after three successive election campaigns where Ganz promised, again and again, to never team up with Netanyahu. Kalir opined that, as the former Chief of Staff of the Israeli Military (IDF), Ganz has been used – during his entire adult life – to make decisions on his own, without much consultation. When he commanded, no one was allowed to dispute his orders – lest they will be court-martialed. His basic misunderstanding, the Letter suggested, is that in the democratic arena, the rules are different. Here, the People are the real sovereign and their representatives should serve their will, not vice-versa.
Chris Sagers, the James A. Thomas Professor of Law, gave several presentations at eminent academic institutions this spring. In March, he presented his book, United States v. Apple: Competition in America, to the Cornell Digital Life Initiative at Cornell Tech, a program within Cornell Law School and Cornell University. His presentation was the Initiative’s first-ever wholly online seminar, conducted by Zoom in light of the coronavirus epidemic.
Earlier this spring, Sagers presented a paper at a symposium entitled “The Interplay of the Antitrust Laws in Our Current Business Environment,” hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law at the University of Pennsylvania.
He also took part on a discussion panel concerning legal issues surrounding the legalization marijuana in Ohio, focusing specifically on issues raised in competition policy, held at the University of Cincinnati School of Law.
Chris Sagers, the James A. Thomas Professor of Law, was quoted by Reuters in a story carried in the New York Times, commenting on recent moves by the Trump administration and by some state regulators to shore up U.S. domestic oil prices, after they’ve been battered both by an ongoing price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia and by loss of demand during the coronavirus epidemic. Sagers, who studies antitrust law, explained how it might apply to efforts by regulators and to whatever private action U.S. producers might take themselves.