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New Opportunities in the January Term

Jan 9, 2014

Visit to the JAG School in Charlottesville, VA


The US Army Judge Advocate General's School is responsible for training all Army JAG's (lawyers) at several points throughout their careers.  They offer a basic course for new JAG officers, as well as several refresher and advanced courses in all areas of the law, including Operational and International Law (the laws that govern armed conflict).

For the third year in a row students from Ohio Northern traveled to the JAG School in Charlottesville, VA for a unique learning opportunity.  Students in the Law of War Seminar class spend two or three days attending Operational Law classes with Army JAG officers (which this year included two recent ONU grads).  This experience takes them beyond the theoretical realm of the classroom and allows them to consider the real world impact of the Geneva Conventions, rules of engagement and the irregular warfare that has characterized the conflict with al Qaeda.

No other law school in the country offers this degree of practical insight into how the law impacts life-and-death decisions that are made everyday in places like Afghanistan.


1L Networking Dinner

On January 15 and 22, ONU Law hosted the annual Practitioner Dinners in the Hanson Reading Room at the College of Law for a group of attorneys and our L-1 students as part of the January Term Legal Problem Solving & Analysis Course, which all L-1s take.  The Practitioner Dinners provide an opportunity for the students to network with attorneys, talk to them about what the practice of law is like, and learn how the practice of law is a profession, rather than just a job.

This year, the two dinners were attended by a total of sixteen attorneys representing a wide variety of practice areas, such as civil litigation, government taxation, agricultural law, legal aid, general practice, probate, and criminal law.  The judiciary, big firms, medium-sized firms, county-seat practices, solo practitioners, state government, non-profits, and county prosecution offices were all represented.  The attorneys came from as near as thirty miles from Ada to as far away as Atlanta.  Of the 16 attorneys, 13 were alumni of ONU Law.  The students and the attorneys enjoyed interacting and forging new connections as the students begin to build their professional networks.

3rd District Court of Appeals Holds Court at ONU Law

The Third District Court of Appeals of Ohio will hear oral arguments in two cases in the Celebrezze Moot Court Room of Ohio Northern University’s Pettit College of Law on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 10 a.m.

Judges Richard Rogers, Stephen Shaw, Vernon Preston and John Willamowski, sitting in panels of three, will hear oral arguments in two cases pending before the Third District. Rogers, Shaw and Willamowski are alumni of Ohio Northern’s College of Law.

The first case to be heard by the judges, The State of Ohio v. Jeremy Stober, originated from Putnam County. On appeal, Stober is arguing that he was denied due process and a fair trial based on the individual assignments of errors as well as the cumulative effects of the purported multitude of errors in the case made by the state. Stober, a former Kalida, Ohio, teacher, was convicted following a four-day jury trial and sentenced to 10.5 years incarceration on three counts of gross sexual imposition, one count of sexual imposition, and one count of importuning and sexual battery in August 2013.

The judges will hear a second oral argument in a civil case from Mercer County, Ann Hopkins, individually and as executor of the estate of Ralph Ranly, deceased v. Darren Porter. This is an appeal and cross-appeal from the judgment entered by the Mercer County Court of Appeals in October 2013. The court granted summary judgment, based on immunity, in favor of Defendant Mercer County Commissioners, the employer of Porter, but overruled a motion of summary judgment, finding an exception to immunity as to Porter, in favor of Hopkins. Porter, driving a county-owned gravel spreader, reportedly changed lanes on Fort Recovery-Minster Road near St. Peters Road into the path of an eastbound motorcycle operated by Ralph S. Ranly, 90, of Fort Recovery. The motorcycle struck Porter’s spreader, ejecting Ranly onto the roadway. Ranly reportedly received incapacitating injuries and was transported by emergency helicopter to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton and died in September 2011.

At the conclusion of oral arguments, the appellate judges will take questions from the audience.

The Third District’s special session at the College of Law is part of an educational outreach program that gives students, educators and the public the opportunity to enhance their understanding of the appellate process. The Third District, based in Lima, Ohio, is comprised of 17 counties and travels among them for special court sessions.

Students Visit Thailand and Cambodia


Professor Kevin Hill and ONU Law students in his seminar on Law & Culture in Southeast Asia left January 15th for a ten day trip to Thailand and Cambodia.   The students are scheduled to meet with groups fighting human trafficking in Thailand and Cambodia, observe the election campaign in Thailand, observe the war crimes trial in Cambodia and visit the fabled ruins of Angor Wat.  The students will visit Bangkok, Siem Reap, Battambang and Phnom Penh. The trip is an integrated part of a course examining the long term effects of war on law and society.  A particular focus of the course is on the Cambodian attempts to cope with the effects of the Pol Pot genocide of the nineteen seventies.