Jonathan McKenna

Good things come in threes! Jonathan McKenna, a second-year law student, is the third in his family to attend Ohio Northern University, and a triplet, who for the first time, is blazing a path all of his own.

Born and raised in Orlando, Florida, McKenna was curious about Ada, Ohio when applying for law school. Both his mom and dad attended ONU and after years of hearing about the school and the surrounding community, he decided to take a closer look.

Hannah Smith

A second-year law student, Hannah Smith is a Double Bear, and now considers Ada home. “I never intended to go here,” says Smith. “When I took a tour of the campus, I felt this is where I needed to be.”

“Everyone here is so kind, genuine and hospitable,” she explains. “The longer I’ve been here, the more doors that keep opening for me.”

Siphokazi Lali

Siphokazi Lali, Sippie for short, is a third-year ONU Law student and a long way from home. The Cape Town, South Africa native had no idea how her life was about to change when her father moved her and her mother almost 8,000 miles away, to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was just six years old.

2021 PAD CLE

Join us for a CLE presentation

Phi Alpha Delta CLE: Ethics, Professionalism and Substance Abuse

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October 1, 2021

9:00 a.m. Registration

9:25 a.m. Welcome and Introduction

9:30 a.m. Good Writing as a Professional Responsibility

Professor Melissa Kidder
Assistant Professor of Law
Ohio Northern University
Pettit College of Law

Law Commencement

Ohio Northern University is pleased to announce it will host in-person commencement ceremonies in May to honor the Class of 2021 and the Class of 2020, the latter of which had its ceremony postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The events will be held rain or shine at Dial-Roberson Stadium in order to comply with Ohio Department of Health guidelines and to allow graduates to bring guests.

The College of Law Classes of 2020 and 2021 Commencement ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 8 at 9 a.m. 

National Trial Competition

ONU Law will host the National Trial Competition - 2021 Regional Tournament, the oldest trial advocacy competition in the nation, Feb. 25 - 27.

This tournament will be hosted virtually by ONU Law, on behalf of the Texas Young Lawyers Association and the American College of Trial Lawyers. ONU Law Moot Court will coordinate and direct all judges, scoring and awards. All trials will be conducted by Zoom.

44th Annual Law Review Symposium

"The Impact of Race on a Criminal Case" - Virtual Event

Sponsored by the Ohio Northern University Law Review and the Carhart Program in Legal Ethics



Friday, March 19, 2021

8:45 a.m. – 9 a.m. Registration

9 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Introductory Remarks

9:15 a.m. – 10 a.m. Dr. Shaun L. Gabbidon, Penn State Harrisburg

Race, Crime, and the Law: A Sociohistorical Analysis