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College of Law to Host 33rd Annual Law Review Symposium

Mar 10, 2010

Ohio Northern University’s Pettit College of Law presents the 33rd annual Law Review Symposium in the College of Law’s Moot Court Room on Friday, March 19, beginning at 9:15 a.m.

Focusing on the “The Role and Influence of the Constitution in Formulating Law and Policy outside the United States,” the symposium will feature four scheduled presentations and conclude with an evaluation and closing at 3 p.m.

Jean-Marie Kamatali, visiting assistant professor of law at Ohio Northern and assistant director of ONU’s LL.M. program, will serve as moderator for the event. Kamatali will also present “The Impact of the First Amendment in the Judgments of International Criminal Tribunals: Recent Developments.” Previously, Kamatali served as dean of the law school at the National University of Rwanda and contributed to the post-genocide legal and institutional rebuilding in Rwanda.

Susan Bitensky, professor of law at the Michigan State University College of Law, will present “The Mother of All Human Rights: The Child’s right to be Free of Corporal Punishment as ‘Hard’ International Law.” Bitensky is the author of a book, “Corporal Punishment of Children: A Human Rights Violation.”

As keynote speaker, Mark Kende, James Madison Chair in Constitutional Law and director of the Constitutional Law Center at Drake University, will present “Reviving Pragmatism in Constitutional Law: South African Examples and U.S. Opportunities.” Kende is a prominent scholar of comparative constitutional law and U.S. constitutional law. He is a two-time recipient of the Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship and has served as chair of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) section on constitutional law and the AALS section on Africa.

Stanley Laughlin, professor of law and adjunct professor of anthropology at Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law, will present “Should the Constitution Be Interpreted the Same Way in a U.S. Territory as in a State?” Laughlin has been a visiting professor at the University of Hawaii and CLEO professor at the University of Indiana, University of Kentucky and University of Notre Dame. He has also conducted empirical legal research in American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Fiji, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Samoa.

This event is approved for continuing legal education credit through the Supreme Court of Ohio. Pre-registration is required. To register, contact 419-772-2248 or

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