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ONU to host Constitution Day

Sep 14, 2010

In celebration of the 223rd anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution, as well as the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Pettit College of Law, Ohio Northern University will host a panel discussion in the Freed Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m.

ONU law professor Stephen C. Veltri will moderate the program, which is free and open to the public.

The presenters, all third-year students in the Pettit College of Law, will be Brian Blake, of Montgomery, Ala., speaking on “Beach Access and Takings;” Jennifer Ciszewski of Huber Heights, Ohio, speaking on “Crime Reports and the Confrontational Clause;” Jameson George, of Chillicother, Ohio, speaking on “Trademark and Free Expression;” and Michelle Noyer, of Erie, Pa., speaking on “Military Court Jurisdiction.”

Blake received his Bachelor of Science from Auburn University. His presentation, “This Sand is My Sand: Beach Access, the Public Trust Doctrine, and Judicial Takings,” focuses on the lack of public beaches in the United States and how the courts have re-characterized beaches from “private” to “public” under the public trust doctrine.

Ciszwski graduated from Mount Union College and will explore the issues presented in Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts, which questions the right of an accused criminal to challenge any forensic analyst who has prepared a crime report introduced at trial. The recent Supreme Court decision was the subject of Ciszewski’s law review comment published at 36 Ohio N.U. L. Rev. 637 (2010).

George, an Ohio Northern University graduate, will discuss the conflict between trademark protection and freedom of expression. More specifically, he will center on the problems with protecting collegiate trademarks in relation to First Amendment rights.

Noyer graduated from Walsh University and will focus on the Supreme Court decision United States v. Denedo, which explores the issue of separation of powers that arise when Congress creates tribunals under Article I of the Constitution. In her presentation, Noyer criticizes the decision as an unwarranted expansion of the authority of the military courts. Her comment has been published in 36 Ohio N.U. L. Rev. 663 (2010).

The panel discussion is held in accordance with a federal mandate passed in 2004, which stipulates that every school and college that receives federal money must teach about the Constitution on or near Sept. 17, the day the document was adopted in 1787.

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