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Ohio 3rd District Court of Appeals coming to ONU

Dec 17, 2010

The Ohio 3rd District Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in two separate cases at Ohio Northern University’s Pettit College of Law on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011. The session begins at 10 a.m. in the Moot Court Room.

The oral arguments will be held before a three-judge panel consisting of Judges Richard M. Rogers, Vernon L. Preston and John R. Willamowski. The Court’s fourth Judge is Stephen R. Shaw. Rogers, Shaw and Willamowski are Ohio Northern University law alumni.

The court will hear one criminal case and one civil case while in Ada. The first, State of Ohio v. Crystal D. Balo (Allen County), is an appeal involving a county employee convicted of theft by deception. Attorneys for both sides are Ohio Northern law alumni. F. Stephen Chamberlain, representing Balo, is a 1987 graduate, and Jana Emerick, representing the state of Ohio, is a 1992 graduate.

The civil case, Tom F. Elsass v. St. Marys City School District Board of Education (Auglaize County), involves the appeal of the termination of a math teacher.

At the conclusion of the cases, the appellate judges and participating attorneys will take questions from the audience.

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

The session will be broadcast live on ONU Cable channel 3.

The event is free and open to the public; however, seating is limited.

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