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Law to host 35th annual Law Review Symposium

Mar 14, 2012

Ohio Northern University’s Pettit College of Law presents the 35th annual Law Review Symposium in the College of Law’s Moot Court Room on Monday, March 26. The symposium is titled “Perspectives and Distinctions on the Future of Legal Education.”

The symposium will feature five scheduled presenters: Larry Kramer, dean of the Stanford Law School; Gregory Mark, dean of DePaul University College of Law; Renee Knake, associate professor of law at Michigan State University College of Law; Robert Reis, professor of law at the University at Buffalo Law School; and Jerome Organ, professor of law at the University of St. Thomas School of Law.

Kramer will present “Reforming Legal Education: A View from the Dean’s Office.” Kramer joined Stanford in 2004 as professor of law and dean. Throughout his term, he has aided significant educational reforms, including dramatically expanding joint degree programs, enlarging the clinical education program to promote reflective lawyering, adding public service ethos to programs and building the international law program. In addition to teaching and serving as dean, he is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the American Philosophical Society and the American Law Institute. In December 2008, Equal Justice Works named Kramer to its Board of Directors. He has appointments (by courtesy) with the Stanford University Department of History and with the Graduate School of Business.

Mark will speak on “The Perspective of Time: Some Observations on the Relationship of Legal Education and Practice in the Past Century.” Prior to becoming dean of DePaul University College of Law in July 2011, Mark served as vice dean, professor of law, center director and Justice Nathan L. Jacobs Scholar at Rutgers University School of Law. Previously, he served as an assistant professor at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and a visiting faculty member at Chicago-Kent College.  Prior to his academic career, Mark served as associate counsel for the office of Independent Counsel in the Iran-Contra affair. Through this role, he assisted in developing a case against a former high-ranking official of the CIA, leading a project on foreign intelligence and national security concerns.

Knake will present “Educating an Entrepreneurial Lawyer.” Knake’s interests are with the law and ethics of lawyering, the legal profession, constitutional law, gender, and law in literature and culture, topics that she speaks on nationally and internationally. She is co-founder and co-director of the MSU 21st Century Law Practice Summer Program in London. This program is in response to the pressures that legal education and law practice face by preparing students to think broadly about future delivery of legal representation, exposing them to different delivery models, experience and a comprehensive understanding of the market for legal services. Prior to her academic career, Knake worked at Mayer, Brown (Ill.) and Hunton & Williams (Virginia) where she specialized in commercial litigation, telecommunications and labor/employment law. Knake previously served as the assistant city attorney for Charlottesville, Va.

Reis will present “Legal Education: A Perspective.” He focuses his current research on law and technology, with an emphasis on the impact of technology on economic, legal and social structures. Reis is the former director of the University at Buffalo Law School’s Government Law Program, expanding it to include municipal law, state and local government and taxation, education law, environmental law, and law and technology. Reis is the former director of the New York State Sea Grant Law Program and participated as an administrative hearing officer for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and as an alternative dispute resolution officer in technology-based controversies.

Organ will present “Legal Education and the Legal Profession: Convergence or Divergence?” Organ began his career clerking for Justice William G. Callow of the Wisconsin Supreme Court and later entered private practice. He began his academic career with the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, where he earned the Gold Chalk Award. At the University of St. Thomas School of Law, Organ served as associate dean of academic affairs and received the Mission Award for Professional Preparation and the Dean’s Award for Teaching. He currently is the associate director of the Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions.

Attendees will receive five hours of continuing legal education credit pending approval by the Ohio Supreme Court Commission on Legal Education.

To register, contact the Law Review office at 419-772-2248 or The deadline to register is March 21.

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