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Ohio Northern Hosts ‘Disparity in Sentencing’ for Diversity Forum

Jan 22, 2008

The Black Law Students Association at Ohio Northern University will host the ninth annual Diversity Forum on Feb. 7 at 11 a.m. in the College of Law's Moot Court Room.

The forum's topic will be "Disparity in Sentencing in the Criminal Justice System" and will include speakers with backgrounds in law, criminal justice and political science.

Bryan H. Ward, J.D., Ph.D., director of clinical programs and associate professor of law at Ohio Northern University, will discuss the issue from the legal perspective. Dr. Ward received his bachelor's degree from ONU in 1983, his law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his Ph.D. in political science from The Ohio State University.

Matthew Robinson, Ph.D., associate professor of criminal justice and criminology at Appalachian State University, Boone, N.C., will speak from the criminal justice perspective. He is the author of eight books on criminal justice, civil liberties, injustice in the justice system, the war on drugs and the death penalty. He is a former president of the Southern Criminal Justice Association.

Irfan Nooruddin, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science at The Ohio State University, is the third speaker. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan and has teaching and research interests in comparative politics, political economy of development and political parties, with a focus on South Asia.

The forum is free and open to the public.