Monday, February 13, 2017

What's Happening this Week?

Around Capital:

Today: be sure to stop by room A122 from 11:45-1:00 or 4:00-5:30 to hear a presentation from Ameribar Bar Review! This "Eat and Learn" meeting will allow you to ask questions about Ameribar as an option for a bar review course. The Executive Director, Alexander Nakis will be on campus speaking with students, providing lunch/dinner, and handing out free study materials for the MPRE! Check it out! 
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Tuesday February 14th treat yo' self to some valentine's goodies baked up by the Women's Law Association! They will be set up outside the commons during lunch and dinner, so be sure to stop by! 

Around Columbus:

Celebrate Valentine's day with friends and loved ones with a carriage ride around Easton Town Center from 6:00-10:00 for $10! Check out the gorgeous lights and a darling Horse's rump while traveling Disney princess style. 

Image result for camelot cellarsKick off the weekend with TGIF Friday Night Wine Tasting at Camelot Cellars for just $10! Camelot Cellars will choose 10 wines each week from over 60 handcrafted wines for you to try. Stop by from 5:30-7:30 PM. 

Stonewall Columbus has put together an LGBTQ Hiking Club. Join them each Saturday morning at a different local park. This Saturday you can meet them at Scioto Audobon off Whittier Street at Noon. Get some fresh air and meet some new people! 

Monday, February 6, 2017

This week at Capital

As always, there are a lot of great things happening around the law school this week. Be sure to check some of them out!

FYLaw - Family and Youth Law CenterOn Wednesday, February 8th The Family and Youth Law Center in conjunction with the Capital University Law Review will host the 13th annual Wells Conference on Adoption Law. This event is free to students and runs from 2:00-4:15 PM in the annex with a reception to follow. There will be many prominent family and adoption law scholars speaking on The Americans with Disabilities Act: Legal and Practical Applications in Child Protection Proceedings. They Keynote speaker is Joshua B. Kay, J.D., PhD, from the University of Michigan Law School.  This is a fantastic way to learn about a new area of law and meet some local practicing attorneys and scholars! 

The Women's Law Association will be tabling in front of the commons all week to sell raffle tickets! Enter to win a variety of goodies including (but not limited to) gift cards to the Hills Market, Blind Lady Tavern, Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream, Cafe Brioso, or a staples gift basket! Tickets are $1.00 for 1 ticket or $2.00 for 3 tickets. Catch them from 12-1 PM and 5-6 PM all week.

The Children and Family Law Advocates will also be tabling and selling a lot of delicious baked goods this week! They will be outside of the commons on February 7th-9th with all of the treats you need to make it through the week. 

Monday, January 30, 2017

What's Happening This Week?

Now that everyone is back in the groove this semester, there are a lot of exciting things happening at Cap Law and in Columbus! 

What's Happening at Capital?

Have you heard about Veterans' Court? If not, join the Criminal Law Association and the Military Law Society in welcoming Judge Ted Barrows for a discussion about Veterans' Court on Tuesday, January 31st at Noon and Wednesday, February 1st at 5:00 PM in Room 229! Enjoy some Pizza Rustica and learn more about veteran diversion programs and how you can get involved! 

Image result for stonewall columbusMark your calendars for LGBTQ 101 by Stonewall Columbus on Wednesday, February 1st at 5:00 PM in room A122. The Capital Equality Alliance and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion are sponsoring this event to give everyone an opportunity to learn more about LGBTQ issues in our current culture, history, terminology, and how to be an effective ally. If this doesn't already sound like an amazing way to spend a Wednesday night... dinner will be provided! 

Check out Business & Beers at High Beck Tavern on Friday, February 3rd starting at 5:30 PM. The Capital Law School Criminal Law Association and the Student Bar Association have partnered to bring you a networking bar review! There will be pizza, there will be beer, and there will be opportunities to get to know criminal defense attorneys in the area. What could be better?!

What's Happening in Columbus?

If you are looking for a little something different, try networking with the Columbus Young Professionals Club (YP)! Tuesday January 21st join the YP for an after work mixer at CoverMyMeds at the Miranova building from 5:30-7:30. There is a $5 cover price, but did I mention heavy hours d'oeuvres, complimentary beer and wine, and a chance to meet other young professionals in the Columbus Market?! Check out there event website for more details and go get out there! (
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How about taking a walk on the creative side and heading to Clay & Coffee on Saturday from 1:30-3:30 PM at Clayspace on South Front Street. For $40 you and your friends will get access to clay, tools, instructions from people way more artistic than me, and COFFEE! Instead of blowing all your money at the bar one weekend, make your parents something pretty to say thanks! 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016's almost time for FINALS!

Exam Study Time

Reading period officially begins on Thursday 12/1 before Finals.
Finals begin for upper class students on 12/3 and first year students on 12/5.

Capital Law provides a few resources to help everyone out during finals week.
Crash Carts will have usual snacks, ear plugs, and aspirin available daily on the 2nd floor.
Breakfast for Dinner will be in the Commons on 12/1 @ 5:30 PM
Bark and Bolt will be at the Capital Street Lobby @ 4:00 PM

Make sure you update your software and download your exams. 
Additionally...ExamSoft registration will soon be closing for the Fall 2016 semester on 12/2/2016.  If you wish to type your exam, instead of write by hand, visit for more information. Exams need to be downloaded at least an hour before the exam.  But don't wait until the last minute.

A few basic tips to remember..
Read the instructions, in full
Don't just start writing
Think about your answer and organize your thoughts
Outline your answer or make notes before you begin to write (remember, listing facts is not the same as analyzing them)
Don't write in conclusions, walk the answer through the analysis
Beware of the time, but don't watch the clock, you don't want to get to the last long essay with only 15 minutes left to answer
If you feel bogged down, talk to another student, faculty, or staff member.  Everyone here wants everyone to do well, and will take the time to help you. 

And Remember....


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The Turkey Pardon - Presidents saving Birds since at least 1987...What a FOWL tradition!

Did you know that since at least 1987, there has been at least one turkey pardoned each year?  Sometimes, there has been more than one bird pardoned.  They go on to live on ranches, hang out and are grand marshals of Disney parades, living the relaxed live at Mount Vernon and more!

Ronald Reagan has been credited with the first 'official' pardon.  That turkey, Charlie, was sent to a petting zoo.  In 1989, George H.W. Bush created the annual tradition of pardoning a turkey, and it has been a permanent part of presidential history ever since.  There have been other turkey's lives spared prior to 1987.  John F. Kennedy spared a bird just days before his assassination, and Nixon even spared a feather or two while president.

Happy Thanksgiving!

This years lucky ducks, well turkeys, are Tatar and Tot!

There's even a movie made about a presidential-pardoned turkey!

An who can forget this classic song...

A Brief Timeline of how Thanksgiving came to be...

1621 - The Pilgrims celebrated the first corn harvest with a celebratory feast
1623 - The Pilgrims held a feast to celebrate the end of a long drought
1789 - George Washington made the first Thanksgiving Proclamation celebrating the end of the War for Independence
1817 - A few states, including New York, began celebrating their own Thanksgiving Holiday
1827 - Sarah Joseph Hale, author of Mary Had a Little Lamb, began a campaign to establish Thanksgiving as a National Holiday
1863 - Abraham Lincoln granted Mrs. Hale's request, and Thanksgiving was celebrated on the last Thursday in November
1939 - FDR moved the Holiday up a week, to help with retail sales during the Great Depression (but people didn't like it!)
1941 - FDR signed a bill marking the 4th Thursday in November as Thanksgiving

Thank you Mrs. Hale and President Roosevelt for our 2 days off each year!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Labor and Employment Law Association is Awesome! Check it Out!

This is the last weekly organization blog update for the year folks! If you are like me, you will be crawling across that finish line in a few weeks and ready to gorge on holiday treats and Netflix. In the meantime, I have one more exciting Cap Law student org to tell you about. The Labor and Employment Law Association ("LELA") is another unique and awesome organization open to all interested students. Their mission is to provide a forum for students to keep up to date and learn more about labor and employment law as well as encourage involvement in this field. LELA provides and facilitates networking opportunities with practicing attorneys and professionals in this field both in and outside of the school.

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LELA members are extremely passionate about this area of law and the organization. Co-President Lauren Larrick says she loves this organization because "[t]here are so many different avenues of practice within the umbrella of labor and employment law, and this organization provides a great way to learn about these different areas while you are a student." She says getting involved as a student is one of the best ways to expand your network and ensure securing a job after graduation. LELA and other similar orgs can help students determine what areas of law they are interested in while they are still trying to figure out what they want to do!

In case you missed it, this semester LELA brought you:

  • "Women in the Legal Profession," which was a panel of successful female attorneys discussing life, law, professionalism, and how to be successful! This event was hosted in conjunction with the Women's Law Association during diversity week.
  • A labor and employment law CLE at Capital on November 9th. The CLE featured presentations on:
    • new medical marijuana laws and how they impact employer drug testing and drug-free workplace policies,
    • the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Family Medical Leave Act,
    • ethics and professional development in labor and employment law,  
    • National Labor Relations Board updates and hot button issues,
    • the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and recent developments following the Young v. UPS case, and
    • labor union representation issues. 
If you didn't get to catch any of these awesome events, don't worry! Watch your e-mail next semester. LELA will be hosting a networking event for students and practicing attorneys in the labor and employment law field. LELA is always looking to provide further education for students and attorneys on developments in this area of law while ensuring students have ample opportunities to meet like minded attorneys and learn more about labor and employment law practice. 

If you have any questions about LELA or would like more information on their meetings and events, please contact Lauren Larrick at or Alysha Clark at 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Capital University Law School Offers Practical Experiences

If you are looking for practical experience in the field of law, there are many opportunities around the law school.  Learning isn't always done in a classroom.  Check out the variety of ways you can earn credit towards graduation, while getting real-world experience.

Capital University Law School’s expansive externship program offers varied opportunities for CapLaw students to earn academic credit for experience in the legal field. These site experiences with courts, government agencies, non-profits and in-house counsel offer practical experience helping attorneys perform real legal work. Alumni often serve as site supervisors and mentors for the externs. 

General Litigation Clinic
Capital University Law School’s Legal Clinic provides no-cost legal services to a variety of individuals who would otherwise be unable to afford legal representation. The Clinic also provides students with the opportunity to develop and enhance their client counseling skills and professional ethics by representing indigent clients under the careful supervision of law professors and staff attorneys. In addition to providing a valuable service to the community, students experience directly the excitement of legal practice. There is no more exhilarating feeling than standing up in court before a judge to advocate for your client. The comprehensive nature of the clinic immerses each student in the human drama inherent in actual client representation.

Mediation Clinic
Mediation clinic is a clinical experience for students who have completed the Mediation class. Students will mediate disputes in a variety of settings including Small Claims Court and the Municipal Court. Additionally, students will mediate disputes referred directly to the clinic. Students must have completed the first year evening courses and Mediation before enrolling in this 3 credit-hour clinic. In addition to some classroom work involving general skills training in the techniques needed to conduct a mediation, students will spend a majority of the time conducting actual meditations at the Franklin County Municipal Court and the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Domestic Relations Division, Juvenile Branch.

Moot Court
The Moot Court Program at Capital University Law School is the student-run appellate advocacy honors society. Members of the Moot Court Program receive the practical experience of drafting appellate briefs and developing strong oral advocacy skills, intellectual flexibility, the ability to function well under pressure, and the self-confidence necessary to be successful advocates. Competitors, also known as “Mooters”, travel all over the United States to compete in regional and national competitions. Additionally, members of the Moot Court Program are eligible for two credit hours in the semester in which their competition takes place. 

Volunteer Income Tax Association (V.I.T.A.)
VITA is sponsored by the ABA and the IRS. As a VITA volunteer, you will gain practical training in taxation and an opportunity to develop client counseling skills. At the same time, you will be serving the community. Understanding tax matters may be helpful in a number of areas of the law; consequently, we all stand to benefit. VITA provides free income tax service (preparation of tax returns) during the tax season for the economically challenged, handicapped and the elderly. VITA serves the community, fosters good will and a community presence, provides practical experience (and training) in taxation for student volunteers to develop "client counseling skills," and fosters an active campus relationship with the ABA.

Pro Bono Recognition Program
Capital University Law School's Pro Bono Recognition Program helps students connect with volunteer opportunities at courts, non-profits, and government offices. Those who contribute 50 or more hours to approved projects during the course of their law school career are recognized with Pro Bono Legal Honors. Students participating in the pro bono program gain valuable practical experience in the legal field and network with judges and attorneys while starting on the path to a career-long commitment to giving back. 

The Family and Youth Law Center at Capital University Law School (FYLaw) works within child welfare, adoption, and juvenile justice systems to support positive outcomes for children, youth, and families.  Established in 1998 as the National Center for Adoption Law & Policy, FYLaw  partners with local, state, and national agencies and organizations in collaborations aimed at improving the laws, policies, and practices associated with child protection, adoption, and juvenile justice systems. 

Mock Trial is a student organization where students develop and apply the principles of trial advocacy during a simulated trial that is based on fictitious facts and evidence. The Mock Trial team learns how to conduct a trial from start to finish. Students are taught how to think and act like a trial lawyer. They plan, draft and present opening statements, direct examinations, cross-examinations and closing arguments. Mock Trial also teaches students how to object to evidence properly, how to handle objections raised against them, as well as how to handle various courtroom procedures like entering evidence or impeaching witnesses. These experiences are unlike anything that can be taught in a classroom because students learn to deal with the unexpected, just like they will have to do in practice.