IMPORTANT: 2012 Akron Law Review Write-On Competition

Students wishing to compete in the Law Review’s Write-On Competition,

The 2012 Write-On Competition will begin Monday, 7/9/2012, at 8 AM.  Instructions for the Write-On Competition and a hypothetical will be available for you to pick up at that time on TWEN.  You will have until Monday, 7/23/2012, at 8 AM to submit your response.  Late submissions will not be graded or considered for a position on the Law Review. 

To participate in the Write-On Competition, you will need to have extended yourWestlaw password for the summer session in order to have TWEN access.  To access the Write-On Competition course, you will need only to add a course to your TWEN page the same way in which you do for your regular classes.  This course is not yet activated for registration but will be available for you to join by the time the Write-On begins.  If you have not extended your Westlaw password for the summer and if doing so is no longer possible, please email me at, and I can coordinate a way to email the instructions and the hypothetical to you on the day the Write-On Competition begins. 

Please remember that the Write-On Competition is open only to those law students who have attained at least a 2.6 cumulative grade point average and have completed at least the first-year program as defined by the administration of the School of Law.  According to the Akron Law Review’s Bylaws, summer grades will not be considered in determining whether a student has met the minimum 2.6 GPA requirement for students who completed their first-year program prior to the summer of 2012. 

Students wishing to join the Law Review who rank in the top fifteen (15) percent of their class after completing the first-year program will be automatically invited to join the law review.  As such, those students ranking in the top fifteen percent of their class are not required to compete in the Write-On Competition in order to receive an invitation.

Note Regarding Part Time Students Completing Their First-Year Program this Summer: There will be a second write-on competition in August for only those part-time students who complete their first-year program during the summer who are not yet eligible to compete in the first competition.  More information regarding this competition will be sent out in August.

If you have any questions regarding the Write-On Competition, please email me at

Thank you,

Ryan Doringo

Executive Editor, 2012-13 Akron Law Review

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Announcement from Tiffany Porter – Editor-in-Chief, 2012-13 Akron Law Review

I am pleased to announce that the following student notes/comments have been selected for publication in the 2012-2013 Akron Law Review.  These articles were selected from a very competitive group of student articles by last year’s Editorial Board.  These students worked hard to produce timely and well-written articles, which I am honored to include in next year’s volume of the Akron Law Review.  
Ryan Doringo – “Revival:  Toward a Formal Neutrality Approach to Economic Development Transfers to Religious Institutions”
Justin Green – “The Consumer-Redistributive Stance: A Perspective on Restoring Balance to Transactions Involving Consumer Standard-Form Contracts”
Jessica Knopp – “The Unconstitutionality of Ohio’s House Bill 125: The Heartbeat Bill” 
Aaron Richardson – “Hite v. Falcon Partners: Why delay rental payment alone under an oil and gas lease should never extend the lease beyond the primary term”
Brendan Sorg – “Is Meaningful Peer Review Headed Back to Florida?”

Tiffany L. Porter
University of Akron School of Law
Editor-in-Chief, 2012-13 Akron Law Review
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Robert P. Merges to visit School of Law on October 11, 2011

“Justifying Intellectual Property” is the title of a new book by Prof. Robert P. Merges, of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.  Prof. Merges will discuss his new book during a luncheon address at the law school on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 12:30 in Room 152.  All students and faculty are invited to attend. 

In his book, Prof. Merges responds to those who argue that intellectual property rights are inefficient, unfair and theoretically incoherent.  Drawing on the works of Locke, Kent, and other philosophers, Prof. Merges crafts an original theory to explain why IP rights make sense as a reward for effort and as a way to encourage individuals to strive.  

Prof. Merges holds the Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Professor of Law chair at Berkeley and is the co-founder of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology.

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