New Summer Intersession Course – Contemporary Homeland Security Law and Policy

Contemporary Homeland Security Law and Policy (Professor Stransky) – (33791) 9200:684-482

1 credit – 6:40-9:40, MWF, August 3,5,7, and MW, August 10,12.

The federal government is constantly advancing new homeland security and counterterrorism strategies and policies in order to address evolving threats to U.S. national security.  This course provides students with an understanding of the current homeland security framework, and the legal implications therein.  The course begins by outlining the national security decision-making process facilitated by the National Security Council (NSC), and continues by describing and analyzing contemporary homeland security and counterterrorism efforts, including the terrorist watchlist and the “no-fly” list, foreign and domestic intelligence activities, and certain federal-state partnership programs, such as Fusion Centers and Joint-Terrorism Task Forces. The course grade is based on a take home exam due the Monday after the end of the class.

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Oldham IP Annual Lecture on April 1, 2015

The Albert and Vern Oldham Intellectual Property Law Lecture Series

Featuring: Dr. Paul Heald
Professor of Law,University of Illinois

“The Valuation of Unprotected Works:
A Case Study of Public Domain Photographs on Wikipedia”

April 1, 2015 at 12:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public
Room 152, The University of Akron School of Law
150 University Ave., Akron, Ohio

Register online

About the program:

What is the value of works in the public domain?  We study the biographical Wikipedia pages of a large data set of authors, composers, and lyricists to determine whether the public domain status of available images leads to a higher rate of inclusion of illustrated supplementary material and whether such inclusion increases visitorship to individual pages. We attempt to objectively place a value on the body of public domain photographs and illustrations which are used in this global resource. We find that the most historically remote subjects are more likely to have images on their web pages because their biographical life-spans pre-date the existence of in-copyright imagery.  We find that the large majority of photos and illustrations used on subject pages were obtained from the public domain, and we estimate their value in terms of costs saved to Wikipedia page builders and in terms of increased traffic corresponding to the inclusion of an image.  Then, extrapolating from the characteristics of a random sample of a further 300 Wikipedia pages, we estimate a total value of public domain photographs on Wikipedia of between $246 to $270 million dollars per year.

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Applications to take the July 2015 Ohio Bar are DUE

If you are planning to take the Ohio Bar, your application to take the Bar Exam for July 2015 must be filed with the Ohio Supreme Court Bar Admissions Office BY April 1, 2015.  The Application may be found here.

All Character Certificates have been prepared.  If you have not already done so, please pick yours up immediately at the Reception Desk of the Law Dean’s office between 8:00 am – 6:30 pm (Monday – Thursday) and 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Friday).  Your photo ID is required for pick up.

Final Certificates will be prepared and mailed to the Supreme Court of Ohio Bar Admissions Office the week following your graduation.  On that certificate we will indicate whether or not you have taken the Substance Abuse Lecture.

Please email Asst. Dean Ivy Banks at with any questions.

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Exam Accommodations

Students if you have registered with the Office of Accessibility to receive accommodations during the Spring 2015 semester and intend to use your approved accommodations during exams, you need to complete the Exam Accommodation Request Form located at: and return it to Misty Franklin at by April 10, 2015.  This form must be received in order to make the necessary arrangements for exams.

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Help Professor Huhn celebrate his retirement!

On May 31st, 2015, Professor Huhn will retire after 31 years of teaching.  He is “stepping into retirement” by walking 25 miles through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park April 18-19 and will end his walk here at the law school the morning of April 20th – just in time to teach his last Con Law class.  Professor Huhn has pledged to donate $20 per mile he walks to the new Student Emergency Fund – the Class of 2015’s class gift.

In honor of Professor Huhn’s legacy and his dedication to public service and to encourage others to follow his example, Students Embracing a Legacy, a grassroots organization is developing a fundraiser designed around Professor Huhn’s walk.  They will be launching a crowd funding campaign on Start Some Good on April 1st (

Donors will have the option of choosing whether they would like their funds to support the Student Emergency Fund or the Public Administration and Urban Studies Student Association Student Support Fund.  Information regarding both funds will be available on the Start Some Good site and the group’s Facebook page at

Please visit their Facebook page to discover how to join Professor Huhn on the walk and to support the students in the Public Administration and Urban Affairs college and the Student Emergency Fund.

You can also follow them on Twitter at


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