Friday, May 28, 2010

Supreme Court Lecture Featured Book About Priest’s Murder in 1921

During the Supreme Court of Ohio’s third Forum on the Law lecture on April 27, an Ohio State University law professor told of how her family’s history and the U.S. history of laws banning interracial marriage led her to write a remarkable book about a 1921 revenge killing of a priest and the resulting trial in Birmingham, Ala.

Sharon Davies, the John C. Elam/Vorys Sater Distinguished Professor of Law at the Moritz College of Law, discussed her book “Rising Road: A True Tale of Love, Race and Religion in America” before a crowd of 200 people in the Supreme Court courtroom.

Davies explained that she came to write the book after becoming interested in U.S. laws banning interracial marriage and procreation in part because of her own personal story of being the daughter of parents who were forced to travel to New York to be married because their union was still illegal in South Carolina.

“It was not until I was 7 years old that these laws were ruled unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court,” she said. “We were considered the evidence of a crime.”

In the book, Davies recounts how Methodist minister Edwin Stephenson murdered Fr. James Coyle on the front porch of the Catholic rectory in August 1921, shortly after learning Coyle performed the marriage ceremony between Stephenson’s 18-year-old daughter and a Puerto Rican.

Here's the video from the event.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Indian Hill fourth-graders learn about judicial branch

What a joy it was to join six Cincinnati Indian Hill elementary fourth-grade students for a conversation on Skype.

Ari, Cameron, Gracey, Maddie, Tennyson and Tommy asked some good questions about the judicial branch and what it’s like to be a Supreme Court Justice. At the direction of teacher Mark Richardson, the six students were part of a special Social Studies project to learn about the three branches of government. As part of that project, they contacted offices within each branch to arrange personal interviews.

I am sure glad they did.

I thought other students and other teachers might learn from the great questions these students had so, here’s the video:

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Law Day Ceremony Honors 'The Chief'

We bid a final farewell on Saturday to a man whose legacy will endure in the Ohio judicial system for generations to come.

In a Law Day memorial tribute at The Ohio State University, more than 700 gathered to remember the remarkable life of Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer who died in office on April 2 just two weeks shy of his 71st birthday and 24 years as the Chief.

Here's a tribute to the Chief.

Here's the complete video of the event.