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Supreme Court cases topic of program at Ohio University Zanesville


Ohio University Zanesville, in collaboration with the Center for Law, Justice and Culture at Ohio University, will host R. Marc Kantrowitz, former Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court. The program entitled, “Supreme Court Cases That Have Not Withstood the Test of Time,” is part of the University’s Constitution Day celebration. 

Some United States Supreme Court rulings, with the passage of time, make people shake their heads and ask, ‘What were they thinking?’ Kantrowitz will discuss cases involving slavery, interracial marriage, segregation, labor conditions, sex and sexuality. Through this review, the audience will capture a glimpse of what happens when the Supreme Court gets it wrong. 

Kantrowitz earned his bachelor’s degree in history and his master’s in political science from Ohio University. As an interdisciplinary scholar of law, history and political science, Kantrowitz brings a multitude of talents to share with the faculty, staff and students at Ohio University as an Ohio University Glidden Visiting Professor for Fall Semester 2015. Justice Kantrowitz is teaching “Famous Trials in American History,” based on his recent book, “Old Whiskey and Young Women: American True Crime: Tales of Murder, Sex, and Scandal.”

During his tenure as Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court, which ended in August, Kantrowitz wrote nearly 1,000 opinions. Prior to serving as associate justice, he served as an assistant district attorney, a private attorney and a juvenile court judge. He tried scores of cases and represented two dozen defendants charged with first-degree murder. He has also authored various law books on a variety of subjects and is an adjunct professor of law at Northeastern University. 

“Supreme Court Cases That Have Not Withstood the Test of Time” will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 6 p.m. in the Elson Hall Auditorium. In addition to Justice Kantrowitz’s presentation, Dr. Larry Hayman, pre-law specialist at Ohio University’s Center for Law, Justice and Culture, will be on campus from 4 to 5:30 p.m. to speak with those interested in learning more about the Center for Law, Justice and Culture, studying law from a liberal arts perspective, the certificate in Law, Justice and Culture, and providing advice to those interested in attending law school. He will be in the Elson Hall Atrium, just outside the Auditorium.