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Student Scholars Series


The Columbus School of Law Student Scholars Series was instituted by Professor A.G. Harmon in the 2008-2009 academic year to recognize notable legal scholarship produced by members of the student body and to foster the skills associated with presenting and defending that scholarship in a professional conference-style setting.

"Prosecutorial Indiscretion: District Attorneys' Misuse of Alabama's Chemical Endangerment Law to Criminalize Pregnant Women's Substance Abuse"

In most states, a pregnant woman who ingests chemicals or drugs that may harm her baby would be referred to a clinic or counseling center. In Alabama, they are subject to criminal prosecution, a reality that Catholic University law student Amy Kokot (Class of 2014) says amounts to a willful misapplication of the law.

"Subjected to Torture: Chevron and the Limitations on Judicial Review of Final Executive Orders for International Extradition"

How far may federal judges go in second-guessing an extradition decision made by the Secretary of State? The question lay at the heart of a presentation given by Elyssa Lacson (Class of 2013.)


 "Enhancing Disclosure and Corporate Responsibility Following Citizens United"

Student Roger Abbott turned his powers of analysis upon the Supreme Court’s controversial 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission as the leadoff 2013 presenter in the law school’s Student Scholar Series.