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December 13, 2018

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Appeals Court at ONU Jan. 9

The Ohio 3rd District Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in two cases at Ohio Northern University’s Pettit College of Law at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 9 at the Law College.


The event is free and open to the public. However, seating is limited.


The oral arguments will be held before a three-judge panel consisting of Judges Stephen R. Shaw, Vernon L. Preston, John R. Willamowski or William R. Zimmerman. Shaw, Willamowski and Zimmerman are Ohio Northern University law alumni. 


The first case, Criminal, The State of Ohio vs. Nathan S. Brown (Hancock County), is an appeal involving a conviction and sentence of involuntary manslaughter and corrupting another with drugs. The second case, Civil, Cintas Corporation vs. Findlay Chrysler Dodge, Jeep, Ram Inc., (Hancock County) is an appeal involving a breach of contract, specifically under the liquidated damages clause.


At the conclusion of the cases, the appellate judges will take questions from the audience. 

The appellate court’s special session at the College of Law is part of an educational outreach program to give students, educators and the public an opportunity to enhance their understanding of the appellate process. The appellate court, based in Lima, Ohio, is comprised of 17 counties and travels among them for special court sessions.