Miami University Ohio Innocence Project

The Ohio Innocence Project-ungraduate (OIP-u) is the undergraduate branch of the Ohio Innocence Project. It currently extends to 7 undergraduate institutions including Ohio State, Xavier, University of Cincinnati and a few others. The goal is to raise awareness about the Innocence Project and the prevalence of wrongful convictions. OIP-u works closely with the Innocence Project to raise money for the non-profit organization. Their goal is gain a better understanding of how the legal system works and the impact it has on those who are sentenced to prison for a crime they did not commit. Ohio has currently exonerated 25 people and are working on new cases every day. OIP-u is here to spread the word and make sure that justice is served. 

On February 22nd Ohio exoneree Dean Gillispie is coming to speak at Miami. It will be at 6:30 in Kreger 319. Dean was wrongfully convicted of rape, kidnapping and aggravated robbery. He served 20 years in prison and was finally exonerated in 2011. His story, like so many others, needs to be heard in order to understand the weight of what it is we are fighting against. OIP-u would like to invite you to come here his story and if you are moved what he says, to come join their cause. 


CLEO Update

The Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc. (CLEO) has some exciting programs for pre-law students coming up! The programs are:

Pre-Law Summer Institute (PLSI) – Our flagship program, the PLSI is an intensive, summer boot camp prior to starting law school.  Students study as if they are in the first year of law school, undertaking substantive courses as well as research and writing courses.  This year the Pre-Law Summer Institute will be held at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, June 10 – July 7.  There is a mandatory online course from May 24 – June 8. Students should visit the following link to register for the 2018 Pre-Law Summer Institute:
CLEO Legally Inspired Cohort (CLIC) is CLEO’s latest program to help diverse students gain access to the legal profession. A highly competitive program, only 20 students will be chosen to start law school in the fall of 2018 at one of four partner law schools.  Each group of five CLIC Scholars will:

  • Attend the CLEO Pre-Law Summer Institute
  • Enroll in one of the partner law schools as a CLIC Scholar
  • Work together throughout law school
  • Receive financial, academic and professional development support

For more information and to register, please visit:

An alternative to the Pre-Law Summer Institute is 1L Prep – Attitude Is Essential (AIE). Students must be prepared before the first day of classes to earn grades that will bolster their class ranking and that will impress potential employers. For less than the cost of a law school textbook ($100), students can give their legal education and legal career a boost. AIE will be held in five locations around the country. Students can find out more at this link:

Meet the 2018 Amicus Curiae Exec Team!

Congrats to the newly elected 2018 Amicus Curiae Exec team!

President: Lindsey McCready

Lindsey is a junior Political Science and Psychology double major from Springfield, OH. In the future, she hopes to go into Title IX education law.

Vice President of Communications: Hana Hall and Samantha Brunn

Hana is a junior majoring in political science and minoring in business legal studies and history from Columbus, Ohio. She’s interested in civil rights law and health law.

Samantha is a sophomore Journalism and Political Science double major with a Spanish minor from Wooster, Ohio. She’s interested in both immigration and international law.

Vice President of Programming: Charlie Powers and Makenzie Mercer

Charlie is a junior Political Science major from Mentor, OH. After law school he is interested in criminal law and litigation.

Makenzie is a sophomore Political Science and Social Justice Studies double major from Cincinnati, Ohio. After law school, she plans to be a public defender or a civil rights attorney. 

Vice President of Pre Law Relations: Ellen Florek

Ellen is a junior Political Science major with minors in Special Education and Social Justice Studies. She’s from Brunswick, OH and hopes to go into special education law or policy in the future.

Secretary: Ali Muffenbier

Ali is a junior from Chanhassen, Minnesota studying psychology with minors in business legal studies and entrepreneurship. She is currently leaning towards practicing law in a business setting or environmental law, and hopes to ultimately be a law school professor.

Treasurer: Kennedy Jackson

Kennedy is a sophomore Finance major from Dublin, OH. In the future she would like to pursue corporate law.

Social Chair: Chloe Shortz

Chloe Shortz is a sophomore psychology major with a history minor from Rochester, New York. Currently she is interested in practicing family law.

Service Chair: Sam Gutierrez

Sam is a sophomore from Chicago, IL majoring in Political Science. Following graduation, he plans to go to law school and work in some form of land use or development law.

2018 Copyright Conference

Registration for Miami University Libraries’ annual Copyright Conference is right around the corner! Each year the topic is different, and 2018’s focus will be on music copyright law. This 2-day event invites librarians, educators, students, administrators, and legal counsel from higher education institutions in Ohio and surrounding states to discuss various topics in music copyright law. Click the link below for more information:

Careers in Government Panel



Are you interested in a career in government? Come check out this panel from the Career Exploration Series! Link and information below:

Careers in Government Panel
Tues., February 13
Location: ASC 2080

ALL MAJORS are invited to connect with Miami alumni across various industries for insight into what employers value in prospective interns and employees.


Kate Millen, Legislative Fellow, Ohio House of Representatives
Oliver Kroner, Sustainability Coordinator, City of Cincinnati
Katherine Keough-Jurs, Director, Department of City Planning, City of Cincinnati
Michael Forrester, Energy Manager, Office of Environment and Sustainability
Karen Ryan, Senior Director of Government and Community Affairs, Convergys…/expl…/explore-government.html

Wisconsin Statewide Pre-Law Diversity Day

Marquette University Law School and University of Wisconsin Law School are inviting Miami University pre law students to attend the Sixth Annual Wisconsin Statewide Pre-Law Diversity Day!

This free event will be held on Friday, February 23, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

This will be a busy and exciting day full of activities, including an update on law school admissions in Wisconsin featuring University of Wisconsin and Marquette University Law Schools, a discussion of diversity in the legal profession, and breakout workshops for students and advisors. Lunch will be provided. Afterwards, admissions representatives from law schools around the country will be on hand to meet with advisors and students during the Law School Fair.

For information on the Wisconsin Statewide Pre-Law Diversity Day, please visit their website or register online here.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the University of Wisconsin Law School Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at 608-262-5914 or

Indiana University Maurer Law School Diversity in Law Event


The admissions staff at Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law would like to cordially invite Miami University’s pre law students to their annual Diversity Law Day, which will be held on February 17, 2018 at the law school in Bloomington, Indiana.

Diversity Law Day is dedicated to the idea that the legal profession must reflect the expanding diversity of our society. Joining efforts with the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC), we hope that this day will encourage student from underrepresented and underserved communities to discover career opportunities in law. This day is particularly tailored towards high school juniors and seniors, as well college freshman and sophomores.

Diversity Law Day is free to attend, but registration is required for planning purposes. To attend, simply complete the registration form at

Contact Kendra Abercrombie at or 812-855-2704 if you have any questions.