Justice and Legal Change on the Shores of Lake Erie explores the many ways that the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio has affected the region, the nation, the development of American law, and American politics. The essays in this book, written by eminent law professors, historians, political scientists, and practicing attorneys, illustrate the range of cases and issues that have come before the court. Since the court's inception in 1855, judges have influenced economic developments and social issues, beginning with the court's most famous early case, involving the rescue of the fugitive slave John Price by residents of Northern Ohio. Chapters focusing on labor strikes, free speech, women's rights, the environment, the death penalty, and immigration illustrate the impact this court and its judges have had in the development of society and the nation's law. Some of the cases here deal with local issues with huge national implications --like political corruption, school desegregation, or pollution on the Cuyahoga River. But others are about major national issues that grew out of incidents, such as the prosecution of Eugene V. Debs for opposing World War I, the litigation resulting from the Kent State shootings and opposition to the Vietnam War, and the immigration status of the alleged Nazi war criminal John Demyanjuk. This timely history confirms the significant role played by district courts in the history of the United States. Contributors: Roberta Sue Alexander, Martin H. Belsky, Melvyn Dubofsky, Paul Finkelman, Alison K. Guernsey, Thomas R. Hensley, Keith H. Hirokawa, Nancy E. Marion, Dan Aaron Polster, Renee C. Redman, Elizabeth Reilly, Richard B. Saphire, Tracy A. Thomas, Melvin i. Urofsky
Justice and legal change on the shores of Lake Erie
a history of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
Athens, Ohio : Ohio University Press, c2012.
xii, 374 p. :,ill., ports., map ;,24 cm.
The Willson era : the inception of the Northern District of Ohio, 1855/67 / Roberta Sue Alexander
A political show trial in the Northern District : the Oberlin-Wellington fugitive slave rescue case / Paul Finkelman
The impact of the Northern District of Ohio on industrialization and labor : liability law and labor injunctions in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, 1870-1932 / Melvyn Dubofsky
The trial of Eugene V. Debs, 1918 / Melvin I. Urofsky
Bringing Brown to Cleveland / Richard B. Saphire
The struggle for gender equality in the Northern District of Ohio / Tracy A. Thomas
Religion in the public sector / Martin H. Belsky
From Euclid to the development of federal environmental law : the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and the regulation of physical space / Keith H. Hirokawa
Preserving trust in government : public corruption and the court / Nancy E. Marion
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and the May 4, 1970, shooting at Kent State University / Thomas R. Hensley
When law and conscience conflict : the draft nonregistration case of United States v. Mark Arden Schmucker / Elizabeth Reilly
The trials of John Demjanjuk / Renee C. Redman
Capital litigation in the Northern District / Alison K. Guernsey.
Statement of Responsibility:
edited by Paul Finkelman and Roberta Sue Alexander ; foreword by Solomon Oliver, Jr
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
District courts Ohio History.
United States. District Court (Ohio : Northern District) History.