November 1, 2018 at 10:00 pm

Pre-Law Day | Keynote by Alumnus David Crane, Nov. 8 and 9

OHIO alum David Crane speaks at gradatue commencement after receiving an honorary doctorate degree from Interim President David Descutner. Photo by Ben Siegel

OHIO alum David Crane speaks at graduate commencement after receiving an honorary doctorate degree from Interim President David Descutner. Photo by Ben Siegel.

OHIO Pre-Law Day kicks off with a keynote address by alumnus David Crane on Thursday, Nov. 8, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Baker Theater.

Pre-Law Day is an annual all-day event featuring a series of panels and interactive opportunities with more than a dozen esteemed OHIO alumni. The event offers opportunities for legal professional networking between alumni in legal fields and students interested in legal careers.

Crane is one of the most recognized international criminal lawyers in the world. The Ohio University alumnus earned a bachelor’s degree in History in 1972 and a master’s in African Studies in 1973. He was presented an Honorary Doctorate of Letters Degree at the OHIO  Graduate Commencement in 2017. He earned a Juris Doctor from Syracuse University in 1980.

Over the past decade, Crane taught international criminal law, international humanitarian law, and national security law as a Professor of Practice at Syracuse University College of Law, until his retirement in spring 2018.

From 2002 to 2005, Crane was the founding Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, an international war crimes tribunal, appointed to that position by Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan. Among those he indicted for horrific crimes was Liberian President Charles Taylor, the first sitting African head of state in history to be held accountable in this way.

Recently Crane was appointed by the United Nation Human Rights Council to chair a three-member Commission of Inquiry on the 2018 protests in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. (See “Crane Appointed to UN Commission on 2018 Protests in Occupied Palestinian Territory.”)

The event is sponsored by Center for Law, Justice & Culture and the College of Arts & Sciences.

Pre-Law Panels & Roundtables

Four pre-law panels and roundtables take place on Friday, Nov. 9, in Baker Center. Roundtable discussions will cover a variety of substantive topics in law.



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