MSU College of Law



November 4, 2008


MSU Law Faculty Presented at 2008 CSLSA Annual Conference

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State University College of Law professors Susan Bitensky, Frank Ravitch, and Daniel Barnhizer attended and lectured at the 2008 Central States Law School Association (CSLSA) Annual Conference held at the Southern Illinois University School of Law on October 24-25, 2008.

The CSLSA is a regional organization of law schools dedicated to providing a supportive forum for conversation and collaboration with respect to scholarly activity by law school academics.  Each year, CSLSA hosts an annual meeting and conference to bring legal scholars together to share their works in progress.

Professor Bitensky presented, Whether the Thirteenth Amendment should be read to: 1) empower Congress, under Section 2 of the Amendment, to enact a statute banning all corporal punishment of children as a badge and incident of slavery, and 2) require the judiciary to hold that all corporal punishment of children violates the prohibition on slavery in Section 1 of the Amendment. Professor Ravitch presented, Marketing Creationism: The Law and Intelligent Design, and Professor Barnhizer presented, Myth and The Rule of Law.

Professor Bitensky joined the MSU College of Law faculty in 1988 and teaches Constitutional Law, Evidence, International Human Rights,and Jurisprudence. Professor Ravitch joined the College faculty in 2002 and teaches Constitutional Law, Law and Religion, Professional Responsibility, Torts, and Law and Interpretation. Professor Barnhizer joined the MSU Law faculty in 2001 and teaches American Legal History Seminar, Business Enterprises, and Contracts.

The MSU College of Law was founded in 1891 and is a private institution of higher learning devoted exclusively to professional education in law. The Law College is one of only a few private law schools to be affiliated with a research university, enabling it to provide a comprehensive interdisciplinary legal education program. Classes offered in its state-of-the-art facilities provide students the benefits of a Big Ten campus while maintaining a small school culture. Its 2007 graduates achieved a 93 percent bar examination passage rate nationwide. The Law College is one of the oldest continuously operating independent law colleges in the nation. For more information about the Law College, visit


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