Distinguished University Professor
Heck Faust Memorial Chair in
Ruth Colker is a Distinguished University Professor and the Heck Faust Memorial Chair in Constitutional Law at the Michael E. Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University. She is a nationally recognized expert in constitutional law, disability discrimination, feminist theory and gay rights. She has been a recipient of the University's Distinguished Lecturer Award (2001), Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award (2002) Distinguished Scholar Award (2003), and Distinguished University Professor Award (2009).
The purpose of this website is to provide current information on projects and publications related to Colker's research and advocacy interests.2008 Milani Disability Writing Competition Winners
Congratulations to these outstanding writers!
When is Separate Unequal?: A Disability Perspective (Cambridge University Press) (2009)
The Limits of Formal Equality, 69 Ohio State L. J. 1089 (2009)
Extra Time as an Accommodation, 69 U. Pitt. L. Rev. 413 (2008)
The Mythic 43 Million Americans with Disabilities, 49 William & Mary L. Rev. 1 (2007)
Anti-Subordination Above All: A Disability Perspective, 82 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1415 (2007)
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's Friends, 68 Ohio State L. J. 517 (2007)
The Disability Integration Presumption: Thirty Years Later, 154 U. Penn. L. Rev. 789 (2006)
Marriage Mimicry: The Law of Domestic Violence, 47 William & Mary L. Rev. 1841 (2006)
The Future of Accessible Voting: A Crossroad?, Election Law @ Moritz (April 18, 2006)
Recent Legal Decisions
American Council of the Blind v. Paulson , (D.C. Cir. May 20, 2008)
National Pride at Work v. Governor of Michigan, No. 65870 (Court of Appeals Feb. 1, 2007)
Brinkman v. Miami, No. CV 2005-11-3736 (Butler County Common Pleas, Ohio Nov. 2006) (granting summary judgment to defendant university on standing grounds in case challenging same-sex benefits)
The lower courts are split on the CLS controversy -- whether law schools can force the Christian Legal Society to comply with their nondiscrimination policies as a condition of funding.
Evans v. City of Berkeley, 40 Ca.Rptr.3d 205 (2006) (city permitted to condition continued free use of city marina by volunteer young organization on its compliance with city's sexual orientation nondiscrimination policy)