ADA — Ezmarai Osmany, an Ohio Northern University LLM (Master of
Laws) student who also is a former prosecutor in Afghanistan, will have
the opportunity to prosecute in the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office
after receiving special permission from the Ohio Supreme Court.
French, ONU professor of law and director of clinical programs, helped
spearhead the efforts to have Osmany prosecute cases and said that this
is the first time anything like this has been done in the state of Ohio.
Traditionally, students must have completed two years of law school in
order to get a student license, but a petition to the Ohio Supreme Court
granted a license for Osmany.
According to Howard Fenton, director of the
Democratic Governance and Rule of Law LLM program at ONU, this is the
third year that the program has had Afghan lawyers sponsored by the
Public Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan, which is
supported by the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement
of the U.S. Department of State.
“These lawyers are working to
promote the rule of law in the most challenging environment imaginable,
and we are happy to make some small contribution to their efforts
through our LLM program,” Fenton said.
Osmany, who will start Feb.
10, will work under the direction of Allen County Prosecutor Juergen
Waldick. Waldick, who is a 1985 graduate of the ONU Pettit College of
Law, has served as an adjunct professor at ONU since 1988.
traditional learning experiences, this internship will allow Mr. Osmany
to experience the American criminal justice system firsthand,” Waldick
said. “He will prosecute actual cases on behalf of the state of Ohio
under the supervision of a prosecutor.”
French said that law
students in prosecution and public defender placements assist attorneys
in a full range of criminal court activities, such as interviewing
witnesses, assisting in court, engaging in research, and presenting
arguments in court in routine matters.