Year: 2018

Opeoluwa Sotonwa, DLP Cohort X, Makes his Mark!

Dr. Ope’ Sotonwa
Almost Dr. Ope’ Sotonwa

I took great pleasure in reading about a milestone accomplishment by my DLP program mentee, Opeoluwa Sotonwa. Ope’, as he’s known to his friends, is a doctoral candidate in the current DLP cohort, Cohort X.  Here’s a post from Ope’s Linked In page:

Subject: Impact of my research in Missouri

The DLP program has impressed it on me that as a scholar-practitioner, we do not have to wait for the end of our research before fixing problems we found but could be attended with immediate alacrity.

When I collected my data in December, some key issues immediately jumped out of the box. It is about how law enforcement officers can properly identify Missourians who are deaf or hard of hearing. Based on my data, I drafted a bill to change Missouri Law to make it easier for law enforcement officers to identify DHH.

I am happy to share the news that the bill not only passed in the two chambers but is now a law in Missouri. Former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens signed the bill into law before he resigned yesterday. Here is a link to the press release from my office


Opeoluwa Sotonwa, DLP Class 2018

Three Docs and a Pink ’61 Cadillac

NEU Cohort VIII Doctors of Law and Policy, Keenan Davis, Darin Detwiler, and yours truly met for brunch a few weeks ago in Portland, Oregon. We dined at the Cadillac Cafe, a well-known local spot (outstanding French Toast, by the way).

I flew up planning to spend the entire day with my brothers, but because of flight cancellations, I had to re-book my return flight to leave 4 hours sooner than planned.

Even through I only spent a fraction of the time I hoped to spend with these two indescribable guys, it was 157% worth it.


Teaching at NEU? It just might happen!

I’ve received a preliminary but strong invitation to teach one or two courses at Northeastern University related to regulatory law and policy development.

I happen to know a thing or three about those topics.

If the appointment goes through, it’s likely that I’ll start teaching in the Fall 2018 term.

I’m really jazzed about the possibility…I hope it becomes a reality. More when I know.