CSULAW Hall of Fame 2022 Program

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Cleveland Law School, Ohio’s first evening law school, is founded and becomes the first law school in O hio to admit women and one of the first to admit Black students.


John Marshall School of Law is founded.

125 YEARS of Living Justice, Living Leadership


Legal Career Opportunities Program (LCOP) is created, the first of its kind in the country, recognizing the value of students’ life experiences as a predictor of law school success.


Launched the Solo Practice Incubator, the first of its kind in Ohio, on the first floor of the Law Library, providing recent graduates resources to establish their own solo practices as a viable career path


Center for Cybersecurity & Privacy Protection debuts to national attention for its innovative multidisciplinary approach


Lee Fisher, former Ohio Attorney General and Lt. Governor, appointed 15th D ean since 1897


Cleveland Law School and John Marshall School of Law m erge to become Cleveland-Marshall Law School. Wilson Stapleton ’34 is named first Dean of the Cleveland-Marshall Law School. Ohio Governor Frank Lausche ’21 named Chairman of the B oard.


Cleveland-Marshall is accredited by the American Bar Association


Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (now King Charles III) participates in the dedication of the College of Law Building at 1801 Euclid Ave. 1997

College of Law dedicates its new library. Janet Reno, Attorney General of the United States, inaugurates the Centennial of the College of L aw.

Judy and Robert H. Rawson Jr. Learning Commons opens to encourage exploration, creation and collaboration among students, faculty, sta , alumni, and the community

Establishment of Law School’s Hall of Fame and annual Celebration

Launched Global Space Law Center as first academic center in the nation dedicated solely to the law of outer space

College of Law receives gift from Iris S. Wolstein, wife of B ert L. Wolstein’53. Building named Bert L. Wolstein Hall.

Center for H ealth Law & Policy to connect law students to the vast healthcare resources in the region

Launched Jump Start, one of the first law school summer programs in the nation designed to help incoming first year law students acclimate to law school.


Criminal Justice Center is launched to provide students more hands-on opportunities to work for justice


Cleveland-Marshall and Cleveland State University sign merger agreement creating the largest law college in O hio. The law school is named Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University.

the region’s first Master of Legal Studies (MLS) degree for non-lawyers.

The P. Kelly Tompkins Leadership and Law Program, one of the first leadership programs at any law school in the nation, created by Kelly Tompkins ’81 and Dean Lee Fisher to provide leadership skills to law students 2019

Launched Online Master in Legal Studies (MLS) in Cybersecurity and Data Privacy

2010 Launched
2011 Debut
2013 Launched
2020 Launched the Pretrial J ustice Clinic for students to advocate for indigent defendants during the initial bail process Launched Racial Justice Task Force 2022 Launched the Pardon, Clemency, and Expungement Clinic in partnership with the Governor of Ohio 88 CSU | LAW | NAMED TOP LAW SCHOOL Health Law, Business Law, Tax Law, International Law, Criminal Law (Prelaw magazine & U.S. News & World Report) 1ST RANKED Public Law School in Northern Ohio 1ST RANKED Part-Time Law School Program in Ohio PRINCETON REVIEW Top 15% in Professor Accessibility and Teaching Top 25% in Academic Experience
of the state-of-theart Trial Courtroom, the most technologically advanced and realistic courtroom in any Ohio law school

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Induction Celebration

Friday, November 4, 2022 CSU Cleveland-Marshall College of Law


Awatef Assad, Class of 1995

Mark Avsec, Class of 1995

Nancy L. Berardinelli-Krantz, Class of 2002

Judge Christopher A. Boyko, Class of 1979

Judge Salvatore R. Calandra*, Class of 1951

Anthony J. Coyne, Class of 1987

Sarah C. Flannery, Class of 2002

Judge Sean C. Gallagher, Class of 1989

Professor Emeritus Louis B. Geneva

Judge Thomas W. Gray, Sr.*, Class of 1963

Joseph B. Jerome*, Class of 1975

Judge Thomas D. Lambros*, Class of 1952

Vincent T. Lombardo, Class of 1981

Lori A. Luka, Class of 2000

Judge James J. McMonagle, Class of 1970

Joseph J. Morford

Colleen M. O’Neil, Class of 1996

Isam Salah, Class of 1976

Dean Steven R. Smith

Stephen E. Walters, Class of 1983

Judge Lesley Brooks Wells, Class of 1974

Assistant Dean Gary R. Williams, Class of 1984

Sonali B. Wilson

* Deceased

2022 Leader on the Rise Award Recipients:

Alexander Reich, Class of 2009 & Allison Taller Reich, Class of 2009

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Our Sponsors

Thank you to the following generous sponsors for your support of the CSU Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Hall of Fame and for your contributions to CSU C|M|LAW student scholarships!

Hall of Fame Champion

• Tom and Carrie Bevan

Dean’s Circle

• Dana C. Barragate ’95 and Brett P. Barragate ’96, Member, Hall of Fame

Attorney General

• Jones Day

• Mansour Gavin LPA / Anthony J. Coyne

• Thompson Hine LLP

• P. Kelly Tompkins ’81, Member, Hall of Fame

• Tucker Ellis LLP

Managing Partner

• Benesch

• Calfee, Halter & Griswold

• Cleveland State University Board of Trustees

• Cleveland State University Foundation

• Elk & Elk Co., LPA

• Family of Judge Lesley Brooks Wells ’74, Member, Hall of Fame

• Fay Sharpe LLP

• Flannery | Georgalis, LLC

• Sarah Flannery ’02, Member, Hall of Fame

• Frantz Ward

• Georgia Froelich ’84, Member, Hall of Fame

• Hahn Loeser

• Amanda and Jon Pinney ’00, Member, Hall of Fame

• McDonald Hopkins LLC

• Reminger

• Steven W. Percy ’79, Member, Hall of Fame

• The Lynn Arko ’80 & Michael V. Kelley ’81 Foundation

• Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP


• Assad’s Bakery

• Sheryl King Benford ’79, Member, Hall of Fame

• Robert Brown LLC

• Buckingham Doolittle

• Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

• Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

• Eaton

• Terry H. Gilbert ’73, Member, Hall of Fame

• Kastner Westman & Wilkins, LLC

• Judge James J. McMonagle ’70, Member, Hall of Fame

• Mishkind Kulwicki Law Co.

• Sheri and Joe Morford, Member, Hall of Fame

• Nurenberg Paris

• OverDrive

• Perez Morris

• RPM International

• Squire Patton Boggs

• Taft


• Donna Zapis Thomas ’87, Member, Hall of Fame

• Walter Haverfield LLP

• Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., L.P.A.

• Weston Hurd

• F. Scott Wilson ’81, Member, Hall of Fame

• Margaret W. Wong & Associates LLC

Scholarship Circle

• Jane Barrow ’86

• CSU President Laura Bloomberg and Jon Bloomberg

• First National Bank

• Family of Judge Thomas Gray, Sr ’63, Member, Hall of Fame

• Henry J. Hilow ’81

• Larry H. James ’77, Member, Hall of Fame

• Kalish Law Firm

• Lisa and Bob Kunkle

• Lazzaro Luka Law O ces, LLC

• James A. Lowe ’72, Member, Hall of Fame

• The Catherine L. & Edward A. Lozick Foundation

• Michael D. Maloof ’24

• McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Li man Co., LPA

• Porter Wright

• Alan Silver

• Swagelok Company

• Ulmer & Berne LLP

• Wegman Hessler

• Dean Steve R. Smith, Member, Hall of Fame

• Laura Williams

Friend Circle

• Susan J. Becker ’83, Member, Hall of Fame

• Judge Christopher Boyko ’79, Member, Hall of Fame

Vincent T. Lombardo ’81

• Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association

• Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s Women in Law Section

• Jerome, Grauer and Associates

• Brenden Patrick Kelley ’15

• Magnificat High School

• Stacey L. McKinley ’97, Member, Hall of Fame

• Ohio State Bar Association

• Marlon A. Primes

• Joseph Scott

• Carter Strang ’84, Member, Hall of Fame

• Sonia M. Winner ’90, Member, Hall of Fame

• Margaret W. Wong, Member, Hall of Fame

Sponsors listed as of 10/17/22

3 To donate, visit csulaw.org/give We extend our sincere gratitude to
Barbara J. Stanford ’80 and Hall of Fame
generous legacy gift in support of CSU Cleveland-Marshall College of Law’s Moot Court Endowment Fund.

Dean’s Message

This year is our 125th anniversary as a law school. We have a long, proud history dating back to 1897.

This evening we celebrate our iconic past and invest in our exciting future.

Our Hall of Fame is an outgrowth of our covenant with our students, faculty, sta , graduates, and community to hold true to Our Promise: Learn Law. Live Justice. We are your law school for life.

Every day we educate and train the future custodians of our democracy and guardians of justice. It’s a sacred trust that we take very seriously.

The story of CSU Cleveland-Marshall is an iconic story of justice, equality, and opportunity.

We were the first law school in Ohio to admit women and one of the first in the nation to admit minorities. It was our graduates who laid the foundation for the Cleveland legal profession and who led the fight for civil rights in Northeast Ohio.

Our graduates are everywhere – in the public, private, nonprofit, and academic sectors – many at the highest levels.

Our mission never has been more vital; our need for support never has been more important.

The Hall of Fame Celebration gives us the opportunity not only to honor our distinguished inductees, but also to raise funds for student scholarships.

Scholarships enable us to be the “brain-gain” law school – the most reliable legal talent pipeline for Cleveland and Northeast Ohio, where most of our graduates live, work, and thrive.

Many law schools can make you a great lawyer, but here we also strive to make you a great leader. Our mission is to graduate students who are not only successful professionals, but also leaders, change makers, and advocates of justice…and maybe someday, a legend in our Hall of Fame.

Thank you for your support.

Dean Lee Fisher


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How Honorees are Selected

Who is eligible for the CSU C|M|LAW Hall of Fame?

The Hall of Fame honors individuals who have contributed to the past, present, and/or future success and reputation of CSU C|M|LAW. The inductees may include living and deceased alumni and community leaders, and living and deceased former faculty, deans, and sta .

Must an honoree be a CSU C|M|LAW graduate?

No. While the vast majority of our honorees are current and past alumni, we also honor current and past community leaders and past faculty, deans, and sta . Current full-time faculty and sta are not eligible.

________ deserves to be in the CSU C|M|LAW Hall of Fame. Why wasn’t _________ chosen?

It is very important to note that many prominent individuals who clearly are worthy of inclusion were not named this year. The HOF Selection Committee tried to reach a consensus on each nominee, and, as a result, no Committee member had all their first choices selected. We are very fortunate that there is no shortage of worthy individuals, and we look forward to inducting many other extraordinary people next year and in future years.

Who made the selections?

Each year, the Dean appoints individuals to serve on the HOF Selection Committee consisting of Hall of Fame members, faculty, and current and past sta . To protect them from any possible pre-selection lobbying and post-selection questions and/or concerns, the list of Committee members is confidential. New Committee members will be selected each year.

What were the specific selection criteria?

While the selection process is admittedly subjective, there are general selection criteria. The criteria include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Individual’s historic significance to the law school and/or the community

• Individual’s professional success and reputation

• Individual’s support of the law school (through time, talent, and/or “treasure”)

The Committee tried to choose, when possible, honorees who fit at least two, and preferably all three criteria.


Jones Day proudly supports Cleveland State University and congratulates the honorees on their inductions into the CSU C M LAW Hall of Fame.

Why Jones Day? Binding energy, conviction, and credibility arising from shared professional values.

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2022 Honorees

The following inductees all graduated from and/or made significant contributions to the esteemed reputation of CSU Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.


Awatef Assad, Class of 1995

Deputy Director for Risk Management, Cuyahoga County

Awatef Assad is a fighter for fairness and social justice. As the first woman to become an attorney from Beit Hanina, a Palestinian town in East Jerusalem, Awatef found inspiration from her mother, Fahmia—who attended the first Beit Hanina school for girls in the 1930s—and whose unrelenting determination was responsible for bringing her family to the United States in 1969. With twenty-five years of experience as a government litigation attorney with the City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, Awatef led the County’s e ort in enacting the historic Anti-Discrimination Ordinance and co-authored the first amicus brief filed in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court marriage equality case. Awatef has led many civic programs focused on improving the lives of women and is nationally recognized for her community work on behalf of the Arab American community. She is the recipient of the F.B.I. Director’s Community Leadership, Arab American Institute Excellence in Public Service, Ohio Civil Rights Commission “Keeping the Dream Alive,” CAMEO Leadership, and the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Justice for All Volunteer of the Year Awards. Awatef serves as the CMBA’s Vice-President of Inclusion and Diversity and is a Commissioner to the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Commission on Certification of Attorneys as Specialists.

Mark Avsec, Class of 1995 Partner, Benesch

Mark Avsec is the Vice-Chair of Benesch’s Intellectual Property Group. Before becoming a lawyer, he was a full-time musician, producer and songwriter, writing songs and producing or performing on albums for Carlos Santana (“Angel Love”), Bon Jovi (“She Don’t Know Me”), Donnie Iris (“Ah! Leah!” and “Love Is Like A Rock”), Mason Ru ner (“Gypsy Blood”) and Wild Cherry (“Play That Funky Music, White Boy”). He is the founding member of Donnie Iris and the Cruisers (producing all of the band’s albums and writing all of the band’s songs). Mark has served as an Adjunct Law Professor at Case Western Reserve University for 19 years. He also served as a faculty member of the Great Lakes Sports and Entertainment Academy, a joint program between Case and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He is a member of the Federal Judicial Center’s faculty and teaches music infringement to federal judges across the country with David Nimmer (Nimmer on Copyright) and Professor Peter Menell (University of California Berkeley School of Law). Mark is a ranked copyright lawyer in Chambers USA. He still performs as keyboard player with Donnie Iris and the Cruisers and The James Gang, featuring Joe Walsh, Jimmy Fox, and Dale Peters.


Nancy L. Berardinelli-Krantz, Class of 2002

Senior Vice President and Deputy Chief Legal O cer, Eaton

Nancy Berardinelli-Krantz is senior vice president and deputy chief legal o cer at Eaton. In this role, Nancy has responsibility for the legal teams for: Eaton’s Electrical and Industrial Sectors; Mergers and Acquisitions; Global Contracts and Government Compliance; and Digital, Innovation and Technology. Nancy formerly served as Eaton’s senior VP and general counsel, Digital, Innovation and Technology; senior VP, Ethics & Compliance; VP and chief counsel, Litigation; business counsel supporting the Electrical Products Group; and senior attorney, Government Contracts and Internal Investigations. Prior to Eaton, Nancy served as senior legal counsel, Americas, for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, and also worked at Jones Day as an associate in the Trial Practice/Government Regulation Group. Nancy is a Veteran of the United States Army, Judge Advocate General’s Corps. She serves on several community boards, including the Cleveland State University Foundation, University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Foundation, Positive Education Program (PEP) in Cleveland and Command Purpose. Nancy was selected as a 2016 Crain’s Cleveland Forty Under 40 honoree, and was a member of the Leadership Cleveland Class of 2020. Nancy received a bachelor’s degree from John Carroll University and a juris doctorate, magna cum laude, from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

Judge Christopher A. Boyko, Class of 1979

Senior Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio

Prior to becoming a Federal Judge, Judge Chris Boyko served on the Common Pleas bench for Cuyahoga County since his appointment by then Governor Voinovich in January 1996. He won election in 1996 and re-election in 1998 and 2004. Before taking the Common Pleas bench, Judge Boyko served as Parma Municipal Court Judge, Parma Law Director, Chief Prosecutor and Assistant Prosecutor. He also maintained a general practice for 16 years. Consistently recognized by “Who’s Who in American Law” since 1992, Judge Boyko has lectured for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Judicial College, Ohio Judicial College, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, and at numerous law and law enforcement related seminars. Judge Boyko has taught at two law schools in Ukraine and has taught law to Saudi Arabian law enforcement. On January 4, 2005, Judge Boyko was sworn in as a United States District Court Judge and took Senior Status in 2020. On May 14, 2010 Judge Boyko received a Master of Judicial Studies degree from the University of Nevada, Reno, via the National Judicial College. His thesis was published in the Cleveland State Law Review in 2009.


Judge Salvatore R. Calandra, Class of 1951


Judge (Retired), Cleveland Municipal Court Salvatore ‘Sal’ R. Calandra is still known in legal circles as a man of tremendous integrity, having served more than 25 years for the Cleveland Municipal Court. Judge Calandra entered public life in 1957 when he became an assistant law director in Cleveland, serving in that capacity during the tenures of three di erent mayors. He also served as a legal advisor to Cleveland City Council, and as chief counsel for the Cleveland Law Department before he was appointed to the Municipal Court in 1972. Judge Calandra ultimately won a full, six-year term the following year and was re-elected three times before his retirement in 1997. He graduated from Cathedral Latin High School, John Carroll University and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Judge Calandra was also very proud of his service to the country during World War II as a member of the United States Army. Judge Calandra was active in a number of local civic and charitable organizations including the Cleveland Italian American Society, President of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society of the Cleveland Catholic Diocese, and he also headed up the Justinian Forum, a group of lawyers of Italian heritage. Judge and Mrs. Calandra were also inducted into the Northern Ohio Italian-American Hall of Fame.

Anthony J. Coyne, Class of 1987

President and Managing Partner, Mansour Gavin LPA

Anthony Coyne is the president and managing partner of Mansour Gavin. With over 30 years of experience in urban a airs, Tony focuses his practice in the areas of business law, municipal law, zoning and planning, eminent domain, real property, and litigation. Active in the community, he was consecutively appointed by three di erent mayors to serve on the Cleveland City Planning Commission for 25 years and was its chairman for 16 years. Tony was instrumental in the reconstitution of the Group Plan Commission and the $50 million revitalization of Public Square. Although he recently retired from his role as chairman with the Group Plan Commission, he still remains on the Board of Directors. He recently served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is Chairman of the Board of St. Vincent Charity Medical Center. As a frequent guest lecturer, he has served as an adjunct professor at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and has spoken before organizations such as the Cleveland and Ohio State Bar Associations, the Ohio Planning Conference, the CLE International Seminar on Eminent Domain, the Urban Land Institute, and the International Council of Shopping Centers on topics such as eminent domain, zoning, land use, and municipal law.


Sarah C. Flannery, Class of 2002 Partner, Thompson Hine LLP

Sarah Flannery leads Thompson Hine’s Immigration practice, which advises employers worldwide on global talent management and immigration compliance. A summa cum laude graduate of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Sarah has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for Immigration Law and is a member of Law 360’s Immigration Editorial Advisory Board. Sarah was a recipient of Crain’s Cleveland Business Forty under 40 Award in 2016 and its Women of Note award in 2021. A strong advocate for advancement of women, Sarah recently completed her tenure as firm-wide chair of Thompson Hine’s Spotlight on Women Program, developing strategies to recruit, retain and advance women at the firm and within the larger business community. Sarah served on CSU’s Alumni Association Board of Directors from 2012-2018. She currently serves on CSU’s Foundation Board as a member of its Executive Committee. She is also a member of Cleveland Marshall’s Board of Visitors. Sarah co-chaired Radiance in 2021 and actively supports student success at CSU and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

Judge Sean C. Gallagher, Class of 1989 Administrative Judge, Ohio Court of Appeals for the Eighth District

Judge Sean C. Gallagher is the son of John F. Gallagher of Achillbeg Island, County Mayo, Ireland, and Margaret T. Gallagher (nee Casey) of Tuosist, County Kerry, Ireland. Judge Gallagher graduated from St. Edward High School and received his B.A. from Ohio University. Judge Gallagher was elected to the Ohio Court of Appeals in 2002 where he currently serves as the Administrative Judge. He served as a judge in the Cleveland Municipal Court from 1997 to 2002. He was a felony prosecutor in the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s o ce from 1991-1997. He was a Probation O cer in Cuyahoga County and was Common Pleas Court Baili to Donald C. Nugent. He received the “President’s Award” from the Cuyahoga County Bar Association in 2006, was one of the alumni of the year for Cleveland-Marshall in 2007 and was named one of the ‘Irish Legal 100’ in 2014 at the Irish Embassy in Washington, D. C. Judge Gallagher is a member of the bar in Ohio and Arizona. He holds dual citizenship in the United States and the Republic of Ireland. With his wife Dawn, they are the proud parents of a current Cleveland-Marshall student, J. Fergus Gallagher.


Professor Emeritus Louis B. Geneva

Associate Professor (Retired), CSU Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

After Louis Geneva earned his LL.M. degree from New York University, he helped draft the Puerto Rican Tax Code. He was asked to teach at NYU before leaving to practice in a Connecticut tax law firm. Lou started the IRS Conference on Federal Wealth Taxation, a program at the law school presenting current tax problems to lawyers for many years. He was a regular presenter at the Cleveland Bar Association Annual Estate Planning Institute. Lou is also a fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). Lou was involved in law school charitable programs including the William Thomas Foundation and Delta Theta Phi, the national legal fraternity where he was named the national Professor of the Year. He formed the board of directors at the Thea Bowman Center serving on that board and eventually as president for eight years. The Center is one of the most charitable organizations in the Cleveland Mt. Pleasant area. Lou also served on the Community Fund Management Foundation board for a number of years supporting its e orts on behalf of its residents with disabilities.

Judge Thomas W. Gray, Sr., Class of 1963 (deceased)

Administrative Law Judge (Retired), Social Security Administration

Thomas Gray established himself as a civil rights leader by joining Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr., and other black leaders to organize the historic 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott. Later, blocked by segregation from pursuing law in Alabama, he moved his family to Cleveland. He enrolled at Western Reserve University Law School and graduated from Cleveland-Marshall. A substitute teacher and postal clerk by day, he attended evening classes at C|M|LAW. During an extraordinary, decades-long career, he was recognized for practicing civil rights, fair housing, and poverty law. He used the law to attack pervasive discrimination and to promote better housing opportunities for poor people. He directed an o ce of the Legal Aid Society and headed up other legal programs, including Lawyers for Housing, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the Cleveland Bar Association’s Law in Urban A airs. Next, there were 12 years with the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority as assistant general counsel and chief assistant general counsel. In 1991, he returned to Montgomery, Alabama as a Federal Administrative Law Judge in the Social Security Administration. Over the years, he was a trustee of the Cleveland Bar Association, president of the Norman S. Minor Bar Association, and president of the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association.


Joseph B. Jerome, Class of 1975 (deceased)

Principal, Jerome, Grauer and Associates Ltd.

Joseph B. Jerome graduated cum laude in 1975 from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and from Bowling Green State University in 1972. During his 46 years practicing law, he was regarded in the legal community as exhibiting the highest level of integrity. He was a renowned mediator and arbitrator for complex construction cases with the American Arbitration Association. He was also a devoted board member and former o cer of the West Shore Bar Association and past president of the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association, where a memorial scholarship was created in his name in 2022. To many, he was truly larger than life. His humor and wit will forever be missed, especially by his family whom he loved so dearly. The law firm of Jerome, Grauer and Associates Ltd. carries on his name and legacy.

Judge Thomas D. Lambros, Class of 1952 (deceased)

Judge (Retired), United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio

Judge Thomas D. Lambros served on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio for more than twenty-eight years. He was appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1967 and served as Chief Judge from 1990 until his retirement in 1995. In 1960, he was elected to the Court of Common Pleas for the State of Ohio in Ashtabula County where he served until his appointment to the federal bench. Of all his federal court duties, Judge Lambros most cherished naturalizing new American citizens. He administered the oath of citizenship to more than 40,000 immigrants from all over the world in ceremonies not only in the courtroom, but also at schools, public squares, and even in the living rooms of the disabled and elderly. For this, he earned the Ellis Island Medal of Honor awarded to outstanding sons and daughters of immigrants. In 1985, Judge Lambros was commended for the creation and development of the Summary Jury Trial by U.S. Chief Justice Warren E. Burger; the procedure received formal statutory recognition by Congress in the Civil Judicial Reform Act. Judge Lambros received numerous awards for his professional accomplishments including the American Judicature Society’s Herbert Harley Award and the Center for Public Resources’ award for the Most Outstanding Achievement in Alternative Dispute Resolution.


Vincent T. Lombardo, Class of 1981

Attorney (Retired), Ohio Attorney General’s O ce

The son of Sicilian immigrants, Vincent T. Lombardo was the first in his family to go to college and the only one to go to law school. Vince began his career in private practice. Then, in 1984, he was appointed an Assistant Ohio Attorney General. He served for 27 years, representing the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, the State Employment Relations Board, and the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, and received the Ohio Attorney General Professionalism Award for exemplifying the professional standards that the OAG seeks for all employees. He chaired the Cleveland Bar Association Certified Grievance Committee, judged practice rounds for the Cleveland-Marshall Moot Court Program, and mentored over 60 law students through the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association (CMLAA). He is a Past President, Honorary Trustee, and Life Member of CMLAA, and has received the CMLAA President’s Award three times, the CMLAA Greatest Mentor Award, the Cleveland-Marshall Moot Court Alumnus of the Year Award, and the Cleveland Italian American Heritage Committee Award for Public Servant, State of Ohio.

Lori A. Luka, Class of 2000 Managing Attorney/Owner, Lazzaro Luka Law O ces, LLC

Lori Ann Luka graduated from Youngstown State University, summa cum laude, in 1997 with a degree in Political Science. Attorney Luka then graduated from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 2000. Lori is currently the managing attorney/owner at Lazzaro Luka Law O ces, LLC, where she has worked since 2008 and focuses exclusively on personal injury litigation. Attorney Luka has taken over 40 cases in her litigation career to trial in various venues in the State of Ohio. Lori is currently a Trustee for the Ohio Association for Justice (OAJ), a group of Ohio trial lawyers dedicated to fighting for the rights of injured Ohioans. Lori has been named an Ohio Super Lawyer by Law and Politics Magazine, Cleveland Edition, on numerous occasions for her work in plainti ’s personal injury litigation and was recently recognized by this publication as one of the Top 25 Female Attorneys – Cleveland and Top 100 Female Attorneys – Ohio. Lori is dedicated to hiring law clerks from C|M|LAW and passionate about teaching them the requisite skills to become successful practicing attorneys.


Judge James J. McMonagle, Class of 1970

Judge (Retired), Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court

In his 52-year legal career, Jim McMonagle has distinguished himself through his reputation for professionalism and integrity. Jim is of counsel at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, where he is a member of the corporate and litigation practice groups. His mediation and arbitration practice is recognized as one of the best in the nation. Among his many career highlights, Jim was a judge on the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas; general counsel, senior vice president, and secretary of University Hospitals; board member of a Fortune 500 Company and chairman of the board of a Mutual Fund Complex; and a United States District Court Judicial Nominee.

Joseph J. Morford

Managing Partner, Tucker Ellis LLP

Joe Morford is the Managing Partner of Tucker Ellis LLP, a law firm of more than 400 lawyers and other professionals collaborating to represent the top companies in America in trials, litigation, business transactions, and intellectual property law. In addition to his responsibilities as Managing Partner – a role he has held since 2010 – Joe maintains an active practice focused on the representation of major corporations in complex mass tort, business litigation, and product liability matters in courtrooms throughout the United States. Active in the community, Joe has served on numerous boards of directors, including currently the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Board of Visitors, College Now of Greater Cleveland, the Greater Cleveland Partnership, and the West Side Catholic Center. For 18 years, Joe served as a volunteer magistrate judge for the City of Shaker Heights Juvenile Court Diversion Program. He is named among Cleveland Magazine’s “Cleveland 500” as a leader who is shaping the city in the area of law. Most recently, Joe joined the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s (LCLD) Leaders at the Front Movement in pledging specific, meaningful, and measurable commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion both personally and within Tucker Ellis.


Colleen M. O’Neil, Class of 1996

Litigation Co-Chair, Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP

Colleen O’Neil is a Partner with Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP, where she serves as the Co-Chair of the firm’s Litigation practice group, helping clients resolve complex business disputes. Colleen has extensive experience in federal and state courts nationwide representing clients in matters involving commercial contract disputes, shareholder and corporate disputes, estate and probate matters, trade secret claims, real property disputes, municipal and public law issues, and Title VII claims. Colleen is a member of Calfee Women LEAD, the firm’s women’s a nity group. She is also a member of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Board of Visitors, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association’s Litigation Section. In addition, Colleen is a member of the Board of Directors for Magnificat High School, Board Member for the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association, and a graduate of the Leadership Cleveland Class of 2016. Colleen has received the following awards and recognitions: The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation; Ohio Super Lawyers: Top 50 Women Attorneys in Ohio, Top 25 Women Attorneys in Cleveland, Top 100 Attorneys in Ohio; and the YWCA of Greater Cleveland’s Woman of Professional Excellence Award.

Isam Salah, Class of 1976 Senior Partner (Retired), King & Spalding LLP

Isam Salah served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review, and after graduation was awarded a two-year fellowship at Georgetown University’s International Law Institute where he received an LL.M. degree. He began his legal practice at Shearman & Sterling in New York City before moving to Schlumberger Ltd., a world-leading oilfield services company as Middle East and Asia Counsel, during which he was based in Dubai and Jakarta. He returned to NYC in 1986 and helped establish a boutique finance law firm which later merged with King & Spalding. During his 30-year career at K&S, he became a senior partner and established and led the firm’s Middle East practice group, including the establishment of the firm’s o ces in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Riyadh. He developed a market-leading expertise in the structuring of finance and investments transactions for Middle East clients to comply with Islamic financial principles. He handled the first commercial Islamic finance and investment transactions executed in the U.S. The firm became the first major law firm to focus on Islamic finance as a practice specialty and he spoke and wrote frequently on the topic of Islamic finance. The Islamic finance and investment structures and documentation that he and his colleagues developed are now widely used in the United States. He retired from King & Spalding in 2017 and now serves as Chairman of United Palestinian Appeal, and as a director of two other nonprofits: Education for Employment and the Institute for Middle East Understanding.


Dean Steven R. Smith

Former Dean, CSU Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Dean Emeritus, California Western School of Law

Dean Steven R. Smith (1988-1996) came to Cleveland-Marshall from having served as the first Deputy Director of the Association of American Law Schools. During his deanship the faculty expanded, curricular o erings increased, and several innovative programs created. Of particular interest to Dean Smith was health law, and the C|M|LAW health law program grew in quality with specialty programs including the Medical Institute for Law Faculty (in cooperation with the Cleveland Clinic). During this time the funding was secured, and construction began for the major law school building expansion. Dean Smith served on many boards of bar and nonprofit organizations, including chair of the City Club of Cleveland. He was on several committees of the ABA and Association of American Law Schools, and was the public member of the American Psychological Association Ethics Committee. He has written widely in health law, mental health law, and legal education. He has received many awards for teaching, research, and community service. In 1996 he became dean and president of the California Western School of Law in San Diego, serving in that position until 2012. He served as chair of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, and chair of the San Diego Foundation. He and wife Lera, now reside in San Diego.

Stephen E. Walters, Class of 1983

President and Managing Partner, Reminger Co., LPA

Steve Walters is the President and Managing Partner of Reminger Co., L.P.A., and has served in this position since 2005. While serving in this capacity, Reminger has grown nine new o ces for a total of 16 in four states. Steve has over 35 years of legal experience in a wide variety of areas. His legal practice remains focused on the representation of medical professionals and facilities. Steve continues to be a recognized thought leader in the legal community and is featured in the media outlining his thoughts on successful leadership. He has been recognized and listed in the Best Lawyers in America since 1999. He has been recognized in Ohio Super Lawyers since 2006. He has also been named one of the Top 50 Attorneys in Cleveland. Steve is President of the Reminger Foundation, a philanthropic organization which was founded in 2009 under his leadership. The Foundation supports worthy causes throughout the geographical reach of Reminger’s practice.


Judge Lesley Brooks Wells, Class of 1974

Senior Judge (Retired), United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio

Judge Lesley Brooks Wells earned a Bachelor of Arts from Chatham College (now Chatham University), and her J.D. from CSU Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. She worked as a federal court intern through the Women’s Law Fund while completing her law degree. After graduation, Judge Brooks Wells maintained a private law practice, served as both director of the ABAR III Civil Rights Litigation Support Center and an Adjunct Professor at CSU C|M|LAW, and as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at CSU’s College of Urban A airs. After serving more than a decade as a judge for the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, President Bill Clinton nominated Judge Brooks Wells for a judgeship in 1993. She was confirmed by the Senate in February of 1994, receiving her commission the following day to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Twelve years later, she became a senior judge. Judge Brooks Wells retired from service in October of 2015.

Assistant Dean Gary R. Williams, Class of 1984

Assistant Dean and Bar Exam Preparation Director (Retired), CSU Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Gary Williams, a name familiar to those who attended Cleveland-Marshall during the late 1990s and early 2000s, taught as an adjunct professor and later served as Assistant Dean of Student A airs and Bar Passage. With the help of faculty and sta , he developed programs to help students succeed in law school and pass the Ohio Bar, including developing and teaching Cleveland-Marshall’s first for-credit bar preparation course. He regularly drove to Columbus to give aid and comfort to graduates taking the bar exam. As a result of his course and its progeny, Cleveland-Marshall’s bar passage rate improved significantly. The College’s bar assistance fund established at his retirement, bears his name. Gary has lived a life of public service. After law school, he served as assistant prosecutor, then as assistant law director for the City of Cleveland, and as a trial lawyer for the United States Solicitor’s O ce. He was the first African American to serve as chief prosecutor, then chief counsel, for the City of Shaker Heights, Ohio. After retiring from Cleveland-Marshall, Williams served on the Board of ACLU of Ohio and as executive director of Sankofa Fine Art Plus, a small non-profit whose mission is to revitalize distressed communities with public art. He currently serves on the Ohio Supreme Court’s Commission on the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center.


Sonali B. Wilson

VP, General Counsel and Board Secretary, Cleveland State University

Sonali Wilson serves as CSU vice president, general counsel and board secretary, joining CSU in 1996 as a lecturer at CSU C|M|LAW and moved in-house in 1997. She served as board secretary from 2000-2011 and became general counsel in 2004. She was reappointed board secretary in 2020 and is a CSU C|M|LAW Leader-in-Residence. She was an associate at Arter and Hadden prior to coming to CSU. Sonali holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston University, a master’s degree from Harvard University, and a juris doctorate degree from Georgetown University Law Center. She received The Norman S. Minor Bar Association’s 2013 Trailblazer Award; 2014 Women of Color Foundation’s Professional Woman of the Year award; and named a 2015 YWCA Woman of Achievement. In June 2020, Sonali received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of College and University Attorneys, and named among Crain’s Cleveland Business’ 2021 Notable General Counsels. Sonali is active on several community and education-related boards, including The United Way of Greater Cleveland, serving as its Public Policy and Advocacy Chair, and member of the UWGC Philanthropic Fund; the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Foundation Board; Trustee emerita of the Cleveland Institute of Music; and the Cuyahoga Community College Board of Visitors.

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2022 Leader on the Rise Awards

Alexander Reich , Class of 2009 Partner, Kalish Law Firm

Allison Taller Reich , Class of 2009 Partner, Frantz Ward, LLP

On a Friday morning 16 years ago, Alexander Reich awkwardly introduced himself to a classmate who was sharing a row of study carrels in the CSU Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Library. That day kicked o a friendship, relationship, and eventually partnership for Alex and Allison Taller Reich. The pair have now been married for eight years with two wonderful daughters and “excitement for the years to come,” as they describe it.

Since that first year of law school, Alex and Allison have seen their careers grow and prosper simultaneously. Both are now Partners at Cleveland-area law firms– Alex at Kalish Law Firm and Allison with Frantz Ward LLP. While Alex and Allison have taken their own paths in developing successful practice, they will both be recognized for their career achievements and community leadership by CSU Cleveland-Marshall College of Law with our 2022 Leader on the Rise Awards.

“I have always viewed CSU C|M|LAW as an institution that produces attorneys who embody professional ethics, raw work ethic, and practicality,” Alex said. “Against that backdrop, it is a profound honor for this law school to honor Allison and me as notable alumni at this relatively early point in our respective careers,”

“I feel honored to be recognized as an active member of the CSU C|M|LAW community along with our peers and the CSU C|M|LAW Hall of Fame inductees, all of whom I know are doing good and valuable work on behalf of the law school and our legal community,” Allison said. “It is an honor that the selection committee believes Alex and I have bright futures and careers ahead of us.”

Alex and Allsion will receive their awards at CSU C|M|LAW’s Hall of Fame Celebration on November 4 alongside 23 distinguished alumni, community leaders, and former faculty and sta being inducted in the Hall of Fame who have contributed to the past, present, and/or future success and reputation of CSU C|M|LAW.

“This year presented the opportunity to recognize not just one, but two of our distinguished alumni with the Leader on the Rise Award,” explained CSU CM|LAW Dean Lee Fisher. “In addition to Alex’s and Allison’s impressive legal careers, both are passionate about giving back to the local community and working with the current generation of CSU C|M|LAW students.”

As a Partner at Kalish Law Firm, Alex represents policyholders in disputes with insurance companies. His clients range from Fortune 500 companies that rely on Alex as international insurance coverage counsel, to local businesses facing first-party loss or third-party claims and injured individuals facing insurance disputes. He has represented clients at every level of the state and federal judiciary, including the Ohio and United States Supreme Courts.


“I enjoy working to tilt the playing field in favor of any individual or entity battling an insurance company,” explained Alex. “At this stage of my professional life, I am proud that each of my clients trusts me to zealously advocate for them against insurance companies.”

Allison is a Partner in the Construction Practice Group at Frantz Ward LLP where she focuses on construction law—representing owners and developers, construction managers, contractors, subcontractors, sureties, and other design and construction industry professionals. She particularly enjoys the leadership and mentoring roles that have come with being a Partner.

“The best feeling is getting something resolved for a client and giving them the opportunity to put something behind them and get on with their work—they don’t want to be tied up with us, they want to be out there doing what they do,” she said.

Allison has served as a leader within the CSU C|M|LAW community as well. She was the President of the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association (CMLAA) in 2021-22 and has been President-Elect, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and a Trustee with the CMLAA. She has mentored first-year law students through the CMLAA mentor-mentee program and the Dean’s Leadership Fellows Program, and has served on ad hoc and standing committees at the request of Dean Fisher.

“Alumni volunteered to mentor me, come to receptions, speak on panels, and carry out the mission of CSU C|M|LAW and the CMLAA before me, to make my education and early career rewarding and successful,” explained Allison. “I owe much—career, relationships, personal and professional growth—to C|M|LAW and its community so I choose to give back however I can.”

Alex coached the CSU C|M|LAW Moot Court Team for 10 years after graduation and now serves as an Adjunct Faculty member as Co-Director of the Moot Court Program. He regularly guest lectures on oral argument techniques to sections of the advanced brief writing course.

“The value of my C|M|LAW education becomes more apparent each year since we graduated,” explained Alex. “Through practical professors, alumni mentors, and brilliant classmates, C|M|LAW prepared me for a career in private practice in ways I couldn’t have imagined as a student. The role that the C|M|LAW community has played in my personal and professional development is one of the many reasons giving back remains a priority to me.”

Looking back at those days spent together in the law library, there are some aspects to legal practice that have gone as envisioned for the couple and some that they could not have imagined as 1L students. But through the challenges and triumphs, each has benefitted from having a supportive partner—from the long hours of building their practices to the excitement and pride in each other’s many career successes.

Past Leader on the Rise Award Recipients

2018 Alana Jochum ’10 2019 Brandon Cox ’12 2021 Kimberly Kendall Corral ’12
The Leader on the Rise Award is given to a recent graduate from the past 15 years who has demonstrated extraordinary community leadership and who has given to our law school with their time, talent, and/or treasure.

Allison’s unwavering dedication and passion to family, work, and her community is truly inspiring. Congratulations on being a recipient of the 2022 Leader on the Rise Award!

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CSU C|M|LAW Hall of Fame Members

Judge Ronald B. Adrine ’73 Russell T. Adrine ’54* Ann-Marie Ahern ’98 Judge Francis M. Allegra ’81* Dean Linda L. Ammons Judge Joseph A. Artl ’22* Mary Ann Bagus ’82* Mayor Newton D. Baker* Brett P. Barragate ’96 Magistrate Judge Joseph W. Bartunek III ’55* Teresa Metcalf Beasley ’92 Professor Emerita Susan J. Becker ’83 Alfred A. Benesch* Sheryl King Benford ’79 Robert T. Bennett ’67* Dean Charles S. Bentley* Judge Patricia A. Blackmon ’75 Elizabeth M. Boyer ’47* Jason R. Bristol ’00
* deceased
Judge Ann Aldrich*
Hall of F ame
Professor J. Patrick Browne* Judge Lillian W. Burke ’51* Nona M. Burney, Ph.D. ’81* Judge Annette Garner Butler ’70* Judge Jean Murrell Capers ’45* Charles V. Carr ’26* Attorney General Anthony J. Celebrezze, Jr. ’73* Chief Justice Frank D. Celebrezze, Jr. ’56* Chief Magistrate Gregory F. Cli ord ’80 State Representative William H. Cli ord ’02* Michael L. Climaco ’72 Judge Genevieve Cline ’21* Professor Emeritus Hyman Cohen Tim L. Collins ’85 Judge C. Ellen Connally ’70 Chief Judge James C. Connell ’18* William J. Corrigan ’15* Joseph G. Corsaro ’82
* deceased
Timothy J. Cosgrove ’87 Colleen M. Cotter

CSU C|M|LAW Hall of Fame Members (cont)

Frank T. Cullitan ’06* Louise P. Dempsey ’81 Justice Michael P. Donnelly ’91 John Deaver Drinko* Abe H. Dudnik ’27* Carol G. Emerling ’55 Charles R. Emrick, Jr. ’58* Judge Eleanor Farina ’25* José C. Feliciano, Sr. ’75 Professor James T. Flaherty* Judge Charles W. Fleming ’55* Hon. George L. Forbes ’62 Isadore Fred Freiberger ’04* Avery S. Friedman ’72 Gordon S. Friedman Ian N. Friedman ’97 Georgia A. Froelich ’84 U.S. HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge ’83 Judge Nancy A. Fuerst ’88 Anthony J. Garofoli ’61*
* deceased

Hall of F ame

Dr. Samuel R. Gerber ’49* M. Colette Gibbons ’76 Michael E. Gibbons ’82 Karen L. Gi en ‘89 Terry H. Gilbert ’73 Thomas O. Gorman ’73 Professor David B. Goshien* Bell Greve ’18* Judge Mary Grossman ’12* David H. Gunning, II ’94 Michael J. Haas ’94 James L. Hardiman ’68 Deborah Lewis Hiller ’75* Joseph C. Hostetler* Jane Edna Hunter ’25* Mayor Frank G. Jackson ’83 Judge Leo A. Jackson ’50* Aaron Jacobson ’59* Professor Sidney B. Jacoby* Clarence L. James, Jr. ’62*
* deceased

CSU C|M|LAW Hall of Fame Members (cont)

Larry H. James ’77 Ferdinand Jirsa ’21* C. Lyonel Jones ’63* Judge Nathaniel R. Jones* Kerin Lyn Kaminski ’85 Michael V. Kelley ’81* Betty Klaric ’84* Max I. Kohrman ’18* Professor Emeritus Arthur R. Landever* Dennis R. Lansdowne ’81 Brent W. Larkin ’86 Congressman Steven C. LaTourette ’79* U.S. Senator Frank J. Lausche ’21* Steven B. Lesser ’79 Kenneth B. Li man ’79 James A. Lowe ’72 State Senator Margaret A. Mahoney ’29* Judge John M. Manos ’50* Judge Richard M. Markus* Daniel R. McCarthy, Sr. ’54*
* deceased

Hall of F ame

Grace Doering McCord ’25* Stacey L. McKinley ’97 Judge Joseph F. McManamon ’50* Judge George J. McMonagle ’30* Dean David C. Meck, Sr. ’13* Dean David C. Meck, Jr.* Dr. Bernice G. Miller ’51* Norman S. Minor ’27* Congressman William Edwin Minshall, Jr. ’38* Howard D. Mishkind ’80 Dean Lizabeth A. Moody Louise Mooney Sandra M. Natran Judge Donald C. Nugent ’74 Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor ’80 Judge Solomon Oliver, Jr. David M. Paris ’78 Judge Michelle L. Paris ’84 Professor Howard L. Oleck*
* deceased
Lawrence O. Payne ’23*

CSU C|M|LAW Hall of Fame Members (cont)

Reuben M. Payne ’53 Judge Benita Y. Pearson ’95 Steven W. Percy ’79 Patrick J. Perotti ’82 Judge Raymond L. Pianka ’77* Professor Emerita Jane M. Picker Jon J. Pinney ’00 Leon M. Plevin ’57* Richard W. Pogue Franklin A. Polk ’39* Judge Dan Aaron Polster Steven Potash ’78 Louise Johnson Pridgeon ’22* Elizabeth Pugh ’78 Linn J. Raney ’68 Max Ratner ’29* Alan Jay Rom ’72 Barbara K. Roman ’77 Judy and Robert H. Rawson, Jr. Edwin C. Reminger ’22*
* deceased

Hall of F ame

Richard T. Reminger, Sr. ’57 Kenneth C. Ricci ’86 Professor Emeritus Alan Miles Ruben Karen E. Rubin ’85 Timothy J. Russert ’76* Honorable Basil M. Russo ’72 Judge John J. Russo ’92 Thomas J. Scanlon ’63 Edna C. Shalala ’52* Judge Brendan J. Sheehan ’93 Judge Michelle J. Sheehan ’93 Associate Dean Carroll H. Sierk* Judge Samuel H. Silbert ’07* Dean Lee E. Skeel ’12* J. Helen Slough ’29* Stephen G. Sozio ’83 Dean Wilson G. Stapleton ’34* Dean Emeritus Steven H. Steinglass Mark A. Smolik ’87
* deceased
Carl L. Stern ’66

CSU C|M|LAW Hall of Fame Members (cont)

Justice Leonard Stern ’26* Justice Melody J. Stewart ’88 Mayor Carl B. Stokes ’56* Congressman Louis Stokes ’53* Richard P. Stovsky ’83 Carter E. Strang ’84 Mary Strassmeyer ’81* Justice Francis E. Sweeney, Sr. ’63* Judge Joan Synenberg ’87 Elsie Tarcai ’42* & Violet Tarcai ’43* Frances Tetlak ’21* Donna Zapis Thomas ’87 James A. Thomas ’63 Marilyn Tobocman ’83* Stanley E. Tolliver, Sr. ’53* P. Kelly Tompkins ’81 Legal Writing Professor Emerita Barbara J. Tyler ’89 Dean Willis Vickery* Hazel Mountain Walker ’19* David C. Weiner
* deceased
Maurice M. Weltman ’26* Professor Emeritus Stephen J. Werber Judge Lillian M. Westropp ’15* Dean Frederic P. White, Jr. Judge George W. White ’55* Elizabeth Williams ’08* F. Scott Wilson ’81 Marie Remington Wing ’26* Sonia Winner ’90 Bertram L. Wolstein ’53* Iris S. Wolstein Margaret W. Wong Leonard D. Young ’74
Xenophon “Xen” Zapis ’54* * deceased
Hall of F ame .
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Hall of F ame

Thank You!

Our 2022 CSU C|M|LAW Hall of Fame Induction Celebration is a success due to the support of many people. Dean Lee Fisher and our Advancement Department would like to extend a grateful thank you to the following alumni, students, faculty, and sta who helped make this event possible. We regret any inadvertent omissions.

Selection Committee

While membership is anonymous, we would like to thank each committee member for their hard work and dedication in selecting our outstanding 2022 Honorees. It was a di cult job!

Logistics Committee

Jackie Blanc

Ellen Grevey

Holli Goodman

Jill Johnson

Keisha Mitchell

Jill M. Natran

Quan Nguyen

Lisa Sierk

Elaine Terman

Rick Zhang

Student Ambassadors

Isuraoluwa Adedokun

Dana Bye

Paula Chan

Maria-Cristina Coreno

Caylan Fazio

Michaela Ferrara

Julie Grace

Katheryn Hach

Rachel Harriman

Natasha Harris

Nicole Johnson

Nicolette Jordan Victoria Kekel

Brianna King

Hunter Kiper

Hall of Fame Volunteers

Barbara Andelman

John Bell

Sarah Beznoska

Jeanatta Brown

Aaliyah Byrd

Julie DiBiasio

Adrienne DiPierro

Elizabeth Farrell Jennifer Hosier

Camya King

Rosemary Nugent

Ashley Presutto Veronica Rohlfing Jolia Schraibman

Suzanne Slimak

Lisa Smilnak

Jace Libman-Phelps

Mark Miller

Alexandra Nardo

Dalya Oprian

Cecilia Payne

We are especially thankful to the following:

Anita Poole

Anastasia Sakairoun

Aurora Santiago-Flores

Maggie Sullivan

Dorothy Swagler

Deedra Thompson

Imani Tibbs

Omar Wahdan

Allison Younger Samantha Zenk

Ron Goldfarb and Tony Weber, and their crew from Goldfarb Weber Creative Media, for our 2022 Hall of Fame video.

Special thanks to our Board of Visitors and Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association Board of Trustees for their generous support of the Hall of Fame.

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Hall of F ame .

Welcome CSU C|M|LAW Dean Lee Fisher

America the Beautiful

CSU Chorale, Directed by Brian Bailey, Ph.D., Director of Choirs

Opening Remarks

Cleveland State University President Laura Bloomberg

Dean Lee Fisher

Presentation of 2022 Leader on the Rise Awards

Kim Kendall Corral ’12, 2021 Leader on the Rise

2022 Hall of Fame Video Presentation

Induction Ceremony

Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor ’80, Member, Hall of Fame

Justice Melody Stewart ’88, Member, Hall of Fame

Justice Michael Donnelly ’91, Member, Hall of Fame

Closing Remarks

Dean Lee Fisher


2022 Induction Ceremony • Friday, November 4, 2022 SU

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Our Sponsors

Thank you to the following generous sponsors for your support of the CSU Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Hall of Fame and for your contributions to CSU C|M|LAW student scholarships. Sponsorships received between 10/17/22 and 10/31/22 listed in this insert.

Attorney General

• Steven W. Percy ’79, Member, Hall of Fame Managing Partner

• Tim L. Collins ’85, Member, Hall of Fame

• Linn J. Raney ’68, Member, Hall of Fame


• Cleveland Beit Hanina Palestinian Community

• James A. Lowe ’72, Member, Hall of Fame

• Richard W. Pogue, Member, Hall of Fame

Scholarship Circle

• Louise P. Dempsey ’81, Member, Hall of Fame

• Professor Emeritus Louis B. Geneva, Member, Hall of Fame

• Steven B. Lesser ’79, Member, Hall of Fame

• Park-Ohio Industries, Inc.

• Former CSU President Harlan Sands

• Robert D. Vilsack ’87

• Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista, LPA

Friend Circle

• Arab American Bar Association of Ohio

• Cuyahoga Community College

• John Fitts ’77

• Miasah Jaber

• Fatima Jaber

• Lowe Scott Fisher Co., LPA

The Honorable Dan Aaron Polster, Member, Hall of Fame

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Congratulations Congratulations to Awatef Assad! You Proudly Represent the Cleveland-Palestinian Community With Grace in Everything You Do. A Pillar of Our Community—You Honor Us With All You Have Accomplished!
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congratulate the 2022 honorees on their induction into the C|M|LAW Hall of Fame. Over 40
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Vincent T. Lombardo Class of 1981
The Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association congratulates all 2022 Hall of Fame Honorees, with special recognition to CMLAA Trustees: Save the Date for the CMLAA’s 2023 Annual Recognition Luncheon honoring: Judge Deborah M. Turner, C|M|LAW 1997 Frank L. Gallucci, III, C|M|LAW 2000 Thursday, May 25, 2023 Hilton Cleveland Downtown Hotel Annual Recognition Luncheon net proceeds benefit the student scholarship fund CMLAA awards to students each year.
Allison Taller Reich Class of 2009 2022 Leader on the Rise

We congratulate our extraordinary Hall of Fame Class of 2022 and thank our generous Hall of Fame Sponsors. We are proud and grateful to call you members of our law school community.

Dean Lee Fisher and the Students, Faculty & Staff Cleveland State University College of Law


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