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EAR BOOK Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

4-9, 16 F E AT U R E S 50 Anniversary Presidential Forum • Black Law Students Association Engaged Learning Day • Civil Litigation Clinic • Moot Court Coaches



10-13 THOUGHT LEADERS Featured Presentations • Transformative Dialogues

14-15 30-35 NEWS Distinguished Alumnus Award • 3+3 Joint Bachelor’s/Law Degree Program Responsively Designed Website • Class of 2014 Employers • CMLAA Annual Recognition Luncheon Cleveland on the Rise CMLAA Event • Commencement

17-22 STUDENTS Journals • Moot Court Competition • Pro Bono Program Great Lakes Sports and Entertainment Law Academy • Trial Advocacy Program • ABA Tax Challenge

24-29 F A C U LT Y & S T A F F Faculty Promotions • Faculty Influence • Faculty Farewells • Staff Additions Steven W. Percy Distinguished Professor of Law


MESSAGE During this past academic year, Cleveland State University celebrated its 50th anniversary. This important milestone was marked by a number of special events, including a half-day forum co-hosted by the College of Law and the Levin College of Urban Affairs entitled “50 Years of African-American Mayoral Leadership in the U.S.” The program featured African-American mayors from four U.S. cities, including Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson ’83, and focused particular attention on the legacy of one of our most prominent graduates, former Cleveland Mayor Carl Stokes ’56. As the first African-American mayor of a major U.S. city, Mayor Stokes was a groundbreaking figure and a living testament to the ability of African-Americans to break through racial barriers and achieve positions of prominence. We were pleased to be a part of the commemoration of Mayor Stokes’s legacy in Cleveland and beyond. In contrast to that program, however, the College of Law presented two others this year that highlighted the continuing challenges faced by AfricanAmericans and other minorities in this country. The Education Law Association, a national organization with its offices in the College of Law library building, partnered with the Cleveland State Law Review to present a symposium entitled “American Education:

Dean Craig M. Boise Joseph C. Hostetler – Baker & Hostetler Chair in Law


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Diversity, Desegregation and Resegregation.” The featured speaker, chief counsel of the ACLU of Southern California, discussed the U.S. Supreme Court’s dismantling of programs designed to promote diversity and enlarge access to the political process and higher education for members of racial minority groups in decisions like Fisher v. University of Texas, and Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action. Then, in January, we hosted a Criminal Justice Forum entitled “Ferguson, Staten Island and Cleveland: A Legal Discussion about the Use of Lethal Force by Law Enforcement Officers” featuring a panel discussing the Department of Justice’s December 2014 report that found that the Cleveland Division of Police had engaged in a pattern or practice of using unreasonable force on Cleveland’s citizens in violation of the Fourth Amendment. Although not mentioned in the report, the overwhelming majority of victims of the CDP’s actions have been African-American. Similar findings of unconstitutional policing activity in minority communities across the country have led to widespread protests and riots over the last year. I highlight these programs, each of which is described in more detail in this edition of the Yearbook, to make two simple points. First, the foundational promise of equal justice under the law remains elusive for many Americans. This means that there is more work to be done by those of us — students, faculty, and alumni — whose training in the legal system uniquely qualifies us to continue to help move our society toward a place where the protection of our laws and the opportunity to achieve the American dream are available to everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, or nationality. Second, I’m proud that the programs we host here at the law school reflect that our faculty and alumni — past and present, here in Cleveland and around the country — have been and continue to be deeply engaged with these and other issues that are critical to the quality of life experienced by so many in our society. As we look back on an eventful and distressing year for race relations in America, it is important to remember that our students still harbor a deep desire to make a difference in this and many other areas. For example, one of the stated purposes of the Cleveland-Marshall BLSA chapter is to instill in its members a greater awareness of, and commitment to, the needs of the greater community. For its efforts in this regard, our BLSA chapter took first place this year among 52 chapters at the 2014 Midwest BLSA Challenge — a competition that ranks BLSA chapters on the quality of their programming and their impact on the community. The chapter also was honored by Cleveland State University as the recipient of the Diane Dillard Student Organization of the Year award. As you peruse these pages, I hope that you’ll be proud of what we’ve done here at Cleveland-Marshall this past year and be reminded that there is hope for the future in the work that we do to train our students to “Learn Law. Live Justice.”

I hope that you’ll be proud of what we’ve done here at Cleveland-Marshall this past year and be reminded that there is hope for the future in the work that we do to train our students to “Learn Law. Live Justice.”

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Presidential Forum Examines 50 Years “You can’t imagine what a cataclysmic event it was to have this gentleman elected mayor. You can’t imagine what Cleveland was like for African-Americans before he was elected.” Those powerful words from Robert Madison about the election of former Cleveland Mayor Carl B. Stokes ’56, for whom he served as a key campaign associate, highlighted the final installment of Cleveland State University’s 50th anniversary Presidential Forums, “Reflections on 50 Years of African-American Mayoral Leadership in the U.S.,” presented by Cleveland-Marshall College of Law along with the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban

“ Affairs.

You can’t imagine what a cataclysmic event it was to have this gentleman elected mayor. You can’t imagine what Cleveland was like for African-Americans before he was elected.” Robert Madison

A keynote conversation moderated by Cleveland-Marshall Dean Craig M. Boise focused on the leadership of Stokes, who became the first African-American mayor of a large American city when he was elected to lead the city of Cleveland in November 1967.

One of the long-lasting accomplishments of Stokes’s terms, the movement to stop the pollution of Cleveland’s waterways including the Cuyahoga River, was the catalyst of a book by panelists David Stradling, Ph.D. and Richard Stradling, Where the river Burned: Carl StokeS

and the



Save Cleveland. Stokes drew attention to pollution

in the river after the well-known 1969 fire, one of several dozen such fires on the river over the preceding decades. “It was believed in the Stokes administration that clean air and clean water were needs that would benefit the rich and poor alike,” said Norman Krumholz, planning director of the City of Cleveland for 11 years. Each panelist noted that as a two-term mayor Stokes faced the same challenges that a mayor of any ethnicity would — problems including police reform, providing an attractive downtown, and everyday issues such as snow removal. Due to the unique nature of being the first prominent African-American mayor and leading a majority Caucasian constituency, Stokes received singular attention and a broader platform than the majority of mayors, and was “an articulate spokesman for the problems of urban America,” according to David Stradling. The forum concluded with a look at Stokes’s legacy, and the progress of African-American leadership in American cities today, through the lens of four current African-American mayors of metropolitan cities, including Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson ’83.


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of African-American Mayoral Leadership in the U.S.

Keynote Conversation Speakers: • Norman Krumholz, former City of Cleveland Planning Director • Robert Madison, Architect and Member of Carl Stokes mayoral campaign • David Stradling, Ph.D. and Richard The conversation focused on the leadership ability needed to run urban

Stradling, co-authors of Where the River

cities successfully and the opportunities now accessible to African-

Burned: Carl Stokes and the Struggle to

Americans in politics that have culminated in the first African-American

Save Cleveland

president. The mayors noted that, just as Mayor Stokes found nearly 50 years ago, the main challenges they face today — including education, health, violence and infrastructure — most often transcend the race of their communities.

Moderator: Craig M. Boise, Dean of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

The forum was the final of five CSU Presidential Forums held during 2014-15 as a part of the University’s 50th anniversary celebration.

Panelists: • Mayor Stephen K. Benjamin, City of Columbia, S.C. • Mayor Frank G. Jackson ’83, City of Cleveland, Ohio • Mayor Tony T. Yarber, City of Jackson, Miss. • Mayor Karen Freeman Wilson, City of Gary, Ind.

Moderator: Steve Phillips, Board Chair and Co-Founder of

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Black Law Students Association Achieves an Award-Winning Year through Community Service and Competition

2014-15 Cleveland-Marshall Black Law Students Association Executive Board Delanté Spencer Thomas, President Arleesha Wilson, Vice President Kalynne Proctor, Treasurer Tiffany Henderson, Corresponding Secretary Kathleen Valdez, Recording Secretary Anna Marie Wall, Historian

Black Law Students Association at the organization’s annual scholarship and awards banquet.

Cleveland-Marshall’s Black Law Students Association (BLSA) chapter had a banner year in 2014-15 as it earned campus and regional recognition for its community service work and competitive achievements. Cleveland-Marshall’s BLSA chapter is a member of the National Black Law Students Association, which operates 200 chapters across six countries and has 6,000 members. The national organization’s chief purpose is “to articulate and promote the needs and goals of Black law students and effectuate change in the legal community.” Cleveland-Marshall’s chapter expands upon that mission with seven stated purposes including, “to instill in the racially and ethnically diverse law student a greater awareness of and commitment to the needs of the greater community.” The focus on the greater community is evident in the organization’s continued volunteer efforts. During the past year, Cleveland-Marshall’s BLSA volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Cleveland and participated in Word Church’s “Turkey Takeover,” an event where 1,200 turkeys were distributed to families in need. BLSA also organized donation drives at the law school, Black Law Students Association moot court

partnering with both the International Book Project to collect over 100 books

team members DeAngelo LaVette (center)

in an effort to help promote literacy around the world by creating an overseas

and Chris McNeal Sr. (right) and alumni coach Brandon Cox ’12 (left)


library, and the global not-for-profit organization Soles4Souls to collect two dozen pairs of shoes for those in need.

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“We are honored and humbled to have the opportunity to positively impact our community,” said ClevelandMarshall BLSA President Delanté Spencer Thomas. “Cleveland-Marshall’s BLSA strives to not only promote our own success, but the success of our community.”

Black Law Students Association students volunteering with the Legal Aid Society.

While maintaining its strong influence in the broader community, the association continued its robust connection with the Cleveland-Marshall family. In April, BLSA honored Teresa Metcalf Beasley ’92, partner at Calfee, Halter & Griswold, during its annual scholarship and awards banquet, with a keynote speech delivered by Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge ’83. Former Congressman Louis Stokes ’53 was also involved with BLSA and took part in the organization’s annual membership induction ceremony. The organization concentrated on additional means for increasing alumni involvement as well, including hosting the first Cleveland-Marshall Minority Alumni Weekend. BLSA students also helped meet the underserved needs of Cleveland’s legal community though several additional volunteer programs. Students addressed the individual legal issues of low-income residents in Legal Aid Society Brief Advice Clinics and inspired local high school students through the Law and Leadership Institute. BLSA members also participated in the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s 3R’s program, where they teach the U.S. Constitution in area high school social studies classrooms, and partnered with the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio to host ‘Know Your Rights’ training. In competition, Black Law Students Association’s moot court team members DeAngelo LaVette and Chris McNeal Sr. presented formidable arguments to earn third place at the Midwest regional Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition in Indianapolis. With a third place finish, the Cleveland-Marshall team advanced to the 39th National Frederick Douglass

Moot Court Competition.

We are honored and humbled to have the opportunity to positively impact our community.”

Delanté Spencer Thomas

For achievements, Cleveland-Marshall’s BLSA chapter earned first place among 52 chapters at the 2014-15 Midwest BLSA Challenge. The competition is community service-based with BLSA chapters judged on quality of programming and impact on the community. Cleveland-Marshall’s BLSA chapter was also honored by Cleveland State University as the recipient of the school’s Diane Dillard Student Organization of the Year award. This award, selected in part based on the quality of an organization’s programming and the active participation of its membership, recognizes a deserving student organization each year that exhibits outstanding contributions to the University community and exemplifies excellence in campus engagement. “As a law school, we strive to attract a diverse student body and support the activities of student organizations that represent our students,” said Cleveland-Marshall Dean Craig M. Boise. “The community initiatives of our BLSA chapter are great examples of the ways student organizations add value to the educational experience at Cleveland-Marshall and give back to the community.”

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Orientation Week

Features Real-World Focused Engaged Learning Day

For the second consecutive year, incoming students at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law experienced real-world applications of the law during the school’s Engaged Learning Day. As part of their “First Years’ First Week” orientation, students visited a courtroom and area businesses, where they saw practical application of the law and its connection to their first-year courses. In the morning, students went to either the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio or the Court of Appeals of Ohio, Eighth Appellate District, and observed arguments in cases specifically selected for Engaged Learning Day by the judges. In the afternoon, students visited two local companies — Nextant Aerospace and Flight Options LLC — both founded by Kenneth Ricci ’86 and headquartered at Cuyahoga County Airport. The afternoon included a tour of the facilities and a panel discussion with Ricci and the presidents and general counsel of both Flight Options and Nextant Aerospace. During the discussion period, Ricci stressed that law school teaches different methods of thinking and reasoning. “The best thing about law school for me was learning situational awareness,” Ricci told students. “Law school will teach you how to find reason in a situation, as well as how to assess risks.” Relating the law specifically to his aerospace businesses, Ricci stated that the practicality of business drives the legal framework in which companies operate. He also recommended that when looking at cases during their upcoming courses, students think about the business implications of why a case plays out in a certain manner. “Actually getting to see and hear about what a graduate of Cleveland-Marshall has done in business has been really impressive, and I’m excited to work toward that point in my career,” said Cleveland-Marshall 1L student Bryan Boss.


The best thing about law school for me was learning situational awareness.” Founder of Flight Options LLC, Nextant Aerospace and Directional Aviation Capital Kenneth Ricci ’86

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Civil Litigation Student Argues Successfully in Court of Appeals The Main Courtroom of the Ohio Eighth District Court of Appeals in Downtown Cleveland has an impressive aesthetic appearance. Ornately carved woodwork, historical murals, exquisite chandeliers and magnificent high ceilings invoke a sense of history and gravitas. The atmosphere in such a courtroom can be intimidating, even to an experienced attorney.

Civil Litigation Clinic Students Earn Several Victories During Fall Semester The end of Fall semester is a busy time for Cleveland-

Cleveland Marshall Civil Litigation Clinic student Elizabeth Bonham looked right at home in the grandiose courtroom in early January as she presented oral argument to a panel of the Court of Appeals in an unemployment benefits appeal case represented by the Clinic.

Marshall students as they prepare for and take final

“I was extremely nervous to argue that

exams. However, in the Civil Litigation Clinic students

morning, as I wanted to do my best

had additional duties as they represented clients in

for my client and for my professors,”

three different in-person unemployment compensation

Bonham said. “I was lucky to argue

hearings. Waiting for the results in those cases was

second as the appellee. By the time

long but well worth it, because in each case the Clinic’s

opposing counsel had spoken, I felt

client prevailed.

more than ready to tell the bench how wrong he was.”

Clinic students Mike Benjamin and Josephine Begin successfully represented a woman who had been forced to resign her job at a factory because of threats from co-workers. Michael Bowen and Vincent Scebbi prepared an effective presentation for their client who had worked as a telemarketer and resigned her position because of workplace conditions. The third hearing involved a client who had been terminated for allegedly being discourteous to a customer of the pharmacy for which he was a delivery man. Primarily due to the diligent preparation of the client for the hearing by

The third-year Cleveland-Marshall student appeared poised as she presented her case. Bonham, who was able to represent the Clinic client in court with a Legal Intern Certificate, delivered a well-prepared argument and handled questions from the bench flawlessly. The Court ultimately ruled in favor of Bonham’s client, affirming previous decisions secured from the state Unemployment Compensation Review Commission and the Court of Common Pleas.

Danielle LeBlanc and David Cup, the client was found to

Bonham’s day in court was the culmination of months

have been terminated without just cause.

of work in drafting a brief and practicing for the

The decisions in those three cases followed another favorable decision for a client represented by Paul Petrick and Sarah Zinn in a two-part telephone hearing. The work of the Clinic students, supervised by Professors Kenneth Kowalski and Doron Kalir, resulted in four claimants who had previously been denied unemployment compensation receiving needed benefits in time for the holidays. All clients expressed extreme gratitude for the work of the ClevelandMarshall students.

argument with Clinic Professors Kenneth Kowalski and Doron Kalir, and fellow Clinic student Christina Williams. Her semesters of Clinic experience helped her apply classroom learning to the work of actual lawyers, and revealed this as an area of law she would like to pursue upon graduation. “Memorizing the rules of evidence is not worth much if you don’t know what to do after that,” Bonham said. “The Clinic taught me how to apply this information. My experience here showed me what to pay attention to in the classroom, and what it could do for me in a courtroom.”

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Featured Presentations Lawrence Lessig – How Money (in politics) Matters “The percent of average voters who support something has no effect on that policy being enacted.” That startling statement from legal activist Lawrence Lessig highlighted a spirited dialogue on money in politics at a Cleveland-Marshall College of Law public CLE event, cosponsored by the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland. Lessig, the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, challenged the influence of money in politics and discussed what he coined “the green primary,” the critical first stage of fundraising where money establishes who can actually compete in the general election. Among the problems Lessig cited with privately funded democratic elections are the creation of inherent corruption and the manifestation of an inequality of influence, something that the majority of the population does not realize has occurred. Lessig’s proposed solution is a small-dollar funding system, where the dollar limits on campaign donations are significantly reduced. He suggested $50 standard contributions through public vouchers, the equivalent of “Starbucks cards for democracy,” according to Lessig. A lawyer and activist, Lessig is well known for arguing in favor of sensible intellectual property law, and is a founding board member of Creative Commons, an organization that builds better copyright practices through principles established by the open-source software community. In recent years, Lessig has shifted his primary focus to American politics and his book, Republic, Lost, concentrates on how far the United States government has spun off course and how citizens can fight to regain control. Lessig’s talk concluded Cleveland State Law Review’s annual symposium, during which professors Bruce Ledewitz (Duquesne Law School), James G. Wilson (Cleveland-Marshall College of Law), Eugene D. Mazo (Wake Forest University School of Law), and The Honorable Lynn Adelman (United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin) further examined the influence of money in today’s political culture.


Journal of Law and Health Symposium: The Social, Ethical, and Legal Consequences of Sports-Related Brain Injuries Cleveland-Marshall College of Law’s Journal of Law and Health hosted its 2015 symposium focused on “The Social, Ethical, and Legal Consequences of SportsRelated Brain Injuries.” Co-sponsored by the Center for Health Law & Policy and Health Law Society, the symposium featured the perspectives of medical, equipment and legal experts, as well as current National Football League player Josh Cribbs. Cribbs stated he has suffered concussions playing football during his amateur and NFL careers. He detailed a culture that encourages players to continue to play through these types of injures, and the impact players believe their willingness to play affects their earning potential and future NFL prospects, even with the recent emphasis on concussion management.

“When you play in the NFL, it’s not if you are going to get injured, it’s when you’re going to get injured,” Cribbs said. “No player leaves the NFL without a single injury.” The safety of playing football is a topic that dominates headlines and the most prevalent legal discussion pertains to the NFL concussion settlement and the decision of a minority of retired NFL players to opt out of the settlement. Peter Carfagna, Founder of Magis, LLC, and Executive-in-Residence at ClevelandMarshall College of Law, applauded those who have opted out of the concussion settlement and disputed legal analyst Michael McCann’s claim that opting out is a “legal Hail Mary.” Carfagna played football at Harvard College but would not allow his children to participate in the sport. SYMPOSIUM SPEAKERS: • Dr. Christopher Bailey: Neuropsychologist at University Hospitals and Assistant Professor of Neurology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine • Jennifer Brobst: Assistant Professor and Director of the Center for Health Law and Policy at Southern Illinois University School of Law • Peter Carfagna: Founder of Magis, LLC, and Executive-in-Residence at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law • Josh Cribbs: National Football League Wide Receiver and Kick Returner for the Cleveland Browns, New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts • Kelly Lytle: Author, To Dad, From Kelly • Stephen Pfriem: Manager of Quality, Compliance and Regulatory Affairs at ICS Laboratories • Geoffrey Rapp: Harold A. Anderson Professor of Law & Values at the University of Toledo College of Law Cleveland State University

Criminal Justice Forum: Ferguson, Staten Island and Cleveland: A Legal Discussion about the Use of Lethal Force by Law Enforcement Officers A panel of local attorneys, professors and activists spoke on the legal issues related to the recent use of lethal force by police officers at a Criminal Justice Forum hosted at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, “Ferguson, Staten Island and Cleveland: A Legal Discussion about the Use of Lethal Force by Law Enforcement Officers.” The free program was co-sponsored by the City Club of Cleveland, American Constitution Society, Norman S. Minor Bar Association, ClevelandMarshall College of Law Dean’s Diversity Council and the Cleveland-Marshall Black Law Students Association. The panel, moderated by Cleveland-Marshall Dean Craig M. Boise, included Carole Rendon, First Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, Terry Gilbert, Esq., Friedman & Gilbert, Shakyra Diaz, American Civil Liberties Union, Professor Jonathan Witmer-Rich, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and Professor Ronnie Dunn, Cleveland State University Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs. The panel focused largely on the fallout and lessons to be learned from the Department of Justice’s December 2014 report that was critical of the Cleveland police department. “There’s a false dichotomy out there that it has to be bad police officers or a flawed system and that’s obviously false – there can be a combination of both factors,” Rendon said. The issue of race was notably not detailed in the Justice Department’s report, but several panelists felt that race has a strong relationship with the use of lethal force, including Dunn who has conducted several studies on racial profiling by Cleveland Police.

Education Law Association and Cleveland State Law Review Symposium – American Education: Diversity, Desegregation and Resegregation

Here we are 60 years after Brown v. Board of Education arguing about conditions that wouldn’t satisfy Plessy (v. Ferguson). Mark Rosenbaum

Keynote speaker Mark Rosenbaum, director of the Public Counsel Opportunity Under Law project, delivered a provocative address at the Education Law Association and Cleveland State Law Review Symposium. The symposium, co-sponsored by Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and the ACLU of Ohio, focused on diversity, desegregation and resegregation in American education on the heels of the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education . Public Counsel is the largest pro bono law firm in the nation and takes on a wide range of public interest cases. Prior to joining Public Counsel earlier this year, Rosenbaum spent four decades with the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, most recently as Chief Counsel, and was its legal director for over 10 years. Rosenbaum chided the federal government for their unwillingness to address educational inequalities and allowing cases to go to state courts. In the absence of federal action, Rosenbaum challenged the American society to set forth on a path towards equality. “We’re now 60 years past Brown and we still don’t have a definition of equal educational opportunity,” Rosenbaum said. Rosenbaum’s talk concluded a full afternoon of discussion and presentations on equity and segregation in the education system. ADDITIONAL PRESENTERS: David H.K. Nguyen, M.B.A., J.D., LL.M., Candidate for Ph.D., Education Policy. Associate Instructor, Indiana University Bloomington “‘Jim Crowing’ Plyler v. Doe: The Resegregation of Undocumented Students in American Higher Education through Discriminatory State Tuition and Fee Legislation” William J. Glenn, J.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Virginia Tech School of Education

“This report does not mean those issues (of race) cannot be addressed by the Cleveland police,” Rendon said, explaining the need for the Department of Justice to release a report in expedited fashion, before the issue of race could properly be addressed. “Unless you’re living in another dimension, we all know that race is a critical issue,” Gilbert said. “The Justice Department report is just a starting point. The real work is to get the community involved and it is up to us as a community to address those issues.”

“School Segregation in Jefferson County and Seattle: The impact of the Parents Involved ruling and district actions” Natalie Gomez-Velez, J.D., Professor, The City University of New York School of Law “Can Universal Pre-K Overcome Extreme Race and Income Segregation to Reach New York City Children in Need? The importance of legal infrastructure and the limits of the law” Natasha Wilson, J.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Post-Doctoral Fellow, New York University, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service “Turnaround in Reverse: Brown, school improvement grants, and the legacy of educational opportunity”

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Criminal Justice Forum Stephen I. Vladeck, Professor, American University Washington College of Law “Military Justice and Article III”

Constitution Day Lecture Roger Newman, Author, Hugo Black: A Biography “One Nation Under Surveillance”

The Friedman and Gilbert Criminal Justice Forum Alan Silber, Drug law reform expert “The New York Times v. DEA: Developments in Marijuana Legalization” Center for Health Law & Policy Co-sponsored by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association “Contagion”: A Conversation about Using Public Health Laws to Prevent the Spread of Infectious Diseases Panelists: · Jana Rush, Chief Epidemiologist, Cleveland Public Health Department · Dennis Lansdowne, Partner, Spangenberg Law Firm · Susan Becker, Professor Emerita, Cleveland Marshall College of Law

Employment & Labor Law Lecture Amy Ryder Wentz, Littler Mendelson, and Danielle O. Doza, past Policy Council, ACLU of Ohio “The Collision of Anti-Discrimination Laws and the Religious Rights of Employers”


Dean Emeritus Steven H. Steinglass, Senior Policy Advisor, Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland “The History and the Future of the Ohio Constitution” Global Business Law Review Symposium “Banks to the Future: The Legal Frontier of International Finance” Presenters: · David Groshoff, Senior V.P. & Chief Legal Officer, Dreamfund – “Crowdfunding, Cryptocurrencies, and International Business Ethics: Follow the Money” · Richard Gordon, Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Law – “Banks, Customer Identification, and the Search for the Bad Guys” · Timothy K. Kuhner, Professor, Georgia State University College of Law – “Money in Politics, the Roberts Court, and International Law: A Growing Divide” · Jon P. Yormick, Business/International Lawyer, Law Offices of Jon P. Yormick Co. LPA – “Economic Sanctions: Opportunities and Compliance Challenges”

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Spring 20

“Cleveland’s Consent Decree: The Path Forward” Presented by Cleveland–Marshall College of Law, the Cleveland–Marshall Law Alumni Association, the Northeast Ohio Chapter and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Student Chapter of the American Constitution Society, the Norman S. Minor Bar Association and the ACLU of Ohio Panelists: Carole Rendon, First Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio David A. Harris, Distinguished Faculty Scholar, University of Pittsburgh School of Law Moderator: Professor Jonathan Witmer-Rich, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

Cleveland-Marshall Visiting Scholar Eric Freyfogle, Professor, University of Illinois College of Law “The Next 250 Years”

Criminal Justice Forum Kenneth W. Simons, Professor, Boston University School of Law “Can Jurors Understand the Mental State Categories Employed in the Criminal Law?”

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Entertainment and Sports Law Association Symposium Panel 1: Owning and Operating a Sports Venue Panel 2: From Development to Production, How to Make a Film, sponsored by the Greater Cleveland Film Commission Panel 3: Protecting and Monetizing the Publicity Rights of Athletes and Entertainers, sponsored by Britton Gallagher Panelists: · Jeff Appelbaum, Partner, Thompson Hine · Mark Avsec, Partner, Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff · Peter Carfagna, Chairman/CEO, Magis LLC; Executive-in-Residence, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law · Angelin Chang, Professor Coordinator, Keyboard Studies; Professor of Music (Piano); Professor of Law, Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law · Chris Harrington, Manager of Legal Services, Brooklyn Nets Sports & Entertainment · Jason Hillman, General Counsel, Cleveland Cavaliers · James Juliano, Management Committee, Nicola, Gudbranson & Cooper, LLC · Ron Katz, Senior Counsel, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips · Peter Kaufman, Principal, Kaufman Entertainment Law Group · Craig Nard, Galen J. Roush Professor of Law, Case Western Reserve School of Law · Ivan Schwarz, President, Greater Cleveland Film Commission · Brad Seymour, Vice President and General Manager, Lake County Captains 13

Elizabeth Pugh Honored with CSU’s Distinguished Alumnus Award Cleveland State University recognized Cleveland-Marshall College of Law graduate Elizabeth Pugh ’78, general counsel of the Library of Congress, as the College’s 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient. Pugh was selected to receive the honor based on her distinguished record of service, leadership and professional achievements.

CSU Distinguished Alumnus Award Recipient Elizabeth Pugh ’78 with CSU Alumni Association President-Elect Howard Thompson, CSU President Ronald M. Berkman and Dean Craig M. Boise at the Distinguished Alumni Awards reception.

Pugh has enjoyed an illustrious 36-year career in government service since graduating from Cleveland-Marshall. The past 16 of those years have been spent as general counsel for the Library of Congress, the largest library in the world and the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution. Pugh, a member of Cleveland-Marshall’s National Advisory Council, began her legal career as an attorney with the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Education. She continued with the executive branch as a litigator and manager with the Department of Justice, and later served as general counsel to the National Archives and Records Administration. With the National Archives and Records Administration, she played a significant role in resolution of the case that resulted in the opening of tape recordings made by former President Richard Nixon. In 2008, Pugh received an honorary doctorate from Cleveland State University. Pugh received her award at CSU’s Distinguished Alumni Awards reception held as part of the University’s 50th Anniversary Homecoming celebration.


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Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and Lake Erie College offer Northeast Ohio’s First 3+3 Joint Bachelor’s/Law Degree Program Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio, have partnered to offer a 3+3 Joint Bachelor’s/Law Accelerated Degree Program, the first of its kind in Northeast Ohio. By enrolling in this program, students will have the opportunity to complete both bachelor’s and law degrees in just six years instead of the traditional seven years necessary to complete four years of undergraduate studies and three years of law school. Under this partnership, enrolled students will receive their undergraduate degree from Lake Erie College after completing their first year of Juris Doctor studies at Cleveland-Marshall.

Given the current landscape of rising costs in education, we welcome the opportunity to give students the option of eliminating one year of educational expenses as they work toward their ultimate goal of a career in the legal profession.” Cleveland-Marshall Dean Craig M. Boise

“Given the current landscape of rising costs in education, we welcome the opportunity to give students the option of eliminating one year of educational expenses as they work toward their ultimate goal of a career in the legal profession,” Cleveland-Marshall Dean Craig M. Boise said. “Our partnership with Lake Erie College is unique for giving students an opportunity to pursue an accelerated undergraduate program of their choice in an intimate, private school setting, culminating in a legal education experience in resurgent downtown Cleveland.” “We are pleased to partner with Cleveland-Marshall College of Law to offer the first 3+3 program in Northeast Ohio,” Lake Erie College President Michael T. Victor said. “The program will not only help in educating the next generation of lawyers, but it will also eliminate a year of school for the students enrolled. This will be a tremendous help to them as they train for their lifelong careers.” Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and Lake Erie College moved quickly to create the accelerated 3+3 J.D. program after the Supreme Court of Ohio adopted amendments to the Government of the Bar of Ohio in July 2014 that eliminate the requirement that students complete a bachelor’s degree before enrolling in law school. Under the agreement, Lake Erie students enroll in the program as freshman and work with advisors at their school to ensure they are following the proper requirements throughout their studies, as well as earning a minimum 3.45 GPA for 90 undergraduate credit hours and taking the required Law School Admission Test (LSAT). The students will complete their final year of undergraduate studies at Cleveland-Marshall as first-year law students. Cleveland-Marshall College of Law


Experienced Moot Court Coaches Give Students Edge in Competition

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law’s moot court team members benefit from the valuable experiences and wisdom of a select group of working attorneys who serve as team coaches. The unique combination of guidance from these attorneys, along with the work of faculty advisors Carolyn Broering-Jacobs and Kelly K. Curtis, give Cleveland-Marshall students an advantage in competition and in preparation for their careers after law school. “A great thing about our coaches is that many of them are alumni who have coached our moot court teams multiple times and are experienced in the competitions we attend,” said Stephanie Olivera, moot court team member and Chair-Elect for the 2015-16 season. “There is truly no better way of learning than through the guidance and feedback of attorneys who have not only been in our shoes but are experienced in real-life courtrooms.” These coaches, who are primarily past members of the Cleveland-Marshall moot court program, offer invaluable advice having previously competed at many of the same competitions as the current teams. Each competition team is assigned a group of one to three coaches who work with the three students in preparation for specific competitions. Each moot court competition team has a slightly unique dynamic in the relationship with their coaches, but typically the coaches work with their team on the oral argument phase of the competition, after they have completed in-depth research and writing on a competition problem. “We are a sounding board for the students to help fine tune the arguments they have already thoughtfully crafted and we bring the experience that some students do not have yet since it may be their first time to a moot court competition,” said coach Chelsea Mikula ’10, an associate with Calfee. While the coaches’ main focus is to prepare their teams for competition, they are acutely aware of the bigger picture — that moot court is a means for preparing students for their career after law school. Accordingly, they take time to show how moot court skills have translated into their professions. “I always offer to take at least one practice to talk about life as an attorney and to answer any questions the team may have about applying for jobs and the early years of working as a practicing attorney,” said coach Sara Tackett ’13, an associate with Elfvin & Besser. “I always remind the team that the skills they learn in moot court will have application far outside the competition, and regardless of the field they pursue.” Attorney-coaches say they assist with the moot court team as a means to stay connected to the law school and to give back for the benefits they received as moot court students. Several of the most recent Cleveland-Marshall graduates to join the coaching ranks are working with or alongside the same coaches they had as student members of the program.

Students Grayson Sieg, Mike Pelagalli and Ciera Parish, along with coaches Chelsea Mikula ’10, Megan Miller ’09 and John Lewis at an end-of-the-year celebration.

While they are giving back, coaches also gain plenty from their coaching experience, as practice sessions afford them the opportunity to hone their presentation skills and experiment with areas of the law beyond their expertise. Still, the ultimate reward is in seeing how students grow during the process. “The students at the podium in competition are completely different advocates than those who stood up hesitantly at our first oral argument practice round,” said coach Alex Reich ’09, an associate with Calfee. “I see students progress exponentially as their oral arguments transform from a slab of raw material into a brilliant and oftentimes winning performance. Watching and participating in this development, including the stumbles along the way that allow the students to break through to the next level, is what I find most rewarding every year.”

2014-15 Cleveland-Marshall Moot Court Coaches Stanley Ball ’11, Associate, BakerHostetler Claire Curtis, Research and Writing Attorney, Office of the Federal Public Defender Karen Swanson Haan ’07, Associate, BakerHostetler John Lewis, Partner, Jones Day Chelsea Mikula ’10, Associate, Calfee Megan Miller ’09, Associate, Jones Day 16

Alexis Osburn ’08, Associate, BakerHostetler Alex Reich ’09, Associate, Calfee Sara Tackett ’13, Associate, Elfvin & Besser Kelsey Taylor ’13, Attorney, Cuyahoga County Public Defender Dean Williams ’05, Litigation Attorney, Dean C. Williams, LLC

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Global Business

Law Review

The Global Business Law Review concluded its sixth year of publication in 2014-2015. The publication continues to grow in membership and added nine new associates to support its eight managing editors. The Global Business Law Review continues to publish

These initiatives were executed by outgoing Editor-

innovative articles that tackle relevant and novel issues in

In-Chief Dan Baron. The journal also hosted its annual

the areas of international law and business law. In 2014-

symposium: “Bank to the Future: The Legal Frontier

2015, The Law Review published two issues highlighting

of International Finance.” The symposium was a great

10 scholarly articles, with each article also republished in

success, featuring notable experts from across the country.

Westlaw, where both the Global Business Law Review and Cleveland-Marshall are recognized.

With the rapid advancement of technology resulting in shrinking international borders, business law and

In 2014, the journal launched a new website providing

international law continue to have a major presence

access to articles, videos and membership. The new website was specifically designed with search engine

in current affairs. As a result, the Global Business Law Review looks forward to continually expanding its

optimization in mind to increase the journal’s visibility.

presence within the global business and legal communities.

ANNUAL AWARD WINNERS: Legacy Award: Paul Petrick | Note of the Year: Mike Veneri | Editor of the Year: Dan Zulant

best brief and went undefeated in oral arguments. The team advanced to the national competition in New York City, where they received seventh best brief score in the nation, and finished in fifth place overall, while advancing to the quarterfinals. The team was coached by Chelsea Mikula ‘10, John Lewis, and Megan Miller ’09 of Tucker Ellis. In the spring, two teams competed at the American Bar


Court Competition

The Cleveland-Marshall College of Law moot court program had another successful season in 2014-15, with strong showings regionally and nationally under faculty advisors Carolyn Broering-Jacobs and Kelly K. Curtis. The year started off with the team of Max Julian and Erick Nevin competing in the Burton D. Wechsler First Amendment Moot Court Competition at American University. The team was coached by Sara Tackett ’13 and Kelsey Taylor ’13.

Association’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition in Boston. The team of Jonathan Perry, Matthew Convery, and Stephanie Olivera was coached by Alex Reich ’09 of Calfee Halter. The team of Joseph Mittica, Robert McCaleb, and Leah Winsburg, led by coach Dean Williams ’05, advanced to the second round of the competition. At the John J. Gibbons Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition hosted by Seton Hall University, Mike Milano, Edward Kelley, and Marilyn Eble competed under the direction of coach Claire Curtis of the Federal Public Defender’s Office. In the last competition of the year, the team of Steve Maier, Kyle Hutnick, and Justin Clark competed in the August A. Rendigs National Products Liability Moot Court Competition in Cincinnati. The team, led by by Stanley Ball ’11 of Baker

Also in the fall, the Cleveland-Marshall team competed at

Hostetler, earned best respondent brief, second best brief

Capital University in the regional competition of the New

score overall, and advanced to the quarterfinal round of the

York City Bar Association National Moot Court Competition,


where Mike Pelagalli, Ciera Parish, and Grayson Sieg earned Cleveland-Marshall College of Law


The Journal of

Law & Health

The Journal of Law and Health, founded in 1984, provides a forum for discussing issues important to both law and medicine, and is also one of the few publications that focuses on the complex and diverse field of health care law. Jeremy Gatta provided outstanding leadership as Editor-

from across the country to discuss this topic and each in

in-Chief and was assisted by a staff of 13 editors and 14

turn will provide an article to be featured in Volume 29,

associate editors. The 2014-15 staff published two volumes

Issue 1, forthcoming in January 2016.

(Vol. 28, Issues 1 and 2), each with intriguing articles about current issues in health law.

This year, the Journal has been working to streamline the editorial process and increase communication and

The Journal of Law and Health also sponsored its annual

outreach to Cleveland-Marshall alumni. Incoming Editor-

symposium. This year’s symposium was entitled “The

in-Chief Christine Demeter will look to build on increased

Social, Ethical, and Legal Consequences of Sports-Related

efficiency to publish new comment pieces in each issue,

Brain Injuries.” The topic was chosen because of growing

in which various scholars will comment directly on other

national concern about head injuries in football. The

published works.

Journal welcomed scholars, practitioners, and athletes ANNUAL AWARD WINNERS: Outstanding Editor: Maximilian A. Julian | Outstanding Associate: Helen Rapp | Barbara J. Tyler Award for Best Note: Laruen Esarco: The Birds and the Bees and the Missing LGBT[Q]’s: The Exclusion of LGBTQ Youth in Abstinence-Only-Until Marriage Education

The Cleveland State

Law Review

Following the annual Summer Writing Competition, the

Cleveland State Law Review welcomed 22 new associates. This year’s board, under the leadership of Editor-in-Chief Carrie Valdez, published four full issues in Volume 63 of the

Cleveland State Law Review, diligently soliciting articles from legal scholars, professors, renowned practitioners and judges.

to meet and foster relationships with distinguished alumni. Additionally, the Law Review launched a new and dynamic website that includes a rich archive of past Law Review articles. Further, the Law Review contributed to the evolution of legal scholarship by publishing its first article on its online companion site, Et Cetera, which aims to publish short, timely, and relevant articles. The Law Review

In 2014-15, the Law Review instituted several new initiatives

looks forward to more contributions from professors,

designed to build on the tradition and successes of past

alumni, and local practitioners.

editorial boards. The Law Review reconnected with alumni by creating an Alumni Advisory Board to help the current editorial board build and grow the Law Review’s internal and external reputation. The Alumni Board helped plan

The Law Review plans to maintain its upward trajectory in 2015-16 under the leadership of Elisa Leonard, incoming Editor-in-Chief.

and execute the Law Review’s inaugural alumni networking event that provided members with a valuable opportunity ANNUAL AWARD WINNERS: Editor of the Year: Patrick Rahill | Associate of the Year: Chelsea Mullarkey | Executive Editor of the Year: Grayson Sieg Managing Editor of the Year: Jonathon Angarola | Best Note: Nathan Sargent


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Featured projects

During the 2014-15 school year, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law students

from the 2014-2015

gives students the unique experience of serving the community while learning the

donated thousands of hours of pro bono service to those in need. This opportunity law. This past year, over 170 students “lived justice” by participating in a service

academic year:

project organized by the oldest faculty-directed law school pro bono program in Ohio.

Live Justice Day - Twenty-five 1Ls and three faculty and staff members participated in the third annual Live Justice Day during Orientation Week. The volunteers spent the day at the Harbor Light Family Shelter supervising activities including meal preparation, crafts and organized play in the gymnasium. “This is why I came to law school,” one 1L participant said. A number of other students agreed. Towards Employment Expungement Project - Students assisted one-time offenders in having their records expunged, thus enabling them to go to school or attain employment. The program achieved such popularity that lines often stretched out the doors. Lake County Bar Association’s Pro Se Divorce Clinics Students assisted with sign in, intake, discussion, motion drafting and filing during these award-winning, full-day programs for low-income couples started by Lake County Domestic Relations Judge Colleen Falkowski ’79. Cuyahoga County Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition IRS-Certified Volunteer Tax Preparer Program - Students went through extensive training and passed IRS examination to become IRS-Certified Tax Preparers. After certification, volunteers worked at community centers around Northeast Ohio where they prepared and filed taxes for low-income workers. The combined volunteer work resulted in more than $4 million in returned tax money for Northeast Ohio residents. Legal Aid Society of Cleveland Free Advice Clinics - Students helped to address the legal issues of low-income residents at Saturday Free Advice Clinics held at community centers in the city of Cleveland. Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court Child Support Initiative - Students conducted intake, strategized with volunteer lawyers and drafted and filed motions in this holistic, one-stop solution to child support problems. Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s 3Rs Program - For the ninth year, Cleveland-Marshall students team-taught the U.S. Constitution in area high school social studies classrooms. Of the 500+ volunteer law students, lawyers and judges in the program, the largest volunteer group consisted of Cleveland-Marshall students. City of Cleveland/Cleveland Municipal Court High School Mock Trial Program - Law students served as volunteer coaches, legal advisors and judges in this program for over 400 high school students. Harbor Light Family Shelter A group of law student volunteers spent time at this local homeless shelter each week, organizing games, crafts and refreshments as well as providing resume workshops and advice clinics. Greater Cleveland Food Bank - Students collected donations and sorted and packed canned goods in the food bank warehouse. Bishop Cosgrove Center - Students staff a monthly free legal services center at the nearby Cosgrove Center. This initiative is supported by Catholic Charities and the Homeless Legal Assistance Project.

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GREAT LAKES SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT GLSELA students hold a question-and-answer session with singer Nate Jones at Lava Room Recording.

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law again hosted the the fourth annual Great Lakes Sports and Entertainment Law Academy (GLSELA). The threeweek program afforded law students from across the country the ability to participate in an immersive experience in either sports or entertainment law. This year, students in the academy’s “Representing the Musical Artist” course had a new opportunity to serve as talent scouts, legal directors, art directors and license drafters while compiling an album sold to benefit the Legal Aid Society. As part of a class project, students selected the music talent and reached out to local musicians and bands in attempt to include their music on the compilation CD. Class members experienced artists and repertoire (A&R), then drafted the necessary use/mechanical license agreements and even learned the necessary technology through a partnership with OverDrive Inc., a company founded by alumnus Steve Potash ’78. The hands-on learning went a step further as students were able to see firsthand the process of recording and producing in the studio. They traveled to Lava Room Recording to observe local singer-songwriter Nate Jones of the Nate Jones Band record a new track for the album. “I intend to work in the entertainment industry after law school, and an experience like compiling this album on behalf of Legal Aid has been exactly the type of practical, hands-on opportunity that demonstrates what it looks like dealing with contract, copyright, fair use, and other related legal issues in the industry on a daily basis,” said Cleveland-Marshall student Jon Strano, who served as director of A&R for the compilation. “As a result, I feel like I now know what I’m getting into, and it’s made me more excited for it than ever.” The album, featuring well-known artists such as Michael Stanley and Donnie Iris as well as rising young bands including Welshly Arms, was sold online and also at the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland’s annual fundraiser, “Jam for Justice.” Sports law students got a glimpse of the inner workings of professional baseball while attending games and taking behind-the-scenes ballpark tours with the Cleveland Indians (Major League Baseball) and Lake County Captains (Class


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A Affiliate). Students also heard from a pair of former Major League pitchers; Jensen Lewis (four-year MLB veteran, Fox Sports Ohio Cleveland Indians broadcaster) and Steve Karsay (13-year MLB veteran, pitching coach for the Lake County Captains). At Progressive Field, students took part in an exclusive pre-game tour of the stadium with Andrew Miller, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Analytics for the Cleveland Indians. Miller’s tour highlighted the new

GLSELA students on an exclusive tour of Progressive Field.

multimillion-dollar renovations to Progressive Field, and the research which accounted for the decisions made on the $26 million project. The class also attended a Captains game in the owner’s box with GLSELA professor Peter A. Carfagna, Chairman, Secretary/Treasurer of the Lake County Captains. They had the opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes in-game tour, experiencing stadium operations including in-game entertainment production, press and broadcast rooms and premium seating areas. The tour highlighted the team’s key sponsorship agreements and marketing focal points. Following the game, students held a question-and-answer session with Karsay and learned about the experience of major and minor league baseball from the perspective of both a player and coaching staff member. Karsay spoke on the developmental process for minor league players and the traits that separate players who advance within an organization. He also discussed the relationship with his agents during his extended major league career and the scope of his marketing deals. Two high-profile faculty members also joined the 2015 academy to provide additional industry insight. Ryan Bocskay, Vice President, Business Affairs at NBC Entertainment and Universal Television, co-taught “Entertainment Law: Film and Television” and Patty Inglis, Executive Vice President, San Francisco 49ers, co-taught “Negotiation Strategies in Sports Management.”

Prominent NFL Agent Erik Burkhardt speaks with GLSELA students.

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Trial Advocacy PROGRAM Cleveland-Marshall College of Law’s Trial Advocacy team participated in two competitions during the 2014-15 academic year. At the Texas Young Lawyer Association Regional Competition, hosted by Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich., Cleveland-Marshall scored the highest of the 20 teams in the field in the first two rounds and earned the number one seed. Cleveland-Marshall’s team of Brooke Hamilton, Craig McClelland, Daren Niemi and Vincent Scebbi ultimately fell a single point short in the third round. Cleveland-Marshall also competed at the American Association for Justice Regional Competition, hosted by Case Western Reserve University. Cleveland-Marshall’s team of David Cup, Kalynne Proctor, Adam Prufer and Leslie Standard scored early victories against the University of Toledo and University of Cincinnati, and went on to lose to the eventual winner of the competition, the University of Notre Dame. Remaining members of Cleveland-Marshall’s trial advocacy teams include Daniel Copfer, Oney Snyder, Katie Weber and Arleesha Wilson.

CLEVELAND-MARSHALL Team Takes Third Place in ABA Tax Challenge Cleveland-Marshall students Thomas Vanik and Ankur Thakkar earned third place in the American Bar Association (ABA) Law Student Tax Challenge. The team of third-year J.D. students, competing in the largest and most prestigious tax competition in the United States, was also recognized for “Best Written Submission” in the competition held in Houston. “Time after time, our tax students have demonstrated that they are among the best in the nation,” team advisor and Cleveland-Marshall Professor John T. Plecnik said. “Tax law is an extraordinary field of study, and ClevelandMarshall College of Law is an extraordinary place to study tax law. To say that I am proud of Thomas and Ankur is an understatement. They prepared tirelessly, took criticism positively and grew tremendously.” The annual competition is designed as a “great way for law students to showcase their knowledge in a real-world setting and gain valuable exposure to the tax law community.” Two-person teams of students are asked to solve a complex business problem that might arise in everyday tax practice. Teams are initially evaluated on two criteria: a memorandum to a senior partner and a letter to a client explaining the result. Based on the written work, 10 teams are selected to present at the ABA Section of Taxation Midyear Meeting.


Cleveland-Marshall’s students of Thomas Vanik (left) and Ankur Thakkar (right), along with their team coach, Professor John Plecnik (center), at the American Bar Association Law Student Tax Challenge.

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In March, three Cleveland-Marshall College of Law professors received promotions from the Cleveland State University Board of Trustees effective beginning with the 201516 academic year. Brian E. Ray and Milena Sterio were promoted to the rank of Professor, while John T. Plecnik earned the status of Associate Professor with tenure.

Brian E. Ray

Milena Sterio

John T. Plecnik

Professor Brian Ray’s research focuses on comparative and international law with an emphasis on comparative constitutional law and social rights. Ray’s book, Social Rights, South Africa and the Possibilities of Engagement (Cambridge University Press, 2014) analyzes the South African Constitutional Court’s most recent social-rights decisions and explores how the engagement requirement the Court developed responds to many of the objections to judicial enforcement of social rights. In 2013, Ray was honored as a Fulbright Scholar, and spent time in South Africa conducting research for his book at the University of Stellenbosch and the University of the Western Cape.

Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Enrichment Milena Sterio’s research interests focus in the fields of international law, international criminal law, international human rights, law of the seas and private international law, and she is nationally known for her work on maritime piracy. In the spring of 2013, Sterio was selected as a Fulbright Scholar, spending the semester at Baku State University in Azerbaijan. While in Baku, she had the opportunity to teach and conduct research on secession under international law as it relates to the province of Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh.

Professor John T. Plecnik’s scholarship focuses on the intersection of taxation and public policy. He has published articles in the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, Pittsburgh Tax Review, Tax Notes Today and the News-Herald.

Ray serves as a representative on the Northern District of Ohio Advisory Committee and is the co-founder of the Northern District of Ohio E-Discovery Roundtable, an informal group of lawyers, judges and academics that meets monthly to discuss issues surrounding electronic discovery. His work has appeared in the Stanford Journal of International Law, Utah Law Review and the South Africa Journal of Human Rights, among others. Ray joined Cleveland-Marshall after several years as a litigation associate at Jones Day in Cleveland. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and spent one year at Kyoto University as a Fulbright Fellow. He earned his J.D. from the Ohio State University College of Law, and after law school clerked for Judge Alan E. Norris of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and for Justice Richard J. Goldstone of the Constitutional Court of South Africa.

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In her capacity as an expert on maritime piracy law, Sterio has participated in meetings of the United Nations Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia, and has been a member of the Piracy Expert Group, an academic think tank functioning within the auspices of the Public International Law and Policy Group. She is one of six permanent editors of the prestigious IntLawGrrls blog, and has published in the American University Law Review, Connecticut International Law Journal, Fordham International Law Journal, Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law, Denver Journal of International Law and Policy, Florida Journal of International Law, and the UC Davis of International Law and Policy. Sterio has presented her paper on the legality of the United States’ use of drones in the war on terror to groups throughout the country, including at the International Criminal Law Interest Group Annual Workshop.

Plecnik currently serves as Councilman-at-Large for the City of Willoughby Hills and Council Representative on the Willoughby Hills Income Tax Board of Review, which is charged with approving local income tax regulations as well as hearing and deciding taxpayer appeals. He has previously served as Chairman of the Willoughby Hills Recreation Commission and Vice President of the Board of Trustees for the Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library System. Plecnik joined Cleveland-Marshall after working for the Wall Street law firm Thacher Proffitt & Wood LLP as an ERISA attorney. He also served as a law clerk to Judge David Gustafson of the United States Tax Court and as an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center. Plecnik earned his J.D. from the Duke University School of Law and has an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law. Plecnik received his undergraduate degree in accounting from Belmont Abbey College.

Sterio joined Cleveland-Marshall after working as an associate in the New York City firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton and as an adjunct law professor at Cornell University. She earned her law degree from Cornell Law School and her undergraduate degree in political science and French literature from Rutgers University. Sterio also holds a master’s degree in Private International Law from the University Paris I-Pantheon-Sorbonne, and earned a Maitrise en droit franco-americain cum laude, also from the Sorbonne. 23

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Craig M. Boise was quoted in The Atlantic in an article entitled The Tax Dodge That Has Plagued the U.S. for More Than a Decade. Boise was interviewed on WCPN about Steris Corporation’s agreement to acquire U.K.-based Synergy Health Plc and the consent decree between the City of Cleveland and the Department of Justice. Boise was named to the Board of Directors of the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland. Professor Michael J. Borden Michael J. Borden presented at a conference hosted by the Incubator of the Paris Bar on the problems with legal education in France. Clinical Professor Pamela A. Daiker-Middaugh Pamela A. Daiker-Middaugh was selected to serve as a “Women Leader Facilitator” at the Crain’s Cleveland Business Women of Note Summit. Professor Michael H. Davis Michael H. Davis co-authored The Many Texts of the Law, published in the British Journal of American Legal Studies. Davis co-authored an op-ed article entitled “The New Face of U.S. Health Care: $1,000 Per Pill,” published on Professor Patricia J. Falk Patricia J. Falk was quoted in a news story for NBC News, ‘I Wanted Justice’: Con Victim Turns Focus to Changing Rape Law. Falk published “Because Ladies Lie”: Eliminating Vestiges of the Corroboration and Resistance Requirements from Ohio’s Sexual Offenses, in the Cleveland State Law Review. Falk was interviewed on the WVIZ PBS show “Applause” during an episode on the 60th anniversary of the Sam Sheppard case. Falk published A Curious Omission from Ohio’s Rape Statute: Sexual Assault When the Victim Consents to Medical or Dental Drugging in the University of Cincinnati Law Review.

Professor David F. Forte

David F. Forte participated on a panel, “Religious Liberty under Attack? Challenges to First Amendment Rights,” at the Legal Studies Institute in Washington, D.C. Forte taught a pair of summer fellowships: The James Wilson Fellowship, in Naples Fla., which focused on the moral principles underlying constitutional law, and the John Marshall Fellowship, sponsored by the Claremont Institute, on “Lincoln’s Statesmanship of Constitutional Recovery.” Forte delivered a lecture, “Building the Moral Edifice against Abortion,” at the Colloquium on the American Founding, Amherst College. Forte spoke on “The Heritage Guide to the Constitution, Second Edition. What has Changed?” at The Heritage Foundation, in Washington, D.C. Forte spoke on “Taming the Prince: A 25-year Retrospective on the Work of Harvey Mansfield,” at the American Political Science Association. Forte published essays, “When Thomas Jefferson Read the Qur’an” and “Barack Obama’s Yalta,” with the Online Library of Law & Liberty, a production of The Liberty Fund.

Professor Matthew W. Green Matthew W. Green presented at the SEALS Annual Meeting in a workshop on Labor and Employment Law entitled “Title VII at 50: What Needs to Change?” Professor Candice Hoke Candice Hoke co-authored an article, Are They Worth Reading? An InDepth Analysis of Online Trackers’ Privacy Policies, published by i/s Journal, a journal of law and policy for the information society published at the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University. Hoke, along with other prominent scholars and experts in cybersecurity and copyright law, filed a comment with the United States Copyright Office regarding a proposed exemption under 17 U.S.C. Section 1201 of Software Security Research (Class 25). Professor Lolita Buckner Inniss Lolita Buckner Inniss was awarded a Graduate Faculty Travel Award by the Cleveland State University Research Council to attend and present at the Workshop for the Feminist International Judgments Project in London.

Forte published Self-Government for the SelfGoverned: The Role of Virtue in a Democratic Republic with the Allan P. Kirby Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship of Hillsdale College.

Inniss published Cherokee Freedmen and the Color of Belonging in the Columbia Journal of Race and Law.

Forte participated in a panel discussion on “The Rise of Islamic Radicalism” at an event sponsored by the Advisory Council of the Republican Party of Cuyahoga County.

Inniss served as the keynote speaker and was awarded the Lutie Lytle Outstanding Scholar Award at the Lutie Lytle Black Women Law Faculty Writing Workshop at the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Forte presented “Religion and the Republic” at the conference “Religion in the Public Square” held at Case Western Reserve Law School. Professor Deborah A. Geier Deborah A. Geier published U.S. Federal Income Taxation of Individuals, a textbook for use in the first Federal Income Tax course, with CALI’s eLangdell Press. Legal Writing Professor Brian A. Glassman Brian A. Glassman published an article, In the Mind’s Eye: Visual Lessons for Law Students, in the online legal writing journal Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research & Writing.

Clinical Professor Doron M. Kalir Doron M. Kalir assisted the Cuyahoga County Law Department in the preparation and filing of an amicus curiae brief before the Supreme Court, urging the court to strike down same-sex marriage bans in Ohio and other states. Kalir was named to the Board of Directors of the Cleveland Hillel Foundation, dedicated to engaging and empowering Jewish students on and off campuses around the Cleveland area. Kalir presented on a panel, “Effects on International Law: Middle East and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,” at the University of Akron Law School. Kalir presented his work-in-progress paper, “Same-Sex Marriage & Jewish Law: Time for a New Paradigm?” at the University of Toledo Law School. Kalir delivered a pair of lectures on Israel at Case Western Reserve’s Siegal Lifelong Learning Program.


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Professor Dennis Keating Dennis Keating was commissioned by the History Press to write a book on Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood. Keating published Urban Land Banks and the Housing Foreclosure and Abandonment Crisis in St. Louis Public Law Review. Keating presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning in Philadelphia. Clinical Professor Kenneth J. Kowalski Kenneth J. Kowalski presented “Recent Supreme Court Decisions, Appellate Decisions and Related Topics in Labor and Employment Law” at the National Labor Relations Board Region 8 Labor Law seminar. Professor Stephen R. Lazarus Stephen R. Lazarus spoke at the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Professionalism’s Student-toLawyer Symposium, “Preparing the Leaders of Tomorrow’s Changing Legal Profession.” Legal Writing Professor Sandra J. Kerber Sandra J. Kerber participated in’s interviews of judicial candidates prior to election season. Leon and Gloria Plevin Professor of Law Browne C. Lewis Browne C. Lewis received a Fulbright Grant for the spring of 2016 and will spend the semester at King’s College in London, where she will conduct research on physician-assisted suicide. Lewis presented at an international bioethics conference hosted by the Brocher Foundation in Geneva, Switzerland. Lewis presented “Human Oocyte Presentation: Supplying Babies or Selling False Hope” at the Baby Markets Roundtable held at Harvard Law School. Lewis presented at the Central States Law Schools Association Conference at Louisiana State University. Lewis presented “The Equitable and Legal Consequences of Human Oocyte Cryopreservation,” at the Law and Society Annual Meeting in Seattle. Lewis presented “Due Date: Enforcing Surrogacy Promises in the Best Interest of the Child.” at the Northeast Ohio Faculty Colloquium.

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Legal Writing Professor Claire C. Robinson-May Claire C. Robinson-May presented “Evaluate Everything: Instilling the Critical Reader in the Novice Legal Writer” at the Western Regional Legal Writing Conference at Stanford Law School. Professor Gwendolyn Roberts Majette Gwendolyn Roberts Majette published a chapter entitled “Global Health Law Norms: A Coherent Framework to Understand PPACA’s Approach to Eliminate Health Disparities and Address Implementation Challenges” in the book Law and Global Health published by Oxford University Press. Majette presented on a panel at the annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools in Washington, D.C. Professor Joseph Mead Joseph Mead co-authored an article, Choosing a Court to Review the Executive, published in the Administrative Law Review. This article analyzes the complications in determining where a lawsuit challenging the actions of the federal government must be filed. Mead co-authored Courts, Constituencies, and Nonprofit Corporations: Enforcement of Fiduciary Duties in the Nonprofit Sector, published in the Pittsburgh Law Review. Mead presented “Law and the Volunteer” at Capital Law School as part of the faculty exchange program between Cleveland-Marshall and Capital. Legal Writing Professor Karin Mika Karin Mika published an article, Angst, Technology, and Innovation in the Classroom: Improving Focus for Students Growing Up in a Digital Age, on how people are overextended, partially as the result of the technology in our lives, in the Oregon Law Review online edition. Mika presented “Getting in Touch: How Understanding the Educational Backgrounds of our Students Facilitates our Ability to Teach to an Enthusiastic Classroom” at the New England Consortium of Legal Writing Conference. Mika served as a peer editor for the American Bar Association’s International Year in Review, an annual publication reviewing developments in international law.

Mika is president-elect for the AALS Teaching Methods Section. Mika presented “The Times are a Changing … and they’re not changing back anytime soon — meeting students where they are, not where we would like them to be” at the Association of Legal Writing Directors Biennial Conference held at the University of Memphis Law School. Mika presented “The Dreaded Assumption: How Failure to Accept Generational Differences Makes for Bad Teaching and Poor Learning” at the Legal Writing Workshop held at Miami School of Law. Mika was selected as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Legal Communication and Rhetoric. Mika’s article How to Have an Effective Student Conference was featured in the AALS Spring Newsletter for the Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research. Professor Kevin F. O’Neill Kevin F. O’Neill was quoted by The Wall Street Journal on public protest law in an article entitled Ferguson Arrest Focuses Attention on Rights of Protesters. O’Neill was selected as contributor to a forthcoming ABA book, The First Amendment and Land Use Law: Protecting Free Speech and Expression. O’Neill presented to the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association on two First Amendment decisions handed down by the Supreme Court. Professor John T. Plecnik John T. Plecnik spoke to a U.S. State Department-sponsored delegation from Indonesia on American politics and constitutional law in a roundtable discussion hosted by the Cleveland Council on World Affairs. Plecnik spoke on tax policy at the fall meeting of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation in Denver. Plecnik published an article, Officers Under the Appointments Clause, in the Pittsburgh Tax Review. Professor Brian E. Ray Ray presented “Anti-Land Invasion Units and South Africa’s ThirdGeneration Eviction Cases” at the Law and Society Annual Meeting in Seattle.


FA C U LT Y Steven W. Percy Distinguished Professor Heidi Gorovitz Robertson


Heidi Gorovitz Robertson was awarded a Fulbright specialist grant to complete a multi-faceted project in India in the spring of 2015. She presented at the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies in Dehradun, India, and at Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University as part of the visit. Robertson presented “Access to Nature: Reducing inequality through public access to privately-owned land for recreation” at the Common Core of European Private Law Annual Meeting hosted at Gothenburg University in Sweden. Robertson published Imminent Domain - Fights are breaking out over landowner rights and pipeline development – understanding the rules is more important than ever in an issue of Shale Magazine. Robertson published a letter to the editor, Fracking not as safe for water supply as EPA study claims, in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Robertson presented “Sorting Out Local Governance in Shale Oil and Gas Development” at a workshop hosted at the University Center for Social and Urban Research at the University of Pittsburgh. Robertson presented current issues in shale gas development at the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Environmental Law Symposium. Robertson was appointed as an inaugural commissioner in a newly created regional commission on shale oil and gas issues. Robertson was quoted in an article Another Bid for Local Control Over Fracking Is Thwarted, in Inside Climate News. Robertson published regularly in Crain’s Cleveland Business’ Energy Report. Robertson appeared on WCPN for a story regarding the anti-fracking activists’ attempts to use a rightsbased approach to banning the technology and a story on the Ohio Supreme Court ruling on local ordinances in conflict with Ohio’s oil and gas statute. Robertson was interviewed on America’s Work Force, a daily radio show broadcast by WERE, concerning the Natural Gas Act and the process for natural gas pipeline eminent domain.

James A. Thomas Distinguished Professor Christopher L. Sagers

Christopher L. Sagers will publish a book, Apple, Antitrust, and Irony, on the Justice Department’s 2012 antitrust suit against the Apple computer corporation, with Harvard University Press in 2016. Sagers was quoted multiple times in The New York Times on the proposed acquisition of Time-Warner entertainment group by Rupert Murdoch’s Fox enterprise and on the 2013 merger of American Airlines and US Airways. Sagers organized and wrote an amicus brief on behalf of himself and 25 other prominent professors of antitrust and sports law, supporting the plaintiffs in O’Bannon v. NCAA. He also co-authored a reply article about the district court’s decision that appeared in the Washington & Lee Law Review. Sagers served as editorial chair and principal author of a new publication from the ABA Antitrust Section, Handbook on the Scope of Antitrust.

Sterio participated at a workshop entitled “Human Rights Documentation in South Sudan” in Nairobi, Kenya, as a consultant for the Public International Law and Policy Group. Sterio presented on a panel entitled “SelfDetermination, Secession, and Non-Intervention in the Age of Crimea and Kosovo” at the International Law Weekend, sponsored by the American Branch of the International Law Association and the International Law Students Association. Sterio published an article, The Covert Use of Drones: How Secrecy Undermines Oversight and Accountability, in a special “drones” issue of the Albany Government Law Review. Sterio presented this paper at the Law and Society Annual Meeting in Seattle. Sterio published an article, Drones: A Proposal for Better Policy Guidelines, in a special “drones” issue of the Wake Forest Journal of Law and Policy. Sterio participated in a workshop on International Criminal Law at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting.

Sagers published an op-ed piece, Why fans can’t win when it comes to buying concert, game tickets, in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Sterio published an article, Self-Determination and Secession Under International Law: The New Framework, in the ILSA Journal of International and Comparative Law.

Sagers co-authored FTC v. Lundbeck: Is Anything in Antitrust Obvious, Like, Ever? published in the Antitrust Bulletin.

Sterio published an article, Humanitarian Intervention Post Syria: Legitimate and Legal? in the Brooklyn Journal of International Law.

Sagers published a blog post on the AntitrustConnect Blog regarding the Supreme Court’s recent opinion in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. FTC.

Sterio participated in the American Society of International Law-Midwest Interest Group Workshop at the University of Minnesota Law School.

Associate Dean and Charles R. Emrick Jr.- Calfee Halter & Griswold Professor of Law Milena Sterio Milena Sterio signed a pair of book contracts. She will publish Prosecuting Juvenile Piracy Suspects: The International Legal Framework with Routledge in 2016 and Secession in International Law: A New Framework with Edwar Elgar Publishing in 2017. Sterio served as an editor and contributed two chapters to Prosecuting Maritime Piracy: Domestic Solutions to International Crimes, published by Cambridge University Press.

Sterio presented at the Central States Law Schools Association Conference at Louisiana State University. Sterio contributed the lead article for Suffolk University Law School Transnational Law Review issue on refugees in the Middle East, and stability and instability amongst Middle Eastern countries. Sterio was elected chair of the American Society of International Law - Midwest Interest Group. Sterio published a pair of letters to the editor, Striking back at Isis in Iraq and Syria is a bad idea and C.I.A.’s brutal interrogation techniques nothing short of illegal torture, in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Sterio published a blog post on Opinio Juris on the legality of the proposed Scottish secession under international law.

Sterio participated at the “Legitimacy and Effectiveness of International Criminal Law” conference at the University of Oslo, Norway.


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Sterio contributed a blog post, “Je Suis Margot Wallstrom,” to the Oxford Human Rights Hub, an academic blog supported by the University of Oxford Faculty of Law.

Sundahl published an article regarding secured transactions in ancient Athens as part of Symposion 2013, a book published by the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

Sterio published a blog post, “Are Sea Shepherds Pirates? The United States Supreme Court May Decide Soon,” on Communis Hostis Omnium, an academic blog dedicated to a discussion of maritime piracy legal issues.

Sundahl participated in a panel on “Key Issues in Space Law” at the Annual Meeting of the ABA Forum on Air & Space Law in Montreal.

Sterio participated in a panel, “The Happy Dog Takes on the World: Gang Violence in Central America and the Causes of the Immigration Wave,” sponsored by the City Club of Cleveland and the Cleveland Council on World Affairs. Sterio presented “Adding Foreign and Comparative Law to Your Course: Guidelines, Materials, and Practical Advice for New Law Professors” at the AALS Meeting. Sterio was a guest on the WCPN radio show “Talking Foreign Policy”. Sterio was a regular contributor to the academic blog Associate Dean Mark J. Sundahl Mark J. Sundahl was appointed by the Department of State as an Industry Adviser to the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. He delivered a presentation to the United Nations’ Scientific and Technical Subcommittee to the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space in Vienna to encourage other countries to adopt the U.S. practice of inviting industry input during the formation of new regulations regarding space activity. Sundahl was reappointed for a second two-year term on the Federal Aviation Administration’s Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee. Sundahl published an article, The Cape Town Convention and the Law of Outer Space: Five Scenarios, in the Cape Town Convention Journal, distributed jointly by Oxford University and the University of Washington. Sundahl published a chapter on financing space projects in the Handbook on Space Law, published by Edward Elgar Publishing.

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Sundahl spoke on space tourism at the space law colloquium at the International Astronautical Congress in Toronto. Sundahl spoke to the Oxford University faculty of law regarding the interaction of the new UNIDROIT Space Assets Protocol with the existing body of the law of outer space. Sundahl was quoted in an article on regarding action by the FAA in response to a request by Bigelow Aerospace to establish a habitat on the Moon. Sundahl commented on the explosion of Orbital Science’s Antares rocket in an article by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Sundahl participated in a roundtable discussion regarding the regulation of orbital space activity at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Sundahl was quoted in California Lawyer regarding the need to clarify the right of companies to assert ownership over natural resources extracted from asteroids and other celestial bodies. Sundahl moderated a panel on space law at Florida International University’s Aviation & Space Law symposium. Professor Alan C. Weinstein Alan C. Weinstein co-authored the 2014 edition of Federal Land Use Law & Litigation, a one-volume treatise published by West-Thomson Reuters. Weinstein was selected as contributor to a forthcoming ABA book, The First Amendment and Land Use Law: Protecting Free Speech and Expression.

Weinstein participated in a panel discussion on “Regulation of Political Signs” with the Northeast Ohio Municipal Law Directors Association. Weinstein spoke at the National Signage Research Conference at the University of Cincinnati. Professor Jonathan Witmer-Rich Jonathan Witmer-Rich provided analysis live on WEWS Channel 5 News immediately following the Michael Brelo police shooting case verdict. He later appeared on WJW Fox 8 News to breakdown the verdict. Witmer-Rich was quoted in various national and local media outlets, including NPR’s Morning Edition, Yahoo news, and WEWS Channel 5 News regarding the decision to find probable cause supporting various charges against the police officers involved in the Tamir Rice shooting. Witmer-Rich was quoted on NPR’s Morning Edition, explaining details of the consent decree between the U.S. Department of Justice and the City of Cleveland. Witmer-Rich published an article, The Fatal Flaws in the ‘Sneak and Peek’ Statute and How to Fix It, in the Case Western Reserve Law Review. Witmer-Rich published an op-ed piece Brelo verdict’s legal flaw in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Witmer-Rich’s article, The Rapid Rise of Delayed Notice Searches, and the Fourth Amendment ‘Rule Requiring Notice’ on “sneak and peek” searches was highlighted and extensively quoted by the Volokh Conspiracy, hosted by the Washington Post. Witmer-Rich was interviewed on WEWS Channel 5 News for a segment regarding the use of police body cameras. Witmer-Rich was interviewed by WCPN on multiple occasions for Michael Brelo police shooting case stories regarding the use of police body cameras, the use of grand juries in the state of Ohio and the Supreme Court’s decision regarding Ohio v. Clark.

Weinstein presented “What Can Legal Educators Learn About Sustainability from Urban Planning Researchers and Practitioners?” at the Inaugural Annual Sustainability Conference for Legal Educators at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.


Two long-time members of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law faculty retired from the law school after decades of valued service.


Sheldon Gelman retired after 35 years as a member of the Cleveland-Marshall faculty. He joined the faculty in 1980, after completing a Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School. Gelman is a graduate of Rutgers College (A.B.) and Rutgers School of Law (J.D.), and was a National Institute of Mental Health Fellow in Anthropology at the University of Chicago before attending law school. In 2007, he was named Cleveland-Marshall’s Joseph C. Hostetler – Baker & Hostetler Professor in Law. Gelman has practiced law in a small private firm, a legal aid office, and an office specializing in class actions on behalf of institutionalized psychiatric patients. His book on medical and legal developments in modern schizophrenia treatment, Medicating Schizophrenia: A History, was published in 1999 by Rutgers University Press.

James G. Wilson retired after 35 years as a member of the Cleveland-Marshall faculty. He joined the faculty in 1981 after spending two years as an assistant professor at the University of Michigan Law School. Wilson is a graduate of Princeton University (B.A.) with a degree in American History and Russian, and received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. During his tenure at Cleveland-Marshall, Wilson was named the James A. Thomas Distinguished Professor of Law. Wilson has previously served as director of litigation for Legal Services of Southeastern Michigan and as a staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Louisville. His book, The Imperial Republic: A Structural History of American Constitutionalism from the Colonial Era to the Beginning of the Twentieth Century (Ashgate 2002), explores the impact of imperial ambition on early constitutional thought, politics and law.

Everyone at Cleveland-Marshall would like to wish these outstanding individuals well in their future endeavors.


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Staff Additons Scott Hamilton – Assistant Dean, Advancement & External Relations Scott Hamilton joined Cleveland-Marshall in October 2014, having previously served as director of principal gifts for University Advancement with Cleveland State University, where he had worked since 2011 in support of leadership giving. Hamilton joined CSU from Hanna Perkins Center, where he served as director of development for child development. His higher education career experience also includes Kent State University where he was the corporate and foundation relations & diversity director of development. Hamilton is a graduate of Hawken School and Miami University, and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Psychology at CSU. Hamilton’s responsibilities with Cleveland-Marshall include managing the advancement department of the Law School for all of its external constituents including the annual fund, donor relations, community engagement and government affairs. He will work with the Deans’ Diversity Council, playing a strategic role in leading the Council to identify strategies it will pursue based upon the goals of the Diversity Action Plan, the guidance of the President’s Council on Diversity, and the needs of the College.

Colette Emerson joined Cleveland-Marshall in January 2015 as a Secretary.

Neeri Rao joined Cleveland-Marshall in April 2015 as a Faculty Research Librarian.

Heidi Gorovitz Robertson Named the Steven W. Percy Distinguished Professor of Law Professor Heidi Gorovitz Robertson has been selected as the first Cleveland-Marshall College of Law faculty member to hold the recently established Steven W. Percy Endowed Professorship. Robertson was appointed to the professorship by Dean Craig M. Boise based on her exceptional research, scholarship and commitment to teaching. “I am pleased to recognize Professor Robertson as the Steven W. Percy Distinguished Professor of Law,” Dean Boise said. “Professor Robertson has compiled an exemplary record of service to the law school and has demonstrated a sustained commitment to excellence in her teaching performance.” Robertson has a substantial publication record in energy and environmental law, and has become a regionally recognized expert on hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” and the variety of legal and environmental issues it raises. She also has written extensively about the lessons to be learned from the 2010 BP oil spill, and writes regularly for Crain’s Cleveland Business’ Shale and Energy Reports. The Steven W. Percy Distinguished Professor of Law, established by a generous donation from Steven ’76 and Polly Percy to Cleveland-Marshall, is the fifth endowed professorship at the College of Law. The selected professor is to serve a threeyear term, with preference given to professors whose work is focused on environmental or energy law.

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Cleveland-Marshall Rolls Out Responsively Designed Website In 2013, 18% of our web user sessions were via mobile phone and tablet In 2014, 24% of our web user sessions were via phone and tablet In the first six months of 2015, 28% of our user sessions have come from mobile phones and tablets*


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This year, the law school rolled out phase two of the redesigned website project — a “responsive” design that allows the site to determine how each visitor is accessing the site — via traditional desktop, mobile phone, or tablet — and “respond” by providing that visitor a user experience specifically designed for their device, as navigation, images, text and other page elements readjust for multiple screen sizes. While responsive design has been a key solution in adapting to the market of multiple web surfing devices for several years, higher education has been slower to respond, generally because of the size and complexity of most academic websites. The benefits of a responsive design are enormous, and go beyond providing a greater user experience. It’s more cost effective, eliminating the need to maintain two sites for desktop and mobile; it enables the ability to increase reach through targeted mobile advertising and by giving prospective students a better opportunity to research the school — ­ wherever and however they choose to go about it; and it improves Google search rankings as responsive websites place higher in search results, allowing a greater audience to discover Cleveland-Marshall. Adopting responsive technology also will allow for easier adaption to the coming evolutions in web user technology.

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Cleveland-Marshall College of Law wishes to say thank you to the following employers who hired graduates from the Class of 2014! American Express Barclays Benesch, Fredlander, Coplan & Aronoff Blum & Associates, LLC Bonezzi Switzer Polito & Hupp Co., LPA Brakey Energy Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP Cary J. Zabell Co., L.P.A. City of Cleveland, Prosecutor’s Office City of Euclid, Law Department Civic Resource Group Cleveland Clinic Foundation Cleveland Municipal Court Corsaro & Associates Co., LPA Credit First National Association Curatolo Sidoti Co., LPA Curry, Roby & Mulvey Co., LLC Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office Cuyahoga County Public Defender’s Office The DiCello Law Firm Eaton Corporation Education Alternatives Erie Title Agency Flight Options Fortney & Klingshirn Frantz Ward LLP Friedman, Domiano & Smith Gallagher Sharp Geauga County Court of Common Pleas, Probate/Juvenile Division

Gertsberg Law Firm Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP Hatch Mott MacDonald Jackson Lewis P.C. Janik L.L.P. Javitch Block, LLC John Paul Oreh, Attorney at Law, LLC Jones Day JP Morgan Chase & Co. The Kabb Law Firm Kaufman & Company LLC Kelley & Ferraro, LLP KeyBank Koblentz & Penvose Kohrman Jackson & Krantz, PLL Lake County Public Defender’s Office Lazzaro Law Offices, LLC Lockheed Martin Mansour, Gavin, Gerlack & Manos The Martinez Firm McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman Co., LPA McDonald Hopkins LLC McFadden & Freeburg Co., L.P.A. McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC Merrymeeting Group Moore Yourkvitch & Dibo Mortgage Information Systems Moscarino & Treu, L.L.P. MTD Products Nager, Romaine & Schneiberg Co., L.P.A.

National General Insurance Nova Title Agency Oberholtzer & Filous, LPA Ohio Court of Appeals, Eighth District O’Toole, McLaughlin, Dooley & Pecora Ott & Associates Co., LPA Petersen & Ibold Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP Reed Smith, LLP Reminger Co. LPA The Riley Law Firm, LLC Ritzler, Coughlin & Paglia, Ltd. Robert Brown, LLC Robert J. Fedor, Esq., LLC Roberts, Matejczyk & Ita Co., LPA The Spitz Law Firm, LLC SS&G Inc. Stealth SME Football LLC Thompson Hine, LLP Thompson Reuters Titan Realty Group U.S. Air Force JAG Corps U.S. District Court, S.D. of West Virginia U.S. Marine Corps University Hospitals Health System Van Ness Law Walter & Haverfield, PLL WXZ Development, Inc. XO Group, Inc. Ziegler, Metzger & Miller

We also congratulate our graduates who have started their own solo practices: Allison F. Hibbard, Attorney at Law | Joseph T. LaVeck, LLC | Sayegh Enterprises Ltd. This list reflects employers who hired graduates into full-time, long-term positions by March 15, 2015; we apologize for any errors or omissions


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Annual Recognition Luncheon In May, the ClevelandMarshall Law Alumni Association honored its alumni of the year, the Honorable Nancy R. McDonnell ’85 and Patrick J. Perotti ’82, at its annual recognition luncheon hosted in the grand ballroom of the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel.

The event brought in nearly 900 attendees, with all proceeds raised to benefit scholarship funds for Cleveland-Marshall students.

Other award recipients recognized at the event include: Dean Wilson G. Stapleton Award For Faculty Excellence: Jonathan Witmer-Rich Judge Richard Markus Adjunct Faculty Award: Stuart A. Mintz ’78 Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association President’s Award: Megan McFadden

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CLEVELAND-MARSHALL LAW Mr. Philip R. Brodsky Hon. Thomas Lambros Mr. William T. Monroe Ms. Olga Tsiliacos Ms. Carol Emerling Mr. Glenn J. Seeley Mr. Joseph C. Domiano Mr. Richard T. Reminger Mr. Charles R. Emrick, Jr. Mr. George M. Maloof Mr. Julian Kahan Mr. Donald M. Colasurd Mr. Donald L. Guarnieri Mr. Don C. Iler Mr. Norman T. Musial Mr. Rodion J. Russin Hon. James D. Sweeney Hon. Hans R. Veit Mr. Richard J. Bogomolny Mr. Stephen J. Cahn Hon. Anthony O. Calabrese, Jr. Ms. Winifred A. Dunton Mr. Kevin B. Fergus Mr. Harold D. Graves Mr. Fred Lick, Jr. Mr. Leon G. Nagler Mr. Robert R. Wantz Mr. Sheldon E. Baskin Mr. Arthur R. FitzGerald Mr. Clarence L. James, Jr. Mr. Lucien B. Karlovec Mr. Sheldon E. Rabb Mr. Stanley E. Stein Mr. Anthony J. Asher Mr. Robert H. Moore, Jr. Mr. Thomas J. Scanlon Mr. James A. Thomas Mr. Lester T. Tolt Mr. James J. Brown Mr. Henry B. Fischer Mr. Donald Pokorny Mr. Raymond J. Schmidlin Jr. Mr. Joseph T. Svete Mr. David S. Lake Ms. June W. Wiener Mr. Edward T. Haggins Mr. Carl L. Stern Mr. Charles B. Donahue II Mr. Michael R. Gareau Mr. Theodore R. Kowalski Mr. Kenneth R. Montlack Mr. Stanley Morganstern Mr. Lawrence J. Rich Mr. Norman D. Tripp Mr. William M. Wohl Mr. Gerald F. Broski Hon. John E. Corrigan Hon. Bohdan Futey Mr. James R. Kellam Mr. Bernard Mandel Mr. Richard Moroscak Mr. William E. Powers, Jr. Ms. Nancy C. Schuster Mr. Marc J. Bloch Hon. John J. Donnelly Mr. William W. Owens Mr. James E. Spitz Mr. William L. Summers Mr. Wendel E. Willmann Mr. James A. Baker Mr. Glenn E. Billington Mr. Kenneth A. Bossin Mr. Stephen J. Brown Ms. Annette G. Butler Hon. C. Ellen Connally Mr. William T. Doyle, Jr. Mr. Blaise C. Giusto Mr. Harry W. Greenfield Mr. John C. Kikol Mr. Robert M. Phillips Mr. Lucian Rego Mr. Richard W. Sander


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Mr. Timothy W. Sauvain Mr. Michael I. Shapero Mr. Robert J. Sindyla Mr. Emil F. Sos Mr. Joseph A. Valore Mr. Joseph H. Weiss, Jr. Mr. William A. Wortzman Mr. Thomas L. Aries Ms. Joyce E. Barrett Mr. Timothy M. Bittel Mr. M. Lee Graft Mr. Thomas P. Hayes Mr. Dharminder L. Kampani Mr. James J. Komorowski Mr. James E. Melle Mr. William T. Plesec Mr. Bert R. Tomon Hon. William H. Wiest Mr. Robert I. Chernett Mr. Michael L. Climaco Mr. William P. Farrall Mr. William P. Gibbons Hon. Joseph Gibson Mr. Gary N. Holthus Mr. James A. Lowe Mr. Ronald H. Mills Mr. Keith A. Savidge Hon. Ronald B. Adrine Mr. David A. Fegen Mr. W. Frederick Fifner Mr. Terry H. Gilbert Mr. Thomas O. Gorman Mr. Timothy W. Hughes Ms. Mary A. Lentz Mr. Frank R. Osborne Mr. Jack A. Staph Mr. Oliver H. Claypool, Jr. Mr. Thomas E. Downey Mr. Michael C. Hennenberg Mr. Timothy G. Kasparek Mr. David R. Knowles Mr. J. Michael Monteleone Mr. Quentin J. Nolan Hon. Donald C. Nugent Ms. Barbara Stern Gold Mr. Stephen O. Walker Hon. Lesley Wells Mr. Leonard D. Young Mr. James S. Aussem Mr. Steven M. Barkan Mr. Michael M. Courtney Mr. Jose C. Feliciano Mr. James A. Gay Mr. John B. Gibbons Ms. Deborah Lewis Hiller Mr. William C. Hofstetter Mr. Joseph B. Jerome Mr. Richard S. Koblentz Dr. Gregory J. Lake Mr. Dale H. Markowitz Mr. Michael E. Murman Mr. L. Richard Musat Mr. Jeffrey H. Olson Mr. John M. Richilano Mr. Alan J. Ross Mr. David J. Skrabec Mr. Gerald L. Steinberg Mr. James F. Szaller Mr. Christopher W. Vasil Mr. B. Casey Yim Mr. Alan L. Zmija Ms. Deborah Akers-Parry Mr. Patrick J. Alcox Mr. Keith E. Belkin Mr. Patrick R. Bianconi Mr. Charles G. Deeb Ms. Teresa Demchak Mr. Harold W. Fuson, Jr. Mr. Michael H. Gruhin Mr. Michael J. Nath Mr. David Ross Mr. Steven H. Slive

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Alumni Association Life Members Mr. Michael A. Sweeney Mr. Harvey W. Berman Mr. Jack W. Bradley Ms. Kathleen M. Carrick Mr. Lawrence J. Cook Ms. Rita S. Fuchsman Mr. Kevin E. Irwin Mr. Sumner E. Nichols II Mr. F. Ronald O’Keefe Mr. David A. Peyton Ms. Linda M. Rich Ms. Barbara K. Roman Hon. Anthony J. Russo Mr. Charles T. Simon Mr. Roger M. Synenberg Mr. John D. Wheeler Mr. Robert M. Wilson Mr. Mark W. Baserman Mr. Thomas L. Colaluca Ms. Mary Llamas Courtney Mr. Dale E. Creech, Jr. Mr. Emerson S. Davis Ms. Elisabeth T. Dreyfuss Ms. Sally M. Edwards Mr. James A. Joseph Mr. Angelo F. Lonardo Ms. Stephanie H. Malbasa Mr. David M. Paris Mr. Robert A. Poklar Mr. M. Steven Potash Mr. Patrick R. Roche Mr. Steven L. Wasserman Mr. Ronald F. Wayne Ms. Sheryl King Benford Mr. Peter J. Brodhead Ms. Janet E. Burney Mr. William J. Day Mr. David A. Forrest Ms. Joy M. Freda Mr. W. Andrew Hoffman, III Mr. Steven B. Lesser Ms. Anne L. Rosenbach Ms. LaVerne Nichols Boyd Ms. Maria E. Quinn Mr. Joel H. Rathbone Mr. H. Jeffrey Schwartz Mr. Richard C. Alkire Mr. Kemper D. Arnold Mr. Richard J. Berris Mr. David P. Burke Mr. Gregory F. Clifford Mr. Carl J. Dyczek Mr. Jeffrey Endress Mr. Culver F. Eyman, III Ms. Susan L. Gragel Mr. William Hawal Mr. James H. Hewitt, III Mr. David W. Kaman Hon. Diane J. Karpinski Ms. Lynn Arko Kelley Mr. John C. Meros Mr. Floyd James Miller, Jr. Mr. Howard D. Mishkind Mr. Timothy P. Misny Mr. Richard S. Pietch Ms. Loree Ellen Potash Mr. Kenneth R. Roll Mr. Gerald R. Walton Mr. Robert G. Walton Mr. Richard M. Arceci Ms. Louise P. Dempsey Ms. Hermine G. Eisen Mr. Michael E. Gibbons Mr. Henry J. Hilow Mr. Joseph J. Jerse Ms. Sandra J. Kerber Mr. Peter W. Klein Mr. Dennis R. Lansdowne Mr. Vincent T. Lombardo Mr. Peter A. Sackett Mr. Robert N. Schmidt Ms. Evelyn P. Schonberg

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Mr. P. Kelly Tompkins Mr. Mark D. Weller Mr. Frederick N. Widen Hon. Joseph J. Zone Mr. Jamie R. Lebovitz Mr. Patrick J. Perotti Mr. James L. Reed Ms. Kathleen J. St. John Mr. Keith D. Weiner Ms. Laura A. Williams Ms. Diane E. Wynshaw-Boris Mr. Richard G. Zeiger Mr. Gary S. Adams Mr. Charles F. Adler Mr. K. Ronald Bailey Hon. Paul Brickner Mr. Michael P. Cassidy Mr. William J. Ciszczon Mr. Anthony P. Dapore Mr. John L. Habat Ms. Elizabeth Haque Ms. Jill Melanie Marcus Mr. Peter Marmaros Ms. Mary Jane McGinty Mr. Thomas P. O’Donnell Hon. Ralph J. Perk Ms. Irene A. Holyk Rennillo Mr. Kevin J.M. Senich Ms. Patricia M. Stanton Ms. Susan M. Stephanoff Ms. Donna Taylor-Kolis Ms. Marilyn Tobocman Mr. Stephen E. Walters Dr. Carl F. Asseff Mr. Frank D. Aveni Ms. Susan J. Becker Mr. Edward A. Doles Mr. Joseph R. Gioffre Mr. Patrick F. Haggerty Ms. Carol Rogers Hilliard Mr. Christopher M. Mellino Ms. M. Elizabeth Monihan Ms. Michelle L. Paris Mr. Joseph G. Stafford Mr. Carter E. Strang Mr. Mark M. Termini Mr. Gary R. Williams Ms. Anna Vedouras Ms. Beverly Blair Mr. Tim L. Collins Ms. Mary E. Golrick Mr. Daniel S. Kalka Mr. Jeffrey A. Leikin Ms. Margaret A. McDevitt Ms. Laurie F. Starr Mr. Bud Vetter Ms. Tina E. Wecksler Ms. Jane Barrow Ms. Greta E. Fifner Ms. Laura J. Gentilcore Mr. Niles P. Rogers Ms. Bernadette F. Salada Mr. James E. Tavens Mr. Timothy J. Viskocil Hon. Richard J. Ambrose Mr. Sam R. Bradley Mr. Bruce Committe Mr. Schuyler M. Cook Mr. Anthony J. Coyne Mr. Thomas L. Feher Mr. Scott C. Finerman Ms. Jayne Geneva Mr. Michael P. Harvey Mr. John T. Hawkins Ms. Chris Hurlbut Mr. John M. “Jack” Jones Hon. Joan Synenberg Mr. Gary Lichtenstein Ms. Mary D. Maloney Mr. Brian M. O’Neill Mr. E. Tasso Paris Mr. Laurence J. Powers

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Mr. Dennis R. Rose Ms. Barbara Silver Rosenthal Mr. Thomas M. Wilson Mr. Mitchell J. Yelsky Mr. Matthew F. Browarek Ms. Pamela Daiker Middaugh Mr. Walter F. Ehrnfelt III Hon. Nancy A. Fuerst Ms. Joyce Hribar Fiebig Mr. Wayne Kriynovich Mr. John P. Luskin Mr. Christopher R. Malumphy Mr. Gary Maxwell Mr. Royce R. Remington Hon. Melody J. Stewart Ms. Sheila Brennan Ms. Judith Arcoria DeLeonibus Hon. Sean C. Gallagher Mr. Raymond L. Gurnick Ms. Diane Homolak Ms. Lori White Laisure Mr. David M. Lockman Mr. Anthony A. Logue Ms. Sheila McCarthy Mr. Scott A. Spero Ms. Laurie G. Steiner Ms. Barbara J. Tyler Mr. Henry W. Chamberlain Ms. Cassandra Collier-Williams Mr. J. Michael Goldberg Mr. Patrick Leddy Ms. Robin J. Levine Mr. Francis P. Manning Ms. Ellen M. McCarthy Ms. Karin Mika Mr. David E. Nager Ms. Edele Passalacqua Ms. Carol A. Roe Mr. J. Charles Ruiz-Bueno Mr. Brian G. Ruschel Ms. Sonia M. Winner Mr. Gary I. Birnbaum Ms. Perdexter Hogue Williams Mr. John F. Burke, III Ms. Meena Morey Chandra Hon. Michael P. Donnelly Ms. Lillian B. Earl Mr. Kevin P. Foley Mr. Jack Landskroner Ms. Diane S. Leung Hon. John J. Russo Mr. Howard E. Skolnick Ms. Elaine Eisner Ms. Gloria S. Gruhin Mr. Christopher B. Janezic Mr. Frank E. Piscitelli, Jr. Mr. Oscar E. Romero Mr. Peter A. Russell Mr. Jerald A. Schneiberg Ms. Michelle Joseph Sheehan Mrs. Gretchen Younger Levy Ms. Megan Hensley Bhatia Mr. Matthew V. Crawford Ms. Rosalina M. Fini Ms. Lisa Gold-Scott Mr. David H. Gunning, II Ms. Jean Marie Hillman Mr. Richard W. Jablonski Ms. Kristina Lah O’Brien Mr. Shawn P. Martin Mr. Tyler L. Mathews Ms. Lisa Ann Meyer Mr. Dennis P. Mulvihill Mr. Gregory J. O’Brien Mr. Melvin F. O’Brien Mr. Michael W. O’Neil Mr. Parmanand Prashad Ms. Darnella T. Robertson Mr. Marc D. Rossen Mr. James P. Sammon Ms. Jennifer V. Sammon Mr. Brian D. Sullivan

1987 1987 1987 1987 1988 1988 1988 1988 1988 1988 1988 1988 1988 1988 1988 1989 1989 1989 1989 1989 1989 1989 1989 1989 1989 1989 1989 1990 1990 1990 1990 1990 1990 1990 1990 1990 1990 1990 1990 1990 1990 1991 1991 1992 1992 1992 1992 1992 1992 1992 1992 1992 1993 1993 1993 1993 1993 1993 1993 1993 1993 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994

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Ms. Patricia A. Ambrose Mr. Matthew J. Baumgartner Ms. Amy Posner Brooks Ms. Nancy Q. Walker Mr. Rodney G. Davis Ms. Denise A. Dickerson Ms. Deborah S. Ferenczy-Furry Ms. Kathleen Norton Fox Ms. Karen E. Hamilton Mr. Norman E. Incze Hon. Benita Y. Pearson Ms. Monica A. Sansalone Ms. Maureen Redlin Swain Ms. Donna M. Andrew Mr. Ian H. Frank Mr. Anthony Gallucci Ms. Linda L. Johnson Mr. Thomas R. O’Donnell Ms. Colleen M. O’Neil Mr. Michael S. Owendoff Mr. Daniel A. Romaine Ms. Rachel D. Lerner Mr. Gregory S. Scott Ms. Robin M. Wilson Ms. Michelle M. DeBaltzo Ms. Maureen M. DeVito Mr. Ian N. Friedman Mr. William E. Gareau Jr. Mr. Andrew S. Goldwasser Mr. Carlos O. Gomez Ms. Leslye M. Huff Mr. Joseph R. Klammer Ms. Darya P. Klammer Ms. Cheryl L. Kravetz Ms. Stacey L. McKinley Mr. Anthony T. Nici Mr. Matthew A. Palnik Ms. Susan E. Petersen Mr. Anthony R. Petruzzi Ms. Kate E. Ryan Mr. Sam Thomas III Mr. Adam J. Thurman Ms. Wendy Weiss Asher Mr. Thomas W. Baker

1995 1995 1995 1995 1995 1995 1995 1995 1995 1995 1995 1995 1995 1996 1996 1996 1996 1996 1996 1996 1996 1996 1996 1996 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 1998

Ms. Mary L. Bradley 1998 Ms. Laura Courry-Zhao 1998 Ms. Tonya E. Thomas 1998 Mr. Amgad Husein 1998 Mr. Richard J. Koloda 1998 Ms. Andrea Nelson-Moore 1998 Ms. Jill S. Patterson 1998 Mr. Edward P. Simms 1998 Ms. Tammy L. Bogdanski 1999 Ms. Julianne V. Hostovich 1999 Ms. Patricia McGinty Aston 1999 Mr. M. Terrell Menefee 1999 Mr. Mark A. Miller 1999 Ms. Lillian Ortiz 1999 Mr. Nicholas G. Rennillo 1999 Ms. Heather J. Ross 1999 Mr. Joseph M. Saponaro 1999 Ms. Emily Smayda Kelly 1999 Mr. Dean M. Valore 1999 Ms. Elizabeth F. Wilber 1999 Ms. Jennifer B. Lyons 2000 Mr. Frank L. Gallucci 2000 Ms. Theresa M. Kulp 2000 Mr. Wallace J. Lanci 2000 Ms. Lori A. Luka 2000 Mr. James A. Marniella 2000 Ms. Jennifer Mingus Mountcastle 2000 Mr. Michael D. Shroge 2000 Ms. Eileen M. Sutker, Ph D. 2000 Ms. Darlene E. White 2000 Ms. Kelly Burgan 2001 Mr. Kevin M. Butler 2001 Mr. Pablo Castro 2001 Ms. Roklyn DePerro Turner 2001 Ms. Lynda L. Kovach 2001 Mr. Michael Krajcer 2001 Ms. Sonja Lechowick Siebert 2001 Mr. Brett A. Miller 2001 Mr. Bryan L. Penvose 2001 Mr. John A. Powers 2001 Ms. Lauren P. Steiner 2001 Mr. Roger M. Bundy 2002 Ms. Colleen Barth DelBalso 2002 Mr. Nicholas A. DiCello 2002

Ms. Amy E. Gerbick Ms. Christina M. Hronek Ms. Caitlin Magner Mr. Troy Prince Mr. Weldon H. Rice Mr. Donald P. Scott Mr. Michael J. Sourek Mr. Rick Strawser Ms. Kelly Summers Lawrence Ms. Heather M. Zirke Mr. Louis A. Vitantonio, Jr. Ms. Monica L. Wharton Ms. Sandra L. English Ms. Manju Gupta Ms. Madeline J. Lepidi-Carino Mr. James P. Mramor Ms. Rhonda J. Porter Ms. Kimberly Ann Thomas Ms. Hallie Ilene Yavitch Mr. John A. Yirga Mr. Todd A. Atkinson Mr. Jonathan L. Cudnik Ms. Dayna M. DePerro Mr. Brendan R. Doyle Mr. Erik S. Dunbar Mr. Ronald L. Frey Mr. Siegmund F. Fuchs Mr. Michael P. Graham Mr. Tahani M. Kablan Mr. Kevin J. Kelley Mr. Patrick J. Milligan Mr. Aaron T. Snopek Mr. Jonathan J. Walsh Mr. Nathan J. Wills Mr. George J. Zilich Ms. Melanie Bordelois Mr. John A. Favret III Ms. Sabrina Frey Mr. Joseph T. George Ms. Nora E. Graham Ms. Jennifer M. Griveas Mr. Scot J. Haislip Ms. Inga N. Laurent Mr. Ho-Jun Lee

2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005

Ms. Monique A. McCarthy Mr. Dean C. Williams Mr. Keller J. Blackburn Mr. Paul D. Castillo Ms. Shannon Gilfillan Mr. David A. Herman Ms. Amy L. Scheurman Ms. Kristina W. Supler Mr. Joseph P. Dunson Ms. Erin M. Kriynovich Ms. Reem Shalodi Mr. Chan B. Carlson Mr. Gregory A. Gentile Mr. Nicholas Hanna Mr. Eric C. Nemecek Mr. Shawn A. Romer Mr. Keith D. Scheurman, Jr. Mr. Benjamin P. Wiborg Mr. Philip M. Angelo Mr. James V. Hauch Ms. Lei Jiang Mr. Anthony W. Scott Ms. Allison E. Taller Reich Mr. Benjamin Beckman Mr. Joseph M. Corsaro Mr. Bradley Lipinski Ms. Anne Walton Keller Ms. Ashley L. Jones Ms. Wanda Jones Mr. Daniel J. Myers Ms. Sunny Nixon Ms. Leslie Pina Ms. Erin P. Brown Mr. Brandon Cox Ms. Kimberly Kendall Mr. Jonathan McGory Ms. Dana Paris Ms. Linda Ammons Mr. David Barnhizer Ms. Carol Barresi Mr. Paul Carrington Ms. Laverne Carter Ms. Anne-Marie Connors Mr. Walter F. Ehrnfelt

2005 2005 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2007 2007 2007 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2010 2010 2010 2010 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2012 2012 2012 2012 2013 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Ms. Patricia J. Falk Mr. Joel J. Finer Mr. David Forte Mr. John Gabel Prof. Sheldon Gelman Mr. Louis Geneva Ms. Holli Goodman Mr. Jack Guttenberg Mr. Patrick Harrington Mr. Maurice L. Heller Mr. Edward J. Hyland Mr. Edward G. Kramer Mr. Stephen R. Lazarus Mr. John Makdisi, Dean Mr. Deane Malaker Ms. Ellen L. Mastrangelo Ms. Jessica Mathewson Mr. Geoffrey S. Mearns Ms. Louise F. Mooney Ms. Sandra Natran Mr. Marshall Nurenberg Hon. Solomon Oliver Mr. Kevin F. O’Neill Mr. James H. Peak Ms. Victoria Plata Mr. John Thomas Plecnik Ms. Nicolette I. Plottner Mr. James D. Proud Mr. Fred P. Ramos Ms. Tina Rhodes Ms. Heidi Gorovitz Robertson Ms. Yolanda Salviejo Mr. Steven Smith Mr. Lloyd B. Snyder Mr. Steven Steinglass Mr. William Suter Mr. Alan Weinstein Mr. Norman H. Weinstein Mr. Stephen J. Werber Mr. Frederic White Mr. James G. Wilson Ms. Margaret W. Wong


Cleveland’s Economic and Cultural Renaissance Spotlighted at CMLAA’s Cleveland on the Rise Cleveland’s economic and cultural renaissance and how laws and policy have helped shape the new cityscape were the focus of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law’s event “Cleveland on the Rise: Fun, Food, Film and the Law,” sponsored by the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association. All proceeds from the hugely successful event benefitted the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Scholarship Fund. The event was broken down into five panels — film, recreation, events, economic development and food — with Cleveland-Marshall Dean Craig M. Boise and City Club of Cleveland CEO Dan Moulthrop moderating the discussions. Panelists included representatives from the Greater Cleveland Film Commission, Cleveland Metroparks, Gay Games Cleveland, Cleveland City Council, Cleveland Convention Center, and the City of Cleveland. “Lawyers have been critical to the process of Cleveland’s development,” said Fred Nance, Regional Managing Partner of Squire Patton Boggs, during a featured presentation on how attorneys have helped shape the trajectory of Cleveland. Panel I: FILM


• Bill Garvey, Film Industry Location Manager and Scout

• Tony Coyne ’87, Esq., Mansour Gavin & Chair,

• Ivan Schwarz, Greater Cleveland Film Commission

Cleveland Planning Commission

• Mary Ellen Tomazic ’84, Esq., National Legal Research Group, The Indie Gathering

• Robyn Minter Smyers, Esq., Thompson Hine


• Marika Shioiri-Clark, Hingetown

• Rose Fini ’94, Esq., Cleveland Metroparks

• Graham Veysey, Hingetown

• Leonard Stover, Cleveland Rotary Club

Panel V: FOOD

• Brian Zimmerman, Cleveland Metroparks

• Joe Cimperman, Cleveland City Council


• Jillian Davis ’96, Esq., Toast CLE

• Richard F. Horvath, Esq., City of Cleveland

• Chris Hodgson, Hodges, Hodge Podge & Dim

• Dave Johnson, Cleveland Convention Center

and Dem Sum

• Tom Nobbe, Gay Games Cleveland

• Sam Lindsley, Michael Symon Restaurants

•Jon J. Pinney ’00, Esq., Kohrman Jackson & Krantz PLL

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Commencement The Sherwin-Williams Company Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Christopher M. Connor addressed the 118 members of the graduating class of 2015 at Cleveland State University’s ClevelandMarshall College of Law’s commencement ceremony held at the Bert L. and Iris S. Wolstein Center. Connor, who was conferred with an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from Cleveland State University during the ceremony, pronounced his great respect for lawyers. “I couldn’t run my company, or my personal life without excellent lawyers, including many Cleveland-Marshall graduates,” Connor said. Connor cited Abraham Lincoln’s famous words referring to the law as the “political religion of the nation,” and expressed pride in the commitment and perseverance this year’s graduates showed while learning the law. As they prepare for their legal careers, he encouraged the graduates to find happiness while achieving a positive impact on the greater good. “To be a lawyer is to possess great power,” Connor said. “We expect you to use this power of the law to do good for the world and to defend what is right, just and fair. We want you to challenge discrimination and end injustice.” Also addressing the graduating class during the commencement ceremony were ClevelandMarshall Dean Craig M. Boise, CSU President Ronald M. Berkman, Chairman of the CSU Board of Trustees Robert H. Rawson, Jr., CSU Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Deirdre M. Mageean, Student Bar Association President James Gianfagna ’15 and Dean’s Learn Law Live Justice Award Recipient Elizabeth Bonham ’15.


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The world needs you. We absolutely need good lawyers, new lawyers, fresh lawyers and energetic lawyers.�

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Sherwin-Williams Company Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Christopher M. Connor


Cleveland-Marshall Offices of Development, Alumni Relations and Communications Please address correspondence to: Cleveland-Marshall College of Law 2121 Euclid Avenue LB 138 Cleveland, OH 44115-2214 phone 216.687.2476 | fax 216.687.6881 Craig M. Boise, Dean and Professor of Law 216.687.2300 Scott Hamilton, Assistant Dean for Advancement and External Affairs 216.687.9296 Megan McFadden, Manager, Alumni and Donor Relations 216.687.2476 Kathryn L. Brickner, Manager, Annual Giving and Special Projects 216.687.2286 Elaine Terman, Manager, Marketing and Communications 216.687.6886 Kyle Akins, Communications Specialist 216.687.4658 Rita A. Pawlik, Administrative Secretary 216.687.4617

*If you have any questions or notice an omission, please notify Scott Hamilton, 216.687.9296; Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Cleveland State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity institution.


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