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Criminal Justice Forums

C|M|LAW is host to a long-running Criminal Justice Forum Series that brings several speakers on campus each year to discuss cutting-edge issues in the area of criminal justice. The 2018-19 academic year marks the 20th anniversary for this high-profile speaker series.

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Cleveland-Marshall provides criminal law students the tools needed for a successful career in criminal law. C|M|LAW has professors with in-depth knowledge of specific fields, as well as a host of currently practicing attorneys who maintain thriving practices and teach courses in their areas of expertise. 

The Criminal Justice Center tailors each student's educational experience to match individual Interests with a set foundational courses as well as a number of specialized electives. 

Students build their professional networks through C|M|LAW’s extensive number of alumni criminal law practitioners and judges in the greater Cleveland area. These alumni serve as resources for students, and are among those who provide supervision for a wide array of experiential learning opportunities.

Recent externships include:

  • Ohio Court of Appeals8th District
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • City of Cleveland Prosecutor’s Office Ohio Attorney General
  • Federal Public Defender Office,
  • Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Recent Pop-Up Practicums include:

  • Cleveland Police Commission
  • Cuyahoga County Bail Reform
  • Ohio Criminal Rules Revision
  • Coming Summer 2019: Waze for Criminal Defendants. Students will serve as legal consultants to a local group of activists who are developing a smartphone app that will serve to guide criminal defendants through the criminal justice systems in Cuyahoga County—a sort of “Waze” for criminal defendants. This group won a local competition sponsored by Hack Cleveland to propose creative problem-solving technologies to improve the criminal justice system. 

Criminal Justice Courses include:

  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Computers & Law: Criminal
  • Scientific Evidence
  • White Collar Crime

Student Organizations include:

  • Criminal Law Society
  • Trial Advocacy Team
  • Moot Court Competition


The Center features a dynamic set of faculty members who offer unique perspectives and areas of expertise within the field of criminal justice. 

Professor Patricia Falk

"I started writing about rape law because of my perception that justice was not being served in many rape cases." Two cases, nearly 100 years apart, in which women were coerced into sexual intercourse to "cure" their illnesses especially drove Professor Patricia Falk to research ways in which the laws could be more just. She has written and spoken extensively on rape law, including her current work on Ohio's marital exception. She was formerly a Trial Attorney with the United States Department of Justice, Antitrust Division. Professor Falk has tried numerous criminal and civil cases in her career, and she brings a vast background to her teaching.

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