Criminal Justice Center Faculty

Professor Jonathan Witmer-Rich, Co-Director

Professor Jonathan Witmer-Rich practiced at the Federal Public Defender's Office, where he represented defendants charged with a wide range of federal crimes, including several detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in habeas corpus proceedings, before joining the C|M|LAW faculty in 2009. He is well connected in the local criminal justice system and appears regularly in local and national media, commenting on issues of criminal justice and counterterrorism.  Witmer-Rich is active in ongoing criminal justice reform efforts, serving as a member of the Cuyahoga County Bail Task Force that examines bail and pretrial release practices within the county. He was the principal drafter of the Task Force's "Report and Recommendations."  Since 2010, he has served as counsel to the Criminal Rules Committee of the Ohio Commission on the Rules of Practice and Procedure, the body charged with drafting amendments to the Ohio Rules of Criminal Procedure. 

Professor Peter Garlock

Professor Peter Garlock joined the C|M|LAW faculty in 1975 after serving as a legal advisor to the Ministry of Finance of the Government of Kenya, as an assistant director of the IJA-ABA Juvenile Justice Standards Project and as research associate in law with the Carnegie Council on Children. His research focuses on torts, juvenile law and legal history.  Combining his work in legal history and juvenile law, Garlock has published on the legal treatment of juveniles in 19th and 20th century America.


Co-Director Professor Patricia Falk

Professor Patricia Falk joined the C|M|LAW faculty in 1991 after working for the United States Department of Justice -- Antitrust Division as an attorney where she tried numerous criminal and civil cases. She has written and spoken extensively on rape law, including her current work on Ohio’s marital exception.  Falk has tried numerous criminal and civil cases in her career, and was recently tapped to review cases in a Conviction Integrity Committee for the Cuyahoga Prosecutor’s Office.  She has also served as a visiting professor at law schools in the U.S., U.K., and Russia. At C|M|LAW, she teaches Criminal Law, White Collar Crime, Evidence, Scientific Evidence, and Law and Social Science.

Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Enrichment Milena Sterio

Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Enrichment Milena Sterio joined the C|M|LAW faculty in 2006 after working as an associate in the New York City firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton.  Her research focuses on international law, international criminal law, and human rights.  She is nationally known for her work on maritime piracy.  Sterio has participated in the 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 serves as Co-Chair of the Women in International Law Interest Group at the American Society of International Law and has presented around the country on numerous topics of international law. 

Robert J. Triozzi

Robert J. Triozzi is Director of the C|M|LAW Day 1 Project and teaches experiential courses related to the Project and other criminal justice initiatives. Triozzi has a wide range of experience in legal, civic and public policy matters and has been a leader in the criminal justice system throughout his legal career. He served for ten years as a Judge of the Cleveland Municipal Court and was formerly the Director of Law and Chief Prosecutor for the City of Cleveland. Triozzi has most recently served as the Cuyahoga County Director of Law where he helped advance local efforts toward bail reform and jail diversion opportunities. Prior to his public service Triozzi was a criminal defense trial lawyer. While on the bench, Triozzi assisted his colleagues in the establishment of the Greater Cleveland Drug Court and was instrumental in establishing the Court’s Mentally Disordered Offenders Docket, one of the first Mental Health Courts in Ohio. Triozzi has served as a member of the Ohio Supreme Court’s Domestic Violence Advisory Committee and additionally has held leadership roles in several county-wide criminal justice initiatives. Triozzi previously served on the C|M|LAW adjunct faculty and on the faculty of the Ohio Judicial College. He is a past recipient of the CMBA Justice for All Award.


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