2019 C|M|LAW Hall of Fame Honorees

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The C|M|LAW Hall of Fame was established in 2017 to honor the outstanding contributions to the success and prestige of our law school by distinguished alumni, faculty, staff, friends and community leaders. Full selection criteria


 

2019 Honorees

Brett P. Barragate, Class of 1996

Partner & Co-Leader for Banking, Finance & Securities Practice, Jones Day

Brett Barragate is a Partner at Jones Day where he has worked for the past 20 years. He is the Global Head of Jones Day’s Banking, Finance & Securities Practice. At Jones Day, he has held a number of leadership positions and as one of the leaders of Jones Day’s finance practice since the financial crisis in 2009, he has overseen the growth of this practice area, which now includes over 300 lawyers around the world. Barragate has represented many of the largest banks and public companies in complicated multi-billion dollar financing transactions. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Hartford. His wife Dana is also C|M|LAW graduate, Class of 1995.

Jason R. Bristol, Class of 2000

Partner, Cohen Rosenthal & Kramer LLP

Jason R. Bristol is a Partner at Cohen Rosenthal & Kramer LLP. He maintains a nationwide practice in the area of employment law—the bulk of which involves complex federal class action litigation. He represents employees from the shop floor to the C-suite and has recovered millions for his clients through negotiation and litigation. Law and Politics Magazine has described him as a "Super Lawyer" in plaintiffs’ employment litigation. His work has received coverage in the Wall Street Journal, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and in broadcasts ranging from America’s Work Force Radio to Chicago Public Radio’s This American Life to Cleveland’s own Sound of Ideas. He has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cleveland-Marshall since 2001, teaching administrative law (Fair Labor Standards Act Seminar) and appellate advocacy. In addition to teaching, he has served as a Faculty Advisor to the Moot Court Team. In 2004 he was named Moot Court Alumni of the Year for his work with the Moot Court Team. He is a member of the Cleveland-Marshall Board of Visitors as well as the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association Board of Directors. He is active in civic affairs and politics and sits on the boards of various organizations. 

Judge Annette Garner Butler, Class of 1970 (deceased)

Assistant United States Attorney (Retired) & Former Judge, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas

Judge Annette Garner Butler’s legal career included service as an Equal Opportunity Specialist for the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare’s Office of Civil Rights; Attorney with Guren, Merritt, Sogg and Cohen; 24 years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the United States Attorney’s Office; Hearing Officer with the Cuyahoga County Board of Revision; Judge on the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, and Assistant Director of Law for the City of Cleveland. Judge Butler served as President of the Black Women Lawyers Association, President of the Federal Bar Association’s Northern District of Ohio Chapter, the first elected woman President and first woman Board Chair of the City Club of Cleveland, and President of both the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library and the Shaker Heights Public Library. She was the Urban League of Cleveland’s Woman of the Year. She was a member of Cleveland State University’s Board of Trustees from 1982-1989, including two terms each as Vice Chair and Treasurer, followed by 23 years as a member of the CSU Foundation Board of Directors and Emeritus Director since 2012. She is a life member of the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association and a former member of the Law Dean’s Roundtable. She received the George B. Davis Award for Service to the University in 2016.

Chief Magistrate Gregory F. Clifford, Class of 1980

Chief Magistrate, Cleveland Municipal Court

Chief Magistrate Gregory F. Clifford has been a General Referee and Magistrate in the Cleveland Municipal Court since 1986 and Chief Magistrate since 2001. He was an Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor and in private practice before his long tenure at the Court. Chief Magistrate Clifford is a life member and long-time Board of Trustee for the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association (CMLAA). He was instrumental in founding the Minority Outreach Committee to help new minority students at Cleveland-Marshall acclimate to law school and the profession through mentoring, programming, and social events. He has been honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award for Civic Involvement from Cleveland State University and served with distinction as President of CMLAA in 2016-17. Chief Magistrate Clifford also serves on the Board of Visitors of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, is a Past President of the Norman S. Minor Bar Association and Past President of the Ohio Association of Magistrates. He continues to serves on multiple CMLAA committees, including Minority Outreach and Social Justice and he continues to mentor students every year through the mentoring program.

Judge C. Ellen Connally, Class of 1970

Judge (Retired), Cleveland Municipal Court; Past President Cuyahoga County Council

Judge C. Ellen Connally served as a Law Clerk for the 8th District Court of Appeals and Magistrate for the Cuyahoga County Probate Court before her election to the Cleveland Municipal Court in 1980, where she served until 2004. She holds a BS from Bowling Green State University, a JD and MA from Cleveland State University, and is all but dissertation for a PhD in history from the University of Akron. In 2010, she was elected to the Cuyahoga County Council and was elected the first President of the Council. She served as the Foreman of the Grand Jury, Visiting and Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Akron College of Law, and Special Prosecutor for the City of Cleveland. Currently, she is the Vice President of the Board of Trustees of Community Action Against Addiction, Vice President of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument Commission, President of the Cleveland Civil War Round Table, and Board Member of the Cleveland Baseball Heritage Museum and Ohio History Connection. She is Past President of the Board of Trustees of Bowling Green State University and an honorary member of the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association.

Joseph G. Corsaro, Class of 1982

Founder and Senior Managing Partner, Corsaro & Associates Co., LPA

Joseph G. Corsaro is the Founder and President of the law firm of Corsaro & Associates Co., LPA located in Westlake, Ohio and Integrated Retirement Plan Solutions, LLC located in Cleveland, Ohio. In addition to Corsaro, nine other C|M|LAW graduates are employed at the two companies. Several of Corsaro’s immediate family members are also C|M|LAW graduates, including his son-in-law, who is a first-year law student. The focus of Corsaro & Associates is tax and business planning for mid-market companies and high net-worth individuals. The focus of Integrated Retirement Plan Solutions is the development, design, and administration of individually-designed qualified retirement plans for mid-market businesses. Corsaro was born and raised in Cleveland and attended Cathedral Latin High School. After graduating from Cathedral Latin, Corsaro attended The Virginia Military Institute on a football scholarship and graduated in 1979, earning a BS in English with high honors. Corsaro earned his JD at Cleveland Marshall in 1982 and was a member of Moot Court. He began his career with the "Big 4" accounting firm of Ernst & Whinney. Corsaro is a member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, and the Tax Section of the American Bar Association. In 2004, he received the Ohio State Bar Association’s designation as "Certified Federal Tax Law Specialist," a designation achieved by only a handful of lawyers in the Northeast Ohio area. Corsaro has also been named to the list of Ohio Super Lawyers for multiple years, which is published annually in Cleveland Magazine and Super Lawyers Magazine.

Timothy J. Cosgrove, Class of 1987

Partner, Squire Patton Boggs

Timothy J. Cosgrove began his career in Cleveland’s Department of Community Development. He went on to serve as Executive Assistant to Cleveland Mayor George Voinovich, followed by Director of Legislation and Policy for Gov. Voinovich. A respected public policy attorney, he is a Partner with Squire Patton Boggs, the international law firm he joined in 1993. Cosgrove is a member of the Ohio Lobbying Association and of the Public Affairs Committees of both the Ohio Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Cleveland Partnership. He is the Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors for the Washington, D.C.-based Northeast Midwest Institute and has been recognized by Cincinnati Magazine as an Ohio Super Lawyer. He served for ten years as a member of Cleveland State University’s Board of Trustees, including two years as Treasurer and four years as Chair. He is a member of the Cleveland State University Foundation Board of Directors. Cosgrove was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree in 2008 and in 2015 he received the George B. Davis Award for Service to the University. He is a member of the Cleveland-Marshall Board of Visitors and a former member of the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association Board of Trustees.

Gordon S. Friedman

Partner, Friedman & Gilbert & Adjunct Faculty, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Gordon Friedman is the longest-serving Adjunct Professor at Cleveland-Marshall, where he has taught since 1976 and currently teaches Criminal Procedure I. In May 2014, Friedman was the first recipient of the Judge Richard Markus Adjunct Faculty Award at Cleveland-Marshall. The award recognizes excellence in adjunct teaching and the importance of the practitioner-scholar perspective in law school education. As a criminal defense attorney, Friedman has developed a reputation as a defense attorney’s defense attorney. He has been involved in litigation that has changed substantive law in Ohio. Through his brief and oral argument in State v. Lawrence, the Ohio Supreme Court reversed a capital death conviction and created a new standard for mental illness as a mitigating factor in capital cases. In 2009, Friedman received the Al Horn Memorial Award from the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) Legal Committee for a "lifetime of ceaseless work to advance the cause of criminal justice." Prior to his successful criminal defense practice, Friedman was an Assistant Cuyahoga County Public Defender and Director of the Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland.

Ian N. Friedman, Class of 1997

Founding Partner, Friedman & Nemecek, LLC

Ian Friedman is a partner at Friedman & Nemecek, L.L.C., a Cleveland-based criminal defense law firm. His practice is focused on criminal, cyber, and white-collar matters. He was the first lawyer to be named "Lawyer of The Year" by the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in 2010. He is an Adjunct Professor at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, where he teaches Cybercrime. Friedman served as President of the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association from 2012-2013. He is a Fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers and served as President in 2018. He was elected President of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association for 2019-2020. As President of the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, he was the driving force behind the overhaul of Ohio’s Criminal Rule 16. As a result of this effort, all state criminal cases now operate with greater transparency in what has become known as the "Open Discovery" system. In 2010, he was honored by the CMBA with the William K. Thomas Professionalism Award. In 2017, CMLAA named him as Alumni of The Year. His greatest satisfaction in the profession presently is ensuring that newly admitted lawyers are properly trained and mentored to begin their legal careers. Since its inception, Friedman has chaired the annual New Lawyer Bootcamp at the CMBA.

Judge Nancy A. Fuerst, Class of 1988

Judge, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas

Judge Nancy A. Fuerst has been on the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas bench since 1997 and has been re-elected every term since. Judge Fuerst began her career in the general practice of law after serving as a Law Clerk for a Federal Magistrate and as a Clerk at the Court of Appeals of Ohio, Eighth Appellate District. Her father was the esteemed Judge Norman Fuerst, Class of 1953, and her family has a long tradition of public service, which extends back to 1940. Judge Fuerst and her husband created the Judge Nancy A. Fuerst & Dr. John F. Burke, Jr. Endowed Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships to academically outstanding law students. Judge Fuerst served on the Cleveland-Marshall Board of Visitors, and is a life member and former Board of Trustee for the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association.

Thomas O. Gorman, Class of 1973 

Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Thomas O. Gorman served for seven years in positions of increasing responsibility at the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. Those positions included Senior Counsel, Division of Enforcement, and Special Trial Counsel, Office of the General Counsel. In those positions, Gorman was responsible for the investigation and litigation of securities enforcement actions, accounting and auditing cases, and defending suits brought against the Commission and its staff. His current practice focuses on Federal law enforcement investigations and enforcement actions, business litigation and compliance, and internal investigations. Gorman is the founder of the firm’s annual Federal Enforcement Forum, a program that reports on and analyzes current trends in government enforcement investigations and actions. He is also the Creator and Author of SEC ACTIONS, a widely-followed blog, which is published each business day and reports on and analyzes trends in securities enforcement litigation. Furthermore, Gorman is the Principal Editor of the firm’s Anti-Corruption Digest, a monthly publication that reports on anti-corruption issues around the globe. Before joining the staff of the SEC, Gorman served for two years on the staff of the Cuyahoga County Public Defender's Office and as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cleveland-Marshall. Gorman is a long-time member of the Cleveland-Marshall Board of Visitors.

Michael J. Haas, Class of 1994 

Partner & Co-Chair of Real Estate Practice, Latham & Watkins LLP

Michael Haas, Co-Chair of the Real Estate Practice at Latham & Watkins LLP, is a recognized market leader in real estate private equity and finance. Haas represents private equity firms, asset managers, and real estate companies on sophisticated, market-defining transactions. He represents clients on complex real estate transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, financings, workouts, and restructurings. Haas serves on the board of the Basser Leadership Council for the Basser Center for BRCA at Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center. He is former President of the Board of Trustees for the Joseph and Florence Mandel Jewish Day School and a former Board Member for The Cleveland Jewish Community Foundation, B’nai Jeshurun, the United Jewish Community’s National Young Leadership Cabinet, and the Historic Warehouse District Board. He is a current member of the American Bar Association (Real Property Section) and member of the Cleveland-Marshall Board of Visitors.

Professor Emeritus Arthur R. Landever (deceased)

Professor Emeritus, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law 

Professor Emeritus Arthur R. Landever joined the faculty at Cleveland-Marshall in 1972 after teaching political science and history at Brooklyn College, Long Island University and the University of Minnesota, and completing a stint in private law practice. He was a graduate of New York University, where he earned AB, JD, and PhD degrees. Prof. Landever was a member of Phi Beta Kappa at NYU, and he received the Elihu Root-Samuel J. Tilden Scholarship for three years of study at the NYU School of Law, for his distinguished scholastic record and unusual capacity for public leadership. Known for his signature bowties and perpetually welcoming demeanor, Prof. Landever taught and wrote on constitutional law and the Supreme Court until his retirement in 2007. He was passionate about racial equality and the "rule of law," protecting those who have been persecuted against the most in our country. He was a beloved professor and member of the Cleveland-Marshall family. After retiring, Prof. Landever remained a frequent presence in the Law Building and continued as director of the twice-annual Great Stories Program, focusing on the great works of literature and their interaction with the law. 

Stacey L. McKinley, Class of 1997 

Director of Gift Planning, Cleveland Clinic

After graduating with a degree in journalism and spending 12 years as a broadcast journalist, Stacey McKinley earned her law degree at Cleveland-Marshall. Upon graduation, she practiced corporate law before embarking on a career in philanthropy. She is currently a Director of Gift Planning at Cleveland Clinic’s Philanthropy Institute, where she assists donors with major and legacy gifts. McKinley has also held fundraising positions at Cleveland State University and the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. She has served on several nonprofit boards in the Cleveland area and is a volunteer attorney for Business Volunteers Unlimited. McKinley is a Past President of the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association and a 2008 recipient of the President’s Award for board service. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the Alumni Association’s Continuing Legal Education committee and as an Adjunct Professor teaching nonprofit corporations.

Louise Mooney

Communications Coordinator (Retired), Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Louise Frazer Mooney, a graduate of Converse College, joined the law school administrative staff in 1986 as a Grant Writer and Assistant to Associate Dean Jan Murray. She subsequently became the law school’s Communications Coordinator, working alongside both Assistant Dean Louise Dempsey in fundraising and C|M|LAW Alumni Association Executive Director Mary McKenna in organizing reunions locally and nationally. She was Editor of Law Notes, the Law Alumni Association magazine, and created numerous law school publications as well. By 2010 when she retired, she had composed a seven-decade history of the law school and worked for four deans, two interim deans, and generations of faculty and students. Mooney has been a member of the boards of the CSU Poetry Center, the Ohio Humanities Council, the Poets and Writers League of Cleveland, and the Cleveland Artists Foundation (now ARTneo). She was instrumental in bringing SEIU to the University. For several years, she partnered with the late Professor Emeritus Arthur Landever (C|M|LAW HOF 2019) in creating and facilitating a series of Great Stories and the Law seminars. She is presently involved in a free GED-tutoring program, primarily serving immigrants, the poor, and persons recovering from addiction.

Judge Michelle L. Paris, Class of 1984 

Judge, Bedford Municipal Court

Michelle L. Paris was elected Judge of Bedford Municipal Court in November 2015. Prior to that, she served as a magistrate and chief magistrate in Cleveland Municipal Court from January, 1988 until her retirement in May, 2008. Thereafter, Judge Paris served as a visiting magistrate at Cleveland Municipal Court. Judge Paris is a regular presenter for the Ohio Judicial College and Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association. She also served as an adjunct professor at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and Case Western Reserve School of Law, teaching Debtor-Creditor Rights. She graduated from Ohio University with a degree in education and from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Judge Paris is the President of the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association. She is also on the Board of Trustees for the Association of Municipal and County Court Judges.

Patrick J. Perotti, Class of 1982 

Partner, Dworken & Bernstein Co., LPA

Patrick J. Perotti has been recognized both locally and nationally for outstanding achievements in consumer class actions and employment discrimination. He is the architect of the firm’s Ohio Lawyers Give Back initiative to distribute unclaimed class action funds to charities. Perotti is an award-winning national leader in the fields of consumer class actions, employment discrimination, and wage and hour litigation. With verdicts and settlements exceeding $1 billion, Perotti is regularly selected to lead class suits in Ohio and around the country. His reputation developed from a demand for outcomes that not only offered compensation to class members, but also stopped unlawful government and corporate practices. Using the class action device to achieve deterrence, he has directed more than $32 million in unclaimed class funds from his settlements to charities and non-profits around the country. The bench, bar, and community have recognized Perotti’s legal and community accomplishments with the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Award, the defense bar’s Top 75 Plaintiff Trial Lawyers in the United States, the Ohio State Bar Association’s highest honor, the Ritter Award, and Cleveland Marshall College of Law’s highest honor, the Alumnae of the Year Award. As a frequent lecturer at state and national conferences on class actions, employment law, and the cy pres doctrine, Perotti is regularly consulted by the bench, bar, and media on those subjects.

Jon J. Pinney, Class of 2000

Managing Partner, Kohrman Jackson Krantz

Jon has been managing partner of KJK since 2015, leading the firm through a period of extraordinary growth and demonstrating commitment to bringing innovation to the practice of law—including launching a new legal technology platform, Connective Counsel, which allows companies to store and access critical legal documents securely using their mobile devices. Jon has emerged as an outspoken civic voice for the creation of a true innovation economy in Northeast Ohio. He’s become an integral part of the Blockland movement, which is seeking to make our region an epicenter of blockchain technology. Jon is driving the creation of an innovation hub in Cleveland, which would create a physical space where start-ups and the organizations that support them can work side by side. Jon was the primary author of Cleveland’s winning 345-page bid to host the 2016 Republican National Convention, and served as the General Counsel, Secretary, and Treasurer for the Host Committee. He currently serves on the board of Destination Cleveland, the Cuyahoga Community College Foundation, FRONT Exhibition Company, and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Jon was a member of the Leadership Cleveland Class of 2018, and has been named to Cleveland Magazine’s "Power 100" list of the 100 most influential people in Northeast Ohio and to "Who’s Who in Northeast Ohio" by Crain’s Cleveland Business.

Linn J. Raney, Class of 1968

Intellectual Property Attorney (Retired), Watts Hoffman Co.

Linn Raney majored in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Florida, participating in its engineering co-op program and graduating with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree, with honors, in 1963. Having worked in engineering positions during college, he concluded that he should obtain a graduate degree of some sort before joining the work force. Encouraged by his Patent Lawyer father, he joined the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Washington, D.C. as a Patent Examiner. He enrolled in American University’s evening law school program while working in Washington. He moved to Cleveland in 1965, enrolled in Cleveland-Marshall’s evening law school program, and became licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent Office. He supported his family by working as a patent agent while attending Cleveland-Marshall’s evening program. While at Cleveland-Marshall, he was a Law Review editorial board member, authored a Law Review article that was re-printed, with attribution, in a commercial legal publication, and was named to Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. He graduated summa cum laude in 1968. In 1967, he joined the predecessor to Watts, Hoffmann Co. LPA, where he practiced all phases of Intellectual Property Law, representing numerous local and international industrial corporations, for 35 years. He eventually became Managing Partner before retiring in 2003. Raney is a long-time financial supporter of Cleveland-Marshall, member of the Board of Visitors, and has become particularly interested in Cleveland-Marshall’s Solo Practice Incubator. In conjunction with his membership in Business Advisors of Cleveland (BAC), he has been instrumental in establishing an ongoing business consulting and mentoring relationship between BAC and lawyer-residents in the Incubator.

Karen E. Rubin, Class of 1985 

Counsel, Thompson Hine LLP

Karen E. Rubin is Counsel at Thompson Hine LLP, where she is a member of the business litigation group and the firm’s Office of General Counsel. In addition, she practices, teaches, and writes in the area of professional responsibility, including malpractice and legal ethics. Rubin graduated from Cleveland-Marshall’s part-time program. She was Editor-in-Chief of the Cleveland State Law Review and the founding Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Law and Health. She is an Adjunct Professor at Cleveland-Marshall, teaching legal ethics, and was honored in 2018 with the Judge Richard M. Markus Adjunct Faculty Award. Rubin has served on the Ohio Supreme Court’s Task Force on the Disciplinary System and is a past Chair of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s Certified Grievance Committee. She is Vice-Chair of the CMBA’s Ethics Committee and also served as Chair of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Ethics Committee. Rubin is a member of the Ohio Women’s Bar Association’s Judicial Selection Committee and is on the executive committee of the Judicial Candidates Rating Coalition. Rubin is a Co-Editor of Thompson Hine’s legal ethics blog, The Law for Lawyers Today, which was named by the ABA Journal in 2016 and 2018 as one of the year’s best law blogs.

Judge Michelle J. Sheehan, Class of 1993

Judge, Eighth District Court of Appeals for the State of Ohio

Judge Michelle J. Sheehan has extensive experience as both a trial lawyer and appellate advocate. She began her tenure as Judge in January 2018. Judge Sheehan was a Partner at Reminger Co., LPA for over 20 years and has been an active leader in the firm. She was a founding member of the firm’s Women’s Leadership Council and was one of the first women at the firm to rise from the ranks of law clerk to being hired as an associate and ultimately promoted to partner. She has litigated cases in both state and federal court on behalf of a diverse group of clients for over 25 years. She is one of only 28 attorneys throughout the state who is certified as an appellate specialist by the Ohio State Bar Association. She has served as President of the Ohio Women’s Bar Association and in various leadership roles in local organizations, including the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, YWCA, and civil service commission. She has been a pro bono advocate for many individuals in the community through all types of civil and criminal cases and was featured in Crain’s Cleveland Magazine for her pro bono work with El Barrio Workforce at The Centers. Judge Sheehan has been repeatedly recognized as one of the Top 25 Female Attorneys in Cleveland by Ohio Super Lawyer Magazine. She has served as a mentor to many law students at Cleveland-Marshall and remains a strong supporter of the law school.

Carter E. Strang, Class of 1984

Partner, Tucker Ellis LLP & Leader-in-Residence, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Carter E. Strang is a Tucker Ellis LLP Founding Partner and environmental law, product liability and mass tort litigator. He has lost only one trial in his 35 year career. A frequent lecturer and author, Strang has been published over 50 times on a wide variety of legal topics. He is a Master Bencher in the Judge John M. Manos Inn of Court. Strang is the only person to serve as President the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA) and the Federal Bar Association Northern District of Ohio Chapter. He is the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation President-Elect and will become Foundation President in 2020. Strang created two award-winning pipeline diversity and inclusion initiatives: the CMBA Louis Stokes Scholars and Tucker Ellis Pipeline Programs. A high school teacher while attending law school at night, he used his teaching expertise in drafting the curriculum of the nationally acclaimed CMBA 3Rs program. A Cleveland-Marshall Leader-in-Residence and member of its Visiting Committee, Strang created the Professor Joel J. Finer Award in honor of his former Cleveland-Marshall professor. He is a long time Cleveland-Marshall Alumni Association Trustee and a recipient of its Alumnus of the Year Award. Other honors include the CMBA Justice for All and Green Sustainability Awards, the Kent State University and Honors College Distinguished Alumni Awards, and the Federal Bar Association Elaine “Boots” Fisher Awards. A two-sport college athlete, Strang is a Cleveland Triathlon Gold Medalist who twice bicycled from Cincinnati to Cleveland to raise money to fight cancer.

LEGAL Writing Professor Emerita Barbara J. Tyler, Class of 1989

Legal Writing Professor Emerita & Director of Legal Writing (Retired), Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Prof. Barbara J. Tyler was a mother of six, working weekends and nights as an RN in MetroHealth's Emergency Room when she entered law school. She worked until graduation and often attended classes with her son Thomas Tyler '88, who was a year ahead of her. After graduating magna cum laude, she clerked for the Honorable Blanche Krupansky of the 8th District Court of Appeals. Feeling the irresistible pull of teaching, she returned to Cleveland-Marshall in 1991 to teach Legal Writing and Research. In 2001, she became Director of the seven-person department. Under her leadership, department members moved from staff employees to professors who earned long-term appointments. She developed and implemented a mandatory third semester writing requirement. Prof. Tyler published in many prestigious law reviews, her work often focusing on medical issues. She aided scores of law students in publishing their notes nationally. She earned the Stapleton Award for Teaching Excellence (2005) and Delta Theta Phi "Most Outstanding Law Professor in the Nation" (2005-2006). Prof. Tyler served as Advisor to the Journal of Law and Health for seven years and upon retirement was honored with a yearly Journal award in her name given for the best student note. Since retiring, she has taught in CMBA 3Rs program for ten years, worked for Legal Aid, and co-chaired a non-profit Board.

Professor Emeritus Stephen J. Werber 

Professor Emeritus, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Stephen J. Werber is a graduate of Cornell Law School (JD, 1964), New York University (LLM, 1970), and the Siegal College of Jewish Studies (MA, 2003), where he earned the Polster Award for Academic Excellence. Prior to joining the faculty in 1970 he was an FCC Staff Attorney and later became an Associate at a New York law firm with a focus on products liability litigation. At Cleveland-Marshall, he served as Assistant Dean (1973-74), Faculty Advisor to the Moot Court of Governors (1981-2001), Faculty Advisor to the Journal of Law and Health (1993-1999), and was active in many aspects of faculty and overall school governance. He took emeritus status in 2006, but continued to teach through Spring 2013. Prof. Werber is widely published in two of his three primary teaching areas, Products Liability including Tort Reform and Judaic Law, but more students will remember him teaching almost four decades of Contracts classes. He was a member of many professional organizations, including the American Law Institute; the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, where he served on the Bar Admissions Committee and the Sub-Committee on Professionalism; and the William K. Thomas Chapter, American Inns of Court, where he is a founding member and Past President. He is an Honorary Member of the CMLAA. Professor Werber was the first recipient of the Dean Wilson Stapleton Award for Faculty Excellence and a recipient of the Alumni Association’s President’s Award.

Leader on the Rise 

Brandon D. Cox, Class of 2012 

Counsel, Tucker Ellis LLP

Brandon Cox focuses his practice on the representation of pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers in mass tort and individual cases pending in various state and federal venues throughout the country. Cox is also part of the Tucker Ellis team that serves as national counsel for two large companies, defending their personal injury cases in state and federal courts throughout the country. In this role, he manages local counsel and is responsible for responsive pleadings, written discovery, depositions, dispositive and evidentiary motions, mediations, arbitrations, and trial. Cox is actively involved with the Tucker Ellis pro bono program, representing economically disadvantaged clients with housing and probate disputes. He is also a member of the Tucker Ellis Equity & Inclusion Committee and currently serves as editor of the firm’s newsletter, "Diversity Matters."

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