Alumni News

Daniel Pollack '83, professor of social work at Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work, will serve on an independent Blue Ribbon Commission to examine the institutional responses to sexual abuse by former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.


Judge Francine B. Goldberg '90 (pictured left center) was recognized with the inaugural Golda Meir Award from the Cleveland Council of NA'AMAT USA. The award ceremony was emceed by Dean Lee Fisher.


Five years ago, Kimberly Corral ’12 was a recently minted attorney with a passion for justice. Working as a solo practitioner on criminal justice cases, she received a call from Ru-El Sailor that would begin a five-year representation that would culminate in exonerating a man who spent 15 years in a prison for a murder he did not commit.

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Dean Lee Fisher and C|M|LAW alumnus Terry Gilbert ’73 received awards at the National Civil Rights Summit, a consortium of civic, religious and professional organizations recognizing the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act.

CMLAA Alumni of the Year recipient Judge Benita Y. Pearson ’95 knew she would seek a judgeship even before attending law school. A graduate of Georgetown University, she worked at BP in accounting for seven years before enrolling in law school in her hometown.

CMLAA Alumni of the Year recipient Matthew Crawford possesses critical skills for successful leadership. He is a consensus builder who encourages opinions from a variety of perspectives in decision-making.

C|M|LAW Hall of Fame Member Steve Potash '78, Founder and CEO of OverDrive, was featured on WKYC 3 for his company's continued innovation and success.


Ian Friedman '97 was elected to a one-year presidency of The American Board of Criminal Lawyers, effective Jan. 1. Friedman, a criminal defense attorney at Friedman & Nemecek in Cleveland and adjunct professor in computers and criminal law at C|M|LAW, is the third Ohio fellow to be elected president of the organization. The 40-year-old invitation-only organization aims to encourage fellows to pursue fundamental freedoms for those accused of criminal conduct.

Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP (Calfee) is pleased to announce it has elected Alexander B. Reich '09 a partner at the firm.

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law lost a valued community member when Elisabeth Dreyfuss '78 passed away on December 17 at the age of 82.  After graduating from law school, Elisabeth spent 16 years at C|M|LAW as Assistant Dean for Community Education in the Law and Director of the Street Law Program

One of C|M|LAW’s most loyal and devoted alumna, Marilyn Tobocman ’83, passed away on January 3, 2018 at the age of 83.  She was a member of the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association Board of Trustees and also served as a mentor for Cleveland-Marshall law students, a Fair Housing Law Clinic instructor and adjunct faculty member.

Cleveland State University recognized Cleveland-Marshall College of Law alumnus Steven Potash '78, President and CEO of OverDrive, as the college’s 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. Potash received the honor at the October 6 awards ceremony, on the basis of his distinguished record of service, leadership and professional achievements as part of Homecoming Weekend.

One of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law’s most distinguished alumna, Judge Jean Murrell Capers, passed away Tuesday, July 18 at the age of 104, leaving an esteemed legacy as a trailblazer and civic activist.  Judge Capers graduated in 1945 from Cleveland Law School, a predecessor to Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

Two Cleveland-Marshall College of Law alumni, Christopher Blake '99 and Jon Pinney '00, have been named to the Leadership Cleveland Class of 2018.

A Cleveland Leadership Center program, Leadership Cleveland welcomes approximately 65 participants each year after a highly competitive selection process.  Participants are selected based on their level of volunteer leadership in the community, senior-level leadership within their profession and support from their employers and Leadership Cleveland alumni.

Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law is pleased to announce that Brent M. Buckley '82, managing partner of the law firm of Buckley King, has been appointed chair of the law school’s Board of Visitors.

In that role, Buckley will serve as a senior advisor to the dean, assisting in developing and implementing the law school’s strategic plan. Buckley previously served as the Board’s vice chair.

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law’s moot court teams had arguably the most successful season in the program’s history in 2016-17.  C|M|LAW moot court students earned first place finishes at the Gabrielli National Family Law Moot Court Competition, the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition and the August A. Rendigs National Product Liability Moot Court Competition, and delivered strong performances at several other national competitions during the season.

Chris Harrington '12, his dad, and several close friends watched the waning moments of the most improbable NBA Finals in League history from his downtown Cleveland apartment. With two minutes left to play in Game 7 and the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors tied at 89, Harrington, a self-professed diehard Cleveland sports fan, was anxious. The Cavs weren’t just his hometown team anymore. He had recently joined the organization as in-house counsel, a dream job helped made possible by a C|M|LAW professor and mentor who saw great potential in him at the Great Lakes Sports and Entertainment Law Academy.

The French family has established a strong legacy during their time in Cleveland that dates back at least five generations.  A  significant part of their legacy centers around the family’s presence in the legal community and their five graduates of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (and predecessor John Marshall School of Law) spanning three generations and 70 years. 

Cleveland-Marshall graduates hold judgeships in impressive numbers throughout Northeast Ohio and the entire state.  C|M|LAW also has a national presence on the bench, including a sitting judge in a location that would not be expected – the northern-most city in the United States.

CMLAA Alumni of the Year recipient Ian Friedman knew he wanted to be a lawyer from a young age.  A sense of fairness and a determination to stand up for those in need drew the 1997 Cleveland-Marshall College of Law graduate to the profession and sparked his interest in criminal defense.