Emeriti/ae Faculty

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  • David Barnhizer

    Professor Emeritus
    A.B., Muskingum College
    J.D., Ohio State University
    LL.M., Harvard University

    Curriculum Vitae

    Professor Barnhizer was Articles Editor of the Ohio State Law Journal and then served as a Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer Fellow in Colorado Springs Legal Services Office, a Ford Urban Law Fellow, and a Clinical Teaching Fellow at the Harvard Law School. He is active in the areas of environmental law and policy and is Senior Advisor to the International Program of the Natural Resources Defense Council, a Senior Fellow for Earth Summit Watch, and General Counsel for the Shrimp Tribunal. He has served as Executive Director of The Year 2000 Committee and consulted extensively with environmental organizations, including the World Resources Institute, the International Institute for Environment and Development, World Wildlife Fund, and the Center for Global Change. He is the author of THE WARRIOR LAWYER, a book on legal strategy, and has also published STRATEGIES FOR SUSTAINABLE SOCIETIES and ENVIRONMENT CLEVELAND.

    Teaching Areas: Environmental Law, Toxic Torts, Legal Strategy, Jurisprudence, Trial Advocacy, Legal Profession, Business Planning

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    Phone: (216) 687-2315

  • Gordon Beggs

    Clinical Professor Emeritus
    B.A., J.D. University of Pennsylvania

    Gordon J. Beggs has taught for 20 years at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He served as founding President of Christian Legal Services of Cleveland, a church based legal aid program for the poor, and President of Community ReEntry, a ministry to persons involved with the criminal justice system. Prior to his teaching, he worked for 20 years with the ACLU, beginning as a Law Students Civil Rights Research Council Intern and finishing as Legal Director of the ACLU of Ohio. He has written on civil rights litigation and faith and the law and penned an autobiography, FROM NIXON UNTO NIXON - THE TALE OF A PUBLIC INTEREST LAWYER.

    Teaching Areas: Employment Law Clinic, Poverty & Law, Disability Discrimination, Employment Discrimination

  • Thomas D. Buckley

    Professor Emeritus
    A.B., Fordham University
    LL.B., Yale Law School

    Teaching Areas: Commercial Law, Constitutional Law, Creditors & Debtors Rights

  • Hyman Cohen

    Professor Emeritus
    B.A., City College of New York
    J.D. & LL.M., New York University School of Law

    Teaching Areas: Administrative Law, Arbitration Practice, Labor Law, Torts

  • Dena S. Davis

    Professor Emerita
    J.D., University of Virginia School of Law
    Ph.D. (Religion), University of Iowa
    B.A., Marlboro College

    Until 2011 Dena Davis was a Professor at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (Cleveland State University). She now holds the Endowed Presidential Chair in Health - Humanities & Social Sciences at Lehigh University. Dr. Davis has been a Visiting Scholar at the National Human Genome Research Institute, Arizona State University, the Brocher Foundation, and the Hastings Center. Her most recent book is Genetic Dilemmas: Reproductive Technology, Parental Choices, and Children’s Futures (Oxford University Press). She has been a Fulbright scholar in India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, and Sweden. Davis has been a member of the Committee on Bioethics of the American Academy of Pediatrics and currently serves on the NIH Human Embryonic Stem Cell Eligibility Working Group. She has served on the Board of the American Academy of Religion and the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities, and is currently a Trustee of Marlboro College.

  • Joel J. Finer

    Professor Emeritus
    B.B.A., City College of New York
    LL.B., Yale Law School

    Teaching Areas: Biomedical Ethics & the Law, Criminal Law, Family Law

  • Louis Geneva

    Associate Professor Emeritus
    B.A., Miami University
    J.D., Suffolk University
    LL.M., New York University

    Professor Geneva was an instructor in the New York University Law School Graduate Tax Program and in private practice before joining the Cleveland-Marshall faculty. He was instrumental in having Cleveland-Marshall named an affiliate of the ALI-ABA "American Law Network," offering high quality continuing education programs via satellite communications. He also conceived and directed the Internal Revenue Service Conference on Federal Wealth Transfer Taxation. Professor Geneva has been and continues as an active member of the Cleveland Bar Association Estate Planning Institute Executive Committee.

    Teaching Areas: Wealth Transfer Tax, Estate Planning Tax, Federal Income Tax, Business Entity Tax.

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  • Deborah J. Klein

    Legal Writing Professor Emerita
    B.A., Kent State University
    J.D., Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

    Teaching Area: Legal Writing

  • Kermit J. Lind

    Clinical Professor Emeritus
    B.A. Goshen College
    M.A., University of Chicago
    J.D. Cleveland State University

    Professor Lind taught history at Cleveland State, led nonprofit advocacy organizations for 13 years and practiced law in Cleveland for eight years before joining the clinical faculty at C-M Law. During his 16 years as a clinician, he supervised the Urban Development Law Clinic that provided legal services to nonprofit community development corporations in Cleveland’s neighborhoods. In 2005 he received the Michael R. White award for public service from the Cleveland Community Development Coalition. He pioneered in the use of Ohio’s residential public nuisance abatement statute by nonprofit developers who brought civil actions in the Cleveland Municipal Housing Court to abate blighted housing conditions. He was co-counsel in cases brought against big banks, Wells Fargo and Deutsche Bank, to require their compliance as homeowners with local housing maintenance codes using nuisance laws requiring homeowners to be responsible for the harm caused by their property. Professor Lind authored several law review articles prior to retirement and now writes, consults and lectures on community development law and public policy.

  • Jane M. Picker

    Professor Emerita
    A.B., Swarthmore College
    LL.B., Yale Law School

    Teaching Areas: Class Actions, Comparative Law, Fair Employment Practice Law, International Law

  • Alan Miles Ruben

    Professor Emertus
    A.B., M.A., J.D., University of Pennsylvania

    Professor Alan Miles Ruben joined the faculty in 1970 to teach courses on Business Organizations and Labor Arbitration after serving as Deputy Solicitor of Philadelphia, Deputy Attorney General of Pennsylvania, Associate Counsel for Aetna Life and Casualty and Corporate Counsel for Lubrizol Corporation. In 1993 he was appointed Advisory Professor of Law at FuDan University, Shanghai, China. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and both a Guggenheim and a Fulbright Scholar. He was elected a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators. He serves on the National Labor Arbitration Panels of the American Arbitration Association, and the federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. He was an Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and is the Editor-in-Chief of the standard treatise “How Arbitration Works”. He has served as Special Counsel to the United States Senate Armed Forces Sub-Committee of the Investigation of the Status of the National Stockpile of strategic and Critical Materials and as Consultant to the United States Senate Judiciary Sub-Committee on the Reform of federal Criminal Laws (Organizational Crime) and to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ Advisory Committees on Regulation of Insurance Holding Companies and Unauthorized Insurance. He participated in the 1972 Munich games as Captain of the United States Olympic Fencing Team.

  • Lloyd B. Snyder

    Professor Emeritus
    J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School
    B.S., University of Pennsylvania

    Following graduation from the University of Pennsylvania Law School Lloyd Snyder practiced law at the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland. He represented clients in litigation in state and federal courts at the trial, appellate, and Supreme Court levels. In 1983 he joined the faculty at Cleveland-Marshall where he has taught courses primarily in the fields of legal ethics and evidence. Professor Snyder’s main area of research and scholarship at the law school is in the field of legal ethics. He has written and lectured extensively on that topic, and he co-authored the seminal book on that subject for Ohio lawyers, The Law Of Professional Responsibility In Ohio. In 2007 he co-authored The Law Of Professional Conduct In Ohio. In addition to his duties at the law school, Professor Snyder serves as a member of the Ethics and Professionalism Committee of the Cleveland Bar Association. He served as chair of the Committee in 2008-09. Professor Snyder is an active member of the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio where he has served in several capacities including General Counsel and member of the Board of Trustees.

  • Steven H Steinglass

    Dean Emeritus and Professor Emeritus
    B.S., University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Finance and Commerce
    LL.B., Columbia University School of Law

    Curriculum Vitae

    Steven H. Steinglass is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (1964) and the Columbia University School of Law (1967). Following law school, Professor Steinglass practiced law in Wisconsin, initially as Staff Attorney under the Reginald Heber Smith Fellowship Program and ultimately as Director of Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc., the state's largest legal services program. He also served as a Lecturer in Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School. He joined the faculty of Cleveland State University's Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1980. His teaching areas include Civil Procedure, Federal Jurisdiction, Section 1983 Litigation, State Constitutional Law, and Ohio Constitutional History.

    Professor Steinglass is a nationally known expert on Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation and a frequent lecturer at continuing legal and judicial education programs throughout the country. He is the author of a leading treatise on civil rights (SECTION 1983 LITIGATION IN STATE COURTS) (updated annually) and numerous law review articles and book chapters. He is also the author of THE OHIO CONSTITUTION: A REFERENCE GUIDE (with Gino J. Scarselli), which was published in 2004 by Greenwood Publishing (and now published by Oxford University Press as part of its state constitutional law series). Professor Steinglass has argued two cases before the United States Supreme Court, Board of Regents v. Roth (1972) and Felder v. Casey (1988).

    From 1994 to 1996 Professor Steinglass served as Associate Dean of the College of law. In 1996 he was appointed Interim Dean; in 1997 he was appointed the twelfth Dean of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law of Cleveland State University, and he served in that capacity until June 2005, On July 1, 2005, Prof Steinglass returned to the faculty and was appointed Dean Emeritus by the Cleveland State University Board of Trustees.

    In the fall 2011 semester, Professor Steinglass was a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at Widener University School of Law (Delaware); in the spring 2012 semester, he was a visiting professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law; and in the 2012-13 academic year he was Distinguished Visiting Professor at St. Louis University School of Law. 

    From March 2013 to June 2017, Professor Steinglass served as Senior Policy Advisor for the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission.

  • William Tabac

    Professor Emeritus
    B.A., Case Western Reserve University
    J.D., George Washington University

    Professor Tabac was an editor of the George Washington Law Review and served as a legislative aid in the U.S. Senate and as an assistant to the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service before clerking for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He teaches in the area of commercial and consumer law and has published in these areas. He has recently written on legal malpractice and about the Teamsters Labor Union.

    Teaching Areas: Contracts, Commercial Law, Consumer Remedies, Secured Transactions

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  • Barbara Tyler

    Legal Writing Professor Emerita
    B.A., Baldwin Wallace
    J.D., Cleveland State University

    Before attending law school, Professor Tyler was an emergency room nurse and nurse educator. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital nursing program, a magna cum laude graduate of Baldwin Wallace College and a magna cum laude graduate of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Following her graduation, she clerked for the honorable Blanche E. Krupansky, Chief Justice of the Cuyahoga County Eighth District Court of Appeals. She has served as a consultant to practitioners on medical malpractice claims and risk management. Her research interests are varied and include law and medicine, insurance and art law as well as learning theory. Published articles have appeared in Cleveland State, Vermont, Indiana, and Rutgers law reviews and Perspectives: Teaching Legal Writing and Research. Administrative Responsibilities: Director of the Legal Writing Department since 2001; Collegially supervises a department of seven full time legal writing professors and several adjuncts. Prof. Tyler frequently lectures on topics related to legal writing, essay and exam taking skills, and the Bar exam, and is active in many legal and community organizations. Currently, she serves as advisor to the Journal of Law and Health.

    Teaching Areas: Legal Writing, Advanced Legal Writing, Scholarly Writing, and Legal Drafting (general) and Transactional Drafting.

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    Phone: (216) 687-5166

  • Stephen Werber

    Professor Emeritus
    B.A. Adelphi University
    J.D. Cornell University
    Ll.M. New York University
    M. A. Judaic Studies. Siegal College of Judaic Studies

    Professor Werber was engaged in government and private practice for six years before joining the Cleveland-Marshall faculty. His research interests are in the areas of products liability with current emphasis on the constitutional issues surrounding legislative reform as well as a growing interest in comparison of Jewish and American law. He has written and lectured widely in the field of products liability. Professor Werber is a member of many bar and community organizations including the American Law Institute where he served as a member of the Consultation Committee for the Restatement (Third) of Torts, Products Liability and he is a past President of the William Thomas Chapter of American Inns of Court. His most rewarding experience at Cleveland-Marshall was his twenty-year role (1981-2001), as faculty advisor to the Moot Court Board of Governors. Professor Werber's current teaching areas include Contracts, Products Liability, Constitutional law as related to tort reform and Judaic law.

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    Phone: (216) 687-2337
  • Frederic White

    Professor Emeritus
    J.D., Columbia University Law School
    B.A., Columbia College

    Frederic White served on the Cleveland-Marshall faculty for 26 years. His teaching and research areas include Property, Wills and Trusts, Real Estate Law, Land Use Control, Local Government Law, Administrative Law. He has also written a book entitled Ohio Landlord Tenant Law which is published annually and has been used for over 25 years by lawyers, judges and laypersons throughout the state of Ohio. Before coming to Cleveland-Marshall he was an associate attorney in the Cleveland office of Squire, Sanders and Dempsey, specializing in municipal finance. Since 2008, he has served as Dean and Professor at the Texas Wesleyan School of Law, located in Fort Worth, Texas since July 2008. Prior to coming to Texas Wesleyan Law, Dean White served for over four years as Dean and Professor at Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco, California.




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