B.A., Oberlin College, 1973
J.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 1976
M.N.O, Case Western Reserve University, 2004
Lee Fisher was appointed dean of Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in May 2017. Fisher had served as interim dean of the College since June 2016.
Among a diverse career spanning the private, public, nonprofit and academic sectors, Fisher is most widely known for his extensive public service , having served as Attorney General of Ohio from 1991-1995, where he managed 1,200 employees, including 350 attorneys and 23 legal divisions, and as Lieutenant Governor of Ohio with Governor Ted Strickland from 2007-2011. Prior to those terms, he spent eight years as an Ohio State Senator and two years as an Ohio State Representative.
Additionally, Fisher has decades of experience in legal practice, most extensively with Cleveland-based Hahn Loeser & Parks as Of Counsel from 1978-1990 and Partner from 1995-1999. Prior to his appointment at Cleveland-Marshall, he was the President and CEO of CEOs for Cities, a nationwide innovation network for city success, and currently serves as a senior advisor to the organizaton. He previously served as Director of the Ohio Department of Development, where he managed a budget of $1 billion, and President and CEO of the Center for Families and Children where he led the largest capital campaign in the organization’s history.
Fisher is a graduate of Oberlin College and earned his Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He also holds his Master of Nonprofit Organization from the Case Western Reserve Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations. The Cleveland resident has previous experience at CSU having taught as an Adjunct Instructor at Cleveland-Marshall in 1978, and is currently a Senior Fellow with the Center for Economic Development at the CSU’s Levin College of Urban Affairs.