Claire C Robinson May

Administrative Liaison to Legal Writing Program

Senior Legal Writing Professor

Office: LB 042

p. 216-875-9842



A.B., History and Science, Harvard University
J.D., Case Western Reserve University
MFA, Creative Writing, Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts, CSU


Professor May focuses her teaching on developing students' writing, research, and professional skills needed for success in real world legal practice. Prior to joining Cleveland-Marshall in 2001, Professor May was in private practice with law firms in Cleveland and Washington, D.C. Prof. May's practice focused on business litigation, including complex commercial matters. As a law student, she served as an extern for Judge Ann C. Williams of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, worked in the Law Reform Unit of the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, and was a member of the Case Western Reserve Law Review. She and colleague Professor April Cherry recently developed and co-taught an innovative new course integrating the doctrine of estates and trusts with the research, document drafting, and other professional skills required for an estates and trusts practice. Professor May presents her work at various legal writing conferences around the country.

Honors and Awards:

Law Faculty Merit Recognition Award, Spring 2006, Spring 2008
Cleveland-Marshall Teaching Enhancement Grant Recipient

Teaching Areas:

Legal Drafting
Legal Writing and Litigation
Legal Writing, Research, and Advocacy
Estates and Trusts: Doctrine and Drafting

Professional Affiliations:

Legal Writing Institute
Association of Legal Writing Directors
American Bar Association
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
Member of the Ohio Bar

University Service:

Faculty Senate
Faculty Senate Steering Committee
University Faculty Affairs Committee
Cleveland-Marshall Women's Committee, Founding Chair

Professional Service:

Official Precinct Observer (D), 2008, 2012 & 2016 Presidential elections
Official Observer (D), Provisional Ballot Review, Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, 2004 Presidential election

Community Service:

Board Member, Talespinner Children's Theatre

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