About Cleveland From a Recent Cleveland-Marshall grad

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Adam Rosen ’13 is a proud graduate of the J.D/M.P.A. program at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and a member of hte CMLAW Alumni Association. Throughout his time in law school and beyond, Adam truly made Cleveland his home, and explored all the city has to offer. After graduation, Adam worked as associate attorney at Porter Wright’s Cleveland office and remained involved in the Greater Cleveland community as a member of several Cleveland-centric organizations. Today, Adam is the Economic Development Director for the Detroit Shoreway Associaiton, where he helps drive the upward success of one of Cleveland's most exciting neighborhoods. Below, Adam offers his advice for law students looking to take full advantage of CLE.


Arts & Entertainment

Cleveland is a hub of activity year round. For starters, CSU is located within steps of Playhouse Square, the largest entertainment district outside of New York City. With musicals, plays, concerts, comedians, speakers and more, Playhouse Square even has a series devoted entirely to young people, the $25Under35 Ticket Program, which includes tickets to a show and a backstage after party. 

Speaking of artsy parties, the Cleveland Museum of Art hosts a Friday night mixer on the first Friday of every month. The atrium at the Museum is truly breathtaking and is an amazing place to sip a cocktail. On the second Friday of the month, head over to the Tremont Artwalk to visit galleries and wine and dine at some of Cleveland’s finest restaurants. A little further west, the 78th Street Studios hosts Third Fridays, a party with food, drinks and music in the Detroit Shoreway/Gordon Square neighborhood. 

Cleveland is also home to tons of live music. The Beachland Ballroom in Collinwood and the Agora in Midtown are two gems not to be missed. Check out the Cleveland Scene each week for a complete listing of all the shows. 

Sports & Recreation

One of the best parts about living in Cleveland is the active lifestyle of many young professionals. Playing on teams, working out and watching professional sports are all right at your fingertips. 

The Cleveland State Recreation Center offers a host of intramural sports and the law school has been known to field competitive teams. If beach volleyball is your thing in the summer, Cleveland Plays offers sand leagues at Wendy Park right on the shores of Lake Erie. For another scenic recreational opportunity, check out the pick up ultimate Frisbee games on Mall C put on by the Cleveland Disc Association. Many of the law firms have softball teams, and joining the Cleveland Metro Bar Association Young Lawyers Section team is a great way to network and have fun. Cleveland is host to an active CrossFit community, with a box right around the corner from CSU. 

Did I mention that three professional sports teams, along with several semi-pro and minor league teams call the Cleveland their home? The Browns, Cavs and Indians play throughout the year. Quicken Loans Areas also plays host to the Lake Erie Monsters of American Hockey League and the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League. If you like sports, you will never run out of things to do!

Tips for Law Students

Cleveland is home to some of the best urban parks in the world. Known as the “Emerald Necklace,” the Cleveland Metroparks encircle the city and are the crown jewel of the region. There are countless things to do in the park to escape the urban jungle. My favorite parks are Rocky River Reservation for biking and kayaking, Huntington Reservation for swimming, at the beach and Euclid Creek Reservation for picnics.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the national park we have in our back yard. The Cuyahoga Valley National Park is nestled between Cleveland and Akron and is one of the most visited national parks in the country. Ride, walk or run the Ohio & Erie Towpath Trail, as soon it will snake its way to downtown Cleveland or take a ride on the Scenic Railroad.

We are so lucky to have a great lake and tons of rivers, creeks and streams. If water sports are you thing, check out the Cleveland Rowing Foundation’s boathouse in the flats or SUP CLE for stand up paddle boarding. Or if you just want to get out on the water and see amazing views of the city, take a ride on the Goodtime III. There are plenty of opportunities to get out on the water or dive into nature. 


Cleveland is a place where young people can involved in a number of ways because our opinions matter and we are the next generation of leaders. There are several young professional groups to pay attention to in the city including, Engage Cleveland, the 20/30 Club and the Cleveland Young Professional Senate. All have something a little different to offer, but you will meet tons of passionate young Clevelanders if you go to their meetings and events.

The Cleveland Leadership Center provides civic leadership and engagement opportunities and is a great way to advance your civic education. The Downtown Cleveland Alliance City Advocates Program is another civic education initiative that provides hands on experience in promoting the region. 

Cleveland is home to a dense population of foundations, nonprofits and philanthropic organizations. There is sure to be something that ignites your passion. Check out the Cleveland Foundation Center for a 10,000 foot view of the landscape in Cleveland. 


Cleveland has a burgeoning food scene, marked by a number of celebrity chefs and restaurateurs (Dante Boccuzzi, Zack Bruell, Matt Fish, Chris Hodgson, Doug Katz, Sam McNulty, Jonathan Sawyer, Michael Symon and Rocco Whalen). The West Side Market just had its 100th anniversary as an iconic foodie destination. Cleveland ranks second in the nation in local food and urban agriculture is home to community gardens, urban farms and everything in between.

Food trucks and farmers markets proliferate the Cleveland landscape. When Downtown, check out Walnut Wednesdays at Perk Park, Lunch by the Lake Thursday’s at North Coast Harbor and Food Truck Friday’s at Willard Park. The Playhouse CSU farmer’s market occurs Thursday’s at Star Plaza. There is also a year round Downtown Farmer’s Market in Public Square and indoors at 5th Street Arcades. To get more variety and a bigger bang for your buck, check out the community supported agriculture shares offered by Fresh Fork Market and City Fresh, with pickups near campus. 

One of the biggest complaints I hear about downtown is the lack of grocery stores. This is all going to change when Heinen’s opens in 2014 in the heart of downtown at East 9th and Euclid. Currently, I shop at Dave’s and Park to Shop near the intersection of East 30th and Payne. They are close to downtown, have great prices and an amazing selection. 

What to read

Reading for school comes first, but what about when you have some leisure time and want to know what’s going on around town? Here is my top 5 list of what to read in Cleveland:

  1. Crain’s Cleveland: weekly business newspaper with coverage of a wide range of topics, in-depth reporting and custom email reports. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said, “I saw you in Crain’s…” or “I read in Crain’s…” For $39/year, it’s worth its weight in gold.
  2. Cleveland Scene: the alternative weekly newspaper shares everything going on around town, dining reviews, long form investigative reporting, music happenings and more. Their Twitter and Facebook accounts are a must follow. The best part? It’s free, every Wednesday all over town. 
  3. Cleveland Magazine: a monthly magazine with stories that “shape the region,” upcoming events, dining reviews and more. You don’t want to miss any of their “best of” issues of the most interesting people in Cleveland list. It’s a cheap $15.95/year to subscribe.
  4. Freshwater Cleveland: this hard hitting blog is a weekly e-magazine “that reports on what's next in and around Cleveland.” They cover a wide range of topics with contributions from many freelance writers. It’s totally free.
  5. Waiting for Next Year: A group of passionate Clevelanders who live and die by our sports teams offer some of the best coverage in town. Anything from breaking news to in depth statistical analysis, this blog has you covered.

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