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Cleveland-Marshall College of Law’s Entertainment and Sports Law Association hosted its fifth annual symposium, Friday, April 10.  The symposium covered a wide range of sports and entertainment topics over three panels, “Owning and Operating a Sports Venue,” “From Development to Production, How to Make a Film,” and “Protecting and Monetizing the Publicity Rights of Athletes and Entertainers.”      

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law will host legal activist Lawrence Lessig Friday, April 17 at 5 p.m. in the school’s Moot Court Room. Lessig, the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, will focus the one-hour lecture on “How Money (in politics) Matters.”

Lessig's talk concludes a week of related events including the Cleveland State Law Review's symposium immediately prior to Lessig's address and the Cleveland-Marshall Law Library’s screening of "Pay 2 Play," a political documentary on campaign financing featuring a cast of over 25 legal, political and media experts including  Lessig, on Wednesday, April 15 at 5 p.m.

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law’s Black Law Students Association received first place among 52 chapters at the 2014-15 Midwest BLSA Challenge.  The competition is community service-based with BLSA chapters judged on quality of their programming and their impact on the community.

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law’s Journal of Law and Health hosted its 2015 symposium focused on “The Social, Ethical, and Legal Consequences of Sports-Related Brain Injuries.”  Co-sponsored by the Center for Health Law & Policy and Health Law Society, the symposium featured the perspectives of medical, equipment and legal experts, as well as current National Football League player Josh Cribbs. 

Cleveland-Marshall's Solo Practice Incubator serves as a model for assisting entrepreneurial law graduates, detailed in this Crain's Cleveland article.

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law’s Black Law Students Association moot court team members DeAngelo LaVette and Chris McNeal Sr. placed third at the Midwest regional Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition in Indianapolis, Ind. February 20-21. With the third place finish, the Cleveland-Marshall team advances to the 39th National Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition held March 11-15 in Portland, Ore.

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law students Thomas Vanik and Ankur Thakkar placed 3rd in the American Bar Association (ABA) Law Student Tax Challenge. The team of third-year J.D. students, competing in the largest and most prestigious tax competition in the United States, was also recognized for “Best Written Submission” in the January 29-31 competition in Houston.

The Main Courtroom of the Ohio Eighth District Court of Appeals in Downtown Cleveland is a truly impressive place. With ornately carved woodwork, historical murals, exquisite chandeliers and magnificent high ceilings, the courtroom invokes a sense of history and gravitas.  The atmosphere in such a courtroom can be daunting, even to an experienced attorney.

However in early January, Cleveland-Marshall Civil Litigation Clinic Student Elizabeth Bonham was right at home in the courtroom, as she presented oral argument to a panel of the Court of Appeals in an unemployment benefits appeal case represented by the Clinic.