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Christina O’Brien recalls sitting in her grandfather’s apartment as a young child watching the President on the news. “One day, you will be President,” her grandfather told her. “What do I need to do to become president?” she asked. Her grandfather answered her with words that she’s carried. “You will need to become a lawyer first.”

Professor Lizabeth Ann (Liz) Moody passed away in Florida onMay 19, 2023.
An icon in legal education. The National Jurist once rated her as one of the 25 most important people in legal education, and her biography has been placed in the Library of Congress as one of the Women Trailblazers in the Law.

Juggling full-time employment and legal studies is challenging in itself. 2023 Cleveland State University College of Law graduate Katheryn (Katey) Hach ’23 managed to not only accomplish that while ranking third in her 4LE class, but also become a force in the CSU|LAW and greater Cleveland legal community.

Read, think critically. Go out into the world with the belief that you can use your superpower of critical analysis, close reading and deliberate thinking and speech for good. Look for ways to be kind. Be generous in helping others with time, money, or both. Live your life with passion and purpose and be grateful and thankful to all the people who have helped you get to this point.” - 2023 Commencement Speakers Steve Potash ’78 and Loree Potash ’79

“Remember your journey, remember how you got here, thank those along the way, and cherish this moment and what it represents.”

2023 Cleveland State University College of Law class valedictorian Camille Pollutro’s message to her fellow graduates focused on appreciating the big moments and accomplishments as they set forth on their careers.

“Your education is a dress rehearsal for a life that is yours to lead.” – Nora Ephron 

Yesterday was our 2023 Commencement where we celebrated the accomplishments of one of the most resilient classes to ever graduate from our law school.

“A moment of choice is a moment of truth. It’s the testing point of our character and competence.” – Stephen Covey

Later today, at the invitation of the Ohio Supreme Court, I will have the honor of speaking in Columbus to all the law school graduates in Ohio and throughout the nation who passed the February 2023 Ohio Bar Exam. Here’s my message.