The 2009 Constitution Day Celebration Lecture
Associate Professor of Law
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
What Would Socrates Say about Our Constitution?
Professor Sundahl is an expert in ancient Greek Law. According to Professor Sundahl, the Athenians struggled with many of the same issues that confronted the framers of our own Constitution and they undertook various reforms to resolve problems concerning direct democracy, the separation of powers, and judicial review. In his lecture, he will explain the nature of the Athenian democracy and then examine how the framers improved upon the Athenian model—and how certain problems that Athens faced remain to this day.
If you missed Prof. Mark Sundahl's Constitution Day Lecture, "What Would Socrates Say about Our Constitution," you can see him and hear his lecture HERE
The 2009 Littler Mendelson Employment and Labor Law Lecture
Julius G. Getman
Earl E. Sheffield Regents Chair
University of Texas School of Law, Austin
Are Unions Putting Their Eggs in the Wrong Basket?
Professor Getman has been a pioneer in empirical studies in the field of labor law and continues to do extensive field work. He is author of THE BETRAYAL OF LOCAL 14: PAPERWORKERS, POLITICS AND PERMANENT REPLACEMENTS (Cornell University Press 1998) and co-editor, with UT faculty colleague, former Secretary of Labor Ray Marshall, of a book of essays, THE FUTURE OF LABOR UNIONS: ORGANIZED LABOR IN THE 21ST CENTURY (L.B.J. School of Public Affairs 2004). Professor Getman is a former President of the American Association of University Professors.
In his lecture, Professor Getman will argue that unions’ success in organizing depends not on legal change but on the use of non-traditional organizing tactics. He believes that the Employee Free Choice Act or “card check bill” would not accomplish what unions think it would; rather, it would leave employers with essentially the same advantages they currently hold in organizing battles/campaigns.
The 2009 Legal Writing Lecturer
Senior Lecturer, Legal Writing (ret.)
University of Texas School of Law
Writing Rules That Matter(ed)
Can the passive voice, a misplaced comma or an ambiguous phrase sabotage a legal document and send its author back into court—this time to defend his or her own written product?
Legal writing scholar and language expert Terri LeClercq knows that bad grammar and clumsy writing are costly errors that can jeopardize a lawyer’s career. She will provide evidence of the hazards of poor drafting when she presents "Writing Rules that Matter(ed)," a free lecture at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in the Moot Court Room of the law school on East 18th Street and Euclid Avenue.
Terri LeClercq was Senior Lecturer at the University of Texas School of Law. She is the author of numerous publications on writing well and intelligibly for many disciplines and in many genres and has worked with universities, law firms and government agencies across the United States providing expert opinion and testimony on language issues. She is the 2006 recipient of the AALS Section on Legal Writing’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
In her Cleveland-Marshall Legal Writing Program Lecture, Professor LeClercq will review specific documents and explain how they wound up being the focus of litigation, backtracking to the drafting phase where errors and ambiguities in language occurred.
Navigating Political Campaign and Election Law in 2009
Check-in: 5:30 PM; program begins: 6:00 PM
Moot Court Room, One free hour of CLE
McTigue & McGinnis, LLC
Join the Democratic Lawyers Group of Northeast Ohio and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, along with the Greater Cleveland Young Republicans, the Cleveland-Marshall Republicans, the Cleveland-Marshall Federalist Society, the Cleveland-Marshall Libertarians, the Cleveland-Marshall American Constitution Society, and the Cleveland Marshall Democratic Law Organization as they present an event which explores the legal problems and questions political candidates and campaigns encounter in campaigns.
3pm – 4pm
Moot Court Room
Richard Cordray (NOTE: No CLE for This Program)
Ohio Attorney General
Smith v. Spisak
On October 13, Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray will represent the state before the United States Supreme Court in the case of death row inmate Frank Spisak. The question the state will pose is whether, in its review of Mr. Spisak’s death sentence, the Sixth Circuit disobeyed the directives of the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act and ignored a relevant Supreme Court's decision in an earlier case. The Court will also consider whether the Appeals Court incorrectly presumed prejudice and whether it failed to consider the Ohio Supreme Court’s standards for determining prejudice.
On October 15, Attorney General Cordray will discuss Smith v. Spisak during a free public event on October 15 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law on East 18th Street and Euclid Avenue.
The case, Smith v. Spisak, has special resonance in Cleveland and at Cleveland State University. In 1983, a Cuyahoga County jury convicted and sentenced to death self-proclaimed neo-Nazi Frank Spisak for the murders in 1982 of three men at Cleveland State University: the Reverend Horace Rickerson, CSU student Brian Warford, and CSU administrator Timothy Sheehan. Mr. Sheehan was the father of Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Brendan Sheehan, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Class of 1993.
The Cleveland-Marshall chapter of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy is sponsoring the event.
Attorney General Cordray will take questions at the conclusion of his remarks.
Criminal Justice Forum I
Beth A. Wilkinson
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Phyllis L. Crocker
Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
The Future of the Death Penalty in the U.S.A.
- Reform? Abolition? Status Quo?A Conversation (Watch Event Video)
Ms. Wilkinson, a former federal prosecutor, was appointed a special attorney to the U.S. Attorney General in U.S. v. McVeigh and Nichols. She has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate on death penalty issues and is co-chair of the Constitution Project’s Death Penalty Initiative. Dean Crocker chaired the ABA's Ohio Death Penalty Assessment Team. The team examined the administration of the death penalty in Ohio and published its findings and recommendations in Evaluating Fairness and Accuracy in State Death Penalty Systems: The Ohio Death Penalty Assessment Report (2007).
1:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
4 hours of free CLE
A conference organized by CM Allies to consider the legal status of members of the LGBT community in Ohio, nationally and internationally. Invited speakers include lawyers, academics and activists who have been on the front line of the movement at the national, state and local levels. Topics include marriage, domestic partnership, benefits, employment, housing, and adoption.
Geoffrey S. Mearns
Dean and Professor of Law
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Senior Staff Attorney
Lambda Legal HRC
ACLU of Ohio
Cleveland City Council
Immediate Past Executive Director
International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission
The LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland
Senior Counsel for Special Projects & Justice for All Fellow
Human Rights Campaign
The 2009 Baker & Hostetler Visiting Professor of Law
The James M. Page Professor and Chair
Department of Urban & Environmental Planning
The University of Virginia
Women's Rights and the Shaping of the Postwar Metropolis
Daphne Spain, the University of Virginia’s James M. Page Professor and Chair of the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, has catalogued the lives of women and their contributions to the American political and social landscape in numerous articles and in books such as Balancing Act: Motherhood, Marriage, and Employment among American Women (with S. Bianchi (1996)), Gendered Spaces (1992) and American Women in Transition (1986).
Professor Spain’s 2001 book, How Women Saved the City, describes women’s efforts, during the years between the end of the Civil War and the end of WWI, in creating safer and more charitable cities for poor families, single women, minorities and immigrants through their participation in visionary organizations such the Young Women’s Christian Association, the National Association for Colored Women and the College Settlement Association.
Professor Spain believes that post-war years have often been times of progress for women in their struggles for equal rights and that their successes transformed the home, the workplace, and the social environment of our country’s great industrial cities. On November 3, she will speak on Women’s Rights and the Shaping of the Postwar Metropolis in a free public lecture at 5:00 PM in the Moot Court Room of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law on East 18th and Euclid Avenue.
Professor Spain is the law school’s 2009 Baker & Hostetler Visiting Professor of Law. Her lecture is approved for one free hour of CLE credit.
Reorganization in the Fast Lane: Automotive Chapter 11 Cases
American College of Bankruptcy (ACB) Fellows will share their views on the business and legal implications of the recent Chapter 11 cases involving Chrysler, GM and other companies in the automotive sector.
David G. Heiman
Partner, Jones Day
Business, Finance & Restructuring Parnter
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
New York, New York
Stephen D. Lerner
Partner, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P.
Cincinnati, Ohio; New York, New York
Thomas Moers Mayer
Partner, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
New York, New York
G. Christopher Meyer
Partner, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P.
The 2009 Journal of Law and Health Lecture
Debra S. Grega, PhD
Executive Director, the Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Dena S. Davis, PhD
Cleveland-Marshall Professor of Law
Lines of Communication; Advances in Stem Cell Policy
Among Americans, stem cell research and technology inspire both promise and fear: promise to those suffering from such degenerative diseases as ALS or Diabetes or Alzheimer’s; fear among those who see biotechnology as contrary to religious beliefs or who believe biotechnology threatens to open the door to cloning and other forms of genetic engineering. The Obama administration’s recent expansion of the types of cells available for stem cell research has further energized the debate between advocates and opponents.
Cleveland-Marshall’s Journal of Law and Health presents two experts in the fields of biotechnology and biomedical ethics to discuss policies being developed to safeguard medical/ethical standards and assure scientific integrity in stem cell research.
Bioethicist and Professor of Law Dena S. Davis and Case Western Reserve University’s Director of the Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Dr. Debra S. Grega will discuss these developments in a free public lecture, Lines of Communication: Advances in Stem Cell Policy, on November 17 at 5:00 PM in the Moot Court Room of the law school.
2010 Employment and Labor Law Lecture
Distinguished University Professor
The Heck Faust Memorial Chair in Constitutional Law
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
The ADA Amendments Act of 2008: Will It Improve the Plaintiff's Chances of Success?
The 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act afforded protections against discrimination for citizens with physical or mental impairments. In 2008, in response to controversial Supreme Court decisions narrowly interpreting the statute, Congress clarified the legal definition of disability and expanded the protections of the original act in the ADA Amendments Act of 2008.
On March 1, Professor Ruth Colker, the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law Heck Faust Memorial Chair in Constitutional Law, will discuss the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 and question whether the rate of success for plaintiffs in litigation under the Act" will improve as a result of the amendments. Professor Colker is the law school’s 2010 Employment and Labor Law Lecturer. Her lecture begins at 5:00 p.m. in the Moot Court Room of the law school on East 18th Street and Euclid Avenue and offers one free hour of CLE credit.
Professor Colker is one of the country’s preeminent scholars in the areas of Constitutional Law and Disability Discrimination. She is the author of nine books and more than 50 articles in such leading law journals as the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, Columbia Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Virginia Law Review and Michigan Law Review. In 2009, in acknowledgement of her innovative teaching skills and scholarly achievements, OSU awarded Professor Colker the title of Distinguished University Professor, which is its highest academic honor.
For details, contact Louise.Mooney@law.csuohio.edu or 216-687-6886.
Visiting Judge Lecture
The Honorable Robert E. Gerber
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York
Was There Really Anything New in the General Motors Bankruptcy Case?
In June, General Motors filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. The Honorable Robert E. Gerber was the presiding judge in the G.M. bankruptcy case, the fourth largest U.S. bankruptcy case ever filed. On March 3rd, Judge Gerber will discuss the initial phases of the General Motors bankruptcy case and the myth that the case created new law in a lecture titled, "Was There Really Anything New in the General Motors Bankruptcy Case?"
Judge Gerber’s lecture begins at 5:00 p.m. in the Moot Court Room of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law on East 18th and Euclid Avenue. The law school has applied to the Supreme Court of Ohio for permission to grant one free hour of CLE credit for Judge Gerber’s lecture.
Judge Gerber will discuss provisions of §363 of the Bankruptcy Code, the Second Circuit’s decision in Lionel and contentions that the proposed sale was a sub rosa bankruptcy reorganization plan. Judge Gerber will explain how, although the assets being transferred were larger than those in an average case and the speed of the transaction was faster, it was no different than other sales conducted in the bankruptcy.
Judge Gerber was appointed to the federal bankruptcy court in 2000. He was then a partner in the New York City law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, where he specialized in securities and commercial litigation and, thereafter, bankruptcy litigation and counseling. From 1970 to 1989, he litigated securities and commercial cases, along with bankruptcy matters, and also kept up a meaningful pro bono caseload—including the ultimately successful representation, over 10 years in post-conviction proceedings, of a Florida inmate who had been sentenced to death. He practiced very nearly entirely in the bankruptcy area over his last 11 years of private practice, representing debtors and creditors in about equal numbers, principally in large chapter 11 cases.
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The 2010 Cleveland-Marshall Enrichment Fund Visiting Scholar
Charles E. Barrett Professor of Law and Finance
University of San Diego
Lessons from the Match King: Financial Crises and Parallels to the 1920s
Last year, University of San Diego Professor of Law and Finance Frank Partnoy published, to critical acclaim, his biography of Ivar Kreuger, THE MATCH KING: THE FINANCIAL GENIUS BEHIND A CENTURY OF WALL STREET SCANDALS.
Ivar Kreuger (1880-1932), a Swedish immigrant to the U.S., was dubbed “the Match King” because he had engineered monopolies on the sale of matches in countries across three continents. His financial empire surpassed the match industry, however, and extended to the banking, construction, film, mining, paper and telephone industries. Yet his place in history is secured, not by his reputation as a shrewd and accomplished business man but by his reputation as a global white collar criminal, the perpetrator of a Ponzi scheme as vast and as deleterious as Bernie Madoff’s.
On March 10th, Professor Partnoy will discuss the man he calls ““the grandfather of all Ponzi and Madoff schemes” in the Moot Court Room of the law school on East 18th and Euclid, when he delivers the 2010 Cleveland-Marshall Fund Visiting Scholar lecture, Lessons from the Match King: Financial Crises and Parallels to the 1920s. According to Professor Partnoy, the Bernie Madoff scandal invites comparisons to the Kreuger scandals, and he will draw those comparisons.
Professor Partnoy’s lecture is free, open to the public and offers one free hour of CLE credit.
The author of numerous opinion pieces for The New York Times and the Financial Times, and more than two dozen articles published in academic journals, Professor Partnoy is one of the world’s leading experts on the complexities of modern finance and financial market regulation. He worked as a derivatives structurer at Morgan Stanley and CS First Boston during the mid-1990s and wrote FIASCO BLOOD IN THE WATER ON WALL STREET, which chronicles his experiences there. Since the publication of THE MATCH KING, he has been a frequent guest on media outlets as disparate as the New York Times, the BBC, NPR and Comedy Central’s The Daily Show.
Details at 216-687-6886.
The 2010 Cleveland-Marshall Journal of Law and Health Lecture
Associate Professor of Economics
Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Managment
Form & Reform: The Economic Realities of the United States Healthcare System
For over a year, healthcare reform has been a major topic and goal of Federal legislation. Claims on both sides of the debate have become more desperate, more sensational, and often the truth has become secondary to the talking points. What changes are certain, what changes are likely, and how will they affect the practice of law and medicine?
Mark Votruba is an associate professor of economics at CWRU's Weatherhead School of Management. On March 31, he will deliver the 2010 Journal of Law and Health lecture, Form & Reform: the Economic Realities of the United States Healthcare System, in the moot court room of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law on East 18th Street and Euclid Avenue.
In his lecture, Professor Votruba will analyze the economics of the current state of healthcare, as well as the potential effects of proposed legislation, questioning what will happen to providers, insurers, and consumers and what are the likely legal issues that will be produced?
The 2010 Journal of Law & Health lecture is free, open to the public and offers one free hour of Continuing Legal Education credit.
Professor Votruba’s primary research focuses are on issues of health economics and public finance. He has written on the allocation of medical resources, incentives for care, insurance markets, the effects of plant closings on communities, parental job loss, and the link between divorced nonresident fathers’ proximity and children’s long-run outcomes. His Ph.D. is from Princeton University; his M.A. is from the University of Chicago and his B.S is from Centre College of Kentucky.
The 2009 Friedman & Gilbert Criminal Justice Forum II
The Honorable Nancy Gertner
United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
Have We Become an Overly Punitive Society? A View from the Bench
In op-eds, blogs and lectures, the Honorable Nancy Gertner, Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, has questioned whether long-term incarceration for non-violent crimes contributes to a prisoner’s rehabilitation or has any beneficial social effect at all.
Judge Gertner will speak on the nature of criminal sentencing and its goals on April 8 when she delivers the 2010 Friedman & Gilbert Criminal Justice Forum lecture, “Have We Become an Overly Punitive Society? A View form the Bench,” at 5:00 p.m. in the Moot Court Room of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law on East 18th and Euclid Avenue.
Judge Gertner’s lecture is approved for one free hour of CLE credit.
Judge Gertner, a graduate of Yale Law School, began her legal career as one of only a few women criminal defense attorneys in Massachusetts. In her 22-years in private practice, she did not shy away from controversial cases: cases that upheld women’s procreative rights, that challenged Medicaid policy on abortion, and that advanced the workplace rights of women, including women bringing gender-discrimination suits against academic institutions that had denied them tenure. She soon became as well known for her advocacy of the poor as for her advocacy of women. Many of her cases garnered heavy media attention, including her first major case, the defense of anti-war activist Susan Saxe and, later, her representation of the Concerned Black Educators of Boston in a school desegregation case.
Judge Gertner was appointed to the federal court by President Bill Clinton in 1993 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 1994. On the bench, she has questioned criminal sentencing guidelines and basic tenets of jury deliberations. In 2002, the American Bar Association honored Judge Gertner as a "Human Rights Hero," and in 2008 she joined U.S. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as only the second woman ever to receive the Thurgood Marshall Award of the American Bar Association Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities in acknowledgement of her work in advancing human rights and civil liberties. She has been a visiting professor at Harvard and an instructor at Boston University and Boston College Law School.
How the International Community Responded to the Global Financial Crisis:
a Free Public Symposium at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
1:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m.
2.5 free hours of CLE credit.
The frenzied crisis on Wall Street that closed Leman Brothers and threatened to collapse banks, investors and key businesses across America quickly spread like a virus across the globe.
On April 9, scholars and practitioners of international law will describe measures undertaken by governments from Latin America to the Far East to respond to the crises in an all-day symposium at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law on East 18th and Euclid Avenue.
The Cleveland-Marshall Global Business Law Review Symposium’s "International Finance after the Crash - Regional Responses to the Global Financial Crisis" begins at 1:30 p.m. and concludes at 4:30 p.m. The conference is generously supported by Barbri.
The law school has applied to the Ohio Supreme Court for permission to grant 2.5 hours of free CLE credit.
Speakers and topics include:
Robert Brown: Partner, Greenebaum, Doll & McDonald presenting a Comparative Analysis of Financial Crises: John Law and Mississippi Scheme, South Sea Bubble, Tulipmania, 1929 Depression, October 1987 Crisis, Dot.com Crisis and the 2008-09 Crisis; Bruce J.L. Lowe, Partner, Taft, Stetinnius & Hollister, speaking on The Response to the Financial Meltdown in the UK and Europe; Daniel Chow, OSU Joseph S. Platt-Porter Wright & Arthur Professor of Law lecturing on China’s Response to the Global Financial Crisis, Isam Salah, Partner, King & Spalding, speaking on The Response to the Global Crisis in the Middle East and Tayyab Mahmud speaking on Neoliberailsm & Global Finance.
Cleveland-Marshall Professor of Law Mark Sundahl will introduce the speakers and moderate the question-and-answer portion of the symposium.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 216-687-6886
What Makes Jennifer Brunner Run?
A Frank Discussion by Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner,
Candidate for the United States Senate.
The Moot Court Room
This is not a CLE event.
In a bid to win the Democratic Party's endorsement for election to the United States Senate, Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner will challenge Ohio Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher in the upcoming May primary. On April 13 at 5:00 p.m., Secretary Brunner will explain how she believes she will best serve the citizens of Ohio if she is elected to fill the Senate seat being vacated by Republican Senator George Voinovich.
Secretary Brunner will speak and take questions from the floor during a free public forum at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law on East 18th Street and Euclid Avenue. The event is organized by the law school's Democratic Law Organization and offers no CLE credit.
Details at 216-687-6886.
Criminal Justice Forum III
Frank R. Strong Chair in Law
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
A Liberal Scholar’s Reflections on Feminist Criminal Law Reform Efforts: An Uneven Story
Ohio State University Law Professor Joshua Dressler is among the nation's most respected criminal law scholars, author of a widely used casebook, Cases and Materials on Criminal Law (West 5th ed.: 2009). In recent years, he has examined the rights of women accused of crimes in lectures and in such articles as Battered Women, Sleeping Abusers: Some Reflections in the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law (2006), Criminal Law, Moral Theory, and Feminism: Some Reflections on the Subject and on the Fun (and Value) of Courting Controversy in The Saint Louis University Law Journal (2004), and Why Keep the Provocation Defense?: Some Reflections on a Difficult Subject, 86 Minnesota Law Review 959 (2002).
On April 21 at 5:00 p.m., Professor Dressler will question the role of feminists in achieving justice for women accused of criminal activities when he delivers the third Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Criminal Justice Forum of the school year at the law school on East 18th Street and Euclid Avenue.
His lecture, A Liberal Scholar’s Reflections on Feminist Criminal Law Reform Efforts: An Uneven Story, is approved for one free hour of CLE credit.
In his lecture, Professor Dressler will discuss efforts of some feminists, on the one hand, to broaden self-defense law, while, on the other hand, narrowing or abolishing the provocation defense. He will argue that, although reform in both areas may be appropriate, their efforts go too far: potentially justifying vengeance in self-defense cases, and yet denying legitimate claims for mitigation of provoked homicides.
Professor Dressler is the Frank R. Strong Chair in Law at Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law. He is Editor-in-Chief of the four-volume Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice (MacMillan 2002) and the primary creator of the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law. Before joining the OSU faculty in 2001, he held the first Distinguished Professor and Scholar Chair at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, where he was also honored with the University’s Eberhardt Teaching and Scholar Award. He has held visiting professorships at the University of Michigan, the University of California-UCLA, the University of California at Davis and the University of Iowa, and has also taught courses at the University of British Columbia, Seattle University, and University of Auckland in New Zealand. In 2007, he received the Distinguished Scholar Award from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. His undergraduate and law degrees are from UCLA.
Details at 216-687-6886.