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Released on Oct 30, 2023
Monday Morning Message 10.30.23 It's Not Too Late

“As long as you're breathing, it's never too late to do some good.” – Maya Angelou

It’s not too late to support our signature event of the year and to join us at this Friday’s 6th Annual CSU|LAW Hall of Fame Celebration at 5:30pm. at the Law School, 1801 Euclid Ave. See all the 2023 Hall of Fame honorees here. See the invitation below.

While it is too late to be included in our program book as a sponsor or to place an ad, you can still purchase one or more tickets up until this Thursday at 5pm.  

This is the only annual fundraising event sponsored by the Law School. 

Our annual Hall of Fame event gives us the opportunity not only to honor our distinguished inductees, but also to raise much-needed funds for student scholarships and other critical student-focused needs.

For a number of our students, a scholarship makes the difference between getting a legal education or sacrificing their dream.

It’s never too late to support our students. Please join us Friday!

HOF Induction Celebration 2023

Dean Lee Fisher and the faculty and staff of CSU College of Law  
are pleased to invite you to attend the

6th Annual CSU|LAW Hall of Fame Celebration

Friday, November 3, 2023 | 5:30 - 8:30 PM

CSU|LAW Atrium and Moot Court Room 
1801 Euclid Avenue | Cleveland, Ohio

The CSU|LAW Hall of Fame was established in 2017 to honor the outstanding contributions to the success and prestige of our law school by distinguished alumni, faculty, staff, friends and community leaders.


2023 HOF Collage

2023 Honorees

Ann Aber, Class of 2003 
Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Secretary, JOANN Stores 

Tony Asher, Class of 1963 
Founder, Weston, Inc. 

Steve Auvil, Class of 1993 
Office Managing Partner, Cleveland, Squire Patton Boggs

Joyce E. Barrett Class of 1971 
Former CSU|LAW Adjunct Professor 

Kay E. Benjamin 
Former CSU|LAW Staff Member 

Terry Billups, Class of 2005 
Chief General Counsel, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority 

David P. Burke, Class of 1980 
Shareholder, Carlton Fields, P.A.; General Counsel, Amalie Oil Company 

Hon. Patrick Carroll, Class of 1977 
Retired Judge, Lakewood Municipal Court 

John S. Cipolla, Class of 1989 
Firm Vice Chair, Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP 

Hon. John J. Donnelly, Class of 1969 
Former Judge, Cuyahoga County Probate Court 

Arthur Elk, Class of 1973 
Elk + Elk, Managing Partner 

Prof. Joel Jay Finer 
Former CSU|LAW Faculty Member (Deceased) 

Gus Frangos, Class of 1982 
President and General Counsel, Cuyahoga Land Bank 

Tom Green, Class of 2002 
Shareholder, Kastner Westman & Wilkins, LLC. 

Lindsay Jenkins, Class of 2002 
United States District Judge, Northern District of Illinois 

Hon. Diane J. Karpinski, Class of 1980 
Former Judge, 8th District Court of Appeals of Ohio (Deceased) 

Erica Lazzaro, Class of 2004 
Executive Vice President of Publisher Services & General Counsel, OverDrive, Inc. 

Jennifer Mountcastle, Class of 2000 
Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, and Corporate Insurance Director, The Huntington National Bank

Hon. Clifton Newman, Class of 1976 
Judge, South Carolina Circuit Court 

Susan Petersen, Class of 1997 
Partner, Petersen & Petersen 

William T. Plesec, Class of 1971 
Partner (retired), Jones Day 

Renee Tramble Richard, Class of 1988 
President, Corporate College; Vice President, Legal Services & Risk Management, General Counsel, Cuyahoga Community College 

Hon. Michael J. Ryan, Class of 1996 
Judge, 8th District Court of Appeals of Ohio 

James Sammon, Class of 1994 
Corporate Counsel, Jenne, Inc. 

Michael Schwartz 
Former President, Cleveland State University and Kent State University   

Maria Spangler, Class of 2006 
Director, Community Engagement, The Sherwin-Williams Company; Director, The Sherwin-Williams Foundation

Leader on the Rise

Delanté Spencer Thomas, Class of 2016 
Chief Ethics Officer, City of Cleveland

The views and opinions expressed in my Monday Morning Message are solely my own and do not reflect the views and opinions of the law school or the university.

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My best,


Lee Fisher

Dean, Cleveland State University College of Law

Joseph C. Hostetler-BakerHostetler Chair in Law

1801 Euclid Avenue, LB 138 |Cleveland, Ohio 44115 -2214
216-386-8688 | lee.fishernull@csuohio.nulledu

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