Cleveland-Marshall Professors Mark J. Sundahl and Jonathan Witmer-Rich Appointed to Named Professorships

Posted 2016-05-17 2:56pm

Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law has recognized two professors for their internationally known scholarship with named professorships. Cleveland-Marshall has appointed Professor Mark J. Sundahl as the Charles R. Emrick Jr.-Calfee Halter & Griswold Professor of Law and Jonathan Witmer-Rich as the Joseph C. Hostetler-Baker & Hostetler Professor of Law, respectively.

Sundahl and Witmer-Rich were selected based on their records of scholarly productivity and influence, exemplary service to the law school and sustained commitment to excellence in teaching.

“We are fortunate to have a number of faculty members who are raising Cleveland-Marshall’s national profile through research and scholarship, and who thus meet the qualifications for holding a named professorship,” said Cleveland-Marshall Dean Craig M. Boise.  “I look forward to seeing Mark and Jonathan carry on the example of their predecessors as they assume the named professorships.”

Sundahl, who also served as Associate Dean for Administration from 2010-2016, has been a member of the Cleveland-Marshall faculty since 2004 and is a leading expert on the law of outer space and space tourism.  He currently serves as a member of the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC) which advises the Federal Aviation Administration regarding new regulations governing private space activity, and as a Technical Advisor to the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS).

Witmer-Rich has been a member of the Cleveland-Marshall faculty since 2009 and has expertise in criminal law, criminal procedure, and law and terrorism.  He has achieved substantial media visibility locally and nationally with his engagement in criminal law and policing-related issues..  Witmer-Rich has published five articles on various criminal law topics over the past two years including in the Case Western Reserve Law Review and Pepperdine Law Review. 

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