Monday Morning Message 10.8.2018: "A University on the Rise. A Law School on the Rise."

Posted 2018-10-08 8:42am

"Together we will define our own future, and not let the future define us.

Together, we will expand our reach as both anchor and beacon, working to grow our already impressive brand.

Together, we will continue to serve our community with our unique mix of high quality, affordable, and accessible academic programs that transform lives.

Together we will create tomorrow’s campus experience so that future students can experience the full impact of “engaged learning”.

Together, we will build a “best in class” research and teaching university known for its groundbreaking cradle-to-career programs that expand the boundaries of academic creativity and innovation.

And together, we will nurture and grow the incredible bond between our faculty, staff, and students that makes CSU so special.

Let’s dream big - together."

-Cleveland State University President Harlan M. Sands, Presidential Investiture, October 5, 2018

I had the privilege to attend the Investiture of CSU President Harlan Sands on Friday afternoon. It was an exciting afternoon culminating in President Sands’ inspiring Investiture Address.

As we celebrate our 121st anniversary, it is important to remember that we are more than a law school. We are part of a larger university, Cleveland State University, that serves as Cleveland’s premier urban higher education anchor institution.  In 1969, we joined Cleveland’s new public university as its sixth college and we were renamed Cleveland-Marshall College of Law of Cleveland State University. (C|M|Law Finds Its Home at Cleveland State University)

CSU is a university on the rise, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law is a law school on the rise, and Cleveland is a city on the rise. The university’s rising tide began with CSU Presidents Emeriti Michael Schwartz and Ron Berkman, and we are poised to rise to even greater heights with the dynamic leadership of President Sands.

President Sands understands that the future of higher education, and the future of legal education, demands interdisciplinary and experiential opportunities for development of essential workplace skills and entrepreneurial thinking. That’s why we will continue to draw on the resources and strengths of our larger university.

That is also why our Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (C|M|LAW) Hall of Fame is so important to who we are. Our Hall of Fame is a unique opportunity, in the words of President Sands, to “dream big-together.” Our annual Hall of Fame Celebration is a special opportunity to honor those who dreamed big, and through their hard work, talent, and determination, achieved their dreams.

Please join us on Friday, October 26, 5:30-8pm for our 2nd Annual C|M|LAW Hall of Fame Celebrationhonoring our 2018 C|M|LAW Hall of Fame Honorees.

This is also our single best opportunity this year to raise funds for much-needed student scholarships. If you are thinking about supporting us, but usually wait until the end of the year, I respectfully ask you to give now instead, and to join us for this fantastic event if you can.

Please make a contribution or pledge this week to our October Hall of Fame celebration of an amount ranging from $120 to $12,000. Below are the different levels of support for our Hall of Fame Celebration. Please visit to purchase tickets or sponsorships.

If you are not able to attend, please give here: Believe in C|M|LAW. Give Now. or send me an email with your pledge at:  We thank you! 

Please see below for more information about our October 26 Hall of Fame Celebration.

Dean Lee Fisher and the faculty and staff of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law are pleased to invite you to attend the 2018 C|M|LAW Hall of Fame Induction Celebration.


The C|M|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. 


Friday, October 26, 2018 
5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Business casual, hors d’oeuvre reception 
Program begins at 6:15 p.m.


Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (Atrium Level) 
1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115
Complimentary valet parking available


Teresa Metcalf Beasley ’92 
Professor Emerita Susan J. Becker ’83 
Michael L. Climaco ’72 
Carol G. Emerling ’55 
Anthony J. Garofoli ’61 *
Terry H. Gilbert ’73
Larry H. James ’77 
Dennis R. Lansdowne ’81 
Kenneth B. Liffman ’79 
Howard D. Mishkind ’80 
Professor Lizabeth A. Moody
Sandra M. Natran
Judge Donald C. Nugent ’74 
Richard W. Pogue 
Richard T. Reminger, Sr. ’57 
Kenneth C. Ricci ’86 

Professor Emeritus Alan Miles Ruben
Judge John J. Russo ’92



Leader on the Rise- Alana Jochum ‘10

Dean Emeritus Steven H. Steinglass 
Judge Joan Synenberg ’87 
Donna Zapis Thomas ’87 
James A. Thomas ’63 
Marilyn Tobocman ’83 * 
Dean Frederic P. White, Jr. 
Iris S. Wolstein 
Leonard D. Young ’74 

Three inductees from the 2017 C|M|LAW Hall of Fame Class will accept their honor at the 2018 Induction Celebration. Note: The family of Daniel McCarthy will accept his honor.


Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge ’83 

Mayor Frank G. Jackson ’83 
Daniel R. McCarthy, Sr. ’54 *

* Deceased




Visit to purchase tickets or sponsorships.

All proceeds will be used to support student scholarships.

Hall of Fame Champion ($120,000)
• Event title sponsor
• Innumerable Celebration tickets
• 2 full-page inside and back cover ads in Celebration program
• Event signage recognition 
• Program and website listing 
• Speaking opportunity

Dean's Circle ($25,000)
• 16 Celebration tickets 
• Full-page ad with preferred placement in Celebration program
• Event signage recognition 
• Program and website listing

120 Society ($12,000)
• 10 Celebration tickets 
• Full-page ad in Celebration program
• Event signage recognition 
• Program and website listing

Managing Partner ($5,000)
• 6 Celebration tickets
• 1/2-page ad in Celebration program
• Event signage recognition 
• Program and website listing

Partner ($1,200)
• 4 Celebration tickets
• Program and website listing

Individual Supporter ($120)
• 1 Celebration ticket

Program Ads:
Full-page ad
: $3,000 (6.75" x 9", Full color)
Half-page ad: $1,500 (6.75" x 4.375", Full color)
Quarter-page ad: $750 (3.25" x 4.375", Full color)

Can't attend? Consider contributing your sponsorship directly to student scholarships at


For more information on sponsorships, program ads and individual tickets, contact Amy Miller at or 216.687.2537.


Have a great day…Have a great week.

My best,


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