Monday Morning Message 11.30.20 Help a Student's Dream Come True

Posted 2020-11-30 10:18am

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”– Harriet Tubman

As has become a tradition around the holidays Giving Tuesday will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, December 1, 2020.

#GivingTuesday is a global movement focused on generosity and philanthropy for nonprofit organizations, CSU Cleveland-Marshall College of Law among them.

It would mean a lot to us if you would take a moment tomorrow, or any time before the end of the year, to support the opportunity for a student to achieve their dream of making a difference in the world.

If you would like to join us in supporting CSU C|M|LAW on Giving Tuesday, please visit: Believe in C|M|LAW. Please Give Now.

While you are encouraged to support any fund that aligns with your preferences, we are focused on increasing funding to:

  • Learn Law Live Justice Annual Fund (unrestricted use)
  • Dean’s Innovation Fund (to pivot quickly to provide ahead-of-the-curve educational experiences for students)
  • Living Justice Scholarship (student scholarships for minority students and those pursuing social and racial justice legal work)
  • Wellness Fund (programs targeting students’ mental health and well-being)

While there are many reasons to support Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University, I believe that our students and alumni say it far better than anything I could say. Please take a few minutes to read some of their own words.

Provide a Scholarship for a Student in Need

“ Words cannot express the gratitude I have for the scholarship you all have so kindly decided to offer me…You all have given me the opportunity to fulfill my destiny and for that I am forever grateful ! My son will one day be able to say that his mother was given a chance despite financial hardship, and this blessing can teach him that if you dream big enough, no obstacle will be big enough.”  -2L Student

Support a First Generation Law Student

I am not only a first generation college graduate, but a first generation law student so when I first picked a law school, I was unsure of what to look for and unsure of what to be involved in. I came to C|M|LAW and I was met with opportunities to network, opportunities to attend panels, symposiums, and CLEs, opportunities to join just about any type of student organization, opportunities to get experiential learning through clinics and externships ….I made incredible friends who are about to be my even more incredible colleagues.” - Rachelle Summers’19

Help a Student Fulfill Our Mission to Live Justice

“I was a non-traditional student and I nearly dropped out after my first semester (fall 2015).  As you know, I’m a full-time police officer, and at age 35, being back in school was a culture shock and I felt over my head.  But I did not quit, and I hope C|M|LAW is proud to have me as a part of the alum family. In my police uniform, I truly do my best to embrace the Live Justice motto every day.” - Mary Grace Tokmenko ‘19

Help Fuel a Law School on the Rise

“I was under a great deal of stress thinking about which school I wanted to attend for law school, I was torn between my alma mater CWRU and Cleveland-Marshall. What it really came down to for me was the connections and feeling I got when I visited Cleveland Marshall…. For me, it was all about getting in on the ground level of something special. Cleveland-Marshall is honestly on the rise and I firmly believe that something special is brewing here.” -Dustin Likens ‘18

Your support means more now, than ever before, in these unprecedented and uncertain times.

Believe in C|M|LAW. Please Give Now. 

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Stay safe. Stay healthy. Stay Committed to Living Justice.

Have a great day. Have a great week.

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My views in all my Monday Morning Messages are my personal views alone and do not reflect the views of our law school or our university.

My best,


Lee Fisher
Dean, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law 
| Cleveland State University
Joseph C. Hostetler-BakerHostetler Chair in Law

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