Monday Morning Message 1.31.22 Pay It Forward

Posted 2022-01-31 10:00am

“Thank you very much for this email and your warm voicemail. Thank you, also, for the congratulations. I am thrilled! Your summary of my interests is right on the money, and your career highlights reaffirm my confidence in and excitement about C|M|LAW. C|M|LAW continues to make me feel valued.” -Admitted Student

“I so appreciate that you reached out to me personally. It confirms everything that I have heard from alumni and students about the supportive culture of the law school and its alumni network.”  - Admitted Student

“Thank you for sharing your experiences with me and the impact that your C|M|LAW education has had on your career success. I have a much better understanding of the opportunities that Cleveland-Marshall offers. And I appreciate your offer to be my first C|M|LAW alumni networking contact – I will definitely be staying in touch.” - Admitted Student

“As we talked about, I am the first person in my family to graduate from college. So I have not had anyone who could really help me with my law school decision. Your encouragement and insights came just at the right time. I hope to “pay it forward” someday when I am a lawyer by mentoring a future law student!” – Admitted Student

Our law school’s highest priority is recruiting and enrolling our Fall 2022 class.

 Our highest priority is to make each and every admitted student feel welcomed and embraced by the CSU C|M|LAW family. Often a personal connection is all that a student needs to choose one law school over another. 

The crucial time begins now.

 We do not take their enrollment for granted. The competition among law schools for these talented students is intense.

All of our admitted students are very talented, and virtually all have been accepted at more than one law school. They must make their choice soon about where to begin the next chapter of their life. Most will decide in the first few months of 2022 leading up to an April seat deposit deadline.

This morning, I am asking you to be part of an aspiring lawyer’s journey by paying it forward.

I am asking our alumni and friends to reach out to admitted students to share why CSU Cleveland-Marshall should be their first choice for Fall 2022. Each admitted candidate is assigned to an alumnus/a, who is asked to reach out to the student to welcome them, answer their questions, and provide a personal perspective on the question: “Why C|M|LAW?”

Please consider volunteering. The time commitment is small, but your impact is large. You will be asked to contact some admitted students.

If you are able to help, please email Jill Kobus Johnson, our Director of Strategic Initiatives, at by Friday, February 4, 2022.  Jill is copied.  Jill will then follow up with you about reaching out to specific admitted applicants.

Each year, many of our admitted students tell us that the opportunity to communicate with alumni actually made the difference in their decision to enroll at CSU Cleveland-Marshall. 

I’m proud that we have had a 40% increase in the size of our first year class since 2016. We owe that success not only to the very hard work of our great admissions team led by Assistant Dean for Admission Barbara Andelman, but also to the coordinated personal outreach effort by students, faculty, administration, and our dedicated alumni and friends. 

If you enjoy speaking with and encouraging aspiring lawyers, I know that you will appreciate how impactful your outreach will be for the applicant and for the law school’s admissions efforts. 

Please join our group of enthusiastic ambassadors - alumni and friends of the law school – who will contact admitted applicants over the coming weeks and months, welcoming them to the CSU C|M|LAW family and sharing why CSU Cleveland-Marshall should be their top choice. 

 You -- our alumni and friends – are CSU Cleveland-Marshall's greatest strength

Please pay it forward.

Thank you, as always, for your support.

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

Have a great day. Have a great week.

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My best,


Lee Fisher

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


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