Monday Morning Message 9.9.19 Their Future is our Future

Posted 2019-09-09 10:37am


“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.” – 1L Student, Class of 2022

“There is this energy surrounding the school and its legacy and I want nothing more than to be a part of it. Thank you so much for everything through the process!” -1L Student, Class of 2022

Thanks to the unprecedented teamwork of our staff, faculty, alumni, and students, we recently enrolled a first year class of 144 law studentsthe largest first year class in 8 years and a 44% increase since 2016.

We invested in our students and their future, because their future is our future.

The sobering news is that in order to enroll such a large and talented class, we had to commit to providing more student scholarships. As a result, our need for scholarship contributions never has been greater. Our admitted students are not numbers or statistics to us. We do not take them for granted. We know that most of them have more than one choice of law school, and that we are competing with other law schools that are offering generous scholarships.

We have had a number of great successes this past year, but our biggest challenge is financial. Tuition is our most reliable revenue source, and in this intensely competitive law school environment, the best way to attract high quality law students and increase enrollment is through sustained personal outreach and scholarships.

So this morning’s Monday Morning Message is a request to support our 3rd Annual C|M|LAW Hall of Fame Celebration honoring our 2019 C|M|LAW Hall of Fame Honorees on Friday, October 25, 2019, 5:30-8pm

In 2017, we created the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (C|M|LAW) Hall of Fame to honor those living and deceased leaders who have contributed to our past, present, and/or future success. Each year we also honor a recent graduate within the past 10 years with our Leader on the Rise Award.

The October 25 Hall of Fame event gives us the opportunity not only to honor our distinguished inductees, but also to raise much-needed funds for scholarships for our students. The Hall of Fame celebration is the only annual fundraising event sponsored by the law school. It is our single best opportunity to raise funds for much-needed student scholarships.

If you are thinking about supporting us, but usually wait until the end of the calendar  year, I respectfully ask you to give now instead, and to join us for this inspiring event if you can.

I am respectfully requesting your support at whatever level you are able to give… See the below ticket, sponsorship, and program ad levelsPlease make a contribution or pledge this month to our October 25 Hall of Fame celebration of an amount ranging from $120 to $12,000. 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:  If you have any questions about my request, please do not hesitate to contact me, Amy Miller ( or 216-687-2537) or Ashley Presutto ( or 216-687-2286).

 Thanks very much for your consideration of my request to invest in our future…. today.

Read about of our 2019 Hall of Fame Honorees pictured below.

*This Week’s Monday Moment: 

Eighteen years ago this week, on September 11, our world changed in an instant. It was one of the saddest, darkest, most horrific days in history. As a little boy, Welles Crowther’s father, a firefighter, gave two handkerchiefs to his son as he dressed for church one Sunday morning: a white pocket square and a red bandana to blow his nose. From that day, Wells kept a red bandana with him everywhere. Welles went to work on September 11, 2001 in the South Tower when United Airlines Flight 175 hit the building. As the smoke engulfed the 104th floor, he put on his red bandana as a protective mask. He is credited with helping at least 10 people escape the South Tower. Wells died that day saving other’s lives. Welles’ poignant story is told in this documentary, The Man in the Red Bandana.

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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,


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