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March 1, 2021. Announcing our 2021 Hall of Fame Inductees

“Life is no ‘brief candle’ to me. It is sort of a splendid torch which I have a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it over to future generations.” ― George Bernard Shaw

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February 22, 2021. Pay it Forward.

“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” some day when I am a lawyer by mentoring a future law student!” – Admitted Student for Fall 2021 First Year Class

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February 16, 2021. Before You Invest....Listen to our Students.

Thank you so much for the calls and concerns-it is greatly appreciated. I am so lucky to call Cleveland Marshall College of Law my law school." – 2L student recovered from COVID-19.

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February 8, 2021 MORE THAN A CAREER. A CALLING.

Three bricklayers are asked: “What are you doing?” The first says, “I am laying bricks.” The second says, “I am building a church.” And the third says, “I am building the house of God.” The first bricklayer has a job. The second has a career. The third has a calling.” ― Angela Duckworth 

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February 1, 2021

“The rising tide lifts all boats.” - President John F. Kennedy

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January 25, 2021

“The study of English literature, especially lyric poetry, is the best preparation for the law… That training helped me later, when trying to decipher law statutes.” – U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens

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Januray 19, 2021

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy." – Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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December 28, 2020

“ 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

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December 21, 2020

Hard times don’t create heroes. It is during the hard times when the hero within us is revealed.” – Bob Riley

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December 14, 2020

“The difference between the difficult and the impossible is that the impossible takes a little longer time.” - Lady Aberdeen

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December 7, 2020

“Well, tests ain’t fair. Those that study have an unfair advantage.” – Allan Dare Pearce, Paris in April

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Novemeber 30, 2020

“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

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NOVEMBER 23, 2020

“We need resilience and hope and a spirit that can carry us through the doubt and fear.”– Brené Brown

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November 16, 2020

My creed is that public service must be more than doing a job efficiently and honestly. It must be ….with full recognition that every human being is entitled to courtesy and consideration, that constructive criticism is not only to be expected but sought… that honor is to be earned but not bought.” -U.S. Senator Margaret Chase Smith 

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November 9, 2020

“Health is a state of body. Wellness is a state of being.” – J. Stanford

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November 2, 2020

“In our finest hours...the soul of the country manifests itself in an inclination to open our arms rather than to clench our fists; to look out rather than to turn inward; to accept rather than to reject.” ― Jon Meacham, The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels

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October 26, 2020

“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 !” -1L Student

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October 19, 2020

For good ideas and true innovation, you need human interaction, conflict, argument, debate.”
-Margaret Heffernan 

It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it.”
Joseph Joubert

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October 12, 2020

“The ballot is stronger than the bullet.” -President Abraham Lincoln

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October 5, 2020

“There are three constants in life: change, choice and principles.” -Stephen Covey

Today, Monday, October 5, 2020, is a very important day for three reasons.

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September 29, 2020

The vote is precious. It is almost sacred. It is the most powerful non-violent tool we have in a democracy.” – Congressman John Lewis

 “We do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.” – Thomas Jefferson

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September 21, 2020

“I ask no favor for my sex. All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks.”
-Ruth Bader Ginsburg arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court, quoting abolitionist Sarah Grimké.

“I tell law students… if you are going to be a lawyer and just practice your profession, you have a skill—very much like a plumber. But if you want to be a true professional, you will do something outside yourself… something that makes life a little better for people less fortunate than you.” – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (aka “RBG”) 

“People ask me sometimes… ‘When will there be enough women on the court?’ And my answer is, ‘When there are nine.’” - RBG

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September 14, 2020

Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.” – William Butler Yeats
“I am not a teacher, but an awakener.” – Robert Frost

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September 7, 2020

Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.” -President Theodore Roosevelt  

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August 31, 2020

“Wakanda will no longer watch from the shadows. We can not. We must not. We will work to be an example of how we, as brothers and sisters on this earth, should treat each other. Now, more than ever, the illusions of division threaten our very existence. We all know the truth: more connects us than separates us. But in times of crisis the wise build bridges, while the foolish build barriers. We must find a way to look after one another as if we were one single tribe.” – Wakanda King T’Challa, played by Chadwick Boseman in Black Panther.

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August 24, 2020

“Get ready to embark on a wild ride unlike anything you’ve ever experienced, packed with thrills, chills, and probably a few spills. Being a 1L will challenge you like you’ve never been challenged….. The first year of law school will be one of the hardest years of your life. Law school will profoundly alter the way you think, and view and interact with the world around you. Your 1L experience will change who you are, whether you want it to or not. “ Andrew McClurg, 1L of a Ride, A Well-Traveled Professor's Roadmap to Success in the First Year of Law School

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August 17, 2020

“Come to the edge” he said. They said, “We are afraid.“ “Come to the edge,” he said. They came. He pushed them…and they flew.” – Guillaume Apollinaire

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August 10, 2020

When historians pick up their pens to write the story of the 21st century, let them say that it was your generation who laid down the heavy burdens of hate at last and that peace finally triumphed over violence, aggression and war. So I say to you, walk with the wind, brothers and sisters, and let the spirit of peace and the power of everlasting love be your guide.” – Congressman John Lewis

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August 3, 2020

“When the school offered me a scholarship, I asked my sister to read the letter for me because I couldn’t believe that something so good was happening to me. Seeing how many people invest in this institution really makes me want to study as hard as I can.” – Erica Molnar ‘19

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July 27, 2020

“Rise up and be you. Your rise is your growth.” -Anita R. Sneed-Carter

“We rise to great heights by a winding staircase of small steps.” -Francis Bacon

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July 20, 2020

“Democracy … will always be altering, shaping, and defining itself….That is the way we move forward, by responding to problem after problem, step-by-step. We will never reach the top of the mountain. The summit will always recede. It is not there to be reached. It is there to give us a direction, a goal. It is there to lead us higher.” Congressman John Lewis, Walking With the Wind, A Memoir of the Movement.

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July 13, 2020

“There is not one path. There is not even the right path. There is only your path.” -Anonymous

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July 6, 2020

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” – Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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June 29, 2020

“I have found that there is a true dedication to the motto of "Learn Law. Live Justice." that is demonstrated every single day.” -Melissa Obodzinski’ 22 

“Learn Law. Live Justice. is more than just coursework, papers, exams...it's a principle of devotion to making lives better for the people who need our help... that's why we signed up for this journey...” - Sharon Kay Bäden’19 

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June 22, 2020

“Life is no ‘brief candle’ to me. It is sort of a splendid torch which I have a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it over to future generations.” ― George Bernard Shaw

We are living through a defining moment in history. The convergence of two pandemics is testing our mission, "Learn Law. Live Justice."

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June 15, 2020

“Life is no ‘brief candle’ to me. It is sort of a splendid torch which I have a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it over to future generations.” ― George Bernard Shaw

We are living through a defining moment in history. The convergence of two pandemics is testing our mission, "Learn Law. Live Justice."

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June 8, 2020

“We stand with CSU’s finest – our students. There is no more powerful statement than their words which come from the heart. The future we are all thinking about belongs to them. A challenge for all of us: let’s look inside of ourselves. Consider our own conscious and unconscious racial biases by questioning everything, listening more closely, and then – most important – becoming an active participant in changing our collective path forward. Each of us has something to contribute. Now.” - Cleveland State University President Harlan Sands

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JUNE 1, 2020

“Learn how to dance with the unknown.” – Jonathan Fields, Uncertainty

 This unprecedented semester recently ended, and I could not be more proud of our students. They leaned into the disruption and uncertainty and learned how to dance with the unknown.

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May 26. 2020

“Learn how to dance with the unknown.” – Jonathan Fields, Uncertainty

 This unprecedented semester recently ended, and I could not be more proud of our students. They leaned into the disruption and uncertainty and learned how to dance with the unknown.

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May 18, 2020

I am unbelievably impressed and grateful for colleagues who have enthusiastically helped with new areas, learned new technology, tracked down answers across campus, moved entire departments (like the entire library!) to remote work overnight, kept in touch with alumni, helped with student questions, and just generally responded to crisis with grace and kindness.” – Sarah Beznoska, Assistant Dean for Student and Career Services 

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May 11, 2020

I have just been amazed at how wonderful Cleveland-Marshall's faculty has been throughout this entire process. It was evident to every student that the faculty was doing their best and were doing everything they could to make this situation better. Our professors were always reachable by email. Some provided their phone numbers and Zoom meetings to help answer questions. I never once thought that I was alone or abandoned… I have actually reflected on this last week and thought to myself, ‘If I had to be in law school during COVID-19, I am glad it is at Cleveland-Marshall.’ " 1L Student

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May 4, 2020

“Well, tests ain’t fair. Those that study have an unfair advantage.” – Allan Dare Pearce, Paris in April

“You can train your mind to not only handle the unease that comes from having to consistently act without having all the answers, but embrace and invite it as a signpost that what you’re doing matters….learn how to dance with the unknown.” - Jonathan Fields, Uncertainty

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April 27, 2020

“At a time when so much is uncertain, I'm particularly grateful for the steady flow of information and the many opportunities to provide input. I'm sure balancing the unique needs of students, faculty, and staff has been overwhelming, but your transparency throughout this process has made the situation a little less overwhelming for everyone else.” -2L Student

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April 20, 2020

“Make sure that the statements you are making are things that you can live by and stand behind…..be true to your principles…..in those times where there's just so much information coming at you from all angles….. go back to your core values and your core principles…” – Aparna Bawa, Chief Legal Officer of Zoom 

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April 13, 2020

“There's a million things I haven't done. But just you wait” –Alexander Hamilton, the musical.

“This world is full of conflicts and full of things that cannot be reconciled. But there are moments when we can... reconcile and embrace the whole mess, and that's what I mean by 'Hallelujah.'”– Leonard Cohen

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April 6, 2020

As I witness faculty, staff, and students rising to overcome the seemingly impossible challenges this pandemic presents, I have never been more proud to be a member of the CM family…..Everyone is working so hard to adapt, and of course my heart especially goes out to the students…..My gift to the Student Emergency Fund won't go nearly as far as I'd like, but my hope is that it makes a difference in someone's life….. Susan Becker, CSU C|M|LAW Professor Emerita, Public Interest Leader-in-Residence, Member, Hall of Fame

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March 30, 2020

“Professor Garlock….During this unprecedented time, it has been extremely tough for myself and my fellow classmates to navigate remote instruction. We all think you have done a splendid job in easing this transition for us. We recognize that this transition was and is not easy for you either… As you remember, the first year of law school is the most difficult. It has become even more difficult coupled with the unique circumstances we are facing. Despite it all, you have demonstrated an unequivocal passion for teaching and sincere regard for your students.” -1L Student

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March 23, 2020

"The great paradox, of course, is that we had to be set apart in order to feel together… Solidarity is not a feeling; it’s an active virtue….It’s solidarity that causes a Marine to risk his life dragging the body of his dead comrade from battle to be returned home. It’s out of solidarity that health care workers stay on their feet amid terror and fatigue. Some things you do not for yourself or another but for the common whole.” – David Brooks, New York Times, March 19, 2020

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March 16, 2020

“Our CSU Pandemic Response Team continues to work together to aggressively prevent the spread and transmission of COVID-19. We continue to remain vigilant, and will continue to communicate with you as events evolve during this difficult and uncertain time…. this new workforce flexibility reinforces our resolve to limit health risk from COVID-19 to the CSU community — and the Cleveland community at large — while maintaining our focus on delivering on our Engaged Learning promise in these challenging times.” – CSU President Harlan Sands

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March 9, 2020

“We have to take a “no-ladders up approach” ….we have to make sure that even when we have achieved the numbers that women and persons of color believe make a real leadership presence within our profession, we have to make sure we are not leaving behind any colleagues, those with disabilities, or our LGBTQ+ colleagues. Because if they are left behind, our profession is not at its best for the people we serve.” – Judy Perry Martinez, President, American Bar Association

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March 2, 2020

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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February 24, 2020

“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” – Cynthia Ozick

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February 18, 2020

“The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.” - Frederick Douglass

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February 10. 2020

“ 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

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February 3, 2020

“Those times when you get up early and you work hard, those times when you stay up late and you work hard, those times when you don’t feel like working, you’re too tired, you don’t want to push yourself, but you do it anyway. That is actually the dream.” – Kobe Bryant, 2017 jersey retirement speech

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January 27,2020

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” – Mother Teresa

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January 21, 2020

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”– Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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January 13, 2020

Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” –Maya Angelou

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January 6, 2020

"Each January I choose 12 quotes, one for each month of the year, to serve as my guideposts for the coming year.So here’s some wisdom to live by in 2020."

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December 23, 2019

“The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written.” —Melody Beattie

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December 16, 2019

“ 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

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December 9, 2019

“Well, tests ain’t fair. Those that study have an unfair advantage.” – Allan Dare Pearce, Paris in April

“It’s not that I’m that smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” – Albert Einstein

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December 2, 2019

“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

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November 25, 2019

“Seek first to understand, then to be understood.” – Stephen Covey, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

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November 18, 2019

“I skate to where the puck is going, not where it has been.” – Wayne Gretzky

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November 11, 2019

“We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms -- to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.”
― Dr. Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

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November 4, 2019

“The impulse to hide bad news and instead offer rosy forecasts has a long history….denial is not inevitable, even if it is always a temptation. Dialogue- the capacity to discuss the undiscussable- is the antidote, and confidence makes it possible….” - Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Confidence

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October 28, 2019

“God, grant me the Serenity to accept that pursuing my dream is living a few years of my life like most people won’t….so I can spend the rest of my life like most people can’t.
The Courage to trust in my skills and have an unshakeable belief in myself.
And the Wisdom to know that nothing is impossible… and anything is possible.” 

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October 21, 2019

“Addiction is the only prison where the locks are on the inside.” - Anonymous

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October 14, 2019

Cleveland-Marshall’s mission: Learn Law. Live Justice. is more than just coursework, papers, exams ...it's a principle of …. making lives better. Law school can be an overwhelming process, but the purpose is for the aid of other people...the people who need our help navigating within a complex law-filled world.... that's why we signed-up for this journey...to let others know justice matters. -Sharon Kay Bäden ’19

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October 7, 2019

“It's hard not to have a big year at the Supreme Court.” – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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September 30, 2019

“We do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.”― Abraham Lincoln 

“Someone struggled for your right to vote. Use it.” – Susan B. Anthony

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September 23, 2019

I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.” -Albert Einstein

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September 16, 2019

“What makes the Constitution worthy of our commitment? First and foremost, the answer is our freedom. It is, quite
simply, the most powerful vision of freedom ever expressed. It’s also the world’s shortest and oldest national constitution, neither so rigid as to be stifling, nor so malleable as to be devoid of meaning….What was revolutionary when it was written, and what continues to inspire the world today, is that the Constitution put governance in the hands of the people.” -
former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor

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September 9, 2019

“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

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September 3, 2019

“The more we go out there and spend time out there, all the things we do here are going to happen in space.” – C|M|LAW Professor Mark Sundahl, New York Times, August 23, 2019

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August 26, 2019

“Get ready to embark on a wild ride unlike anything you’ve ever experienced, packed with thrills, chills, and probably a few spills. Being a 1L will challenge you like you’ve never been challenged….. The first year of law school will be one of the hardest years of your life. Law school will profoundly alter the way you think, and view and interact with the world around you. Your 1L experience will change who you are, whether you want it to or not. “ Andrew McClurg, 1L of a Ride, A Well-Traveled Professor's Roadmap to Success in the First Year of Law School 

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August 19, 2019

“Study while others are sleeping, decide while others are delaying, prepare while others are daydreaming, begin while others are procrastinating, work while others are wishing, persist while others are quitting”Anonymous Dean of an Anonymous Law School 

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August 12, 2019

“The Constitution is a pantheon of values, and a lot of hard cases are hard because the Constitution gives no simple rule of decision for the cases in which one of the values is truly at odds with another….. We want order and security, and we want liberty…..” - Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter 

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August 5, 2019

“A major attack on our cyber systems could shut down our critical infrastructure - financial systems, communications systems, electric grids, power plants, water treatment centers, transportation systems and refineries - that allows us to run our economy and protect the safety of Americans.” - Dan Coats, Director of National Intelligence 

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July 29, 2019

 “Celebrate what you’ve accomplished, but raise the bar a little higher each time you succeed.” – Mia Hamm

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July 22, 2019

“The sky is not the limit … there are footprints on the Moon!” – Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin , Apollo 11 Astronaut

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July 15, 2019

“The beginning is the most important part of the work.” –Plato

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” – Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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July 8, 2019

"The only title in our democracy superior to that of President is the title of citizen." -- Justice Louis D. Brandeis

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July 1, 2019

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal…” -The Declaration of Independence, 1776

We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men and women are created equal….” -The Declaration of Sentiments, Seneca Falls Woman’s Rights Convention, 1848

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June 24, 2019

“Even though I know the river is wide

I walk down every evening and I stand on the shore

And try to cross to the opposite side.” -Billy Joel, The River of Dreams

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June 17, 2019

“Justice is like the north star, which is fixed, and all the rest revolve about it.” –Confucius 

“The law provides necessary continuity amidst our constantly shifting political landscape. It is an assurance that the rules of the game apply equally to everybody, whether they are in today’s or yesterday’s majority.” – Justice Sandra Day O’Connor

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June 10, 2019

"I vividly recall a family friend asking me ‘What do you want to do when you grow up little girl?’ ‘I want to be a lawyer,’ I responded. He smiled at me and then in a low voice said to my father –‘She’ll never be a lawyer.’…

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June 3, 2019

“Years ago I got two gifts from my sister: a money jar, which stated on the side "Legal Funds" and a mug, which stated on the side "If your dreams don't scare you, they aren't big enough." Well, my dream of becoming a licensed attorney in America, when in 2005 I didn't even speak English was scary, and of course my "Legal Fund" jar, even when filled, could not cover the law school tuition. But the dream was there, the will to work hard to achieve it was there too, and then CMLAW took care of the rest. 

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May 28, 2019

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.” – Ernest Hemingway

“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive.” – James Baldwin

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MAY 20, 2019

“Know that, regardless of who your clients are…. your job will never be to win at all costs. Your job is to zealously and competently represent those clients’ interests within the confines of the law.” – 2019 Cleveland-Marshall Commencement Speaker, Ohio Supreme Court Justice Melody Stewart ‘88

“We are more than a law school, we’re a community that cares about each other and what we have built here extends beyond these walls.” - Jeffery Carr ‘19, Learn Law. Live Justice. Award Winner

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MAY 13, 2019

“Every day I fight against the urge to lasso the world and make it tame for you. I wish I could keep you in a bubble. I wish I could keep you safe here with me forever, but I will use all my strength, and I will give you wings instead my love; then I will cry the day you use them.” -- Jessica Cushman Johnston

Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.” -- Anna Quindlen

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MAY 6, 2019

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” -Emma Lazarus’ sonnet, New Colossus, inscribed on a bronze plaque at the Statue of Liberty 

On this day in 1940, John Steinbeck was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his classic novel The Grapes of Wrath. It's the story of a poor Midwestern migrant farming family fighting to keep their family intact. They were not immigrants. They were migrants from the Oklahoma Dust Bowl who had come to California when drought made their lives as farmers impossible.

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April 29, 2019

“Well, tests ain’t fair. Those that study have an unfair advantage.” – Allan Dare Pearce, Paris in April

“It’s not that I’m that smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” – Albert Einstein

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April 22, 2019

“Standing in the hall of fame…. Cause you burn with the brightest flame.” -  “Hall of Fame”, The Script

“As one of the students who attended the Hall of Fame Celebration, I can’t tell you enough how inspiring it was to learn about our incredible alumni, founding honorees, and other law school supporters in the community.”

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April 15, 2019

I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.” -Albert Einstein

We are a law school without walls.

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April 8, 2019

"Three bricklayers are asked: 'What are you doing?' The first says, 'I am laying bricks.' The second says, 'I am building a church.' And the third says, 'I am building the house of God.' The first bricklayer has a job. The second has a career. The third has a calling." -- Angela Duckworth

I’m pleased to announce that our Class of 2018 has achieved a 95.5% employment rate! Following on the heels of our state-high 93% pass rate for the July 2018 Ohio bar examination, this is the highest employment rate for CSU Cleveland-Marshall College of Law since the Great Recession hit in 2007. In addition to the 95% total employment rate, more than 80% of the Class of 2018 is employed in full-time, long-term jobs that require bar passage or for which the law degree is a distinct advantage.

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april 1, 2019

“Equal Justice under the law is not merely a caption on the facade of the Supreme Court building, it is perhaps the most inspiring ideal of our society.” -Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell

As we walked up the steps of one of the most awe-inspiring buildings in the world, we saw sixteen majestic marble columns. Above them were the engraved words "Equal Justice Under Law."

We walked through the main corridor known as the Great Hall and saw the busts of all the former Chief Justices, including Chief Justice John Marshall, after whom our law school is named.

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March 25, 2019

“It is ironic that the occupation most responsible for producing America’s leaders has focused so little attention on that role…." –Professor Deborah Rhode, Stanford Law School; author, Lawyers as Leaders

Although legal education emphasizes technical skills….it is the soft skills that most frequently distinguish an exceptional attorney from an ordinary attorney….soft skills are to hard skills as software is to hardware.”  –Randall Kiser, Soft Skills for the Effective Lawyer

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march 18, 2019

“You hold in your hands what many believe to be the best novel ever written. To Kill a Mockingbird is the story of a crusading lawyer, Atticus Finch, and his fight for moral truth and racial justice. Today, his character continues to ignite important dialogue. This iconic story has inspired many of our students to be lawyers..."

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march 11, 2019

“Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.” – President Theodore Roosevelt.

As our prospective and admitted students consider where they will attend law school this coming fall, they will look at all the assets that a law school has to offer. Some can be measured by national rankings, but even more cannot.

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march 4, 2019

“I have received more from C|M|LAW than I could have imagined…..I wanted a school with good bar passage ratings, good job placement, and a good reputation in the community. C|M|LAW has all of these, but also offers tons of networking events and their graduates give back to the current students.” -Rachelle Summers, J.D. Candidate, 2019Women's Student Law Association, Vice PresidentMoot Court

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february 25, 2019

"We the People of the United States, in Order to… establish Justice… and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution..." -The Preamble to the U.S. Constitution

Yesterday (February 24), in 1803, the U.S. Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice John Marshall, after whom our law school is named, established the U.S. Supreme Court’s role in the new American government. In the landmark case, Marbury v. Madison, Marshall confirmed the ability of the Supreme Court to limit Congressional power by declaring legislation unconstitutional.

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february 19, 2019

“ ‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say….Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, and understanding.”  Alice Walker

Thank You!

Last Wednesday was Giving Day at Cleveland State University and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, and I’m very pleased to report that Cleveland-Marshall raised the most dollars and had the most donors than any other CSU College by a large margin. We raised $23,822 from 130 donors in just one day!

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february 11, 2019

"Teaching is the greatest act of optimism." Colleen Wilcox

“I touch the future. I teach.” –Christa McAuliffe

Last week, I noted that there are many compelling reasons for students to choose Cleveland-Marshall, but one factor, above all others, is the most important – the quality of our faculty.

I’m very pleased to share another sampling of the student evaluations of some of our faculty from last semester.

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february 4, 2019

Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.” – William Butler Yeats

“I am not a teacher, but an awakener.” – Robert Frost

We are in the process of recruiting students for our Fall 2019 class. The competition between law schools for the most talented students has never been more competitive. So why should an applicant choose us?

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january 28, 2019

“I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.” — Maya Angelou

We open doors and let the future in.

We are here for our students from the moment they enter the first front door to their legal education to the moment they enter the second front door to their career. We are their law school for life.

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January 22, 2019

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”– Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Yesterday was Martin Luther King Day, and it’s worth noting that we have a long, proud history of advancing equality and social justice. 

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January 14, 2019

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” -Mother Teresa

Not a week goes by without my receiving positive emails and notes about our outstanding faculty and staff and about the Cleveland-Marshall experience.

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January 7, 2019

Each January I choose 12 quotes, one for each month of the year, to serve as my guideposts for the coming year. My quotes for 2018 and 2017 can be found here: January 8, 2018 MMM /January 9, 2017 MMM

So here’s some wisdom to live by in 2019.

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December 17, 2018

When the law school offered me a scholarship, I asked my sister to read the letter for me because I just couldn’t believe that something so good was happening to me. Seeing how many people invest in this institution really made me study as hard as I can.” -Erica Molnar ’18

“My brother and I are the first generation to go to college….By choosing C|M|LAW, I was choosing to put the weight of the alumni network behind me and that it was worth its weight in the extra loans and money that it would cost me… Looking back… I made the right choice.” -Kimberly Kendall Coral ‘12

On this day in 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first successful fight in history of a self-propelled aircraft. In the spirit of the Wright brothers, we are a law school on the rise.

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December 10, 2018

“Well, tests ain’t fair. Those that study have an unfair advantage.” –Allan Dare Pearce, Paris in April

“It’s not that I’m that smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” –Albert Einstein

Final exams began last week and continue until December 21. We provide coffee and food in the Dean’s office every day during exams, but I also want to offer a little advice and share advice from some of our faculty and staff.

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December 3, 2018

"I want you all to imagine what it was like for me to talk to an 11-year-old dark-skinned boy by the name of Michael, with a scar on his face, who knew to take his pain and suffering of his long eleven years of living - and use it to be a blessing in someone else's life. That broke me down.... It struck a fire in my gut. And that fire was called: never again." – Michael K. Williams Actor, Producer, “Raised in the System.”

"When I had difficult times in prison ….where I was housed with 2200 men for every crime you could probably think of …. I said to myself that I want to be a light in this dark place. I understood that I couldn't get over this, I couldn't get under it, I had to go through it." – Dominic Dupont, whose 25 year-to-life sentence was commuted by Governor Andrew Cuomo

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November 26, 2018

“What a wonderful event …. a lot of positive energy and enthusiasm about our law school and clearly the extraordinary bar results just added to the celebration. Well done …. and thanks to all the students who helped make the event a great success. Here’s to HOF III – onward and upward!” – Kelly Tompkins’ 81

“Thank you so very much for a memorable and heartfelt evening. I was humbled to be in the company of such exceptional alumni. I felt the presence of my parents, who would have been beyond proud of their family.” – Donna Zapis Thomas ‘87

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November 19, 2018

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously….” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

As Thanksgiving approaches later this week, I want to express my deep gratitude for the exceptional work of our law students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends, and for the support and leadership of CSU President Harlan Sands, CSU Board Chair David Gunning ’94, CSU Foundation Chair Tim Cosgrove ‘87, Board of Visitors Chair Brent Buckley ‘82, and Alumni Association President Judge Michelle Paris ’84.

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November 13, 2018

AMAZING!!! Congrats Judge Melody Stewart.” – tweet by LeBron James‏ @KingJames

My creed is that public service must be more than doing a job efficiently and honestly. It must be ….with full recognition that every human being is entitled to courtesy and consideration, that constructive criticism is not only to be expected but sought… that honor is to be earned but not bought.” -U.S. Senator Margaret Chase Smith

This past week was another great week in our law school’s proud history. (Note: Since Veteran’s Day fell on a Monday, today’s message is being sent Tuesday morning.)

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November 5, 2018

“Celebrate what you want to see more of.” – Tom Peters

We continue to be a law school on the rise. This past week was one of the best weeks in our law school’s proud history.

Tomorrow, Election Day, is an important day in the life our nation. I’ll end this message with a few words about that …. but first, our week to remember...

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October 29, 2018

“We’ve got to stop the hate.” - Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, Tree of Life Synagogue

At about 9am on Saturday morning, I sat down to write an upbeat Monday Morning Message about one of the best days in our law school’s history this past Friday... But that’s now a message for another day. An hour later, I stopped writing when I heard the horrific news that many Jewish worshipers on the Sabbath had been murdered at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.

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OCtober 22, 2018

“You can be a master, Don't wait for luck. Dedicate yourself and you goin' find yourself, Standing in the hall of fame…. Cause you burn with the brightest flame. And you'll be on the walls of the hall of fame.” - See our 2017 C|M|Law Hall of Fame Video

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OCTOBER 15, 2018

“Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.” - William Jennings Bryan
“Kites rise highest against the wind - not with it.” - Winston Churchill

OCTOBER 8, 2018

"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.

October 1, 2018

“As I returned to Washington DC and drove past the wonderful monuments to outstanding Americans, I thought about the amazing monumental recipients of the Cleveland-Marshall Hall of Fame that I am honored to be among. The history of our law school’s graduates is truly inspiring.” - Elizabeth Pugh ’78, General Counsel, Library of Congress, 2017 Hall of Fame Inductee

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court starts its new term - the first Monday in October- an historical tradition that goes back to 1917. The backdrop is the dramatic politics of the moment.

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september 24, 2018

“Being a proud and humble graduate of C|M|LAW allows me to celebrate being part of the fabric of the community in which I work, live and play...” -Teresa Metcalf Beasley ’92, 2018 C|M|LAW Hall of Fame Inductee

 this law school provided the education and inspiration I needed to take my life in a very different direction. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity C|M|LAW provided to Learn Law, Live Justice.” -Professor Emerita Susan J. Becker ’832018 C|M|LAW Hall of Fame Inductee

 C|M|LAW created an environment that shaped my confidence to emulate lawyers who sacrificed comfort and prestige to work for people's rights. My time at C|M|LAW was indispensable to my life in law…” -Terry Gilbert ’73, 2018 C|M|LAW Hall of Fame Inductee

Today is the birthday (September 24, 1755) of the fourth Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, John Marshall, known as the “Great Chief Justice” because of his historic role in establishing the Supreme Court’s role in our federal government.

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september 17, 2018

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” –Maya Angelou

Not a week goes by without my hearing positive stories and messages about our law school. Below are three powerful messages I want to share.

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september 11, 2018

“Wherever you go, there you are.” -Jon Kabat-Zinn

“Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.” -John Lennon

Learn how to dance with the unknown.” -Jonathan Fields, Uncertainty

17 years ago today, on 9/11, at 8:46 a.m., our world changed in an instant. It was one of the saddest, darkest days in history.

There are countless lessons to be learned from this horrific day. One of them is to live in the present. Every day, we are reminded that we live in a uncertain world with an uncertain future.

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September 4, 2018

I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.” -Albert Einstein

We are a law school without walls.

Every week throughout the year, we facilitate free expression and foster a culture where our students learn not only in the classroom but also through honest engagement and respectful discourse and dialogue.

What do photography, mindfulness, criminal justice, and the Constitution have in common? Answer-our extraordinary September calendar of events! I want to highlight some upcoming major C|M|Law Events that you don’t want to miss!

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august 27, 2018

“Whether we think each other right or wrong in our views on the issues of the day, we owe each other our respect as so long as our character merits respect and as long as we share for all our differences, for all the rancorous debates that enliven and sometimes demean our politics, a mutual devotion to the ideals our nation was conceived to uphold - that all are created equal, and liberty and equal justice are the natural rights of all.” - John McCain, The Restless Wave

Arizona Senator John McCain died Saturday, nine years to the day after the same cancer killed his friend and colleague, Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy. They were fierce political adversaries. They were also friends. Why? Because both understood, in the spirt of the founders of our nation, that even as we zealously advocate for our positions and views, we must remain committed to civility.

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august 20, 2018

“I’m about to give you all of my money,

And all I’m askin’ in return…

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Find out what it means to me.”

-Aretha Franklin, “R-E-S-P-E-C-T”

Last week, we welcomed our first-year class. Although we do our best to provide scholarships to as many students as we can and appreciate the support we receive from donors to make that possible, many have had to take out loans to attend our law school. We owe them, and they owe each other, respect and admiration for their willingness to pursue their dream by living, working, and studying a few years of their life like most people won’t, so they can spend the rest of their life like most people can’t.

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august 13, 2018

“I’m just like my country—I’m young, scrappy, and hungry, and I am not throwing away my shot.”

-Hamilton, “My Shot”

“I’m passionately smashin’ every expectation. Every action’s an act of creation!” - Hamilton, “My Shot”

“There’s a million things I haven’t done. Just you wait, just you wait.” -Hamilton, “Satisfied”

“No one really knows how the game is played, the art of the trade, how the sausage gets made. We just assume that it happens but no one else is in the room where it happens.” -Hamilton, “The Room Where It Happens”

Peggy, our daughter Jessica, and I had the great pleasure of seeing the wonderful Lin-Manuel Miranda musical, Hamilton, last evening at Playhouse Square, just a few blocks from our law school.

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august 6, 2018

Cleveland Marshall was exactly the right place….For four years, from 1949 to 1953, I worked during the day and went to school from six to ten every night. As tired as I might have been, I came to most of my classes full of excitement and anticipation…..As my studies progressed at Cleveland Marshall, I was aware that I was experiencing a kind of mental or intellectual metamorphosis." - Congressman Louis Stokes ’53, The Gentleman from Ohio

 “My Stokes Scholar internships helped me get an overall forest view of how the criminal justice system works. Sometimes once you get into law school you really start diving into the trees and you lose sight of how everything works practically in the real world.” - Brandon Brown ’17, first Stokes Scholar to graduate from any law school

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July 30, 2018

“The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.” - Steven Spielberg

“Every wall is a door.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

We tell our students and graduates that “we are your law school for life.” What does that mean?

It means that we are a law school with no back doors, only front doors. We are there for our students from the moment they enter the first front door to their legal education to the moment they enter the second front door to their career.

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July 23, 2018

The brick walls are there for a reason...they are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something." - Randy Pauch, The Last Lecture

The Ohio Bar Exam is this week - July 24, 25 and 26 in Wilmington, Ohio.

Since 1738 when Delaware created the first bar exam, law graduates have gone through this rite of passage. The origin of “bar” is from the wooden bar that stood near the front of the courtroom at the ancient Inns of Court in London, separating the spectator area of the courtroom from the area reserved for judges and attorneys.

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July 16, 2018

“As one of the students who attended the [2017] Hall of Fame Celebration, I can’t tell you enough how inspiring it was to learn about our incredible alumni, founding honorees, and other law school supporters in the community”. -Lauren Holler, October 2017

“As a 1L student, last night [October 2017] served as an incredible reminder of why I wanted to be a part of this community in the first place. To be a part of a night that honored all of the incredible individuals that have made it possible for me and others to be where we are was a remarkable experience…” Grace Hurley, October 2017

“Pacesetter: a person who takes the lead and sets standards of achievement for others.” –Merriam-Webster Dictionary

This morning, I am respectfully asking you to be a C|M|LAW Pacesetter and accelerate our trajectory as a law school on the rise.

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July 9, 2018

“Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Standing in the hall of fame…. Cause you burn with the brightest flame.” -  “Hall of Fame”, The Script

Last year, our 120th anniversary, we launched the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (C|M|LAW) Hall of Fame.

Each year, we honor those living and deceased leaders who have contributed to our past, present, and/or future success. While the vast majority of our honorees are current and past alumni, we also honor current and past community leaders who have contributed to our success, and past faculty, deans, and staff. Current full-time faculty and staff are not eligible.

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July 2, 2018

“Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” – Thomas Jefferson

“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory… will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.” – President Abraham Lincoln, First Inaugural Address, 1861

“In our finest hours, the soul of the country manifests itself in an inclination to open our arms rather than to clench our fists…” – Jon Meacham, The Soul of America: The Battle for our Better Angels.

As we celebrate America’s birthday this week, I want to briefly reflect on the confluence of three events this past week- the resignation of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, the tragic shootings of 5 journalists at the Capital Gazette, and, yes, even LeBron James’ free agency.

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