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“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 ’83, 2018 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.
“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.
“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.
“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!
“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.
“I’m about to give you all of my money,
And all I’m askin’ in return…
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.
“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.
“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
“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.
“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.
“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”. -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.
“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.
“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.