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February 12, 2018

I am building a fire, and every day I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match.” —Mia Hamm, gold-medal soccer player

Red Gerard was sitting dead last in the men's slopestyle snowboarding final early yesterday in South Korea after his first two runs down the course. He botched his first run, finishing with a score of 43.33. His second run wasn't much better as he wiped out and received a score of 46.60. But he crushed his final run to put up a score of 87.16, essentially doubling his score.


February 5, 2018

The nature of injustice is that we may not always see it in our own times. The generations that wrote and ratified the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment did not presume to know the extent of freedom in all of its dimensions, and so they entrusted to future generations a charter protecting the right of all persons to enjoy liberty as we learn its meaning.” -U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, Obergefell v. Hodges

Last Wednesday, for the first time in nearly a decade, the Ohio legislature allowed for proponent testimony in support of HB 160, the Ohio Fairness Act, sponsored by State Representative Nicki Antonio (D-Lakewood), which would add "sexual orientation" and "gender identity or expression" to Ohio's nondiscrimination laws.


JANUARY 29, 2018

“The soft skills are the hard skills.” -Professor Amy Edmondson, Harvard Business School

“21st century education revolves around the “4Cs” (critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity).” -Ken Kay, CEO,EdLeader21

“Talent alone gets you nowhere. You really have to have the grit, and you gotta have a love for people.” - Zac Brown

As 2018 begins, a number of our Class of 2017 graduates continue to seek full-time post-graduate employment. Why should you hire our graduates? Here’s why.


JANUARY 22, 2018

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

Not a week goes by without my receiving positive emails and notes from students, alumni, and community leaders about our outstanding Cleveland-Marshall faculty and staff. I enjoy sharing some of them from time to time.


JANUARY 16, 2018

We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”– Dr. 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. Cleveland-Marshall College of Law was the first law school in Ohio to admit women and one of the first to admit minorities. It was our graduates who laid the foundation for the legal profession and who led the fight for civil rights in Northeast Ohio.


JANUARY 8, 2018

Each January I choose 12 quotes, one for each month of the year, to serve as my guideposts for the coming year. Last year’s quotes can be found here: January 9, 2017 MMM

So here’s some wisdom to live by in 2018.


December 18, 2017

When the 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 is happening to me. Seeing how many people invest in this institution really makes me study as hard as I can.” - C|M|LAW student Erica Molnar

In these final days of 2017, please consider making a tax deductible gift to Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. No contribution is too small (or large!)Please donate here:Believe in C|M|LAW. Please Give Now. It would mean a lot to us.


December 11, 2017

“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 22. We provide coffee and food in the Dean’s office every day during exams, but I also want to offer a little advice…


December 4, 2017

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” -Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Did the C|M|LAW leaders listed below know while they were students or professors at C|M|LAW that someday they would make history by being first? No, but they were willing to take the first step toward their dreams.

As our first year law students approach their first law school final exams later this week, I know that they are feeling some pressure and stress. Trust me, each of the leaders listed below felt the same pressure and stress.


November 27, 2017

“People who end up being ‘first’ don’t actually set out to be first. They set out to do something they love.” – Condoleezza Rice

We are a law school that opens doors, shatters ceilings, and charts new paths.

We are a law school that not only makes great lawyers; we make great leaders.

Most importantly, for the past 120 years, we have been- and continue to be - “A Law School of Firsts.



November 20, 2017

“If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” -Rudyard Kipling

“Stories constitute the single most powerful weapon in a leader’s arsenal.” -Harvard Professor Howard Gardner

Our Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association (CMLAA), led by Tim Collins ’85, is known for sponsoring excellent Continuing Legal Education (CLE) sessions. This past Friday, CMLAA hosted a CLE organized by Nicholas Froning ‘13.


November 13, 2017

“Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can't, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it.” – Robert Frost

“First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.” - Epictetus

What is the single most important skill for a lawyer and a leader? I believe it is effective, persuasive written and oral communication.


November 6, 2017

“Empathy is standing in someone else’s shoes, feeling with his or her heart, seeing with his or her eyes. Not only is empathy hard to outsource and automate, but it makes the world a better place.” Daniel Pink

“All advocacy is, at its core, an exercise in empathy.” Samantha Powers


October 30, 2017

"What we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down."  –Mary Pickford

We’re very proud of our graduates who passed the Bar Exam last Friday, and we’re proud that our bar passage rate was higher than last year and higher than the state average. With 100 first-time bar takers, C|M|LAW had the second highest number of first-time bar takers in Ohio and the second highest number of first-time bar passers in the state.


October 23, 2017

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” 

–Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our C|M|Law Inaugural Hall of Fame Celebration last Thursday evening was an historic event. Over 300 alumni, friends, students, staff, and faculty came together to honor 120 men and women who have contributed to the past, present, and/or future success and reputation of C|M|Law. Each has left their own trail.


October 16, 2017

“Success is a journey, not a destination.” – Arthur Ashe

Please join us this Thursday evening, October 19, 5:30-8pm for our first-ever C|M|Law Inaugural Hall of Fame Celebration, at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, 1801 Euclid Ave. Our Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (C|M|Law) Hall of Fame honors those living and deceased leaders over the past 120 years who have contributed to our past, present, and/or future success.


October 9, 2017

“If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now, when?”

Hillel the Elder

“If not us, who? If not now, when?” –President John F. Kennedy


October 2, 2017

Our thoughts and prayers go out this morning to all those who have been affected by the tragic shootings in Las Vegas.

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” —John Maxwell 

Each Monday, between now and October 19, I will highlight some of the many extraordinary women and men who will be inducted in our Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (C|M|Law) Hall of Fame (“HOF”).


September 25, 2017

“Founders never leave our memories for they leave indelible footprints on our minds.”
–Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

“Heroes get remembered, but legends never die.” – Babe Ruth


September 18, 2017

“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.” -  See this video"Hall of Fame", The Script

We have officially launched the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (C|M|Law) Hall of Fame (“HOF”), created in the summer of 2017, C|M|Law’s 120th anniversary. The C|M|Law Inaugural Hall of Fame Celebrationan annual fundraising event to be held every fall, will be on the evening ofThursday, October 19, 2017, 5:30-8pm. I hope you can join us for a great event!


September 11, 2017

“The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places.”  -Ernest HemingwayA Farewell to Arms

“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

16 years ago today, at 8:46 a.m., our world changed in an instant. It was one of the saddest, darkest, most horrific days in history.


September 5, 2017

“The dignity of labor depends not on what you do, but how you do it.” -Edwin Osgood Grover

Yesterday was Labor Day and we tend to think about labor as work. But it’s also about how you do your work.

We live in a world where, for most of us, helping our fellow citizens in a time of need is a labor of love. This past week, we saw the worst of mother nature and the best of human nature. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, as the water rose, people throughout the world rose to help their fellow citizens in a time of need.


August 28, 2017

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” – President John Quincy Adams

In my welcoming remarks to our first-year class, I asked them to dedicate their first year at C|M|LAW to three special women who recently passed away:


August 21, 2017

“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.” Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Nations, like stars, are entitled to eclipse. All is well, provided the light returns and the eclipse does not become endless night….The reappearance of the light is the same as the survival of the soul.” – Victor Hugo

This past week we welcomed the light of our first-year class and today we welcome the light of all our students - amidst the darkness of Charlottesville.


August 14, 2017

“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

“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

We are excited that our first year class (C|M|LAW Class of 2020) will be arriving tomorrow for orientationBelow are excerpts from my welcome message.


August 7, 2017

Every year on my birthday (and many days in between), I have a chocolate milkshake, my favorite guilty pleasure since childhood. This year, my birthday milkshake takes on a new meaning.

On Friday, July 28, 2017, Emily Pomeranz ‘95 passed away after a long battle against cancer. Born in Cleveland, Emily grew up in Cleveland Heights. After graduating from Laurel School and Kenyon College, she earned her law degree at C|M|Law in 1995. She worked for many years as an attorney for the Board of Veterans Appeals in Washington, D.C., and as recently as last year, she was a donor to our Annual Fund.



July 31, 2017

“ I have been a door-opener, because some Americans did not believe fundamentally in the respect of the individual as our Constitution enunciates.” – Judge Jean Murrell Capers ’45

Cleveland Law School, the predecessor to Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, was the first law school in Ohio to admit women and celebrated Elizabeth Williams as its first female graduate in 1908. Ever since, we have been a “door-opener” law school not only for women but also for many women and men who have broken gender, race, ethnic, and generational barriers to achieve great success. 


July 24, 2017

The Ohio Bar Exam is this week - July 25-27 in Columbus. Since 1738 when Delaware created the first bar exam, law graduates have gone through this rite of passage. Our graduates have worked very hard to get this far. I want them to know that we believe in them…… so with apologies to Reinhold Niebuhr, author of the Serenity Prayer, I’ve taken the liberty of writing the following:


July 17, 2017

Pursuing your dreams is living a few years of your life like most people won’t, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.” – Anonymous

“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 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


July 10, 2017

“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.” -  "Hall of Fame", The Script

As part of our 120th anniversary, I’m excited to announce our C|M|LAW Inaugural Hall of Fame Celebration. On October 19, 2017, 5:30-8pm, we will honor our first class of distinguished law school alumni, friends, and community leaders who have helped make our law school what it is today and what it will be in the future.


July 3, 2017

"The greatest threat to freedom is the absence of criticism." --Wole Soyinka

“I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.” -Thomas Jefferson

I have just finished reading two of my “summer reads”- John Adams by David McCullough, andThomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham. Adams and Jefferson were distinguished lawyers and two of the five Declaration of Independence authors. (Note: four of the five Declaration of Independence authors were lawyers.)


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