Morning Message 7.27.20 Leader on the Rise

Posted 2020-07-27 10:28am

“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

At CSU Cleveland-Marshall, we teach our students to be not only great lawyers but also great leaders.

We are a law school on the rise where every student at our law school is a leader on the rise.

In 2018, we created the Leader on the Rise Award to be given at our annual Hall of Fame celebration to a recent CSU C|M|LAW graduate from the past 10 years who has demonstrated extraordinary community leadership and who has given back to our law school with their time, talent, and/or treasure. The 2018 inaugural winner was Alana Jochum ’10 and the 2019 winner was Brandon Cox ’12.

I am very pleased to announce that this year’s winner is Adjunct Professor Kimberly Kendall Corral '12. Kim will be honored at our 2020 Hall of Fame Celebration on Friday, November 6, 2020.

Kim is a Senior Associate at Patituce & Associates. She represents clients in criminal cases and is best known for her work on wrongful conviction litigation. She has been qualified by the Ohio Supreme Court as an attorney capable of handling Death Penalty cases. 

Kim helped Ru-El Sailor in 2018 to get his murder conviction overturned after he was imprisoned for 15 years for a crime he didn’t commit. She helped secure a dismissal of charges against Charles Jackson in 2019 after he spent 27 years in prison for a homicide he didn’t commit.

Kim received an invitation to the White House to discuss a pardon on behalf of another client (at the same time Kanye West visited). Cleveland Lawyer in the Oval Office.

Kim is a very active alumna and credits CSU Cleveland-Marshall for her success. She said, “My brother and I are the first generation to go to college…..I feel indebted to Cleveland-Marshall and the alumni community for giving me the skills and support to do the work I care about and for joining me in my mission….….they supported me at every corner…”

In 2018 Kim partnered with the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association (CMLAA), our Criminal Justice Center, and the Ohio ACLU to bring HBO star Michael K. Williams to our law school to screen his documentary, Raised in the System. Kim and Williams announced the creation of the CMLAA Live Justice Scholarship Fund which goes to a first year student who has demonstrated a strong commitment to social justice.

Most recently, Kim taught a pop-up practicum dedicated to seeking post-conviction relief for Anthony Starr. Through Starr's case, students explored all of the procedural possibilities and decided that an application with the Cuyahoga County Conviction Integrity Unit provided the fastest avenue for possible relief.

She noted, "The students working on this case amazed me. They offered an elderly, indigent, long forgotten person a last shot at justice by giving him the highest quality legal representation." Kim’s course is a prime example of why we created pop-up practicums - so that our students and faculty could respond to relevant issues in real time. Pop-Up Practicum Seeks Post-Conviction Relief

Kim practices Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, runs marathons, and as a bicyclist has ridden from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean!

Kimberly Kendall Corral epitomizes our mission, Learn Law Live Justice. Our mission has never been more relevant or more important.

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

See CSU President Harlan Sands’ July 22 Student Town Hall here.

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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