Judge Michelle Paris '84 recently took office as President of the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association. Joining her at the crowded swearing-in ceremony were the Paris-Corsaro-Holecek family that has an impressive legacy at C|M|LAW spanning eight family members.
Pictured: Michael Gardineer ’21,Tanja Holecek ’89, Christopher Holecek ’88, Judge Michelle Paris ’84, David M. Paris ’78, Dana M. Paris ’12,Joseph G. Corsaro ’82, Joseph M. Corsaro ’10
C|M|LAW Hall of Fame Member David Paris ’78, Managing Partner at Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy, was the first member of the family to walk the halls of the law school over four decades ago. As a young attorney, David met his future wife Michelle, who was attending C|M|LAW as a part-time evening student, while working as an elementary school teacher in the City of Cleveland. They acknowledge that having the Cleveland-Marshall connection was an important building block at the start of their relationship.
David and Michelle, a Bedford Municipal Court Judge, were far from the only family members to attend Cleveland-Marshall during that era. Michelle’s brother, Joseph G. Corsaro ’82, founder of Corsaro & Assoc. Co. LPA , attended C|M|LAW at the same time as Michelle. In the following years, Michelle’s nephew Christopher Holecek ’88 and his wife, Tanja Holecek ’89, both partners at Wegman, Hessler & Vanderburg, graduated from the law school.
The Paris-Corsaro-Holecek family’s presence at the law school goes far beyond their time in the classroom. They have been participants in the C|M|LAW mentor program and have helped sponsor several student scholarships as well as the C|M|LAW Trial Courtroom. David is a member of the C|M|LAW Board of Visitors. Michelle has served as an Adjunct Professor at the school teaching Consumer Law. They have been long-time, actively engaged members of the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association. During the 2018-19 year, Michelle will serve as President of the Law Alumni Association, and hopes to increase the Association’s membership and active participation, while strengthening its relationship with the law school she holds in such high regard.
“We have varied legal careers and share the gratitude and love toward-Cleveland Marshall,” said Michelle Paris. “There is no other law school as far as my family is concerned.”
Now decades after the first members of the family graduated from the law school, a new generation has also decided to attend Cleveland-Marshall. Joseph M. Corsaro, Joseph G Corsaro’s son, graduated in 2010 and is now an attorney working with his father at Corsaro & Assoc. Co. LPA. Michelle and David’s daughter Dana Paris graduated in 2012 and is working with her father as an attorney at Nurenberg Paris. When it came to deciding on the law school she would attend, the choice was obvious.
“I think Dana observed (mine and David’s) very different career paths and sensed that we were both extremely satisfied with our work,” said Michelle Paris. “C|M|LAW is an easy sell with the right location, a reasonable tuition compared to other law schools, a great night program and lots of camaraderie among the alumni.”
Although it has been five years since a member of the Paris-Corsaro-Holecek family was enrolled at the school, that will change in the coming weeks. Michael Gardineer, Joseph M. Corsaro’s son-in-law, will be enrolled at the school as a 1L student this fall.