The Richard W. Pogue Leadership Conversation Series was recently established at Cleveland State University College of Law, thanks to a generous donation from Richard W. Pogue. Richard ("Dick") Pogue is a member of the CSU|LAW Hall of Fame and is a member of the Executive Committee of the CSU|LAW Board of Visitors. He is Senior Advisor and former Managing Partner (1984-1992) of Jones Day, one of the largest integrated law firms in the world.
The new conversation series is set to bring prominent leaders to the law school beginning in the spring of 2024.
“I believe that it is important for law students while they are in school to hear prominent speakers in public life and relate those comments to a legal backdrop,” said Pogue. “Some of the most important issues facing the public have fundamental legal issues at their root, and law school helps to prepare its graduates to contribute to their solution.”
The Pogue Leadership Conversation Series is expected to be a vital component of the P. Kelly Tompkins Leadership and Law Program. The series will bring at least one prominent speaker on leadership each academic year with many of the conversations open to all students, staff, faculty, alumni, and the general community and may include co-sponsored events with the CSU College of Education and Public Affairs.
Richard ("Dick") Pogue is a member of the CSU|LAW Hall of Fame and is a member of the Executive Committee of the CSU|LAW Board of Visitors. He is Senior Advisor and former Managing Partner (1984-1992) of Jones Day, one of the largest integrated law firms in the world.
After graduating from Cornell University and University of Michigan Law School, Pogue spent three years in the Pentagon as an Officer in the Patents Division, Office of The Judge Advocate General, U.S. Army. He practiced antitrust and corporate takeover law at Jones Day from 1957-1994, worked at Dix & Eaton from 1994-2003, and then returned to Jones Day, where his work has involved client development, special projects, and civic engagement. During his stint as Managing Partner, Jones Day grew from 335 to 1,250 lawyers and from five to 20 offices, and it entered international markets. Once named by Cleveland Magazine as the most powerful man in Cleveland, he has chaired or served on many nonprofit Boards and has been Director of a number of for profit Boards. In the nonprofit arena, he has had a special interest in the field of higher education.
“Higher education provides vital background to the solutions of society’s most pressing problems,” said Pogue. “The CSU College of Law prepares its graduates to grapple with the tough problems of the day, and thus contribute to the overall impact of Higher Education on Society’s basic issues.”