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“ We are not makers of history. We are made by history.” -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 “THE PAST IS PROLOGUE.” Inscription over the door of the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

“ What do you think that means?,” General Eisenhower asked the cabby driving him through the nation’s capital. “ It means,” said the cabby, “you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.”

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law students Vanessa Hemminger and Calla Bonanno, along with Cleveland State University’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs Master of Public Administration candidate Marissa Pappas, successfully advocated for the City of Euclid to amend the city’s nuisance law to exclude domestic violence as a nuisance offense. 

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law graduate Ashley Jones ’11 has great passion for her work as a criminal defense attorney.  She has always enjoyed the ability to help people in need navigate the justice system, but could never pinpoint exactly what set criminal justice apart from other areas of practice in this regard.  That changed recently, when her husband helped illuminate why she is so drawn to criminal defense.

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law graduate P. Kelly Tompkins ’81 attended law school knowing that his career ambitions would likely progress away from practicing law.   His inspiration for attending law school came from a semester he spent interning in Washington D.C. and the wide-array of professionals he met during that experience.

Ashley Jones ’11 is a successful solo practitioner with a law practice focused on criminal defense. Jones has also served as coordinator of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law’s Solo Practice Incubator for the past three years and is head of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s Solo/Small Firm section.  Below, Jones shares some important recommendations for current and future solo practitioners based on her experiences.

Each year, I choose 12 quotes, one for each month of the year, to serve as my guideposts for the coming year. So here’s some wisdom to live by in 2017.

·  “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The story of our [Cleveland State University] success is told one student at a time.” Dr. Ronald Berkman, President, Cleveland State University, 2016 State of the University Address

Browne Lewis, the Leon and Gloria Plevin Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Health Law & Policy at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, was interviewed by Refinery29 about the constitutionality of Ohio’s new bill banning abortions after 20 weeks. Refinery29 is a national website focused on issues important to women.