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The Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Trial Advocacy program achieved the unprecedented feat of having its teams finish in the top two places among 20 teams at the Case Classic Mock Trial Competition hosted November 21-22 by the Case Western Reserve University School of Law. This marked the first time a team from Cleveland-Marshall took the overall title at the annual Fall semester competition. 

The Cleveland-Marshall College of Law moot court team of Leah Winsberg, Jonathan Perry and Ed Kelley won the regional round of the National Moot Court Competition held November 13-15. The Cleveland-Marshall trio, coached by attorneys from the law firm of Tucker Ellis, defeated teams from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Michigan State University College of Law and the Case Western Reserve University School of Law en route to the regional title. In addition to winning the overall competition, the team earned the second-highest brief score and Perry was awarded best oralist.

Was it really Dr. Sam Sheppard who killed his wife Marilyn in the early morning hours of July 4, 1954? Now 61 years after her brutal murder and subsequent conviction of Sam, and nearly 50 years since that conviction was overturned by the United State Supreme Court leading to Sam’s acquittal in a second trial, that question is still widely disputed among casual and expert observers. 

The question of Sam Sheppard’s innocence was one focus of the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association’s annual signature continuing legal education event, “Sheppard v. Maxwell: 50 Years Later - Reinvestigating The Sam Sheppard Murder Case,” hosted at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Proceeds from the event go towards the Cleveland-Marshall Alumni Scholarship Fund.

Incoming Cleveland-Marshall College of Law students witnessed courtroom proceedings in an actual appeals case heard by the Eighth District Court of Appeals and received time to ask questions of the presiding judges and both attorneys during their first day of law school as part of a “First Years’ First Week” orientation session on engaged learning.

The Board of Trustees of Cleveland State University approved a freeze on tuition rates for the 2015-2016 academic at its July 10 meeting that applies to all undergraduate, graduate and law programs.

Great Lakes Sports and Entertainment Law Academy students experienced the unique opportunity to curate an authentic music album as part of the academy’s "Representing the Musical Artist" course. GLSELA students served as talent scouts, legal directors, art directors and license drafters while compiling a CD that will be sold to benefit the Legal Aid Society.

Great Lakes Sports and Entertainment Law Academy Students had the opportunity to learn the interworking of professional baseball while attending games and taking behind-the-scenes ballpark tours with the Cleveland Indians (Major League Baseball) and Lake County Captains (Class A Affiliate). Students also heard from a pair of former Major League pitchers in Jensen Lewis (four-year MLB veteran, Fox Sports Ohio Cleveland Indians broadcaster) and Steve Karsay (13-year MLB veteran, pitching coach for the Lake County Captains).

The Sherwin-Williams Company Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Christopher M. Connor addressed the 118 members of the graduating class of 2015 at Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law’s commencement ceremony held at the Bert L. and Iris S. Wolstein Center.