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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that CSU C|M|LAW Adjunct Professor Kirk Herath has been appointed to the role of Cybersecurity Strategic Advisor, a new position created within his administration. Herath will guide Ohio’s wide-ranging cybersecurity efforts across agencies, including the Adjutant General’s Office, the Ohio Department of Administrative Services, and the Ohio Department of Public Safety.

Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association Alumni of the Year recipient The Honorable Brendan Sheehan ’93, the Administrative and Presiding Judge on the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, was driven to a career in law for a deeply personal reason. 

Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association Alumni of the Year recipient Ann Aber’s career path to becoming one of the most prominent corporate lawyers in the area as Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Secretary of JOANN Inc. started by eliminating several career possibilities along the way. She was originally interested in the medical field in college before switching to law.

“Most people miss opportunity because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Thomas Edison

"If a window of opportunity appears, don't pull down the shade." Tom Peters

 This morning, I want to share two inspiring stories about seizing opportunities and making improbable dreams come true.

Two days ago, the horse, Rich Strike, was not supposed to be in the Kentucky Derby, horse racing’s biggest stage. Before Friday morning, Rich Strike was not even in the field. The starting gate for the Kentucky Derby included 20 spaces, but Rich Strike wore No. 21 because the horse entered the race just 34 hours before the race start when another horse was scratched. Against 80-1 odds, Rich Strike came from behind to win the Kentucky Derby.

“Nothing is given. Everything is earned.” ― LeBron James

“Pressure is a privilege - it only comes to those who earn it.” – Billie Jean King

“As much as talent counts, effort counts twice.” ― Angela Duckworth  

Today is the first day of final exams and they continue through May 13.

If our students are looking for inspiration, they need look no further than last Friday’s results from the February 2022 Ohio Bar Exam.

I’m proud to share that CSU Cleveland-Marshall achieved an 80% pass rate for first-time bar exam takers, which placed us FIRST of Ohio’s 9 law schools in first-time bar passage rate.

CSU Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Professor Doron Kalir has been selected as the 2022 recipient of the Dean Wilson G. Stapleton Award for Faculty Excellence. He will receive his award at the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association Annual Luncheon on May 26.