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Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.” – William Butler Yeats

“I am not a teacher, but an awakener.” – Robert Frost

Nothing is more important to student success and the success of our great law school than the quality of our faculty.

“It’s not that I’m that smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” – Albert Einstein

“Try taking charge of your attention. Avert your gaze from whatever tempts you. Focus instead on whatever makes achieving your goals easier. Your future self will thank you for it.” – Angela Duckworth

Final exams begin tomorrow and continue until May 14.

"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced."James Baldwin

Just as the murder of George Floyd was a watershed moment in the ongoing pursuit of racial and equal justice, so too was last week’s guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial. Keith Ellison, the Attorney General of Minnesota, called the verdict “accountability, which is the first step towards justice.” President Biden noted, “So we can’t leave this moment or look away, thinking our work is done… We have a chance to begin to change the trajectory in this country.”

The International Association of Privacy Professionals recently selected Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law to become one of thirty-three academic institutions across the world participating in the Westin Privacy Scholar Award Program.

Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association Alumni of the Year recipient Tim Collins ’85 vividly remembers being called on in Professor David Goshien’s contracts class during his first year at CSU Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Professor Goshien had a policy of asking students to stand at their seat and be fully prepared when called on or they would be excused from class—permanently. The first time Tim was called on, he had read four of the five cases assigned for that day but only skimmed the fifth case. Called upon to discuss the fifth case, Tim struggled, only to be saved by the clock by the end class. After that day, Tim vowed to always be prepared and to complete whatever work is needed in any matter, and to be ready to respond to whatever the court asks. It is a credo that has served the Principal at Thrasher Dinsmore & Dolan well in more than 30 years of litigation practice.

"I wanted to work on real cases in the Clinic, assisting real clients and learning the ins and outs of appellate lawyering. This case wound up being so much more than that, going beyond what I hoped to experience in the Clinic." – Jared Thompson ’22 Appellate Practice Clinic Secures Victory in Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

 "Working closely with an experienced practitioner in handling this appeal has taught me much about the appellate process and what practical representation looks like." – Jed Chedid ’20  Appellate Practice Clinic Students Successful In Ohio Eighth District Court of Appeals  

“It is not unusual for a judge to come to the bench, having read all the briefs, with a clear idea of what the judgment ought to be but for one missing fact, or but for one possible legal obstacle. If the judge can get you to concede that fact, or to concede a point that would make that legal obstacle irrelevant, the opinion is all but written. You should not cooperate in your own destruction.” Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges, by Justice Antonin Scalia and Bryan A. Garner