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Monday Morning Message 11.20.2017

“If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” -Rudyard Kipling

“Stories constitute the single most powerful weapon in a leader’s arsenal.” -Harvard Professor Howard Gardner

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Cleveland-Marshall College of Law student Kimberly Cunningham’s mother has been challenged with a chronic illness.  As Kim has helped care for her mother, she gained firsthand experience of the complexity of the appointments, medical bills and stacks of paperwork that have all been part of the medical process.  Thinking as a legal student, Kim became curious the role laws play in the process.

“Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can't, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it.” – Robert Frost

“First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.” - Epictetus

What is the single most important skill for a lawyer and a leader? I believe it is effective, persuasive written and oral communication.

The Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association (CMLAA) is hosting its signature annual continuing legal education event, “Legends of the Law,” in which local legal icons will draw upon their distinguished careers to highlight the changes in the operation of law over time and how the legal field has adapted.  The all-day event will take place Friday, November 17 at Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. 

“Empathy is standing in someone else’s shoes, feeling with his or her heart, seeing with his or her eyes. Not only is empathy hard to outsource and automate, but it makes the world a better place.” Daniel Pink

“All advocacy is, at its core, an exercise in empathy.” – Samantha Powers

The July 2017 Ohio Bar Exam produced 85 newly minted attorneys from Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, the second highest number from any of Ohio’s nine law schools. C|M|LAW also improved its bar passage rate from last year for first-time test takers to 80%, exceeding the state average.

"What we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down."  - Mary Pickford

We’re very proud of our graduates who passed the Bar Exam last Friday, and we’re proud that our bar passage rate was higher than last year and higher than the state average. With 100 first-time bar takers, C|M|LAW had the second highest number of first-time bar takers in Ohio and the second highest number of first-time bar passers in the state.

Cleveland State University recognized Cleveland-Marshall College of Law alumnus Steven Potash '78, President and CEO of OverDrive, as the college’s 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. Potash received the honor at the October 6 awards ceremony, on the basis of his distinguished record of service, leadership and professional achievements as part of Homecoming Weekend.

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