Juggling full-time employment and legal studies is challenging in itself. 2023 Cleveland State University College of Law graduate Katheryn (Katey) Hach ’23 managed to not only accomplish that wh
Christina O’Brien recalls sitting in her grandfather’s apartment as a young child watching the President on the news. “One day, you will be President,” her grandfather told her. “What do I need to do to become president?” she asked.
“Read, think critically. Go out into the world with the belief that you can use your superpower of critical analysis, close reading and deliberate thinking and speech for good. Look for ways to be kind. Be generous in helping others with time, money, or both. Live your life with passion and purpose and be grateful and thankful to all the people who have helped you get to this point.” - 2023 Commencement Speakers Steve Potash ’78 and Loree Potash ’79
“Your education is a dress rehearsal for a life that is yours to lead.” – Nora Ephron
Yesterday was our 2023 Commencement where we celebrated the accomplishments of one of the most resilient classes to ever graduate from our law school.
Early during their legal education, the world turned upside down. The pandemic challenged the way we taught and the way they learned. Our graduates were forced to juggle the usual pressures of being a law student with a range of new and unexpected challenges, not of their making.
They adapted and excelled. I have no doubt that the unprecedented challenges they faced will make them even better lawyers and leaders.
“A moment of choice is a moment of truth. It’s the testing point of our character and competence.” – Stephen Covey
Later today, at the invitation of the Ohio Supreme Court, I will have the honor of speaking in Columbus to all the law school graduates in Ohio and throughout the nation who passed the February 2023 Ohio Bar Exam. Here’s my message.
Three bricklayers were asked: “What are you doing?’ The first said, “I am laying bricks.” The second said, “I am building a cathedral.” The third said, “I am building a house of God.” The first bricklayer has a job. The second has a career. The third has a calling.
Today I ask you to think beyond your job and career. I’m asking you to think about your calling.
“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” - Seneca the Younger
“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou
This morning I want to share some positive messages I’ve recently received from graduates of the Class of 2o22 who passed the February 2023 Bar Exam and students who have recently been admitted to our law school.
We are very proud that the way we treat our admitted students is the same way we treat our current students and our graduates – with respect, support, and individual attention.
Our message is “we are your law school for life.”
“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
“Pressure is a privilege - it only comes to those who earn it.” – Billie Jean King
My message this morning is to our students.
Today is Law Day. It’s also the first day of final exams.
If you’re looking for inspiration, you need look no further than what Law Day stands for. Ultimately, it’s what a legal education is all about.