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The Cleveland-Marshall College of Law community is deeply saddened by the passing of Congressman Louis Stokes ’53 on August 18. “He was one of our most prominent and influential alumni,” said Cleveland-Marshall Dean Craig M. Boise, “Throughout his life, he exemplified the law school’s motto: “Learn Law. Live Justice.”

During a storied and iconic career, Stokes was a champion for social and economic justice, education, health care, and other causes that had lasting positive impact on the lives of many. A member of the law school’s Board of Visitor’s until his death, he was proud of his connection to Cleveland-Marshall, and inspired students, faculty and alumni with his wisdom, and his warm smile and gentle spirit.


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.

Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio have partnered to offer a 3+3 Joint Bachelor’s/Law Accelerated Degree Program, the first of its kind in Northeast Ohio.

By enrolling in this program, students will have the opportunity to complete both bachelor’s and law degrees in just six years instead of the traditional seven years necessary to complete four years of undergraduate studies and three years of law school. 

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law will co-present the final installment of Cleveland State University's 50th anniversary Presidential Forums on "Reflections on 50 Years of African-American Mayoral Leadership in the U.S.," Monday, April 27 at 9:00 a.m. in the Glasscock Family Ballroom. The forum will feature a conversation with the Honorable Louis Stokes '53, former Congressman, and a distinguished panel of mayors including Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson '83. View a live video stream and achieve of the event.