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Released on Jan 22, 2024

Monday Morning Message 1.22.24

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” – Maya Angelou

“I cannot believe the transformation I see in myself. I started out as an intimidated insecure caterpillar and it’s because of outstanding professors like you that I have transformed into a confident unstoppable butterfly.” - 2022 Graduate to Professor Heidi Robertson

As we begin the Spring 2024 semester and a new year, my message this morning is to our students, especially our first year students whose first semester grades were disappointing.

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Released on Jan 16, 2024

Monday Morning Message 1.16.24: 12 Thoughts for 2024

Each January, I choose 12 quotes, one for each month of the year, to serve as my guideposts for the coming year. So here’s some wisdom to live by in 2024….

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Author Laura Meckler and her book, "Dream Town" presentation
Thu, Jan 18, 2024 12:00pm - 1:00pm
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Shaker Heights and the Future of Racial Integration in America: A Conversation with Laura Meckler

In person and via Zoom : https://csuohio.zoom.us/j/81792087849

Washington Post writer Laura Meckler will talk about her recently published book, "Dream Town: Shaker Heights and the Quest for Racial Equity." Her book examines the nationally recognized Shaker Heights School District's experience with racially integrated education. She will talk about what's worked and what are some of the continuing challenges that Shaker schools face in striving to ensure a racially inclusive and equal integrated education for all.

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Released on Dec 13, 2023

CSU|LAW Launches David H. Braff Animal Law Center and Clinic

Cleveland State University College of Law recently launched the David H. Braff Animal Law Center and Clinic.  The Center is the first of its kind at an Ohio law school. In addition to a dedicated Animal Law Clinic starting in January 2024, the Center will offer academic courses, public programming, externship opportunities and scholarships. 

“We plan to build an animal law program that will be among the finest in the country, providing students with excellent practical learning opportunities, and providing justice for animals,” said CSU|LAW Dean Lee Fisher. 

Learn how to make a donation to support the Animal Law Clinic

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Released on Dec 12, 2023

Monday Morning Message12.12.23 Just One Request Before Your Inbox Gets a Winter Break.

The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written.” —Melody Beattie

Each of our students is writing a new chapter in their lives. But it’s not a solo journey. All of us have a role to play as co-authors.

Please be a co-author of a student’s next chapter by making a year-end gift to support our students.

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Released on Dec 4, 2023

Monday Morning Message 12.4.23 No Shortcuts.

“I don't know that there are any shortcuts to doing a good job.” – Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor

“You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.”  - First Lady Rosalynn Carter

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Released on Nov 29, 2023

CSU|LAW Launches Terry Gilbert Wrongful Conviction Clinic

The Clinic will fill a critical need in Cuyahoga County, where there is no local wrongful conviction program. 

Cleveland State University College of Law recently launched the CSU|LAW Terry Gilbert Wrongful Conviction Clinic. As part of the law school’s Criminal Justice Center, the new Clinic will provide legal assistance to incarcerated individuals convicted of a felony in Ohio with claims of actual innocence or manifest injustice.

Terry Gilbert, a 1973 CSU|LAW graduate and a member of the law school’s Hall of Fame, after whom the clinic is named, has dedicated his legal career to promoting justice and civil rights.  

Released on Nov 27, 2023

‘Last resort for people.’ CSU|LAW to open wrongful conviction clinic

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CSU|LAW's Terry Gilbert Wrongful Conviction Clinic featured on Signal Cleveland.

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Released on Nov 27, 2023

Monday Morning Message 11.27.23 Lighting Fires Every Day

“Thank you for the opportunity to serve as Chair of the Board of Visitors.  Today was full of reminders of the impact that CSU’s law school has on changing lives, opening doors and empowering great talent. You have put together a great team.”  – Sarah Flannery ‘02, Chair, CSU|LAW Board of Visitors

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

Not a week goes by when I don’t receive a positive message about the extraordinary teaching of our faculty and extraordinary student support provided by our staff. As the fall semester comes to an end, I’m pleased to share some of those emails I’ve received this past year.

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Released on Nov 20, 2023

Monday Morning Message 11.20.23 Thankful

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you….” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

As Thanksgiving approaches this week,

I’m thankful for:

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