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When Jzinae Jackson spoke at her high school graduation in 2010, she told her classmates at East Cleveland's Shaw High School that she would return to their 10-year reunion as “Attorney Jackson.” Eight years later, Jackson again addressed classmates on graduation day, this time as a member of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Class of 2018, and as a talented new lawyer on the road to fulfilling her promise.

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Dean and Joseph C. Hostetler-BakerHostetler Chair in Law Lee Fisher has appointed Judge Ronald Adrine ’73 and Professor Emerita Susan Becker ’83 as the latest Leaders-in-Residence at the law school. Judge Adrine will serve as Jurist-in-Residence and Professor Emerita Becker as Public Interest Leader-In Residence.

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.” – Ernest Hemingway

“So many books, so little time.” - Frank Zappa

Carmen Twillie Ambar, President of Oberlin College, addressed the 103 members of the graduating Class of 2018 at Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law’s commencement ceremony held at the Connor Palace Theatre at Playhouse Square. Among those graduates, 88 received their JD degrees, including six with joint degrees, two graduated with LLM degrees and 13 graduated with Master of Legal Studies (MLS) degrees.

“Your education is a dress rehearsal for a life that is yours to lead.” – Nora Ephron

“A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells hundreds of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that individuality is the key to success.” - Robert Orben

“It’s not easy being a mother. If it were, fathers would do it.” - Dorothy, The Golden Girls

“Teaching is the greatest act of optimism.” -Colleen Wilcox

One of the greatest benefits of my position as Dean is working with our outstanding faculty. They not only inspire our students, they inspire me.

Five years ago, Kimberly Corral ’12 was a recently minted attorney with a passion for justice. Working as a solo practitioner on criminal justice cases, she received a call from Ru-El Sailor that would begin a five-year representation that would culminate in exonerating a man who spent 15 years in a prison for a murder he did not commit.

"None of us is as smart as all of us." - Ken Blanchard

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African Proverb