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Monday Morning Message 9.13.21 The Sky is No Longer the Limit

“The sky is no longer the limit…” -Motto of CSU C|M|LAW’s Global Space Law Center


“The more we go out there and spend time out there, all the things we do here are going to happen in space.” – CSU C|M|LAW Professor Mark Sundahl, New York Times, August 23, 2019, How a Bitter Divorce Battle on Earth Led to Claims of a Crime in Space 

In two days, the extraordinary is happening. On Wednesday morning, September 15 at 9 a.m. EST, four people will be launched by SpaceX into orbit for a three-day journey which will be the first all-civilian mission to orbit – a mission named Inspiration4.

Why is that relevant to our law school? Because our Global Space Law Centerfounded and directed by Professor Mark Sundahl, is the first law school center in the nation dedicated exclusively to the study of the law of outer space.


“The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places.”  -Ernest HemingwayA Farewell to Arms

I’ve never written a Saturday Morning Message, and I doubt I will again, but this morning is different.

20 years ago this morning our world changed in an instant. It was one of the saddest, darkest, most horrific days in history.

Joseph Nelson ’20, an associate with Fisher Phillips, is looking forward to starting a year-long federal clerkship with Judge J. Philip Calabrese at the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio in January 2022.

Regardless of WHAT we do in our lives, our WHY—our driving purpose, cause or belief—never changes….Those who forget WHY they were founded show up to the race every day to outdo someone else instead of to outdo themselves.” ― Simon Sinek, author, Start With Why

When I spoke to our first year students on the first evening of Orientation, I told them that it was important to “start with why.” I asked them to break into small groups and ask each other why they enrolled at CSU Cleveland-Marshall. I observed that no one talked about getting a job (although that, of course, is very important!). Rather, virtually all of them talked about using their law degree to make a difference and to advance justice.

Matthew Ahn joins the CSU Cleveland-Marshall College of Law faculty this Fall as a Visiting Professor. Ahn, a graduate of the New York University School of Law, most recently served as a Research and Writing Attorney with the Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of Ohio. However, the law is just one of many passions for Ahn.

Laura Hoffman joins the CSU Cleveland-Marshall College of Law faculty this Fall as a Visiting Professor and Acting Director of the school’s Center for Health Law and Policy.

"Be ethical even when you think no one is looking; your word is truly all you have. Good opinion once lost can be difficult to regain. Maintain an unimpeachable reputation for honesty and integrity....Be professional. Law school is not undergraduate college where sins may be easily forgotten. You’ll be known for what you do, not who you say you are. " -U.S. District Judge Benita Y. Pearson '95, Northern District of Ohio, August 2021 Orientation Closing Speaker

Last week marked our return to the law building after nearly eighteen months of remote instruction. In addition to welcoming our returning students back to the building, we welcomed our first-year class for their first full week of classes.