CLE Programs

Trial Advocacy Seminar

CLE credit: 
1.5 Free
Weight: 
-6

The C|M|LAW Trial Team will demonstrate a product-liability lawsuit during the seminar. 

In this seminar, two distinguished judges and a distinguished civil attorney will offer detailed advice on the finer points of trial advocacy. Topics addressed will include the following:

  • the best way to commence a trial argument?
  • the most important considerations when choosing the "theme" of a case?
  • the best approaches to handling objections?
  • the best approaches to handling questions from the bench?
  • goals a lawyer should be pursuing during the rebuttal phase of a closing argumenent?
  • the best way to express a dissagreement with the judge?
  • the best way to cross examine a witness who has recently lost a spouse or loved one? 

The Panelists:

Honorable Judge Brendan Sheehan, J.D., Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, has served since 2009 as a Judge in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas.

Honorable Christopher Boyko, J.D., Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, is a Judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

Steve Walters, J.D., Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, serves as the Managing Partner of Reminger Co., L.P.A.

A reception will follow the demonstration.

Location: 
1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (Moot Court Room)
Event date: 
Monday, November 19, 2012 -
5:30pm to 7:15pm
Event category tags: 
Short title: 
Trial Advocacy Seminar

Employment and Labor Law Lecture: The Fair Labor Standards Act at 75: Why Congress’ stated policy of eliminating substandard labor conditions remains as necessary today as it was in 1938

CLE credit: 
One hour approved
Weight: 
-10

The Fair Labor Standards Act at 75: Why Congress’ stated policy of eliminating substandard labor conditions remains as necessary today as it was in 1938

This lecture will explore the history of the Fair Labor Standards Act, its basic enforcement mechanisms, and the heightened importance of the law in the current U.S. economic climate. The lecture will also address potential threats to its continued viability.

Jason R. Bristol is an advocate for working people. Law and Politics Magazine has described him as a “Rising Star” in plaintiffs’ employment litigation. Handling class and collective actions under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and various state laws, he has recovered millions of dollars in unpaid wages and overtime compensation for workers across the United States. His cases have received coverage in the Wall Street Journal and in broadcasts ranging from America’s Workforce Radio to Chicago Public Radio’s This American Life. He lectures widely and publishes articles on employment-related issues, and is as an Adjunct Professor at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law where he teaches courses on the Fair Labor Standards Act and appellate advocacy. He is active in civic affairs and politics and sits on the boards of various organizations.

Location: 
1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (Moot Court Room)
Event date: 
Thursday, October 25, 2012 -
5:00pm to 6:00pm
Event category tags: 
Short title: 
Employment and Labor Law Lecture

CANCELLED: Public Service as a Lawyer's Calling and the Challenges of Poverty Legal Services

CLE credit: 
One hour approved
Weight: 
-10

C|M|LAW and the C|M|LAW Student Public Interest Law Organization present
James J. Sandman, President Legal Services Corporation

James J. Sandman is president of the U.S. Legal Services Corporation, a federally chartered corporation charged with disbursing federal funds to support legal services to the poor. The LSC is the largest U.S. provider of civil legal aid for low-income Americans. Mr. Sandman, drawing on thirty-five years of experience and a peerless career of devotion to poverty legal services, will discuss the public interest as a legal calling and current challenges and issues in legal services for the poor.

Mr. Sandman is a summa cum laude graduate of Boston College and received his law degree cum laude from University of Pennsylvania, where he served as Executive Editor of the Law Review. James J. Sandman is president of the U.S. Legal Services Corporation. Mr. Sandman was general counsel for the District of Columbia Public Schools from 2007 to 2011, president of the District of Columbia Bar from 2006-2007, and in a variety of leadership roles within the District of Columbia Bar and in other organizations he has established a long track record of innovation and success in the provision of pro bono legal services. He was an attorney at Arnold & Porter LLP from 1977 to 2007 and served as the firm's managing partner from 1995 to 2005.

Mr. Sandman is a member of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission’s District of Columbia State Advisory Committee. He also is vice chairman of the Washington Performing Arts Society and on the boards of the Meyer Foundation and the Women’s Bar Association Foundation. He previously served on the boards of the Neighborhood Legal Services Program of the District of Columbia, the International Senior Lawyers Project, the NALP Foundation for Law Career Research and Education, Wilkes University, the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Whitman-Walker Clinic. He also has served on the scholarship selection committee of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association.

There will be a Complimentary light lunch served at 12:30 p.m.
Location: 
1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (Moot Court Room)
Event date: 
Thursday, November 1, 2012 -
1:00pm to 2:00pm
Event category tags: 
Short title: 
CANCELLED: Public Service as a Lawyer's Calling

Criminal Justice Forum: International Law in Crisis: Piracy off the Coast of Somalia

CLE credit: 
One hour approved
Weight: 
-7

Criminal Justice Forum: International Law in Crisis: Piracy off the Coast of Somalia

The rise of piracy off the coast of Somalia over the last five years has been spectacular, amounting to a true crisis in international law. Somali pirates have attacked hundreds of ships and have taken hundreds of sailors hostage. Moreover, pirates have been attacking larger ships, such as oil tankers, and using more potent weapons, such as rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons. In sum, piracy has increased shipping expenses, costing an estimated $10 billion per year in global trade. What has sparked this international law crisis off the coast of Somalia? Moreover, what can the international community do in order to alleviate the crisis and prevent piracy from spreading to other regions of the world? What should be the way forward?

This lecture will seek to answer these difficult questions by first exploring the reasons for the proliferation of pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia in the 21st century, before turning to an analysis of international law on piracy and focusing on finding solutions for the future. This lecture will particularly focus on a possible solution of increased reliance on regional partners in the fight against piracy. Such regional partners include Kenya, the Seychelles, and Mauritius; this lecture will
propose useful ways in which these countries could participate in the global fight against Somali piracy. In the absence of an international piracy court and in the face of major maritime nations’ unwillingness to participate in the prosecution of pirates on a large scale, the use of Kenyan, Seychellois and Mauritian courts may be the best tool in combatting Somali pirates.

Milena Sterio is a Professor of Law at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Professor Sterio earned her law degree, magna cum laude, from Cornell Law School. She earned a master's degree, cum laude, in Private International Law from the University Paris I-Pantheon-Sorbonne and she earned a Maitrise en droit franco-americain cum laude, also from the Sorbonne. Her undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, in Political Science and French Literature is from Rutgers College.

Before joining the Cleveland-Marshall faculty, she was an associate in the New York City firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton and an Adjunct Law Professor at Cornell, where she taught in the International War Crimes Clinic. Her research interests are in the field of international law, international criminal law, international human rights, law of the seas, as well as private international law. She has published in the American University Law Review, the Connecticut International Law Journal, the Fordham International Law Journal, the Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law, the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy, the Florida Journal of International Law, and the UC Davis of International Law and Policy.

Location: 
1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (Moot Court Room)
Event date: 
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 -
5:00pm to 6:00pm
Event category tags: 
Short title: 
Criminal Justice Forum: Piracy off the Coast of Somalia

How the Courts Failed Germany - A Forum on the Law

CLE credit: 
1.25
Weight: 
0

Introduction by Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor

Featuring William Meinecke, Ph.D.

  • Historian, Education Division of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Ph.D. dissertation entitled, “Conflicting Loyalties: The Supreme Court in Weimar and Nazi German 1918-1945”
  • Extensive work with law enforcement officers, judges, prosecutors and attorneys in the Law, Justice, and the Holocaust training program
  • Author of “Nazi Ideology and the Holocaust,” published in 2007.

Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. and the lecture begins at 5 p.m. Light refreshments will be served, kosher dietary laws observed.

This event is free and open to the public. However, reservations are required as seating is limited. R.S.V.P. by August 30. at jewishcleveland.org/events, or by e-mailing philplannull@jcfcleve.nullorg (email: philplannull@jcfcleve.nullorg ) or calling 216-593-2860.

Watch live stream at http://www.ohiochannel.org

Location: 
25701 Science Park Dr, Beachwood, OH 44122 (Jewish Federation of Cleveland, Mandel Building)
Event date: 
Thursday, September 6, 2012 -
5:00pm to 6:00pm
Event category tags: 
Short title: 
How the Courts Failed Germany

Constitution Day program

CLE credit: 
One hour approved
Weight: 
-3

The Constitution, The PPACA, and The U.S. Attempt to Fix its Broken Health Care System

In 2010, the United States enacted comprehensive health care reform legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Soon after the enactment, several lawsuits were filed challenging the constitutionality of the PPACA. Nearly two years later, on June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court released its decision upholding the constitutionality of the individual mandate and the Medicaid expansion provisions of PPACA (National Federation of Independent Business et al. v Sebelius). This presentation will analyze the implications of the Supreme Court decision and its impact on future efforts to improve the US health care system. 

Gwendolyn Roberts Majette, J.D., LL.M. is an Assistant Professor of Law at the Center for Health Law and Policy at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Professor Majette received her undergraduate degree from Emory University, her J.D. from George Washington University School of Law, and her LL.M. in Global Health, with distinction from Georgetown University Law Center. Professor Majette's scholarship focuses on patients' rights, delivery system reform, and health care reform. Her scholarship has been cited in a leading health law text and relied on by the United States Commission for Civil Rights and the Department of Health and Human Services. Professor Majette frequently consults on health care matters for the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Additionally, Professor Majette worked on Medicare, Medicaid and Health Care Reform policy as a Congressional Legislative Fellow with two of the five committees responsible for drafting health care reform legislation. She has taught contracts and various courses in the health law curriculum. Past courses include: Health Care Law and Policy; Health Care Finance and Access; Introduction to International Health, Human Rights and Public Health; Law and Medicine; and Bioethics.

Materials for the CLE:

Constitution Day (CLE Materials #1)

Constitution Day (CLE Materials #2)

Location: 
1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (Moot Court Room)
Event date: 
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 -
5:00pm to 6:00pm
Event category tags: 
Short title: 
Constitution Day program

CMLAA-CLE seminar - Hot Topics in Employment Law - 2012

CLE credit: 
3 hours pending
Weight: 
0

CMLAA-CLe seminar - Hot Topics In Employment Law

For information contact the Law Alumni Association - 216-687-2356.

Location: 
1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (Moot Court Room)
Event date: 
Saturday, December 22, 2012 -
9:00am to 12:30pm
Event category tags: 
Short title: 
CMLAA-CLE seminar - Hot Topics in Employment Law - 2012

CMLAA-CLE seminar - Starting a New Business Venture

CLE credit: 
3 hours pending
Weight: 
0

CMLAA-CLE seminar - Starting a New Business Venture

For information contact the Law Alumni Association - 216-687-2368

Location: 
1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (Moot Court Room)
Event date: 
Saturday, December 15, 2012 -
9:00am to 12:30pm
Event category tags: 
Short title: 
CMLAA-CLE seminar - Starting a New Business Venture

People v. Eve - A Trial

CLE credit: 
2 hours approved
Weight: 
-7

In conjunction with Kol HaLev, Cleveland's Reconstructionist Jewish Community C|M|LAW will host "The People versus Eve," a trial and panel discussion, in which law professors, judges and attorneys will preside over the trial of Eve. Following the trial, a panel of Cleveland’s most prominent religious leaders will reflect on the moral and ethical dimensions of the case.

Guilty or NOT Guilty? YOU decide.

Eden's matriarch has been charged with theft and sedition following the sampling of a forbidden fruit from a special tree. What will the verdict be? Join us for this dramatic, live courtroom battle and YOU, the audience-as-jury, will decide!

Presiding Judge: The Honorable Maureen O’Connor
Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Ohio
Defense Attorney: Avery Friedman, civil rights attorney
Chief Counsel of The Fair Housing Council and CNN legal correspondent
Prosecuting Attorney: Geoffrey S. Mearns, President, Northern Kentucky University, former Provost, Cleveland State University and Dean, C|M|LAW

While the jury’s votes are counted, a distinguished panel will wrestle with the challenging cultural and ethical issues enmeshed in Eve’s actions and legacy:

  • Rabbi Steve Segar, Spiritual Leader, Kol HaLev, Cleveland’s Reconstructionist Jewish Community
  • Dr. Susan W. Hinze, Director, Women’s and Gender Studies, Case Western Reserve University
  • The Very Reverend Tracey Lind, Dean of Trinity Cathedral
  • Panel Moderator: The Reverend Leah C.K. Lewis, Olivet Institutional Baptist Church

 

Materials for the CLE:

People v. Eve (CLE materials #1)

People v. Eve (CLE materials #2)

People v. Eve (CLE materials #3)

People v. Eve (CLE materials #4)

People v. Eve (CLE materials #5)

To register, please visit www.kolhalev.net/trial by November 13

Registration fees - $25 - $125

CLE credits for attorneys are available with $55 and $125 tickets.

$125 ticket holders are invited to a post-show reception with the cast.

 

Location: 
1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (Moot Court Room)
Event date: 
Saturday, November 17, 2012 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Event category tags: 
Short title: 
People v. Eve - A Trial

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