Appellate Advocacy Seminar - 45th Annual Moot Court Night
Global Business Law Review Symposium - A Look at International Human Rights and Labor Law’s Influence on Multinationals’ Corporate Responsibilities
Barabara J. Fick:
Barbara J. Fick currently teaches at Notre Dame Law School and has worked with the American Center for International Labor Solidarity since 1995, advising and teaching trade union leaders in Central and Eastern Europe on issues relating to protecting worker rights and ensuring domestic compliance with international labor standards. Fick’s teaching and scholarship concentrate on various aspects of labor law such as employment discrimination, individual rights in the workplace, and international and comparative labor law.
Fick earned her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1976. A member of the Wisconsin Bar, Professor Fick has worked as an associate at the Milwaukee firm of Foley & Lardner and as a field attorney for the National Labor Relations Board in Philadelphia. While at the NLRB, she also lectured in law at St. Joseph’s University.
Donald C. Dowling:
Donald C. Dowling is a Partner at the firm of White & Chase in New York City. Dowling concentrates his practice on outbound international employment law (cross-border human resources law issues for multinational employers). Dowling's practice is one of two in the US ranked in the top tier in the only competitive ranking category of international labor/employment lawyers by PLC Which Lawyer?,, and Dowling is ranked by Chambers USA as one of the top 36 Labor & Employment lawyers in New York. He is also ranked by Legal 500, ABA Who's Who, ABA/IBA Who's Who and others as a top New York-based Employment lawyer.
Dowling has published dozens of scholarly articles and book chapters on various aspects of international employment law, including the international law journals of Cornell and Northwestern law schools. He has spoken around the world in English and Spanish on international law topics, including presenting a paper at Rhodes House, Oxford. He serves on the editorial boards of publications including: PLC Labor & Employment; ABA/Bloomberg BNA International Labor & Employment Laws (treatise); Thomson/West International HR Journal, and EuroWatch. As an adjunct professor, Dowling teaches law school classes in International Employment Law and European Union Law.
Marley Weiss is a professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Previously, Weiss worked as a visiting professor at the Eötvös Loránd University Faculty of Law, in Budapest, Hungary, and returned there as a Visiting Fulbright Lecturer. Weiss served as chairperson of the National Advisory Committee to the U.S. National Administrative Office for the NAFTA Labor Side Agreement and as secretary of the American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law. Weiss earned her J.D. from Harvard University, and specializes in all facets of labor and employment law, including comparative and international aspects of the field. Her work has been published on a wide range of related topics.
Professor Tim Wu will speak at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Tuesday, March 25 at 5 p.m. as the Cleveland-Marshall Fund Visiting Scholar. His discussion will focus on "The Attention Merchants and Consumer Protection."
Wu is an author, policy advocate, and professor at Columbia Law School. His book, The Master Switch was named a best book of the year by the New Yorker, Amazon, Scribes, Publisher's Weekly, and other publications.
Wu's best known work is the development of Net Neutrality theory, but he has written widely about private power, free speech, copyright and antitrust. Wu writes for Slate, and has written for the New Yorker, the New York Times, The Wall St. Journal and other publications. Wu has been recognized by Scientific American magazine, National Law Journal, 02138 Magazine, and the World Economic Forum. He also twice won the Lowell Thomas Award for travel writing.
The lecture is free and open to the public, and offers attendees one hour of free continuing legal education credit. Preregistration is not required.
For information, contact the Law Alumni Association, 216-687-2368.
Two Warren Commission Members to Speak at JFK Assassination Forum Hosted by Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Never-before-released information to be discussed by eight-member panel of legal experts.
CLEVELAND – Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (1801 Euclid Ave.) will host “JFK’s Assassination and the Law: 50 Years Later,” on Friday, Dec. 6 at 9 a.m., in recognition of the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, The all-day program, sponsored by the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association, will focus on the legal issues relating to the investigation and hypothetical trial of Lee Harvey Oswald.
Highlighting the eight-member panel of legal experts are two staff members of the 1963 Warren Commission, responsible for investigating the assassination of President Kennedy. Judge Burt W. Griffin was assistant counsel for the commission, and Howard Willens served as second in command of the commission’s staff. Willens is the author of an upcoming book on the Warren Commission, “History Will Prove Us Right,” and his discussion will feature never-before-released information from the book.
The event is open to the public and a $20 admission fee includes materials, continental breakfast, lunch and reception. Admission is free to students with a valid CSU ID and those seeking continuing legal education credits can receive six hours (including 1 hour ethics/professionalism CLE pending) for a fee of $160. All proceeds will benefit the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Scholarship Fund. For more details or to register, call 216.687.2368 or visit law.csuohio.edu/alumnigiving/cle
“JFK’s Assassination and the Law: 50 Years Later” Panelists:
- Judge Burt W. Griffin: Judge Griffin served as Assistant Counsel to the Warren Commission. His responsibility was investigating whether Jack Ruby was part of a conspiracy to assassinate President Kennedy or murder Lee Harvey Oswald. Judge Griffin will detail the activities of Jack Ruby prior to Ruby’s shooting Oswald. He will address the challenges the Warren Commission faced in conducting a collateral investigation and publishing its conclusions with respect to a defendant who was being tried for murder and had a possible appeal to the United States Supreme Court–the very court that the Chairman of the Warren Commission headed.
- Howard Willens: Mr. Willens was second in command of the Warren Commission’s staff. He was on leave to the Commission from the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Before joining the Commission, Mr. Willens had been involved in assessing the legal issues facing the United States from the moment President Kennedy was killed. As second in command at the Commission, Mr. Willens played a major role in selecting Commission staff and in determining the issues and investigatory process to be addressed by the Commission. Mr. Willens maintained a diary of the day-to-day workings of the Commission. That diary has become the basis of a soon-to-be released book by Mr. Willens entitled “History Will Prove Us Right.” It is about the workings of the Warren Commission.
- Judge Brendan Sheehan (moderator): Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Brendan Sheehan, a former Cuyahoga County prosecutor, has been a long-time student of the assassination of President Kennedy. Judge Sheehan will serve as moderator and master-of-ceremonies.
- Judge C. Ellen Connally: A retired Cleveland Municipal Court judge, Judge Connally is currently the president of the Cuyahoga County Council. She has completed her course work for a PhD in history and has researched efforts to try Jefferson Davis for the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Judge Connally will highlight issues in the prosecution of the assassins of Presidents Lincoln, Garfield, and McKinley, and will contrast them with the problems faced by the nation in determining the essential facts related to the assassination of President Kennedy.
- Steven Dever: Mr. Dever is a former Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor. He defended the County against a civil action to secure a judgment of innocence for accused murderer Samuel Sheppard. Improper media publicity had been a critical factor in the reversal of Sheppard’s criminal conviction. Mr. Dever will discuss the legal issues related to pre-trial publicity that would have occurred if there had been a trial of Lee Harvey Oswald.
- Jerome Emoff: Mr. Emoff is a former Cuyahoga County Public Defender who has been a highly respected criminal defense lawyer for nearly 40 years. In a trial of Lee Harvey Oswald, his defense lawyer would have been faced with overwhelming evidence of lies by Oswald to the Dallas police – that he did not own a rifle, that he did not know the identity of the person on a forged Selective Service card found in his wallet, that he never lived at an address where a photograph of him with a rifle was taken, and that the photograph was a forgery. Mr. Emoff will address questions of how one professionally and ethically represents a client whom he believes is lying.
- Magistrate William Vodrey: A magistrate of the Cleveland Municipal Court and a former prosecutor, Magistrate Vodrey has long been a student of the assassination of President Kennedy. He will explore the legal issues related to the spousal privilege of Oswald’s estranged wife Marina, Oswald’s earlier alleged attempt to kill former U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Edwin Walker, and the potential introduction of Oswald’s political activities and beliefs that would have arisen at a trial of the accused presidential assassin.
- Jonathan Witmer-Rich: Prof. Witmer-Rich teaches criminal law at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney and Public Defender. The investigation of Lee Harvey Oswald by the Dallas Police Department would have raised serious questions with respect to Oswald’s Fifth Amendment rights and the conduct of police line-ups if Oswald had gone to trial. Prof. Witmer-Rich will discuss the status of such rights in 1963, how they might have affected an Oswald trial, and the status of those rights today.
At a Glance:
What: JFK’s Assassination and the Law: 50 Years Later
Who: Eight-member panel of legal experts including two former staff members of the Warren Commission.
Where: Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Moot Court Room (1801 Euclid Ave.)
When: Friday, December 6, 2013, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Why: Observing the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination, a look at the legal issues relating to the investigation and hypothetical trial of Lee Harvey Oswald.
Registration: Attorneys seeking CLE credit, $160 paid seven days in advance; less than seven days in advance, $175. CMLAA members deduct $10. General public, $20; Free with student I.D.
$20 registration fee includes museum admission, CLE credit, panel discussion and a dessert reception.
Preregistration is required
Register by phone at 216.593.0575
The 1894 court martial of French army Captain Alfred Dreyfus was the world’s first “trial of the century” – a media spectacle fueled by government misinformation and blatant anti-Semitism, all orchestrated in the name of national security. The case had a global impact, nearly destroying France’s reputation among civilized nations, sowing the seeds of future wars and even indirectly inspiring the birth of the modern Zionist movement.
In conjunction with a world-premiere exhibition “TRAITOR! Spies, Lies and Justice Denied: The Dreyfus Affair,” Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage are co-hosting a panel of legal professionals to discuss the Dreyfus Affair trials, and their implications in the legal community to this day.
Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio
Judge Stuart A. Friedman, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court
Doron M. Kalir, Clinical Professor of Law, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Employment and Labor Law Lecture by Rick McHugh, Senior Staff Attorney, National Employment Law Project - "Unemployment Compensation: Is There Still Room for a New Deal Program in a Global Economy?"
Rick McHugh is a lawyer and activist with extensive experience assisting low income and dislocated workers with social insurance and reemployment programs. McHugh is employed as senior staff attorney with National Employment Law Project, based in Ann Arbor, Mich. His principal responsibilities at NELP are providing technical advice to state partners engaged in unemployment compensation policy campaigns and advocacy for dislocated workers. His recent research focus has included the solvency of state unemployment insurance trust funds and best practices in dislocated worker programs.
Prior to joining NELP in 2000, McHugh worked as a legal services lawyer and union lawyer in Arkansas, Kentucky, and Michigan. He litigated cases in state and federal courts, including significant cases involving unemployment compensation, Medicaid, disability, Trade Adjustment Assistance, and Food Stamps. While at the UAW Legal Department from 1984 until 1995, he served as the principal advisor to UAW President Owen Bieber during Bieber’s service on the federal Advisory Council on Unemployment Compensation from 1993 to 1996.
Both before and since joining NELP, McHugh has published legal and policy articles on unemployment compensation, WARN, wage and hour law, and other employment law topics. He has testified before committees of Congress and state legislatures on several occasions, and has presented at numerous policy conferences over the past three decades, including a U.S. Department of Labor conference commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Social Security Act in 2010.
McHugh has a J.D. degree from the University of Michigan Law School and a B.A. in political science from Wabash College.
More than 4,000 years ago, the father of Isaac and Ishmael took a series of actions that still reverberate through modern Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Was the Patriarch following God’s instructions, or intentionally causing his sons to suffer? Join us for this live courtroom battle, and YOU will decide!
Presiding Judge: The Honorable Dan Aaron Poster, U.S. District Court
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, Cleveland-Marshall College of law.
While the jury votes are tallied, a distinguished panel will bring a religious perspective
to the difficult moral and ethical issues highlighted in the trial:
- Rabbi Steve Segar, Kol HaLev, Cleveland’s Reconstructionist Jewish Community
- The Rev. Leah C.K. Lewis, Eastview United Church of Christ
- Imam Ramez Islambouli, Professor of Islamic Studies, Case Western Reserve University
- Panel Moderator: Dan Moulthrop, CEO, The City Club of Cleveland
Tickets for the event are $30-$125 and can be purchased at http://www.kolhalev.net/trial.html. CLE credits are available at the $60, $75 and $125 ticket levels.
Materials for the CLE:
“Government Intervention: The ‘Free Market’ Health Care Industry and the Affordable Care Act”.
Dr. Robert Field, Drexel University School of Law, The “Free Market” Health Care Industry
Professor David Schweighoefer, Brouse McDowell, Overview of the Affordable Care Act
Professor Rachel Kabb-Effron, Kabb Law Firm, The Affordable Care Act and the Elderly
Helen Rhynard, Rhynard Law, The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Effect on Workplace Wellness Programs
Christel Best Turner Esq., AFAA, Rhynard Law, The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Effect on Workplace Wellness Programs
The program is free and open to the public and prereregistration is not required
As we recognize Title VII’s 50th anniversary, the time is ripe to take stock of employment discrimination law’s current reach and its prospects for the future. The experience of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees is an especially useful lens for this effort.
In part, employment discrimination has been persistent for LGBT individuals, as for many others, notwithstanding a growing number of civil rights protections, and we need to understand why. Also, the changing body of employment cases related to LGBT rights highlights both the contemporary challenges of bringing all kinds of run-of-the-mill discrimination cases and the promise for meaningful protection we can find in stereotyping jurisprudence. Importantly, too, LGBT employees are right in the midst of growing tensions between antidiscrimination law and religious liberties claims, and from this flash point we can see the major questions – if not yet the answers – that employment discrimination law is likely to face in the coming decade.
Suzanne B. Goldberg, the Herbert and Doris Wechsler Clinical Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, is a leading national expert in employment law related to sexuality and gender. At Columbia, Goldberg also co-directs the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law and founded and directs the Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic, the first of its kind in the nation. Goldberg’s scholarship, which focuses on procedural and substantive barriers to equality, has won numerous awards. Her co-authored book, Strangers to the Law: Gay People on Trial, has been hailed for capturing the cultural, political and legal context of the gay rights movement in the 1990s through the lens of the Romer v. Evans trial.
Goldberg was a senior attorney with Lambda Legal, an organization specializing in protecting the rights of LGBT individuals and people with HIV/AIDS. At Lambda, she worked extensively on employment, immigration, education, and family law matters, as well as on challenges to antigay amendments and sodomy laws.
Goldberg graduated with honors from Brown University in 1985, was a Fulbright Fellow at the National University of Singapore, and graduated with honors from Harvard Law School.
Entertainment and Sports Law Symposium
Tickets are $10, and are available day of the event (seating limited), or for presale tickets (recommended), visit
•Jay Reisinger, Partner, Farrell & Reisinger,
•Jim Juliano, Member of Management Group, Nicola, Gudbranson, & Cooper, LLC
•Daron Roberts, Founder, 4th and 1
•Ivan Schwarz, President, Greater Cleveland Film Commission
•Peter Kaufman, Principal, Kaufman Entertainment Law Group, PC
•Yasmine O. Abdel-Aal, Of Counsel, Kaufman Entertainment Law Group, PC and Principal, Markah Legal
•Wilder Knight, Of Counsel, Pryor Cashman, LLP
•Rex Miller, Associate, Hahn-Loeser
•Jason Hillman, General Counsel, Cleveland Cavaliers
•Mike Blackstone, Executive Vice President/Master Facilitator, Shapiro Negotiations Institute
•Dr. Jon Steinbrecher, Commissioner, Mid-American Conference
•Larry Williams, retired NFL player and former Athletic Director, Marquette University and University of Portland