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CSU CMLAW Event Status

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Event Status

The following is a list of upcoming events that have been canceled or postponed. We will continue to update the list as more infomation becomes available. 

Rescheduled dates for postponed or canceled events will be announced as they become available.

March 18 

Faculty luncheon CANCELED

March 19 

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Tue, 03/17/2020 - 11:10 to Tue, 05/12/2020 - 10:00
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Wed, 05/13/2020

Canceled- Icebreaker Wind Project - LEEDCo Visits CMLAW

CLE credit: 
1 hour pending

***This event has been postponed

Icebreaker Wind is a 6-turbine demonstration project to be built 8 miles off downtown Cleveland’s Lake Erie shoreline by Laker Erie Development Corp. (“LEEDCo”). While it will be the first freshwater offshore wind project in North America, there are over a hundred turbines in freshwater throughout Europe with more on the way.

LEEDCo is a non-profit, public-private, regional economic development partnership whose members include the City of Cleveland, the Cleveland Foundation, Port of Cleveland, and the Ohio counties of Cuyahoga, Lake, Ashtabula and Lorain, as well as Erie County, PA. LEEDCo is partnering with Fred Olsen Renewables of Norway to permit, construct, and operate the Icebreaker Wind project in Lake Erie.

About the Presenter: Dave Karpinski

As President of LEEDCo, Dave is responsible for many aspects of LEEDCo’s demonstration project, including project management, budget & finance, contract administration & commercial matters, and power offtake agreements. Prior to joining the LEEDCo management team in 2012, he served as a Vice President of NorTech where he launched and went on to lead their advanced energy work in Northeast Ohio.

Mr. Karpinski will discuss the background of Ohio’s energy mix and LEEDCo’s Icebreaker Wind Project. Mr. Karpinski will analyze the process LEEDCo underwent to become certified to operate a small wind farm off Lake Erie. Mr. Karpinski will discuss any surrounding policy that impact the implementation of this new project, provide resources for those interested in supporting this new initiative, and answer any questions from event participants.

Sponsored by the Environmental Students Association

1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (Room 237)
Event date: 
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
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Canceled -Icebreaker Wind Project

Criminal Justice Forum: Preventing Human Trafficking

CLE credit: 
1 free hour pending
Speakers/Special Guests: 

Special Guest: Jonathan Todres - Distinguished University Professor and Professor of Law at Georgia State University College of Law.

Human trafficking has been recognized as one of the priority issues of our time. The federal government and all state legislatures have adopted law and policy to address this criminal activity, and hundreds of organizations have implemented anti-trafficking initiatives. Yet despite such efforts, it is unclear whether the prevalence of human trafficking has declined. In this lecture, Professor Todres—coauthor of the newly published book, Preventing Child Trafficking: A Public Health Approach— examines current responses to human trafficking and maps out a strategy for how we can advance efforts to combat this grave form of exploitation of human beings.

The cost of the program is FREE, but registration is requested.





1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (Moot Court Room)
Event date: 
Monday, February 24, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
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Criminal Justice Forum

Returning to the Moon: A Legal Symposium

CLE credit: 
6 hours

On March 6, 2020, CSU Cleveland-Marshall College of Law hosted a day-long symposium Returning to the Moon: Legal Challenges as Humanity Begins to Settle the Solar System. The symposium collected some of the leading figures in the field of space law from academic, industry, government, and non-governmental organizations. The community turnout was tremendous and the discussions tackled some of the most fascinating issues facing the world as we return to the Moon.

A transcript of the symposium will be published in the Global Business Law Review. The videos of the entire symposium is available through the following links.

Download the complete symposium program.

We give our heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated in the symposium and, in particular, to our generous sponsors, SpaceX and the Open Lunar Foundation. We look forward to our next symposium!


View Symposium Videos:

Space Law Symposium - Part 1

Space Law Symposium - Part 2

Space Law Symposium - Part 3

Space Law Symposium - Part 4

Space Law Symposium - Part 5






Prof. Dr. Steven Freeland, Professor of International Law, Western Sydney University (Australia)

Steven Freeland is Professor of International Law at Western Sydney University, Australia where he specializes in International Criminal Law, Commercial Aspects of Space Law, Public International Law and Human Rights Law. He was Dean of the School of Law at Western Sydney University from 2017-2019. He is also Visiting Professor at the University of Vienna; Permanent Visiting Professor at the iCourts Centre of Excellence for International Courts, University of Copenhagen; Adunct Professor at the University of Hong Kong; Member of Faculty at the London Institute of Space Policy and Law; Visiting Professor at Université Toulouse1 Capitole; Adjunct Professor at University of Adelaide; Associate Member at the Centre for Research in Air and Space Law, McGill University; and a former Marie Curie Fellow (2013-2014). He has been an expert assessor for Government Research Councils in Australia, Canada, The Netherlands, South Africa, Hong Kong, and has taught at Universities in over 20 countries.


Michelle Hanlon, Associate Director, National Center for Air and Space Law, University of Mississippi and President, For All Moonkind, Inc.

Michelle Hanlon is an Associate Director of the National Center for Air and Space Law and an instructor of aviation and space law. Michelle received her B.A. in Political Science from Yale College and her J.D. magna cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center. She earned her LL.M in Air and Space Law from McGill University where the focus of her research was commercial space and the intersection of commerce and public law. Prior to focusing on space law, Michelle was engaged in a private business law practice. Her legal career commenced with the restructuring of sovereign debt for a number of South and Latin American countries and evolved into the negotiation and implementation of cross-border technology mergers and acquisitions. Her subsequent solo practice advised entrepreneurs across four continents on all aspects of bringing their innovative ideas to market: from basic corporate formation to financings and buyouts. Michelle is a Co-Founder and the President of For All Moonkind, Inc., a nonprofit corporation that is the only organization in the world focused on protecting human cultural heritage in outer space. For All Moonkind has been recognized by the United Nations as a Permanent Observer to the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. Michelle also serves as Mentor for the Creative Destruction Lab, a startup incubator program developed by the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.


Dr. Diane Howard, Department of Commerce, Office of Space Commercialization

Dr. Diane Howard is Chief Counsel for Space Commerce at the U.S. Department of Commerce. In addition to providing space law expertise to the Office of Space Commerce (OSC) and the Department of Commerce as a whole, she also participates in interagency work and is actively involved in the Office of Space Commerce’s implementation of Space Policy Directive-3.

In addition, Diane is a non-resident scholar at UT Austin’s Strauss Center for International and Security Studies and an adjunct professor in its School of Law. She is helping to develop Strauss Center’s Space Security and Safety program, a trans-disciplinary program offering opportunities to work on solutions to challenges to the space environment through a combination of law, policy, engineering, and science curricula. Prior to joining UT Austin, Dr. Howard was one of the original architects of a similar multi-disciplinary program at the undergraduate level in Daytona Beach, FL at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Diane participates in numerous legal projects, both domestically (within the U.S.) and internationally. Dr. Howard was chair of the annual Space Traffic Management (STM) conference while at Embry-Riddle, ongoing since 2013 and hosted at UT Austin in 2019 and has been active in the STM community since 2011. She serves as Executive Secretary of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) and has worked with COMSTAC Working Groups. The U.S. Department of State named her a subject matter expert to work in an Expert Group of the UN COPUOS STSC Long Term Sustainability of Space Activities Working Group. Dr. Howard was legal lead for the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety Suborbital Safety (IAASS) Technical Committee.


James W. “Jay” Jackson, NASA Glenn, Office of the General Counsel

James Jackson is the deputy general counsel for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's John H. Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. He is responsible for the Office of Chief Counsel’s management and strategy, as well as providing legal advice and counsel to senior executives and top-level managers at Glenn. In this role, Jackson is a member of the Glenn and NASA Headquarters Office of General Counsel leadership teams.

Prior to this position, Jackson was lead counsel for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate and the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate in Washington, D.C. Prior to moving to Washington, Jackson served as an attorney advisor working with clients at Glenn and throughout the agency in the areas of contracts, grants, cooperative agreements, commercial partnerships, intellectual property, ethics and personnel law.

Before joining NASA in 2015, Jackson was an associate attorney with Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease LLP in the commercial real estate and finance practice group. He also has experience as a marketing manager for a large consumer electronics company responsible for the strategy and sales growth of an expansive multi-state territory.


Christopher Johnson, Secure World Foundation, Space Law Advisor

Chris Johnson is the Space Law Advisor for Secure World Foundation and has nine years of professional experience in international space law and policy. He has authored and co-authored publications on international space law, national space legislation, international cooperation in space, human-robotic cooperative space exploration, and on the societal benefits of space technology for Africa.

Prior to joining SWF, Mr. Johnson worked as an attorney in New York City and entered the space field in 2010 as an intern at the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (OOSA) in Vienna, Austria during the 53rd Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. He has also served as an intern in the Office of International and Interagency Relations (OIIR) at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC, and as a legal stagiaire in the International Law and EU Legal Affairs division at the European Space Agency’s Legal Department at ESA Headquarters in Paris, France.

Mr. Johnson serves as a Professor of Law (Adjunct) at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington D.C., where he co-teaches the spring Space Law Seminar. He is also Adjunct Faculty at the International Space University (ISU) in Strasbourg, France, the Legal Advisor for the Moon Village Association (MVA); and a Core Expert and Rule Drafter in the Manual on International Law Applicable to Military Activities in Outer Space (MILAMOS) project.

He has written two blog posts that will be of particular interest to symposium attendees:


Justine M. Kasznica, Babst Calland

Justine Kasznica is a shareholder in the Firm’s Mobility, Transport and Safety, Transportation Safety, Corporate and Commercial and Energy and Natural Resources groups. Ms. Kasznica is a technology and commercial transactions attorney who represents technology companies, investor groups, universities and research institutions seeking to commercialize new technologies.

Ms. Kasznica specializes in supporting the legal and regulatory needs of clients in the autonomous mobility industries, and represents AV technology, last mile logistic and warehouse/logistics robotics, commercial space and drone (unmanned aircraft systems – UAS), and she also advises universities, research centers and large commercial institutions with respect to the development and deployment of autonomous mobility technologies and the industry impacts of such technologies. In this role, she regularly participates in speaking engagements and leads workshops on legal and regulatory topics related to AV, UAS and commercial space, as well as robot-as-a-service (RaaS) and mobility-as-a-service (Maas) business models and serves as an advisor to various UAS and space technology companies and projects.


Steven A. Mirmina, NASA, International Law Department

Steven Mirmina has worked as an attorney at NASA since 1999 in the International Law division of the Office of the General Counsel. Professor Mirmina has helped negotiate and conclude more than one thousand international agreements for missions across all NASA Mission Directorates, including activities ranging from human space flight and Mars exploration, to Earth science missions and aeronautics research.

From 2008 through 2009, Professor Mirmina served as Lead Counsel for NASA’s Space Operations Mission Directorate, which oversees various NASA programs, including the Space Shuttle, the International Space Station, and the Astronaut corps. Additionally, Professor Mirmina is also the lead attorney for NASA’s telecommunications issues, including use of radiofrequency spectrum, the Deep Space Network, and the TDRSS satellite system.

Professor Mirmina has spoken widely and authored numerous articles in the fields of international air and space law. He has received awards from both NASA and the White House for exceptional and distinguished service to the government. Professor Mirmina is licensed to practice law in Washington, D.C., and he is a member of Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States.


Dennis O’Brien, Moon Village Association

Dennis O’Brien is a lawyer and founder/president of The Space Treaty Project. Mr. O’Brien has authored a number of articles and op-eds on the legal issues related to the return to the Moon. He is also a member of the Moon Village Association where he has spearheaded issues related to the registration of property interests.


Dr. Giuseppe Reibaldi, Founder, Moon Village Association

Dr. Giuseppe Reibaldi is the founder and president of the Moon Village Association. He also acted as the Executive Secretary of the Hague Space Resources Governance Working Group which recently concluded its ground-breaking work creating principles for the peaceful and orderly extraction of natural resources on celestial bodies. Moreover, he is, since 2013, the Director of Human Spaceflight at the International Academy of Astronautics. For 35 years (1977-2012) he worked for the European Space Agency covering different functions and fields. Reibaldi has introduced Space Policy in the Italian Universities in the 90s and he teaches in Turin for the 2017/2018 academic year. He is the author of more than 80 publications, as well a book about the International Space Station Utilization, translated in Italian, English and Greek.

Dr. John M. Sankovic, President, Ohio Aerospace Institute

Dr. John Sankovic comes to OAI following a distinguished 31-year career at NASA, where he most recently served as center chief technologist and director of the Office of Technology Incubation and Innovation. There, he received numerous awards, including the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, six Agency Honor Group Achievement Awards and an R&D100 technology innovation award.

OAI is a joint initiative of the NASA Glenn Research Center, the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the State of Ohio, ten Ohio public and private universities granting doctoral degrees in aerospace-related engineering disciplines, and numerous companies engaged in aerospace activities.


Caryn Schenewerk, Space Exploration Technologies Corp (spacex), Senior Counsel and Senior Director of Spaceflight Policy

Caryn Schenewerk is Senior Counsel at Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) where she works mainly on commercial and civil space launch legal and policy matters. Professor Schenewerk supports SpaceX’s FAA launch and FCC spectrum licensing efforts, Falcon and Dragon marine recovery teams, and NASA Authorization and Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act efforts on Capitol Hill. She has also worked on SpaceX’s NASA contracts for commercial crew and cargo carriage to the International Space Station. She has represented the Commercial Spaceflight Federation as part of the US delegation to the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. Prior to joining SpaceX, Ms. Schenewerk served as Deputy Associate Director for Legislative Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office of the President.


Jessy Kate Schingler, Open Lunar Foundation

Jessy Kate Shingler is the creative and cross-disciplinary force behind multiple groundbreaking Silicon Valley ventures. Most recently, she helped to found the Open Lunar Foundation. Its mission? To create a permanent, economically self-sustaining presence on the Moon. Ms. Shingler currently serves as the Director of Policy and Governance at Open Lunar.




Mark J. Sundahl, Director, Global Space Law Center, Cleveland State University

Professor Mark Sundahl serves as Director of the Global Law Space Center. He has since written extensively and spoken around the world on cutting-edge space law issues. In 2018, he was appointed to the NASA Advisory Council Regulatory and Policy Committee. Sundahl has been involved in many domestic and international initiatives in the field of space law, including the ongoing work of The Hague Working Group on the Governance of Space Resources and the ICAO/UNOOSA Space Learning Group. He has advised the FAA/AST as the Chair of the International Space Policy Working Group of the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC) and has also served as a member of the U.S. Delegation to the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. He is also a member of the Board of Editors of Air & Space Law and has served as the Assistant Executive Secretary of the International Institute of Space Law.


Wayne White, Whitcomb, Selinsky PC

Wayne White, Senior Attorney at Whitcomb, Selinsky PC, is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and the Air Force Reserves. He has over 30 years of experience in law and government contracts. Mr. White served in the University of California General Counsel’s Office, representing the University in publicly-bid construction contract matters. HeMr. White then moved to Oceaneering Space Systems in Houston, Texas, as Manager of the Contracts and Purchasing Department. In this position, he handled a wide variety of NASA, military, and commercial contract and subcontract matters, and served as the Division export compliance representative. Mr. White was also a key member of Oceaneering’s proposal team for the NASA Constellation Space Suit Systems prime contract. Mr. White has written extensively on the problem of property rights on celestial bodies.


Jon P. Yormick, Phillips Lytle LLP

Jon Yormick is an experienced international business and trade attorney, practicing for more than 25 years. In his customs and international trade practice, Mr. Yormick represents U.S. and non-U.S. companies before the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the U.S. Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), the U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) on import and export laws and regulations, including the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). He has represented clients in aerospace and defense; electronics; energy; optics, photonics and imaging (OPI); and transportation/logistics sectors.

Registration Information

  • 6 hours of CLE credit: $100 Full day registration fee
  • 3 hour morning CLE program: $60 registration fee & 3 hour afternoon CLE program: $60 registration fee
  • Noncredit seeking attendees: FREE

PLEASE NOTE: Pre-registration is required and ends Thursday, March 5. We are unable to process same-day registration for those seeking CLE credit and money will not be accepted at the door. We can only accommodate noncredit attendee walk-ins on the day of the symposium.

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1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (Moot Court Room)
Event date: 
Friday, March 6, 2020 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Event category tags: 
Short title: 
Returning to the Moon: A Legal Symposium

Fighting Back Against Elder Fraud

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Speakers/Special Guests: 

Join us on Wednesday, Nov. 20th, 2019 in the Moot Court Room at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law on the Cleveland State University campus to learn how you can fight back against elder fraud. Complimentary refreshments will be provided, along with free Continuing Education Credits for social workers, counselors, and attorneys.

This event is presented by the Cuyahoga County Department of Consumer Affairs - Division of Senior and Adult Services, the FBI Department of Justice - Elder Justice Initiative, the Office of the Inspector General, the U.S. Treasury, the Ohio Attorney General's Office, the Federal Trade Commission, the Cuyahoga County Office of the Prosecuting Attorney, the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, and Cleveland State University's Student Public Interest Law Organization.

Event Highlights Include:

Introductions by U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman and FBI Special Agent in Charge Eric Smith. Moderated by Mark Naymik from WKYC Channel 3 News.

Please register here:
1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (Moot Court Room)
Event date: 
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 8:30am to 12:30pm
Short title: 
Fighting Back Against Elder Fraud

1st Annual Cleveland-Marshall Symposium Day

CLE credit: 
5 hrs (3 panels) pending


Cleveland-Marshall's three excellent journals, The Cleveland State Law Review, The Global Business Law Review, and the Journal of Law and Health, are pleased to present CMLAW's 1st Annual Symposium Day, hosting expert panels to address timely legal issues in a five-hour CLE event. Cosponsored by The Gnoêsis Group. 



Panel 1: Trustbusting Big Tech

Sponsored by The Cleveland State Law Review

9:00 AM – 1: 00 PM

This panel will discuss the applicability and enforcement of antitrust law in the twenty-first century. In particular, our symposium will focus on the challenges posed by “big tech” platforms like Facebook, Amazon, Google, and Apple and whether federal (the Sherman Act) and state antitrust laws are adequate to support competition in the marketplace.

The topic is important and timely because the practice of antitrust law is evolving as various lawmakers and regulators propose different frameworks for enforcement. The states, the federal government (DOJ/FTC), and the European are stepping up enforcement against big tech platforms and presidential candidates are laying out new frameworks for American antitrust policy. We believe that our symposium will benefit any attorney who advises business entities.

This panel will be educational because attendees will have the opportunity to hear from experts in the antitrust field: prominent antitrust professors in the region. Moreover, they will hear from lawmakers, like two Ohio state senators, who are currently investigating big tech companies and rethinking the state's antitrust legislation. Finally, they will hear from regulators and individuals associated with startups to learn about the potential harm to small business without government action.


Rita Bryce, JD, LISW is an antitrust professor at Case Western Reserve University Law School. Bryce worked for the U.S. Department of Justice in the Antitrust Division, and as a federal prosecutor. She is also a Licensed Independent Social Worker. 

Senator John Eklund is a member of the Ohio State Senate, representing the 18th District. He is a member of the Judiciary Committee (Chairman), Energy and Public Utilities Committee, Finance Committee, General Government and Agency Review Committee, Rules and Reference Committee, and Ways and Means Committee. Eklund is also Senior Counsel at Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP, where much of his work has been centered on areas pertaining to anti-trust litigation, trade regulation, price fixing, class actions, and mergers and acquisitions. He has been named an Ohio Super Lawyer in antitrust litigation and is listed in Best Lawyers in America for Antitrust Law.

Diana Moss is the President of the American Antitrust Institute in Washington, D.C. She is an economist whose work spans both antitrust and regulation, with industry expertise in electricity, petroleum, agriculture, airlines, telecommunications, and healthcare. She is editor of Network Access, Regulation and Antitrust (2005). Dr. Moss is Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Economics at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Senator Larry Obhof is the President of the Ohio Senate for the 133rd General Assembly, representing the 22nd District. President Obhof serves on the Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Committee on Trade (IGPAC), which provides policy advice to the U.S. Trade Representative on issues involving trade and development, including the impact and implementation of trade agreements. He also chairs the Ohio Senate’s Rules and Reference Committee and is Vice Chair of the Joint Legislative Ethics Committee. Prior to his election as President of the Senate, he served as both President Pro Tempore and as Majority Whip.

Daniel Rauch serves as Senior Counsel to the Colorado Attorney General. Rauch was formerly an associate at Wheeler, Trigg & O’Donnell and a Tenth Circuit Clerk for current Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. Rauch’s article, Sherman’s Missing “Supplement”: Prosecutorial Capacity, Agency Incentives, and the False Dawn of Antitrust Federalism is being published in issue 68.2 of Cleveland State Law Review.

Chris Sagers is the James A. Thomas Distinguished Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Cleveland-Marshall Solo Practice Incubator at Cleveland Marshall College of Law. He is the author of several books, including United States v. Apple: Competition in America (Harvard Univ. Press 2019). He is a member of the American Law Institute, a Senior Fellow of the American Antitrust Institute, and a leadership member of the ABA Antitrust Section.

Charles Stack is the CEO of Flashstarts, a startup accelerator and micro-venture fund in Cleveland. In 1992, Stack started, the first online bookstore. Charles won the Ohio Venture Association (OVA) Venture of the Year award in 2007. He has mentored and/or been a judge at numerous business plan and startup competitions including multiple Startup Weekends and the many University hackathons.

Alec Stapp is a Fellow at the International Center for Law & Economics in Washington, D.C. Previously, he worked as a technology policy fellow at the Niskanen Center in Washington, D.C. and as an MA fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Arlington, VA. He has a master’s degree in economics from George Mason University and a B.S. in economics from the University of Arizona.

**Attendance at this individual panel earns 2.5 CLE Hours

Panel 2: Rideshare Technology: Its Legal Implications & How It Affects the Way We Travel

Sponsored by the Global Business Law Review

 1:15 PM – 3:50 PM

Rideshare platforms, such as Uber, Lyft, and Waymo provide a feasible, low-cost alternative to traditional rideshare methods of technology. However, laws and regulations have not caught up with this new technology. For example, the drivers do not neatly fit in a category with taxi drivers. Unlike taxi drivers, most drivers employed by these new rideshare companies are not full-time employees; and they use their own vehicles not only to pick up customers, but also for personal driving. This panel will discuss a variety of legal issues affecting these new rideshare companies from the perspective of public and private employment, insurance, and tort litigation.


Sheryl King Benford is General Counsel and Deputy Manager for Legal Affairs at the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA). She supervises and oversees litigation, labor issues, risk management, and safety at the GCRTA.

Mathew Parker is a partner at Fisher Phillips and works in their autonomous vehicles practice group. Mathew has been counsel in more than 20 class and collective actions involving some of the most common wage-and-hour “traps” like misclassification of exempt employees or independent contractors; failure to properly calculate the regular rate of pay; tips, service charges, and tip pools.

Dana Paris is a trial attorney at Nurenberg, Paris, Heller and McCarthy and specializes in representing victims who have suffered injuries as a result of automotive collisions; trucking collisions; motorcycle collisions; medical negligence; and birth trauma.

John P. O’Neil specializes in tort litigation involving personal injuries and has tried more than 80 jury trial in various areas of the law, including transportation and premises liability.

Dedrick Stephens, CFE is the Commissioner of Assessments and Licenses for the City of Cleveland. Dedrick oversees multiple operations in the administration of 75+ different local, state, and federal laws in the fields of excise tax administration, business regulation assessments and weights & measures regulations. He is also active in regulatory governance of emerging technologies and industries. He has participated in a National Institute of Standards and Technology subcommittee analyzing proposed legislation to regulate the measurement of distance from global positioning systems that are utilized by Uber and Lyft. 

**Attendance at this individual panel earns 1.25 CLE Hours

Panel 3: The Future of the Legalization of Medical Marijuana and its Potential Consequences

Sponsored by the Journal for Law And Health

 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

This panel will examine the history of the legalization of medical marijuana in Ohio, and the current movement to have it legalized for recreational purposes. The speakers will explore the possible public health consequences of legalization; the ways legalization might impact other areas of law; the ethical issues that arise from representing marijuana clients; and the conflict between state and federal law.


Ian Friedman is a partner at Friedman & Nemecek, L.L.C., which is a Cleveland-based criminal defense law firm. His practice is focused on criminal, cyber, and white-collar matters. He represents individuals and entities across the United States and has served as counsel in Europe, Asia, and South America. Ian is the current President of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. He is a past-President of the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and was the first lawyer to be named its “Lawyer of The Year” in 2010. He is a Fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers and served as President in 2018. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law where he has taught Cybercrime since 2006. In 2019, he was named by his peers as Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year, Criminal Defense, General Practice in Cleveland.

Tom Heran - Professional Ethics and Marijuana Law: Tom Haren is an associate at Frantz Ward in Cleveland, Ohio. His practice is focused on marijuana law and policy. His reputation in the Cleveland legal community has made him a go-to attorney for Ohio’s incoming medical marijuana industry. In this role, he works with the medical marijuana cultivator, processor, and dispensary applications and license holders. He assists clients in license application and acquisition, zoning and municipal law, product labeling and packaging, and regulatory compliance. Mr. Haren is a former nominee for the State Senate and often shares his experience and expertise by speaking at industry conferences and events.

David Patton -The History and Future of Marijuana Law: David Patton began his legal career in the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, working in administrative enforcement. He served on the Major Appeals Group handling cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, the Ohio Supreme Court, and other state and federal appellate courts. Since joining the private sector in Solon, Ohio, Mr. Patton assists clients in obtaining, protecting, and maintaining licenses. Mr. Patton’s interest in medical marijuana law in Ohio stems from personal experience: his son was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2013 and greatly benefits from the use of cannabidiol. After seeing positive results in his son, Mr. Patton has put his legal expertise to work in the emerging medical marijuana industry by using his experience in administrative and regulatory law.

**Attendance at this individual panel earns 1.25 CLE Hours

1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (Moot Court Room)
Event date: 
Friday, December 6, 2019 - 9:00am to 6:00pm
Short title: 
1st Annual Cleveland-Marshall Symposium Day

*POSTPONED: Blockchain Law and Business Basics Workshop

CLE credit: 
4 hours pending


Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and the IOT Collaborative in partnership with the University College London’s world-leading Centre for Blockchain Technologies UCL CBT) invite you to attend the Blockchain Law and Business Basics Workshop.

As digital assets and currencies begin to gain wider mainstream and institutional adoption ($200+bn market cap, $20-30+bn daily transactional volumes and $1.5bn in VC investments [2019]), there is a growing demand for high-quality education on how blockchain or distributed ledger technology is changing the way business is executed; why blockchain is different; how it works and the legal issues it raises.

 This workshop is grounded in the growing number of significant industrial and governmental research engagements conducted by UCL CBT. The workshop is a thorough program that provides an in-depth understanding of the fundamentals of the underlying technology and design principles behind DLT’s, its different governance structures and effects on business models, regulations, legal issues culminating with exploration of practical applications in financial services, manufacturing/IoT, law and healthcare.

Who should attend?

Anyone interested in learning about blockchain legal issues and business applications. The workshop is accessible to all fields and all levels of experience.

What will I learn? 

• What is a blockchain or "Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT)"?
• DLT Design
• DLT Governance and Consensus models
• Legal and Regulatory Implication of DLTs
• Use cases and applications of DLT
- Cryptocurrencies
- Financial Services
- Legal Services
- Manufacturing/IoT
- Healthcare


Thamim Ahmed, Researcher, UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies

Thamim focuses on Research and Development activities within financial services sector at the leading Centre for Blockchain Technologies at University College London (UCL CBT). Core activities involve carrying out token economic designs, building DLT solutions for central banks, start-ups and governmental institutions and advising subject matter experts on building technical capabilities of their blockchain applications.

Thamim has a background as a physicist then engineer and product manager, and possesses deep knowledge of the fintech industry, specialising on payment systems and digital assets. Thamim has a proven ability to lead teams in defining strategy and executing software solutions. He is an expert at architecting systems through meaningful user experience that will enrich lives and build business success.

On a more personal level, Thamim has a deep-rooted belief that DLT’s will be the answer to bridging the gap between machine and human interaction, to which a ‘privacy first’ approach will play a crucial role in ensuring trust is sustained and coordinated by large organisations around their customer and business data.

Cosponsored by The Internet of Things Collaborative 


1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (Moot Court Room)
Event date: 
Friday, December 13, 2019 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Short title: 
*POSTPONED: Blockchain Law and Business Basics Workshop


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