CLE Programs

Raised in the System: Re-Examining Juvenile Justice with Michael K. Williams

CLE credit: 

Actor and producer Michael K. Williams (Omar Little from The Wire, Chalky White from Boardwalk Empire) brings his HBO VICE documentary, “Raised in the System” to the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.  Williams will screen his one-hour documentary on the people impacted by the juvenile justice system, and then participate in a panel discussion and question-and-answer period about the film and the juvenile justice system.  The event also features Williams’ nephew Dominic Dupont, one of the incarcerated persons featured in the documentary. 

“Raised in the System” takes viewers inside detention facilities, where Williams speaks directly with juveniles about their pathways into the system.  Williams also talks with incarcerated adults about how their experiences as juveniles contributed to their adult incarceration.  Finally, Williams takes viewers into an elementary school classroom to hear from young children about the impacts on their lives of parents and family members who are incarcerated.  The film also explores alternative models of juvenile justice—in places like Toledo, Ohio, and Richmond, California—that offer more hope for rehabilitation instead of incarceration.


  • Michael K. Williams
  • Dominic Dupont
    • Dupont was recently released from prison after serving 20 years of a 25-to-life sentence, which was commuted by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in recognition of Dupont’s leadership in anti-violence programs for youth.  For the past nine years, Dupont served as the director of the Youth Assistance Program, a volunteer group that works with at-risk youth.  Dupont’s murder conviction, discussed in the film, stemmed from a fight among two groups of young men, in which Dupont, then age 19, killed someone while defending his twin brother.
  • Derrick Hamilton
    • Derrick Hamilton was exonerated in 2015 after serving over twenty years in prison for a murder he did not commit.  A profile in The New Yorker notes that during his time in prison, he was "one of the most skilled jailhouse lawyers in the country."  During his time in prison as well as in the years since his release, he has helped secure the release of many wrongfully convicted individuals.  His own case, People v. Hamilton, was the first New York state appellate decision to establish that convicted defendants with a plausible claim of innocence are entitled to a hearing on the merits, notwithstanding procedural bars.
  • Jeffrey Maddrey, Brooklyn Police Assistant Chief
    • Assistant Chief Jeffrey Maddrey is the Commanding Officer of the Patrol Borough Brooklyn North, in Brooklyn, New York.  He is overseeing efforts to implement local community policing in North Brooklyn, a program which includes assigning dedicated officers to small segments of the community to develop closer relationships and communication with community residents.
  • Victor Seltzer
    • Victor Seltzer is the CEO of Making Kids Win, a non-profit organization founded by Mr. Williams that aims to develop neighborhood community centers to provide a judgment-free and safe zone where neighborhood children can engage with their peers through academics, sports, and the arts during the "gray part" of the day--after school ends and before a parent gets home.

The discussion will be moderated by Professor Jonathan Witmer-Rich. 

1 hour free CLE


This event is free and open to the public. Registrations are required in order to attend. Register Here. Charitable donations will be accepted, with funds to be used for scholarships for law students pursuing juvenile justice or social justice work. Questions? Email: cmlaaclenull@gmail.nullcom

Co-sponsored by the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Criminal Justice Center and ACLU of Ohio.

1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (Moot Court Room)
Event date: 
Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:30pm
Short title: 
Raised in the System: Re-Examining Juvenile Justice with Michael K. William

Moot Court Night

CLE credit: 
1.5 hours
Speakers/Special Guests: 

The Bench

Honorable Donald C. Nugent

United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio

Honorable John J. Russo

Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas

Honorable Ann Clare Oakar

Cleveland Municipal Court


Caitlin Hill


1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (Moot Court Room)
Event date: 
Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Short title: 
Moot Court Night



Join us on Friday, November 2 at 4:30pm for a Live Skype Chat from Washington, DC, special appearance by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and C|M|LAW Professor Emerita Jane Picker.

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association invite you to a free screening of the documentary:


Friday, November 2, 2018
4:30 p.m. - Live Skype Chat with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg & Professor Emerita Jane Picker, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
5:00 p.m. - RBG Film Screening


Moot Court Room
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at CSU
1801 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland

Please email cmlaa.csunull@gmail.nullcom if you are planning to attend.

1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (Moot Court Room)
Event date: 
Friday, November 2, 2018 - 4:30pm to 7:00pm
Short title: 

Free Speech in Education: Student Voices, featuring Mary Beth Tinker!


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Famed First Amendment advocate Mary Beth Tinker to present in Cleveland Friday, November 9. “Black armband” war-protester student of the 1960s will be featured speaker at Education Law Association’s 64th Annual Conference special event at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

As we near the 50th anniversary of that famous First Amendment ruling,you will have a chance to hear Mary Beth Tinker in person at a special session starting at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9 at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law’s Moot Court Room, 1801 Euclid Ave. in Cleveland. Following Tinker's presentation, she will participate in a panel discussion to include an attorney & First Amendment scholar, and a public school administrator to shed light on the legal and practical implications of actions by students and schools.

The event is open to the public at no charge and will be followed by a silent auction and reception, and donations to ELA (a 501-c-3) are greatly appreciated. Ohio attorneys will receive 2.25 CLE credits.

For more information on attending the entire conference (CLE credits are available in many states), which will otherwise be held at the Marriott at Key Center, I invite you to visit our website at

Sponsors include Thompson & Horton, LLP of Houston, the Ohio ACLU, and The City Club of Cleveland

1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (Moot Court Room)
Event date: 
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm
Short title: 
Free Speech in Education: Mary Beth Tinker

Entertainment & Sports Law Symposium

CLE credit: 
4 hrs (1 Hr Ethics)

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law's 9th Annual Entertainment and Sports Law Symposium hosted by Cleveland-Marshall College of Law's Entertainment and Sports Law Association (4 CLE credits, including 1 "Professional Conduct" credit, pending approval)

The event will host a unique four-panel set that will cover a wide range of topics including the Evolution of Player Safety in Professional and Amateur Sports, a Legal Snapshot of the Entertainment Industry, Ethics in Collegiate Athletics, and the world of esports.

CLE Credit: 4 CLE hours, including 1 "Professional Conduct" credit, pending approval.

The Symposium will run from 12:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., with a reception to follow until 6:30 p.m. Check-in will be from 12:00-12:15 p.m., and the program will begin promptly at 12:15 p.m. Please allow at least a 15-minute window to provide time to register, find your seat, access the Wi-Fi network, and take care of any other administrative or logistical needs.

Presented by the Lake County Captains

Panels Sponsored by The Cleveland State University Alumni Association, the Cleveland Marshall College of Law Alumni Association, Donna Caputo Ramsey LLC, and our media sponsor LawInSport.




Check in: 11:30-12:15 p.m.

Greeting and Introduction: (12:15-12:30)

  • Snacks, water, and coffee will be available throughout the Symposium

Panel 1: Evolution of Player Safety in Professional Sports (12:30-1:30 p.m.)

  • Moderator: Peter Carfagna, Founder, Magis, LLC and Professor of Law, Harvard School of Law

  • Sophie Gage, Counsel, Business and Legal Affairs, NFL Players Association.

  • Tammi Gaw, Founder and Executive Director, Advantage Rule LLC

  • Dr. Jim Rosneck, Orthopedic Surgeon, Cleveland Clinic and Head Team Physician, Cleveland Cavaliers

  • Zoltan Mesko, Co-Founder, Exero Labs and former NFL Player, New England Patriots

  • This panel will focus on the Evolution of Player Safety in Professional and Amateur Sports, including the comparative regulations of player benefits in the NFL, NBA (as agreed upon in their collective bargaining agreements), and the NCAA; how those regulations have developed throughout the 20th century; injury ates and policies amongst the leagues; health benefits and compensation for such injuries; and much more.

Panel 2: Entertainment Law Today: A Snapshot of the Industry (1:40-2:40 p.m.)

  • Moderator: Angelin Chang, Professor of Music and Law, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and GRAMMY Award Winner

  • Peter Strand, Partner, Mandell Menkes LLC and Chair-Elect for the Forum on Entertainment and Sports, American Bar Association

  • Paul Farberman, President, Paul Farberman Entertainment

  • Neeta Ragoowansi, SVP, Business Development & Legal Affairs/Co-Founder at NPREX (National Performing Rights Exchange)

  • This panel, which is set up as a legal snapshot of the entertainment industry, will focus on the newly passed Music Modernization Act, becoming an entertainment lawyer, ethics of an entertainment attorney, music publishing 101, the basics of recording agreements, and song writes and song rights: what is songwriting and who owns what rights in songs created by collaboration.

Panel 3: Ethics in Collegiate Athletics (3:20-4:20 p.m.)

  • Moderator: Rafael Hernandez-Brito, "El Alcalde", Bilingual Play by Play Announcer of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Spanish Play by Play Announcer for the Cleveland Browns

  • Ricky Volante, Chief Executive Officer, The Historical Basketball League Enterprises, Inc.

  • Patrick Hruby, Contributing Writer to Media Outlets including The Atlantic, ESPN the Magazine, The New York Times, and the Washington Post.

  • Theresa Walton-Fisette, Associate Professor, Kent State University

  • Susan Stone, Partner, Kohrman Jackson and Krantz

  • Kristina Supler, Partner, Kohrman Jackson and Krantz

  • Our third panel will discuss pertinent ethical issues in collegiate athletics. These issues include navigating legal ethics issues within collegiate athletics regarding amateurism and influence from professional sports; concussion litigation against the NCAA and its member institutions; and the Department of Justice investigation into college athletics.

Panel 4: The Rise of the esports Industry (4:30-5:30 p.m.)

  • Moderator: Melissa Bailey, Attorney, Brooks Pierce

  • Krista Hiner, Attorney, ESG Law

  • Hal Biagas, Executive Director, NA LCS Players Association

  • Anthony Muraco, Director of Gaming Operations, Cleveland Cavaliers

  • Our last panel will discuss esports, also known as professional video gaming, and its emerging role in the entertainment and sports law domain. This panel will cover areas such as players’ rights, ownership of intellectual property, league regulation, and franchising.

Cocktail Reception: (5:30-6:30 p.m.)

  • Sponsored by Professional Athletes & Entertainers (PAE)

  • Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served

Ticket Prices are as follows

  • Students and C-M Law Faculty (any and all students in any and all programs) free: must show student ID at check-in.

  • Attorneys: $25 pre-order, $30 at the door

  • Non-attorneys: $20 pre-order, $25 at the door

Law School Location

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law is located at 1801 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115. The Moot Court Room is on the first floor of the Law School, adjacent to the Atrium. If you enter through the entrances off of Euclid Ave. or East 18th St., you will need to go up one floor. 


Please find information regarding parking for this event here:

Contact Information

If you have any questions before the Symposium, please contact:

Aaron Caputo: President, a.m.caputonull@cmlaw.csuohio.nulledu

Kyle Stroup: Vice President of Sports, k.stroupnull@cmlaw.csuohio.nulledu

Please Note

  • Tickets are non-refundable.
  • For those attending, neither the Entertainment and Sports Law Association or Cleveland-Marshall College of Law are resposible for lost or stole items left.


Feel free to contact ESLA's President Aaron Caputo at a.m.caputonull@cmlaw.csuohio.nulledu.

Thank you again to all of our sponsors:

  • The Lake County Captains

  • The Cleveland State University Alumni Association

  • The Cleveland Marshall Law Alumni Association

  • Donna Caputo Ramsey LLC

  • LawInSport

  • Professional Athletes & Entertainers (PAE)

1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (Moot Court Room)
Event date: 
Friday, April 12, 2019 - 12:15pm to 5:30pm
Short title: 
Entertainment & Sports Law Symposium


CLE credit: 
Speakers/Special Guests: 




    This all-day continuing education session will focus on United States Supreme Court cases and ties to Northeast Ohio and, in some cases, to the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Speakers will discuss the history of the cases and how these landmark rulings are relevant to and significantly impact today’s practice of law. We will have 4 interactive sessions totaling 6.25 hours of education (pending approval), interspersed with brief breaks:

    Mapp v. Ohio and Terry v. Ohio
    Village of Euclid v. Ambler Realty
    Moore v. East Cleveland
    Cleveland Board of Education v. LeFleur

    Organizers and Moderators:

    • Kevin M. Butler | Attorney, Law Offices of Kevin M. Butler
      Law Director, City of Lakewood, Ohio and Law Director, City of Brooklyn, Ohio
    • Kenneth J. Kowalski | Clinical Professor and Director, Employment Law Clinic
    • Stacey L. McKinley | Director, Gift Planning, Cleveland Clinic Philanthropy Institute and Adjunct Professor, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University
    • Milena Sterio | Associate Dean for Academic Enrichment Professor of Law


    • Sean C. Gallagher | Judge, Court of Appeals of Ohio, Eighth Appellate District
    • Henry Hilow | Partner, McGinty Hilow & Spellacy Co LPA
    • Kenneth J. Kowalski | Clinical Professor and Director, Employment Law Clinic
    • Robert Meader | Commander, Columbus Police Department
    • John W. Monroe | Attorney, Mansour Gavin LLP
    • Jo Carol Nesset-Sale | Mediator and Attorney, Mediation and Law Office of Jo Carol Nesset-Sale
    • Jane M. Picker | Professor Emerita, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University
    • Robert Tobik | Attorney at Law
    • Alan Weinstein | Professor of Law & Urban Studies and Director, Law & Public Policy Program, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law/Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University
    • Jonathan Witmer-Rich | Joseph C. Hostetler—Baker Hostetler Professor of Law, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University

    6.25 CLE Credits - Full Day (pending approval)
    3.0 CLE Credits - Half Day (pending approval)

    • Full Day Admission: $160 (6.25 credit hours)
    • Half Day Admission: $90 (3.0 credit hours)
    • Registration begins at 8:00 am
    • Session begins promptly at 8:30 am


    Register Here

    Sponsored by the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association

    1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (Moot Court Room)
    Event date: 
    Friday, November 2, 2018 - 8:00am to 5:00pm
    Short title: 
    CMLAA-All Day CLE

    CMLAA-CLE: Landlord/Tenant Law

    CLE credit: 
    3.0 hours pending

    Please note that this program will be presented in room 237. Registration for the program will be located on the 2nd floor of the Atrium.

    Sponsored by the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association

    1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (LB237)
    Event date: 
    Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:15pm
    Short title: 
    CMLAA-CLE: Landlord/Tenant Law

    Criminal Justice Forum II: Illinois Law School Professor Suja A. Thomas

    CLE credit: 
    1 free hour pending

    Cleveland-Marshall College of Law welcomes Illinois Law School Professor Suja A. Thomas to speak at a free Criminal Justice Forum CLE event Monday, November 5, at 5:00 p.m. Thomas' talk, "The Missing American Jury," will explore how the jury’s authority has been taken and how it can be restored to its rightful, co-equal position as a “branch” of government.

    Registration Requested (FREE)

    Thomas' research focuses on the criminal jury, civil jury, grand jury, civil procedure, and employment law. Her work has been cited in testimony to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Upon the request of the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary, she also submitted testimony on the access of Americans to courts.

    Thomas is the author of the 2016 book, The Missing American Jury: Restoring the Fundamental Constitutional Role of the Criminal, Civil, and Grand Juries (Cambridge University Press). Reviewing the book, federal judge William Young asserted it is “akin to Tom Paine’s Common Sense.”

    Thomas also co-authored the book Unequal: How America’s Courts Undermine Discrimination Law with Sandra Sperino (Oxford University Press 2017). The book was mentioned in the New York Times Magazine in a discussion about sexual harassment. 

    Thomas practiced law for many years in New York City, including at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, and Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, participating in jury trials and arbitration. Her past experience also includes participating in several criminal trials on behalf of the federal public defender.

    1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (Moot Court Room)
    Event date: 
    Monday, November 5, 2018 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
    Short title: 
    Criminal Justice Forum II: Illinois Law School Professor Suja A. Thomas


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