CLE Programs

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

    Global Business Law Review Symposium: Trump Tariffs and Their Effects on Local Businesses

    CLE credit: 
    1.0 hour pending

    Cleveland-Marshall College of Law & The Global Business Law Review will be presenting a panel discussion on Trump Tariffs and Their Effects on Local Businesses on Thursday, October 18, 2018 from 6:00-8:00pm. Appetizers and refreshments to be served prior to the program.

    The panel discussion will focus on the implications the Trump administration’s imposition of tariffs and how this has changed Ohio-based corporations who have business relationships with China. Through the discussions, attendees will have a greater understanding of the legal implications of the new tariffs and how attorneys ‘fit’ within the new trade war.


    Bernie Moreno, President
    Bernie Moreno Companies
    Ownum, Chair

    Bernie Moreno’s distinguished career as a car dealership owner in Cleveland began in 2005 with the purchase of one small, underperforming Mercedes-Benz dealership on the city’s West Side. In just one year, the reborn North Olmsted dealership earned a coveted “Best of the Best” award from Mercedes-Benz and would go on to win that award for 10 consecutive years, something no other Mercedes-Benz dealer has done. Over the years, Moreno would grow his business from a single dealership into an impressive collection of luxury dealerships across several states, and would become the largest volume luxury dealer in the Midwest. In 2015, Bernie Moreno Companies made their first non-automotive acquisition,, Cleveland’s leading online printing and marketing company.

    As Chair of the innovative blockchain business-based company, Ownum, Mr. Moreno helps government agencies achieve substantial efficiencies and build revenue opportunities.


    Daniel Brady, Investment Portfolio Strategist
    PNC Bank

    Daniel Brady is an Investment Portfolio Strategist at PNC Bank. He provides market analysis and uses models to maximize investment returns while minimizing risk. In this role, he is familiar with tariffs’ effects on a number of key industries.


    Robert M. Humphrey, Managing Partner
    Cowden Humphrey

    Firm co‐founder and head of Cowden Humphrey’s corporate and international practices, Bob Humphrey works with growing and ongoing businesses, typically as outside general counsel. Along with providing the legal services needed to establish and effectively run a business, he advises owners and managers on strategic issues such as growth, financing and acquisitions as well as on uncovering opportunities in routine transactions and unanticipated events.

    Humphrey's international experience includes helping clients establish overseas offices and manufacturing facilities; negotiate import and export sales, distribution and manufacturing agreements; secure financing for overseas operations from international development organizations, the United States government and local sources; and negotiate joint and other ventures.


    Jon P. Yormick, Managing Attorney
    Jon P. Yormick Company, LPA

    Jon P. Yormick is an experienced international business and trade attorney, practicing for more than 25 years. In his Customs & 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 Administration (ITA), the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), and with colleagues in Mexico, the Servicio de Administración Tributaria (SAT) 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 the advanced manufacturing; advanced materials; aerospace and defense; automotive; distribution; electronics; energy; medical device; oil/gas; optics, photonics and imaging (OPI); steel and specialty metals; textiles and apparel; and transportation/logistics sectors.


    CLE Credit: 1.0 hour pending

    1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (Moot Court Room)
    Event date: 
    Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Short title: 
    Global Business Law Review Symposium


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