9:00 AM to 12:15 PM
Speakers: Michelle Paris, Esq. Visitng Magistrate and Adjunct Professor at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Sheryl Harris, Consumer and Business Columnist for the Plain Dealer
Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law will recognize two of its outstanding alumni at the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association’s Annual Recognition Luncheon, to take place at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel Grand Ballroom Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. The CMLAA will recognize The Honorable Terrence O'Donnell of the Ohio Supreme Court ’71 and Terry H. Gilbert ’73 as its Alumni of the Year.
Justice O'Donnell joined the Supreme Court of Ohio in 2003, and is serving his second full six-year term on the court through 2018. His legal career began as a law clerk on the Ohio Supreme Court upon graduation from law school and continued with the firm of Marshman, Snyder & Corrigan in Cleveland, before he began his judicial career with the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, where he served for 14 years until his election to the Eighth District Court of Appeals. Justice O'Donnell has served as chairman of the Ohio Legal Rights Service Commission, which oversees the protection and advocacy of the developmentally disabled and mentally ill statewide, and is credited with initiating Ohio’s Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring Program, which has gained national recognition.
Gilbert, of the firm Friedman & Gilbert, has been in private law practice for over 40 years, specializing in criminal defense and civil rights litigation. Throughout the years, Gilbert has handled a variety of government misconduct cases involving police abuse, violations of free speech, prisoners’ rights and victims of various forms of discrimination. He has appeared frequently as a legal expert on national and local media including The Today Show, CNN, 60 Minutes and Dateline.
Tickets and sponsorship opportunities for the annual luncheon are now available. For information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Megan A. McFadden, Manager of Alumni and Donor Relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.law.csuohio.edu/alumnigiving/annualrecognitionluncheon.
C|M Alumni Scholarship reception on the third floor of the Student Center - 21st and Euclid Avenue.
CMLAA Annual meeting - details to follow
CMLAA-CLE seminar - Trial Tactics
CMLAA-CLE seminar - The Affordable Care Act and Health Care Reform
CMLAA-CLE seminar - Electronic Surveillance
All Saturday morning CLE's are from 9:00 am - 12:15 pm. Registration begins at 8:30am.
March 22 - Elder Care Law
Many myths abound regarding Medicaid and Veterans benefits eligibility. This CLE will detail the complex eligibility criteria for Medicaid for elderly clients, both in and out of nursing homes. The CLE will detail strategies commonly used by elder law attorneys to protect assets legally. The CLE will also detail the Veterans Benefits available to elders facing chronic care, and their intersection with the Medicaid system. Even if you are not an elder law attorney, knowing what pitfalls to avoid in advising an increasingly aging population will give the attorney valuable information.
The program will further delve into the subject of elder care with the issue of elder abuse. The CLE will explain what constitutes elder abuse, neglect (including self-neglect) and financial exploitation, how to recognize the “red flags” of elder abuse, the duty to report, and what measures Adult Protective Services can take under APS law and/or guardianship law, to reduce the risk to vulnerable older adults.
As our families and clients age and begin to face nursing home stays and chronic disease management, knowing the way the long term care system works is critical. When a loved one or client goes into a nursing home, they do not always understand their rights under federal and state law within that system.
Speakers: Rachel A. Kabb-Effron, Esq. and Kelli Kay Perk, Esq.
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.