Speaker: Prof. Michael Davis
Tuesday, March 1 | 12:00 p.m.
Social Rights and South Africa
Professor Brian Ray, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Professor Brian Ray, Joseph C. Hostetler- Baker Hostetler Professor of Law, focuses his research on comparative and international law with an emphasis on comparative constitutional law and social rights. His forthcoming book, Social Rights, South Africa and the Possibilities of Engagement (Cambridge University Press) analyzes the South African Constitutional Court’s social-rights decisions and explores how the engagement requirement the Court developed responds to many of the objections to judicial enforcement of social rights. He spent two terms in 2013 as a Fulbright Scholar in South Africa, conducting research for the book at the University of Stellenbosch and the University of the Western Cape.
Professor Frank I. Michelmann, Harvard Law School
Professor Frank I. Michelmann is the Robert Walmsley University Professor, Harvard University, where he has taught since 1963. He is the author of Brennan and Democracy, and has published widely in the fields of constitutional law and theory, comparative constitutionalism, South African constitutionalism, property law and theory, local government law and general legal theory. Michelman is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a past president of the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy.
Wednesday, October 7 | 12:00 p.m.
The “Heat of Passion” Doctrine and Blameworthy Reasons to be Angry
Professor Jonathan Witmer-Rich, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Professor Jonathan Witmer-Rich’s research focuses on criminal procedure and criminal law theory. He teaches courses in criminal law, criminal procedure and law and terrorism. Witmer-Rich worked as a litigation associate at Jones Day in Cleveland and before joining the faculty, and previously practiced at the Federal Public Defender’s Office, where he represented defendants charged with a wide range of federal crimes including several detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in habeas corpus proceedings.
Professor Joshua Dressler, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
Professor Joshua Dressler, Distinguished University Professor and the Frank R. Strong Chair in Law, is one of the country’s top authorities on the subjects of criminal law and criminal procedure. Before joining the Moritz College of Law faculty in 2001, Dressler taught at the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, Wayne State University and Hamline University. Dressler is the author of casebooks in the fields of criminal law and criminal procedure, with the former used by professors at nearly 120 American law schools. His treatises in the field frequently are cited by scholars and courts. Dressler is also the author of more than 50 scholarly articles and book chapters published in the United States and United Kingdom.
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law will host a public screening of the political documentary “Pay 2 Play,” Wednesday April 15 at 5:00 p.m. in the Cleveland-Marshall Moot Court Room. The event is free and open to the public.
“Pay 2 Play” follows filmmaker John Ennis’ quest to find a way out from under the Pay 2 Play System, where politicians reward their donors with even larger sums from the public treasury -- through contracts, tax cuts, and deregulation. Among the central focuses of the film is Ohio’s importance to the national political spectrum – and the political corruption that has resulted.
"There's nothing more important to our economy and our democracy than getting big money out of politics. Watch this film and learn why," said Robert B. Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor.
The documentary features a cast of over 25 legal, political and media experts including Lawrence Lessig, the director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University and the Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Lessig will speak at Cleveland-Marshall Friday, April 17 at 5 p.m. on “How Money (in politics) Matters.”
CLICK HERE for more information on Lessig’s CLE lecture.
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law will host a Criminal Justice Forum on “Ferguson, Staten Island and Cleveland: A Legal Discussion about the Use of Lethal Force by Law Enforcement Officers,” Monday, January 26 at 5 p.m. The discussion, co-sponsored by the City Club of Cleveland, American Constitution Society, Norman S. Minor Bar Association, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Dean’s Diversity Council and the Cleveland-Marshall Black Law Students Association, will explore the legal issues related to the recent use of deadly force by police officers.
The panel, moderated by Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Dean Craig M. Boise, will be composed of a collection of local attorneys, professors, activists and law enforcement officials Confirmed panelists include: Shakyra Diaz, American Civil Liberties Union, Carole Rendon, First Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, Terry Gilbert, Esq., Friedman & Gilbert, Professor Jonathan Witmer-Rich, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and Professor Ronnie Dunn, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs.
The panel will focus on the legal parameters surrounding the authorized use of deadly force by law enforcement officers, and will discuss the type of circumstances that warrant such use of deadly force. In particular, panelists will focus on the question of if the suspect was armed, and how this affects the law enforcement officer's ability to respond with force. Panelists will also comment on the grand jury process, and discuss issues of police officer potential liability in the wake of the use of deadly force.
The program is free and open to the public, and offers attendees one hour of free continuing legal education credit. Preregistration is not required.