Speech, with commentary by Prof. Jonathan Witmer-Rich, regarding police use of force and accountability procedures and policies.
Sponsored by the Federalist Society
Sponsored by the Northeast Ohio Chapter and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Student Chapter of the American Constitution Society, the ACLU of Ohio, the Norman S. Minor Bar Association, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association.
The fourth installment of the use of force program series will discuss the ways that new technologies are changing the nature of policing, their opportunities and potential pitfalls and how they can be utilized to promote more effective law enforcement while better protecting citizens’ rights.
Anthony Rothert, Legal Director, ACLU of Missouri
Named 2015 Lawyer of the Year by Missouri Lawyers Weekly largely for his work on Ferguson policing and protest issues.
Gary Daniels, Chief Lobbyist, ACLU of Ohio
Works on a variety of law enforcement bills with the Ohio General Assembly.
Jonathan Witmer-Rich, Professor, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (1801 Euclid Ave.) will host the Friedman and Gilbert Criminal Justice Forum, “Picking Cotton,” Tuesday, October 6 at 5 p.m. The lecture will be delivered by Jennifer Thompson, co-author of the New York Times Best-Seller Picking Cotton and a prominent activist.
Thompson is an advocate for judicial reform, the need to combat sexual violence, abolition of the death penalty, the fallibility of eyewitness testimony, and the healing power of forgiveness. Her strong convictions were born of a brutal rape she suffered as a college student. Her compelling testimony sent a young man to a life term in prison for a crime he did not commit.
The convicted man, Ronald Cotton, was eventually freed thanks in large part to his persistence in maintaining his innocence and to newly developed DNA tests. Together they co-authored a joint memoir, Picking Cotton, which recounts their journeys, the tragedy that brought them together, and their mutual conviction that such errors must be recognized.
Thompson is commissioner for the North Carolina Innocence Commission and the president and founder of Healing Justice, a non-profit that works in aftercare for those harmed by wrongful convictions. She has appeared on numerous media outlets including "Oprah," "60 Minutes," "The Today Show," "Good Morning America," "20/20," "PBS Frontline," People, Newsweek and the New York Times.
The program is free and open to the public, and offers attendees one hour of free continuing legal education credit. A book signing will follow the lecture.
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (1801 Euclid Ave.) will host “Corruption in the 2016 Election?,” Friday, November 6 at 12 p.m. in the school’s Faculty Conference Room. The lecture, co-sponsored by the Education Fund of the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland and the Bay Village Chapter of the LWVGC, will be presented by Zephyr Teachout, professor at Fordham University and chief executive officer and board chair for the US-based anti-corruption nonprofit Mayday PAC.
Teachout will speak on the history of corruption in the United States from its founding to the present day and will examine the various issues surrounding corruption from their constitutional origins through the Citizens United ruling, and expose the sources of power behind it.
Teachout is the author of Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin’s Snuff Box to Citizen’s United (Harvard University Press 2014). In addition to serving as associate professor of law at Fordham University, she was the first national director of the Sunlight Foundation. In July 2015, she was appointed chair and CEO of Mayday PAC, a crowd-funded non-partisan Super PAC promoting campaign finance reform. Teachout is a graduate of Yale University and received her law degree and M.A. in political science from Duke University
The program is free and open to the public, and offers attendees one hour of free continuing legal education credit.
As part of Constitution Day recognition, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Professors David Forte, Alan Weinstein and Kevin O'Neill will review and discuss recent Supreme Court cases decided during the 2014-15 term. that have outstanding constitutional significance. The panelists will review these cases as well as engage in a public question and answer session regarding these cases and constitutional issues. The cases discussed will include Obergefell v. Hodges, Reed v. Town of Gilbert, Arizona, Walker v. Texas Division, and Texas Dep't of Hous. & Cmty. Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc.
Scandal, sex, murder and the media. It has been almost 62 years since Marilyn Sheppard was murdered in her Bay Village home. The Sam Sheppard case marked a pivotal moment in the emerging medium of television and American jurisprudence. And the fascination with the case goes on.
Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court's landmark decision in the case of Sheppard v. Maxwell that set aside the conviction for Marilyn's husband, Dr. Sam Sheppard, and set the national standard on the issue of pretrial publicity and media in the court room. Learn both the history and currency of this life-changing criminal case for both the media and the justice system.
Join former Assistant County Prosecutors A. Steven Dever and Dean Boland and Civil Rights Attorney Terry Gilbert; trial judge Ron Suster; Plain Dealer reporter Brent Larkin and former Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason as they discuss the history of the Sheppard Case as they give insight in the trial tactics used, including their personal involvement. C. Ellen Connally will moderate the program.
You be the judge and jury: Was Dr. Sam Sheppard guilty? Was there really a "bushy-haired man?" Was an innocent man wrongfully convicted? You decide.
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- $160* for attorneys seeking Continuing Legal Education credit (CLE)
- *CMLAA members deduct $10
- *$175 for registrations received after November 6, 2015.
- $40 for general public (no CLE awarded)
- Free with student ID
Registration begins at 8am
Fee includes materials, continental breakfast, and a boxed lunch.
All proceeds will be donated to the Cleveland-Marshall Alumni Scholarship Fund
Cleveland-Marshall hosts Externships 8, a national conference that brings together externship clinicians from across the United States, March 3-6.