Cleveland-Marshall College of Law will host legal activist Lawrence Lessig Friday, April 17 at 5 p.m. in the school’s Moot Court Room. Lessig, the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, will focus the one-hour lecture on “How Money (in politics) Matters.”
The program, co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland, is free and open to the public, and will offer attendees one hour of free continuing legal education credit pending approval. Preregistration is not required.
A lawyer and activist, Lessig is well-known for arguing in favor of sensible intellectual property law, updated for the digital age. He is a founding board member of Creative Commons, an organization that builds better copyright practices through principles established by the open-source software community. For his work, Lessig has received numerous awards, including the Free Software Foundation’s Freedom Award, Fastcase 50 Award and being named one of Scientific American’s Top 50 Visionaries.
In recent years, Lessig has shifted his primary focus to American politics and in 2011, founded Rootstrikers, an organization dedicated to changing the influence of money in Congress. In his most recent book, Republic, Lost, Lessig concentrates on how far the United States government has spun off course and how citizens can fight to regain control.
Lessig's talk concludes a week of related events including the Cleveland State Law Review's symposium immediately prior to Lessig's address and the Cleveland-Marshall Law Library’s screening of "Pay 2 Play," a political documentary on campaign financing featuring a cast of over 25 legal, political and media experts including Lessig, on Wednesday, April 15 at 5 p.m.
Visiting Scholar - Professor Eric Freyfogle, University of Illinois College of Law - "The Next 250 Years"
Professor Eric Freyfogle, a Swanlund Chair at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is the author or editor of a dozen books dealing with issues of humans and nature, some focused on legal aspects, others reaching to larger cultural and social issues. His work is broadly interdisciplinary, drawing upon history, philosophy, biological sciences, economics and literature, and is guided by a conservation ethic that seeks better ways for humans to live in nature.
America’s long embrace of individual liberty and equality has reached the venerable age of 250, if we date its beginning to the Stamp Act Crisis of 1765. As beacon and rallying cry, our beloved rights-based frame has brought vast gains, culturally and politically. But is it suitable and potent enough to confront the dark forces of our era, to halt the worsening ills of economic injustice, environmental loss, and sagging democracy? Has the time perhaps come for major shift in our nation’s moral and legal trajectory, down a new, long path that honors interdependence and the goods we share?
Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (1801 Euclid Ave.) will host “The History and the Future of the Ohio Constitution,” Wednesday, March 4 at 5 p.m. in the school’s Moot Court Room. The lecture, co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland, will be presented by Dean Emeritus Steven Steinglass, senior policy advisor for the bipartisan Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission.
Steinglass, a graduate of the Columbia University School of Law, is a leading authority on state constitutional law and the co-author of The Ohio Constitution: A Reference Guide (2004). He spent 31 years on the faculty at Cleveland-Marshall, serving as dean for nine years.
His talk will review the history of constitutional revision in Ohio from 1802 to the present. The discussion will focus on the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission’s current efforts to revise the constitution on a wide range of issues, including congressional redistricting, term limits, privacy, voting, the initiative/referendum, and education.
The program is free and open to the public, and offers attendees one hour of free continuing legal education credit. Preregistration is not required.
Outstanding students will be recognized at our annual program. Reception to follow.
Sponsored by the Journal of Law and Health, Center for Health Law & Policy and Health Law Society
Speakers: Danielle Doza, Amy Ryder Wentz
Employers asserting religious rights in the workplace has become increasingly visible, a trend that is likely to continue following the Supreme Court’s 2014 Hobby Lobby decision. There, the Court held for the first time that closely-held for-profit corporations are persons that may exercise religion within the meaning of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Although the reach of the decision remains unclear, it is certain to raise a host of novel issues. For example, because of its sincerely-held religious beliefs, might an employer choose to exclude coverage for blood transfusions or anti-depressant medications? Might it decline to promote a female employee if it means she would supervise male subordinates? Might it refuse to employ LGBT individuals?
Separately, an increasing number of religious institutions have required their employees to sign detailed “morality clauses,” requiring them to behave in a manner fitting the employer’s strict faith decrees. These institutions have threatened employees who refuse to do so or watched as employees quit in protest.
These and other instances of employers asserting their religious rights inevitably sets up a clash between employers running their workplaces consistent with their religious beliefs on the one hand, and employees seeking protection under anti-discrimination laws on the other. Amy Ryder Wendtz of the law firm of Littler Mendelson and Danielle O. Doza, past Policy Council with the ACLU of Ohio, will discuss these and other issues that pertain to the religious rights of employers, with particular focus on the actual and potential effect of Hobby Lobby on employee rights under anti-discrimination laws. In addition, the panel will discuss how attorneys might advise their clients in light of Hobby Lobby and the varied potential issues it raises.
featured keynote speaker:
Mark Rosenbaum, Chief Counsel of the ACLU of Southern California
Of What Use is the Fourteenth Amendment to Racial Minorities When it Comes to Higher Education (Or Anything Else) After Fisher and Schuette?
The Supreme Court in Fisher and Schuette, building upon Parents Involved and a slew of recent redistricting cases, has sanctioned challenges to policies and programs designed to promote diversity and enlarge access to the political process and higher education that would benefit members of racial minority groups, while at the same time has upheld state constitutional provisions that have eliminated altogether constitutionally permissible programs that utilize race, no matter how narrowly and in what contexts. How has this been accomplished and at what costs to coherent Fourteenth Amendment doctrine? Putting aside earlier cases, are these decisions themselves reconcilable with one another? Short of remedial laws, is race now become simply a dirty word? What are the empirical consequences of these decisions? And has the course of Fourteenth Amendment law in the area of race been made effectively irreversible?
- William J. Glenn, J.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Virginia Tech School of Education
School Segregation in Jefferson County and Seattle: The impact of the Parents Involved ruling and district actions
- David H.K. Nguyen, M.B.A., J.D., LL.M., Candidate for Ph.D., Education Policy. Associate Instructor, Indiana University Bloomington
“Jim Crowing” Plyler v. Doe: The Resegregation of Undocumented Students in American Higher Education through Discriminatory State Tuition and Fee Legislation
- Natalie Gomez-Velez, J.D., Professor, The City University of New York School of Law
Can Universal Pre-K Overcome Extreme Race and Income Segregation to Reach New York City Children in Need? The importance of legal infrastructure and the limits of the law
- Natasha Wilson, J.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Post-Doctoral Fellow, New York University, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service; Robert Strassfeld, J.D., Professor and Director, Institute for Global Security Law and Policy, and Associate Director, Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Turnaround in Reverse: Brown, school improvement grants, and the legacy of educational opportunity
Alan Silber, a graduate of Duke University and Columbia Law School, has been a leader in the marijuana legalization movement for many years. He has served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, chaired that group’s Drug Law Reform Committee, and lectured around the country on issues involving drug law reform. Silber served on the ABA Drug Law reform committee and the board of advisors of the Drug Policy Foundation.