Why Lawyers Should Run for Office
Lee Fisher, Dean, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Matt Dolan, Ohio State Senator
Betsy Rader, Candidate for Ohio Senate
Role of Political Parties
Shontel Brown, Chair, Cuyahoga County Democratic Party
Lisa Stickan, Chair, Cuyahoga County Republican Party
Your Team – What it Takes to Get Elected
Jeff Rusnak, R Strategy Group
Jim Trakas, American Online Learning Center
Adam Liptak, NY Times
Richard Davis, author of “Covering the U.S. Supreme Court in the Digital Age”
* Moderators: Lee Fisher, Dean, Cleveland-Marshall Law School, Cleveland State University and former Attorney General for the State of Ohio; Jessica Berg, CWRU School of Law
The U.S. Supreme Court seeks to limit information about its internal deliberations, while the press's job is to report and disseminate as much information as possible about the Court and the cases. Combined with increasing demands for transparency in the digital age, the tension between an institution that seeks to preserve its opaqueness and a press corps that demands greater transparency results in an interesting dynamic. This CLE will explore the relationship between the Justices and the press, the media' approach to the Court's docket, and the effects of news coverage on public opinion.
Terry Gilbert, attorney, Friedman & Gilbert
Prof. Kevin O’Neill, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University
Elizabeth Bonham, staff attorney, American Civil Liberties Union
Cory Shaffer, reporter, The Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com
Christopher Rivero, attorney, Esparza Rivero
*Moderator: Lee Fisher, Dean, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University
This panel will focus on the intersection of journalism and ethics in covering protests and protest narratives in the news, also addressing how adaptive technology is changing the ways that protests are covered. When Cleveland announced its downtown curfew, there didn’t seem to be a press policy exception, raising questions about exactly who qualifies as press (with reference to recent litigation in Portland on this subject).
September 24, 2020
Virtual Event via Zoom
Racial Discrimination in Voting
Universal suffrage in the United States has been a journey—one that we are still on. Although the outright prohibitions on voting for particular groups are no longer in our Constitution or statutes, as a practical matter, impediments to voting remain. That is particularly true for persons of color. This presentation will explore the legal history of those prohibitions, the efforts to remove them, and the impediments that remain.
Moderated by CSU C|M|LAW Dean Lee Fisher. Panelists include:
Charesha Barrett, Founder and President, CHARP EDucation Consulting
Learning about individuals who made a difference in voting for African-Americans and what we can learn from other groups who got the right to vote. The focus will be on moving from awareness to action and understanding the power of your vote.
Charesha Barrett is the founder and president of CHARP EDucation Consulting (CHARPED), a nationally recognized diversity and inclusion consulting and training firm. The foundation of Barrett’s experience was developed from her domestic and international roles in academic leadership, staff development, and program planning. She is a former instructional coach, learning coordinator, and teacher. In response to America’s demographic shift and increasingly divisive political climate, Barrett decided to expand her activities to include diversity and inclusion. Through her roles as advisor, trainer and facilitator, Barrett consults with businesses, nonprofits, government agencies and educational institutions. Barrett graduated from The University of Akron with a B.S. in Education. She has an M.Ed. in Supervision, as well as an M.Ed. in Adult Learning and Development, both from Cleveland State University.
Brian Glassman, Professor of Law, CSU C|M|LAW
The constitutional and statutory bases for voting in general, and the history of racial discrimination in voting in particular (from the 3/5 clause in Article I, section 2 to the Voting Rights Act of 1965).
Brian Glassman taught full time for 27 years at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law before transitioning to part-time professor this year. He conceived of, organized, and moderated a conference, “Election Integrity in a Time of Political Polarization: Gerrymandering, Redistricting Commissions, and the 2020 Census Citizenship Question,” hosted by Cleveland-Marshall in October 2019. He also spoke at the Dean's virtual Town Hall on “Elections, Coronavirus, and the 2020 Census” in April 2020. Currently, he is working on voting rights issues for organizations committed to free and fair elections. Prof. Glassman received his B.A. from Connecticut College, and his J.D. from the Boston University School of Law.
Kayla Griffin C|M|LAW '14, Ohio Campaign State Director, All Voting in Local
Challenges (in general) to voting for African-Americans, Latinx, and others in Ohio and what methods All Voting is Local, and groups similar to yours, are taking to challenge these practices or go around them.
Kayla Griffin previously served as the Special Project Director for the Division of Recreation for the City of Cleveland implementing youth and young adult violence prevention, intervention, and opportunity initiatives. With a background in community organizing, Griffin advocates for voter rights and election protection as the chair of the Norman S. Minor Bar Association community engagement committee and serves the Cleveland Branch of the NAACP as the Criminal Justice and Legal Redress Chair. Griffin holds a Juris Doctorate and a Masters of Public Administration from Cleveland State University and a bachelor’s degree from Kent State University.
Allegra Lawrence-Hardy, Legal Counsel of Fair Fight Action
The ways in which current voting practices, and COVID-19, have a disproportionate negative impact on voters of color (from Shelby County v. Holder, 570 U.S. 529 (2013) to the 2020 election).
Allegra Lawrence-Hardy is a litigator at Lawrence & Bundy, LLC with a focus on Business and Commercial Litigation, and Labor and Employment. Formerly, she served as Chair of Stacey Abrams’ campaign for the Georgia governorship. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Spelman College, and her J.D. from Yale Law School. Currently, Ms. Lawrence-Hardy serves as legal counsel for Fair Fight Action, which works to overhaul Georgia’s election system to eliminate barriers to disenfranchised voters. She also worked on the Bush v. Gore presidential election dispute in 2000.
Co-sponsored by the Diversity & Inclusion Committee of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA)'s REAL Talk Series. REAL stands for Racial Equity And the Law, the CMBA's action plan to create positive and permanent change in the justice system. REAL Talks are open public forums via Zoom and Facebook Live where the goal is to put talk into action. Learn more at www.clemetrobar.org/racialequitynow