Public Lectures

Current Challenges in Reproductive Health Care: Medical, Policy & Legal Perspectives

CLE credit: 
1.0 credit hours pending
Weight: 
0
Speakers/Special Guests: 

Featuring Dr. Margaret Larkins-Pettigrew - Global healthcare strategist, maternal/infant health expert, Senior Vice-President/Chief Clinical Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer for Highmark and Allegheny Health Network, professor of Obstetrics/Gynecology and the author of The Colors of My Heart: Embracing My Blackness Through History, Family, Fear and Faith.”

Dr. Larkins-Pettigrew and Dr. Moncrieff will focus on reproductive health care challenges for women overall, with a focus on low-income women and women of color. It will cover pregnancy, maternal health and infant death, abortion and the impact of the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision, and fertility treatment.

 

Dr. Margaret Larkins-Pettigrew is an international diversity, inclusion and equity expert, healthcare strategist, clinical OB/Gyn, professor, author and maternal/infant health care equity advocate. She is currently the first Senior Vice President/Chief Clinical Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer (CCDEIO) of Allegheny Health Network / Highmark Enterprise in Pittsburgh, Pa and the founder/CEO/President of WONDOOR (now JUSTWONDOOR), Women and Newborns, Diversity, Outreach, Opportunity and Research, a program that aims to educate global medical providers through local and international health care collaborations. Her passion for advocating for health equity and building programs that aim to improve outcomes for women, people of color, vulnerable and marginalized communities has been a common thread throughout her highly-respected 30-year career and commitment to ongoing service. Dr. Larkins-Pettigrew is recognized for her knowledge and expertise both regionally and around the globe. She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, MSNBC, Swiss Radio International, national podcasts, local television, and radio stations. She has consulted for and authored articles for several health organizations and publications and is also a frequent speaker on healthcare strategy, DEI in the workforce and in our communities, women’s health and wellness issues.
 
She is the recipient of many honors and awards for her work, including the prestigious Crain’s Business Magazine “Woman of Note” award, an Athena Award nomination, “Top Docs” by Cleveland Magazine, and the YMCA’s “Distinguished Woman” Awards (Pittsburgh and Cleveland). In 2021, Larkins-Pettigrew was the recipient of Women in BIO’s P.O.W.E.R. award, named a Woman of Influence by the Pittsburgh Business Times and a Top 25 Diversity Leader by Modern Healthcare. Most recently, she was honored with four Anthem Awards in the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion categories, including two gold medals for Leader of the Year and two silver for Best Strategy and Partnership or Collaboration.
 
Larkins-Pettigrew is also the author of an autobiography, The Colors of My Heart: Embracing My Blackness with History, Family, Fear, and Faith, a personal and professional testament to the experiences that guide her grit and success navigating race, sexism, politics to become a changemaker, inspire hope and for a more a promising path.
 
 
Dr. Abigail R. Moncrieff is Associate Professor of Law and Political Science at Cleveland State University and Cleveland Marshall College of Law, and she serves as Co-Director of the Center for Health Law & Policy at C|M Law. Dr. Moncrieff's research and writing draw on a wide range of disciplines to illuminate legal, political, and social issues at the intersection of health law and constitutional law. She has published articles on health law and constitutional theory in Columbia Law Review, U. Penn Law Review, and Boston University Law Review, among others, and she is currently working on an ambitious reconceptualization of the American constitutional order in her book-in-progress, Constitutional Technocracy. Prior to joining the C|M Law and CSU faculties, Dr. Moncrieff was a Visiting Scholar at University of Texas Law School. She has previously taught at Harvard Law School, University of Pennsylvania Law School, N.Y.U. Law School, University of Texas Department of Government, Boston University Law School, and St. John's University Law School. Dr. Moncrieff holds a Ph.D. in Government from University of Texas at Austin, a J.D. from University of Chicago, and a B.A. from Wellesley College. 
 
 

Register for Free

Sponsored by the Center for Health Law and Policy
Location: 
1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (Moot Court Room)
Event date: 
Friday, November 18, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Short title: 
Current Challenges in Reproductive Health Care: Medical, Policy & Legal Per

Cleveland State Law Review Symposium

CLE credit: 
5.0 hours pending
Weight: 
-10

The Future of the Fourteenth Amendment: Autonomy and Equality Post-Dobbs v Jackson

Following two online symposiums, Cleveland State Law Review returns to an in-person format on October 21, 2022. The Symposium brings students, attorneys and leading legal scholars from all over the country to discuss the timely and important topic of the future of our rights and equality after the Dobbs v. Jackson decision overruled Roe v. Wade and the right to terminate a pregnancy. The event will include a distinguished Keynote Address and four-panel set covering the constitutional interpretation of the Fourteenth Amendment, critical perspectives on equality and autonomy, and the effects of Dobbs v. Jackson. In addition to this important discussion, we will also highlight the relationship between the protection of rights, art, and activism with our first art exhibit, as well as a panel discussing the role that art plays in the law.

Agenda:

9:45 – 10:00 a.m. Welcome Remarks – Dean Lee Fisher, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

10:00 – 11:15 a.m. Fundamental Rights: History and Ordered Liberty

11:15 – 11:30 a.m. Break

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Critical Perspectives on Equality and Autonomy

12:45 – 1:30 p.m. Networking Lunch

1:30 – 2:00 p.m. Keynote Address by Professor Kim Forde-Mazrui

2:00 – 3:15 p.m. The Future of Autonomy Post-Dobbs

3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Break

3:30 – 4:15 p.m. Art, Activism, and the Law

4:15 – 4:30 p.m. Closing Remarks

 
Those seeking CLE credit - $75
Non-credit participants - $25

Registration

 

CSU Students, Faculty & Staff - Free

Register - CSU Students/Faculty/Staff

Location: 
1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (Moot Court Room)
Event date: 
Friday, October 21, 2022 - 9:45am to 4:30pm
Short title: 
Cleveland State Law Review Symposium

Criminal Justice Forum: Reflections of an International Criminal Prosecutor

CLE credit: 
1 hour pending
Weight: 
-10

Fatou Bensouda served as Chief Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) from 2012-2021. Before that, she served as Deputy Chief Prosecutor at the ICC and as Prosecutor at the Rwanda tribunal. Prosecutor Bensouda will discuss relevant international criminal law issues related to the prosecution of leaders who order the commission of atrocity crimes. In addition, she will discuss challenges and opportunities associated with such prosecutions, and with leading prosecutions at an international tribunal.

Between 1987 and 2000, Ms. Bensouda served in successively senior positions in The Gambia, including Attorney General and Minister of Justice, in which capacity she served as Chief Legal Advisor to the President and Cabinet. In March 2022, Ambassador Bensouda was appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to be Chairman of the three-person International Commission of Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia which is investigating atrocities in Tigray and neighboring regions.

Cosponsored by The Cleveland Council on World Affairs 

Location: 
1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (Moot Court Room)
Event date: 
Wednesday, August 31, 2022 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Short title: 
Criminal Justice Forum: Reflections of an International Criminal Prosecutor

Criminal Justice Forum: Ruined: Language Use and Choice by Judges at Sentencing in Rape and Sexual Assault Cases

CLE credit: 
1 hour pending
Weight: 
-10

Judges play a critical role in one of the most important states of a criminal case’s adjudication—sentencing. While there have been substantial limitations placed on the discretion judges can exercise in devising punishments, there are little to none on what judges say at such hearings when articulating their rationales for the sentences they impose on convicted defendants. In her lecture, Professor Romero will examine the language judges use when sentencing defendants convicted rape, sexual assault, and sexual abuse that describes victims of those crimes and the harms they have sustained, especially language that describes victims as “ruined,” “broken,” or “destroyed.” Professor Romero argues that the use of such language, while apparently meant to be empathetic, only serves to uphold misogynistic understandings of rape and sexual assault and actively harms victims. Judges trying to justify harsh sentences for defendants convicted of sex crimes also engage in shaming and exploitation of victims when saying that defendants have left victims “ruined” at sentencing.  

Guest Speaker

Maybell Romero, Felder-Fayard Associate Professor of Law at the Tulane University School of Law

Location: 
1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (Moot Court Room)
Event date: 
Thursday, September 29, 2022 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Short title: 
Criminal Justice Forum: Ruined: Language Use and Choice by Judges at Senten

IP+ Conference

CLE credit: 
6.0 hours
Weight: 
-10
Speakers/Special Guests: 

 

This year's conference features an incredible lineup of topics that you won’t find at other IP conferences around the country: a keynote from Laura Quatela, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Lenovo; panels including intellectual property finance and venture funding; a view from in-house intellectual property counsels; the law of emerging medical technology; the independent inventor perspective; and an update of changes in intellectual property law. Speakers will include Chris Storm (Uber), Greg Kolocouris (Eaton), Todd Federman (North Coast Ventures), and Todd Schwarzinger (Cleveland Clinic Innovations), and many others in the field. 

We will also hear from three inventors, Charu Ramanathan, Charlie Lougheed, and Kip Azzoni Doyle, who made successful business exits using intellectual property, including to Medtronic and IBM. And get your substance abuse and ethics credit from a panel featuring Olympic medalists Butch Reynolds, Diana Munz DePetro, Matt Ghaffari, and Tara Nott-Cunningham discussing the IP and social impact of performance-enhancing drugs. Autographed Olympic memorabilia will be given away as prizes!

The Conference is designed for a broad audience. 6.0 hours of CLE has been approved, including 1 hour of substance abuse and ethics credit. Registration is required. The cost is $99 for lawyers at firms, $49 for corporations, government, or non-profit, and free for students.

Registration

Law Firm or Private Practice - $99

Government/Non-Profit/In-House - $49

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CSU Students, Faculty and Staff- Free 

 Register (CSU Students & Faculty Only)

 


Agenda

9:00am - 9:15am

Watch Video - Part 1

Introduction

  • Lee Fisher, Dean, CSU Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

  • Christa Laser, Assistant Professor, CSU Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

9:15am - 10:15am

Investing and Financing Across the Intellectual Property Life Cycle

Leaders in intellectual property litigation finance, startup funding, and private equity discuss IP funding and investment across the life cycle, including considerations when deciding whether to invest in and litigate intellectual property-protected inventions.

  • Todd Federman, Managing Partner, North Coast Ventures (early venture perspective)

  • Jennifer Boyce, Riverside (private equity and mature company perspective)

  • Russ Genet, Director, Longford Capital Management (end of the innovation lifecycle and litigation)

  • Moderator: Prof. Christa Laser


10:15am - 11:15am

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What Keeps In-House IP Counsel Up at Night?

Intellectual property attorneys in in-house roles have increasing importance to a company's bottom line. They are expected to assess and mitigate risk, ensure compliance with emerging regulatory regimes, and manage a budget while advancing the organization’s strategic objectives. Our panel of in-house intellectual property directors from around the country will provide insight into significant areas of concern facing intellectual property law departments today on topics ranging from innovation strategy, legal risk across multiple jurisdictions, protection of intellectual property assets, and crisis management, as well as the career path of becoming an in-house lawyer.

  • Greg Kolocouris, Business & IP Counsel, Eaton Corporation

  • Chris Storm, Director of IP at Uber

  • Mehul Shah, Head of Patents and Standards Legal, Juniper Networks

  • Jason Strobel, Senior Intellectual Property Counsel, Materion Corporation

Moderator: Karl Maersch, Senior Vice President, Hilco Global

Sponsored by Hilco Steambank


11:15am - 11:30am

Break


11:30am - 12:30pm

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Anabolic Abuse: The Societal Impact and IP(ee) of Performance-Enhancing Drugs

This presentation will help you understand why performance-enhancing drugs are being abused, how prevalent the problem is, the dangerous medical effects, prevention and alternatives, the impact of innovation on drug testing, detection, treatment, and how you can educate others about the dangers of these insidious substances. Autographed Olympic memorabilia will be given away as prizes!

  • Ari Sherwin, Senior Intellectual Property Counsel, The Sherwin-Williams Company and consultant to the United States Anti-Doping Agency tasked with drug testing of Olympic athletes. A former drug-free weightlifter, he is a national collegiate gold medalist and American record holder.

  • Terry Billups, former NFL player and Chief General Counsel of Legal Affairs and Risk/Safety Management for the Cuyahoga County Metropolitan Housing Authority

  • Candice Capoziello, Senior Legal Counsel at Equity Trust Company

  • Diana Munz DePetro, Olympic Gold Medalist in swimming

Sponsored by SporTech


12:30pm - 1:15pm

Lunch


1:15pm - 2:00pm

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Keynote Speaker

Laura G. Quatela has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer for Lenovo for six years. In 2021, Financial Times named Quatela to their list of the Top 20 General Counsel, highlighting her work transforming Lenovo’s approach to intellectual property. Prior to her role at Lenovo, she served as Executive Vice President - Intellectual Property at Alcatel-Lucent and as President for the Eastman Kodak Company. She is a graduate of Dennison University and received her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University. Laura will discuss the role of intellectual property in innovation and development for intellectual property attorneys, including the role of women in intellectual property.

  • Laura Quatela, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Lenovo


2:00pm - 2:15pm

Break


2:15pm - 3:15pm

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MedTech Innovations

This panel will feature lawyers and industry leaders in emerging medical technology including cardiovascular medical devices, healthcare software, and medical services. The panel will discuss how intellectual property assets affect commercialization and sale of medical technology and how changes in intellectual property eligibility have changed the business of medical innovation.

  • Charu Ramanathan, CEO at Vitalxchange, Inventor with Successful Exit to Medtronic

  • Charlie Lougheed, CEO at Axuall, Inc., Inventor with Successful Exit selling Explorys to IBM, now called IBM Watson Health

  • Todd Schwarzinger, GM of Business Development and Licensing at Cleveland Clinic Innovations

  • Rich Wesorick, Managing Partner, Tarolli

  • Mary Kander, Senior Consultant, Wave Strategy

Sponsored by Tarolli, Sundheim, Covell & Tummino LLP


3:15pm - 4:30pm

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Changes in IP Law That Changed Everything And Where We Are Going: Inventor Perspective and Lawyer Retrospective

Speakers will discuss the independent inventor perspective and the lawyer retrospective: how IP law has changed and where we are going.

  • Kip Azzoni Doyle, Independent Inventor

  • John Cipolla, Calfee, Halter & Griswold

  • Patrick Norton, Jones Day

  • Steven Auvil, Squire Patton Boggs

  • Moderators – Christa Laser and Karl Maersch, Senior Vice President, Hilco Global​

Sponsored by John Cipolla (Calfee)


4:30pm - 5:30pm

Happy Hour and Networking

Come meet and support our students and C|M|LAW’s IP program.


 

Keynote speaker: 

Laura G. Quatela

Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Lenovo

Laura G. Quatela has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer for Lenovo for six years. In 2021, Financial Times named Quatela to their list of the Top 20 General Counsel, highlighting her work transforming Lenovo’s approach to intellectual property. Prior to her role at Lenovo, she served as Executive Vice President - Intellectual Property at Alcatel-Lucent and as President at Eastman Kodak Company. She is a graduate of Dennison University and received her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University.


Last year's event was attended by over 100 practitioners, students and leaders at companies nationwide. This year’s speakers include innovators who built and sold companies based on patented technology, in-house attorneys at leading companies, top lawyers skilled in intellectual property law, and experts in venture finance and IP litigation funding.
Agenda forthcoming.

CLE credit is available, including one hour of substance abuse and professional ethics credit. 

View the 2021 Virtual Conference

 


Thank you to our sponsors!

  • Tarolli, Sundheim, Covell & Tummino LLP
  • John Cipolla (Calfee)
  • Hilco Streambank
  • SporTech
  • Tucker Ellis LLP Intellectual Property
Location: 
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Event date: 
Friday, September 16, 2022 - 9:00am to 4:30pm
Event category tags: 
Short title: 
IP+ Conference

11th Annual Entertainment and Sports Law Association Symposium

CLE credit: 
4.75 hours
Weight: 
-10
 
 
Now in it's 11th year, the Entertainment & Sports Law Symposium returns to an in-person format on April 15, 2022. The Symposium brings students, attorneys and industry experts from all over the country to discuss emerging legal issues in the fields of sports and entertainment law. The event will include a distinguished four-panel set covering a range of current sports and entertainment topics, a unique dialogue with NBA Agent and C|M|LAW Alumnus, Mark Termini '84, and opportunities to network through interactive sessions.

Students Free - REGISTER HERE

Professionals (CLE credit available) - REGISTER HERE

Program Agenda

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.: Registration/Check-in
9:00 – 9:45 a.m.: Coffee Chat with the Cleveland Cavaliers Front Office
This interactive Q&A breakfast session will feature members of the Cavaliers Front Office to discuss the day-to-day experience of working in professional sports as well as new developments in the industry.
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.: Panel 1: The Name, Image, Likeness (NIL) Landscape
This panel will explore the dramatic shift in college sports within the last year with collegiate athletes now able to monetize their Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) through brand deals and partnerships as well as how experts expect this landscape to evolve, the IP law implications, and the overall need for legal representation in this area. 
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Panel 2: Breaking into the Industry
This panel will explore how young attorneys can prepare themselves for a career in sports and entertainment law, including how to refine their skills, develop expertise, network and find opportunities within the industry.
12:00 – 12:30 p.m.: Networking Lunch in Law School Atrium
12:30 - 1:15 p.m.: A Dialogue with Mark Termini
Mark Termini, a Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Alumnus, is a Cleveland, Ohio-based sports attorney, NBA contract negotiator, and agent. Mark Termini has personally negotiated over $2 billion in NBA player contracts. This unique question and answer session will explore Mark’s industry insights and current topics in sports and entertainment law. 
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.: Panel 3: The New Era of Sports and Entertainment
This panel will explore the rapidly changing technology within the sports and entertainment industry including topics such as Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs), Virtual/Augmented Reality, digital streaming, eSports, gaming, and wearable technology as well as changes in state and federal law that facilitate such technology and what the implications are for the intellectual property rightsholders.
2:45 – 3:45 p.m: Panel 4: Diverse Representation
Moderated by Founder of Diverse Representation, Jaia Thomas, this panel will explore themes of equity and representation. Diverse Representation seeks to ensure diversity throughout all facets of the sports and entertainment industry, especially those who represent entertainers and professional athletes, negotiate fair deals on their behalf and foster relationships for future work.
3:45 - 4:00 p.m.: Closing Remarks

Speakers

Featured Speaker: 
Mark Termini | Sports Attorney, NBA Contract Negotiator and Agent, Mark Termini Associates Inc

Featured Panel:
Diverse Representation, moderated by Jaia Thomas | Sports + Entertainment Attorney; Founder

  • F. Allen Boseman | Attorney & Principal/Owner at Sherman Boseman Legal Group LLC
  • Aaron Caputo | Executive Director, Legal & Client Services, The Superlative Group, Inc.
  • Angelin Chang | CMLAW Professor, GRAMMY Award Winner
  • Mehek Cooke | General Counsel, Ten Talents NIL
  • Kelton Crenshaw | NFL Agent, Attorney
  • David V. Croft | Partner, Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis
  • Dave DeVillers | Partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP & Counsel, Ten Talents NIL
  • Lee Fisher | Dean of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • Chris Harrington | Associate General Counsel, Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Cardale Jones | Former OSU Football Player; Chief Talen Officer, Ten Talents NIL
  • Katie Leach | Legal Counsel, Columbus Blue Jackets
  • Alberta Lee | Senior Vice President, People, and Culture at Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Andrea Liguore | Owner and Principal Attorney of The Law Offices of Andrea Ligoure, LLC
  • Lacey Mencl | Associate Legal Counsel, National Womens Soccer League
  • Tom Moglovkin | EVP Business Affairs/General Counsel
  • Meg Murray | General Counsel, Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Jordan Ohler | Chief Communications Officer, Ten Talents NIL
  • Paige Rabatin | Associate, Korhman Jackson & Krantz
  • Ted Tywang | Vice President and General Counsel, Haslam Sports Group
  • Ricky Volante | Attorney: Chief Executive Officer, The Professional Collegiate League
  • Taylor Washington | Attorney, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz
  • Kristin Williams | Associate Commissioner/Institutional Services & Senior Woman Administrator, Mid-American Conference. 

Presented by:

and in collaboration with: The Cleveland Marshall Intellectual Property & Trademark Association

Location: 
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law - Moot Court Room
Event date: 
Friday, April 15, 2022 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Short title: 
11th Annual Entertainment and Sports Law Association Symposium

CSU-NLG Symposium: Beyond Black Letter Law

CLE credit: 
2.0 Hours
Weight: 
0

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Cleveland State University National Lawyers Guild will present a three-day symposium discussing the topic of movement lawyering, covering a range of topics discussed by attorneys and community members.

Day Three: Law for the People

  • Put into practice, movement lawyering can take many forms, and lawyers practicing in all areas can use their expertise in the law to align themselves with social movements. For instance, criminal defense and civil litigation attorneys often align themselves with police and government misconduct dissent movements. Environmental attorneys and civil litigators may find themselves working together on class actions and doing race-discrimination work. Today's panel will focus on speakers who have built successful careers as practicing movement lawyers in a variety of fields. 

Speakers:

Leslie Johns

Emily Collins

Sarah Gelsimino

 

REGISTER

This is a live event, but for those who can't attend in person, we invite you to watch the live streamed event here. Please note, those attendees seeking CLE credit must attend in person for credit.

Location: 
1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (Moot Court Room)
Event date: 
Wednesday, March 30, 2022 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Short title: 
CSU-NLG Symposium: Beyond Black Letter Law

CSU-NLG Symposium: Beyond Black Letter Law

CLE credit: 
2.0 Hours
Weight: 
0

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Cleveland State University National Lawyers Guild will present a three-day symposium discussing the topic of movement lawyering, covering a range of topics discussed by attorneys and community members.

Day Two: Movement Lawyering

Traditionally, the legal field is the seat of power for many of the roles in our society; from politics, finance, the corporate sector, to the judiciary. Public interest lawyers work in much-needed areas of government and social sectors providing direct service to the community. Movement Lawyering takes on a different philosophy; by using the law to align ourselves with the community, and taking direction from their leadership, and their social movements, as opposed to imposing our own leadership. This area of the legal field seeks to utilize the law to bolster the power of people, organizers, and dismantle systems of oppression to work towards transformative justice and lasting change. Today's panel will focus on speakers who have made it their life's work to help foster movement lawyering within the community they live in. 

Speakers:

Kevin Truitt

Anthony Alto

Terry Gilbert

REGISTER

This is a live event, but for those who can't attend in person, we invite you to watch the live streamed event here. Please note, those attendees seeking CLE credit must attend in person for credit.

Location: 
1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (Moot Court Room)
Event date: 
Tuesday, March 29, 2022 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Short title: 
CSU-NLG Symposium: Beyond Black Letter Law

CSU-NLG Symposium: Beyond Black Letter Law

CLE credit: 
2.0 Hours
Weight: 
-10

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March 28 - March 30, 2022

Cleveland State University National Lawyers Guild will present a three-day symposium discussing the topic of movement lawyering, covering a range of topics discussed by attorneys and community members.

Day One: Reimagining Policing

Over the last decade with the advancement of cell phone technology, the conversation around U.S. policing has once again become a major issue. Instances of violence, primarily against Black and people of color, have not increased but are for the first time in history being recorded and put out to the public. Few debate that the system of policing needs improved; police are asked to be society's first responders to everything from violent crimes, mental health crises, elder and juvenile care, social workers, and drug overdoses. However, thoughtful discussions around solutions are getting drowned out by polarizing politics. What does "defund the police," actually mean, and how does that differ from "police reform?" Today's panel will focus on speakers doing the real work in Cleveland of untangling these questions. Find out for yourself what alternatives exist, and if we should be using them. 

Speakers:

Kareem Henton

Josiah Quarles

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See also:

Day Two: Movement Lawyering - Tuesday, March 29th, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m

Day Three: Law for the People – Wednesday, March 30th, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. 

Event Speakers:

Anthony Alto

 Owner at Alto Law, LLC. Anthony is a criminal defense and family law attorney who provides a client focused experience. He understands how confusing and gut wrenching a criminal case can be. He also understands how upsetting and emotional a family law case can turn into. Anthony prides himself on walking with his clients from the very beginning to the bitter end.
 
Aside from assisting clients in their most troubling times, Anthony enjoys helping clients set up "mom-n-pop" shops and small non-profits. Anthony spent close to a decade at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. Well versed in Election Law, he can assist candidates with all their election related needs. A native of Cleveland, Anthony focuses on empowerment and leadership development in the community. Anthony has an unyielding passion for improving the Cleveland community and fights daily for inclusion, empowerment, and development. He works to educate the population on civic issues, and helps develop leaders as a member of the Hispanic Roundtable’s Empowerment Committee. 

Emily Collins

Hailing from southern Tuscarawas County, Ohio, Emily has spent her 18-year legal career in environmental law practice and teaching. Kicking off her practice as a student at the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic in 2003, she then became an Assistant Public Interest Counsel at the Office of Public Interest Counsel in the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. In 2008, she took the helm of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law's Environmental Law Clinic as a Clinical Assistant Professor. In 2014, she became the Executive Director and Managing Attorney of Fair Shake ELS. Emily received her B.A. in 2001 from New York University's Gallatin School. She earned her J.D. from the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University in 2004. She is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas (inactive), the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Emily has published in law journals and is a frequent speaker on entrepreneurship in legal practice, water law, oil and gas law, underground injection of wastewater, public participation in environmental decision-making, and environmental permitting and enforcement. Her Amicus Curiae Brief in Group Against Smog and Pollution, Inc., v. Shenango, Inc., resulted in a precedent-setting decision in the Third Circuit.  

Sarah Gelsimino

From her time clerking in the public defender’s office in one of the largest counties in the nation to private practice where she prosecutes police misconduct, Gelsomino fights fiercely to win justice for her clients.After graduating cum laude from DePaul University Law School in Chicago, she practiced for many years at People’s Law Office, one of the nation’s top civil rights firms. There she worked with some of the most experienced and successful civil rights lawyers in the country. She also spent significant time with the National Lawyers Guild (NLG), a progressive bar association, and worked extensively with the Chicago Chapter’s Mass Defense Committee. Gelsomino’s start at People’s Law Office was baptism by fire. She immediately began working around the clock on a class action case on behalf of people detained and arrested at a 2003 anti-war protest in Chicago. Many of these people were also prosecuted and forced to defend themselves against bogus criminal charges.  After nearly a decade of intensive ligation, the case settled for $10 million. Gelsomino has consistently worked to defend those who dissent. Among her most influential work was coordinating the criminal defense of more than 100 Occupy Chicago activists arrested in Chicago’s Grant Park and, along with other National Lawyers Guild and People’s Law Office lawyers, successfully defeating terrorism charges at a jury trial against the “NATO 3” activists during the 2012 NATO summit.She shared her passion for civil rights law as an adjunct professor in the Civil Rights Clinic at the DePaul University College of Law. There she taught future lawyers the fundamentals of the law and the nuances of how to effectively advocate for people injured by police and prisons. This broad base of experience positioned her to come home to Cleveland and join the influential civil rights firm of Friedman and Gilbert as a partner in 2016. 

Terry Gilbert

 An attorney for almost 50 years, Terry Gilbert (CM Law Class of `73) has represented clients in many high-profile criminal defense and civil rights cases. He is an active member in the National Lawyers Guild and other progressive organizations such as the ACLU. Terry's knack as a zealous advocate for his clients and their Constitutional rights finds its origins in his formative years witnessing and taking part in the anti-war and civil rights movements of the late 60s and early 70s. At the start of his career, Terry represented anti-war protesters and those seeking to assert their civil rights in a variety of contexts. He represented activists of the American Indian Movement who partook in the occupation of wounded knee, South Dakota in 1973. In the 90s, Terry reopened the 1954 case of Sam Sheppard in an effort to clear his name and hold the justice system accountable for the botched trial and wrongful imprisonment of Sheppard. In 2014, he represented the Family of Timothy Russel in their civil suit seeking to hold the Cleveland police department accountable for their actions, which resulted in Russel's death, during the events leading to what is now known as the "137 Shots" case. Terry and his firm were pioneers in using the legal system to address issues such as police brutality, the death penalty, wrongful incarceration, prison reform, and free speech, to name a few. In 2014, Terry was able to secure the exoneration of Kwame Ajamu after serving 27 years in prison for a wrongful conviction. He has worked on a litany of case involving the release, exoneration, and in the acquiring of civil redress for those wrongful incarcerated. Terry is a fervent believer in the use of the law for progressive change and in the lawyer's role in supporting and empowering social movements and activists. 

Kareem Henton

Kareem Henton, Vice President of Black Lives Matter Cleveland, describes himself as a "bail disrupter", organizer, and is "all about networking to achieve liberation and empowerment." Kareem was compelled to be an advocate after two notorious shootings by Cleveland police, and comes to the bail reform movement after working as an advocate for police reform. He feels fortunate for the opportunity to work with the Bail Project and effect the change his community desperately needs.

Leslie Johns

 Leslie Johns (she/her/hers) is a criminal defense attorney practicing at Ashley Jones Law in Cleveland, Ohio. In addition to her criminal defense practice, Leslie is the Intake Specialist in the Equality Ohio Legal Clinic and a Magistrate at Shaker Heights Municipal Court. Leslie was born and raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio and now resides just down the road in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Leslie attended Bowling Green State University, where she earned her degree in Criminal Justice in 2011. Leslie returned to Cleveland after completing her undergraduate degree and attended Cleveland State University’s Cleveland Marshall College of Law where she graduated in 2014. When Leslie is not working and serving on boards and committees, she is soaking up precious time with her family and friends. 

Josiah Quarles

Josiah Quarles is currently a full-time Housing Justice Community Organizer at NorthEast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless (NEOCH). He is also a lead organizer with Tamir’s Campaign for Justice, the Cuyahoga County Jail Coalition and Black Spring Cleveland, and an unabashed abolitionist. Over the past two years, Josiah has worked to meet with mutual aid the needs of community members, facilitate art workshops with justice impacted youth, shed light on the layered overlapping police forces that obscure transparency, over police Black and brown bodies, waste public funds. He continues to desperately seek avenues of justice for the murder of Tamir Rice. Another focus has been to bring alternative response models to Cleveland. This pursuit eventually led to the formation of R.E.A.C.H (Responding with Empathy, Access and Community Healing). Together with other organizers, advocates, service providers, and administrators, he attended an 8-week intensive training put on by CAHOOTS (the longest-running Care response model in the US) and has pushed to have these non-police response models applied to our schools, transit, and emergency dispatch systems. Currently, they have teamed with Policy Matters for a series of dialogs, while also engaging both city and county officials. It is now time to move beyond these small rooms and engage the public at large. He views two-way education, community-based solutions, and decentralized power building as fundamentally essential to challenging the politics and policies that have codified the oppression and disenfranchisement of so many. All the Power to All the People!

Kevin Truitt

 Kevin Truitt is an attorney in Columbus, Ohio and the legal advocacy director for Disability Rights Ohio, a nonprofit civil rights organization for people with disabilities. He has been licensed to practice law since 2004 and attended Capital University Law School.  He is also a board member for the Ohio Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG). The NLG— lawyers, law students, others in the legal field—supports progressive social movements that seek to bring about fundamental changes in our society and to undo centuries of harm and oppression against Black and other communities of color, workers, women, LGTBQ people, people with disabilities, immigrants and refugees, and other marginalized people. 

 

This is a live event, but for those who can't attend in person, we invite you to watch the live streamed event here. Please note, those attendees seeking CLE credit must attend in person for credit.

 

 

 

Location: 
1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (Moot Court Room)
Event date: 
Monday, March 28, 2022 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Short title: 
CSU-NLG Symposium: Beyond Black Letter Law

Criminal Justice Forum: Listening to Defendants

CLE credit: 
1 hour
Weight: 
-10

Guest Speaker:

Bennett Capers, Professor of Law and Director of Center on Race, Law & Justice, Fordham University School of Law

Professor Capers plans to discuss all the ways we silence criminal defendants, and will make the argument that we have gotten everything wrong. Specifically, he argues that we would be better off if we listened to defendants. Listening to defendants has the potential to help us rethink why people offend. It has the potential to contribute to rehabilitation and perceptions of legitimacy. It can benefit victims by facilitating something akin to restorative justice and by allowing victims their own right of confrontation. And it can benefit the rest of us as well.

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Location: 
ZOOM
Event date: 
Wednesday, April 13, 2022 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Short title: 
Criminal Justice Forum: Listening to Defendants

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