In recognition of October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), Cleveland-Marshall College of Law is delighted to have alum Gary Norman (’00) speak on his experience as a lawyer with a disability and challenges that one may encounter. As the legal profession still has a significant underrepresentation of lawyers with disabilities, Mr. Norman has achieved extraordinary success in the legal profession and is a model for the importance of inclusion of people with disabilities in our legal system. It is the hope by sharing his personal experiences, Mr. Norman will help law students with disabilities recognize their value in this field as well as encourage non-disabled students to realize the importance of supporting their fellow colleagues with disabilities as allies which comes by education and awareness. It is further hoped that all members of the law school community will support and encourage members of the community with disabilities in the law school community for the value their gifts, talents, and presence add to diversity within the law school and to the greater society.
Professor Jonathan Witmer-Rich will moderate a panel featuring Kim Corral, C|M|LAW '12 and adjunct professor, and a number of her clients who have been exonerated or released after serving time for wrongful convictions or excessive sentences. Panelists will include Ruel Sailor, Charles Jackson, and Michael Thompson. The panelists will discuss their experiences trying to maneuver the legal system from inside, how they maintained hope, and their experiences with lawyers that shaped their cases.
The event is free and open to the public.
Facial recognition, Surveillance and privacy
professor Brian e. ray
Director, Center for Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection
Leon and Gloria Plevin Professor of Law
Growing use of facial recognition technology and concerns over inherent bias as well as the risk of mass surveillance generally have prompted calls for stricter regulation and even bans. Several cities and counties have banned public agencies and a handful have prohibited private companies from using facial recognition or passed legislation to demand more transparency on how police use it and other surveillance tools. This talk will explore this push to regulate facial recognition and the concerns that have motivated it.
Professor Brian Ray has extensive experience in information governance, cybersecurity, and data privacy. He co-founded and directs the Center for Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection and edits the Center-sponsored SSRN Cybersecurity, Data Privacy and eDiscovery eJournal. Ray also co-founded the Cleveland eDiscovery, Data Security and Privacy Roundtable, an informal group of lawyers, judges and academics that meets monthly to discuss issues surrounding electronic discovery, cybersecurity and data privacy issues.
Those accused of international crimes such as genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes are often prosecuted by international criminal tribunals, as the International Criminal Court, the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and others. Although accused of such grave crimes, these defendants enjoy due process rights and benefit from the presumption of innocence. Representing such defendants, however, poses unique challenges and requires particular expertise. Kate Gibson will discuss her experience as a criminal defense laywer before the most prominent international criminal tribunals. She will discuss issues such as procedural particularities, but also specialized defenses such as superior orders, necessity, insanity, mental disease, and duress. Finally, she will focus on differences between representing defendants before international tribunals, such as the International Criminal Court, and domestic tribunals.
Kate Gibson has been practicing before international criminal courts and tribunals since 2005, appearing before the ICC, ICTR, IRMCT, ECCC and SCSL on some of the leading cases before these courts. Currently, Kate is the co-counsel of Bosco Ntaganda before the ICC, and also represents Rohingya victims in the Bangladesh/Myanmar situation. Kate also leads the legal team of Paul Rusesabagina, charged with terrorism in Rwanda, and is a member of the Defence team of former President of Kosovo Hashim Thaçi before the Kosovo Specialist Chambers.
Previously at the ICC, Kate was the co-counsel of Jean-Pierre Bemba, former Vice-President of the DRC who was acquitted by the ICC Appeals Chamber in 2018. She was also the co-counsel of former President of Liberia Charles Taylor before the SCSL, and the Co-Counsel of former President of the Republika Srpška Radovan Karadžić before the IRMCT. Kate was one of the youngest Lead Counsel to be appointed at the ICTR, representing Minister Justin Mugenzi who was acquitted on appeal. She was also co-counsel to Jean-Baptiste Gatete, former bourgmestre of Murambi commune before the ICTR. Between 2007 and 2008, Kate was the Associate Legal Officer of His Honour Judge Mohammed Shahabuddeen in the Appeals Chamber of the ICTY and ICTR. Kate also represented victims in the Duch case at the ECCC.
In 2018, Kate was appointed as a Legal Consultant to the UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission for Myanmar. She is a Senior Legal Advisor with the Public International Law and Policy Group (PILPG) in Washington, DC, working on transitional justice programs in Bangladesh, Libya, and the MENA region. She holds an LL.M in International Law from Cambridge University and lives in Geneva, Switzerland.
IMPLICIT BIAS, DEHUMANIZATION AND RACIAL DISPARITIES IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
professor Reginald OH
Professor of Law
Presented in conjunction with the Racial Justice Community Conversation Work Group
Attendees will learn more about the racial disparities in the U.S. criminal justice system and how those disparities were created and remain today.
Reginald Oh brings to the law school nine years of teaching experience and a lengthy roster of publications and presentations in this country and abroad. Professor Oh is a prolific scholar whose work is most often a careful examination of distributive justice, including the ways in which justice succeeds or fails when gender and race are involved.
History, politics, linguistic analysis, and race and gender studies inform articles such as "Interracial Marriage in the Shadows of Jim Crow: Racial Segregation as Racial and Gender Subordination" in the University of California Davis Law Review (2006) and "Discrimination and Distrust: A Critical Linguistic Analysis of the Discrimination Concept" in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law (2005). "Regulating White Desire," which examines the gendered nature of racial segregation, was published in the Wisconsin Law Review in 2007. "Fear of a Multiracial Planet: Loving’s Children and the Genocide of the White Race" was published in the Fordham Law Review in 2018.
At Cleveland-Marshall, Professor Oh teaches Civil Procedure, a Constitutional Law Seminar on the Fourteenth Amendment, and a seminar on Legal Issues in Education. Professor Oh is also a widely sought and widely traveled lecturer; in a two-year span he spoke at more than 30 national and international conferences. In July 2007, he presented "Race, Racism and Belonging" at the International Congress for Law and Mental Health in Padua, Italy; in March 2007 he lectured on "Reading Brown through Loving: Racial Segregation and the Promotion of White Supremacy" at the University of Iowa College of Law, and "Racial Segregation and the Thirteenth Amendment" at the Tenth Annual Conference for the Association of the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities at Georgetown University.
The C|M|LAW Journal of Law and Health and the Global Business Law Review are pleased to cohost their spring Symposiums.
The C|M|LAW Journal of Law and Health Symposium:
"Digital Health & Technology"
Professor I. Glenn Cohen, Harvard Law School
Professor Cohen is a leading expert in digital health & technology, bioethics and law and health. His current research is focused on artificial intelligence, medical tourism, and digital health including artificial intelligence, mobile health, and reproductive technology.
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Intellectual property law issues in non-fungible tokens (nfts)
professor Christa J. laser
Assistant Professor of Law, Intellectual Property & Innovation
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Attendees will learn more about how copyright, patent, and trademark law intersect with issues of minting and selling the hottest new blockchain asset, non-fungible tokens (NFTs).
Professor Christa Laser comes to Cleveland-Marshall after nearly a decade of practice experience as an intellectual property litigator at the law firms WilmerHale and Kirkland & Ellis LLP. She has deep expertise in patents, trademarks, copyrights, false advertising, pharmaceutical litigation and regulation, and technology law. She has represented leading life sciences and technology companies in all stages of trial and appellate matters and consulted on legislative changes to intellectual property laws.
Professor Laser's research focuses on intellectual property and innovation. Her patent law scholarship has been cited by numerous scholars, by judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and in briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court. Her research envisions an intellectual property system that supports innovation, investment, and competition across all technology areas. Prior to law school, she worked as a scientific researcher, where her work studying protein dynamics of photosynthesis using genetically modified bacteria and laser spectroscopy was published in the prestigious journal Science.
Prof. Laser has a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School (World Champion, International & North American Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition; Research Assistant, Professor Lawrence Cunningham; Notes Editor, American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal); and a B.S. from Arizona State University, Barrett Honors College (Beckman Scholar; Biochemistry Award).
The Cleveland State Law Review and C|M|LAW IPTA's First Annual Symposium, presented virtually at CSU Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in Cleveland, Ohio
Judge Kathleen O’Malley of the Federal Circuit
Featuring panels on why innovation keeps general counsels up at night, how intellectual property and innovation law can respond to emerging tech like blockchain, artificial intelligence, and medical innovation, academics presenting new theories and proposed changes to innovation law, and financial experts on the valuation and market for innovation assets.
It will be an event you won't want to miss!
Those seeking CLE credit - $99: Register Here
Those not seeking CLE credit - Free: Register Here
9:30am - 9:45am: Welcoming Remarks – Dean Lee Fisher, John Cipolla, Chair, C|M|LAW IP Advisory Council, Professor Christa Laser, Nathan Hill, CSLR
9:45am - 10:30am: Intellectual Property Strategy, Monetization and Liquidity: An Update on How Companies are Analyzing, Managing and Leveraging their Intellectual Property.
This session will start with an overview of the patent market including data on who is buying IP, who is selling IP, the size of the transactions and the price that companies can expect in any patent deal. Next, the panel will transition into a discussion of IP strategy and what companies are doing to manage and right-size portfolios, steps on how to ensure that the IP a company generates is strategic and cost-effective. Finally, the panel will discuss how litigation finance is a tool that can be used to monetize patent assets and how the litigation finance market has evolved over the last few years.
- Russ Binns, CEO, Allied Security Trust
- Katharine Wolanyk, Managing Director, Burford Capital
- Karl Maersch, CEO, West Four IP
10:30am- 11:45am: What Keeps General Counsels Up at Night?
The scope and responsibilities of the General Counsel have increased in importance during the past year, and GCs have more reasons than ever to be up at night—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 esteemed panel of GCs from around the country will provide insight into significant areas of concern facing corporate law departments today on topics ranging from privacy and data security, legal risk across multiple jurisdictions, protection of intellectual property assets, and crisis management.
- Ann Aber, Joann Stores
- Ed Gecovich, Surgical Theatre
- Lisa Kunkle, Avient
- Nona Lee, Arizona Diamondbacks
- Jonathan Leiken, Diebold Nixdorf
- Georgia Yanchar, MRI Software
- Moderated by Ari Sherwin - Senior Legal Counsel, The Sherwin-Williams Company
11:45am-12:10pm: Lunch Break
12:10-12:15pm: Introduction of Federal Circuit Court Judge Kathleen O’Malley by Dean Lee Fisher
12:15-1:00pm: Keynote: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Judge Kathleen O’Malley
Federal Circuit Judge Kathleen O’Malley will discuss the relationship between intellectual property law and innovation, including how patents incentivize innovation and how innovation laws and policies affect competition.
1:00 pm- 1:15pm: BREAK
1:15pm- 2:15pm: Emerging Tech
This panel will feature lawyers and industry leaders in emerging technology including blockchain, artificial intelligence, mRNA vaccines, and healthcare. The panel will discuss how changes in technology affect the law and how intellectual property law and society should adjust to address innovation.
- Moderated by Christa Laser, Assistant Professor at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
- Mike Stovsky, Partner and Leader of Firmwide Technology Transactions, Intellectual Property, and Global Data Protection Group at Benesch
- Ahmed Mousa, SVP Corporate Operations & General Counsel at Pieris Pharmaceuticals
- G.I. Zaratsian, founder and CEO of Fandem
- Laura Montoya, founder of Latinx in AI
- Chris Nalevanko, General Counsel of Zoox
2:15pm- 3:30pm: The Academic Perspective
This panel will include academic experts in the fields of innovation and emerging technology including artificial technology, blockchain, and medical technology. Each academic expert will present research on a topic related to one of the included areas and discuss how their research will affect innovation and emerging technology in the future.
- Carys J. Craig, Associate Professor at the Osgoode Hall School of Law
- Tonya Evans, Professor of Law, Penn State University
- Ryan Abbott, Professor of Law and Health Sciences at the University of Surrey School of Law and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
- Charlotte Tschider, Assistant Professor of Law at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law
3:30-4:30pm: Happy Networking
Bring your beverage of choice for afternoon entertainment and networking, including pub trivia and prizes.
Thank you to our sponsors: Benesch, Renner Otto, and John Cipolla.
Law School Name Committee Public Forum
Tuesday, April 27, 5pm EST
THE LEGACY OF CHIEF JUSTICE JOHN MARSHALL
To register in advance for this webinar click here: https://csuohio.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xsNrzssmTzSTGq1RM5Y4nA
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar
President, Gratz College; Author, Supreme Injustice: Slavery in the Nation’s Highest Court
Paul Finkelman became the president of Gratz College in 2017. He received his B.A. in American Studies from Syracuse University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago. He was later a Fellow in Law and Humanities at Harvard Law School, where he also taught one course.
Before coming to Gratz, he taught in history departments and law schools at a number of universities including Duke Law School, LSU Law Center, Washington University in St. Louis, and the University of Texas. Most importantly, he held the Baker and Hostetler Chair at Cleveland Marshall Law School.
He was the lead expert witness in the case against Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore that forced the removal of a gigantic Ten Commandments monument from the Alabama Supreme Court Building. He was also the chief expert witness in the lawsuit over the ownership of Barry Bonds’ 73rd home run ball. He is the author of more than 200 scholarly articles and the author or editor of more than fifty books.
In 2018 Harvard University Press published his book Supreme Injustice: Slavery in the Nation’s Highest Court. The U.S. Supreme Court has cited him in 5 decisions involving civil rights, affirmative action, and the bill of rights.
PROFESSOR KEVIN WALSH
University of Richmond Law School; President, John Marshall Center for Constitutional History & Civics
Kevin Walsh is Professor of Law at the University of Richmond School of Law, where he teaches and writes about federal jurisdiction and constitutional adjudication. He is the President of the John Marshall Center for Constitutional History and Civics. In addition to his conventional law review publications in venues such as the Stanford Law Review and NYU Law Review, Kevin has curated exhibits on John Marshall’s life and legacy for the National Constitution Center and the Virginia Museum of History and Culture.