Cleveland State University recognized Cleveland-Marshall College of Law alumnus Steven Potash '78, President and CEO of OverDrive, as the college’s 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. Potash received the honor at the October 6 awards ceremony, on the basis of his distinguished record of service, leadership and professional achievements as part of Homecoming Weekend.
Judge James S. Gwin
United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
In his 20 years on the federal bench, Judge James Gwin has been one of the most innovative judges in the country in his approach to sentencing. In his criminal cases, Judge Gwin adopted a practice of polling juries for their sentencing recommendations and comparing those with the sentences recommended by the federal sentencing guidelines. The results were striking--jurors who had heard the case and convicted the defendant recommended sentences that were, on average, dramatically lower than the guidelines recommend. In 2010, Judge Gwin published an article in the Harvard Law & Policy Review, arguing that his study showed that federal sentencing guidelines were out of line with community values about just punishment. More recently, Judge Gwin began basing his own sentencing decisions, in part, on the recommendations of the jurors, an innovative approach virtually unheard of in American criminal sentencing. His novel approach was affirmed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in 2016. Drawing on his 20 years of sentencing criminal defendants under the federal sentencing guidelines, as well as his extensive research into this area, Judge Gwin will address the critical question of whether the federal sentencing guidelines lead to just punishment.
In partnership with the CMBA and the League of Women Voters
Session 1: Ohio Campaign Spending/Finance Laws
- Donald C. Brey, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
- Donald J. McTigue, McTigue and Colombo
Session 2: Alternative Campaign Funding Models Currently Used in Other States and Communities
- Catherine Turcer, Common Cause Ohio
- Cyndra Miller Cole, The Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, The University of Akron
Registration to receive CLE credit is $30. Register with the CMBA
Come learn about the Law School's extensive collection of artwork featuring Cleveland and Cleveland artists. Tour of the Law Building lasts approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour, followed by a wine and cheese reception in the Atrium. Event is open to everyone.
Sponsored by the Law Alumni Relations Department
Cleveland-Marshall graduates hold judgeships in impressive numbers throughout Northeast Ohio and the entire state. C|M|LAW also has a national presence on the bench, including a sitting judge in a location that would not be expected – the northern-most city in the United States.