Race & Law: The Capitol Insurrection v. Black Lives Matter Protests
Our goal is to facilitate a high level panel discussion about the stark difference in the treatment of Black Lives Matter protests throughout the summer of 2020, and the capitol riots of January 6th, 2021. Our panelists will discuss and unpack how during many BLM protests there was a heavy police presence, while during the capitol riots there was a tremendous lack of police and also actual active duty law enforcement that participated in the riots. Also, our panelists will discuss the differences between peaceful lawful assembly, looting, and rioting, and how the media has influenced how peaceful demonstrations have been misconstrued at times.
AYESHA BELL HARDAWAY
Assistant Professor of Law & Director, Social Justice Law Center
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Hardaway is an Assistant Professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and the Director of the Criminal Clinic in the Milton A. Kramer Law Clinic. As a member of the faculty, Hardaway has taught as a clinician in the areas of health law, civil litigation and criminal justice. Her research and scholarship interests include the intersection of race and the law, constitutional law, criminal law, policing and civil litigation.
CHRISTOPHER MCNEAL '16
Managing Partner, McNeal Legal Services, LLC
Christopher McNeal, Esq., founded McNeal Legal Services, LLC to provide competent, comprehensive legal services,and zealous legal advocacy. Located in Bedford Heights, Ohio, MLS is a full-service law firm, providing vigorous criminal defense representation, civil rights advocacy, family, and business legal services. McNeal served honorably in the United States Army as an Intelligence Analyst, and has trained hundreds of soldiers as a Department of Defense Contractor. McNeal is an active member of Black Lives Matter Cleveland, the Norman S. Minor Bar Association, the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, and the Ohio State Bar Association.
Professor of Law, CSU Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Reginald Oh brings 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. 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.
Please join us for the CSU Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Black Law Students Association's annual banquet, which will be held virtually this year. The banquet celebrates the success of BLSA members and awards a scholarship for a Cleveland-area high school student to lessen college tuition costs.
Eddie S. Glaude Jr.
Eddie S. Glaude Jr. is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor and chair of African American Studies at Princeton University. Glaude is the author of Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul and Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own. Glaude is also a columnist for Time magazine and a regular contributor on MSNBC.
Imani Capri is an experienced motivational speaker, award-winning writer, published author, and on-air radio personality on a mission to elevate the voices of women and girls, and to inspire audiences across the world to get in relationship with their inner courage, power and greatness. She has appeared on various media outlets including CBS National Morning and Evening news, The Christian Science Monitor magazine, Cleveland news media: WKYC Channel 3, WEWS Channel 5, WERE-AM 1490 radio, and Florida radio WFSU.
The life work of Eris Eady is to engage all people on topics of diversity, leadership, and social justice. It is for this reason that she uses love of creative arts, leadership development and service learning to effect change in the city of Cleveland and beyond. Eris has spent the majority of their career working in Ohio non-profit organizations including: The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio, Planned Parenthood, The Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center, and the LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland.
Currently Eris is the Digital Organizing Manager for the Alliance for Safety and Justice, a national criminal justice reform organization that centers survivors of crime.
Join us for the Official Launch party for C|M|LAW alumnus Terry Gilbert's book, Trying Times. This virtual event will take place on March 25 from 5:30-6:30 pm.
Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law is proud to partner with Act 3 publishers to host the official launch party for CSU C|M|LAW alumnus and Hall of Fame Member Terry Gilbert's book, Trying Times. The free, virtual event will take place on March 25 from 5:30-6:30 pm.
“I am delighted to join with CSU C|M|LAW to officially launch my memoir, Trying Times,” said Gilbert, a 1973 CSU C|M|LAW graduate. “My deep roots with the law school as a student in the early 70’s profoundly impacted my commitment to social justice. In the midst of dramatic political and cultural change, I and my fellow students pushed for a more progressive approach to legal education and programs as a vehicle to address societal inequities. Trying Times discusses the critical role Cleveland-Marshall played in shaping my career as an activist lawyer.”
Trying Times recounts Gilbert’s 50-year struggle as a people’s lawyer that was forged during the social upheaval of the 1970s. Dedicating his life to pursuing justice for the disenfranchised, Gilbert puts his cases in historical context and demonstrates that even losing a case can move public opinion in the direction of equity. It was Gilbert who, in the early ’70s, filed one of the first lawsuits against the Cleveland Indians to stop what he believed was their stereotyping of indigenous people.
“Terry Gilbert’s life story explains the importance of challenging the status quo and breaking down barriers,” said CSU C|M|LAW Dean and Dean and Joseph C. Hostetler-BakerHostetler Chair in Law Lee Fisher who wrote the foreword to the book. “He has used his voice and his expert knowledge of the law to be a warrior for change and a guardian of justice.”
Written in collaboration with Carlo Wolff, Gilbert’s memoir attests to the two Americas: one for the wealthy and powerful and the other for minorities and the poor. Gilbert’s notable legal career includes teaming with legendary radical lawyer William Kunstler to defend native Americans at Wounded Knee and his advocacy on behalf of Sam Reese Sheppard seeking to clear the name of his father, Dr. Sam Sheppard.
“This is our latest published memoir of game-changing professionals including rock promoter Mike Belkin, award-winning journalist Dave Lange, and pioneering architect Robert P. Madison,” said Act 3 managing partner and Trying Times editor Jaime Lombardo. “Terry’s colorful career began in Cleveland, but its impact has gone nationwide. His struggle against the system began over 50 years ago, and it still resonates clearly in 2021.”
While attending CSU C|M|LAW, Gilbert helped fight for changes to the law school’s curriculum and clinics to acknowledge social justice issues. He completed internships for the ACLU and the National Lawyers Guild, where he represented Ohio University students arrested for a Vietnam War protest. Gilbert has expressed that those early opportunities to apply his legal knowledge in the field were important to the success of his practice.
Gilbert, who was recognized with the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association’s Alumni of the Year Award in 2014 and was inducted as an inaugural member into CSU C|M|LAW’s Hall of Fame in 2018, has remained active with his alma mater along with long-time partner and fellow CSU C|M|LAW Hall of Fame Member Gordon Friedman, who Gilbert met as a student while Friedman was a professor at the law school. Terry and his wife Robin established the Terry and Robin Gilbert Social Justice Fellowship at CSU C|M|LAW, to support students and new graduates looking to work with public interest groups, government offices, or to advocate, represent, or do research in the areas of civil and human rights and criminal justice.
For more information or to purchase Trying Times visit tryingtimes.act3creative.com/
CSU Cleveland-Marshall College of Law alumna and Assistant United States Attorney Margaret Sweeney ’10 recalls being taught the benefits of attending law school at a young age. There was always an expectation that she would attend law school, Sweeney recalls from her office, where a Jello-stained bib from her infancy hangs on the wall that reads, “Future Lawyer.”
Our class of 2020 graduates are actively engaged in the permanent job search and you can help! To connect with any of our talented class of 2020 graduates, please contact Assistant Dean for Student and Career Services, Sarah Beznoska, at firstname.lastname@example.org .