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Criminal Justice Forum: The Power of Prosecutors

CLE credit: 
1 free hour pending
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Special Guest: Hon. Jed Rakoff, Senior U.S. District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

The U.S. Constitution provides accused persons with many guaranteed protections, of which the most important is trial by their peers. But for several decades now, criminal trials have become close to extinct, and the roles of accuser, decider, and sentencer have largely come to reside in the prosecutor. This imbalance has created very real problems, ranging from mass incarceration to conviction of innocent persons. This lecture will explain how this shift came about, and what might be done to restore balance.

JED S. RAKOFF

US DISTRICT COURT, SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK

Jed S. Rakoff has served since March 1996 as a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York. He frequently sits by designation on the 2 nd and 9 th Circuit Courts of Appeals. His most noteworthy decisions have been in the areas of securities law and criminal law. He is an Adjunct Professor at both Columbia Law School and NYU Law School, and also teaches at Berkeley Law School and the University of Virginia Law School. He has written over 170 published articles, 740 speeches, and 1800 judicial opinions, and has co-authored 5 books. He is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books.


Judge Rakoff holds a B.A. degree from Swarthmore College (1964), an M.Phil. degree from Oxford University (Balliol, 1966), and a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School (1969). He clerked for Hon. Abraham L. Freedman, US Court of Appeals, 3d Circuit. From 1973-80, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, the last two years as Chief of Business & Securities Fraud Prosecutions. From 1980-95, he was a litigation partner at two large law firms in New York.


Judge Rakoff served on the National Commission on Forensic Science (2013-17) and as co-chair of the National Academy of Science’s Committee on Eyewitness Identification. He served on the New York City Bar Association’s Executive Committee and was chair of the Association’s Nomination, Honors and Criminal Law Committees. He was Chair of the Second Circuit’s Bankruptcy Committee, and of the Southern District of New York’s Grievance Committee and Criminal Justice Advisory Board. He served on Swarthmore College’s Board of Managers, on the Governance Board of the MacArthur Foundation’s Project on Law and Neuroscience, and on the Committee on the Development of the 3 rd Edition of the Manual on Scientific Evidence. He assisted the U.S. Government in the training of foreign judges in Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bosnia, Dubai, Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Maldives, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and Turkey. He is a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Law Institute. He is a Judicial Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Criminal Lawyers. Among other awards, he received in 2018 the Federal Bar Council’s Learned Hand Medal for Excellence in Federal Jurisprudence. In 2014, Judge Rakoff was listed by Fortune Magazine as one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.

 

Read Judge Rakoff's article, "Why Innocent People Plead Guilty."

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/2014/11/20/why-innocent-people-plead-guilty/?sub_key=5d7d6df301250

Registration Information

The program is free but registration is required. 

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Location: 
1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (Moot Court Room)
Event date: 
Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Short title: 
Criminal Justice Forum

Election Integrity in a Time of Political Polarization: Gerrymandering, Redistricting Commissions and the 2020 Census Citizenship Question

CLE credit: 
6.0 hours
Weight: 
-10

Watch RECORDING

Part 1 (9:00am-10:15am)

Part 2 (10:30am-12:30pm)

Part 3 (12:45pm-1:45pm)

Part 4 (2:00pm-3:15pm)

Part 5 (3:30pm-5:05pm)


This Conference, the purpose of which is to educate members of the both the law school and larger community about core voting issues, will occur at a critical time. The United States Supreme Court issued decisions in both the gerrymandering and census question cases at the end of the spring term (June 2019). Thus, scholars and other experts will still be assessing the significance of those two decisions by the time of the Conference. It is also anticipated that there will be additional legal challenges to various aspects of our voting procedures and system of representation - from independent redistricting commissions to efforts to halt alleged voter fraud - in the run-up to the 2020 general election. Given the political polarization to which the title of the Conference refers, the outcome of the upcoming election will likely have important consequences for years to come.

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SCHEDULE

Morning keynote speaker:

Allegra Lawrence-Hardy, Esq.

Attorney, Lawrence & Bundy, LLC

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.

Afternoon keynote speaker:

Melody Stewart

Justice, Ohio Supreme Court

Melody Stewart was elected in 2018 to serve on the Ohio Supreme Court, having formerly served on the Ohio Eighth District Court of Appeals since 2006. Justice Stewart’s thirty years of experience includes roles as a civil defense litigator, law school administrator, and professor. She has been a member of many professional and civic boards, including the Ohio Criminal Justice Recodification Committee and the Ohio Supreme Court Judicial College. Justice Stewart earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati, J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, and Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University.

A CONVERSATION WITH:

Emmet J. Bondurant II

Partner, Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore

Emmet Bondurant is a nationally recognized litigator, and founding partner of Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore. At age twenty-six, he successfully argued Wesberry v. Sanders before the Supreme Court, which held for the first time that congressional districts throughout the United States must contain equal populations. Most recently, Mr. Bondurant argued before the Supreme Court in Rucho v. Common Cause (decided June 27, 2019), a case asserting partisan gerrymandering of congressional districts in North Carolina. Mr. Bondurant earned his LL.B. from the University of Georgia School of Law, and his LL.M. from Harvard Law School.

Panel Discussions

Panel 1: Partisan Gerrymandering 
Panel summary

Thomas Humphrey

Associate Professor, Cleveland State University

Thomas Humphrey is an Associate Professor of early American History, and the Chair of the History Department at Cleveland State University. His research specializations include Colonial and Revolutionary America, and capitalism in early America. Mr. Humphrey earned his Ph. D. in American History from Northern Illinois University, and his Master’s degree and Bachelor’s degree in American History from John Carroll University.

 

Freda Levenson

Legal Director, ACLU of Ohio

Freda Levenson is the legal director for the ACLU of Ohio. Ms. Levenson served as lead counsel in Ohio A. Philip Randolph Institute v. Householder, which was decided by a three-judge federal district court panel in May, 2019. That court concluded that Ohio’s voting map for seats for the U.S. House of Representatives was an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander. Ms. Levenson also litigated APRI, et al. v. Husted, which challenged Ohio’s practice of purging infrequent voters, and Libertarian Party of Ohio, et al. v. Husted, protecting ballot access. She is a graduate of Wellesley College, and the University of Michigan Law School.

Hannah Wheelen

Data Specialist, Princeton Gerrymandering Project

Hannah Wheelen is a Data Specialist at the Princeton Gerrymandering Project, where she coordinates the collection of voting precinct boundary information for all fifty states plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico. Ms. Wheelen previously worked with the Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group at Tufts/MIT. Her projects there included collecting precinct data for the state of Ohio. Ms. Wheelen earned her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley.

Dave Yost

Attorney General, State of Ohio

Dave Yost currently serves as the 51st Attorney General of Ohio. As Attorney General, he appealed Ohio A. Philip Randolph Institute v. Householder, the federal court decision that Ohio’s congressional districts were unconstitutionally drawn. Attorney General Yost formerly served as Ohio Auditor of State, and as a Prosecutor in Delaware County. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University, and his J.D. from Capital University Law School.

Milena Sterio, Moderator

Professor, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Milena Sterio is The Charles R. Emrick Jr. - Calfee Halter & Griswold Professor of Law. An expert in the areas of International Law, International Criminal Law, Human Rights, and Maritime Piracy, she has published numerous law review articles, authored seven books, and is an editor of the IntLawGrrls Blog. In 2013, she was a Fulbright Scholar in Baku, Azerbaijan. She earned her J.D. from Cornell Law School, and a Master's degree in Private International Law and a Maitrise en droit franco-americain from the University Paris I-Pantheon-Sorbonne; and a B.A. in Political Science and French Literature from Rutgers College.

 

Panel 2: Redistricting Commissions
Panel 2 Summary 

Elizabeth Bonham

Staff Attorney, ACLU of Ohio

Elizabeth Bonham is a Staff Attorney at the ACLU of Ohio. She has been involved in litigating major cases, including defending voting rights in APRI v. Husted and protestor rights in Abdur-Rahim v. Columbus. Ms. Bonham received her B.A. from Warren Wilson College, and her J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 2015, when she received the Dean’s Learn Law, Live Justice award.

 

 

Kathleen Clyde

County Commissioner, Portage County

Kathleen Clyde currently serves as County Commissioner of Portage County. Previously, she was a representative in the Ohio House of Representatives for eight years. Ms. Clyde’s experience also includes her roles as Ohio College Coordinator for the John Kerry presidential campaign, and election official in the 2008 presidential election, where she oversaw the set-up and operation of the Early Voting Center in Franklin County. She earned her B.A. in English from Wesleyan University, and J.D. from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

 

Jen Miller

Executive Director, The League of Women Voters of Ohio

Jen Miller is the Executive Director of The League of Women Voters of Ohio. As Executive Director, she works to restore fairness to the democratic system, increase voter turnout, and improve access to the voting polls. Ms. Miller played a lead role in the ballot initiative passed by Ohio voters in May 2018, which called for the creation of a redistricting commission to draw the state’s voting maps for U.S. House of Representatives seats. She earned her Master’s in Arts Policy, Education and Administration from The Ohio State University, and holds Bachelor’s degrees in Vocal Music and History/Ethnic Studies from Capital University.

 

Rich Exner, Moderator

Data Analysis Editor, Cleveland.com

Rich Exner, data analysis editor for cleveland.com, has written dozens of stories over the past few years analyzing the ill-effects of gerrymandering and highlighting best-case models for reform from other states. His series, Out of Line: Impact 2017 and Beyond, was the leading Ohio news media voice pressing for change in Ohio. Before joining cleveland.com in 2013, Mr. Exner was a reporter and an editor at The Plain Dealer and United Press International. An Ohio State graduate, Mr. Exner also has ties to CSU, as an adjunct instructor of journalism since 2016.

Panel 3: 2020 Census / Citizenship Question 
Panel 3 Summary

Elizabeth Knowles

Professor, University of Akron School of Law

Elizabeth Knowles is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Akron School of Law, where she supervises the Immigration & Human Rights Law Clinic, and teaches Asylum and Refugee Law. Professor Knowles previously served as Executive Director of the American Bar Association’s Immigration Justice Project. She also served as a Commissioner on the San Diego County Commission on the Status of Women. Professor Knowles earned her B.A. in Fine Arts from San Diego State University, and her J.D. and certificate in Law and Social Justice from Thomas Jefferson School of Law.

Michael Meuti

Attorney, Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP

Michael Meuti is a litigator at Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff, and chairs the firm’s Appellate Practice Group. Previously, he served as Deputy Solicitor for the State of Ohio, where he represented state agencies and officeholders on appeals to the Ohio Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Meuti earned his Bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University, and J.D. from Stanford Law School.

 

Mark J. Salling

Senior Fellow and Research Associate, Cleveland State University

Mark J. Salling is a Senior Fellow and Research Associate in the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, having served as the Director of the College’s Northern Ohio Data & Information Service. Dr. Salling is also Chairman and Key Person for the Cleveland Census Statistical Areas Committee, and has been active in the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association since 1982. He holds a B.A. and Ph.D. in Geography from Kent State University, and an M.A. in Geography from the University of Cincinnati.

 

Brian Glassman, Moderator

Professor, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Brian Glassman has taught at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law since 1993. He teaches primarily in the field of legal writing, but has also taught Intellectual Property and Art Law. Prof. Glassman has previously organized conferences on urban planning and the arts (collaboration with the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs (2003)) and the recovery of Holocaust art (at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage (2010)). He received his B.A. from Connecticut College, and his J.D. from the Boston University School of Law.

 

 


New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly will live-draw the conference.

Liza Donnelly

Liza Donnelly is a cartoonist and writer for The New Yorker. Additionally, she is a contributor to CBS, CNN, and The New York Times. Ms. Donnelly’s work includes live-drawing of major events, such as he Oscars, Grammys, DNC, 2017 Inauguration and the Women's Marches. She is also a Cultural Envoy for the U.S. State Department. In that capacity, Ms. Donnelly travels the world speaking about freedom of speech, cartoons, and women’s rights. She received her undergraduate degree from Earlham College, and holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Connecticut.

 


Registration Information

The program is open to members of the Cleveland State University community and the public. Program is FREE to those not seeking CLE credit. Registration for CLE credit: $150 all day (6.0 hours), $80 morning only (3.0 hours) or $80 afternoon only (3.0 hours). Attendees are encouraged to pre-register. Limited registration will be available at the door. Lunch will be provided to those who preregister.

Sponsored by Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association, and the ACLU of Ohio.

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Location: 
1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (Moot Court Room)
Event date: 
Friday, October 4, 2019 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Short title: 
Election Integrity in a Time of Political Polarization

Criminal Justice Forum II: Prisoners of Politics: Breaking the Cycle of Mass Incarceration

CLE credit: 
1 free hour pending
Weight: 
-10
Speakers/Special Guests: 

Special Guest: Rachel Barkow, Vice Dean and Segal Family Professor of Regulatory Law and Policy and Faculty Director, Center on the Administration of Criminal Law, NYU School of Law

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law welcomes NYU Law School Professor Rachel Barkow to speak at a free Criminal Justice Forum CLE event. Professor Barkow will speak on the topic of her new book, titled “Prisoners of Politics: Breaking the Cycle of Mass Incarceration.” She will discuss the political dynamics that produce policy outcomes that fail to make us safer but foster mass incarceration. She will propose specific institutional reforms that would allow data and evidence to guide our choices while respecting important constitutional limits.

Professor Barkow is the Vice Dean and Segal Family Professor of Regulatory Law and Policy at the New York University School of Law. She also serves as Faculty Director of NYU’s Center on the Administration of Criminal Law. From 2013-2018, she served as a member of the United States Sentencing Commission. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Professor Barkow served as a law clerk to Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the DC Circuit and Justice Antonin Scalia of the US Supreme Court.

The program is free and open to the public but registration is required

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Location: 
1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (Moot Court Room)
Event date: 
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Short title: 
Criminal Justice Forum

Criminal Justice Forum & Constitution Day Lecture: Should Plea Bargaining Be More Transparent?

CLE credit: 
1 free hour pending
Weight: 
-10
Speakers/Special Guests: 

Special Guest: Jenia I. Turner, Amy Abboud Ware Centennial Professor in Criminal Law, SMU Dedman School of Law

Plea bargaining has long been the dominant method of resolving cases in U.S. criminal courts. Today, over 95% of convictions at the state and federal level are obtained through guilty pleas. Unlike the trials it replaces, however, plea bargaining remains notoriously opaque. It does not occur on the record in a public courtroom. Instead, deals are commonly struck informally, in an office, on the phone, or in the courtroom hallway. Victims and members of the public are excluded, and the defendant is also typically absent. Plea offers are often not documented, and even the final plea agreements are not always placed on record with the court. The opacity of plea bargaining stands in stark contrast with the constitutional commitment to publicity of criminal proceedings, enshrined in the Sixth Amendment right to a public trial and the First Amendment right of public access to the courts.

The presentation will review the main reasons for and against secrecy in plea bargaining. While there are valid reasons for maintaining confidentiality in some aspects of plea negotiations, better documentation and greater transparency can enhance the fairness and public legitimacy of the process. Highlighting technological developments that make documentation more feasible, the presentation will suggest some concrete ways in which states and the federal system can increase transparency in plea bargaining while addressing legitimate reasons for confidentiality.

Jenia Turner is the Amy Abboud Ware Centennial Professor in Criminal Law at SMU Dedman School of Law in Dallas, Texas, where she teaches U.S. and comparative criminal procedure, international criminal law, and international law. Jenia has written numerous law review articles on criminal procedure and international criminal law topics, as well as a textbook, Plea Bargaining Across Borders, exploring plea bargaining in several national and international jurisdictions. She also co-edited The Oxford Handbook of Criminal Process (with Darryl Brown and Bettina Weisser, 2019) and Criminal Procedures: Cases, Statutes, and Executive Materials (with Marc Miller, Ronald Wright, and Kay Levine 2019).

The program is free and open to the public but registration is required.

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Location: 
1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (Moot Court Room)
Event date: 
Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Short title: 
Criminal Justice Forum: Should Plea Bargaining Be More Transparent?

Tax Advantages of Philanthropy

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Have you always wanted to support your favorite charity or non-profit and provide for your family? Do you believe you don't have enough wealth to do both in your lifetime? With the right tax planning tools at your disposal, you can! No matter your income level, there are tax planning tools available to help you support your family and charity of choice.
Join us to learn more about IRAs, charitable tax annuities, trusts, donor-advised funds, life insurance beneficiaries, and bequests and how they can help you be the philanthropist you want to be. We'll have a tax law professor and the director of gift planning from CSU and Cleveland Clinic to discuss your options.
Please click on the link below to register:

https://www.campusce.net/csuohio/course/course.aspx?C=1539&pc=193&mc=&sc=

Location: 
1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (Moot Court Room)
Event date: 
Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Short title: 
Tax Advantages of Philanthropy

Q&A with Elizabeth Bonham ‘15

Short title: 
Q&A with Elizabeth Bonham ‘15

In 2015, Elizabeth Bonham received the Dean’s Learn Law. Live Justice. Award for not only being academically successful in learning law, but for also living justice by being committed to making clients’ lives better and our communities stronger.

Four years after graduation, she continues to embody the motto “Learn Law. Live Justice.”

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CMLAA Annual Meeting & Installation of New Officers

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Join the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association for the Annual Meeting and Installation of new 2019 Officers. We will also have the annual photo of all alumni judges. Reception to follow in atrium.

Location: 
1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (Moot Court Room)
Event date: 
Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Short title: 
CMLAA Annual Meeting & Installation of New Officers

CMLAA Alumni of the Year Recipient: Judge John J. Russo ’92

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CMLAA Alumni of the Year Recipient: Judge John J. Russo ’92

CMLAA Alumni of the Year recipient Judge John J. Russo ’92 comes from a large, close-knit family where he was one of nine children. Having learned the importance of hard work, giving back family from their parents, all nine siblings went on to unique career paths, with John choosing a career in law. After 12 years in private practice as a civil and criminal litigator, he was elected to the Court of Common Pleas Bench in 2005.

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CMLAA Alumni of the Year Recipient: Teresa Metcalf Beasley ’92

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Alumni Profile: Teresa Metcalf Beasley ’92

Without Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, CMLAA Alumni of the Year recipient Teresa Metcalf Beasley ’92 would not have been able to attend law school. The University of Alabama graduate and East Cleveland native had returned to her hometown to work but was looking for a profession that would challenge her.

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