The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland recruited top students for its 2021 Summer Associate and Volunteer Program.
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.
Please join the Women's Law Student Association for a Virtual Sidebar on March 18 at 5:30 pm.
Please join the FBA Student Chapter this Friday, March 5th from 3-4pm for a panel discussion on the constitutional law implications of the January 6th insurrection and the second impeachment trial.
We are excited to partner with our sister FBA chapters to present constitutional law professors:
- Lee Strang, University of Toledo College of Law,
- Jonathan Adler, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and
- our very own, Reginald Oh
We hope to see you there!
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On April 1st, at 12:30pm, join us to hear civil litigation attorney Cory Liu and our very own Professor Reginald Oh discuss the Harvard Affirmative Action case brought forward by Asian-American students. Cory Liu is a partner at the Ashcroft Law Firm. He previously served as assistant general counsel to Texas Governor Greg Abbott and was a law clerk to Judge Andrew Oldham on the Fifth Circuit and Judge Danny Boggs on the Sixth Circuit. He is the son of immigrants from China, and he believes that race should not be a factor in college admissions.
Join us on March 11 at 12:30 pm to hear environmental law attorney Corinne Snow and our very own Professor Heidi Robertson discuss the current state of environmental law and public policy in the nation. Corinne Snow is a counsel in the environment and natural resources group at Vinson & Elkins LLP. Previously, she served as Counsel and Chief of Staff in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, which is responsible for representing the United States, including all of the federal agencies, in court when they are suing, or get sued, under an environmental law.
Students: Join us this Thursday, at 12:30pm to hear Mr. Hans von Spakovsky give a speech on the field of Election Law, recent developments, and some flaws in current system.
Mr. Spakovsky was appointed the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity in 2017. Before joining Heritage in 2008, Mr. Spakovsky served two years as a member of the Federal Election Commission, the authority charged with enforcing campaign finance laws for congressional and presidential elections, including public funding. Previously, Mr. Spakovsky worked at the Justice Department as counsel to the assistant attorney general for civil rights, providing expertise in enforcing the Voting Rights Act and the Help America Vote Act of 2002.
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OUTlaw presents... LOVE IS LOVE
** Please note that this is NOT an event to litigate the validity of the holdings of these cases or any moral objections to same-sex or interracial marriage. Intolerance will not be tolerated.***"
Working with clients remotely this fall due to pandemic protocols, CSU Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Civil Litigation Clinic students have faced a set unforeseen obstacles. Undeterred, the students have worked diligently to still provide successful representation in Unemployment Compensation disputes at a time of great need.