James T. Flaherty, an Innovator at C|M|Law, Died November 6, 2012

C|M|LAW Professor Emeritus James T.  Flaherty died in his home on November 6, 2012.  He was 84 years old.  Memorialized in a Plain Dealer article, James T. Flaherty was an innovator at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law: news obituary, by Grant Segall, November 16, 2012, Flaherty initiated programs at C|M|LAW that were national firsts for law schools.

According to the article, “[t]he pragmatic Flaherty encouraged aspiring lawyers to chat up law clerks and learn the judges’ idiosyncrasies. He also helped students learn while earning. He won federal funds for student work for the Cleveland Bar Association, city law department, Legal Aid Society, Juvenile Court, Internal Revenue Service and more.”

“This helps bridge the gap in legal education between theory and reality as well as give students the financial aid they need to stay in school,” Flaherty told The Plain Dealer in 1969.

Flaherty taught many law school subjects and published a treatise on Ohio domestic relations law. He led the  law school’s first recruitment programs for women and minority students and initiated a summer law school preparatory program for minority students. He is remembered for hiring the school’s first minority and female professors.

In efforts to improve the practice skills of C|M students, Professor Flaherty created trial exercises and videotaped them for students. He gave students test questions similar to the questions they’d see on the Ohio bar exam, thereby helping C|M to become a leader in passing the exam.

He is fondly remembered for his story telling and his numerous letters to the editor of The Plain Dealer.

You may find the full PD article here: http://www.cleveland.com/obituaries/index.ssf/2012/11/james_t_flaherty_was_an_innova.html

You may find his obituary here: http://obits.cleveland.com/obituaries/cleveland/obituary.aspx?pid=160959461#fbLoggedOut

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