Professor Ray Travels to South Africa to Promote New Book and Conduct Research under CSU FSI Grant

Professor Brian Ray traveled to South Africa from August 9-20 to promote his recently published book Engaging with Social Rights: Procedure, Participation and Democracy in South Africa’s Second Wave and to conduct research on evictions and housing rights as part of a CSU Faculty Scholarship Initiative grant.
The University of Johannesburg’s South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law is hosted the Johannesburg launch of the book on August 10 sponsored by the Konrad-Adenauer Siftung Foundation and featuring an introduction by Justice Richard J. Goldstone (ret.).  Stellenbosch University’s Socio-Economic Rights and Administrative Justice Project hosted the Western Cape launch on August 16 with Professor Sandra J. Liebenberg who was recently elected the African States representative to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
During the trip Professor Ray taught a graduate seminar on participatory remedies in social rights litigation at Stellenbosch and also was the keynote speaker at a Roundtable on Meaningful Engagement at the University of the Western Cape and presented a paper on his recent research on housing rights at the University of Cape Town.


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C-M Law and College of Urban Affairs Host Students from Kenyon College Summer Legal Scholars Program

On June 8, the College of Law and College of Urban Affairs hosted a group of students from the Kenyon College Summer Legal Scholars Program. Accompanied by Professor Ken Kowalski, the Kenyon students first observed criminal proceedings (housing code violations) at the Cleveland Housing Court and then met with Housing Court Judge Raymond Pianka, a C|M alumnus, in his chambers. The Judge talked about the special jurisdiction of the Housing Court and what the students had just seen. The students then observed eviction court proceedings, after which the Magistrate explained the process and answered questions.
After their morning at the Housing Court, the students then came to the law school for a lunchtime seminar that featured a discussion about research on the legal issues of the poor being done by Urban College Professors Joe Mead and Rosie Tighe. Professor Tighe discussed her research on NIMBYism (Not In My Back Yard) while MPA Student Tanesha Hunter discussed the ways in which Fair Housing laws protect, and fail to protect, low-income recipients of housing vouchers.  Professor Mead then discussed his work on the criminalization of homelessness.  The Kenyon students finished their day with a visit to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
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Professor Geier Quoted in Article Published in Crain’s Cleveland Business Regarding C-M Law’s 3 + 3 Agreements

Professor Deborah Geier was quoted in an article published in Crain’s Cleveland Business regarding C-M’s 3+3 agreements, which permit eligible students from Lake Erie College, Ursuline College, and the University of Findlay to complete both their undergraduate and law degrees in 6 years (rather than 7). The article, “A Bachelor’s and Law Degree in Six Years? Maybe,” can be found here:

The article describes the 2014 rule change made by the Ohio Supreme Court that permits Ohio law schools to enter into these agreements for the first time. Professor Geier, who chairs the Admissions Committee, is quoted as saying that C-M was interested immediately in pursuing this option “because the school strives to keep costs low for students.” The program is a “win-win” because “students are able to save a year of undergraduate tuition, while the law schools are able to draw the kind of efficient and organized students attracted to this kind of program…. While employment in the legal field has has taken a hit, she said the students who succeed in an accelerated program are likely to be the kind of students who will do well in the industry…. ” The article closed by saying, “While Geier doesn’t expect these 3+3 programs to produce a large number of law school graduates, she does think it will be a trend going forward. Schools can’t continue to do things the way they’ve always done them, she said. They have to be flexible and open to change so that they can best serve students. ‘Students really are the center of our universe,’ Geier said.”

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Professor Lewis Presents on Two Panels at SEALS Annual Meeting

Professor Browne Lewis presented on two different panels at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) Annual Meeting in Amelia Island, Florida.  On August 3, Professor Lewis presented on a panel entitled “Reproductive Rights Roundtable: Frontiers of Reproductive Technology.”  On August 5, Professor Lewis presented on a panel entitled “Hot Topics in Health Law and Bioethics.”

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Professor Sterio Presents at SEALS Annual Meeting

Professor and Associate Dean Milena Sterio presented at the 2016 Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) Annual Conference in Amelia Island, Florida.  Professor Sterio presented on a panel entitled “Productive and Fulfilling Scholarship Across the Tenure Spectrum.”  In addition to Professor Sterio, the other panelists included Professor Elizabeth Berenguer, Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, Professor Cassandra Hill, Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, and Professor Teri McCurtry-Chubb, Mercer University Law School.

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Professor Robertson Publishes Article in Crain’s Cleveland Business on Munroe Falls’ Latest Drilling Fight; Is Interviewed by The Athens News

Professor Heidi Gorovitz Robertson has published an article in Crain’s Cleveland Business entitled “Munroe Falls’ latest drilling fight ends in decision the city — and other jurisdictions — didn’t want.” The article is available here.

Professor Robertson was also interviewed and quoted by an Athens, Ohio-based newspaper on the same issue (The Athens News).  The article is available here.

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Professor Emeritus Steve Steinglass Publishes Article in Ohio State Law Journal; Presents at Ohio Judicial College Program

On July 13, 2016, Professor Emeritus Steve Steinglass made a presentation to 120 + municipal and county judges at an Ohio Judicial College program for the Association of Municipal/County Judges oh Ohio. The presentation was on Ohio Constitutional Revision and the Judiciary: Past, Present, and Future.

In addition, Professor Emeritus Steinglass published an article on state constitutional law.  The most recent issue of the Ohio State Law Journal, volume 77, number 2 (2016) contains articles on state constitutional law, expanding on a 2015 symposium on the topic. The issue includes Constitutional Revision: Ohio Style, written by Steven H. Steinglass, Dean Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, and current Senior Policy Advisor of the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission. This article focuses on the history of constitutional revision in Ohio, and specifically on expansion of the methods for making revisions.

Constitutional Revision: Ohio Style begins with the Northwest Ordinance and 1802 Ohio Constitution, and reviews the path to statehood along with changes in the methods of constitutional revision later adopted in Ohio’s current constitution. The article then examines changes resulting from the Progressive-Era Constitutional Convention of 1912, and changes over the last century including the use of initiatives and constitutional revision commissions.  The article is available here:

Steinglass, Constitutional Revision–Ohio Style (OSLJ 2016) copy

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