Howard Katz Presents on Teaching at SEALS Conference

In August, Legal Educator in Residence Howard Katz made two presentations at the Southeast Association of Law Schools (SEALS) annual conference, which was held online. He spoke about “Teaching Fundamentals: Designing an Effective Law School Course” as part of the Newer Law Teachers Workshop.  He spoke about the Unified Field Theory of Legal Analysis (originally discussed in his book on law school teaching co-authored with Professor Kevin F. O’Neill) as part of a discussion group on “Teaching Torts.”  

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Professor Witmer-Rich Speaks on CMBA Panel on Bail Reform

Professor Jonathan Witmer-Rich was a panelist on a “Hot Topic” webinar titled “Bail and Bond Reform: The Long Fight,” sponsored by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. The panel was moderated by attorney Jay Milano and also featured Anthony Body, a Bail Disruptor for the Bail Project, and Claire Chevrier, Policy Counsel for the Ohio ACLU. The panelists discussed ongoing problems with bail and pretrial release in Cuyahoga County and statewide, discussed successes and failures in bail reform efforts, and best practices for ongoing bail reform efforts.

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Professor O’Neill Featured in National Webinar on Protest Law

On August 5, Professor Kevin O’Neill was a featured speaker on a nationwide webinar conducted by the American Bar Association titled, “The Future of Public Protest.” The webinar also featured the mayor of Savannah, Georgia and the police chief of Phoenix, Arizona. Professor O’Neill explained the case law governing the regulation of mass demonstrations and marches, and answered audience questions. The panel focused on the protest methods employed in the recent Black Lives Matter demonstrations that were ignited by the police killing of George Floyd.

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Professor Robertson Serves as Fulbright Peer Reviewer

Professor Heidi Gorovitz Robertson served as a Peer Reviewer for the Fulbright Specialist Program’s 2020 Cycle 4 application process.  Robertson has served as a peer reviewer for the Fulbright Specialist Program since 2017 and has received two Fulbright Specialist grants herself.  

Robertson is the Steven W. Percy Distinguished Professor of Law at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, and Professor of Environmental Studies at the Levin College of Urban Affairs.

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Professor Sterio Hosts Book Launch

Professor Milena Sterio served as host and moderator of a book launch on July 23.  The featured book was Professor Jennifer Trahan’s (NYU) “Existing Legal Limits to the Security Council Veto Power in the Face of Atrocity Crimes” (Cambridge University Press 2020).  Panelists included Professor Trahan, Richard Goldstone (former Judge, South African Constitutional Court and former Prosecutor, International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia and International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda), Dean Michael Scharf (Case Western Reserve University School of Law), and Professor Beth Van Schaack (Stanford Law School).  

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Professor Sterio Presents at Feminist Legal Scholarship Series

Professor Milena Sterio presented her paper, “Women at the International Criminal Court,” at a session on July 22 of the Feminist Legal Scholarship series.  The Feminist Legal Scholarship series is a bi-monthly workshop/presentation series; papers were selected from a competitive call-for-papers.  

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Professor Kalir Discusses Supreme Court Term on WURD Radio Philadelphia

On July 16, 2020, Clinical Professor of Law Doron Kalir was interviewed by Charles Ellison on WURD Radio Philadelphia on the recent Supreme Court Term. The conversation spanned various issues from Justice Ginsburg’s current health condition to Chief Justice Roberts’ move to the Court’s center, and from DACA, abortion rights, and LGBTQ’s recent opinions to the significance of federal judicial nominations. This has been Professor Kalir’s fourth appearance on the show.
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Professor Robertson Publishes Article on Natural Gas Pipeline Routing

Professor Heidi Gorovitz Robertson has published Cities Seethe: A Case Study of Local Efforts to Influence Natural Gas Pipeline Routing Decisions, in the West Virginia Law Review.  The article considers the efforts of local jurisdictions to influence the routing of a natural gas pipeline through Ohio.  In particular, it evaluates the largely unsuccessful efforts of the City of Green, Ohio, to work with other jurisdictions and the judicial and administrative processes to move the Nexus/Spectra Energy pipeline away from Green to a less densely populated area.  The article is available at 122 W. Va. L. Rev. 881 (2020), or here: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3652422
Robertson is the Steven W. Percy Distinguished Professor of Law at Cleveland-Marshall, and Professor of Environmental Studies at the Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University.
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Appellate Practice Clinic Secures Another Win in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

The Appellate Practice Clinic has secured a victory for its client, Richard Lemoine, in the appeal of a habeas petition before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Lemoine was convicted for both receipt and possession of child pornography materials. In his Habeas motion before the District Court he argued several constitutional violations, which were all denied. The Sixth Circuit granted a Certificate of Appealability (COA) and appointed the Clinic to represent Lemoine on appeal.
In its Briefs, the Clinic argued that Lemoine’s convictions for both receipt and possession violated the Double-Jeopardy Clause. The Clinic also argued that Lemoine had the right to appeal his original conviction and failed to do so due to ineffective assistance of counsel. While the Sixth Circuit denied that right-to-appeal claim, it accepted in full the Double-Jeopardy claim and remanded the case for further consideration with the District Court.  The court’s opinion is available here.
Students Gareth Kleiber and Jed Chedid (Clinic Fall 2019) and Halie Evans, Mara Hirtz, and Kelley Taurig (Clinic Spring 2020) worked on the Opening and the Reply Briefs, respectively. Clinical Professor Doron Kalir supervised the work and served as Attorney of Record.
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Professor Ray Speaks on Privacy and Digital Contact Tracing

Professor Brian Ray participated in two recent webinars discussing the privacy issues raised by digital contact tracing applications. The first, in May, was hosted by The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law’s Program on Data Governance.
The second, on July 9, was titled “Health Surveillance, Privacy, and the Future of Democracy.”  This program was part of the City Club of Cleveland’s “Happy Dog Takes on the World” series; a recording is available here.
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