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ABA Approved Since 1957

Cleveland State University’s 110 year-old Cleveland-Marshall College of Law is the direct descendant of two night law schools: the Cleveland Law School, founded in 1897, and the John Marshall School of Law founded in 1916. The Cleveland Law School was the first law school in the state to admit women and one of the first to admit minorities. In 1946 the two schools merged to become the Cleveland-Marshall Law School; in 1969 the law school joined the city’s new public university and was renamed the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law of Cleveland State University. The College of Law, with both full-time and part-time programs, is the city’s only public law school.


Cleveland-Marshall grants the J.D., the LL.M., the J.D./M.B.A., the J.D./M.E.S., the J.D./M.P.A., the J.D./M.A.E.S. and the J.D./M.U.P.D.D. The College of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association and the Association of American Law Schools.


The College’s library, classrooms, offices, and student social center are contained in one centrally located building adjacent to the city’s thriving theater district and in proximity to the city’s major corporate, non-profit, legal and judicial centers. Thus students studying law at Cleveland-Marshall have abundant recreational and employment opportunities.


The Law School’s multi-million dollar law library opened in the fall of 1997. This 85,000 net-square-feet research and learning facility is among the largest academic law libraries in the country, and with a collection of more than 500,000 volumes, is the second largest law collection in Ohio. Students preparing for legal practice in the 21st century have access to all on-line research services, a 50-seat computer lab, group study rooms, a state-of-the-art media center, and 206 student carrels with built-in power and network ports. The Cleveland-Marshall Law Library has been a selective federal depository since 1979. Students today research and study in a wireless environment.


Students in the entering 2008-09 school year will learn law in a building that has undergone a dramatic restoration: expanded clinical offices, study carrels, classrooms and conference rooms, renovated administrative offices; a remodeled Moot Court Room, new student organization offices and a new three-story entrance facing the city’s main street and opening onto a handsome new foyer and reception area.


The College of Law provides a comprehensive program of legal instruction. In addition to traditional courses, the College’s two student-edited journals, Moot Court Program, five legal clinics, externships, advocacy program, and legal writing courses comprise a professional skills-building curriculum. The Journal of Law and Health and the Cleveland State Law Review refine students’ writing, research and editing skills; the Moot Court Program provides them with experience in the appellate process. The Employment Law Clinic offers free legal counsel to clients on a variety of employment-related issues, while the Housing Law Clinic seeks to assist needy clients with landlord/tenant and other housing problems. Students in the Law & Public Policy Clinic serve governmental and non-profit agencies in need of legal services. In the College’s Environmental Law Clinic, students study and propose legal solutions to environmental problems. In the Urban Development Law Clinic students provide legal assistance on a variety of projects to community and non-profit agencies active in restoring the area’s endangered neighborhoods. The Judicial Externship Program places upper-level students in the offices of federal and state judges. Students may also elect externships in the U.S. Attorney’s office, public interest law firms and hospitals. Subject to faculty approval, they may develop an independent externship. The advocacy curriculum offers courses in trial and pre-trial practice, alternative dispute resolution, arbitration, and mediation, while the writing and research curriculum develops these important lawyering skills in future lawyers. In 2002, the law school inaugurated curriculum-specific academic concentrations in International and Comparative Law, Criminal Law, Employment and Labor Law, Business Law, and Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution. Finally, students interested in careers in international law may participate in the College’s Summer Institute for Law Students in St. Petersburg, Russia. The law school also has an award winning Pro Bono Program. In 2007-2008 students volunteered over 10,000 hours to community service programs and organizations such as the Cleveland Bar Association, the Cleveland Municipal School District, the Legal Aid Society and the Homeless Legal Assistance Project.


The College’s curriculum is complemented by five lecture series: the Cleveland-Marshall Fund Visiting Scholar Lectures; the Baker & Hostetler Lectures; the Forrest B. Weinberg Memorial Lectures; the Criminal Justice Forum and the Employment and Labor Law Lecture Series.


Cleveland-Marshall’s faculty members are outstanding teachers and scholars. A number are Fulbright Scholars, and every year many lecture abroad. Several of the College’s faculty have testified before committees of the U.S. Congress and argued ground-breaking cases before the United States Supreme Court. Cleveland-Marshall faculty members publish in the country’s prestigious journals and are the authors of casebooks, treatises and scores of other publications on a broad range of subjects. These research interests are often translated into elective course offerings that expose students to contemporary trends in legal practice and scholarship. Many of the faculty practiced law before assuming their careers as educators, and many have come from backgrounds of distinguished public service.


Approximately 700 students from over 100 colleges and universities throughout the country and abroad study law at Cleveland-Marshall. They include recent college graduates as well as others who are changing or beginning new careers after years in teaching, business, medicine, or other professional experience. Approximately 47 percent of the student body are women and approximately one third are part-time students, earning their J.D. in three or four- year programs. The student body is notable for its diversity in life experience and cultural backgrounds. This diversity enriches the educational program and helps create a law school community that is exciting and dynamic.


In the July 2007 Ohio Bar Exam, 90% of Cleveland-Marshall law students passed the bar on their first try and on the February 2008 Ohio Bar Exam, 95% of Cleveland-Marshall students passed the bar on their first try.


Cleveland-Marshall has an aggressive Office of Career Planning. On average, approximately 94% of our graduates are employed nine months after graduation. Approximately 80 percent of the student body receive financial assistance.


Cleveland-Marshall graduates include a number of the state’s outstanding jurists. Several judges serving on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio are graduates. In addition to a large representation of municipal and county judges, two Justices on the Ohio Supreme Court and several current Ohio 8th District Court of Appeals judges are alumni of Cleveland-Marshall.


Among Cleveland-Marshall alumni are an Ohio Governor, a U.S. Senator, numerous U.S. Representatives, State Attorneys General, three former Cleveland Mayors and the present Mayor of Cleveland, numerous County Commissioners, Ohio Legislators, Cleveland City Council members and municipal law directors.


Cleveland-Marshall alumni and alumnae number among country’s most distinguished attorneys, heading and practicing in national and international law firms. Alumni are leaders and members of non-profit community organizations and public interest law firms and leaders in business, banking and industry as well.


Finally, several well-regarded journalists received law degrees from Cleveland-Marshall, including the former Vice President of the NBC Washington News Bureau, the former Director of Public Affairs for the U.S. Department of Justice, the former editor and publisher of the ABA Journal, and many Cleveland columnists, feature writers and reporters.


Dean: Geoffrey S. Mearns (216) 687-2300

Associate Dean: Phyllis L. Crocker

Associate Dean: Patricia J. Falk

Law Library Director and Professor of Law:

Kristina L. Niedringhaus (216) 687-3547

Law Library Assistant Director: Jan Ryan Novak (216) 687-6813

Director of Placement: M. Jayne Hurst Geneva (216) 687-6871

Assistant Director of Placement: Bernadette Salada (216) 687-2264

Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association Executive Director:

Mary McKenna (216) 687-2368

Assistant Dean for External Affairs: Louise P. Dempsey (216) 687-2300

Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs: Jean Lifter (216) 687-4557

Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid:

Christopher Lucak (216) 687-2304

Admissions Coordinator: Amy Miller (216) 687-5317

Director of Academic Support: Gary R. Williams (216) 687-2297




GEOFFREY S. MEARNS, (Law Professor), born Charlottesville, Virginia, August 9, 1959; admitted to bar, 1988, New York; 1999, Ohio. Education: Yale University (B.A., 1981); University of Virginia (J.D., 1987). COURSES: Federal Criminal Law and Procedure, Trial Advocacy, Appellate Advocacy. Email: geoffrey.mearns @


JANICE AITKEN, (Law Professor), born Cleveland, Ohio, September 4, 1951; admitted to bar, 1996, Ohio. Education: Cleveland State University (B.A.; M.A.); Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (J.D., 1996). COURSES: Legal Research, Writing and Analysis. Email: janice.aitken @


DAVID R. BARNHIZER, (Law Professor), born 1944; admitted to bar, 1969, Colorado; 1973, Ohio. Education: Muskingum College (A.B., 1966); Ohio State University (J.D., 1969); Harvard University (LL.M., 1972). COURSES: Trial Advocacy, Lawyers’ Strategies, Jurisprudence, Environmental Law, Environmental Law Clinic. Email: david.barnhizer @


SUSAN J. BECKER, (Law Professor), born Lafayette, Indiana, January 28, 1955; admitted to bar, 1984, Ohio. Education: Eastern Kentucky University (B.A., 1977); Cleveland State University (J.D., 1983). COURSES: Contracts, Civil Procedure, Pretrial Practice, Externships, Fair Employment Practices Clinic, Remedies.


GORDON J. BEGGS, (Law Professor), born 1947; admitted to bar, 1974, Ohio. Education: University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1970; J.D., 1973). COURSES: Civil Rights, Labor and Employment, Litigation. Email: gordon.beggs @


MICHAEL J. BORDEN, (Law Professor), born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 3, 1970; admitted to bar, 2000, New York. Education: Pennsylvania State University (B.A., 1992); New York University School of Law (J.D., 1998); New York University (LL.M., 2004). COURSES: Contract, Corporations, Agency and Partnerships. Email: mborden @


CAROLYN BROERING-JACOBS, (Law Professor), born Coldwater, Ohio, 1969; admitted to bar, 1994, Ohio. Education: Notre Dame University (B.A., 1991); The Ohio State University College of Law (J.D., 1994). COURSES: The Legal Writing Curriculum.


THOMAS D. BUCKLEY, (Law Professor), born 1937; admitted to bar, 1965, North Dakota; 1971, Illinois. Education: Fordham University (A.B., 1958); Yale Law School (LL.B., 1961). COURSES: Commercial Law, Bankruptcy, Civil Liberties, Secured Transactions. Email: thomas.buckley @


APRIL CHERRY, (Law Professor), born Brooklyn, New York, November 3, 1964; admitted to bar, 1990, Connecticut. Education: Vassar College (A.B., 1986); Yale Law School (J.D., 1990). COURSES: Property, Women and the Law, Parents, Children and the State. Email: april.cherry @


PHYLLIS L. CROCKER, (Law Professor), born 1956; admitted to bar, 1987, Illinois; 1992, Texas. Education: Yale University (B.A., 1978); Northeastern University School of Law (M.A., 1985; J.D., 1985). COURSES: Capital Punishment, Civil Procedure, Criminal Trial Process. Email: phyllis.crocker @


KELLY K. CURTIS, (Law Professor), born Columbus, Ohio, July 10, 1977; admitted to bar, 2005, Ohio and U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio; 2008, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio. Education: Saint Mary’s College (B.A., 1999); The Ohio State University (J.D., 2005). COURSES: Legal Research and Writing, Advocacy. Email: kelly.curtis @


PAMELA DAIKER-MIDDAUGH, (Law Professor), born Bloomington, Indiana, December 9, 1962; admitted to bar, 1989, Ohio. Education: Emory University (B.A., 1985); Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (J.D., 1998). COURSES: Juvenile Law, Education, Family Law. Email: pamela.daiker.middaugh @


DENA S. DAVIS, (Law Professor), born 1947; Education: Marlboro College (B.A., 1972); University of Iowa (Ph.D., 1986); University of Virginia (J.D., 1990). COURSES: Biomedical Ethics, Church and State, Torts, AIDS and the Law. Email: dena.davis @


MICHAEL H. DAVIS, (Law Professor), born 1946; admitted to bar, 1975, Colorado; 1977, Massachusetts and New York; 1981, Tennessee. Education: Occidental College (B.A., 1967); Hofstra Law School (J.D., 1975); Harvard Law School (LL.M., 1979). COURSES: Torts, Intellectual Property, Comparative Law. Email: michael.davis @


VERONICA M. DOUGHERTY, (Law Professor), born Cleveland, Ohio, January 13, 1955; Education: Bethany College (B.A., 1977); Kent State University (M.A., 1981); Harvard University (M.P.P., 1987); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1987). COURSES: Antitrust, Corporations. Email: veronica.dougherty @


PATRICIA J. FALK, (Law Professor), born Vasteras, Sweden, April 22, 1957; admitted to bar, 1986, Nebraska. Education: Union College (B.A., 1979); University of Nebraska-Lincoln (J.D., 1983; Ph.D., 1988). COURSES: Criminal Law, Family Law, Social Science and the Law, White Collar Crime. Email: patricia.falk @


JOEL J. FINER, (Law Professor), born 1938; admitted to bar, 1964, District of Columbia. Education: City College of New York (B.B.A., 1959); Yale University (M.A., 1963; LL.B., 1963). COURSES: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Law and Medicine, Biomedical Ethics, Family Law. Email: joel.finer @


JOAN FLYNN, (Law Professor), born St. Louis, Missouri, November 26, 1959; admitted to bar, 1989, Illinois. Education: Grinnel College (B.A., 1982); New York University School of Law (J.D., 1987). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Labor Law, Administrative Law. Email: joan.flynn @


DAVID F. FORTE, (Law Professor), born 1941; admitted to bar, 1986, Ohio. Education: Harvard College (A.B., 1963); University of Manchester (M.A., 1965); University of Toronto (Ph.D., 1974); Columbia University (J.D., 1976). COURSES: Constitutional Law, International Law, Comparative Law, Islamic Law, Jurisprudence, International Human Rights. Email: david.forte @


STEPHEN W. GARD, (Law Professor), born 1947; admitted to bar, 1973, Indiana; 1980, Ohio. Education: DePauw University (B.A., 1969); Indiana University (J.D., 1973); University of Chicago (LL.M., 1975). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Remedies, Torts, First Amendment Rights. Email: stephen.gard @


PETER D. GARLOCK, (Law Professor), born 1939; admitted to bar, 1974, New York. Education: Yale University (B.A., 1960; LL.B., 1966; Ph.D., 1972). COURSES: Criminal Law, Torts, American Legal History, Juvenile Law, Child, Family, and State. Email: peter.garlock @


DEBORAH A. GEIER, (Law Professor), born Cleveland, Ohio, March 14, 1957; admitted to bar, 1987, New York. Education: Baldwin-Wallace College (A.B., 1983); Case Western Reserve University (J.D., 1986). COURSES: Federal Income Taxation, Corporate Taxation, Federal Income Taxation of International Transactions, Partnership Tax, Federal Indian Law. Email: deborah.geier @


SHELDON GELMAN, (Law Professor), born 1946; admitted to bar, 1973, New Jersey. Education: Rutgers College (A.B., 1967); Rutgers School of Law-Newark (J.D., 1973); Harvard Law School (LL.M., 1980). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Psychiatry and Law, Contracts, Evidence, Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence. Email: sheldon.gelman @


BRIAN A. GLASSMAN, (Law Professor), born Washington, D.C., August 3, 1955; admitted to bar, 1981, Ohio. Education: Connecticut College (B.A., 1977); Boston University School of Law (J.D., 1981). COURSES: Legal Writing, Research and Advocacy. Email: brian.glassman @


DAVID B. GOSHIEN, (Law Professor), born 1937; admitted to bar, 1962, North Carolina; 1976, Ohio. Education: Brown University (A.B., 1959); University of Chicago (J.D., 1962). COURSES: Contracts, Federal Income Taxation, Tax Policy, Wealth Transfer Taxation. Email: david.goshien @


CAROLE O’ MARA HEYWARD, (Law Professor), born Cleveland, Ohio, October 27, 1962; admitted to bar, 1993, Ohio. Education: Baldwin-Wallace College (B.A., 1985); Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (J.D., 1993). COURSES: Tax Exempt Organizations, Transactions, Real Property. Email: carole.heyward @


S. CANDICE HOKE, (Law Professor), born Raleigh, North Carolina, September 5, 1955; admitted to bar, 1984, Massachusetts. Education: Hollins College (B.A., 1977); Yale Law School (J.D., 1983). COURSES: Federal Jurisdiction, Civil Procedure, Jurisprudence Seminar, Constitutional Law. Email: candice.hoke @


LOLITA K. BUCKNER INNISS, (Law Professor), born Los Angeles, California; admitted to bar, 1988, New Jersey; 1997, Michigan. Education: Princeton University (A.B., 1983); University of California at Los Angeles School of Law (J.D., 1986). COURSES: Criminal Law, Property, Administrative Law, Immigration Law. Email: lolita.inniss @


W. DENNIS KEATING, (Law Professor), born 1943; admitted to bar, 1968, District of Columbia. Education: Loyola College-Baltimore (A.B., 1965); University of Pennsylvania (J.D., 1968); University of California-Berkeley (M.C.P., 1971; Ph.D., 1979). COURSES: Housing Law, Planning Law. Email: w.keating @


SANDRA J. KERBER, (Law Professor), born 1943; admitted to bar, 1982, Ohio. Education: Baldwin-Wallace College (B.A., 1965); Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (J.D., 1981). COURSES: Legal Writing, Research and Advocacy. Email: andra.kerber @


KENNETH J. KOWALSKI, (Law Professor), born Cleveland, Ohio, August 3, 1949; admitted to bar, 1981, Ohio. Education: Case Western Reserve University (B.A., 1971); Cleveland State University (M.Ed., 1974); Ohio State University (J.D., 1981). Email: kenneth.kowalski @


ARTHUR R. LANDEVER, (Law Professor), born 1936; admitted to bar, 1961, New York; 1981, Ohio. Education: New York University (A.B., 1957; J.D., 1960; Ph.D., 1969). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Legal Skills and Analysis, Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiating, Social Science and Law, Legal Profession. Email: arthur.landever @


STEPHEN R. LAZARUS, (Law Professor), born 1939; admitted to bar, 1965, New York; 1972, District of Columbia; 1974, Ohio. Education: Williams College (A.B., 1961); Harvard Law School (LL.B., 1964). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Evidence, Constitutional Law, Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Immigration and Nationality Law, Property. Email: stephen.lazarus @


JEAN B. LIFTER, (Law Professor), born 1947; admitted to bar, 1975, Pennsylvania; 1985, Ohio. Education: Wellesley College (B.A., 1969); Harvard University (J.D., 1975). Email: jean.lifter @


KERMIT J. LIND, (Law Professor), born Newton, Kansas, April 20, 1941; admitted to bar, 1985, Ohio. Education: Goshien College (B.A., 1964); University of Chicago (M.A., 1966); Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (J.D., 1984). Email: kermit.lind @


CLAIRE C. ROBINSON MAY, (Law Professor), born Cleveland, Ohio, March 1, 1971; admitted to bar, 1996, Ohio; 1999, U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit; 2000, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia; 2001, U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio. Education: Harvard University (A.B., 1993); Case Western Reserve (J.D., 1996). COURSES: Legal Writing and Research, Advocacy. Email: claire.may @


KARIN MIKA, (Law Professor), born Cleveland, Ohio, March 21, 1962; admitted to bar, 1990, Ohio. Education: Baldwin-Wallace College (B.A., 1986); Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (J.D., 1989). COURSES: Legal Writing, Research and Advocacy Program. Email: karin.mika @


KEVIN F. O’ NEILL, (Law Professor), born Cleveland, Ohio, October 4, 1955; admitted to bar, 1985, Ohio. Education: San Francisco State University (B.A., 1977); Case Western Reserve University Law School (J.D., 1984). COURSES: Contracts, Evidence, Externships. Email: kevin.oneill @


BRIAN RAY, (Law Professor), born Akron, Ohio; admitted to bar, 2001, Ohio. Education: University of Notre Dame (B.A., 1993); University of Pennsylvania (M.A., 1996); Ohio State University (J.D., 2001). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Comparative Law, Conflict of Laws. Email: brian.ray @


HEIDI GOROVITZ ROBERTSON, (Law Professor), born Detroit, Michigan, April 2, 1964; admitted to bar, 1990, Wisconsin and California; 1992, District of Columbia. Education: Tufts University (B.A., 1985); University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., 1990); Columbia University School of Law (LL.M., 1995; J.S.D., 2002). COURSES: Property, Environmental Law. Email: heidi.robertson @


ALAN M. RUBEN, (Law Professor), born 1931; admitted to bar, 1957, Pennsylvania; 1971, Ohio. Education: University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1953; M.A., 1956; J.D., 1956). COURSES: Securities Regulation, Corporations, Agency and Partnership, Jurisprudence, Ethics and Professional Responsibility. Email: alan.ruben @


CHRISTOPHER L. SAGERS, (Law Professor), born Maquoketa, Iowa, March 25, 1970; admitted to bar, 1997, New York; 1998, District of Columbia. Education: University of Iowa (B.A., 1992); University of Michigan (M.P.P., 1997; J.D., 1997). COURSES: Antitrust, Corporations. Email: christopher.sagers @


LLOYD B. SNYDER, (Law Professor), born 1944; admitted to bar, 1970, Ohio. Education: University of Pennsylvania (B.S., 1966; J.D., 1969). COURSES: Evidence, Legal Profession, Pretrial Practice, Externship Seminars. Email: lloyd.snyder @


STEVEN H. STEINGLASS, (Law Professor), born 1942; admitted to bar, 1968, Wisconsin; 1981, Ohio. Education: University of Pennsylvania (B.S., 1964); Columbia Law School (LL.B., 1967). COURSES: Federal Jurisdiction, Civil Procedure, Section 1983 Litigation, State Constitutional Law. Email: steven.steinglass @


MILENA STERIO, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 2003, New York. Education: Rutgers University (B.A., 1988); University of Paris I-Pantheon-Sorbonne (Maitrise, 2002; M.A., 2003); Cornell Law School (J.D., 2002). COURSES: International Law, Commercial Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution. Email: milena.sterio @


MARK J. SUNDAHL, (Law Professor), born Encino, California, April 12, 1971; admitted to bar, 2001, California. Education: University of California at Los Angeles (B.A., 1993); Brown University (Ph.D., 2000); University of California Hastings College of Law (J.D., 2001). COURSES: International Business Transactions, Commercial Law, Secured Transactions. Email: mark.sundahl @


WILLIAM L. TABAC, (Law Professor), born 1940; admitted to bar, 1967, Virginia; 1975, Ohio. Education: Case Western Reserve University (B.A., 1962); George Washington University (J.D., 1966). COURSES: Contracts, Commercial Law, Consumer Remedies, Secured Transactions. Email: william.tabac @


ALAN WEINSTEIN, (Law Professor), born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 24, 1944; admitted to bar, 1978, Massachusetts; 1981, Wisconsin. Education: University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1967); University of California-Berkeley (J.D., 1977); Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.C.P., 1979). COURSES: Land Use Planning, Alternate Dispute Resolution, Law and Public Policy, Administrative Law, Legislation. Email: alan.weinstein @


JAMES G. WILSON, (Law Professor), born 1947; admitted to bar, 1974, Kentucky; 1978, Michigan; 1981, Ohio. Education: Princeton University (B.A., 1969); University of Chicago Law School (J.D., 1974). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Legal History, Jurisprudence. Email: james.wilson @