Join Dean Lee Fisher on a tour of Cleveland Marshall College of Law
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Hi, I'm Lee Fisher. I'm the Dean of Cleveland Marshall College of Law. This is the dean suite. This is where a lot of stuff happens where we have food almost every single day for our students, staff and faculty, particularly our students, where we have coffee for everyone in the building. I get my coffee every morning as well. So I want to tell you a little bit about our law school and we're gonna do a little virtual tour. Over the next few minutes. One thing that you'll find out about our law school, is the doors are always open. The faculty is always accessible, so is the staff. And there's a sort of family atmosphere here at this law school. Yes, it's competitive. Yes, it's hard work. But we have each other's backs. We want every student in this building to succeed, no matter who she or he is. And we make that our top priority. So come with us on this virtual tour. I think you'll be impressed. And we hope you'll decide to join us and be part of the Cleveland Marshall family. Thanks a lot.
We are an iconic law school. We're 123 years old. And to commemorate that we have a Hall of Fame. This Hall of Fame consists of women and men who have changed the legal landscape the political landscape, the governmental landscape of the Midwest and Ohio for many, many years. We were the first law school in Ohio to admit women. We are one of the first law schools in the nation to admit people of color and immigrants. On this wall, you will see men and women whether they were Chief Justices of the Ohio Supreme Court, governors of Ohio, mayors of Ohio members of Congress, women and men who have literally forged a path for the men and women who now attend our law school. Our beautiful law building was dedicated in 1977. And it was dedicated by none other than Prince Charles of the royal family. This is a plaque that commemorates his first visit to the city of Cleveland. And his first visit the city of Cleveland was right at our law school. Now we're going to go into the courtroom. This is the most visited room in the entire law school. It's where things happen literally every part of every day. Now I'm gonna introduce you in a minute to our Associate Dean Carolyn Broering-Jacobs, who will tell you all about the new corporate.
Hi there. I'm Carolyn Broering-Jacobs, I am the Associate Dean for administration here at Louisville Marshall College of Law. And I am standing in our iconic room. If Cleveland Marshall is your law school of choice, you and I will get to know one another quite well. I do lots of work with our students, particularly in their first year but also beyond. I've been on a course schedule. I work with students on individual projects when our students have a particular interest that they'd like to pursue. Sometimes we're able to craft a course or a pop up practicum around a particular student interest. I worked for example, with a group of students this year, we're really interested in making sure that we have an animal workforce here at the law school. And we work together to find funding, and an adjunct professor. And in fall of 2020, we'll be having a course. I have students coming into my office almost every day with questions, concerns. One of the things that I do is to try to make sure that we as a law school, understand what our students needs are. One of the ways that I do that is by meeting with the president of our Student Bar Association, once a week, to talk about concerns, issues, questions that our students have so that we as, a law school administration, are on top of what our students are thinking about and what our students resources are. In our Moot courtroom. This is the place where we can actually bring our entire law school community together for events and programs. I'd say we have speakers here from outside the law school almost every week, just before our spring break.
For example, we had a an entire day devoted to the law of outer space. And in particular, it was a symposium on returning to the moon, Professor Mark Sandal, who's the Director of our global space Law Center, organize the symposium and run in speakers from all over the country, and actually not just all over the country, all over the world, to discuss this very important and emerging topic. It's just one example of the many interesting discussions and events that we have here in this room. Another thing that our students are often doing right up there, at these podiums and at this bench is participating in something called Moot Court is mock appellate advocacy is a co- curricular program by co-curricular I mean-- it's kind of outside the classroom, but it's something that you could do for academic credit. So Moot Court is one of the many co- curricular programs that we have here at Cleveland Marshall, where students get to learn appellate advocacy skills. They work on crafting and improving their legal writing by writing an appellate brief. And then they develop oral advocacy skills, because they learn to do appellate argument before a appellate court, I hope that you will have a chance to visit us to learn more about our program, and many of our other co-curricular programs like mock trial, like our law reviews. I think probably later in the tour, you will see our trial court room. Our trial court room is where our students learn to do trial level work, mock trial level work, and they do it through clinics. They do it in trial advocacy classes, and they do it through our mock trial team. So lots of interesting ways for you as a student, here at Cleveland Marshall to get involved in the things that you are interested in.
This is one of my favorite parts of the building because it's beautiful and majestic. It's our law library, one of the largest law libraries in the country with literally floor to ceiling windows, a Learning Commons. Where actually we encourage our students to talk not just to be quiet, it's a great place to study. It's a great place to get work done. It's my favorite part of the building, you will love them.
Welcome to the Cleveland Marshall College of Law atrium, where students study and meet. Each month student organizations host a sidebar for faculty, alumni, and students to engage in network. This is the hub of all things that happened here at the law school.
We were one of the first law schools to have a state of the art trial classroom. It is beautiful. And to tell you more about that. And some other things we do here at the law school is our Associate Dean, Jonathan Witmer-Rich.
Hi, I'm Jonathan Witmer-Rich professor and associate dean of academic enrichment. We're here in the trial courtroom, which is a state of the art courtroom facility with a bench for the judges, places for witnesses, counsel, all of the technology that the most modern courtrooms have, that our students can use, to experience what a real trial courtroom is, like. Our curriculum is able to prepare you for any practice area, anything you want to do in the legal profession, or beyond. We're constantly updating, trying to figure out what the next practice area is going to be. Several years ago already, we began developing a curriculum in cybersecurity, for example, because we saw that that was an emerging area. I'm one of the co-directors of the Criminal Justice Center. And so I'm going to talk to you for a minute about that. The Criminal Justice Center has a robust criminal justice curriculum, of course with courses in a lot of different specialty areas within criminal law. We also run regular speaker series, where we bring National Speakers from around the country to talk to them at the law school about criminal justice issues. And finally, we have a lot of opportunities for our students to get engaged in real world criminal justice things that are happening here in our community. We have pop up practicums, which are opportunities where students can engage in something that's happening right now, in a classroom setting. For example, this semester, some of our students are doing a pop up practicum with the Cuyahoga County conviction integrity unit at the prosecutor's office. They're preparing a petition for a particular inmate, asking him to be exonerated, essentially by the Cuyahoga County prosecutor's office. And they're doing this for credit under the direction of an adjunct professor. Other students have done pop up practicums. In for example, the Ohio rules commission, which I'm a member of where we go to Columbus, and we work with the Ohio rules Commission on drafting amendments to the Ohio rules of criminal procedure. In addition, we have just launched the day one project, which is a new project at the law school where we've entered into a partnership with the Cuyahoga County Public Defender's Office, the Cleveland Municipal Court, and the city prosecutor's office. And so our students will be working directly with these community partners to try to improve representation starting at day one in the criminal justice process, when so many inequities can arise inequities in access to counsel, release on bail, access to pre-trial diversion, all those sorts of things. So we are always looking for new opportunities to see what is happening in our local community, in, for example, criminal justice or in other areas of law, and trying to find ways to get our students out in the world engaged in working on those problems and helping to solve them. While they're a student here at Cleveland State University.
We're very proud of the fact that we're a law school that has practical experience offered to all of our students, primarily through our clinics. We have a beautiful state of the art clinic. It's in a sense a law firm within the law school. And now you'll hear from Professor Ken Kowalski, who will tell you all about it.
Hi. Welcome to the clinical space here at Cleveland Marshall. I'm Professor Ken Kowalski and I teach day Civil Litigation clinic. clinics are part of our experiential program here in Cleveland Marshall. Students in clinics, work on real cases. We have real clients. The clinic I teach is the Civil Litigation clinic. And the clinic the students work on those cases, the students to interview the clients and are responsible for planning, whatever it is that we're going to do for them, it may be it may be litigation in court, it may be hearing an administrative hearing. It may be filing an appellate brief or arguing in case in the court of appeals. We also have externships at Cleveland Marshall. We have students who are placed in law offices in the community. And those are a wide range of experiences, they might work in a judge's chambers with the judge, they might be in federal or state court, they might be working at a public defender's or prosecutor's office, they may be working at a general counsel's office. We want students to be able to do to practice when they leave here. And the experience they get, especially in the clinics, enables them to do that. Then we have other clinics here. We also have a transactional Law Clinic which--in which students work for nonprofits provide legal advice to, for instance, community development agencies. We also have an appellate Law Clinic, and they just do appeals of various sorts, including immigration courts, etc. We also have a community advocacy clinic, and they help people with things like name changes. Let's look at our refrigerator. And the reason we're showing the refrigerators not just to show you, I'm not gonna show you what's inside, but I'm not just because we have a refrigerator. But it's this photograph. This is the child of one of our clients, a client who came to us because she had been denied unemployment benefits after being terminated by her employer. She worked for a bank. The bank had a family leave family leave policy, but she was required to come back sooner than she was able. Now although she had arranged with her supervisor that she could come back somebody higher up, denied that request. And she was terminated. She filed for unemployment, didn't get it. We interviewed her students represented her at a hearing. And when she got the notice that she won her case, she sent us a thank you email with a photo attached to the baby who was sort of the genesis of her case. Now we show we have this here because it reminds our students that they're working for real people.
When I graduated from law school at Cleveland, Marshall in 2011, this beautiful space that we're in did not exist. There was not a solid practice incubator, and it was really hard to start a law practice, a lot more challenging than I thought it was going to be. And I wish I would have had a program like this. So when I was approached to lead program, it was a simple answer for me. I've been a solo practitioner for eight years, and I've embraced everything about the solo entrepreneur world. And I wanted to be able to help our students who wanted to have control over the practices, open them. And so what I do in my role here is I teach new graduates, the nuts and bolts of opening and sustaining a law practice. We are so lucky to have such an amazing alumni network here in Cleveland. I know you've been hearing about that a lot. But it's really true. I am able to call on lawyers in every single practice area at any time to help one of my lawyers, if they have a question, on a case or need to co counsel or just need some encouragement about their practice. We're able through this little practice incubator to put on programming for our lawyers that is practical and really teaches them how to practice law and how to make it a career. We are very excited for you to join Cleveland Marshall. I hope that if you were considering solo practice and being your own boss, that you come here, join the solo practice incubator and come to our community.
So I'm standing in the Jones Day conference room, if Jones day sounds familiar, it's because it's one of the largest law firms in the world. And it's headquartered right here in Cleveland, like so many other world class law firms. And we are just literally a stone's throw away from all of the major legal employers in Cleveland. We're at the corner of 18th Euclid, right in the heart of downtown, you couldn't ask for a better place to learn law because we not only learn law within the confines of these walls, we learn law out on the streets and in these law firms and in the corporations in Cleveland. It's a great, great place to learn law. And I also want to tell you one thing, if we stand out for anything else, remember this. We educate not just great lawyers, we educate great leaders, which is why we have a leadership program available to all our students, and a special Dean's leadership Fellows program as well. It's one of the many things that set us apart from our many find competitors. This is where you want to learn law and this is where you want to live justice.
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