Beggs Interviewed by ACLU Oral History Project

Emeritus Clinical Professor Gordon Beggs was interviewed for the American Civil Liberties Union’s Oral History Project regarding his service to the ACLU.   Beggs’ ACLU service included helping organize a student ACLU chapter at the University of Pennsylvania in 1968 to address police practices at anti-war demonstrations, serving as a Law Student Civil Rights Research Council Intern while a student at Penn Law, holding five positions with the ACLU of Ohio beginning as Cleveland Executive Director in 1973 and finishing as Ohio Legal Director 1989-1991.  He handled four major cases as volunteer attorney during his first years at Cleveland-Marshall.

Forte Debates ACLU’s Daniel Mach on Shari’a

On Monday, September 27, Professor David Forte debated Mr. Daniel Mach, Director of the American Civil Liberties Union Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief on the topic “Is the Shari’a Coming to America? And Should We Care?”  The Debate was held at the Cornell Club in New York and was sponsored by the New York City Federalist Society Lawyers’ Chapter.

Sundahl Quoted in the New York Times Regarding the Falling NASA Satellite

Associate Dean Mark J. Sundahl was quoted in the New York Times on Saturday, September 24, regarding tort liability, under international law, for potential damage caused by NASA’s falling satellite.  The article, Satellite Falls to Earth, but We Know Not Where, by Kenneth Chang, addresses the worldwide concern about where the satellite might land and what damage would occur upon its landing.  According to Sundahl, under international treaties, NASA would have paid compensation for damage or injuries caused in other countries, but if the satellite caused damage in the a United States territory, “the harmed U.S. person would have no recourse under international law, but would have to sue the U.S. government under the Federal Tort Claims Act.”

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Sagers Drafts Second Circuit Amicus Brief on Behalf of the American Antitrust Institute

Professor Chris Sagers was the lead drafter of an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on behalf of the American Antitrust Institute.  In the words of the AAI:  AAI filed a brief in the Second Circuit urging the court to reject the application of the filed rate doctrine in electricity markets subject to ‘market based rates.’  AAI maintained that the filed rate doctrine, which provides immunity from antitrust damages where conduct involves regulated, filed rates, has little justification in general, and should have no place when ‘rates’ are set by competition rather than fixed by regulation.  The issue is a question of first impression in the Second Circuit.”

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Inniss Participates in Around Noon Book Club: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Professor Lolita Buckner Inniss participated in the Around Noon Book Club on the local National Public Radio station, WCPN, on Monday, September 19th.  The topic of discussion was the 20th century classic Their Eyes Were Watcing God by Zora Neale Hurston. Joining Professor Inniss in the panel discussion, led by WCPN’s Dee Perry, were CWRU’s Rhonda Williams and Laurel School’s Ann Klotz.  You may listen to the podcast here:

Forte Comments on Religion, Reason, and Same-Sex Marriage

Professor David Forte published a Letter to the Editor in First Things:  A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life.  In the letter, published in response to the article “Religion, Reason, and Same-Sex Marriage,” by Matthew J. Franck (First Things, May 2011), Forte praised Dr. Franck’s defense of the moral legitimacy of those argue against same-sex marriage.  He disagrees, however, with Franck’s conclusion that the tactics of same-sex marriage advocates will be self-defeating.  He writes that contrary to Franck’s position that opponents of same-sex marriage will win in the end because the majority of Americans agree with them, the sentiments of the majority may be changing.  As evidence for this assertion Forte notes that the popularity of marriage in the general population has decreased dramatically, divorce rates are up, and people who divorce often do not seek to remarry as they used to.  Instead, they tend to co-habit with a new partner.  As such, they see marriage as a lifestyle choice.  Because they are co-habiting themselves, he argues, people do not seem to see same-sex marriage as a threat to the lifestyle they are trying to build.  In fact, he writes that same-sex marriage advocates may attempt to take the moral high ground, arguing that in a world where many are choosing less committed relationships, same-sex marriage advocates are arguing for the most committed relationship.  Therefore, they can argue that it is they who hold marriage in the highest esteem.  Forte concludes, “The attack on marriage, therefore, is deontological, political, and social. On the one hand, some, knowing that the strongest argument for marriage arises out of natural law, wish to “de-nature” marriage, as one visiting scholar stated at my university. The political attack on marriage comes through the courts, as we have seen. But the social attack comes from the new habits and sensibilities of the American people, who when asked, speak of holding marriage in high esteem, but when put to the test of practice, are more and more preferring forms of less committed relationships.”

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Kerber Reappointed to the Judicial Candidates Rating Coalition

Professor Sandra Kerber

Legal Writing Professor Sandra Kerber has been reappointed to the Judicial Candidates Rating Coalition (JCRC).  The JCRC interviews judges to evaluate them for integrity, judicial temperament, diligence, and professional competence. The JCRC serves the voting community at large by disseminating information on judicial qualifications through the website  Judge4Yourself educates Cuyahoga County voters about judicial candidates’ qualifications in an effort to eliminate the judicial “guessing game.” offers ratings for all the candidates running in contested races in every judicial election in Cuyahoga County.  It also provides biographies of each candidate.

Crocker Comments on Ohio Supreme Court’s Formation of Committee to Study Ohio Death Penalty Law

Professor Phyllis Crocker, who served C|M|LAW as Interim Dean for the past 18 months, has become quickly reengaged in her discipline.  Crocker was recently quoted in an AP news article praising Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor’s announcement that she will be forming a committee to  review the state’s death penalty law.  O’Connor made clear in her announcement that the committee will not debate the law itself, which was enacted 30 years ago.  Instead, it will be charged with making sure the current system is administered fairly, efficiently and in the most “judicious manner possible.”   O’Connor pledged to convene a 20-member committee with broad experience on this subject to produce a fair, impartial, and balanced analysis. The committee will consist of judges, prosecuting attorneys, criminal defense lawyers, lawmakers and academic experts.  It will also be charged with reviewing a 2007 ABA-sponsored comprehensive study of Ohio’s death penalty statute.  Professor Crocker was well suited to comment on this announcement.  She served as Chair of the 10-person committee that produced the ABA study of Ohio’s death penalty law in 2007.  Crocker was pleased with O’Connor’s announcement, saying “[a] thorough examination of our state’s death penalty system was one of the goals of the 2007 ABA Death Penalty Report.”

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Green Invited to Join Cleveland Employment Inns of Court

Professor Matthew Green has been invited to join the Cleveland Employment Inns of Court.  The Cleveland Employment Inns of Court was formed in 2005 and is a Charter Member of the American Inns of Court and was organized to enhance the professional and ethical quality of legal practice.  The Inn holds educational programs and is a forum for discussion of its discipline.

Sterio Speaking at International Law in Crisis Conference

Professor Milena Sterio will be speaking today at the International Law in Crisis Conference at Case Law School.  The conference is designed to examine both the application of international law in times of crisis and whether these events are pushing international law itself to the brink of crisis, with panels examining developments in Northern Africa and the Middle East, climate change, international economic law, universal jurisdiction, piracy, and the war on terrorism.  Professor Sterio will be appearing from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  You can watch the proceedings live at: