Civil Litigation Clinic Files Amicus Brief with Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

On April 25, 2017, the Civil Litigation Clinic filed an Amicus brief with the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of Equality Ohio. The brief, which supported the right of a transgender employee who was fired because of her gender identity, argued that Title VII of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 should apply to transgendes, and therefore terminating their work because of their transgender identity is an unlawful employment practice.

Ms. Lorraine Catalusci and Mr. Russel Gates, students with the Civil Litigation Clinic, assisted in the preparation of the Brief. Professor Matt Green, an expert on employment discrimination, contributed his knowledge, fine writing, and expertise. Clinical Professors Ken Kowalski, Carolyn Broering-Jacobs, and Doron Kalir (who served as the Attorney of Record) supervised the work. Equality Ohio’s Executive Director, Ms. Alana Jochum, is a proud alumna of Cleveland-Marshall.

Professor Witmer-Rich’s Article Published in Symposium Issue of Texas Tech Law Review

An article by Professor Jonathan Witmer-Rich has been published in a special symposium issue of the Texas Tech Law Review.  The 2016 Criminal Law Symposium on Violence Against Women included contributions from leading scholars around the country on topics such as affirmative consent, anticipatory self-defense, the prosecutor’s duty to rape victims, and campus sexual assault.  Professor Witmer-Rich‘s article is titled “Unpacking Affirmative Consent: Not as Great as You Hope, Not as Bad as You Fear.”  The article seeks to dispel common misconceptions and unfounded assumptions surrounding the concept of affirmative consent, arguing that affirmative consent standards do not represent a meaningful change from existing law.
A link to the article is available here.

Professor Majette Serves as Advisor to Massachusetts Provider Price Commission and Is Cited in Commission’s Final Report

Professor Gwendolyn Majette has been serving as an advisor to the Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Provider Price Commission this academic year.  She testified two times before the Commission – once in the Fall and once this Spring.  The Commission released its Final Report to the Massachusetts Legislature on March 15, 2017.  The 340 page report cites Professor Majette 15 times and her name is featured prominently on the acknowledgement page.  The following news article focuses on Professor Majette’s testimony.

Dean Fisher Participates in “The Sound of Ideas”

Interim Dean Lee Fisher participated in “The Sound of Ideas” radio show on WCPN/90.3 (Cleveland-area NPR affiliate) on April 19.  Dean Fisher discussed DeRolph v. Ohio, the landmark Ohio Supreme Court case decided in 1997, which ruled that the way in which Ohio funded education was unconstitutional.   The program is available for viewing here.

Professor Sagers Writes in Washington Post on Airlines and Oligopoly

Chris Sagers, the James A. Thomas Distinguished Professor of Law, wrote in Saturday’s Washington Post to discuss the recent controversy over forcible removal of a United Airlines passenger, and the relation it might have to concentration and competition in the airline industry. You can read his piece here.

Professor Ray Selected to Participate in Yale Cyber Leaders Forum; Professor Ray and Cybersecurity Center Featured in Channel 5 News Story

Professor Ray was selected to participate in the first annual Yale Cyber Leaders Forum organized by the Yale Law School, March 30 – April 1.  The Forum included leaders from government, industry and academia who came together to discuss how best to understand and counter the most pressing cyber security challenges of our day. The Forum will publish a white paper summarizing the group’s discussions in the next several months.

In addition, Professor Ray and the Cleveland-Marshall Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection Center (of which Professor Ray serves as co-director) were featured in a recent news story on Channel 5 News about high demand for new cybersecurity professionals.  The news story is available here.

Professor Robertson Delivers Lecture at Juniata College

Heidi Gorovitz Robertson, C|M|LAW’s Steven W. Percy Professor of Law, traveled to Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania on April 4 and 5. to deliver the 2017 Will Judy Lecture.  In addition, to the public lecture, Professor Robertson met with undergraduate students in the environmental studies program, with the College’s pre-law advisor and pre-law students, and with an upper-level class in environmental economics.

Professor Sterio Publishes Post on the Legality of the United States’ Use of Force Against Syria

Professor and Associate Dean Milena Sterio has published a post on Intlawgrrls entitled “Syria: The (Il)legality of the United States’ Use of Force Against Assad.”  This post, available here,  discusses the legality of recent American air strikes against Syria under both international law and domestic law.  Professor Sterio concludes in this post that the United States’ unilateral use of force against Syria most likely lacks a solid legal basis under international and domestic law.