Sagers Appears on CNBC to Debate Google Break-Up

Chris Sagers, the James A. Thomas Professor of Law, appeared on CNBC’s “Power Lunch” today to discuss recent news that search-engine giant  Google may face renewed antitrust scrutiny by US regulators. You can view the clip here:

Sagers Quoted in Wall Street Journal, Other News, on Breaking Antitrust News

Chris Sagers, the James A. Thomas Professor of Law, spoke with the Wall Street Journal today on breaking news in the Justice Department’s closely watched challenge to the merger of AT&T and Time Warner, Inc. The Journal uncovered AT&T’s apparent intent to call Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim as a witness in the case. The move may signal a plan to challenge the suit as an improperly discriminatory action against the firm for criticism of the Trump Administration by CNN, a Time Warner asset. You can read the article here.

Sagers was also quoted recently in Bloomberg story carried in the San Francisco Chronicle, Forbes, Crain’s Cleveland, and other outlets. He discussed Ohio v. American Express, in which the Supreme Court will consider antitrust claims against American Express. Sagers was signatory to an amicus brief in the case supporting plaintiff Ohio and the other plaintiff states. 


C|M|Law Tax Alumni Group Created and Hosts Inaugural Event

Michelle Gearity (class of 2015) and Jim Cochran (class of 2012) founded the C|M Law Tax Alumni Group in October 2017. The C|M|Law Tax Alumni Group consists of C|M alumni who work in the tax area. Membership in the C|M|Law Tax Alumni Group provides an opportunity for alumni working in tax not only to keep in touch with each other but to be actively involved in the life of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Its members can be a rich resource for C|M students interested in pursuing a career in tax.

The C|M Law Tax Alumni Group hosted its inaugural event on Tuesday, February 6, called
“Careers in Tax.” Five members of the Group (Mia Witt of Calfee, Halter & Griswold, Jim Cochran of PwC, Rich Weinberg and Tom Vanik of FSM Capital Management, and Greg Gawlik of FirstEnergy) talked about what it’s like to practice tax in their setting and strategies for preparing for and obtaining jobs, followed by a reception.

C|M alums who practice in the tax area are encouraged to contact Professor Deborah Geier at to add your name to the C|M Law Tax Alumni Group.

Professor Witmer-Rich Interviewed by News Channel 19

Professor Jonathan Witmer-Rich was recently interviewed by News Channel 19, in a story about two recent cases in which police officers failed to enter homes, even though persons inside needed police help.

In the first case, out of Columbus, police responded to a neighbor’s call about a domestic dispute and gunshots in a nearby apartment.  The police knocked on the door, but left after no one answered.  Twenty-four hours later, a friend entered the apartment and found Heather Campbell dead, the victim of an apparent murder-suicide at the hands of her boyfriend, Kyle Lafferty, whose body was also found at the scene.  Professor Witmer-Rich explained that the Fourth Amendment “exigent circumstances” doctrine permits police to enter when they reasonably believe there is an imminent threat to the life or safety of someone inside.  He observed that there are no bright line rules for when police can and cannot enter–police must make individual judgments based on what they know.

In another case, police responded to a Euclid apartment after the resident, Charles Matlin, failed to show up at a restaurant where he was a regular.  After receiving no response, police chose not to force entry.  The next day, police entered the house and found Matlin, confused and on the floor of his apartment.  Professor Witmer-Rich explained that under the “community caretaker doctrine,” courts often give police more leeway to enter when they are conducting a welfare check than during a criminal investigation.

The News Channel 19 story can be found here.

Professor Sterio Presents at Workshop; Participates in “Sound of Ideas” WCPN/90.3 Morning Show

Professor and Associate Dean Milena Sterio participated in the American Society of International Law International Courts and Tribunals Annual Workshop on February 9; the Workshop was held was the John Marshall School of Law in Chicago.  Professor Sterio presented her article, “The Legacy of Ad Hoc International Tribunals.”

In addition, Professor Sterio participated as a panelist on “The Sound of Ideas” morning show on WCPN/90.3, where she discussed President Trump’s recently-announced immigration policy.  Audio and video of the show are available here.

Professor Borden Mediates Landlord-Tenant Dispute

Professor and Associate Dean Michael Borden is acting as mediator in a landlord-tenant dispute involving residents/tenants at a Beachwood luxury building, the Vue, and their corporate landlord and building manager.  The case, and the ongoing negotiation, are currently pending before the Shaker Heights Municipal Court.  More details about this case are available here .

Professor Ray Participates in IoTC; Presents at Indiana University and at LegalTech in New York City

Professor Brian Ray is part of the CSU-Case Western Reserve University Internet of Things Collaborative (IoTC) leadership team that was recently awarded a $1.75 million grant from the Cleveland Foundation. As the IoTC Cybersecurity Industry Liaison, he will work with industry partners and faculty experts on both campuses to develop shared opportunities for applied research, education and training programs to prepare students and professionals in law, business, urban studies and computer science to take advantage of the emerging IoT revolution.
Professor Ray also presented on “The Limits of Sustainable Cybersecurity: Examples from the U.S.-China Cybersecurity Relationship” as a panelist at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business Symposium on Sustainable Cybersecurity and attended LegalTech in New York City to announce two new legal technology programs, the TCDI C|M|Law Tech Lab and the eDiscovery Technology Professional Certificate at LegalTech in New York City.  Both programs are part of the new C|M|Law Tech Initiative, which will officially launch this Spring in conjunction with the third annual Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection Conference on March 22.

Professor Green Testifies Before Ohio House of Representatives Committee in Support of House Bill 160

Professor Matthew W. Green Jr. testified on Wednesday, January 31st before the Ohio House of Representatives’ Government Accountability and Oversight Committee in support of House Bill 160, The Ohio Fairness Act. The act would amend the Ohio Civil Rights Act to include sexual orientation and gender identity and expression among the protected classes the statute currently covers. Professor Green’s testimony focused on the fact that LGBT individuals must often rely on federal law for protection from workplace discrimination because of the lack of explicit protection under Ohio law, and he provided an overview of the status of federal law in this area. Professor Green also fielded inquiries regarding the documented pervasive and persistent discrimination confronting the LGBT community in employment and other areas.