Professor Sterio Presents at American Society of International Law Workshop on Role of Women at International Criminal Tribunals

Professor and Associate Dean Milena Sterio presented her paper, entitled “The Role of Women at International Criminal Tribunals,” at the American Society of International Law, International Courts and Tribunals Interest Group workshop.  The workshop was held on January 25th, at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.  A detailed description of the workshop is available here.

Professor Joe Mead Argues for ACLU of Ohio at the First District Court of Appeals.


Professor Joe Mead (on the right) at Oral Argument on Jan. 23

The ACLU of Ohio presented oral arguments on January 23 at the First District Court of Appeals to argue that the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas lacked the jurisdiction to issue an improper, sweeping ban on homeless encampments across Hamilton County. Professor Joe Mead argued for the ACLU of Ohio on behalf of New Prospect Baptist Church, a religious organization harmed by the August 16 ruling.  An ACLU press release about the oral argument is available here.

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Moot/Practice Oral Argument at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law on Jan. 22

In preparation of the oral argument, Professor Joe Mead held a moot/practice argument at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law on January 22.

Sagers Writes in ProMarket Blog, Quoted in Various Media

Chris Sagers, the James A. Thomas Professor of Law, this week wrote  in the ProMarket blog of the University of Chicago’s Stigler Center, about a remarkable private merger challenge. He argues that the case could hold promise for future enforcement directions in American antitrust law.

Separately, he was quoted in a story for Bloomberg Law about likely trends in antitrust during the coming year.

And he spoke twice with the subscription trade journal Policy and Regulation Reporter, about deals pending merger review before the Federal Trade Commission–the massive merger of pharmaceutical firms Bristol Myers and Celgene, and the tie-up of gene-sequencing firms Illumina and Pacific Biosciences.

Professor Robertson Presents at the AALS

Heidi Gorovitz Robertson, C|M|LAW’s Steven W. Percy Distinguished Professor of Law, attended the Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting in New Orleans in January 2019.  She was elected Chair of the AALS Section on Natural Resources and Energy Law, and a member of Executive Committee of the Section on Environmental Law.  In addition, Professor Robertson moderated the Section on Natural Resources and Energy Law’s program, Developments in Offshore Oil and Gas: Regulatory Pullbacks and Drilling Expansion.  The program explored changes in offshore oil and gas policy, such as opening up new areas for development and rolling back safeguards. It explored the implications of these changes, including likely impacts on natural resources.

Speakers included:

Moderator: Heidi Gorovitz Robertson, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University

Speaker: Robert R.M. Verchick, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law

Speaker: Jacqueline L. Weaver, University of Houston Law Center

Speaker: Mr. Stephen W Wiegand, Liskow and Lewis

Speaker: Mr. Robert Wiygul, Waltzer Wiygul & Garside LLC

An additional highlight of the conference for Professor Robertson was a joint field trip, Climate Change Resiliency in Southern Louisiana, cosponsored by the Sections on Environmental Law, and Natural Resources and Energy Law. The field trip included a visit to the Barataria Preserve in the Jean Lafitte Natural Historic Preserve to learn about bayou ecosystems and offered a concrete look at the challenges that climate change poses to the coastal ecosystems and communities in Louisiana, which are some of the most climate-vulnerable in the United States. The field trip also visited portions of New Orleans damaged by Hurricane Katrina, such as the Ninth Ward and provided an opportunity to see observe both progress and remaining damage in these communities. The field trip allowed professors to gain insight into the practical responses that local communities have taken in light of climate change threat and into the legal challenges and opportunities involved in these responses.

Professor Sterio Participates in “The Sound of Ideas” on WCPN/90.3

Professor and Associate Dean Milena Sterio participated in “The Sound of Ideas” morning show on WCPN/90.3, the Cleveland-area NPR-affiliate radio station, on the topic of “Trump’s Prime-Time Address & Medicaid’s Future in the DeWine Administration.”  Professor Sterio participated in the first segment of the show, and discussed President Trump’s border security policy, as announced in his speech on January 8th.  The show is available for viewing here.

Professor May Presents at the 2019 AALS

Professor Claire Robinson May organized and participated in the following session at the 2019 AALS Annual Meeting in New Orleans on January 5th:
Building Bridges Between Theory and Practice: Incorporating Lawyering Skills into Doctrinal Courses
The ABA and the legal profession increasingly call for law school graduates to be practice ready. Despite the Carnegie Report’s recommendation for legal education to more fully integrate skills, professionalism, and doctrine, years later many law schools continue to offer separate skills courses and traditional “podium courses,” with little intersection of the two. Why do doctrine and skills remain so separate in legal education? What have law schools done to reform their curricula to allow students to learn law in a practical context? This Discussion Group will provide a forum for sharing how some law schools are bridging the gap by incorporating legal writing, simulations, client-based programs, or other experiential learning opportunities into traditional doctrinal courses. Topics include pedagogy, benefits and challenges of integrating skills and doctrine, and whether the legal academy’s longstanding divide between podium and practice best serves our students and our profession.


Roberto Corrada, University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Renee Knake, University of Houston Law Center

Harold Lloyd, Wake Forest University School of Law

Claire Robinson May (Moderator), Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University

Andrea McArdle, City University of New York School of Law

Rebecca Rich, Duke University School of Law

Amy Sloan, University of Baltimore School of Law

Craig Smith, University of North Carolina School of Law

Etienne Toussaint, University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law

Professor Sterio Presents at Conferences in Jerusalem, Israel and in Ankara, Turkey

Professor and Associate Dean Milena Sterio presented at the Minerva Center for Human Rights at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel, on November 5th, at a conference entitled “Recognition  in the Context of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.” Professor Sterio’s remarks focused on “Recognition of Palestinian Statehood.”

On November 9th, Professor Sterio presented in Ankara, Turkey, at a conference entitled “The Centennial of the Independence of the Three South Caucasus States: Historical Background, Contemporary Developments and Prospects of Peace and Prosperity,” organized by the Center for Eurasian Studies.

Professor Sterio Presents and Moderates Panels at the 2019 AALS Annual Meeting


International Law Section panelists (from L-R): Professor Cindy Buys; Professor Milena Sterio, Dean Michael Scharf; Professor Paul Williams; Professor Tom McDonnell

Professor and Associate Dean Milena Sterio presented and moderated several panels at the AALS 2019 Annual Meeting in New Orleans.  In addition, Professor Sterio was elected to the Executive Committee of the Women in Legal Education section.

On January 3, Professor Sterio moderated a panel sponsored by the National Security Law section, entitled “Junior Scholars Works-In-Progress.” Professor Sterio had participated in the National Security Law section’s subcommittee on works-in-progress, and had thus helped select papers for this panel.  Professor Sterio served as Treasurer of the National Security Law section during 2018, and she was elected as Secretary of this section for 2019.

On January 4, Professor Sterio moderated a panel sponsored by the International Law section, entitled “U.S. Leadership in Global Affairs in 21st Century International Law.”  Professor Sterio had organized this panel, in her capacity as Chair of the International Law section.

On January 5, Professor Sterio presented at the Annual Breakfast for International Law Faculties, sponsored by the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law.  Professor Sterio presented remarks on “Anti-Globalization Forces and International Criminal Law.”

On January 6, Professor Sterio moderated a panel sponsored by the International Human Rights and International Law sections, entitled “New Voices in Human Rights and International Law.”  Professor Sterio had helped select papers for this panel in her capacity as member of this section’s Executive Committee.