News and information useful to Cleveland-Marshall College of Law students, faculty and staff.


RNC Activities at Cleveland State

rncThe Republican National Convention and Donald Trump will be in Cleveland at the Q July 18-21.  In conjunction with the convention, Cleveland State (including Cleveland-Marshall College of Law) will be hosting several events.  Highlights from the law school side include a Cybersecurity Forum (12:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 19) and a Conservative Thought and Environmental Sustainability Forum (12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 20).

Ohio Open Government Laws

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Ohio House of Representatives

Did you know that in addition to Federal Sunshine Laws, states have enacted their own state-level Sunshine Laws? Ohio’s Sunshine Laws include the Public Records Act and the Open Meetings Act. These laws can be found in the Ohio Revised Code, and give the public access to government meetings and records. Ohio has had open records laws on the books since 1963.

Currently, under ORC 149.43 public records, meaning records kept by any public office, must be made available for inspection by any member of the public, upon request. However, this law includes numerous exceptions that exempt certain types of records from inspection, such as medical records and confidential law enforcement records. Open meetings are covered by ORC 121.22, which requires public officials to conduct official business and take official action only at meetings that are open to the public. However, this law also includes exceptions to the requirement.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office provides Sunshine Laws Certification Training and publishes an annual Sunshine Laws Manual. The training session is approved for 3.00 CLE hours. Training sessions are held around the state. For more information and registration, click here.

You may also be interested in News and Resources available from the Ohio Coalition for Open Government. According to its website, the Coalition “serves as a clearinghouse for media and citizen grievances that involve open meetings and open records, and offers guidance to reporters in local government situations.” The Coalition also monitors officials for compliance with open records and meetings laws.

CMBA’s 2015 Medical/Legal Summit–April 17-18

gavel-and-stethoscopeThe Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association is hosting its annual Medical/Legal Summit April 17-18th

The summit brings together doctors, lawyers, health care professionals and others who work in allied professions in Northeast Ohio for education, lively discussion and opportunities to socialize.   Besides a number of interesting sessions offered, the keynote speaker will be former Governor of Utah and Cabinet member Michael O. Leavitt.

CLEs are offered as part of this summit and deep discounts are available to law students.

CLE Today: Cleveland’s Consent Decree: The Path Forward

“Cleveland’s Consent Decree: The Path Forward” with focus on the consent decree being negotiated between the Department of Justice and the City of Cleveland. The speakers will discuss the consent-degree-negotiation process, explore the hot-button issues at the center of those negotiations, and discuss how to create effective and enforceable solutions to the problems identified in the DOJ’s investigation. A reception will follow the event.

Featured Speakers:

Carole Rendon, First Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio

Professor David A. Harris, Distinguished Faculty Scholar, University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Moderator: Professor Jonathan Witmer-Rich, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

RSVP to the event here.

Professor Eric T. Freyfogle – Cleveland-Marshall Visiting Scholar

FreyfogleOn Wednesday, March 25th, 2015, 5pm-6pm, Professor Eric T. Freyfogle will present the Cleveland-Marshall Visiting Scholar lecture “The Next 250 Years.”  America’s long embrace of individual liberty and equality has reached the venerable age of 250, if we date its beginning to the Stamp Act Crisis of 1765.  As beacon and rallying cry, our beloved rights-based frame has brought vast gains, culturally and politically, but is it suitable and potent enough to confront the dark forces of our era, to halt the worsening ills of economic injustice, environmental loss, and sagging democracy?  Professor Freyfogle will address this issue and discuss whether the time has come for a major shift in our nation’s moral and legal trajectory, down a new long path that honors interdependence and the goods we share.  The lecture will take place in the C|M|Law Moot Court Room (1801 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH).  It is free and open to the public, and offers attendees one hour of free CLE.  Pre-registration is not required.

C|M|Law students may also attend a luncheon with Professor Freyfogle on Wednesday, March 25th, 11:45am-12:45pm in LB60.  For more information, contact Amy Miller, Director of Student Life.

Professor Freyfogle is a Swanlund Chair and Professor of Law at the University of Illinois College of Law, where he has long taught course on natural resources law, property law and theory, environmental law and policy, wildlife law, conservation thought, and land use planning.  For additional information on Professor Freyfogle, and a selection of resources complementing the 3/25/15 Cleveland-Marshall Visiting Scholar lecture, see “The Next 250 Years” guide.