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

Cleveland’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

parade Take a break from studying and check out the parade tomorrow! Cleveland’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade can trace its roots back to 1867. Tomorrow’s parade steps off at 1:04pm from the intersection of Superior and E. 18th. The parade route follows Superior Ave. west towards Public Square, and turns north at E. 3rd. The theme of this year’s parade commemorates the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising and Ireland’s Quest for Freedom. The parade features many local organizations, pipe and drum groups, dancers, and more.

For more on the parade, visit:

For brief summary of the 1916 Easter Rising:

Go early if you want a good seat!

Some real Irish language:

Sláinte (pronounced: slahn-cha) = literally translates as “health;” used as a drinking toast

Try ordering your pint in Irish! Just say “Pionta Guinness, le do thoil” (pronounced: pyunta Guinness leh duh hull). Yes, “le do thoil” means “please.”

Please enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day responsibly!

Counseling and Academic Success Clinic – Spring 2016 Announcement

The Counseling and Academic Success Clinic (CASC), is Cleveland State University’s newest on-campus counseling clinic providing free, confidential supportive counseling services to students. Located in the Main Classroom 215D, CASC provides a welcoming and serene environment for students to receive individual therapy and coaching services with our Graduate Counseling Interns in a convenient location.  CASC offers walk in appointments and a variety of day and evening appointment times during the week. We encourage students to walk in for an appointment or to schedule through Starfish.

For more information about CASC, please visit their website @

Harvard Study Examines Women’s Experience in Legal Careers

A recently published study, The Women and Men of Harvard Law School: Preliminary Results from the HLS Career Study, examines the career status and choices of four cohorts of Harvard Law School graduates. While noting the increased number of women in the profession, the study highlights the choices women make, especially relating to family life, that affect the percentage of women in top positions.

Some findings from the study include:

  • In law firms, men are significantly more likely to be in leadership positions than women.
  • On average, women work more hours than men in law firms.
  • Twice as many women partners as men partners do not have children.
  • Women are much more likely than men to go part-time after the birth of a child.
  • Less than 50% of women with two or more children still work full time.
  • Women report facing gender discrimination at a higher rate than men.

See David B. Wilkins, Bryon Fong, and Ronit Dinovitzer, The Women and Men of Harvard Law School: Preliminary Results from the HLS Career Study (May 22, 2015) [Full text available through SSRN]

Cleveland Metro Bar Association Provides Mental Health Toolkit


Lawyers suffer from depression and other related mental illnesses at an alarming rate. More and more resources are becoming available to help impaired professionals get the help they need to treat depression and get their careers and lives back on track.

The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s Mental Health & Wellness Task Force has prepared a Law Firm Mental Health Toolkit that can help lawyers:


  • recognize the signs of depression and addiction in the workplace
  • become informed so that the best help is obtained
  • understand the legal and ethical principles that apply to law firms

From the toolkit, some of the signs that a lawyer might be suffering from mental illness include:

  • missing filing deadlines or failing to attend hearings
  • failing to respond to telephone calls, emails, or client correspondence
  • changes in dress or habits
  • mishandling money

The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association has free membership for law students and welcomes law students on various committees and task forces.


Law Students, Law Professors and Mental Health

A forthcoming article in Journal of Legal Education discusses the prevalence and impact of major clinical depression on law students, law professors, and the legal profession in general. The first part of the article cites statistics on suicide among lawyers, and depression among law students. One study cited indicates that by the spring semester of their first year, 32 percent of 1Ls are clinically depressed, with the rate of depression increasing to 40 percent by graduation. The second part of the article documents the author’s experience with major depression and suicidal thoughts, and his ultimate treatment and successful “coming out” about mental health issues in the classroom.

On campus, professional mental health services are provided to all students, faculty, and staff at the Counseling Center. Some of the library resources on work-life balance are highlighted in law career resources research guide.

See Brian S. Clarke, Coming Out in the Classroom: Law Professors, Law Students and Depression, Journal of Legal Education (forthcoming 2015).