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


Concert Performance by Professor of Law Angelin Chang

photo of Angelin ChangAngelin Chang, Professor of Law and Professor of Music (Piano), will perform a Keyboard Area Concert Extravaganza on Friday 2/15/19, at 7pm in the CSU Drinko Recital Hall.  The Concert is free and open to the public.  With C|M|Law, Professor Chang teaches Representing the Musical Artist, and has served on the faculty of the Great Lakes Sports and Entertainment Law Academy.  For information on sports and entertainment law resources, see the Law Library’s Sports and Entertainment Law Guide.

With the Department of Music, Professor Chang is also Coordinator of Keyboard Studies and Coordinator of Chamber Music.  She received a 2006 Grammy for Best Classical Performance-Instrumental Soloist (with orchestra) for her recording of Olivier Messiaen’s Oiseaux Exotiques (Exotic Birds) with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, conducted by John McLaughlin Williams.

Professor Witmer-Rich Publishes Article in American Criminal Law Review

Professor Jonathan Witmer-Rich’s article, “The Heat of Passion and Blameworthy Reasons to be Angry,” (55 Am. Crim. L. Rev. 409 (2018)) has been published in the American Criminal Law Review, the nation’s leading criminal law journal.  The article resolves a long-standing conceptual puzzle in voluntary manslaughter cases, when a defendant kills in the “heat of passion” after being provoked.  For decades courts in provocation cases have struggled to determine which features of a particular defendant are properly relevant when assessing the adequacy of provocation.

The article solves this puzzle by identifying a hidden normative component of the heat of passion doctrine: provocation is not adequate if the reason the defendant became extremely angry is due to some blameworthy belief or attribute of the defendant.  A belief is blameworthy if it contradicts the fundamental values of the political community.

The blameworthiness principle also explains when the heat of passion defense should be denied to some defendants—such as possessive men who kill independent women, or defendants who claim “gay panic” or “trans panic”—while allowed for other defendants in arguably similar circumstances.

Professor Robertson Presents at Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia

Heidi Gorovitz Robertson, C|M|LAW’s Steven W. Percy Distinguished Professor of Law and a dual appointee at the Levin College, recently returned from the International Academic Association of Planning, Law, and Property Rights Annual Meeting, held this year at the University of Novi Sad in the Republic of Serbia. Professor Robertson presented “Cities Seethe: Piloting the Path of Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting”.  In addition, Professor Robertson chaired a panel on cities’ responses to migration in Serbia, Turkey, and Greece.  During her visit, she (with the advance assistance of Associate Dean Milena Sterio) finalized a Memorandum of Understanding between Cleveland State University  and the University of Novi Sad to facilitate cooperation between the two universities and perhaps exchanges of students and faculty.

Adjunct Professor Marilyn Tobocman Named Co-Chair of Federal Bar Association Civil Rights Section Committee

Marilyn Tobocman, Adjunct Professor for the Fair Housing Law Clinic, Marshall alumnus and Assistant Ohio Attorney General has just been named to serve as a Co-Chair of the Federal Bar Association‘s new Civil Rights Section Discrimination in Employment, Housing and/or Public Accommodations Committee.

Per the FBA’s news release:

“The Federal Bar Association today announced the creation of a new Civil Rights Section and its leadership.  The Federal Bar Association consists of more than 15,000 federal lawyers, including 1,200 federal judges, who work together to promote the sound administration of justice and integrity, quality and independence of the judiciary.  The new Civil Rights Section is intended to create a working group of attorneys and judges across the United States who will further the professional development of civil rights practitioners and work to develop a more open and fair judicial system.”