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

This Just In: The Anxious Lawyer

anxiousPracticing law can be fraught with stress, uncertainty, self-doubt, and anxiety. Meditation and other mindfulness practices can lead to a more balanced life, and ultimately to a more joyful career in law. The Anxious Lawyer: An 8-Week Guide to a Joyful and Satisfying Law Practice Through Mindfulness and Meditation by Jeena Cho and Karen Gifford [Find It] is a uniquely law-focused introduction to meditation. Even if you’ve tried meditation before, this book might help you work through those rough patches of your law (or law school) career.

Take a Break at the State Fair

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The Ohio Expo Center, Columbus, Ohio

Looking for a fun day trip? The Ohio State Fair is now open in Columbus, July 27 through August 7. The State Fair is conducted by the Ohio Expositions Commission, which is required by statute to hold at least one fair or exposition per year. Through the State Fair, the Commission seeks to promote agriculture and education, Ohio products and tourism, and economic development.

The State Fair traces its history back to 1846 when the Ohio Legislature created the Ohio State Board of Agriculture (now Department of Agriculture). The Board held two District Fairs in 1847 and 1848, leading to the first Ohio State Fair held in 1850. In its early years, the State Fair frequently changed locations, including being held in Cleveland in the 1850s and 1860s. The State Fair has been held every year since its founding, except during World War II. The State Fair moved to its current home at the Ohio Expo Center in 1886. In 1961, management of the Expo Center and responsibility for the State Fair passed to the newly created Ohio Expositions Commission. The site currently occupies 360 acres, includes facilities for indoor and outdoor activities of all types, and hosts over 175 events per year.

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]