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Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
1801 Euclid Avenue, LB 138
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
Phone
(216) 687-2300
School Information
"...we were nationally ranked in 11 specialty areas: Business/Corporate, Clinical training, Constitutional Law, Contracts/Commercial, Criminal Law, Environmental Law, Health care Law, Intellectual property Law, International Law, Legal writing, Tax Law, (...) "A robust, engaged learning curriculum connects students to real world legal work complementing rigorous academics. Innovative “pop-up practicums” offer students short-term, hands-on opportunities to work on legal issues important to them. Through our Pro Bono program our CSU C|M|LAW students clock 11,000 hours of volunteer work each year, and gain lawyering skills while assisting people in need through our Clinics. "CSU C|M|LAW offers education in growing industries through its Center for Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection, Center for Health Law and Policy, Criminal Justice Center, Global Space Law Center, IP and First Amendment and numerous areas of expertise. "CSU Cleveland-Marshall graduates have a history that is strong in social justice, leading at the forefront of major social movements including women’s suffrage and civil rights. Committed to diversity, we were the first law school in Ohio to admit women and one of the first to admit African Americans. Today, our students learn to recognize injustice hands-on work for reform through our Criminal Justice Center, multiple opportunities to help clients in our clinics, and through the school's commitment to fight for racial and social justice." (Source: https://www.law.csuohio.edu/meetcmlaw)
General Information
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law has taken a symbolic step in deference to activists, rather than implementing measures such as mandatory diversity training. The college began the process of changing its name, as it was named for Chief Justice John Marshall (a slaveholder), due to public pressure and petitioning. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The Training and Education workgroup, "Researched and identified third-party organizations to provide anti-bias training to incoming 1Ls during student orientation."
  • The Training and Education workgroup, "Explored implementing a diversity and inclusion training program that could be available to students, faculty and staff in the late spring 2021 semester and through the summer." The training will be "a program that provides participants with resources (readings, podcasts, videos, and seminars) aimed at providing a deeper understanding of racism, bias and social justice and encourages participants to record their thoughts/impressions of the resources they review."
  • The Training and Education workgroup will "Work with and support efforts of the 3rd party organization the law school ultimately hires to develop and implement training around issues of bias, racism and cultural competence."
Disciplinary Measures
  • The school will create a "Center for Advocacy and Student Equity (CASE)," which will be a center "where students can report any incidences of inequity or other prejudicial issues at C|M|LAW."
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • The school climate workgroup will, "Work with the Training and Education Work Group to bring in a third-party source for training."
  • All students, faculty, and staff will be strongly encouraged to take a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion pledge.
  • The Training and Education Workgroup, "Researched and identified third-party organizations to assist with customizing a training program for students, faculty and staff at C|M|LAW to address such issues as bias, racism and cultural competence."
Resources
  • The school created the "CSU C|M|LAW Social Justice and Antiracism Resources Guide."
  • The school created the C|M|LAW Racial Justice Task Force "consisting of students, faculty, staff, and alumni to ensure that we implement our Call to Action. We formed four Racial Justice Work Groups: School Climate, Training and Education, Public Action, and Community Conversations."
  • The School Climate workgroup held a "Student-Only Discussion," where "Students were given the opportunity to speak openly and candidly on their feelings of school climate."
  • The school held a "Community Conversation: Race & Law: Capitol Insurrection vs. BLM Protests."
  • The Community Conversations work group, "Created 9 programs in AY20-21; 5 in Fall 2020 and 4 in Spring 2021." The group also, "Hosted first Racial Justice Community Conversations Student Book Club." The group plans to have a "Racial Justice Film Series."
Symbolic Actions
  • Institution will begin process of changing its name, due to petition pressure.
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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