Case Western Reserve University School of Law
|Case Western Reserve University School of Law|
|Dean||Jessica Berg and Michael Scharf|
|Location||Cleveland, Ohio, USA|
Case Western Reserve University School of Law is one of eight schools at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. The law school is known for its innovation in legal education and blending of practice, theory, and professionalism. It has a long commitment to diversity and admitted students of color in its first entering class in 1892. It was one of the first schools accredited by the American Bar Association and it is a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).
According to Case Western Reserve's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 58.6% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, bar passage-required employment nine months after graduation, excluding solo-practitioners.
- 1 Academics
- 2 Journals
- 3 Centers of Academic Excellence
- 4 Post-graduation employment
- 5 Costs
- 6 Notable faculty
- 7 Notable graduates
- 8 In popular culture
- 9 References
- 10 External links
U.S. News & World Report has ranked Case's Juris Doctor program at 59th in the nation in 2013. Its health law program is 9th in the nation, and international law is #11. In addition to the JD curriculum, the law school offers LLM and SJD degrees to lawyers around the world.
Employment reports indicate that 91% of the Class of 2013 were employed or enrolled in an advanced degree program nine months after graduation. This represents a 5-percentage point jump since the year before. Of those who were employed, 83% were employed in bar-required positions.
Case Western Reserve Model of Legal Education
In August 2013, by a near-unanimous vote, the faculty adopted a new curriculum to reflect changes in the legal industry. The model is designed to blend practice, theory, and professionalism in all three years of law school. Students begin working with clients in the first year of law school. Writing and skills courses track the content in their substantive courses to blend theory and practice. Students also learn transactional drafting, financial literacy, and statutory and regulatory analysis during the first year.
During the second year of law school, students specialize and continue to build on the skills they learned during their first year. The law school's well-known specialty areas are IP, health, international, and business law.
A Capstone semester is the hallmark of the third year. All students will practice law full-time by working on cases through the Milton A. Kramer Law Clinic Center at the law school. Students may also practice law through an externship in the U.S. and abroad, or they may choose to spend their third year in Europe, completing a foreign LLM degree in addition to their Case JD, at no additional cost.
Students learn leadership through courses developed by faculty at Weatherhead School of Management, and students graduate with e-portfolios of their work to share with employers.
- Case Western Reserve Law Review
- Health Matrix: Journal of Law-Medicine
- Case Western Reserve Journal of Law, Technology & the Internet
- Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law
Centers of Academic Excellence
- Frederick K. Cox International Law Center
- Center for Law, Technology and the Arts
- The Law-Medicine Center
- Center for Business Law and Regulation
According to Case Western Reserve's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 58.6% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, bar passage-required employment nine months after graduation, excluding solo-practitioners. The school ranked 85th out of 201 ABA-approved law schools in terms of the percentage of 2013 graduates with non-school-funded, full-time, long-term, bar passage required jobs nine months after graduation.
Case Western Reserve's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 27.2%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2013 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation. 88.8% of the Class of 2013 was employed in some capacity while 2.6% were pursuing graduate degrees and 8.6% were unemployed nine months graduation.
Ohio was the primary employment destination for 2013 Case Western Reserve graduates, with 56.8% of employed graduates working in the state. The next two most popular locations for Case Western graduates to accept employment were Washington, DC and New York. In addition, seven graduates from the class of 2003 accepted positions abroad.
The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at Case Western Reserve for the 2014-2015 academic year is $69,112. Case Western Reserve's tuition and fees on average increased by 4.89% annually over the past five years.
The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $266,125. The average indebtedness of the 77% of 2013 Case Western Reserve graduates who took out loans was $113,416. For the 2013-2014 academic year, 79.9% of the JD students received some type of scholarship aid from the school, with a median grant amount of $27,000.
- Jonathan H. Adler - A contributing editor to National Review Online and a regular contributor to “The Volokh Conspiracy," Adler is frequently cited in the American media and is an expert in constitutional and election law, federalism, and health care reform, among others. He has been recognized as one of the most cited professors in the field of environmental law. Adler was among the first to raise the idea of a potential legal challenge to the IRS regulation of Obamacare, which prompted a series of lawsuits against the act. He has testified before Congress on a number of national issues and has been cited in a U.S. Supreme Court opinion.
- Jessica Berg - Berg, a health law scholar, has been a member of the faculty for 14 years and is serving as Interim Co-Dean of the law school. She co-chaired the committee that developed The Case Western Reserve Model of Legal Education, a new academic model approved by the faculty last summer. Berg teaches Public Health Law, FDA Law, Health Policy, Bioethics & Law, and Human Subjects Regulation. Her publications include “Putting the Community Back Into the Community Benefit Standard” 43 Georgia Law Review 1 (2009); Making all the Children Above Average: Ethical and Regulatory Concerns for Pediatricians in Pediatric Enhancement Research, 48(5) Clinical Pediatrics 472 (2009); and “Of Elephants and Embryos: A proposed framework for legal personhood,” 59 Hastings Law Journal 369 (2007). Berg previously served as the Director of Academic Affairs and Secretary of the Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs and Section Director of Professionalism at the American Medical Association.
- Paul Giannelli - He has written extensively in the field of evidence and criminal procedure, especially on the topic of scientific evidence. He has authored or co-authored ten books, including Scientific Evidence (5th ed. 2013), and has written over 200 articles, book chapters, reports, book reviews, and columns, including articles in the Columbia, Virginia, Cornell, Vanderbilt, Illinois, Fordham, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Ohio State, and Hastings law reviews. Professor Giannelli's work has been cited in nearly 700 judicial opinions throughout the country (including seven decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court), as well as foreign courts. He has testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. In 2013, he received a National Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Italian American Bar Association.
- Richard Gordon - Former Senior Counsel of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Gordon advised the government of Indonesia on the reform of tax, company, and securities laws. Following September 11, 2001 he was appointed to the select IMF Task Force on Terrorism Finance and was a principal author of the report on the role of the IMF and World Bank in countering terrorism finance and money laundering.
- Lewis Katz - An expert in criminal law, Katz authors Ohio Arrest, Search and Seizure and Baldwin's Ohio Criminal Law. Katz is the original founder of Case Western Reserve University School of Law's Summer Law and Language Institute, a program designed to prepare international students for LL.M. and J.D. programs in the United States.
- Max Mehlman - Co-Director of The Law-Medicine Center, Mehlman is a health law and genetics expert. He is the co-author of Access to the Genome: The Challenge to Equality; co-editor, with Tom Murray, of the Encyclopedia of Ethical, Legal and Policy Issues in Biotechnology; co-author of Genetics: Ethics, Law and Policy, the first casebook on genetics and law, now in its second edition; and author of Wondergenes: Genetic Enhancement and the Future of Society, published in 2003 by the Indiana University Press, and The Price of Perfection: Individualism and Society in the Era of Biomedical Enhancement.
- Craig Nard - Director of the Center for Technology, Law and the Arts, Nard is a recognized expert in intellectual property and patent law. He is also a senior lecturer at the World Intellectual Property Organization Academy at the University of Torino, Italy, and principal advisor to the Center for Studies and Research in Intellectual Property in Calcutta, India. He is author of the patent law casebook, The Law of Patents (Aspen Publishers 2008), Fundamentals of United States Intellectual Property Law, (Kluwer Law International 2006)(with Halpern and Port) and The Law of Intellectual Property (Aspen Publishing) (2011, third edition) (with Madison, McKenna, and Barnes). Nard is co-founder of the FUSION program at Case Western Reserve University. The graduate-level interdisciplinary program combines law, business, and innovation resources to create a robust educational learning experience for students in multiple graduate schools in the university.
- Michael P. Scharf - A noted expert on international law, Scharf serves as Interim Co-Dean of the law school and is the former Associate Dean for Global Legal Studies. He is frequently cited in media around the world. He assisted in the training of the judges in Iraq's Saddam Hussein trial, and is co-author of Enemy of the State: The Trial and Execution of Saddam Hussein, which won the International Association of Penal Law's book of the year award for 2009. Scharf is host of "Talking Foreign Policy," a radio program broadcast on WCPN 90.3 FM (Cleveland's NPR station). He serves as Managing Director of the Public International Law and Policy Group, an NGO. Scharf is the author of over 120 scholarly articles and 16 books, including The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda which was awarded the American Society of International Law's Certificate of Merit for outstanding book in 1999. His latest book is Customary International Law in times of Fundamental Change: Recognizing Grotian Moments (Cambridge University Press 2013). During a sabbatical in 2008, Scharf served as Special Assistant to the Prosecutor of the Cambodia Genocide Tribunal. During the elder Bush and Clinton administrations, Scharf served in the Office of Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State, where he held the positions of Attorney-Adviser for Law Enforcement and Intelligence, Attorney-Adviser for United Nations Affairs, and delegate to the United Nations Human Rights Commission.
Among Case alumni are prominent elected officials, particularly from the State of Ohio. Examples of such include current Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel, former Ohio Attorneys General Marc Dann, Lee Fisher, and Jim Petro, and former U.S. Representatives Stephanie Tubbs Jones and Ron Klein.
Members of the federal bench who are Case alumni include Kathleen M. O'Malley of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and John J. McConnell, Jr. of the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. Both were appointed to their current positions by President Barack Obama. Associate Justice John Hessin Clarke of the United States Supreme Court was educated at Case when the school was known as Western Reserve College.
Other Case alumni are prominent leaders in the fields of government, business, academia, and the judiciary.
Government and Politics
- Ann Womer Benjamin, Director of the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education, former Director of the Ohio Department of Insurance
- Oliver P. Bolton, former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, son of Representatives Chester Castle Bolton and Frances Payne Bolton
- Elizabeth M. Boyer, lawyer, writer/publisher, and feminist founder of WEAL
- Thomas A. Burke, former U.S. Senator and Mayor of Cleveland
- Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Secretary-General, African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States
- Marc Dann, former Attorney General of Ohio
- Lincoln Diaz-Balart, former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
- Lee Fisher, former Attorney General of Ohio and Lieutenant Governor of Ohio
- Herman Goldner, mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida, 1961-1967, 1971-1973
- Tim Grendell, Ohio State Senator
- Ray Gricar, former District Attorney of Centre County, Pennsylvania
- Martin J. Gruenberg, Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
- Thomas J. Herbert, former Governor of Ohio, Attorney General of Ohio, and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio
- Martin Hoke, former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
- Stephanie Tubbs Jones, former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
- Ron Klein, former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
- Donald L. Korb, former Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service
- Claire Levy, Executive Director of the Colorado Center on Law and Policy and former Member of the Colorado House of Representatives
- Josh Mandel, Ohio State Treasurer
- Capricia Marshall, former Chief of Protocol of the United States
- Roscoe C. McCulloch, former U.S. Senator and Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
- Nicole Nason, former Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
- Kevin G. Nealer, Senior Fellow, The Forum for International Policy
- Jim Petro, former Attorney General of Ohio
- Michael Turner, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
- Charles Albert Vanik, former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
- Wayne Wheeler, prominent prohibition leader and lobbyist/general counsel to the Anti-Saloon League
- Charles Z. Wick, Director of the USIA under President Ronald Reagan
- Stephen M. Young, former U.S. Senator
- Sheila Saegh Henretta, Acting Division Director of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Banking
Business and Industry
- Nicholas E. Calio, President and CEO (chief lobbyist), Airlines for America
- Michael G. Cherkasky, former CEO and Board Member at Marsh & McLennan Companies
- William Daroff, chief lobbyist for Jewish Federations of North America and appointee to US Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad
- Austin Fragomen Jr., Managing Partner and founder of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP and Fragomen Global Immigration Services LLC
- Barry Meyer, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Warner Bros. Entertainment
- Geralyn M. Presti, Burton Awards for Legal Achievement "Legend of the Law."
- George L. Majoros, Jr., President and Chief Operating Officer, Wasserstein & Co.
- Laura G. Quatela, General Counsel, Chief Intellectual Property Officer and Senior Vice President, Eastman Kodak Company
- Mary Patricia Oliver, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, BB&T Bank
- Michael Sharnas, Vice President and General Counsel, Visteon Corporation
- Elizabeth O'Keeffe, Assistant General Counsel, Dartmouth-Hitchcock
- David Dvorak, President and Chief Executive Officer, Zimmer, Inc.
- Joseph (Joe) F. Hubach, Senior Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel, Texas Instruments, Inc.
- John (Jack) E. Lynch, Jr., U.S. General Counsel - Canada, E&P U.S. BP America Inc. Houston, Texas
- Marilyn J. Wasser, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Realogy Corporation.
- Valerie Gentile Sachs, Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, OM Group, Inc.
- Mark Costello, Vice President, General Patent Counsel and Chief Strategy Counsel, Xerox Corporation
- Kurt R. Waldo, Vice President and General Counsel, Alcoa Inc.
- Alexander C. Schoch, Executive Vice President Law, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary, Peabody Energy
- Catherine M. Kilbane, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, American Greetings
- Colleen Batcheler, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, ConAgra Foods
- Paul Marcela, Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Blue Bird Corporation
- Peter V. Leparulo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Novatel Wireless, Inc.
- Mark Weinberger, Chairman and CEO of Ernst & Young
- Susan G. Braden, Judge, United States Court of Federal Claims
- Emerich B. Freed, former judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
- Ben Charles Green, former judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
- Alvin Krenzler, former judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
- Robert B. Krupansky, former judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- George J. Limbert, Magistrate Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
- John James McConnell, Jr., District Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island
- Kathleen M. O'Malley, Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- Edmund A. Sargus, Jr., District Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
- David B. Saxe, Justice on the New York State Supreme Court
- Leslie Crocker Snyder, former justice, New York State Supreme Court
- Don John Young, former judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
- Evelyn G. Abravanel, American University Professor of Law
- Bryan Adamson, Seattle University Associate Professor of Law
- Hal R. Arenstein, University of Cincinnati Lecturer on Law
- Richard Balnave, Professor, University of Virginia School of Law
- D. Benjamin Beard, Professor, University of Idaho College of Law
- Linda L. Berger, Professor of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- William M. Carter, Jr, Dean, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
- Douglas W. Charnas, Georgetown University Professor of Law
- Kenneth B. Davis, Jr., Dean of University of Wisconsin Law School
- John G. Day, University of Connecticut Lecturer in Law
- Sandra Fegan Gavin, Professor, Rutgers School of Law–Camden
- Sophia C. Goodman, Professor, Indiana University Maurer School of Law
- Amos N. Guiora, Professor, S. J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah
- Jerold H. Israel, Professor, University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law
- Peter A. Joy, Professor, Washington University School of Law, St. Louis
- Frederick J. Krebs, Association of Corporate Counsel President, Georgetown University Professor of Law
- Suzanne P. Land, University of Cincinnati Lecturer on Law
- Bryan C. Mercurio, Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Law
- Mary-Beth Moylan, University of the Pacific Lecturer in Law
- Kevin G. Nealer, Professor, Georgetown School of Business, Fulbright Professor of trade law and policy in the People's Republic of China
- Charles Norchi, University of Maine School of Law Professor of Law
- Rosemonde Pierre-Louis, Fordham Law School Professor of Law
- Michael D. Rose, Ohio State University Professor Emeritus of Law
- Joshua Rosenberg, Professor, University of San Francisco School of Law
- Orly R. Rumberg, University of Cincinnati Lecturer on Law
- Harold R. Weinberg, University of Kentucky Professor of Law
- Anthony S. Zito Jr. The John Marshall Law School Professor of Law
- Nan Aron, public interest lawyer, civil rights advocate, and President of the Alliance for Justice
- Pamela Gardiner, Executive Vice President of Miami City Ballet
- Fred Gray, attorney to Martin Luther King, Jr., and Rosa Parks
- Mike Lebowitz, attorney, legal pioneer in military expression, military law
In popular culture
- In 2010, the show The Deep End on ABC features a main character, Addy Fisher, who graduated from Case Western Reserve Law School.
- ABA-Approved Law Schools by Year
- about AALS: Member and Fee-Paid Schools
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- "Andrew Meacham, "Mayor packed ideas, pipe tobacco in rich public life," September 15, 2010". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved June 1, 2014.
- Case Law on The Deep End - http://www.hulu.com/watch/122229/the-deep-end-pilot
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