Celebrating 125 Years


Representing Artists, Athletes and Innovators

Representing Artists, Athletes and Innovators

Dena Cipriano
Erich and Audrey Spangenberg
The Spangenberg Family Foundation, established by Erich and Audrey Spangenberg, gave the law school $3 million to support its IP law program.
Craig A. Nard
“Just as breakthroughs in the intellectual property field have the ability to transform lives, so too does this gift serve as a turning point and expand what our center can do.”
— Craig A. Nard, notable IP law scholar and Director of the Spangenberg Center for Law, Technology & the Arts.

A Conversation with Our Interim Deans

Dena Cipriano
Interim Deans Jessica Berg and Michael Scharf
Q & A with Jessica Berg and Michael Scharf
After consulting with faculty, staff and alumni leaders, Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder announced in August that Interim Deans Jessica Berg and Michael Scharf would continue in their roles for at least the next academic year, saying: “Since the pair began sharing the dean position last fall, the school has posted significant gains in admissions, graduates’ employment and annual fund contributions.” Here, Berg and Scharf provide an update.

New IP Law MOOC begins

Dena Cipriano
Law school offers free online course "Representing the Professional Athlete."
Professor Peter Carfagna
Challenging sports marketing and investment decisions can make or lose athletes millions of dollars and affect their career. Athletes and the professionals who represent them know this better than anyone, and that’s exactly from whom students will learn when they enroll in the law school’s new free online course, called a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).
Is Obamacare Still About Health Insurance?

Is Obamacare Still About Health Insurance?

Dena Cipriano
Key questions addressed through faculty research:
Is Obamacare still about health insurance?
Professor Ruqaiijah Yearby
Does Obamacare increase racial disparities in the health care system?
Professor Jessie Hill
Are some lawsuits against Obamacare more about women’s equality than health care?
Professor Sharona Hoffman
Is Obamacare’s reliance on electronic health records for research a good idea?
Professor Maxwell Mehlman
Should Obamacare protect doctors from liability for medical malpractice if they follow medical practice guidelines?
Professor Jonathan Adler
Is Obamacare implementation illegal?

Q&A: A Conversation with Our Interim Deans

Dena Cipriano
Interim Deans Jessica Berg and Michael Scharf Jessica Berg and Michael Scharf discuss their work as law school leaders.
Case Western Reserve University announced on November 14 the appointment of two of its noted scholars as acting (now interim) deans of the School of Law. Jessica Berg, an expert in health law, and Michael Scharf, formerly associate dean for Global Legal Studies, share leadership across such areas as admissions, philanthropy and implementation of the school's dynamic new curriculum.

Science to Market

Dena Cipriano
New IP Venture Clinic assists young entrepreneurs with product launches
When Case Western Reserve's intellectual property experts began planning their new clinical program, they did not see a rainbow of opportunity. They saw a hole. A big one.

Legal resources for young entrepreneurs, particularly college students and recent graduates, were virtually non-existent. These science and technology gurus had great product ideas, but lacked the funding, business sense and legal know-how to launch them. For years, inventions by individuals in this demographic found themselves in black holes, with product ideas that never made it to the shelves.

Now, the law school is helping these entrepreneurs take their science to market. And student lawyers are doing the work, gaining strategic business exposure and real-world intellectual property law experience at every step of the process...
Science to Market

Law school’s employment numbers rise

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Law school alumni participate in professional development workshops Alumni support: A component of success
Case Western Reserve University School of Law saw a notable jump in the percentages of students who are employed after graduation.

The percentage increase went from 86 percent with the Class of 2012 to 91 percent with the Class of 2013, an increase of 5 percentage points in just one year. And that’s not all.

The number of students employed in bar-required positions dramatically increased from 71 to 83 percent.
Reinventing Legal Education

Reinventing Legal Education

Dena Cipriano
Legal education faces many challenges in the 21st century. The legal job market has become more competitive. Legal employers demand a greater array of skills and competencies of prospective hires. Yet challenges create opportunity.     

Why Google Can’t Be Your Avatar in Court

Dena Cipriano
Google, Facebook, and other powerful tech companies said they tried to resist assisting the United States government in its massive surveillance operations. Tech titans like Yahoo reportedly challenged government surveillance requests in court, albeit mostly unsuccessfully.

But you know who hasn't been able to challenge these requests in court? We the People.
Professor Avidan Y. CoverThe Fourth Amendment protects "[t]he right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures." In the digital surveillance age, however, tech companies are our avatars. They speak for us and act as the primary check on government overreaching.

The exclusion of you, me, and every American from challenging government surveillance has its origins in the third party doctrine. The basic concept, embraced by the Supreme Court, is that when you share information with a third person, you can't say your privacy has been violated if the person shares that information with the government.

Similarly, you don't have a reasonable expectation of privacy ...

On Their Own, Online, and Over the Border

Dena Cipriano
The convergence of three trends is creating a new challenge for lawyer regulation. The number of litigants attempting to represent themselves in court has increased dramatically. A growing number of lawyers are providing legal services online though virtual law practices. And the globalization of business practices means that legal services can cross borders much more easily.
Professor Cassandra Burke RobertsonConsumers accustomed to online shopping in other contexts now increasingly seek legal advice and support online – sometimes from lawyers located in the United States, but also, in a growing number of cases, from lawyers licensed in foreign jurisdictions.

The forces driving middle-class litigants to look for legal help online are strong. We are seeing a large population of individuals who need, but cannot afford, legal services. The average attorney charges approximately $150 an hour – a rate that is simply unaffordable even for most middle-class individuals. As a result, many disputes simply go unresolved. The majority of legal issues are either handled informally outside the justice system, or ignored entirely ...
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