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The Changing Face of Law Employment

The Changing Face of Law Employment

Dena Cipriano
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Experiential Education: Real Stories. Real Cases.

Experiential Education: Real Stories. Real Cases.

Dena Cipriano
At Case Western Reserve University School of Law, students work with real clients beginning in their first year of law school – an initiative that began during the 2014-15 academic year.

In the first year of our required lawyering experience, 153 students worked in the Cleveland community and served unrepresented individuals facing significant legal issues.     

Celebrating Lew Katz's 50 years on the faculty

Dena Cipriano
Lew Katz
Professor Lew Katz, 76, is the longest-tenured faculty member in Case Western Reserve University School of Law history. Even after five decades, Katz continues to teach full-time, serves as a public speaker, recruits international students and publishes books. The 23rd edition of his book Ohio Arrest, Search & Seizure was released this year.

Katz once ran for Congress, and he almost became a dean at another law school. He has stories — some on-the-record and some off — about what this law school was like through the ages. He began teaching in the old building on Adelbert, when students kept their books in briefcases instead of lockers and female students didn’t have their own restrooms.

He remembers the time when creating a law degree program for foreign students was a novel idea — a program that has since grown to become a significant part of the law school’s overall population. 

We had a chance to talk with Lew about his career highlights and the finer sides of legal education. We asked him what has kept him going year after year.

His answer remains as steadfast as ever: the students.

They are why he got into this business. And why he’s still here.
    

Case Western Reserve ranked 25th in scholarly impact

Dena Cipriano
Case Western Reserve University School of Law tied for the No. 25 spot in scholarly impact, according to the Sisk study released in August 2015 in Brian Leiter’s Law School Reports.

The ranking is based on mean and median citations to tenured faculty scholarship since 2010. Case Western Reserve’s latest ranking marks a leap of more than a dozen percentage points, and it is the only law school in Ohio to rank in the top 25.     
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:
Introduction
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
    
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