May 24, 2011

Longtime Law Professor Passes

Laura Chisolm
Laura Chisolm

School of Law Professor Laura Brown Chisolm died May 21 after a brave fight against metastatic breast cancer. A gathering to honor her life will be held May 26 at 4:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Botanical Garden in University Circle.

Chisolm was an alumna of Case Western Reserve University for her undergraduate and law degrees. As a law student, she won numerous academic awards, served on the Law Review and graduated summa cum laude.

After graduating, she spent three years at the Institute for Child Advocacy in Cleveland. She then became a member of the faculty at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where she taught courses in property, legislation, nonprofit organizations and wills and trusts. Professor Chisolm published articles on political involvement by tax-exempt organizations and studied other legal issues affecting them. She was actively involved in the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations, was appointed reporter to the Uniform Law Commission Project on the Regulation of Charities, chaired the Important Developments Subcommittee of the ABA Tax Sections Committee on Exempt Organizations, and was active in the Non-Profit Forum based at New York University.

She is survived by her husband Guy Chisolm, vice chair of Cleveland Clinic's Lerner Research Institute; daughter Adrienne Chisolm Stephens, son-in-law James B. Stephens and granddaughter Natalie Stephens of Carrboro, N.C.; sister Linnea Dayton and brother-in-law Paul Dayton, and sister Kathleen Brown, all of San Diego.

The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her honor to the Breast Cancer Vaccine Fund of Cleveland Clinic's Lerner Research Institute, the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, Heifer International or Groundworks Dance Theater. Personal notes or cards may be sent to the family at 2948 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Heights, OH, 44118.

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