Case Western Reserve Team Wins International Law Moot Court Competition, Will Represent U.S. in International Rounds

Case Western Reserve University School of Law moot court team

The Case Western Reserve University School of Law moot court team, which recently competed at the U.S. Mid-Atlantic Super Regional of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, won the "Best Brief Award" and the "Best Speaker Award" and defeated the University of Virginia in the final round to earn a place at the International Rounds in April.

The Case Western Reserve team is comprised of third-year law students Zach Lampell, Alex Laytin and Brianne Draffin, and second-year law students Margaux Day and Patrick Dowd. The competition, which took place February 29 through March 2 at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., featured 24 teams from some of the nation's top law schools. Margaux Day won the award for the "Top Speaker" in the final round.

Next, the Case Western Reserve team will represent the United States in the International Rounds in Washington, D.C. April 5-12, where teams from 130 other countries will compete for the world championship. Read more.

Unlikely Path Leads to Big Success for Track Athlete


Earning All-American honors as a track and field standout wasn't something Elizabeth Ehrke planned on when she began her college career. Nonetheless, it became a reality for her last season, and she has now set the bar for herself for years to come.

Ehrke started her sports career at Case Western Reserve as a swimmer, where she competed in the breast stroke and sprint relays, making it to the University Athletic Association championships, and was a member of the fifth place 200-yard freestyle relay team.

"I did well as a swimmer, but I fell in love with throwing when I was in middle school," the sophomore explained. Ehrke ended up re-writing the record books for the Spartans last season. At the NCAA Championships she finished eighth-of-19 competitors, earning her All-American status. Her showing made her the first All-American in outdoor track and field at Case Western Reserve in over a decade. Read more.

Campus News


The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women is hosting a Women's History Month Exhibit in Thwing Center's atrium throughout the month of March. The exhibit honors women such as Wu Zeitan, Rachel Carson, Helen Keller, Wilma Mankiller, Angela Davis and many more, and includes photos and biographical profiles.

Researchers who work with human subjects are invited to attend a lecture entitled "Changing Dynamics of Regulatory Issues in International Research" from 9-10 a.m., March 7 at the Wolstein Research Building, Room 4-136. The guest speaker will be Nancy Erdey, a research associate/compliance officer at the Center for Global Health & Diseases at Case Western Reserve. CRECs for Human Subjects Regulation Certification requirements will be available. For additional information, call 368-4818.

For Faculty and Staff

The National Science Foundation-Academic Careers in Engineering & Science Program at the university and Flora Stone Mather Center for Women invite all faculty to a faculty development workshop "Having Difficult Conversations: Skill-Building for Women" from 12:30 to 2 p.m., March 7 at Thwing Center's Spartan Room. Linda Garverick, an engineer, Gestalt-trained process facilitator, management consultant and executive coach will lead the workshop. Lunch will be provided. RSVP is required by sending e-mail to Jiling Yang.

Representatives from EASE@Work, the university's employee assistance program provider, will be discussing summer childcare options until 2 p.m. today in Thwing Center's atrium.

For Students


The Spartan Tappers' Third Annual ExtravaDance will take place from 7-8:30 p.m., April 24 in the Thwing Center ballroom. Early registrations must be submitted by March 7 with a registration fee of $5; late registrations must be submitted by March 21 with a registration fee of $10. Register a group or a soloist online. Space is limited, so early registration is recommended.

The Department of Biology announces the 2008 Michelson-Morley Research Competition in the Biological Sciences, an annual research competition open to all Case Western Reserve undergraduates who have conducted research that is biologically related at Case or other universities. To apply, students must write a paper in the form of a journal article on their biological, biochemical, biopsychological or biomedical research carried out at any institution in 2006 or 2007. Entry forms and information are available at the biology office in DeGrace Hall, Room 203 or online. Deadline for submissions is March 21; the competition takes place April 18. For additional information, send e-mail to Katie Bingman or call 368-3557.



The annual "That Takes Ovaries!" showcase begins at 8 p.m., March 19 at Arabica Coffee House, 11300 Juniper Road. The open mic night will feature bold females who will share their personal tales of how they defied racism, sexism, classism and more, and the audience is invited to share their stories. Dessert and coffee will be provided. For questions, send e-mail to Katie Hanna. Sponsored by the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women.

The campus community is invited to hear U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy deliver the Department of Psychiatry's weekly Grand Rounds lecture from 8-9 a.m., March 7 at the Wolstein Auditorium. His topic will be "The Policy Implications of Stigma." For details, contact Miriam Plax via e-mail, or by phone at (216) 983-3205.

March 5, 2008

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Case Western Reserve taps new trustees

Crain's Cleveland Business, March 4, 2008
Note: Register now for a free yearlong digital subscription to Crain's Cleveland Business. Case Western Reserve University has appointed two Northeast Ohio developers to its board of trustees and has elected a new chairman. Brian Ratner, president of East Coast development for Forest City Enterprises Inc., and Scott Wolstein, chairman and CEO of Developers Diversified Realty Corp., will serve four-year terms that will end in February 2012. Charles "Bud" Koch will take over as chairman of the board on October 18.

Hill rebounds in Ohio, Texas

Boston, March 5, 2008
Sen. Hillary Clinton last night rescued her presidential candidacy with victories over Sen. Barack Obama in Ohio, Texas and Rhode Island, prolonging a Democratic contest that remains deadlocked in a mathematical dogfight. Justin Buchler, assistant professor of political science at Case Western Reserve University, offers insight.

Israeli IT companies to visit region

Crain's Cleveland Business, March 3, 2008
Note: Register now for a free yearlong digital subscription to Crain's Cleveland Business. Representatives of 15 Israeli financial information technology companies plan to visit Northeast Ohio as part of a two-day trade mission to the region next week. The representatives plan to meet with executives of local banks, insurers, software integrators and developers. A panel discussion, "Challenges for IT for 2008 and Beyond," at 7:30 a.m., March 11 will feature Lev Gonick, chief information officer at Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

'Chic geek': Computer science major rebounds

Inside Higher Ed, March 5, 2008
New national data show that what has been a traumatic decade for computer science departments is finally starting to turn around. For the first time since 2000, the number of newly declared undergraduate majors at doctoral-granting computer science departments is up.

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