CWRU Law Graduates Raise Bar in Exam Results

Case Western Reserve University School of Law graduates scored the highest in the state on the July 2010 Ohio Bar Exam with 91 percent of all test takers passing the extensive exam.

Results released Friday show Case Western Reserve’s law school in a tie for second place in Ohio for first-time test takers with 92 percent.

Interim Dean Robert H. Rawson says our graduates are to be commended for all their hard work. 

The success reflects multiple efforts by not only the graduates, but also the law faculty and staff.  President Barbara Snyder and the Board of Trustees are delighted to congratulate law graduates, faculty and staff on this achievement.

The law graduates who have passed the bar exam and satisfied all of the Ohio Supreme Court’s requirements for admission to practice law will be sworn in Nov. 8.


Smashing Pumpkins in the Name of Science

Cyrus Taylor, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Mark Chavis, police officer at Euclid Avenue and Adelbert Road, presided over the annual pumpkin drop at Strosacker Auditorium on Friday. The event, a campus tradition for the past 15 years, demonstrates Galileo's principle that objects of different sizes fall at the same rate. Afterward, the gathering crowd feasted on pumpkin pie and apple cider.

Campus News

The open forum, Your Online Identity: Who’s in Charge? When Does Free Speech Become Harassment? What Happened to Privacy? will be 12:30 p.m. Thursday in Nord 310, and will provide an opportunity for members of the Case Western Reserve community to engage in a dialogue about how rapid changes in technology have affected social norms and how our campus has reacted. The program is open to faculty, staff, and students, and audience participation will be encouraged. The open forum will be moderated by Shannon French, director of the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence. Panelists will include Don Kamalsky, Student Affairs; Joel Kraft, Student Affairs IT; Peter Poulos, University Attorney’s Office; and Jared Hamilton and Disha Haque, CWRU students. The panel will begin the program. The Open Forum is co-sponsored by the Undergraduate Student Government (USG), Student Affairs, Spectrum, Interfraternity Congress, Panhellenic Council, and Hillel.  Cider and doughnuts will be served. More information is available online

For Faculty and Staff

The seventh annual Provost’s Leadership Retreat, Building Cooperative Capacity in Academic Departments, takes place noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations, Room 115.  President Barbara Snyder and Provost “Bud” Baeslack will kick off the retreat with opening remarks.

The keynote speaker will be Ronald Fry of the Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management. Fry’s address, Building Cooperative Capacity in Academic Departments:  The Role of Academic Leaders, will focus on using strength-based approaches to build cooperative capacity in academic systems.

The Deans’ Session led by Provost Baeslack this year will summarize the day’s discussion and develop consensus on the lessons learned to create action plans for the year. Information about ACES+ initiatives available to faculty is available online. Opportunity Grants are available for all faculty members. The application deadline for Opportunity Grants is Dec. 15.

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Open Enrollment for the Postdoctoral Benefits Program (PBP) will be from Thursday through Dec. 4, with changes made during Open Enrollment effective Jan. 1. During the Open Enrollment period you may make changes to your benefits coverage. To make changes to your current enrollment, you will need to first print the Open Enrollment Instructions online. Representatives from Garnett-Powers and Associates will be here to present benefits information sessions on Nov. 4.  For more information regarding Open Enrollment, please plan on attending one of the sessions on campus, or contact Garnett-Powers & Associates Customer Service at 1.888.441.3719, or email.  The sessions Nov. 4 are 10-11 a.m. at the Biomedical Research Building, Room 105, and 3-4 p.m. at the School of Nursing 250.

For Students

The Office of Housing, Residence Life & Greek Life has some graduate student job opportunities available. There is one Graduate Resident Mentor position currently open now. The position term ends on May 27, 2011. The early consideration deadline for the application is Nov. 18. We also anticipate one Recovery House Coordinator position open for the Jan. 5 - July 15 term. Applications are available online. By late November, we will begin our selection process for our 2011-2012 graduate staff. Please check our website for more information or updates on our position openings.


Jeffrey Reutter

Next in the Year of Water series, Jeffrey M. Reutter, Director of the Ohio Sea Grant College Program at the F.T. Stone Laboratory will talk about the Future of the Great Lakes. 12:30 - 2p.m. Friday in the Spartan room of Thwing Center. Established in 1895, Stone Laboratory is the oldest freshwater biological field station in the United States and the center of Ohio State University’s teaching and research on Lake Erie. The lab serves as a base for more than 65 researchers from 12 agencies and academic institutions, working to solve the most pressing problems facing the Great Lakes.

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The Phi Kappa Tau is organizing its annual 5K fundraiser to benefit Camp Boggy Creek on Saturday (November 6t) starting at 10 a.m. from the Leutner pavilion. Boggy Creek provides a traditional summer camp experience for children with severe illnesses in an environment that suits their unique needs. Signups are being conducted in Nord during lunch and Fribley and Leutner during dinner. Registration fee includes a T-shirt and raffle tickets for great prizes! Visit the website for more information or contact Steven Binzel with any questions.

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Philippe de Montebello, the director of New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art for 31 years, and David Carrier, the Champney Family Professor from Case Western Reserve’s Department of Art and Art History and the Cleveland Institute of Art, will offer their perspectives on creating a world art history and what would it look like. The free, public talk begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Harkness Chapel, 11200 Bellflower Road. Registration is required. The program continues the yearlong discussion hosted by the Baker-Nord Center on “Globalism and its Origins.” Register online. For information, contact Maggie Kaminski at 368.2242.

The views and opinions of those invited to speak on campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.

Et al.

After spending a year in China on sustainable development and clean-energy issues, Case Western Reserve alumnus Michael Davidson is about to embark on another eco-mission – fighting for climate change solutions at the upcoming United Nations negotiations in Mexico. Davidson, 24, plans to pressure international leaders for fair and equitable solutions to global climate problems. Originally from Eugene, Ore., and now a fellow at the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington, D.C., Davidson was selected from applicants across the country to represent U.S. youth at the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, held in Copenhagen last year.

Since graduating from Case Western Reserve with degrees in physics and Japanese studies, Davidson has been active in researching and promoting clean energy as a means to stabilize the global climate. Last year, while based at Tsinghua University in Beijing, he examined China’s renewable energy sector at the national and village levels.

Nov. 1, 2010

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Multimedia Moment

Visitors learn about Adobe software.

The Fall Harvest with Adobe event drew a bumper crop of attendees to learn about the latest features of Adobe’s Creative Suite 5 software.

In the News

Bed Rest For Pregnant Women
May Be Harmful, Nov. 1, 2010
According to a new report by Judith A. Maloni, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor in the Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, her more than 20 years of research indicate that bed rest can be detrimental–resulting in bone loss, fatigue and low birth weight, among other effects.

Battle Over Stress Disorder: Chico
Sergeant’s Claim Denied, Oct. 31, 2010
Changes in the rules of diagnosing post-traumatic stress disorder haven’t helped clarify matters for many injured soldiers. “There are political considerations,” said Phillip Resnick, a psychiatrist at Case Western Reserve University who has written several research articles and book chapters on the disorder. “It's very easy for someone seeking dollars to claim they have PTSD, because the symptoms are subjective.”

Arguing Before the Supreme Court, Oct. 30, 2010
Jonathan Entin, a professor of law and political science at Case Western Reserve University, said a lawyer in a Supreme Court case must be able to turn on a dime. Supreme Court justices tend to interrupt lawyers with lots of questions. “The main thing is, you can't be so taken with yourself that it gets in the way,” Entin said. “You need to be able to figure out what's important for the justices to figure out.”

Higher Ed News

Call to Defend the Humanities

Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 1, 2010
Stating that the humanities are facing a crisis of funding and attention, Cornell University President David Skorton used his “state of the university” address Friday to say that he planned to start a national campaign on behalf of the humanities.