School of Law Professors Win Case in U.S. Supreme Court

David Mills
David Mills

Local attorney and Case Western Reserve University School of Law Adjunct Professor David Mills argued and won his first case in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. On Monday, the justices unanimously reversed a federal appeals court ruling that had thrown out a jury’s verdict in favor of an Elyria woman who was sexually assaulted while serving a sentence in an Ohio prison. School of Law Visiting Assistant Professor Andrew Pollis served as co-counsel on the case, which was heard in November.

The justices said the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati had “no warrant” to override the jury’s verdict, thus reinstating a $625,000 award to Michelle Ortiz, Mills’ client. Ortiz was serving a 12-month sentence at the Ohio Reformatory for Women in November 2002 when she reported sexual assault by a male guard who threatened to assault her again, and then did. When she discussed the attacks with other inmates, she was sent to solitary confinement in shackles.

Now, Ortiz is “obviously elated” by the Supreme Court decision, Mills said. “I’m very relieved and happy for her. Part of the reason this is all happening is because of her perseverance even before I got into the picture.” Read more.

Campus News

121 Fitness Center, owned and operated by Case Western Reserve University, invites you to welcome 2011 with a special $0 initiation fee sign-up special. 121 has more than 90 staff members to assist you in getting healthy this year in a professional, clean, friendly and personal environment. All new members receive four free personal training sessions, and memberships include more than 55 free group exercise classes each week, free covered parking, childcare, locker and towels services, saunas and access to more than 28,000 square feet of top equipment. Stop in for a tour and see the brand-new strength training circuit. Visit 121 online for more information. Payroll deduction and Case Cash are accepted.

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2010 W-2 forms have been mailed and are available online through Self-Service in Human Capital Management.

For Faculty and Staff

An ongoing series of meditation classes for faculty begin Jan. 31 at noon and Feb. 2 at 5 p.m. in the Mayer-Haber Conference Room in the Walker Building. Francoise Adan from the Department of Psychiatry will lead the classes. Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals employees and their family members can register at a discounted rate.

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This week’s UCITE session, Jan. 27 from noon to 1 p.m., will discuss Kelvin Smith Library’s Research Databases and Its Latest Addition. Several research librarians will introduce Scopus, the new database that is the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources. Faculty feedback during and after the subscription is critical. The session will be in the Herrick Room on the ground floor of the Allen Building. Pizza and soda will be provided. Email to RSVP.

For Students

The Case Reserve Review, the official photographic and literary journal of Case Western Reserve University, is accepting submissions of original prose, poetry and photography for publication in the Spring 2011 issue. Submissions are open to all undergraduate and graduate students and are due March 14. A submission form and full submission guidelines are available on the CRR website.

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Case Western Reserve University’s Global Medical Initiative (GMI) will host its 6th annual Medicine and a Movie Thursday, Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Strosacker Auditorium. The movie will be City of Joy. Light snacks will be provided. The following classes offer extra credit for attending: ANTH 215, MATH 122 and SOCI 101 (section 101-lec2347).


The annual Wittke/Jackson Lecture, a special lecture and free lunch with the 2010 Wittke/Jackson Award winners, will be held Jan. 28 at 12:30 p.m. in Nord Hall 310. The speakers will be Outstanding Teaching award winners Frank Merat, associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Rekha Srinivasan, instructor of chemistry, as well as Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring winners Bill Deal, Severance Professor of the History of Religion, and Renee M. Sentilles, associate professor of history & director of undergraduate studies.

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David Croslin, author of Innovate the Future and former chief technologist at Hewlett Packard, will discuss his step-by-step method for creating revolutionary innovation on Jan. 27. The event, sponsored by think[box] and Case Entrepreneurs’ Club, will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Nord Hall 310 and is open to the public.

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Case Theatre Society will host a Be the Match registry to raise awareness and help find a bone marrow match for a Case Western Reserve University student’s mother. The event will be held Jan. 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Thwing Atrium. Anyone in good health, ages 18-60, can register. For students in the Greek community, attending the event will be 30 minutes of service credit. If you cannot attend, visit to register on your own.

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.

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Keming Gao
Keming Gao

Keming Gao, associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry, was awarded a NARSAD Young Investigator Grant to support his research in the use of quetiapine-XR (Seroquel XR) as a treatment, alone or with antidepressant, to treat patients with anxiety disorders concurrent with major depressive disorder. Only 214 investigators worldwide earned this grant.

Jan. 26, 2011

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In the News

Executive Branch Regulations and Congressional Oversight

C-SPAN, Jan. 24, 2011
Case Western Reserve University School of Law Professor and Director of the Center for Business Law and Regulation Jonathan Adler testified before the House Judiciary Committee about proposed legislation to assert greater legislative control over regulatory policies.

Patrick Catalano is Sun Person of the Week

Sun News, Jan. 25, 2011
Patrick Catalano, professor and the chair of the Department of Reproductive Biology at Case Western Reserve University/MetroHealth Medical Center, was named the Sun News person of the week for his active work in the community.

Should Baby Doc Duvalier be Arrested for Crimes Against the Haitian People?

1600 WWRL New York, Jan. 18, 2011
School of Law Professor and Director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center Michael Scharf weighed in on the legal considerations of former Haitian President Jean-Claude Duvalier’s return to Haiti.

Higher Ed News

Lumina Unveils a National Framework for Measuring Student Learning

The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 25, 2011
Officials at the Lumina Foundation for Education developed the Degree Qualifications Profile, a suggested framework outlining the knowledge and skills students should acquire before they earn an associate, a bachelor's and a master's degree. Two regional accreditors of higher education and a private-college association have agreed to test the framework.