Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association, in cooperation with the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, would like to invite you to attend a two credit hour CLE (pending) that will provide local legal professionals a look at The Return of the Commercial Docket to Cuyahoga County. The Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association and Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association will provide a Seminar on the Commercial Docket, which has been reinstated by the Cuyahoga Court of Common Pleas, and is to resume in January 2018. The program will include an overview of the history of the Commercial Docket and its return to Cuyahoga County, recent amendments to the Rules of Superintendence of the Court of Ohio governing Commercial Dockets, a practitioner’s perspective on litigating cases on the Commercial Docket, and a moderated panel discussion with Judges Maureen Clancy, Cassandra Collier-Williams, and Nancy A. Fuerst, who will preside over cases on the reinstated Commercial Docket when it resumes in January 2018.
We look forward to you joining us for another exciting CLE!
Co-sponsored by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
WHAT: 2.0 Credit Hour CLE – pending
WHERE: Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Moot Courtroom
WHEN: Saturday, December 9, 2017
Registration begins at 8:30 am
CLE begins promptly at 9:00 am and will conclude at 11:00 am
HOW: Register today! $75 General Admission, $65 for CML Alumni Members
Organizers: Kenneth R. Callahan and Joseph H. Gutkoski
- Judge Maureen Clancy (invited)
- Judge Cassandra Collier-Williams (invited)
- Judge Nancy A. Fuerst (invited)
Kenneth R. Callahan, Partner, Collins & Scanlon, LLP
Kenneth R. Callahan has practiced law, and served as a judge of the Cuyahoga
County Court of Common Pleas, for more than 30 years. As a public defender, a judge,
and an attorney in private practice, Ken has become adept at quickly identifying the
core of an issue faced by parties to disputes. He applies the perspective he has gained
to business litigation, white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, receivership
and guardianship matters. Ken is also registered as a Private Judge in the State of Ohio,
and regularly serves as Mediator and Arbitrator at the appointment of parties and
Ken’s professional associations include membership in Judge John M. Manos Inn of
Court where he serves on its Executive Committee, and was a Past President; Past
President of the Catholic Lawyers Guild; former ADR Advisory Board and Judicial
Advisory Board Member for the Ohio Common Pleas Court Judges Association; Life
Member of the Eighth Judicial Conference; Vice Chair of the Judicial Selection
Committee for the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association; former member of Civil and
Criminal Rules Committee of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas; Founding
Member and Board Member of the Irish American Law Society of Cleveland.
Ken was admitted to the Ohio bar in 1983; the U.S. District Court for the Northern District
of Ohio in 1989; the U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit in 1989. He is a graduate of John
Carroll University in 1979, and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1983.
Joseph Gutkoski, Associate, Collins & Scanlon, LLP
Joseph H. Gutkoski graduated from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 2010. His
practice focuses on litigation matters, including commercial litigation. While in law
school, he served as a law clerk for Collins & Scanlon, where he gained experience in
commercial and civil litigation matters. Thereafter, Joe worked for an insurance and
business litigation boutique, gaining valuable experience in discovery, pretrial and trial
proceedings. Joseph also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Baldwin-Wallace
Maureen Clancy, Judge, Cuyahoga Court of Common Pleas
Maureen Clancy is a judge for the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas General
Division. She was elected to the court in November 2010 to a full six-year term, which
commenced on January 8, 2011. Judge Clancy won re-election in the general election
on November 8, 2016.
Judge Clancy received her undergraduate degree from St. Mary's College and her law
degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. After graduating from law
school, Judge Clancy spent four years in private practice. She later served as Assistant
Cuyahoga County Prosecuting Attorney and in 2008, she became the supervisor for the
General Felony Unit in the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office.
Judge Clancy will begin a three-year term on the Commercial Docket in January 2018.
Cassandra Collier-Williams, Judge, Cuyahoga Court of Common Pleas
Cassandra Collier-Williams is a judge on the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas
General Division. She was elected in November 2012 to a full six-year term which
commenced on January 12, 2013.
Judge Collier-Williams received her undergraduate degree from Miami University and
her law degree from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Following her graduation
from law school, Judge Collier-Williams spent her career in private practice, before
being elevated to the bench in 2012.
Judge Collier-Williams will begin a three-year term on the Commercial Docket in
Nancy A. Fuerst, Judge, Cuyahoga Court of Common Pleas
Nancy A. Fuerst is a judge for the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas General
Division. She joined the court in 1997, and was most recently re-elected in the general
election on November 4, 2014.
Judge Fuerst received her undergraduate degree in economics from Cleveland State
University and her law degree from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. After
graduating from law school, Judge Fuerst served as an extern with the Ohio Eighth
District Court of Appeals, and as a Law Clerk for the United States District Court. Her
previous private practice experience included handling hundreds of civil and criminal
cases, chairing arbitration panels and mediating civil disputes.
Beginning in January 2018, Judge Fuerst will resume the remainder of the three-year
term she was serving when the Commercial Docket was disbanded in 2015.
Joseph D. Russo, Judge, Cuyahoga Court of Common Pleas
Joseph D. Russo is a judge on the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas General
Division. He joined the court on January 1, 2001 and was most recently re-elected in
November 2012 to another six-year term.
Judge Russo received his undergraduate degree in history and political science from
Case Western Reserve University and his law degree Case Western Reserve University
School of Law. Following law school, Judge Russo spent his career in private practice,
specializing in Civil Litigation with emphasis in Employment Law, Corporate Law,
Construction Law, Real Estate, Appellate Practice and Personal Injury Law. Judge
Russo also served as an Assistant Prosecutor for the City of Bedford and Village of
Beginning in January 2018, Judge Russo will resume the remainder of the three-year
term he was serving when the Commercial Docket was disbanded in 2015.
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