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Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

While the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law has been a part of Cleveland State University since 1969, its history as a Cleveland-area law school dates back to the late nineteenth century. In 1897, Cleveland Law School was established, becoming Ohio's first evening law school. It also became the first law school in Ohio to admit women and one of the first in the state to admit minority students.

In 1946, Cleveland Law School merged with John Marshall School of Law, which had been founded in 1916 by several Cleveland attorneys. The new Cleveland-Marshall Law School moved into the Ontario Building at 1240 Ontario Street, where it remained for several decades until the law school building was demolished to make room for the Cuyahoga County Justice Center.

In 1969, Cleveland-Marshall officially affiliated itself with Cleveland State University, becoming the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. The new CSU college held classes in several buildings on campus, including Rhodes Tower and the Chester Building, before it moved into its own building on the corner of East 18th Street and Euclid Avenue in 1977. The building was dedicated that year by Prince Charles of England. A major addition to the building, including a state of the art law library, was added in 1997.

The Cleveland-Marshall College of Law sits on grounds that were at one time occupied by the Millionaire Row mansions of two of Cleveland's most prominent nineteenth-century businessmen—E.W. Oglebay, the co-founder of Oglebay-Norton Mining Co., and Truman Handy, president of Mercantile Bank and promoter of the early railroad industry in midwest America.

Audio

Ties To The Community Geoffrey Mearns reflects on Cleveland's transition from a regional center to an international city and how the Marshall College of Law has responded Source: Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection
Origins Geoffrey Mearns explains the formation of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Source: Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection
Notable Careers Geoffrey Mearns, Dean of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, describes the diverse Marshall College of Law Alumni Source: Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection
C-M's Former Ontario Street Location Congressman Louis Stokes recalls Cleveland-Marshall College of Law's prior location in an old manufacturing building on Ontario Street. Source: Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection
A Good Move Congressman Louis Stokes relates the merger of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law with CSU. Source: Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection

Images

Law Library, 1937 Source: Image courtesy of Cleveland State Library Special Collections
Hippodrome Building A view of the Hippodrome Building, the final location of the Cleveland-Marshall School of Law, which joined Cleveland State University in 1969. Source: Image courtesy of Cleveland State Library Special Collections
Carl Stokes, Class of '56 Mayor Carl Stokes graduated from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1956. Source: Cleveland State University Library Special Collections
Cleveland-Marshall Joins CSU, 1969 Cleveland-Marshall College of Law became affiliated with Cleveland State University in 1969. The three individuals in the the center of this December 19, 1969 photo are, from left to right, Cuyahoga County Probate Court Judge Joseph W. Bartunek, Common Pleas Court Judge Alvin "Buddy" Krenzler, and Cleveland State University President Harold Enarson. Krenzler later served as a state appellate court judge and a federal district court judge, and remained actively involved in the affairs of Cleveland State University. Krenzler Field was named after him. Source: Image courtesy of Cleveland State Library Special Collections
Jane Edna Hunter, Class of '25 The Cleveland School of Law was the first law school in Ohio to admit women, and one of the first in Ohio to admit minorities. Hunter, who graduated from the Cleveland School of Law in 1925, founded the Phillis Wheatley Association, a non-profit organization established to assist African-American women in Cleveland. Source: Image courtesy of Cleveland State Library Special Collections
Prince Charles dedicates the new Law Building In 1977, Prince Charles of England traveled to Cleveland to formally dedicate the new Cleveland-Marshall College of Law building on the corner of East 18th Street and Euclid Avenue. Shown in the photograph with the Prince are left to right: Terrance Brennan, Cleveland Marshall study body president, an unidentified woman, and Cleveland mayor Ralph Perk. Source: Image courtesy of Cleveland State University Library, Special Collections
Tim Russert, 2007 Nationally-known journalist Tim Russert graduated from Cleveland State University's Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1976. He is shown here speaking at the school's 2007 commencement ceremonies. Russert tragically died of a heart attack just one year later in 2008. Source: Image courtesy of Cleveland State Library Special Collections
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law This new front facade shown in the photograph above was added to the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law building in 1997. The new facade provides an entrance way to the building from Euclid Avenue. The original building constructed in 1977 did not provide for direct entry from Euclid Avenue. Creator: Image courtesy of Cleveland State University

Location

1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115

Metadata

Jim Dubelko, “Cleveland-Marshall College of Law,” Cleveland Historical, accessed October 4, 2022, https://clevelandhistorical.org/items/show/88.