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2023 CSU College of Law Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

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2023 CSU|LAW Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

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Dean Lee Fisher and the faculty and staff of 
Cleveland State University College of Law 
are pleased to invite you to attend the
2023 CSU|LAW Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

CSU|LAW Hall of Fame was established in 2017 to honor the outstanding contributions to the success and prestige of our law school by distinguished alumni, faculty, staff, friends and community leaders.

Friday, November 3, 2023
CSU|LAW Atrium and Moot Court Room
1801 Euclid Avenue | Cleveland, Ohio

5:30 - 8:30 p.m. 



Ann Aber, Class of 2003
Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Secretary, JOANN Stores

Tony Asher, Class of 1963
Founder, Weston, Inc.

Steve Auvil, Class of 1993
Office Managing Partner, Cleveland, Squire Patton Boggs

Joyce E. Barrett Class of 1971
Former CSU|LAW Adjunct Professor

Kay E. Benjamin
Former CSU|LAW Staff Member

Terry Billups, Class of 2005
Chief General Counsel, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority

David P. Burke, Class of 1980
Shareholder, Carlton Fields, P.A.; General Counsel, Amalie Oil Company

Hon. Patrick Carroll, Class of 1977
Retired Judge, Lakewood Municipal Court

John S. Cipolla, Class of 1989
Firm Vice Chair, Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP

Hon. John J. Donnelly, Class of 1969
Former Judge, Cuyahoga County Probate Court

Arthur Elk, Class of 1973
Elk + Elk, Managing Partner

Prof. Joel Jay Finer
Former CSU|LAW Faculty Member (Deceased)

Gus Frangos, Class of 1982
President and General Counsel, Cuyahoga Land Bank

Tom Green, Class of 2002
Shareholder, Kastner Westman & Wilkins, LLC.

Lindsay Jenkins, Class of 2002
United States District Judge, Northern District of Illinois

Hon. Diane J. Karpinski, Class of 1980
Former Judge, 8th District Court of Appeals of Ohio (Deceased)

Erica Lazzaro, Class of 2004
Executive Vice President of Publisher Services & General Counsel, OverDrive, Inc.

Jennifer Mountcastle, Class of 2000
Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, and Corporate Insurance Director, The Huntington National Bank

Hon. Clifton Newman, Class of 1976
Judge, South Carolina Circuit Court

Susan Petersen, Class of 1997
Partner, Petersen & Petersen

William T. Plesec, Class of 1971
Partner (retired), Jones Day

Renee Tramble Richard, Class of 1988
President, Corporate College; Vice President, Legal Services & Risk Management, General Counsel, Cuyahoga Community College

Hon. Michael J. Ryan, Class of 1996
Judge, 8th District Court of Appeals of Ohio

James Sammon, Class of 1994
Corporate Counsel, Jenne, Inc.

Michael Schwartz
Former President, Cleveland State University and Kent State University  

Maria Spangler, Class of 2006
Director, Community Engagement, The Sherwin-Williams Company; Director, The Sherwin-Williams Foundation

Leader on the Rise

Delanté Spencer Thomas, Class of 2016
Chief Ethics Officer, City of Cleveland

For more information on sponsorships, program ads and individual tickets, contact:
Nicole Roberts at or 937-687-2286

Program Ads: Click Here to Buy Program Ads  

Full-page ad: $4,500 (6.75" x 9", Full color) 

Half-page ad: $2,000 (6.75" x 4.375", Full color) 

Quarter-page ad: $1,000 (3.25" x 4.375", Full color)

Ad deadline: Thursday, October 12th

Thank you to all of the 2023 Hall of Fame Sponsors


Konstantino Almiroudis '12 

William Baumann 

Professor Susan Becker '83, Member, Hall of Fame 

Kay E. Benjamin, PhD, Inductee, Hall of Fame 

Anthony Brancatelli 

Kimberly Corral ’12, 2021 Leader on the Rise 

Gross Schechter Day School 

The Houck Agency 

Marjorie and Bert Moyar 

Colleen O'Neil '96, Member, Hall of Fame 

Ozanne Construction 

Pease Bell, CPA 

Charlotte Perkins 

Rea & Associates 

James Rokakis '83

Barbara Roman '77

John Strauch 

Carter E. Strang '84, Member, Hall of Fame 

George and Crystal Thomas 

Dean Frederic P. White, Jr., Member, Hall of Fame 

F. Scott Wilson '81, Member, Hall of Fame 

Robin Wilson '96 

Margaret Wong, Member, Hall of Fame 



Sheryl King Benford '79, Member, Hall of Fame 

Terry Billups '05, Inductee, Hall of Fame 

Burns White 

The Cleveland Foundation 

Cleveland Housing Network 

Cleveland NAACP  

Cuyahoga County Public Library 

Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority 

Louise P. Dempsey ‘81, Member, HOF 

Esperanza, Inc. 

Judge Nancy A. Fuerst ’88, Member, HOF & Dr. John F. Burke, Jr. ‘92 

Thomas Gorman '73, Member, Hall of Fame 

Jordan Community Resource Center 

Kalish Law Firm 

Brenden Patrick Kelley '15 

Lisa Kunkle 

Dennis R. Lansdowne '81, Member, Hall of Fame 

Leonard Green & Partners 


James Lowe '72, Member, Hall of Fame 

Ohio Association of Justice 

Ohio Land Bank Association 

Perez Morris 

Steven Potash '78, Member, Hall of Fame 

Renner Otto  

Sammon & Bolmeyer Co., LPA 


Space Real Estate Design & Development, LLC 

St. Edward High School 

Roger ‘77 & Judge Joan Synenberg ‘87, Member, Hall of Fame 

Ulmer & Berne, LLP 

Weston Hurd, LLP 

Margaret W. Wong & Associates, LLC 

WXZ Development 


Amalie Oil Company

Brennan, Manna & Diamond  

CSU Alumni Association 

Cuyahoga Community College 

Cuyahoga Land Bank 


First Energy 

Gus Frangos '82, Inductee, Hall of Fame 

Frantz Ward, LLP 

Friedman & Nemecek, LLC 

Jackson Lewis 

Jenne, Inc. 

Kastner Westman & Wilkins, LLC 

Georgia Froelich ‘84, Member, HOF & Russell O'Rourke ‘84 

OverDrive, Inc. 

Porter Wright 

Reminger Co., LPA 

Roetzel Andress 

RPM International, Inc.  

Senator Ronnie Sabb  

Sabb Law 

Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell, LLP 


Thrasher, Dinsmore & Dolan 

Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., LPA 


Nancy Berardinelli-Krantz '02, Member, Hall of Fame 

Calfee, Halter & Griswold, LLP 

Carlton Fields  

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association  

CSU Law Alumni Association 

Timothy T. Cosgrove '87, Member, Hall of Fame 

The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio 

Elk & Elk Co., LPA 

The Frangos Group 


Edward Haggins '66 

Hahn Loeser 

Huntington Bank 


Latham & Watkins  

McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman Co., LPA 

McDonald Hopkins, LLC 

Park-Ohio Industries, Inc. 

Petersen & Petersen 

Richard W. Pogue, Member, Hall of Fame 

Laura and Stephen G. Sozio '83, Member, Hall of Fame 

Squire Patton Boggs (US), LLP 

Robert Vilsack '87 


Flannery | Georgalis 

Sarah Flannery '02, Member, Hall of Fame 

Jones Day 

Kent State University 

Steven W. Percy '79, Member, Hall of Fame 

Michael Schwartz, Inductee, Hall of Fame 

P. Kelly Tompkins '81, Member, Hall of Fame 

Donna Zapis Thomas '87, Member, Hall of Fame  


David Burke '80, Inductee, Hall of Fame 

William T. Plesec '71, Inductee, Hall of Fame 

Team Weston 

Thompson Hine, LLP 

Tucker Ellis, LLP



Choose a giving level


Supporter Circle

• 1 Celebration ticket


Friend Circle

• 2 Celebration tickets • Program and website listing


Scholarship Circle

• 4 Celebration tickets • 1/4-page ad • Program and website listing



• 4 Celebration tickets • 1/2-page ad in the Celebration program • Event signage recognition • Program and website listing


Managing Partner

• 6 Celebration tickets • Full-page ad in Celebration program • Event signage recognition • Program and website listing


Attorney General

• 10 Celebration Tickets • Full-page ad in Celebration program • Event signage recognition • Program and website listing


Dean's Circle

• 16 Celebration Tickets • Full-page ad with preferred placement in Celebration program • Event signage recognition • Program and website listing


Guardian Of Justice

• 24 Celebration Tickets • 2 full-page ad with preferred placement in Celebration program • Event signage recognition • Program and website listing


Hall of Fame Champion

• Event title sponsor • Innumerable Celebration tickets • 2 full-page inside and back cover ads in Celebration program • Event signage recognition • Program and website listing • Speaking opportunity