Assistant Professor; Associate Director, Institute for Global Security Law and Policy
Avidan Y. Cover is Assistant Professor of Law at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he teaches in the Civil Litigation Clinic in the Milton A. Kramer Law Clinic Center. Professor Cover supervises students in the representation of clients in civil lawsuits primarily in the areas of consumer protection, home repair, predatory lending, tort defense, and housing. Professor Coverís scholarship focuses on human rights, civil rights and national security law. He has appeared in numerous news media, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, BBC, CNN, MSNBC, CSPAN, FOX News, and Court TV.
Ayesha B. Hardaway
Visiting Assistant Professor of Law
Ayesha Bell Hardaway is a Visiting Associate Professor of Law in the Milton A. Kramer Law Clinic Center in the Health Law Clinic. Prior to joining the faculty at Case Western Reserve University, Professor Hardaway was an attorney at Tucker Ellis LLP in their litigation department. Professor Hardaway spent the first two years of her career in the Criminal Division of the Cuyahoga County Prosecutorís office as a trial Attorney.
Judith P. Lipton
Professor; Co-Director of the Milton A. Kramer Law Clinic Center
B.S. 1971, M.S.S.W. 1972 (Wisconsin), J.D. 1979 (Connecticut)
Professor Lipton joined the Case Western Reserve Faculty in 1980 after practicing as a social worker and attorney for Legal Aid. She helped to establish the J.D./M.S.S.A. dual degree program. She is the co-director of the Milton A. Kramer Law Clinic Center and teaches in the Criminal Justice and Health Law Clinics. Her current research and practice focuses on inter-disciplinary strategies for addressing domestic violence and the rights of immigrant victims of family violence.
Kenneth R. Margolis
Professor; Director of the CaseArc Integrated Lawyering Skills Program; Associate Dean for Experiential Education
B.A. 1972 (California, Santa Barbara), J.D. 1976 (Case Western Reserve)
Professor Margolis was a principal in Fox & Margolis in Santa Cruz, California, and engaged in private practice in Cleveland before joining the faculty in 1984. His experience included a wide range of litigation, transactional, civil and criminal cases. He is the Co-Director of the Milton A. Kramer Law Clinic Center, the law school's real client teaching clinic. He is also Director of the CaseArc Integrated Lawyering Skills Program. He is a member of the Advisory Committee to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. He teaches in the Community Development Clinic and supervises several externship programs. His primary research and publications are in the areas of attorney-client relations and the delivery of legal services.
B.A. 1996 (William Smith), J.D. 1999 (Syracuse)
A former staff attorney with the Alabama disabilities Advocacy Program, the federally funded statewide protection and advocacy program for individuals with disabilities. She was also a fellow and then Lecturer in Clinical Legal Education at the University of Alabama where she taught the Children's rights Clinic and the Disability Litigation Clinic. Prior to joining Case, Ms. McNally spent the 2004-2005 academic year as a Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at Suffolk University School of Law. Professor McNally spent her first two years at Case teaching in the Civil Litigation Clinic and the Health Law Clinic. Currently, she teaches in the Health Law Clinic.
Visiting Assistant Professor
B.A. 1976 (Kent State University), J.D. 1978 (Cleveland-Marshall College of Law)
Prior to his faculty appointment Mr. Naso spent 30 years in the practice of law, the last 7 of which were as the Supervising Attorney for the Juvenile Justice Unit of the Cuyahoga County Prosecuting Attorney, where he trained a staff of young lawyers before transfer to prosecute adult felony cases. Additionally, Mr. Naso has been an Instructor of Trial Advocacy at Cleveland-Marshall and an adjunct Professor at John Carroll University where he taught Criminal Justice, Corrections, and Sociology of Law. Currently he teaches in the Criminal Law Clinic.
Assistant Professor of Law
A.B. 1986 (Brown University), J.D. 1990 (Harvard University)
Professor Pollis joined the faculty in 2008 as a Visiting Assistant Professor and was appointed as an Assistant Professor effective July 2011. Before coming to Case, Professor Pollis practiced law for 18 years in the litigation department of the Cleveland-based law firm of Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP. In private practice he focused extensively on appellate and general-commercial litigation. He has argued in numerous state and federal appellate courts across the country and has had two cases in the United States Supreme Court. He also has extensive trial experience, amassing verdicts totaling over $560 million since 2003, as well as experience in class-action litigation on the defense side.
Professor Pollis is certified by the Ohio State Bar Association as an appellate-law specialist. He lectures frequently on appellate-law issues and co-authored (with Judge Mark Painter) the last four editions of OHIO APPELLATE PRACTICE (Thomson/West). His recent article, The Need for Non-Discretionary Interlocutory Appellate Review in Multidistrict Litigation, was published in Fordham Law Review in March 2011.
Professor Pollis teaches in the Civil Litigation Clinic in the Milton A. Kramer Law Clinic Center, hearkening back to his roots as a law student at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. In 2011 Professor Pollis supervised two students who won a $1.1 million jury verdict for one of the Clinicís clients. He has also taught Appellate Practice and served as a faculty advisor to moot-court teams.
Professor of Law; Co-Director of the Milton A. Kramer Law Clinic Center
B.A. 1992 (Miami University), J.D. 1996 (New York University)
Matthew Rossman joined the Law School's faculty in 2004. Prior to coming to Case Western Reserve, he taught at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Baltimore. Before teaching, Prof. Rossman was in private practice with the New York offices of Latham & Watkins and Christy & Viener. His practice areas included corporate, securities, real estate, tax and nonprofit law.
Prof. Rossman coordinates and co-teaches the Community Development Clinic, through which third-year law students provide transactional and business law services to community-based nonprofit organizations and sustainable business ventures in the Cleveland area. In his legal career, Prof. Rossman has represented the full spectrum of public and private entity clients, ranging from mom-and-pop businesses and grass-roots community groups to municipalities and foundations to Fortune 500 companies and Wall Street investment banks. Through the Community Development Clinic, he aspires to teach law students the array of skills necessary to succeed in representing "organizations", no matter the size or setting.
Prof. Rossman also created and teaches the Urban Development Lab. The UDL functions as a legal think tank focused on the redevelopment and revitalization of urban areas. In the Lab, law students research and prepare reports on topics identified by local nonprofit development organizations as significant to their efforts to rehabilitate urban properties and to make urban areas like Cleveland more livable and sustainable. Most recently, Prof. Rossman has worked with students to prepare reports on tax increment financing, neighborhood-based development authorities, eminent domain, Ohio's municipal home rule amendment and land banks.
With Prof. Kermit Lind from Cleveland Marshall College of Law, Prof. Rossman coordinates the Cleveland Roundtable on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law. The Roundtable, which consists of practicing lawyers, law students and law faculty, meets monthly during the academic year to discuss important practice related issues in these areas of law.
Prof. Rossman is also a frequent speaker on issues related to nonprofit and small business law. Most recently, he has spoken at the Foundation Center, the Urban League of Greater Cleveland, the Weatherhead School of Management and ShoreBank Enterprise Cleveland.
Prof. Rossman is a member of the Ohio and New York Bars.