Photo by Brian Maloney

The commons includes an area that has table with chairs for students to use while studying. It also includes a room that has a meeting style table.


February 7, 2017

Rawson Learning Commons unveiled to students

The Cleveland-Marshall College of Law opened the Rawson Learning Commons, a 6,500-square-foot common room, Jan. 30 with a reception that attracted around 100 students, faculty and community supporters.

Located on the second floor of the law library, the common area consists of several board rooms, study rooms and subdivided meeting areas, and caters to law students by integrating technology with collaborative work styles. Artwork and coordinated colors add to the sophistication of the rooms. Though advanced, the technology in the room is simple to navigate and user friendly.

Technology is in place to record students in mock trials and practice interviews, allowing alumni coaches and the Office of Career Planning to offer interactive feedback, aiding in perfecting the skills necessary to be an effective attorney.

The new facility was developed from a $500,000 donation from Judy and Robert Rawson. Mrs. Rawson was the mayor of Shaker Heights and her husband Robert Jr. is partner-in-charge of law firm Jones Day’s Cleveland office. This donation was made to aid in the production of capable members of the legal community.

According to Mrs. Rawson, reading, study and debate are imperative for an effective legal team, and are three important directions of professions within law that are technologically driven. All three of these aspects have been considered within the tech solutions installed in the commons area.

“Having been in the legal profession for more than four decades, we believe the Learning Commons is consistent with the direction the profession is moving regarding emphases on team effort and collaborative work,” said Rawson in a press release on Cleveland State’s website.

The Rawsons’ combined experience has helped in formulating a commons room vital to the studies of law students, and has provided a venue for students to interact informally as well as classes and other events.
The new commons will attract more students to do their daily studying activities, as well as give therm the opportunity to spend their time in a new area of Cleveland State. There may be times when some classes will be taught inside of the commons to provide a different experience.


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