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September 12, 2013

ELA makes home at Cleveland Marshall

National Law Association relocates from Dayton to Cleveland

By Daniel Herda

The Educational Law Association (ELA) has been established in the premises of Cleveland-Marshall College Law, using CM-Law as the national headquarters of ELA. It celebrated the merger with a reception held on August 28. Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson attended to speak about the recent change.

Established in 1954, ELA is a national nonprofit organization that offers information regarding current legal issues in public and private school systems, colleges and universities, according to the ELA website.

ELA is also the primary association for lawyers, educationalists and advice workers who are concerned with the laws of education. They hold panels and open forums to engage in a dialogue with community members on recent changes to educational law.
Smith was a 1995 graduate from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and spoke about why Cleveland was chosen as ELA’s headquarters.

The organization transferred from Dayton University, its headquarters for 16 years. She said that after 15 years ELA’s former home declined to renew its lease as they began to discuss national requests for proposals (RPF).

The casual conversation started with College of Education Dean Sajit Zachariah and CM-Law Dean Craig Boise. Cleveland-Marshall was chosen because the space was available and the law school was a good fit.

“There are thriving legal and higher education communities in Cleveland and we hope to leverage those to increase the profile of our organization,” said Smith.

Boise, who was instrumental in hosting ELA at CM-Law, is looking forward to the opportunities that ELA will bring to students and the community. He said that students would have unique chances working with ELA and its membership network.

“This partnership strengthens the multidisciplinary approach to legal education that enriches the student experience at Cleveland-Marshall Law,” said Boise.

The ELA plans to hold its 2013 national conference from November 13-16 in Westminster, Colorado, and plans for a Cleveland hosting in 2015.