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Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Cleveland attorney and business leader P. Kelly Tompkins has made a $750,000 gift to his alma mater, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, to establish a substantive leadership education program for law students.

The P. Kelly Tompkins Leadership and Law Program was created by Tompkins, JD ’81, and C|M|LAW Dean Lee Fisher to educate students not only to be great lawyers but also great leaders. Components of the program include a Dean’s Leadership Fellows Scholarship and Program, new curriculum with a focus on leadership, a Leader-in-Residence Program, an annual Leader on the Rise Award, a Visiting Leader Lecture and Conversations Series, and continuing education programming in leadership.

“Lawyers often follow a career trajectory that propels them into positions of leadership, to the point that the profession is disproportionally represented,” says Tompkins. “Ironically, there is a lack of leadership training offered by law schools. Through C|M|LAW’s Leadership and Law Program, we will equip students with the strategies and skills necessary to answer the inevitable call to leadership.”

Tompkins currently serves as a Cleveland-Marshall Leader-in-Residence and vice-chair of the C|M|LAW Board of Visitors. He is also a senior advisor at the Cleveland public relations firm Dix & Eaton. He was an inaugural inductee into the C|M|LAW Hall of Fame in 2017.


Jose Feliciano, JD ’75 and MBA ’84

Feliciano is a former partner at Baker & Hostetler LLP. He is a member of the C|M|LAW Hall of Fame and the Monte Ahuja College of Business Hall of Fame.

Sonali Wilson

Wilson is CSU’s general counsel.

Sharon Sobol Jordan

Jordan is the chief executive officer of the Unify Project, and former chief of staff for Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish.

Carter Strang, JD ’84

Strang is a partner at Tucker Ellis LLP  and serves on the C|M|LAW Visiting Committee.

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