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Law Explores New Frontiers

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law has launched several groundbreaking initiatives, including a Space Law Center and a Cybersecurity Center that takes a rare multidisciplinary approach integrating law, technology and business management.

The Global Space Law Center is the first law school research center in the nation dedicated exclusively to the study of the law of outer space. The rapid growth of the private space industry has increased the demand for lawyers trained in the complex international and domestic aspects of space law and policy.

The center will train the next generation of space lawyers, promote the development of laws and policies that promote the peaceful use of outer space and facilitate growth of the commercial space industry.

Center director Mark J. Sundahl, the Charles R. Emrick Jr.-Calfee, Halter & Griswold Professor of Law, is an international expert on space law and chairs the International Space Policy Working Group of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Commercial Space Transportation Committee. He also is an advisor to the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.

The center will partner with domestic and international organizations to develop internship and employment opportunities for students and graduates. Its first online course, Space Law: A Global View, will be offered this summer.

Another bold venture has CSU, Case Western Reserve University and Mercyhurst University bringing their cybersecurity expertise together in a North Coast Cyber Research and Training Alliance to propel advances in this expanding field.

The plan to jointly develop cybersecurity education, research and training programs in Western Pennsylvania and Northeast Ohio will leverage the unique strengths of the schools: cyber regulatory and policy analysis at C|M|LAW’s Center for Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection; cyber engineering and hardware solutions at CWRU’s Case School of Engineering; and cyber intelligence threat analysis and analytics at Mercyhurst’s Ridge College of Intelligence Studies & Applied Sciences.

Launched in 2015, CSU’s Center for Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection integrates technical, legal and business perspectives to address privacy and cyber-risk management concerns. The center conducts research in numerous aspects of cyber law and policy, houses multiple professional training programs, and offers concentrations in cybersecurity and privacy and soon a master’s degree in cybersecurity.


CSU is committed to sustainability in its operations and purchasing. So in February, CSU Dining switched from disposable plastic to 100 percent plant-based compostable tableware.

All catered events now use compostable cups, plates and utensils made from corn and sugarcane — at no extra charge to consumers. The University also is testing a collection process for compostable materials. Events in the Student Center are equipped with compost bins for the disposal of food waste, cups, plates, utensils and napkins.

All organic waste is being composted by Full Cycle Organics in East Cleveland and will turn back into rich soil in less than two weeks. Some of this compost will be returned to the CSU landscape as mulch and soil amendments.

In 2017 CSU Dining adopted a kitchen composting program. The program has diverted over 38,000 pounds of food waste from the Student Center, Wolstein Center and Elements Bistro from landfills. Additionally, all landscaping waste is composted off-site.

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