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Thursday, June 2, 2005

Cleveland-Marshall Names Criminal Defense Attorney as New Dean

MearnsFrom a press release:  "Cleveland State University has selected local attorney Geoffrey S. Mearns as Dean of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, effective July 11.  Over the past four years, Mearns, of Shaker Heights, has been a partner in the Cleveland offices of two major law firms – Thompson Hine LLP from 1998 to 2001 and Baker & Hostetler LLP since 2002. He heads Baker & Hostetler’s national business crimes and corporate investigations team, focusing on white-collar and corporate criminal defense and representing individuals and businesses in investigations conducted by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. His practice also includes internal corporate investigations and complex commercial litigation.  From 1989 to 1998, Mearns worked for the U.S. Department of Justice.  As Special Attorney to the U.S. Attorney General, he assisted in the prosecution of Terry Nichols, one of two defendants convicted of the Oklahoma City bombing. As First Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, he supervised a long-term political corruption grand jury investigation and had management responsibility for all legal matters – criminal, civil and appellate.  As Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Mearns was chief of the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section and chief of the General Crimes Section.  He investigated and prosecuted several major organized crime cases.  Mearns earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Yale University and a JD from the University of Virginia.  His teaching experience includes serving as an adjunct professor of law at Case Western Reserve University Law School and New York Law School."  [Mark Godsey]

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