Joseph W Mead
 Title: Assistant Professor
 Dept: Urban Studies
 Office: UR 317
 Phone: 216-687-5165,  216-687-5165
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. UR 317, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
Nonprofit, Nonprofits, Nonprofit Governance, Nonprofit Law, Not-For-Profit, Charity, Poverty, Homelessness, Volunteerism, Administrative Law, Government Litigation, Constitutional Law, First Amendment
J.D., University of Michigan
B.A., University of Michigan
Brief Bio:
Joseph Mead is an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. In 2020, he was named the Junior Faculty Member of the year by the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) based on his "commitment to justice, equality, and academic excellence through teaching, scholarship, and/or social justice advocacy."

Professor Mead studies nonprofit law, administrative law, and policy responses to poverty. His scholarship has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed and law review journals, and has been cited by the Congressional Research Service, by federal and state appellate courts, and has influenced policy across Ohio. He is a contributing editor on the Nonprofit Law Professor Blog, and teaches courses on nonprofit management, public administration, and law. He also directs and teaches the University's signature course on state government, the Columbus Seminar.

In addition to teaching and research, Professor Mead is active in the community, regularly partnering with local nonprofits on the issues facing their organizations. He serves as Associate General Counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio and on the board of directors for the Center for Community Solutions. In 2017, he was named Advocate of the Year by the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless.

Before joining Cleveland State, Professor Mead served as a Trial Attorney (Attorney General's Honors Program) for the United States Department of Justice in Washington DC.  As a Trial Attorney, he defended the constitutionality of federal statutes and advised and represented the United States in constitutional and other complex litigation across the country. He clerked for Judge Cornelia Kennedy of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and Judge David Lawson of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. He has also worked for a disability rights law firm, for social services nonprofits, and in state and local government. He received his juris doctor, magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was named to the Order of the Coif and served as an editor on the Michigan Law Review.
Professional Affiliations:
Scholar Strategy Network (SSN)

Admitted to practice law (active) in:
State of Ohio
State of Michigan
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
Community Service:
Recent pro bono matters:

State ex rel. New Prospect v. Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas: petition for extraordinary writ.

Mancini v. City of Cleveland (N.D. Ohio): constitutional challenge to anti-panhandling ordinances, which prompted the repeal of the ordinances.

State of Ohio v. Batista (Supreme Court of Ohio): amicus brief arguing that a state law criminalizing non-disclosure of HIV status is unconstitutional.

Citizens for Trump v. City of Cleveland (N.D. Ohio): co-counsel in federal lawsuit that successfully challenged protest rules for Republican National Convention.

Co-authored a statement objecting to anti-loitering and other anti-homeless policies in Youngstown.

Hill v. City of Akron (N.D. Ohio): lead counsel in Constitutional challenge to City of Akron's anti-panhandling ordinance; City repealed ordinance.

ACLU of Ohio v. City of Cleveland (N.D. Ohio): co-counsel on motion for preliminary injunction in lawsuit challenging the arrest and detention practices of the Cleveland Division of Police in response to mass demonstrations following acquittal of officer Brelo; City revised arrest protocol.

Keith Allison v. Green Local School District (N.D. Ohio): lead counsel representing public school teacher separated from job based on his Facebook post urging readers to choose plant-based milk over dairy; client reinstated and case settled.