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, 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.

Professor Mead studies the law and policy of the nonprofit sector and policy responses to poverty. His scholarship has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed and law review journals, including Nonprofit Policy Forum, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Administration Review, Administrative Law Review, Georgia Law Review, Michigan Law Review, the Ohio State Law Journal Furthermore, and the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies. This research been cited by the Congressional Research Service, by federal and state appellate courts, and has influenced policy in cities across Ohio. He is a contributing editor on the Nonprofit Law Professor Blog, and teaches courses on nonprofit management, policy, and law.

In addition to teaching and research, Professor Mead is active in the community, working regularly with local nonprofit leaders to discuss issues facing their organizations. He serves on the board of directors for the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio and 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 an Honors Program Trial Attorney 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 White House and other federal agencies 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 human services nonprofits, and in state and local government.
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Here's a sample of some of the student recognition and publications arising out of coursework:

Marissa Pappas (MPA student), Calla Bonnano (JD/MPA student), Vanessa Hemminger (JD Student) persuaded several cities to amend laws that harmed survivors of domestic violence. They appeared on Sound of Ideas and were profiled in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. And be sure to read Marissa's New York Times op-ed.

Kristi Andrasik (PhD student) published essay with Real Clear Policy blog: When It Comes to Housing, Your Voucher Is Your Stigma. Kristi also has a book review forthcoming in scholarly journal Public Administration Review.

Eva McKnight, MNAL, published Cleveland Plain Dealer op-ed: Make fair housing policies fair to those of lesser means in Greater Cleveland.

Emily Mikes, JD, and Kathryn Weber, JD, worked in Cleveland-Marshall Civil Litigation Clinic to help prepare a successful lawsuit against the Akron over anti-panhandling law. This was covered extensively in local media, and the impact was covered in Wall Street Journal.

Ryan Meisner, MPA, published a thoughtful co-authored book review in scholarly journal Public Integrity: Advancing the Search for How Administrators Should Act.

Kate Warren, MPA, published a co-authored article on quasi-governmental orgs in scholarly journal Nonprofit Policy Forum.

Tanesha Hunter, MPA, published widely circulated ACLU blog post: "No Section 8" means No Opportunities."

Erika Roitblat, MPA, published an op-ed in Cleveland Plain Dealer: Pit bull bans like Lakewood's are wrong. These dogs are no more dangerous than other types.

Hannah Lebovits, MPA, and Martina Pace, MPA, awarded Best Practitioner Paper Award at 2016 Midwest Public Affairs Conf.
Professional Affiliations:
Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNVOA)

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
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Recent pro bono matters:

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.