Claire C Robinson May
 Title: SrLegal Writing Prof&Adm Liasn
 Dept: Law
 Office: LL 212B
 Phone: 216-875-9842
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. LL 212B, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
legal writing
A.B., History and Science, Harvard University, 1993
J.D., Case Western Reserve University, 1996
MFA, Creative Writing, Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts, CSU, 2014
Brief Bio:
Professor May focuses her teaching on developing students' writing, research, and professional skills needed for success in real world legal practice. Prior to joining Cleveland-Marshall in 2001, Professor May was in private practice with large law firms in Cleveland and Washington, D.C. Prof. May's practice focused on business litigation, including complex commercial matters. As a law student, she served as an extern for Judge Ann C. Williams of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, worked in the Law Reform Unit of the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, and was a member of the Case Western Reserve Law Review. She and colleague Professor April Cherry have developed and co-taught an innovative course integrating the doctrine of estates and trusts with the research, document drafting, and other professional skills required for an estates and trusts practice. Professor May presents her work at various legal writing conferences around the country.
Honors and Awards:
Dean's Teacher Honoree 2019-21
Cleveland State University Service Award for 20 years of service
Law Faculty Merit Recognition Award, Spring 2006, Spring 2008
Cleveland-Marshall Teaching Enhancement Grant Recipient
Teaching Areas:
Legal Drafting
Legal Writing and Litigation
Legal Writing, Research, and Advocacy
Estates and Trusts: Doctrine and Drafting
Professional Affiliations:
Legal Writing Institute
Association of Legal Writing Directors
American Bar Association
Ohio State Bar Association
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
Member of the Ohio Bar
University Service:
Cleveland-Marshall Women's Committee, Founding Chair
College of Law Diversity Council

Previous service includes:
CSU Faculty Senate
CSU Faculty Senate Steering Committee
University Faculty Affairs Committee
Legal Writing Faculty Search Committee (Chairperson)
College of Law Faculty Affairs Committee (Chairperson)
College of Law Strategic Priorities Committee (Co-Chairperson)
Professional Service:
The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, Volunteer Attorney, 2022
Election Protection Volunteer Attorney:
Election Protection Call Center Volunteer Attorney, 2020 Presidential election
Official Precinct Observer, 2008, 2012 & 2016 Presidential elections
Official Observer, Provisional Ballot Review, Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, 2004 Presidential election
Community Service:
Board Member, Talespinner Children's Theatre (2014-2019)