Seminar to cover assassination, songs, and a French film controversy; the falafel's optional

On Thursday, July 14, 2–5 p.m., the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association is sponsoring a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminar that begins inside the Garfield Memorial at Lakeview Cemetery. The seminar is open to the public.

After a quick tour of the memorial, presidential historian James Robenalt will discuss the life of the 20th U.S. president, who was assassinated in 1881, and former U.S. Secret Service Special Agent Greg Truhan will talk about presidential assassinations.

Next up is a performance of songs from Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning musical "Assassins."

From there, the seminar moves to Coventry's Centrum Theater, where Andrew Geronimo, Case Western Reserve University Law School professor will cover the 1959 arrest of theater manager Nico Jacobellis which led to Jacobellis vs. Ohio, the famous court decision that held that the French movie "The Lovers" was not obscene.

Seminar attendees will also hear from Kara Hamley O’Donnell, principal planner for the city of Shaker Heights, who did her master’s thesis on the history of Coventry Village; and from the creator of the Coventry Village Special Improvement Tax District—the second such district in the state of Ohio.

The seminar will be capped-off by an optional dinner at Tommy’s. 

The seminar is free to the public. There is a fee for attorneys requesting CLE credit. For a fuller description of the event, and registration information, visit

Bruce Hennes

Bruce Hennes is a 47-year resident of Cleveland Heights and past president of Coventry Neighbors. He is on the board of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, and created the Coventry SID.

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