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Case School of Law inducts 11 new members into Society of Benchers


The Case Western Reserve University School of Law has inducted 11 new members into its Society of Benchers, including nine alumni of the school, a faculty member, and a public member.

“It is a pleasure to welcome these distinguished individuals into the Society of Benchers,” said Gerald Korngold, dean and McCurdy Professor of Law. “Their outstanding achievements exemplify the best traditions of our profession and are deserving of this honor.”

The alumni inductees are:

  • Brent D. Ballard, class of 1985, managing partner of the Cleveland law firm
  • Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP.
  • Kenneth B. Davis Jr., class of 1974, dean of the University of Wisconsin Law School.
  • George L. Majoros Jr., class of 1986, president and chief operating officer of Wasserstein & Co., a leading independent private equity and investment firm.
  • Patricia Mell, class of 1978, dean and professor at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago.
  • Raymond C. Pierce, class of 1983, dean of North Carolina Central University’s School of Law.
  • Geralyn M. Presti, class of 1988, senior vice president, general counsel and assistant secretary at Forest City Enterprises, Inc.
  • Hewitt B. Shaw Jr., class of 1980, managing partner of the Cleveland office of the law firm Baker & Hostetler.
  • Arthur P. Steinmetz, class of 1951, attorney associated with the law firm of Walter & Haverfield LLP as an Of Counsel member and former managing partner of the firm.

Leonard R. Stein-Sapir, Class of 1963, chairman and chief executive officer of Morgan’s Foods, Inc., a national franchisee operating over 100 restaurants in six states, including KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and A & W restaurants. He is also chairman and chief executive officer of Mortgage Information Services, Inc.

The new faculty inductee is Kevin C. McMunigal, the Judge Ben C. Green Professor of Law and a member of the law school’s faculty since 1986. The new public member is Stephen J. Brogan, managing partner of the law firm Jones Day and former partner-in-charge of the firm’s Washington office.

The Society of Benchers began in 1962 with the vision of three men, Professor Oliver Schroeder, Jr., Wendell Falsgraf, class of 1928; and Norman Sugarman, class of 1940. Since its founding, the Society of Benchers has become one of the law school’s most revered societies, and has inducted 251 alumni, 38 public members, 21 faculty and numerous ex-officio members including current and former deans of the law school and presidents of the University.


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Case is among the nation's leading research institutions. Founded in 1826 and shaped by the unique merger of the Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University, Case is distinguished by its strengths in education, research, service, and experiential learning. Located in Cleveland, Case offers nationally recognized programs in the Arts and Sciences, Dental Medicine, Engineering, Law, Management, Medicine, Nursing, and Social Work.