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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Barbecue (Ribs)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
It Is Okay To Be Accustomed To Being The Center Of Attention, But You Should Never Let It Go To Your Head.

Birthplace

Born:
12/15/1953
Birth Location:
Cleveland, Ohio

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Barbecue (Ribs)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
It Is Okay To Be Accustomed To Being The Center Of Attention, But You Should Never Let It Go To Your Head.

Birthplace

Born:
12/15/1953
Birth Location:
Cleveland
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Biography

John Marshall Law School Dean Patricia Mell was born December 15, 1953 in Cleveland, Ohio. Her father, Julian Cooper Mell, was one of Cleveland’s first black homicide detectives and her mother, Thelma Webb Mell, was a school principal. Mell attended Doan Elementary School on the East Side. She graduated from Collinwood High School in 1971. Mell chose Wellesley College and graduated with an A.B. degree with honors in 1975. Going immediately to Case Western Reserve Law School, she earned a J.D. in 1978.

Mell worked for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office as a trial lawyer and assistant attorney general in the Regulatory Division from 1975 to 1982. She was the corporation counsel for the Ohio Secretary of State from 1982 to 1984. At Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio Mell served as visiting assistant professor in 1984 and 1985. She was assistant professor at University of Toledo Law School and associate professor at Widener University by 1986. In 1989, Mell participated in the Economics for Law Professors, George Mason University Program at Dartmouth. Mell joined the legal firm of Lewis, White and Clay in Detroit in 1991 and taught as an adjunct at Wayne State University. Joining the faculty of the Michigan State University – Detroit College of Law in 1992, Mell was associate dean for academic affairs from 1998 to 2001. She was visiting professor at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law before her appointment as dean of John Marshall Law School in Chicago in 2003. Mell is the first woman and first African American dean in the school’s 104-year history.

Mell’s expertise lies in the area of criminal law, the legal aspects of commerce, corporations and partnerships. Interested in privacy and computers and constitutional rights she has written about the U.S. Patriot Act. Mell also authored a textbook entitled Criminal Law: Cases, Commentary and Questions (2005). Married to Dr. Michael Ragland, Mell has three stepchildren.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Patricia Mell's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Patricia Mell lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Patricia Mell describes her maternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Patricia Mell describes her mother's childhood in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Patricia Mell describes how her parents met in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Patricia Mell describes her paternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Patricia Mell describes her father's childhood and artistic skills
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Patricia Mell describes her parents' occupations
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Patricia Mell describes her earliest childhood memory in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Patricia Mell describes her two brothers
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Patricia Mell describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Patricia Mell describes her memories of Doan Elementary School in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Patricia Mell remembers the desegregation of public schools in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Patricia Mell recalls memorable teachers at Doan Elementary School in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Patricia Mell describes her activities at Collinwood High School in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Patricia Mell describes her early career aspirations and interest in the law
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Patricia Mell remembers the impact of the Hough riots in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Patricia Mell remembers the first African American mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, Carl Stokes
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Patricia Mell recalls her decision to attend Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Patricia Mell talks about her experiences at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Patricia Mell talks about her courses, professors and activities at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Patricia Mell talks about her decision to attend Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Patricia Mell talks about the community of African American students she encountered at Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Patricia Mell talks about her experiences at Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Patricia Mell talks about her interest in litigation and her work in the Ohio attorney general's office in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Patricia Mell talks about a management lesson she learned in the Ohio secretary of state's office
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Patricia Mell talks about her academic positions at various law schools
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Patricia Mell talks about her experience as a docent at The Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Patricia Mell describes her research on the PATRIOT Act
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Patricia Mell talks about the PATRIOT Act and other issues regarding government surveillance
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Patricia Mell talks about voting rights for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Patricia Mell talks about becoming associate dean of academic affairs at Michigan State University College of Law in East Lansing, Michigan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Patricia Mell talks about her hiring as dean of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Patricia Mell talks about her mother's cancer diagnosis
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Patricia Mell talks about accepting the deanship offer from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois shortly before her mother's death
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Patricia Mell talks about mishaps during her move to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Patricia Mell describes The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Patricia Mell talks about challenges and accomplishments during her deanship at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Patricia Mell talks about her goals and aspirations for The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Patricia Mell talks about the increasing trend of trying juvenile offenders as adults within the United States
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Patricia Mell talks about challenges in preparing law students for the legal profession
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Patricia Mell talks about the demands of being a good lawyer
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Patricia Mell talks about the presence of African Americans in the legal profession
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Patricia Mell describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Patricia Mell reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Patricia Mell shares advice for young, aspiring lawyers
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Patricia Mell reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Patricia Mell remembers the legacy of her mother and grandmother
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Patricia Mell describes how she would like to be remembered