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About Joseph Mead

Joseph Mead is an Assistant Professor of Nonprofit Management and Public Administration, and holds a joint appointment with the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Before joining Cleveland State, Professor Mead served as a Trial Attorney for the United States Department of Justice in Washington DC. As a Trial Attorney, he advised federal agencies and represented the United States in constitutional and other complex litigation across the country. Prior to joining the Department of Justice, he served as a law clerk to Judge Cornelia Kennedy on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and Judge David Lawson on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. He received his law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan law school, where he served on the Michigan Law Review and was elected to the order of the coif.

Professor Mead researches the law and structure of nonprofit organizations and governmental institutions, with a particular focus on how nonprofit and government entities interact with each other and with the courts. Professor Mead's scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in the Administrative Law Review, the Georgia Law Review, the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, and the Michigan Law Review, among others. He has served as a peer reviewer for journals Nonprofit Policy Forum and the Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs. He teaches courses on nonprofit management and administrative law.

In addition to teaching and research, Professor Mead is active in the community, consulting regularly with local nonprofit leaders to discuss issues facing their organizations.  He also handles First Amendment litigation in cooperation with the ACLU of Ohio, where he is actively working on the constitutional defects in local restrictions on charitable solicitation and/or "panhandling." His prior pro bono cases include a successful challenge to Youngstown's begging ordinance and representation of a public school teacher whose yearly contract was rescinded after his outside-of-work vegan advocacy offended a dairy farmer in the community.


Present Assistant Professor, Cleveland State University

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