Marla Mitchell-Cichon

Marla Mitchell-Cichon


B.S. Youngstown State University 1981
J.D. The University of Akron School of Law 1984

Professor Mitchell began her teaching career in 1986, following service as a public defender in Stark County, Ohio. She was director of the Trial Litigation Clinic for the University of Akron School of Law, 1986-1992.

She joined Case Western Reserve University as a Visiting Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor, 1992-94, where she designed and taught Appellate Advocacy and team taught a trial practice course. She also supervised third-year law students in the Kramer Law Clinic.

Professor Mitchell served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Dayton School of Law, 1994-1995, where she taught a judicial externship course and supervised students in the school's in-house clinic.

Professor Mitchell has extensive practice experience in criminal and poverty law. Professor Mitchell's litigation experience includes practicing before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the Ohio Supreme Court, and trial courts in both Ohio and Michigan.

Professor Mitchell joined Cooley Law School in July 1995. She teaches in the Sixty Plus, Inc., Elderlaw Clinic and in Cooley's Innocence Project. She also teaches Professional Responsibility.

Her publications are in the areas of criminal law, elder law, ethics, and clinical teaching.



Marla Mitchell-Cichon, Kimberly E. O'Leary, Norman Fell, and Terry Cavanaugh, Teaching Interviewing and Counseling in the Criminal Defense Clinic: Following Up on the Criminal Defense Session through a Roundtable Conversation, 8 Thomas M. Cooley J. Prac. & Clin. L. 291 (2005).

Mitchell-Cichon, Marla L., "What Mom Would Have Wanted: Lessons Learned from an Elder Law Clinic About Achieving Clients' Estate-Planning Goals," 10 Elder LJ 289 (2002).

Mitchell-Cichon, Marla L., "Teaching the Law Student to Become a Lawyer: How Personal Perceptions Form Realities and Impact on Our Role as lawyer," 2 TM Cooley J Prac& Clin L 135 (1998)

Mitchell, Marla L., "Beyond a Book Review: Using Clinical Scholarship In Our Teaching" (Review of "Ethical Problems Facing the Criminal Defense Lawyer). 2 CLINICAL L REV 251 (Fall 1995).

Mitchell, Marla L., "The Wizardry of Harmless Error: Brain, Heart Courage Required When Reviewing Capital Sentences," 4 KANSAS J L PUB POL'Y 51 (Fall 1994).

Book Reviews and Other Short Works

Mitchell-Cichon, Marla L., "Who Is The Client, Anyway? A Suggested Approach for Defining the Attorney-Client Relationship when Representing the Unsophisticated Personal Representative in an Estate Case," BRIEFS (Ingham County Bar Association) (January, 2002) (excerpt of a longer work-in-progress), reprinted in STATE BAR OF MICHIGAN E-JOURNAL, February, 2002,


Mitchell, Marla L., "Achieving Social Justice for Clients Through Art," presented to the Clinical Conference, American Association of Law Schools, Pittsburgh, Pa. (May 21, 2002).

Mitchell, Marla L., "Planning for the Future: Medical Powers of Attorney and Powers of Attorney," presented to Community Mental Health, Lansing, Mich. (June 25, 2001).

Mitchell, Marla L., "Conflicts of Interest," presented to Michigan Legal Services Training, East Lansing, Mich. (May 18, 2001).

Mitchell, Marla L., "Creating Scholarship to Make Us Better Teachers," presented to the Clinical Conference, American Association of Law Schools, Montreal, Can. (May 10, 2001).

Mitchell, Marla L., "Medical Powers of Attorney and Everything You Wanted to Know About Sixty Plus," presented to the Advisory Board and Policy Board, Tri-County Office on Aging, Lansing, Mich. (1998).

Mitchell, Marla L., "Client Interviewing and Counseling--A Demonstration," presented at the Ohio CLE Institute (August 25, 1994).

Mitchell, Marla L., "Alice and the Looking Glass: Will Student Evaluation of Clinic Supervisors Distort or Clarify Our Roles As Teachers and Lawyers?," presented at the Midwest Clinical Conference, Iowa University (October 1992).

Mitchell, Marla L., "Sexism in the Profession" team presentation, presented at the Scanlon Inn of Court Meeting, Cleveland, Ohio (April 1989).

Mitchell, Marla L., "Teaching Appellate Advocacy," presented at the Midwest Clinical Conference, Drake University (October 1988).


Real-World Experience

Specialties: Criminal and Poverty Law

Courses: Professional Responsibility, Sixty Plus, Inc., Elderlaw Clinic, Cooley's Innocence Project

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