Michael Hattery, a 2005 CLCS graduate, went on to Clarkson University to study Political Science and War History Literature(class of 2015), and is currently married and a second year law student at Case Western Reserve School of Law, in Cleveland Ohio. In addition, he works as a law clerk at ReliabilityFirst, where his job involves making the electric grid safe and reliable, and as counsel in Case Western Reserve University’s Community Development Clinic. As respite from law schoo, he publishes nuanced articles about advanced statistics and professional sports labor agreements .
Michael received the Rotary Youth Leadership Award in 2010, and is a Vattel International Scholar at Case Western. He also won the 2017 National Sports Law Institute’s Law Sports Law writing competition and his article, which discusses the dangers of big data in the field of professional baseball, was published in the Marquette Law Review.
In his job at ReliabilityFirst, as well as at law school, Michael often has opportunities to align his work with his Christian faith, by fighting for equity and justice. For example, at Case Western Reserve University’s Community Development Clinic, Michael provides legal counsel to two social venture clients who create sustainable, environmentally friendly products. This counsel has been improving their business structure.
Michael was homeschooled as a youngster, but feels that it was easy to integrate into the welcoming school environment at CLCS during 7th and 8th grade. He had access to individual teachers who would later become mentors. This was a huge advantage as he moved on to high school and college. The 8th grade trip to Gettysburg, PA stands out in his mind as a highlight of his time at CLCS. The preparation in History and English class was exemplary , as the students learned about the Civil War and read the book Killer Angels , by Michael Shaara.
“Being there, experiencing what we read about, was exhilarating. Bringing that context to our studies was amazing.”
Michael wants to encourage current CLCS students to challenge themselves.
“Interact with your teachers, challenge ideas that your teachers offer. That is where you can tap into the wisdom and insight that these people have to offer. Invest in your peers. The closest relationship in my life outside my marriage is a friendship that grew and flourished during my time at CLC. Investing in each other builds substantive relationships, where you can support each other, love each other and hold each other accountable. These relationships grow your walk with God in a powerful way.”
Michael’s plans for the future? Practice law with love and justice as the New Testament requires, and work within society and the church in a way that is restorative in its approach to human beings, rather than retributive!