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Archive for April, 2012


Lawyers without Rights Exhibit at C|M|Law

image of cover of Lawyers without Rights brochureFrom April 18th through May 27th, 2012, C|M|Law hosts the traveling exhibition Lawyers without Rights:  Jewish Lawyers in Germany under the Third Reich, a commentary on what happened under the Third Reich when lawyers, the judicial system, and the just rule of law were undermined and abused, leading to great tragedy.  Click here for a resource guide complimenting the exhibit.  The guide includes information on exhibit-related CLE programs at C|M|Law May 11th-24th.

The German Federal Bar sponsored, researched, and underwrote the exhibition.  It has presented the exhibition throughout Germany, Europe, Israel, and elsewhere.  The exhibition presented in the US is supported by the German Federal Foreign Office and the American Bar Association and its Section of International Law.

CALI’s Latest Free E-Book: Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure

 Get the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure (and forms) for your Kindle, Smartphone, Nook, iPad or other device.    Rules are current through December 1, 2011.  This free ebook joins CALI’s growing collection of free ebooks, which include the Federal Rules of Evidence, Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The book can be read using any ereader, or on your computer using ebook software, such as Calibre (which is free).  They are free to anyone, not just law students and faculty.

Derby Girls: When Roller Derby and IP Collide

Roller derby is a predominantly female, all-American contact sport that combines fierceness and speed with elements of punk rock and camp.  In Talk Derby to Me: Intellectual Property Norms Governing Roller Derby Pseudonyms [90 Texas Law Review 1093 (April 2012)], author David Fagundes looks at the formal and informal mechanisms used to protect the skaters’ handles. Derby names or pseudonyms are creative and colorful nicknames competitors use in the sport. Fagundes provides some great examples  – Killo Kitty, Venus de Maul’r, Axles of Evil, Madame Ovary, Paris Troika, and Tae Kwon Ho are just a few. Derby names are regulated through informal registration systems and through formal trademark law.  The author applies the example of derby names to wider IP law and legal theory.

Northeast Ohio’s own all-female fast-track derby league is the Burning River Roller Girls, which consists of over 100 players organized into seven teams. Teams complete at Cleveland State University, in the Wolstein Center.  Local derby girls likewise sport rockin’ pseudonyms, like Dita Von Bitch, DomiKnitrix, Moltov Hot-Tail, and Morbid Cherub.

Image source: CoolCleveland.com

Take a Break! On-Campus Ways to Beat Exam Stress

As we roll into exam time, don’t forget to take a moment or two for yourself. You don’t have to go far to do it, either. There are plenty of quiet and relaxing places around campus, just outside the walls of the law school. Here are some suggestions.

Work off stress at the Rec

  • Take a [nonlaw] class – yoga, spinning, water aerobics, Zumba, more
  • Get a massage or go for a swim
  • Lift weights or workout on the machines

Relax in the Student Center

  • Grab a bite or a beer at Bar Uno
  • Relax in one of the lounges or terraces
  • Browse the CSU Bookstore

Catch a concert in the Department of Music

  • CSU Opera A La Carte, April 27th
  • CSU Percussion Ensemble, May 2nd
  • Kulas Series of Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel: A Musical Love Triangle: Robert, Clara and Johannes!, May 6th

Free Books up for Grabs in the Student Lounge

Recently the Cleveland-Marshall Law Library acquired a large book donation but not all of these resources could be incorporated into our collection. The remaining books have been placed in the student lounge. Law students may use the books in the lounge or take a copy home with them as their own. Topic areas covered by these books include Business Associations, Contracts, Civil Procedure, Evidence, Securities Regulation, and Torts. Please take no more than one or two books per student.

In addition, if you have old study aids that you no longer use and want to get rid of, feel free to bring in these materials to replace some of the donated books that get taken. This way the lounge will always have study materials at hand for students.