News and information useful to Cleveland-Marshall College of Law students, faculty and staff.

This Just In: Space Law: A Treatise


Space law is an area of International Law that has developed massively in the last fifty years. Francis Lyall, from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and Paul B. Larsen, from Georgetown Law Centre and formerly a lawyer for the Office of the US Secretary of Transportation, have been involved this area of law since the early 1960s, when both taught at the McGill Institute of Air and Space Law in Montreal. Both professors currently teach Space Law at their respective universities.

This book has extensive coverage of the literature of space law; its discussion provides an excellent source for both student and practitioners. Covered are major treaties and agreements and national laws and regulations and how they affect the use of space by governments, militaries, and commercial interests. In addition, the treatise has a chapter on how environmental regulation intertwines with space law.

Related to this topic, we have a selection of McGill Institute of Air and Space publications available via HeinOnline.

Get Your Move On To Combat Law School Stress


Getting a little exercise can be a great way to combat law school stress. And it certainly doesn’t have to be “official” exercise, although that’s good, too. If you only have a few minutes at lunchtime or between classes for some impromptu exercise, try walking the Innerlink. The Innerlink here on campus has lots going for it: you stay out of the cold, you can get your steps in, you can walk a good mile on it before you even realize it, and you can get away from the law building and see other students on campus.

If you have a little more time, the Recreation Center has just about everything you’d want for a fitness break from the law school daily routine. You can find group fitness classes for yoga, circuit training, cycling, TRX, Pilates, Zumba, water aerobics, kickboxing, and more. If you prefer working out on your own, there are plenty of cardio machines, weight lifting equipment, and an Olympic size swimming pool. If what you really want is just some good relaxation, you can schedule a massage for 30, 60 or even 90 minutes.

Finding some time for exercise – even if it’s just a short walk or a half hour at the Rec – can really help you relax and feel good about law school. Give it a try!

Need to do Research on Legislative History? Try ProQuest Congressional


ProQuest Congressional provides users with efficient, targeted access to the most comprehensive collection of historic and current congressional information available anywhere online.

ProQuest Congressional [linked from our database page] is one of the best databases to use to answer any legislative history question. It is available on campus, or remotely with authentication (CSU ID and Pin). One great feature is compiled legislative histories.  A compiled legislative history means that someone else has gone to the trouble of gathering and organizing all the documents related to the passage of an important piece of legislation in one place.

For more information on conducting legislative history research, see our Legislative History Research Guide.

Legal History “Cohen” Essay Competition


photo of Morris CohenThe Legal History and Rare Books Special Interest Section (LHRB) of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), in cooperation with Gale Learning and Research Solutions, Cengage Learning, is conducting its Annual Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition.  Full- and part-time students currently enrolled in accredited graduate programs in law, history, library science, or related fields are eligible to enter.  Essays may address any topic related to legal history, rare law books, or legal archives.  Criteria on which papers will be judged include originality of topic or approach, quality and depth of research and analysis, clarity of presentation, and contribution to the field.  The winner will receive a $500 prize from Gale Cengage Learning and up to $1,000 for costs of attending the July 2018 AALL Annual Meeting in Baltimore, as well as the opportunity to present the winning essay at the AALL Annual Meeting.  Authors of the winning and runner-up essays will also be invited to publish their essays in LHRB’s online annual scholarly journal  Unbound:  A Review of Legal History and Rare Books.  The Competition electronic submission deadline is 11:59pm EDT, Monday, 16 April 2018.

Full Competition details and Application Form are available at the LHRB SIS Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition web page.  Questions can be sent to Fred Dingledy (fwding@wm.edu), Senior Reference Librarian & Adjunct Professor of Law, College of William & Mary Law School, or Tim Kearley (TKearley@uwyo.edu), Professor Emeritus of Law, University of Wyoming College of Law.

The Competition is named in honor of Morris L. Cohen, who was Professor Emeritus of Law at Yale Law School and recognized as “one of the towering figures of late 20th century law libraries.”  His scholarly work  focused on legal research, rare books, and historical bibliography.

Open House Winners


As a follow-up to our open house last week, we congratulate the winners!

$25 Amazon gift card:

  • Jackson Biesecker

$20 Starbucks gift card (courtesy of LexisNexis):

  • Anastasia A. Elder

500 Lexis points (each):

  • Taylor Slivka
  • Jonathan Short
  • Ciara Miller
  • Devonice Gordon

Thank you to all who stopped by and participated in the contest!