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

James E. Beckley Securities Arbitration and Law Writing Competition

The James E. Beckley Securities Arbitration and Law Writing Competition is a writing competition for students interested in Securities Arbitration and Securities Law. First Prize is $1000, Second Prize is $750, and Third Prize is $500. Competition winner(s) will be posted online at

A securities arbitration activist and scholar, James E. Beckley was known for defending and promoting the rights of public investors. He served on the Securities Industry Conference on Arbitration, an organization created at the request of the Securities and Exchange Commission to maintain and update the Uniform Code of Arbitration for securities arbitration and to serve as a sounding board on issues of fairness in arbitration. At the time of his death in 1999, Beckley was the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA) President. This competition and award has been established to honor his legacy.

The submission may address any aspect of Securities Law; Securities Arbitration; The Federal Arbitration Act, Title 9, US Code, Section 1-14; or FINRA Code of Arbitration, effective April 16, 2007 and any changes or proposed changes to that Code. The writing can be based in theory or practice, but should ultimately advocate a position on the topic area chosen.

The contest is open to all students who attend a law school in the United States with a deadline of August 31, 2018.

Law Library Legal Research Seminars – Always Available for You!

Law Library Legal Research Seminars are for C|M|LAW students, including our MLS and LLM students.  The Seminars are continuously available online via the Westlaw TWEN platform.  You earn points for completing an online Seminar by correctly answering 3/4 of the questions on that Seminar’s quiz.  Your Seminar points are good for the entire time you are here at C|M|LAW.  When you earn 100 points, you are awarded a Law Library Legal Research Letter of Recognition and a Digital Badge, which you can post to your LinkedIn page.  You can earn multiple Letters and Digital Badges.  Here are the currently available online Law Library Legal Research Seminars:

  • Starting Research with Secondary Sources – Why recreate the wheel? Examine how secondary sources explain and analyze “the law” for you, as well as cite primary authority. [17:02 mins; 12.5 points]
  • Westlaw Overview – [10:48 mins; 12.5 points] – Leap beyond Google and start to harness this legal research gtiant. Understand big box and pre-filtered searching, as well as how to print/download/email search results.
  • KeyCite – [10:16 mins; 12.5 points] – Why is a red flag different from a yellow flag, and what should you do when you see either one? Learn how to use the Westlaw citator service to update and expand your research.
  • Lexis Advance Overview – [21:11 mins; 12.5 points] – One more time, leap beyond Google and start to harness this legal research gtiant. Understand big box and pre-filtered searching, as well as how to print/download/email search results.
  • Shepard’s – [11:54 mins; 12.5 points] – Why is a red stop sign different from a yellow triangle, and what should you do when you see either one? Learn how to use the Lexis Advance citator service to update and expand your research.
  • Terms & Connectors Searching – Explore the power of search techniques beyond natural language searching. Learn the basics of combining terms & phrases in effective search statements. [10:48 mins; 12.5 points]
  • Bluebooking – For faster legal drafting, review how to effectively apply citation and style rules, as well as abbreviation and jurisdiction tables. [38:47 mins; 25 points]
  • Administrative Law – [29:59 mins; 25 points] Break through the mysteries of agency rulemaking and case adjudication. Learn the key resources for finding federal and Ohio agency regulations and decisions.
  • Bioethics Resources & Scholarly Writing – Examine a wide array of bioethics resources, and learn how these resources can be used to select a paper topic and conduct effective research on that topic. [28:33 mins; 25 points]

For more information on the Law Library Legal Research Seminars, contact Laura Ray, Outreach & Instructional Services Librarian.

The Dr. Sam Sheppard Case Collection

In 2012, William Mason, then Cuyahoga County Prosecutor, designated the Cleveland–Marshall College of Law Library at Cleveland State University as the repository for records and other materials relating to the Dr. Sam Sheppard case. The material in the Sam Sheppard collection consists of over 50 boxes of photographs, recordings and trial exhibits.

Since July 1, 2014, tens of thousands of documents have been downloaded. People from all 50 states and over 100 countries have accessed the website. Kudos to C|M|Law Library’s Technical Services Department for their continuing hard work in making this collection accessible.

Background on the Sheppard cases:

Dr. Sam Sheppard was convicted in 1954 of the murder of his pregnant wife, Marilyn Reese Sheppard, at their Bay Village, Ohio home. He spent almost a decade in prison before a retrial was ordered, where he was acquitted in 1966. He maintained his innocence in the murder until his death in 1970.

The murder of Marilyn Sheppard and the controversial trial of Sam Sheppard in 1954 drew widespread national attention from the media, creating what the U.S. Supreme Court later described as a “carnival atmosphere” that denied Sheppard his right to due process.

In 2000, Sheppard’s son, Sam Reese Sheppard, who was seven at the time of his mother’s murder, sued the state of Ohio for his father’s alleged wrongful imprisonment. After a ten-week trial, a civil jury returned a unanimous verdict that Sam Reese Sheppard had failed to prove his father had been wrongfully imprisoned.

An article from (2015) highlights the law library’s Sam Sheppard collection. The law library’s Director, Lauren Collins, is quoted throughout the article.

Professor Sterio to Publish Casebook in International Law; Participates in WCPN/90.3 “Talking Foreign Policy” Show

M_STERIO.jpgProfessor and Associate Dean Milena Sterio signed a contract with e-Langdell/CALI to write a casebook in International Law. The casebook will be available, in an electronic format, to all students for free. The expected date of publication is 2020.

In addition, Professor Sterio participated as a panelist in an episode of the “Talking Foreign Policy” radio show on WCPN/90.3. The episode was broadcast on May 28, and it available on demand here; it focused on the prospects of a U.S.-North Korea summit. Professor Sterio is a regular participant of the “Talking Foreign Policy” show, which takes place quarterly on WCPN/90.3.

Have a Research Question at an Odd Hour? Westlaw and Lexis have 24/7 Support

It’s late, the library is closed, and you need some research help finding some cases—don’t fret. You aren’t alone, because LexisNexis and Westlaw offer 24/7 research support staffed by representatives with law degrees.

Westlaw can be reached at 1-800-850-WEST (9378); select Research Assistance.

Lexis can be reached at 1-800-45-LEXIS (53947).

Both databases offer the same support via chat features when signed in.