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


Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ice Cream?

RBGRuth Bader Ginger ice cream? What about Sonya SotomayOreo Mint Cookie? Ben and Jerry’s ice cream has paid homage to 20 people or groups in the past according to a recent Buzzfeed article but only 2 were female. To rectify this imbalance, a petition has been started on Change.org for the Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg inspired flavor.

Justice Ginsburg is the first Jewish woman to serve on the US Supreme Court. Ginsburg also spent a considerable portion of her legal career as an advocate for the advancement of women’s rights as a constitutional principle.

The History and the Future of the Ohio Constitution

steinglass_329Dean Emeritus Steven Steinglass, who is senior policy advisor for the bipartisan Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission will discuss the history of constitutional revision in Ohio, and the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission’s current efforts to revise the constitution on a wide range of issues, including congressional redistricting, term limits, privacy, voting, the initiative/referendum, and education.

The lecture will take place on Wednesday 03/04/2015 – from 5:00pm – 6:00pm in the Moot Court room and is free and open to the public. One hour of Ohio CLE credit is available.

For additional information on the topic, be sure to take a look at our Ohio Constitution – Law and History Research Guide which was created by Dean Steinglass and librarian Sue Altmeyer. The guide and the lecture are good places for current students to get law review paper topic ideas for next fall!

American Constitution Society (ACS) Writing Competition

ACSLAW-logo-415x225ACS is now accepting submissions for the 2015 writing competition. Submissions must be emailed by Friday, February 6, 2015, 11:59pm EST.

The competition is open to all types of lawyers and law students. Practicing lawyers, policymakers, academics, and law students all are encouraged to take part. Coauthored submissions are eligible and if selected, the coauthors will share the prize. Each submission must be an original academic work that is either unpublished or was published no more than one year prior to the competition deadline (specifically, not before January 2014). If a submission has been published or accepted for publication, the author should include written consent from the journal to make sure it will consent to ACS posting the publication on its website, with appropriate attribution.

The author of the winning paper in each category (lawyer and law student) will receive a cash prize of $1,500. The winning papers will receive special recognition at the Summer 2015 ACS National Convention, on the ACS website, and potentially through other means agreed upon by the authors and ACS.

9/17: Constitution Day Activities on Campus

US-ConstitutionCleveland State University is celebrating Constitution Day on September 17. 2014. Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787.

The Michael Schwartz Library (at the CSU tower) is offering 3 gift cards for their Constitution Day contest. Contestants will be required to answer some questions, and the drawing will be held at noon on the 17th on the 1st floor of the Schwartz Library. Also note: you can get some free cupcakes and view the Schwartz Library’s “We the People” display.

Also, Cleveland-Marshall is hosting a Constitution Day lecture at 5pm by Roger Newman entitled “One Nation Under Surveillance”. Attorneys can also get 1 free CLE credit.

Newman is the author of “Hugo Black: A Biography,” a work that won the Scribes Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in biography. He also co-authored “Banned Films: Movies, Censors and the First Amendment,” and was editor-in-chief of “The Constitution and Its Amendments.” Newman taught for seven years as an adjunct professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and is currently working on a book on the Supreme Court against the backdrop of the conservative movement over the past forty years. Newman’s writings have appeared in The Washington Post, The Nation and The American Lawyer as well as many other academic and legal publications and newspapers. He has lectured extensively with over 200 appearances and university’s throughout the county, and has appeared on NPR, PBS, C-Span and Entertainment Tonight.

You may also want to check out our Constitutional Law Research Guide.

9/17 “Ghosts of Jim Crow” Constitution Day Lecture

HigginbothamToday, Tuesday, September 17th, at 5pm, F. Michael Higginbotham will give the Constitution Day lecture at C|M|LAW.  Higginbotham is the Wilson H. Elkins Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore School of Law, where he teaches courses on constitutional law and race.  He recently served as a guest on CNN and MSNBC discussing race and the law.  In his lecture today,  Higginbotham will discuss his recent book Ghosts of Jim Crow:  Ending Racism In Post-Racial America, in which he argues that America remains far from the imagined utopia hoped for when Barack Obama was elected as the first African-American president, as well as how America has maintained notions of white superiority and black inferiority and how the United States remains separate and unequal, while offering a practical prescription to improve the race problem.  The one-hour dialogue, co-sponsored by The City Club of Cleveland, includes a 30-minute lecture, 15 minutes of conversation with a moderator, and a 15-minute question and answer session.  This lecture is part of daylong festivities throughout Cleveland State University, honoring the nation’s heritage and celebrating the adoption of the United States Constitution.  The event is free and open to the public, and offers attendees one hour of free CLE.  Preregistration is not required.  For additional information, see the Ghosts of Jim Crow Research Guide.