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

Take a Break and Play a Law-Themed Game in the Learning Commons

Did you know that there are law-themed games available for student use in the learning commons? They are on top of the blue cabinet to the right when you enter (see photos).

Some of the available games :

Passing the Bar – Passing the Bar allows students to learn the graduate material required to pass the national state-monitored bar exam in an enjoyable setting. It is fun for both students and trained professionals to test their skills. Questions from older bar exams used.

Blind Justice – Blind Justice uses 168 condensed versions of actual damage claims in the US courts, with players representing the plaintiffs and defendants. As they win or lose cases, by skill or chance, players rise through the court system and win by earning money.

Salem – Salem plays over the course of four rounds representing the four months (June-September 1692) in which the hysteria of the Salem witch hunt was at its height. During the witch hunt, players send residents to jail and provide alibis for their own jailed citizens. At the end of each round, all jailed citizens stand trial. Players then collectively decide who is hanged and who is spared. The player who is most successful at discerning witches from villagers wins!

Real Dumb Laws – Can you guess which dumb law is the real dumb law? Based on the book 101 Real Dumb Laws, this board game uncovers real laws from all across the country. At the start of each round, players are read the beginning of a law and given four choices, only one of which is correct.

Greater Evil – Greater evil a strategic version of the game “Bullshit” with a political twist. Players shamelessly pander, lie, call each other liars, and play Presidential Candidates in a reckless fight to win the support of campaign backers.

Top Ten Spookiest Law Review Articles

Periodically since 2008, we’ve had the pleasure of compiling the top ten spookiest law review articles in recent years.

Law review and journal articles are a surprising source of supernatural entertainment, perfect for the Halloween season. Creative authors incorporate everything from ghosts to zombies into their article titles, giving the sometimes staid genre a jolt of the spine tingling.

In the spirit of Halloween fun, we’ve tallied up the top ten spookiest law review and journal articles from November 2015 to the present, selected by title alone —

  1. What Ghost Up Must Come Down: The Highs and Lows of Psychic Mediums in Probate Law, 29 Quinnipiac Prob. L.J. 310 (2016).
  2. “It, Being Dead, Yet Speaketh”: The Recodification of the Federal Aviation Act of 1958, 29 No. 1 Air & Space Law. 8 (2016).
  3. Taxing Zombies: Killing Zombie Mortgages with Differential Property Taxes, 2017 U. Ill. L. Rev. 1135 (2017).
  4. Law as Magic: Some Thoughts on Ghosts, Non-Humans, and Shamans, 18 German L.J. 1247 (2017).
  5. Patentable Subject Matter: Alice Does Not Permit the Dead to Frolic in a 3D Wonderland, 69 SMU L. Rev. 299 (2016).
  6. I See Dead People: Examining the Admissibility of Living-Victim Photographs in Murder Trials, 69 Vand. L. Rev. 1423 (2016).
  7. Grim Fairy Tales: Studies of Wicked Stepmothers, Poisoned Apples, and the Elective Share, 78 Alb. L. Rev. 521 (2015).
  8. The ‘Actual Economic Outlay’ Doctrine and Back-to-Back Loans: The Vampire That Refuses to Die, 44 WGL-CTAX 10 (2017).
  9.  Lawyers for Legal Ghosts: The Legality and Ethics of Representing Persons Subject to Guardianship, 91 Wash. L. Rev. 581 (2016).
  10. Supernatural and the Law, 23 Dig., Nat’l Italian A.B.A. L.J. 19 (2015).



Take a Study Break: Watch a Movie

Did you know the Law Library now has law-related movies, and documentaries?  They are located to the left of the entrance (when entering the library) by the reference section.  With the semester winding down it may be time to start thinking of things for your holiday break, or to take a study break.  The videos can be checked out for a week but can be renewed online,  so if you are not nearby—no problem.

Also, don’t forget you can get plenty of other materials through the law library’s catalogs: Scholar, OhioLINK, and SearchOhio.  For those unfamiliar with SearchOhio, think of it as the public library’s version of OhioLINK.  If an item you want is not available by searching the OhioLINK catalog, you may check the SearchOhio collection by clicking the “SearchOhio” icon in the upper right hand of the screen. Enter your ID and password just as you would when requesting OhioLINK materials, and the material will arrive in the same manner as any OhioLINK book would arrive. Fine policies differ somewhat. Just ask a library staff member for details.

SearchOhio is great for requesting leisure reading and videos.

“Librarians are experts in ……”

image of "Libraries Transform - Librarians are experts in " signNational Library Week is April 9-15, 2017, with the theme “Libraries Transform.”  Has the C|M|Law Library helped you as a student, teacher, or legal researcher?  Tell us how!  Look for the Librarians are experts in …  signs at our main Information Services desk – fill in the blank and let us know how our expertise helped you.

National Library Week is an annual national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the county.  It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians, and to promote library use and support.

Rawson Learning Commons Opening Week January 30-February 3

The finishing touches on the Rawson Learning Commons on the second floor of the law library are being made.  The grand opening will be January 30th from 4-6pm with cake served.  I’ve attached a photo of the learning commons and the poster we created highlighting the events for the opening week.  Here is a rundown of the events following the grand opening:

  • Tuesday January 31, 4-6pm, Law Library Open House—pizza & pop, a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card, and a chance to talk with vendors and library staff;
  • Wednesday Februrary 1, 4:30-6pm, The West Wing Episode “The Supremes”, with Professor Chris Sagers—discussion and refreshments to follow, and another chance to win a $50 Amazon card;
  • Thursday February 2, 4-6pm, Game Night with library staff and faculty. A number of chances to win $20 Starbucks gift cards;
  • Friday February 3, 12:15-1:15pm; Career Services Brunch Event: Successful Interview Preparation with Heather DiFranco and Sarah Beznoska, and a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card.


Throughout the semester be on the lookout for other learning commons events hosted by library and law school staff and faculty.