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


Baseball is Back in Town

While baseball has been back for a week, our hometown team has been on the road. In honor of their Home Opener today, we’re highlighting some of our baseball and sports-related material.

If you’re not sure where to start when researching a legal topic, research guides are a great place to go. The Library maintains a Sports and Entertainment Law Guide that lists important laws, cases, journals, and more.

The Library collection includes several books about baseball and the law. Bargaining with Baseball covers labor relations through 140 years of professional baseball history. The Baseball Trust discusses the series of court rulings that made baseball exempt from antitrust law. The Little White Book of Baseball Law examines cases involving broadcast contracts, injured spectators, rules of the game and more. One Man Out: Curt Flood versus Baseball tells the story of all-star center fielder Curt Flood, his challenge of the reserve clause and push for free agency. There are several more baseball-related titles and many more resources about sports law generally, just search our catalog.

C|M|Law’s Entertainment and Sports Law Association is a student organization dedicated to promoting these areas of study. The Association hosts events throughout the year, and there’s still time to register for the upcoming Entertainment & Sports Law Symposium, here at C|M|Law on April 13, 2018.

Check Out Our Pinterest Boards

Are you looking for tips for interviewing and writing your resume? Or maybe you are wondering what to wear to the office for your new internship. Check out the Law Library’s Pinterest boards.

We also have boards highlighting new books and movies available in our collection, and a board about things to do and see around Cleveland.

Stressed out? Try some of the exercises, breathing techniques, and healthy recipes on our Work-Life Balance board.

Things Going on in Cleveland Over Break

  1. Candy Land Has Gone Wild–Noon to 5 p.m. through Jan. 1; Lake Metroparks Penitentiary Glen Nature Center, 8668 Kirtland-Chardon Road, Kirtland. The Lake Metroparks Penitentiary Glen Nature Center is bringing the iconic kids game to life for the third year with their Candy Land Has Gone Wild game – played just like the iconic board game Candy Land, but with a “natural twist.”
  2. See a play at Playhouse Square. http://www.playhousesquare.org/ A Christmas Carol and a Christmas Story are two notable offerings this holiday season.
  3. Rink at Public Square /Winterfest. Nov. 24 – Feb 28, 2017; Public Square. Get some fresh air and exercise with a nice skate at the rink at Public Square.  At night the square is lit up for the holiday season.
  4. Glow at the Cleveland Botanical Garden; Nov. 24 – Dec. 31; 11030 East Blvd., Cleveland.www.cbgarden.org This year’s indoor and outdoor winter wonderland features more than 100 gingerbread houses, tree displays, model trains, kids activities, an outdoor Garden Express train, a two-story tree, light displays, a Treetop Shop and Sweet Shop for young browsers, decorate-your-own-gingerbread and more.
  1. Cleveland State Basketball v. Toledo 12/23, 2 pm Wolstein Center. Cleveland State Basketball v. Youngstown State 1/1 1pm Wolstein Center.
  1. A Christmas Story House-open 7 days a week from 10am – 5pm. 3159 W. 11th Street, Cleveland, OH  www.achristmasstoryhouse.com The house used in the popular holiday classic “A Christmas Story” has been restored to its original 1983 movie appearance. The house takes visitors on a nostalgic journey to the sights and scenes where Ralphie Parker dreams of nothing but receiving a genuine Red Ryder 200-shot Carbine Action Air Rifle for Christmas. In addition to A Christmas Story House, visitors can explore the museum where items from the movie are on display, more than 100 behind-the-scenes photos are featured and movie-related memorabilia can be purchased.
  2. Cleveland Monsters Hockey v. Milwaukee, 12/22/17 and 12/23/17, 7pm Quicken Loans Arena.
  3. Cleveland Museum of Art Jazz Age exhibit. 11150 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44106. http://www.clevelandart.org/ The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s is the first major museum exhibition to focus on American taste in art and design during the dynamic years of the 1920s and early 1930s.
  4. Go Tobogganing at the Cleveland Metroparks. https://clevelandmetroparks.com/parks/visit/activities/event-activity-types/tobogganing
  5. See the Black Nativity at Karamu House. 2355 East 89th Street. https://www.karamuhouse.org/ An annual Cleveland tradition, the Black Nativity, written by hometown literary master Langston Hughes, is a retelling of the Gospel according to St. Luke, set to the music and dance of the Black church.

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).