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


Space Law Resources at the Law Library

International Space Station orbiting Earth Interested in legal issues that are “out of this world?” (Sorry, couldn’t help it.)

C|M|Law’s Global Space Law Center (GSLC), directed by Professor Mark Sundahl, is dedicated to the study of space law and training next-generation space lawyers. GSLC is the only law school center in the nation focused on the law of outer space. Space law is made up of a variety of international agreements, treaties, conventions, and United Nations General Assembly resolutions as well as rules and regulations of international organizations. These documents address numerous issues such as settling disputes, liability for damages caused by space objects, preserving space and Earth environments, and the use of space-related technologies.

The GSLC offers an online summer class, Space Law: A Global View, covering a range of space-related topics including international treaties, domestic regulations of new space companies, jurisdiction issues, and asteroid mining. The GSLC also contains a Research Council that develops material to influence domestic and international regulations and legislation.

Are you taking the Space Law class this summer? The Law Library has numerous resources available such as The Politics and Perils of Space Exploration and The Handbook of Space Law. Journals on the topic include Air and Space Law and Journal of Space Law. Check out the Library’s Space Law Research Guide. Don’t forget, you can also schedule individual research consultations with a law librarian by contacting research.services@law.csuohio.edu.

Tech News: More on AI in Legal Research

drawing of human brain, half circuitboard and half artistic swirlsCasetext, a free online legal research platform known for its subscription-based artificial intelligence (A.I.) research tool called CARA, has launched an updated and enhanced version. The updated version, known as CARA A.I., does not just analyze citations anymore. It is now a robust legal research engine. New features include seamless integration of CARA A.I. with Casetext research. Additionally, users can upload litigation documents containing no citations to CARA A.I., and the program will analyze the documents and generate a list of authority based on the issues, facts, and jurisdiction present.

For more about AI in legal research, Thomson Reuters has this breakdown, and has teamed up with Above the Law to produce Law2020,  a series on AI in the legal field.

Machine Learning and AI have many applications beyond the law. For a humorous take, check out SkyKnit and the full Aiweirdness.com archive.

US Supreme Court Records and Briefs Database

Faculty and students at Cleveland-Marshall have access to Gale’s U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs database. This database contains briefs and related documents from Supreme Court cases between 1832 and 1978. Previously, many of these briefs were not available through any of the library’s other legal databases, so this is a very useful for anyone doing research on older Supreme Court cases.

Access to this database is IP-authenticated for users connected to the law school’s computer network; faculty and students can also access the database while off campus by logging in with their CSU ID number and library PIN.

Getting Ready to Clerk Seminar on Thursday, 4/5

The Law Library’s Getting Ready to Clerk Seminar is tomorrow, Thursday, April 5th, 4:50pm-5:50pm, in Law Library Room A059.  Join the discussion with legal practitioners about the firm/work environment – how projects are assigned, typical projects, expected work product, networking, and more.  Speakers will be James Besenyei, Assistant Public Defender, James Moss, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, and Holly Marie Wilson, Reminger Co., L.P.A.  As an added benefit, light refreshments (pizza) will be provided.

This Seminar is worth 25 points, and 100 points will earn you a Law Library Legal Research Seminar Letter of Recognition, as well as a Digital Badge that you can post to your LinkedIn page.  See you tomorrow?!  Questions?  Contact Laura Ray, Outreach & Instructional Services Librarian, 216-687-6880, l.ray@csuohio.edu.

Law Library Legal Research Seminars & Digital Badges

The Law Library has two upcoming live Legal Research Seminars particularly important for students who plan to work this summer.  Remember, each C|M|LAW student who earns 100 Legal Research Seminar points receives a Legal Research Seminar Letter of Recognition, as well as a Digital Badge that you can post to your LinkedIn page.

The Ohio Legal Research Crash Course is Thursday, March 29th, and Getting Ready to Clerk is Thursday, April 5th.  Each Seminar is 4:50pm-5:50pm, in Law Library Room A059, and light refreshments will be provided.  In the Ohio Legal Research Crash Course, we’ll examine key Ohio research resources, and discuss effective strategies and best practices for their use.  In the Getting Ready to Clerk Seminar, legal practitioners will talk with you about research projects done by clerks and new associates – how projects are assigned, typical projects, and feedback to expect.  Each of these Seminars is worth 25 points.

The Law Library also has eight online Legal Research Seminars, available on the Westlaw TWEN platform, that students can “attend” at their convenience:

  • Starting Research with Secondary Sources (17:02 mins; 12.5 points)
  • Bluebooking (38:47 mins; 25 points)
  • Terms & Connectors Searching (10:48 mins; 12.5 points)
  • Lexis Advance Overview (21:11 mins; 12.5 points)
  • Shepard’s (11:54 mins; 12.5 points)
  • Westlaw Overview (20:03 mins; 12.5 points)
  • KeyCite (10:16 mins; 12.5 points)
  • Bioethics Research & Scholarly Writing (28:33 mins; 25 points)

Your Seminar points are good for the entire time you are here at C|M|LAW, and you can earn multiple Letters of Recognition and Digital Badges.  Questions?  Contact Laura Ray, Outreach & Instructional Services Librarian, 216-687-6880, l.ray@csuohio.edu.