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


Preview of Upcoming Ebytes Sessions

Ebytes is off this week for spring break.  However, never fear it’s back next Monday, March 20th  from 12-2pm in the Learning Commons on the 2nd floor of the law library.

For those that don’t know, Ebytes are informal drop in sessions where you can get a short demonstration of a product, get questions answered, and be entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card.

Here are the upcoming Ebytes events:

Mar. 20 – Foreign Law Guide—learn about the number one resource for foreign law.

Mar. 27 – ProQuest Congressional—a great resource for legislative history research—lots of compiled legislative histories.

Apr. 3 – Competitive Intelligence—Find out what competitive intelligence is, and how it is being used in the practice of law.  Also covered would be resources used in the field.

Apr. 10 – IT session—ask all IT related questions such as exam software questions and log in issues.

Apr. 17 – Lexis Legal Issues Trail—Learn what this powerful feature is and how to use it to ramp up your legal research skills by finding all the important connections to your case.

2/28 “Fastcase Research System” Seminar

image of superhero womanInterested in knowing about alternative legal research systems to Lexis Advance, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law?  The Fastcase Research System Law Library Legal Research Seminar is tomorrow, February 28th, 4:30pm-5pm, in Law Library Room A059.  Attending this Seminar will earn you 12.5 points toward a Legal Research Seminar Letter of Recognition.

Fastcase is used by over 500,000 lawyers, and is a Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association membership benefit.  When in the Law Library, C|M|Law students can access Fastcase from the QUICKLINKS on the Law Library home page.

Here are key points about the Spring 2017 semester Law Library Legal Research Seminars:

  • We recently changed the name of our Seminars –  from “Research Certificate Seminar” to Legal Research Seminar.  No worries!  All of your past points carry over to our new Seminar series!
  • Law Library Legal Research Seminars are for C|M|Law students, including MLS/LLM students.
  • There are two TWEN-based Seminars you can “attend” at your convenience – these Seminars will be available through Friday, 4/25.  [At TWEN, click the “Add Course” button to display the C|M|Law Library Legal Research Seminars course in your “My Courses” list.]
  • You do not need to register to take a live Seminar –  simply come to the Seminar(s) you want to attend.  We take attendance at each live Seminar, to be sure you are credited points as you earn them.
  • Unless otherwise noted, each of the live Seminars takes place on Tuesdays, in Law Library Room A059.
  • You earn 12.5 points for attending a live 30-minute Seminar, and 25 points for attending a live 60-minute Seminar.  You earn points for “attending” a TWEN-based Seminar by correctly answering at least 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.  [You cannot earn points for attending the same Seminar twice.]
  • Many of the Seminars concern key research skills for students planning on working this summer.
  • When you earn 100 points, you are awarded a Legal Research Seminar Letter of Recognition, and you can earn multiple Letters of Recognition.
  • If you earn a Letter of Recognition within the 2016-2017 academic year, you will be entered into a drawing for a $150 Amazon gift card!

Here is a list of the two TWEN-based Legal Research Seminars, as well as the three remaining live Legal Research Seminars dates, times, and topics:

  • Scholarly Writing (21:51 minutes; 25 points)
  • Research Management with Zotero (9:35 minutes; 8.5 points)
  • March 21, 4:30pm-5pm – Cost-Effective Searching on Lexis Advance & Westlaw (12.5 points)
  • March 28, 4:50pm-5:50pm – Ohio Legal Research “Crash Course” for Your Summer Associate Experience (25 points)
  • April 4, 4:50pm-5:50pm – Getting Ready to Clerk – Features C|M|Law alumni who will discuss typical research projects done by clerks.  (25 points)

Questions?  Contact Laura Ray, Outreach & Instructional Services Librarian, 216-687-6880, l.ray@csuohio.edu.

2/21 “Ravel Law Research System” Seminar

image of superhero womanInterested in knowing about alternative systems to Lexis Advance, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law?  The Ravel Law Research System Law Library Legal Research Seminar is Tuesday, February 21st, 4:30pm-5pm, in Law Library Room A059.  Attending this Seminar will earn you 12.5 points toward a Legal Research Seminar Letter of Recognition.

Ravel has partnered with Harvard Law School to digitize all of Harvard’s American caselaw collection.  Ravel currently includes the US Code, as well as all US Supreme Court, Federal Circuit Court, Federal District Court, and 1950-present State court cases.  Ravel also has some interesting case maps, as well as case and judge analytics.  Ravel’s “Open” basic account is free, and law students can get free more enhanced educational accounts.

Here are key points about the Spring 2017 semester Law Library Legal Research Seminars:

  • We recently changed the name of our Seminars – from “Research Certificate Seminar” to Legal Research Seminars.  No worries!  All of your points carry over to our new Seminar series!
  • Law Library Legal Research Seminars are for C|M|Law students, including MLS/LLM students.
  • You do not need to register to take a Seminar –  simply come to the Seminar(s) you want to attend.  We take attendance at each Seminar, to be sure you are credited points as you earn them.
  • Unless otherwise noted, each of the Seminars will take place on Tuesdays, in Law Library Room A059.
  • We are offering several 30-minute Seminars, and a few 60-minute in-depth Seminars.  Many of the Seminars concern key research skills for students planning on working this summer.
  • You earn 12.5 points for attending a 30-minute Seminar, and 25 points for attending a 60-minute Seminar.  Your Seminar points are good for the entire time you are here at C|M|LAW.  [You cannot earn points for attending the same Seminar twice.]
  • When you earn 100 points, you are awarded a Legal Research Seminar Letter of Recognition, and you can earn multiple Letters of Recognition.
  • If you earn a Letter of Recognition within the 2016-2017 academic year, you will be entered into a drawing for a $150 Amazon gift card!

Here is a list of the remaining Spring 2017 semester Law Library Legal Research Seminar dates, times, and topics:

  • February 28, 4:30pm-5pm – Fastcase Research System
  • March 21, 4:30pm-5pm – Cost-Effective Searching on Lexis Advance & Westlaw
  • March 28, 4:50pm-5:50pm – Ohio Legal Research “Crash Course” for Your Summer Associate Experience (60 mins. Laura)
  • April 4, 4:50pm-5:50pm – Getting Ready to Clerk – Features C|M|Law alumni who will discuss typical research projects done by clerks.

Questions?  Contact Laura Ray, Outreach & Instructional Services Librarian, 216-687-6880, l.ray@csuohio.edu.

The Final “The Other Guys Contest” for the Semester: U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs

Thanks to all who participated in our “The Other Guys” Demos and read our blog posts!  Now is the time for our last “The Other Guys” contest for the semester on the U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs database.  The contest the winner will receive a $50 Amazon gift card.

Here are the rules:

 

  • Answer the questions below;
  • Email your answers to Brian Cassidy b.e.cassidy@csuohio.edu by 11:59 PM, Wednesday November 30th;
  • Winner chosen by random drawing of correct entries on Thursday December 1, and notified by email same day.

 

Here are the contest questions:

 

  • List the steps to find cases heard by the US Supreme Court in 1950.
  • List the steps to find documents authored by Attorney Ruth Bader Ginsburg. How many documents?
  • List the steps to find all documents in the database with dogs AND cats mentioned in them. How many documents?

 

GOOD LUCK!

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Advanced Research & Technology Class Offered for Fall 2016

scalesLooking for a class to add to your schedule for Fall 2016?  Consider taking LAW 677 Advanced Research and Technology for the 21st Century.  In the 21st Century, legal research platforms and law practice technology are constantly changing and new attorneys must be able to keep up. In this course you will strengthen your understanding of the sources of law and learn advanced legal research skills, including techniques for using Lexis Advance, Westlaw and Bloomberg Law and cost effective research strategies. You will also be introduced to methods of evaluating law office technology that enable attorneys to maintain time, and prepare discovery.

This is a hybrid course with most of the coursework to be completed online.  The course will be taught by Lauren M. Collins, the Director of the Law Library and Associate Professor of Law.