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


Live & Online Law Library Legal Research Seminars

This Spring 2018 semester, the Law Library is conducting two live Legal Research Seminars for C|M|Law students.  We are also offering many Seminars online, via the Westlaw TWEN platform, for students to complete at their convenience.  Remember, your Seminar points are good for the entire time you are here at C|M|Law.  When you earn 100 Seminar points, you receive a Legal Research Letter of Recognition & Digital Badge, for posting to your LinkedIn page.  Students can earn multiple Letters & Digital Badges.

The two live Legal Research Seminars will take place 4:50pm-5:50pm in Law Library Room A059.  Both are a must see if you plan to be working this summer!

  • Ohio Legal Research “Crash Course” – Thursday, March 29th – We’ll examine key Ohio research resources, as well as discuss effective strategies & best practices for their use. (25 points)
  • Getting Ready to Clerk – Thursday, April 5th – Legal practitioners will discuss research projects done by clerks & new associates – how projects are assigned, typical projects, and feedback to expect. (25 points)

The online Legal Research Seminars are available via the Westlaw TWEN platform:

  • Starting Research with Secondary Sources – Why recreate the wheel? Examine how secondary sources explain and analyze “the law,” as well as cite primary authority.
  • Terms & Connectors Searching – Explore the power of search techniques beyond natural language searching. Understand the basics of combining terms & phrases in effective search statements.
  • Westlaw Overview (and) Lexis Advance Overview – Leap beyond Google and start to harness these two legal research giants. Learn big box & pre-filtered searching, as well as how to print/download/email search results.
  • Shepard’s (and) KeyCite – Why is a red stop sign different from a yellow flag, and what should you do when you see either one? Examine reports in Shepard’s & KeyCite, and discover the power of these legal citator services.
  • Bluebooking – You and The Bluebook can be friends. For faster legal drafting, review how to effectively apply citation & style rules, and abbreviation & jurisdiction tables.
  • Bioethics Resources & Scholarly Writing – Examine a wide array of bioethics resources, and learn how these resources can be used to select a paper topic and conduct effective research on that topic.

Additional online Seminars will be added during the Spring 2018 semester.  You earn points for an online Seminar by correctly answering 3/4 of the questions on that Seminar‘s quiz.  Points vary per online Seminar.  [You cannot earn points for attending the same Seminar topic twice.]

Law Library Legal Research Seminars are for C|M|Law students, including our MLS and LLM students.  For additional information, contact Laura Ray, Outreach & Instructional Services Librarian, 216-687-6880, l.ray@csuohio.edu.

Legal History “Cohen” Essay Competition

photo of Morris CohenThe Legal History and Rare Books Special Interest Section (LHRB) of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), in cooperation with Gale Learning and Research Solutions, Cengage Learning, is conducting its Annual Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition.  Full- and part-time students currently enrolled in accredited graduate programs in law, history, library science, or related fields are eligible to enter.  Essays may address any topic related to legal history, rare law books, or legal archives.  Criteria on which papers will be judged include originality of topic or approach, quality and depth of research and analysis, clarity of presentation, and contribution to the field.  The winner will receive a $500 prize from Gale Cengage Learning and up to $1,000 for costs of attending the July 2018 AALL Annual Meeting in Baltimore, as well as the opportunity to present the winning essay at the AALL Annual Meeting.  Authors of the winning and runner-up essays will also be invited to publish their essays in LHRB’s online annual scholarly journal  Unbound:  A Review of Legal History and Rare Books.  The Competition electronic submission deadline is 11:59pm EDT, Monday, 16 April 2018.

Full Competition details and Application Form are available at the LHRB SIS Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition web page.  Questions can be sent to Fred Dingledy (fwding@wm.edu), Senior Reference Librarian & Adjunct Professor of Law, College of William & Mary Law School, or Tim Kearley (TKearley@uwyo.edu), Professor Emeritus of Law, University of Wyoming College of Law.

The Competition is named in honor of Morris L. Cohen, who was Professor Emeritus of Law at Yale Law School and recognized as “one of the towering figures of late 20th century law libraries.”  His scholarly work  focused on legal research, rare books, and historical bibliography.

TWEN-Based Law Library Seminars Available through April 25th

image of superhero womanThere are two TWEN-based Law Library Legal Research Seminars, available through Friday, April 25th, that you can “attend” at your convenience:

Scholarly Writing (21:51 minutes; 25 points)

Research Management with Zotero (9:35 minutes; 8.5 points)

 

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.
  • To access the TWEN-based Seminars, log onto Westlaw, then connect to TWEN, then click the “Add Course” button to display the C|M|Law Library Legal Research Seminars course & add it to your “My Courses” list.
  • 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.]
  • 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!

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

Legal History “Cohen” Essay Competition

image of Morris CohenThe Legal History and Rare Books Special Interest Section (LHRB) of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), in cooperation with Gale Learning and Research Solutions, Cengage Learning, is conducting its Annual Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition.  Full- and part-time students currently enrolled in accredited graduate programs in law, history, library science or related fields are eligible to enter.  Essays may be on any topic related to legal history, rare law books, or legal archives.  Criteria on which papers will be judged include originality of topic or approach, quality and depth of research and analysis, clarity of presentation, and contribution to the field.  The winner will receive a $500 prize from Gale Cengage Learning and up to $1,000 for costs of attending the July 2017 AALL Annual Meeting in Chicago, as well as the opportunity to present the winning essay at the AALL Annual Meeting.  Authors of the winning and runner-up essays will also be invited to publish their essays in LHRB’s online scholarly journal  Unbound:  An Annual Review of Legal History and Rare Books.  The Competition electronic submission deadline is 11:59pm EDT, Monday, 17 April 2017.

Full Competition details and Application Form are available at the LHRB SIS Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition web page.  Questions can be sent to Fred Dingledy (fwding@wm.edu), Senior Reference Librarian, College of William & Mary Law School, or Tim Kearley (TKearley@uwyo.edu), Professor Emeritus of Law, University of Wyoming College of Law.

The Competition is named for Morris L. Cohen, who was Professor Emeritus of Law at Yale Law School and recognized as “one of the towering figures of late 20th century law libraries.”  His scholarly work  focused on legal research, rare books, and historical bibliography.

TWEN-Based Law Library “Legal Research Seminars”

image of superhero womanTwo Law Library Legal Research Seminars are now available via the Westlaw TWEN platform:

* Scholarly Writing (21:51 minutes; 25 points)

* Research Management with Zotero (9:35 minutes; 8.5 points)

At TWEN, click the “Add Course” button to display the C|M|Law Library Legal Research Seminars course in your “My Courses” list.

Here are key points about the TWEN-based Law Library Legal Research Seminars this Spring 2017 semester:

  • Like our live Seminars, the TWEN-based Seminars are for all C|M|Law students, including MLS/LLM students.
  • The TWEN-based Seminars will be available through Friday, 4/25/17.
  • You earn points for “attending” an electronic Seminar by correctly answering at least 3/4 of the questions on that Seminar‘s quiz.
  • You cannot earn points for “attending” an electronic Seminar if you have already attended a live Seminar on the same topic.  [You cannot earn points for attending the same Seminar twice.]
  • Your Seminar points are good for the entire time you are here at C|M|LAW.
  • 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 2016-17 academic year, you will be entered into a drawing for a $150 Amazon gift card!

FYI, there will be four more live Legal Research Seminars in Law Library Room A059:

  • February 28 – Fastcase Research System  [Fastcase is an alternative legal research system to Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance & Westlaw.  It’s 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.]
  • March 21 – Cost-Effective Searching on Lexis Advance & Westlaw
  • March 28 – Ohio Legal Research “Crash Course” for Your Summer Associate Experience
  • April 4 – 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.