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


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.

Need Help Researching for Your Paper?

At the beginning of the semester there is lots of activity in the library—especially for those students who are writing a paper for a class, seminar, competition, and/or journals and law review.

Don’t fret – the law library has you covered: we offer scheduled Research Consultations, and reference help (hours available) in person, via phone at 216-687-6877, by e-mail research.services@law.csuohio.edu, or via chat (access via link on the library home page).  Let us know what you need help with, and what you have already done and a librarian will assist with finding resources and information.  Most research consultations are approximately 30 minutes in length depending on need.

The library has several research guides designed to assist you in starting your research: Scholarly Writing, Scholarship Technology, Finding Articles in Law Reviews and Journals, Bluebooking and Legal Writing Software, Research Databases, and our Citation Checking guides.

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Resources for Conducting Multi-State Surveys

Multi color map of United StatesWhether you are researching in a developing area of law, or one that is well-settled, you may find that you need to compare and contrast laws in multiple states. Conducting a multi-state survey can be challenging and time consuming, but fortunately there are many tools available to help.

Westlaw offers 50 state surveys, located on the Secondary Sources page. There is one database for state statutes and another for state regulations. Each database is searchable by keyword and contains surveys on a variety of topics. Each survey provides links to the states’ statutes or regulations. Lexis Advance also offers 50 state surveys of statutes and regulations, and has a database dedicated to state tax charts with analysis. Users can search the databases or browse the table of contents. Bloomberg Law offers a State Chart Builder feature on a variety of topics that lets you select which states you want to compare and then displays your selected results. You can find the Chart Builder within each Practice Center. Hein Online offers a National Survey of State Laws that is browseable by topic or searchable by keyword.

There are great free tools available as well. For example, the Uniform Law Commission keeps track of which states have passed or are considering their proposed uniform laws, mentioned on this blog in the post about Digital Assets. Cornell LII offers a Topical Index of State Statutes, which is a compilation of state laws organized by topic, but does not provide comparison charts. Openstates.org is a project developed by the Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to governmental transparency. Openstates.org features  a searchable database of legislation from all 50 states, voting records, and bill tracking tools. Finally, the National Conference of State Legislatures compiles summaries, analysis, and charts of state laws on a variety of topics.