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

Bluebook Citations for Twitter, Facebook and Other Social Media Platforms


The latest iteration of The Bluebook – the 20th edition from this year – has some great new information for citing to social media platforms. First off, if you turn to the index at the back, you’ll find an entry for “social media” with references to pages 179, 182, 184. These three pages are in Rule 18 which covers the Internet, electronic media, and other nonprint resources. On these pages you’ll find information on author name, username or handle on the social media platform, title of post, and more. One of the best ways to use The Bluebook is to find relevant examples, and then model your citation after the example. Here are Bluebook examples for Twitter and Facebook. For each of the examples, replace url here with the URL of the post.

@LegalRebels, Twitter (Mar. 24, 2014, 10:36), url here.

Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz), Twitter (Mar. 27, 2014, 9:35 AM), url here.

November Project, The Bubble is GONE!, Facebook (Mar. 19, 2014), url here.

Bloomberg Law for Law Students on Facebook

bloomberg_lawlogoBloomberg Law has just created a new Facebook page just for law students.   Students will find articles related to the law from Bloomberg and BNA on the page as well as information related to Bloomberg Law.

Browse Our Latest Titles on Facebook


Browse our recently updated album of New and Noteworthy titles on our Facebook page – see some of our new titles and get the library location so you can check out the book. Other albums you might like include Health Law Resources, Sports and Entertainment Law, or Research and Writing Books.

The 2015 CMBA Ethics and Professionalism Contest

cmbaLogoTempCleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, with and the Law Office of David B. Malik, invite all law students to participate in the 2015 CMBA Ethics and Professionalism Essay Competition. The first place winner will receive $1,000.00. Additionally, the CMBA will publish the winning essay in an upcoming Bar Journal. The second place winner will receive $500.00.

The topic for the 2015 competition is: Best ethical practices for using social media to develop a legal practice. The deadline for submitting an essay is February 17, 2015. Each essay should be no more than 1600 words and must be the student’s original work with proper citations to quoted sources. Winners will be announced April 28, 2015.

The competition is open to all full- or part-time students enrolled in a JD or LLM program at an ABA-accredited law school.

Net Gens as 1Ls


After the Millennials come the Net Gens, those individuals born at the earliest in the mid-1990s. By fall 2015, the oldest Net Gens will be starting law school. What unique opportunities and challenges will this cohort face as 1Ls? Mary Ann Becker, a clinical professor at Loyola University Chicago College of Law, explores this question in her forthcoming article, Understanding the Tethered Generation: Net Gens Come to Law School.



She considers issues such as:

  • the impact of the testing culture of No Child Left Behind on critical thinking and writing skills
  • the flexible understanding of what constitutes cheating
  • the concept of education as a consumer commodity
  • the influence of horizontal peer groups formed through social media

See Mary Ann Becker, Understanding the Tethered Generation: Net Gens Come to Law School, 53 Duquesne L. Rev. (2014 Forthcoming) [Full text on SSRN]