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

The Warren E. Burger Prize

Warren_e_burger_photoThe Warren E. Burger Prize is a writing competition designed to encourage outstanding scholarship that “promotes the ideals of excellence, civility, ethics and professionalism within the legal profession,” the core mission of the American Inns of Court.

The American Inns of Court invites judges, lawyers, professors, students, scholars, and other authors to participate in the competition. Please submit an original, unpublished essay of 10,000 to 20,000 words on a topic of your choice addressing issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics and professionalism.

The deadline is July 1, 2015.

Reminder 1L CALI Contest Ends Soon!

001Don’t forget to submit your entry into our 1L CALI contest. For more information on the contest check out our orientation contest page [here].

Contestants must complete the CALI lesson to be entered in the contest.

Prizes include:


  • Law in a Flash flashcards: First Year Law Set (pictured)
  • eBook codes for Understanding Civil Procedure (Fifth edition) and Understanding Torts (Fifth edition)
  • Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts (Antonin Scalia and Bryan A. Garner) (pictured)


Three winners will be selected on Wednesday, August 27th. The winners will be announced on the C|M|LAW Library Blog.

Made a Mistake? Don’t Worry Justice Scalia Makes Them Too.

Ever make a “cringeworthy blunder” or “hugely embarrassing” mistake in class or on a brief?  Well, while you should certainly strive not to, it may make you feel better to know that Justice Anton Scalia of the US Supreme Court has done the same.

A recent article in the ABA Journal gives more details of the error in Scalia’s dissent to a U.S. Supreme Court decision siding with the Environmental Protection Agency in its defense of the cross-state air pollution rule. The Supreme Court issued a new version without the error.   The mistake was noticed by several law professors.


SCOTUS Valentines

Impress your sweetheart with these SCOTUS-themed valentines from The Georgetown Law Weekly.

$$$$ Bloomberg Law and SCOTUSblog’s Supreme Court Challenge $$$$


Want to make some money for doing something you already do?  Enter to win Bloomberg Law and SCOTUSblog’s Supreme Court Challenge.   Entrants predict how the Supreme Court of the United States will decide six merits case and six cert. petitions in April 2014.  The competition is for individuals and teams of law students who compete against each other and the experts at SCOTUSblog.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the three student teams with the most points.

•First prize: $3,500, with an additional $1,500 if the team also beats the experts at SCOTUSblog

•Second prize: $2,500

•Third prize: $1,500

•The top team in each region (excluding the overall top three teams nationally): $200

For more information on the contest and how to enter visit the contest page [here].  Also you can find a handout on the competition on the Bloomberg Law table in the computer lab.