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

Ohio “Heartbeat Bill” Sent to Governor Kasich


photo of Ohio StatehouseThe Ohio General Assembly recently passed HB258, a bill “to generally prohibit an abortion of an unborn human individual with a detectable heartbeat and to create the Joint Legislative Committee on Adoption Promotion and Support.”  The bill provides exceptions to prevent the death or “serious risk of the substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function” of a pregnant woman, but no exceptions for pregnant women who are victims of rape or incest.  The bill also states the Director of the Ohio Department of Health may adopt rules “specifying the appropriate methods of performing an examination for the purpose of determining the presence of a fetal heartbeat of an unborn individual based on standard medical practice,” and specifies “the rules shall require only that an examination shall be performed externally.”  HB258 was sent to Governor John Kasich on 12/14/18.  Per the Ohio legislative process, if the Governor does not sign or veto the act after 10 days (excluding Sundays), it becomes law without the Governor’s signature.  Kasich vetoed a similar act in December 2016, and says he will veto this new act after waiting 10 days. [See 12/14/18 Columbus Dispatch post.]  The Ohio Senate and House have scheduled sessions on 12/27/18, but it is unlikely there are sufficient votes for a 3/5 veto override.

Law Related Fiction, Movies and Documentaries Available in Law Library


Thinking about pleasure reading over the break? The Law Library has law-related books, movies, and documentaries. They are located on the 1st floor to the left (when entering the library) by the reference section. The videos can be checked out for one week and renewed online.

Also, don’t forget that plenty of fiction and other materials are available through the law library’s catalog (Scholar), OhioLINK, and SearchOhio. SearchOhio is the public library’s version of OhioLINK. By sharing resources, OhioLINK members now have access to an additional 9.5 million popular materials, and SearchOhio members have access to the circulating collection of OhioLINK. If an item you want is not available by searching the OhioLINK catalog, check the SearchOhio collection by clicking the “SearchOhio” icon on the upper right of the screen. Enter your ID and password just as you would when requesting OhioLINK materials, and the material will arrive in the same manner as any OhioLINK book would arrive. Fine policies differ somewhat; ask a library staff member for details.

Information for Graduating Students


Congratulations!

Even after you have completed your studies at Cleveland-Marshall, there are many ways in which you can continue to benefit from the law school and library.

Most importantly, you can continue to use the library’s resources if you apply for an alumni borrower’s card. The application can be found here.

You still have access to important databases, such as HeinOnline and others, from the public computers in the library.

In addition, when you return to the law library, you can access our wireless network, CSUGUEST.

You may still ask library staff for help with any reference questions you may have in person, by email (research.services@law.csuohio.edu), or by phone (216 687-6877).

Bar Exam Prep:

We will do all that we can to help you prepare for the bar exam. CALI lessons are available to you for up to six months after graduation to help you perfect your legal knowledge. While studying for the bar, you are also welcome to use the student lounge, any of our study rooms, or the Learning Commons.

Bloomberg, Westlaw and Lexis Access:

  • Graduates can access Bloomberg Law automatically for 6 months unlimited after graduation.
  • You also have access to Westlaw for 60 hours of usage per month for six months to gain understanding and build confidence in your research skills. However, you cannot use it in situations where you are billing a client. In addition, you get access to job-searching databases for 18 months after graduation for one hour per month. Extend access by logging onto lawschool.westlaw.com.
  • Continue to access Lexis Advance through the law school homepage until December 31, 2018. Your view will change to a Graduate homepage to reflect your new status in July. Find helpful information for your job search, workplace etiquette, and professional development. Graduates going into non-profit work may apply for an ASPIRE ID, which lasts 12 months beyond graduation. You will need a letter on the non-profit’s letterhead confirming employment. Find out about both of these free programs at lexisnexis.com/grad-access.
  • If you have any questions, please direct them to Brian Cassidy, Student Services Librarian, at b.e.cassidy@csuohio.edu or 216-523-7364.

Best of luck in the future, and stop in to say hi at any time! As always, let us know if you require assistance.

 

Writing Tips: Paragraph Numbering


Do you ever find that trying to format legal documents in Microsoft Word is a bit like herding cats? Fix one formatting issue and it causes another to appear, and so on. Here’s a quick tip about formatting automatic paragraph numbering: use the multi-level option for more customization. Located in the Paragraph box on the Home menu, the multi-level numbering button will give you more options for numbering your paragraphs, such as adjusting alignments and indentation, and continuing or setting a number scheme.

For more details and a video tutorial, check out this post from the Attorney at Work blog.

Books to Prisoners Book Drive Going on Through Friday in Student Services


Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity at Cleveland State is having a book drive to benefit the Appalachian Prison Book Project.

Drop off softcover books through the end of the week in the Student Services area.