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

Archive for July, 2010

Improvements to TWEN Gradebooks

Westlaw’s TWEN course management system has improved its grading features.  The improvements include:

  • New easy to read layout.
  • Multiple drop boxes – If you have two sections of the same class, the course content will be the same, but you can create two assignment drop boxes.
  • More anonymous grading options:  Have students use a unique ID throughout the course, have students create a new ID for each assignment or have TWEN generate random IDs for each assignment.  Also, you can assign a neutral proctor, such as a library staff member, to help you manage IDs if needed.
  • Ability to add the school’s honor code to the assignment and  make the students accept the honor code prior to submitting an assignment.

More information.   The improvements will appear on TWEN courses you create from now on, but not on courses you created in the past.

For help setting up a TWEN, Blackboard or an online course materials  page (on the law school web site), contact one of the research librarians ( or  Faculty Services (

C|M|LAW Urban Development Clinic News Page

Prof. Kermit Lind & Student

C|M|LAW’s  Urban Development Clinic created a Public Web Site to share information and ideas “with the C|M|LAW community and the world beyond our academic home.”  The brand new  site includes a News Page with an RSS feed.  Current posts cover  issues such as the foreclosure crisis, housing code enforcement, land banks and redevelopment, focusing on Cleveland and Cuyahoga County.   There are also descriptions of the paid fellowship positions available to C|M|LAW students through the Clinic.

Westlaw Provides 2 Ways for Profs to Collaborate

The First WayLaw School Exchange Groups – share documents and communicate via email message boards.  Receive an email when there are new messages or documents.  Groups can be public, private, or membership can require approval.  Some existing groups include Best Practices in Teaching, Users of Dressler Criminal Law Casebook and the Labor Law Capstone Project.

The Second Way: TWEN My Faculty Programs – share documents, bulletin boards, live discussions.   Uses TWEN platform, so you can get email notification of new activity.   Can be public or private (password protected).  Includes author forums for casebooks (eg. Fortney and Johnson – Legal Malpractice Law: Problems and Prevention) and faculty discussion forums, such as the Civil Procedure Syllabi bank (lots of material on this one).

Westlaw Law School Exchange – Free Electronic Teacher’s Manuals

Faculty and staff can access Westlaw’s Law School Exchange to view free copies of teacher’s manuals, nutshells, hornbooks and study aids.  Just sign into Westlaw and click on Law School Exchange in the top blue bar.    Similar to Westlaw Interactive Casebooks, you can highlight the books, insert comments, add a Black’s law dictionary definition and search the text.  Just click on Tools on the right hand side when you are in a document.  You can print out one page of the book at a time, and print out all your notes at once.

Professors can link materials on the Law School Exchange to a TWEN course page (how to).  Students may have to pay a fee to access the material.

Law School Exchange also contains short articles, syllabi, presentations, problems and hypotheticals.  You can pick the type of material you want by using the Advanced Search.

Law School Exchange can also be used to create a collection of your teaching materials and share your teaching materials with others.  When you upload a document, you can select whether the document is public or private, and select a a copyright or Creative Commons license option.  See our prior post Sites for Sharing Teaching Materials.

Free LexisNexis Study Aid for First Years

LexisNexis presents its Starting Law School page which has articles on

There are also instructions on how to get a FREE study aid, Questions & Answers Series: Torts.

Study aids will help you understand the cases you read in your casebook and synthesize them into a bigger picture of the law in that area.    Some study aids, such as the Question and Answers Series, provide multiple choice and short answer questions of the type professors will ask on an exam, plus answers with detailed explanations.  There are plenty of study aids available at the law library. See our Study Aids guide.

You may also want to take a look at the library’s General Study and Course Preparation Help page, which has links to interactive CALI tutorials on briefing cases, legal analysis and other useful items.