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

Archive for June, 2011


Library Closed July 4th


The Law Library will be closed
Monday,  July 4th.  We will re-
open on Tuesday, July 5th at 8am.

Enjoy your long weekend!

New CALI Lesson Viewer – Ipad/Iphone Compatible

Cali’s new lesson viewer allows one to:

  • Take Cali lessons on an iPhone or iPad
  • Cut and paste parts of a Cali lesson into your notes or other documents
  • Automatically save your score in your user account

The new viewer is not yet available to students, but will be sometime this August.  Faculty and staff can preview the new viewer on each lesson description page. Click the lesson title – not the play button – from the listings, then click on Try the New Lesson Viewer.  Screen capture showing where to find the link to the new lessons.   You need to be logged in to view lessons, the same as for the old viewer.

To learn more about the new viewer faculty and staff can register for an upcoming webcast: Register: New lesson viewer webcast. July 12, 3PM Eastern, 2PM Central.

Another new feature for faculty and staff is the ability to view a lesson on a single webpage all at once, without having to click through the lesson. To do so, go to the lesson description page by clicking on the title of the lesson from the lesson listings.  Then click on the link that says:

NOTE TO LAW TEACHERS: Click here for a complete listing of this lesson, including all questions and answers on a single web page.

10 Changes to Ohio Election Law

For a good article clearly summarizing the proposed changes to Ohio election law, see Jessica Alaimo, 10 Changes Coming to Ohio Elections, The News-Messenger, June 25, 2011.  The pending bills include:

  • HB 159 – Photo Id. Required to Vote.
  • HB 194 – Numerous other changes.

The above links are to the Ohio Legislature’s web page, which includes the text of the bill, bill status, Legislative Service Commission Analysis, Fiscal Notes and Synopsis of Committee Amendments.  Ohio Capitol Connection, has more information, including Hannah News reports and hearing summaries (under the Bill History link).

NY Law & Cleveland Pride Collide

Cleveland’s 23rd annual Pride Festival on Saturday June 25th was not the only event the LGBT community had to celebrate this past weekend. Nearly coinciding with this local festival was the legalization of gay marriage in New York state. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the law late on Friday June 24th and in doing so New York became the sixth U.S. state to allow same-sex marriage. The marriage equality bill was approved 33 to 29. This decision goes down in the history books as yet another important event for gay rights activists that has occurred in June. Gay Pride month is celebrated every June throughout the world in order to commemorate the Stonewall Riots of June 1969 that started the gay rights movement in America.

The law will not take effect until thirty days following the signing, but people throughout the country are already strongly showing either support or opposition to the new legislation. For example, many New Yorkers have become engaged to their partners over the weekend and the Empire State Building was even illuminated by rainbow lights (picture to the left). On Twitter and Facebook the new law has been the subject of countless statuses and tweets. Celebrities also used social media to express their views. Lady Gaga posted on Twitter in response to the passing of the bill that she “can’t stop crying.” In addition to the positive reactions, there are many people that are unhappy with the new legislation. Some Republicans and organizations such as the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) were particularly upset because the bill was only able to pass after a small handful of New York senators changed their opinions on same-sex marriage from their original views that gained them office.

It seems that the question on everyone’s mind, whether pro- or anti-gay marriage is how New York’s legislation will affect the entire country over the following months. When Gay Pride month rolls around next year in June of 2012 it will be interesting to see how things have changed.

Related News Articles:

The Atlantic – “How Did the Empire State Building ‘Go Rainbow’ So Quickly?”

Fox News – “New York Vote Has National Impact For Gay Marriage Supporters”

The Guardian –

“New York: Activists Celebrate Gay Marriage Victory, But the Fight Goes On”

The New York Times –

“New York Allows Same-Sex Marriage, Becoming Largest State to Pass Law”

Post submitted by Meredith Hale.

GPO Releases New Authentication White Paper

From our friends at the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP):

The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has released a new authentication white paper, “Authenticity of Electronic Federal Government Publications”, which describes GPO’s authentication program and latest activities to ensure its role as a trusted source for disseminating official and authentic Federal government publications to the public.

GPO first defined its strategy for electronic content authentication in a 2005 white paper that described the need for GPO to develop policies and create systems addressing the authentication of electronic government publications. The new white paper expands on the various measures GPO has implemented to assure users of content integrity and authenticity for electronic Federal government publications.

Access GPO’s new authentication white paper:

<http://www.gpo.gov/pdfs/authentication/authenticationwhitepaper2011.pdf>.

In addition to the white paper, an overview document summarizing GPO’s authentication program is available at:

<http://www.gpo.gov/pdfs/authentication/authenticationoverview.pdf>.

For further information about GPO’s authentication initiative, visit:

<http://www.gpo.gov/authentication/index.htm>.