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

Archive for September, 2011

Jureeka – Creates Links to Cases, Statutes on the Free Web

Jureeka is a free Firefox or Chrome extension that allows you to   “Surf the legal web you didn’t know was there!”  It transforms plain text into hyperlinks to full text cases, statutes and administrative code sections.  (The image to the left shows Jureeka double underline links for some Ohio sources.)

We first wrote about Jureeka in 2009.   It is now powered by Legal Information Institute (LII) which has large collections of legal sources.  Jureeka has always had good coverage of federal sources, and federal district court cases have been added.  According to the Jureeka Blog, many state citations have been added too.   Ohio Official Reporter citations both appellate and Supreme Court, as well the Ohio WebCites (eg. 2008-Ohio-2189) now work, in addition to Ohio Revised Code and Ohio Administrative Code cites.

A partial list of covered citations is at the Jureeka Blog.   Jureeka only shows links on html documents, not pdfs, such as the pdf opinions from the Ohio Supreme Court.

Cultural Heritage and Arts Review Seeks Submissions

In the spring of 2010, the Cultural Heritage and the Arts Interest Group of the American Society of International Law launched Cultural Heritage and the Arts Review. Cultural heritage law is a fascinating area of international law that encompasses topics such as:

            • Underwater cultural heritage
            • The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA)
            • Protection of artwork during war
            • Museum deaccessioning
            • Trafficking in antiquities
            • Restitution of cultural property

The editors of the Review seek article submissions and artwork for possible publication. The submission deadline is ongoing.

The Perfect Cross Examination Question

The Lawyerist blog points out some great cross-examination tips from the book Theater Tips and Strategies for Jury Trials by David Ball (which is available in library KF8915.Z9 B3 2003 ).  Per the Lawyerist:

“The perfect question is built not only to get the answer you anticipate, and one that helps you persuade the jury. It also denies the witness time to think of any response other than exactly the response you are looking for. And it elicits only one or two facts, making the question and the answer easy to understand.”

The following example is given:

Q1: You saw your roommate face-down on the floor when you walked in the room, right?

Same question (in essence) but closer to perfect:

Q2: You walked in the room…and saw your roommate face down on the floor. Right?

Question 2 is better because it does not give the witness time to think, and provokes an immediate answer.

The library also has some great videos on cross-examination, such as  Mastering the Art of Cross-Examination KF8920 .M37 2005.  And don’t forget about CourtRoom View Network’s Video Training Library which has snippets from real trials along with expert analysis and tips.  There are other books on trial advocacy and cross-examination, in the Atrium level stacks and in Room A066, mostly around call number KF 8900.  Also take a look at our Litigation resource guide.

(hat tip to the Legal Skills Prof Blog)

Photo:   In the witness box ready for cross-examination!? By NHN_2009

Call for Papers: Mental Health Courts

Applying therapeutic justice, mental health courts are “specialized voluntary criminal court dockets that utilize a designated judicial, legal, and treatment team to divert volunteering individuals from the criminal justice system into community-based treatment in lieu of traditional case processing and sentencing.”  There are an estimated 250 mental health courts operating nationwide. The American Behavioral Scientist (ABS) is seeking submissions for a special issue on mental health courts. Suggested topics include emergence of mental health courts, ethical and social policy issues, studies of effectiveness, organizational dynamics. The deadline for submission is January 5, 2012. For more information, see the post at Research Raven.

PocketJustice App for Supreme Court Constitutional Law Cases

Abstracts of U.S. Supreme Court constitutional cases, plus oral argment and  synchronized searchable transcripts for some cases.   The app works on Android, Iphone and Ipad.  The top 100 cases are free, and all 600 are $4.99.  Votes at a glance and biographies of the justices are included.  See Screenshots of the App.