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

Archive for December, 2011

MPT Workshops Start Jan. 5

This post is courtesy of Mary Jane McGinty, Director, Academic Support and Bar Exam Preparation:

C|M|LAW students are invited to attend MPT workshops every Thursday, starting January 5, 2012.    If you are out of town or unable to come to the sessions, you can have the MPTs emailed to you.  Here are the details:

What: Multistate Performance Test Workshop.  We will serve lunch (free), discuss different strategies for approaching the MPT, and take practice MPTs from past bar exams. Every week you will get feedback on the work you’ve done, including suggestions on how to improve your scores; a copy of the official Point Sheet used by bar graders; and a copy of a high-scoring MPT response from Ohio.

When: Every Thursday, January 5 through February 9, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The February 9th session will go a bit later, as you will be doing two MPTs, just like the Bar Exam!

Where: LB 201

Cost: A one-time $5.00 licensing fee that will go to the National Conference of Bar Examiners for the use of their MPTs and MPT Point Sheets. (If you have ever taken OBEST, you have already paid this fee and you do not owe it now.) Make your check payable to Gary Williams.

Have the MPTs emailed to you if you are unable to come to school: While it is best to take the MPT under test-like conditions in a classroom at the law school, we know that some of you will be out of town or unable to come on Thursdays from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. If you can’t come, email and between now and January 5 and we will email the MPT of the week to you in advance. Email your response to us before 9:00 a.m. the following Friday. Your MPT response will be graded and returned to you by the following Wednesday.

Questions?: Please contact Mary Jane McGinty, (216)687-2297, ,if you have any questions.

We plan to see you there!

P.S. C|M|LAW faculty members will be presenting one-hour review sessions on the bar essay subjects on February 13th and 14th, 2012.   Stay tuned for further information on these informative and helpful sessions.

This Just In: Solo by Choice

The 2011-2012 edition of Solo by Choice: How To Be the Lawyer You Always Wanted to Be [find it] starts by acknowledging the fact that not all law school dreams are realized. Some law grads find themselves unhappy with firm jobs, wondering what it would be like to follow their dream of practicing on their own. This book is intended to guide these solo aspirants along the path to a successful solo career. Chapters cover making the decision to go solo, planning the move to solodom, practicing solo, and marketing yourself. A copy is available for checkout from AO66.

Fair Housing Clinic Gets TRO to Prevent Eviction Due to Assistance Dog

The Fair Housing Clinic obtained a temporary restraining order to halt the eviction of a disabled women being evicted because she has a service animal.

Professor Ed Kramer, Brad Eier, Of Counsel and Gerald Henn law student of the Fair Housing Clinic and the Office of Ohio Attorney Michael Dewine and Assistant Ohio Attorney General Marilyn Tobocman acted to get the TRO, which will stop any eviction until a preliminary injunction hearing can be held. A complaint was filed for declaratory judgment, temporary, preliminary and permanent injunctive relief, and damages for discrimination on the basis of handicap in the rental of housing pursuant to the Ohio Fair Housing Act of 1965, as amended, ORC §§ 4112.02 et seq. The Defendants are the owners, managers, and/or employees of a residential apartment complex.

UPDATE:  A partial settlement was reached on December 22, where the apartment complex agreed to drop the eviction, making the preliminary injunction issue moot.  The claims for a permanent injunction and damages are still pending.

Photo: Prof Ed Kramer, Laurie Schlemann, Attorney Brad Eier and Brutus with TRO Order at the Justice Center



New Circuit Splits Blog

Another split circuit blog started up this November,  Circuit Splits. com by Nicholas J. Wagoner.  The new blog contains a useful post, How to Research Circuit Splits, which suggests searches for Lexis, Westlaw and Google Scholar.  As we have mentioned in this blog, circuit splits often provide great ideas for law review notes or upper level writing requirement papers.

You can also find circuit splits using:

U.S. Law Week (BNA)  by:

*  Clicking on Circuit Splits (on the left, under Key Features), OR
*  Clicking on Advanced Search (in the top blue bar),  search for “circuit splits” and narrow the results by adding topical search terms.

Split Circuits,  a blog by has existed since 2005 and continues to post at least once a month on  new circuit splits.

Photo by April Rinne

Recent Law Grads: Brown Bag Lunches at Federal Court – Learn and Network!

United States Bankruptcy Judge Pat E. Morgenstern-Clarren is hosting a series of  BrownBag Lunches in January 2012, open to 2009, 2010 and 2011 law school graduates.  The programs run from Noon to 1:15 p.m. on January 12, 19 and 26.  They feature a variety of topics, including a tour of judicial chambers, how to communicate with chambers staff and judicial officers, a tour of the courthouse by one of the courthouse architects, and cyber crime in the 21st century by U.S. Attorney Steven M. Dettelbach.  You must reserve a spot to attend – more information.

Thanks to the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association for passing along the invitation.

Photo: by stu_spivack