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Archive for January 24th, 2012

Certificate Seminars Update

image of laptop, book & writing tabletThere is a slight adjustment to the time, and location, of the March 28th Getting Ready to Clerk Law Library Research Certificate Seminar – it will be 4pm-5pm in Room LB60.  All the rest of the Seminars this Spring Semester are still 4:50pm-5:50pm, in Law Library Room A059.  There are seats available for all of the Seminars, so take another look at your schedule to see if you can attend – see the full list of Seminars below.  To register, C|M|Law students should contact Laura Ray, Instructional Services Librarian, 216-687-6880,

Also, there have been some questions about Casemaker and Fastcase – what are these and why are they important?  Casemaker and Fastcase are legal research systems that are alternatives to LexisNexis and Westlaw, and many small to mid-size firms are using them.  As a member of the Ohio State Bar Association (which law students can join for free), you get Casemaker as a benefit.  As a member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, you get Fastcase as a benefit.  However, even though as a law student you can join the CMBA for free, Fastcase does not come as with the student membership – you have to be a regular member.

Full list of Law Library Research Certificate Seminars:

  • January 25th – Scholarly Writing – seats still available
  • February 1st – Casemaker (vendor Webinar) – register by January 30th
  • February 15th – Fastcase (vendor Webinar) – register by February 13th
  • February 22nd – Lexis Advance (vendor seminar) – register by February 20th
  • March 21st – LexisNexis/Westlaw Refresher – register by March 19th
  • 4pm-5pm, March 28th, Room LB60 – Getting Ready to Clerk – register by March 26th – co-sponsored by the Office of Career Planning and refreshments provided!
  • April 4th – Ohio Legal Research for your Summer Associate Experience – register by April 2nd