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

Archive for March, 2012

Students: Post Your Papers on SSRN

If you have a scholarly paper written for a class, you can try to get it published in a law review or journal.  See the library’s Getting Published Guide for help and advice.  In the meantime, or in lieu of getting published, why not post your paper on the Social Science Research Network, SSRN?  SSRN is an online repository, “devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of social science research”, which contains many prepublication pieces.

To submit a work, sign up for an account, log in and click on My Papers.

You can see papers submitted by other people affiliated with C|M|LAW at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Legal Studies Research Paper Series.

Lillian Burke, Ohio’s 1st African-American Woman Judge

image of Lillian W. Burke in 1951Lillian W. Burke, Ohio’s first African-American woman judge, passed away March 27th, 2012.  In the words of C. Ellen Connally, Cuyahoga County Council President, “she was highly educated, very dedicated on the bench, and very concerned about defendants.  … She set the standard for all the black women judges — and all the women judges, really.”*  Originally from Georgia, Burke earned her undergraduate business education degree from Ohio State University, and her JD from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.  She was an Assistant Attorney General for 3 years before being appointed as the first woman to serve on the Ohio Industrial Commission.  Ohio Governor James Rhodes appointed Burke to the Cleveland Municipal Court Bench in early 1969.  Later in 1969, she won election to that seat, to which she was re-elected and held till her retirement in 1987.  Burke was active with numerous community organizations, and was awarded many honors.  She received the Norman S. Minor Bar Association Trailblazer Award in 1998, was honored as one of the “Jewels of Cleveland” by the Women’s City Club of Cleveland in 2002, and was recognized by the Cleveland Restoration Society in 2004 for her work to convert apartments to condominiums in an historic East Boulevard building, work done with the help of C|M|Law Urban Development Law Clinic students.  At its 2011 Commencement, C|M|Law awarded Judge Burke an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree.

*Plain Dealer and, 3/29/12

New CALI Lessons in March

The CALI (Computer Assisted Legal Instruction) Library of Lessons contains over 600 Lessons in 32 legal subjects. Some Lessons teach basic lawyering skills, such as legal research and writing and trial advocacy, and others instruct students on how to prepare for classes and take law school exams. Here’s a run-down of some of the latest Lessons.  Law students and faculty will find CALI registration information on the library’s website.

Liabilities of the Parties

This lesson is part of a series (with more lessons in the series planned for Fall 2012). The series will cover the basics of negotiable instruments law. This lesson explains the obligations that one incurs by becoming a party to a negotiable instrument, whether as a maker, drawer, indorser, or acceptor.

Risk of Loss

This lesson takes a look at the treatment of damaged and destroyed goods and how the U.C.C. allocates the risk of loss for such occurrences. Since casualties to goods do occur, there must be a mechanism for determining which party will suffer the loss. The party which will suffer the loss is said to bear the risk of loss of the goods. This lesson sets out the basic rules for determining which party bears the risk of loss in sales transactions in cases where there is no breach (UCC 2-509) and examines the effect of breach on the allocation of risk (UCC 2-510).

Email Correspondence: Ethical and Professional Considerations

This is one in a series of lessons directed at the ethical and professional considerations associated with the production of particular lawyering documents. This lesson is intended to introduce first year law students to the ethical and professional considerations associated with email correspondence in law practice. No prior instruction in professional responsibility is required.

Appellate Briefs: Ethical and Professional Considerations

This CALI lesson will introduce you to the ethical considerations associated with writing appellate briefs. The lesson is intended for a first year law student currently taking a legal writing course. No previous knowledge of ethics is presumed.

A series of explanations and questions will guide you through a basic introduction to the regulation of attorney conduct. You will then examine how ethical considerations influence the lawyering skills associated with the preparation of appellate briefs.

American Planning Association Student Writing Competition

image of American Planning Association logoThe Planning and Law Division of the American Planning Association (APA) recently announced its 29th Annual Smith-Babcock-Williams Student Writing Competition.  Students enrolled at ABA-accredited law schools or schools listed in the 16th ed. of the Guide to Undergraduate and Graduate Education in Urban and Regional Planning, or who will complete a program of study leading to a J.D., LL.B, Masters or Ph.D. degree during the 2011-12 academic year, are eligible to enter.  Papers may be on any question of significance in planning, planning law, land use law, local government law, or environmental law.  The winning entry will be awarded $2,500 prize and submitted for publication to The Urban Lawyer, the journal of the American Bar Association Section of State & Local Government Law.  Additional prizes will be $500 for 2nd place, $250 for 3rd place, and possible Honorable Mentions.  The Competition submission deadline is Friday, 8 June 2012, and winners will be announced by 14 September 2012.  Full Competition details are available at the APA Planning and Law Division Web site.

The Competition is named for R. Marlin Smith, Richard Babcock, and Norman Williams, who were three leading figures in American city planning law.

Specialty Databases: Health Law Materials on BNA and CCH

With health care and health law in the Supreme Court and in the news all this week, here is a quick reminder of the health law materials you can access through our specialty BNA and CCH databases.  For complete access information for both databases, see our law databases page.



Health Law Resource Center

All-State Medicaid Laws & Regs

Health Care Daily Report


Health Care Fraud Report

Employment Safety and Health

Health Care Policy Report

Health Compliance Newsletter

Health Insurance Report

Health Care Compliance Reporter

Health IT Law & Industry Report

Health Care Compliance Professional Manual

Health Law Reporter

State Health Care Law Library – All States

Medical Devises Law & Industry Report

HIPAA Privacy Guide

Medical Research Law & Policy Report

HIPAA Security Guide

Medicare Report

Home Care Providers Guide

Occupational Safety & Health Daily

Home Health Care Medicare & Medicaid Payment Guide

Occupational Safety & Health Reporter – Current Reports

Home Health Care Medicare & Medicaid Payment Reporter

Pharmaceutical Law & Industry Report

Medical Devices Reporter

Medicare and Medicaid Guide with Archive

Medicare and Medicaid Answers Now

Physician Medicare Part B

Understanding TRICARE