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Archive for March 29th, 2012


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 Cleveland.com, 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.