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

Archive for April, 2012

Outlining Hints Plus Free Outline Sites

The Law School Academic Support Blog provides outlining tips in its recent post, Course Outlines as Master Documents.  According to this post, an outline should, “include all of the essential information from one’s briefs, casebook, and class notes.  In short, one should not have to go back to those materials again.  The outline is truly the master document for exam study.”  The outline should be condensed later in the studying process to provide a checklist for memorization.

Some sites for free outlines include:



Ohio Supreme Court to Discontinue Ohio App./Ohio Misc. Print Reporter

The Ohio Supreme Court announced that it will discontinue bound volumes of Ohio appeals court and trial court decisions as of July 1, 2012.  Proposed rules which will make this change are available for public comment until May 22, 2012.  Appellate opinions will continue to be made available on the Supreme Court’s web site.    The proposed amendments to the Supreme Court Rules for Reporting Opinions include the following edits:

Rule 4 3.         “Controlling” and “Persuasive” Designations Based on Form of Publication Abolished; Use of Opinions.

(A)       Notwithstanding the prior versions of these rules, designations of, and distinctions between, “controlling” and “persuasive” opinions of the courts of appeals based merely upon whether they have been published in the Ohio Official Reports are abolished.

(B)       All court of appeals opinions issued after the effective date of these rules May 1, 2002 may be cited as legal authority and weighted as deemed appropriate by the courts without regard to whether the opinion was published or in what form it was published. …

Rule 9 7.         Posting Trial and of Appellate Court and Court of Claims Opinions on the Supreme Court Website as of July 1, 2012. (more…)

Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Trustees Announce Major Progress in Gulf Restoration Effort, Really?

News from the Department of the Interior: “An estimated $60 million in early restoration projects soon will begin along the Gulf Coast following the nation’s largest oil spill, the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) Trustee Council announced. With finalization of the “Deepwater Horizon Phase I Early Restoration Plan & Environmental Assessment” (ERP/EA), eight restoration projects will be implemented. The projects provide for marsh creation, coastal dune habitat improvements, nearshore artificial reef creation, and oyster cultch restoration, as well as the construction and enhancement of boat ramps to compensate for lost human use of resources. The ERP/EA is the first early restoration plan under the unprecedented April 2011 agreement with BP to fund $1 billion in early restoration projects. The funding enables the trustees to begin restoration before the completion of damage assessment activities….In addition to speaking at meetings, hundreds of citizens filed comments by mail and online…The comments, as well as trustee responses to them, are included in the Phase I plan, which can be reviewed at here and here.”

Really?  But see the latest “tort reform” from the Congress:  H.R.4345, titled, “Domestic Fuels Protection Act of 2012” and its companion in the Senate, S.2264, titled, “Domestic Fuels Act of 2012”.

Law Schooled: Student Voices on Law School Reform

Legal education and law school reform has been blogged about, editorialized, and studied, mostly by law school deans and law professors.  One constituency whose voice has not been heard as frequently in the debate is law students, those recipients of legal education who leave law school  saddled with substantial debt and iffy job prospects.  A new blog, Law Schooled, seeks “to include all members of the law school community in a substantive discussion about how students can play a role in shaping the future of legal education.” Recent posts have covered law school reform, curriculum, bar preparation, and thinking like a lawyer. Law students are encouraged to submit a post to the blog.

Say ‘Om’ – Mindfulness in Lawyering

What with their billable hours and Blackberries, lawyers may not be the most zen of people.  But there’s hope: the May 2012 issue of Journal of Legal Education [Find it]  features a collection of articles in its “Mindfulness Symposium” that can help stressed-out attorneys, law professors, and law students get in touch with their inner yogis.  In terms of the symposium, mindfulness refers to “a deliberate, present-moment non-judgmental awareness of whatever passes through the five conventional senses and the mind—to simply: emotions, thoughts, and body sensations.” Mindfulness meditation is often practiced through techniques such as yoga, qi gong, and t’ai chi chuan. The symposium authors would convince you that mindfulness can also be practiced in the firm, in the classroom, and in the court room. The articles in the symposium are:

  • Awareness and the Legal Profession: An Introduction to the Mindful Lawyer Symposium
  • The Mindful Lawyer: Why Contemporary Lawyers Are Practicing Meditation
  • Toward Lawyering as Peacemaking: A Seminar on Mindfulness, Morality, and Professional Identity
  • Integrating Mindfulness Theory and Practice into Trial Advocacy
  • A Newbie’s Impression: One Student’s Mindfulness Lessons
  • Bringing Mindfulness into the Classroom: A Personal Journey