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

Archive for June, 2014

This Just In…Inside Investigative Criminal Procedure : What Matters and Why

Inside Investigative Criminal Procedure: What Matters & Why, by Julian Cook, is a new addition to our collection.  This book is a concise and student-friendly study guide that offers a big-picture view that looks at how all of the essential elements of a criminal investigation fit together as part of a coherent framework of legal theory and practice. The publication also has a rich pedagogy features graphics, Sidebars, and Frequently Asked Questions, as well as other learning aids, to guide comprehension and reinforce learning.


National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) Law Student Writing Competition $$$$

NASI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization devoted to furthering knowledge and understanding of social insurance. NASI’s scope covers social insurance such as Social Security, Medicare, workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance, related public assistance, and private employee benefits. The Outstanding Law Student Paper Award sponsored by the Borchard Foundation Center on Law and Aging is designed to recognize and promote outstanding research and analysis by law students addressing the impact of the law on social insurance policy questions, especially those that address aging.

The First Annual Law Student Writing Award will be given to the best paper or article in the social insurance field completed between January 1, 2013, and September 14, 2014. The award will be presented at NASI’s annual conference in Washington, D.C., in January 28-29, 2015. The winner will receive a $2,500 honorarium and the opportunity to participate in the conference with expenses paid.

For more information on the competition and for application materials, visit NASI’s website [here].

Legal Extrajudicial Killings of US Citizens Memo Released

Can the US government kill you without legal due process.  The September 2011 killing of a U.S. citizen in Yemen in a targeted drone strike shows the answer to be maybe under certain circumstances.  As part of the US government’s decision to kill Anwar al-Awlaki, the Department of Justice (DOJ) wrote a memo supporting the assassination.  Interestingly, the author of the memo is David Barron who was recently confirmed as a federal appeals court judge in Boston.

The memo was ordered released (with redactions) by the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in Freedom of Information Act litigation brought by the American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Times. Specific facts underlying Barron’s analysis are in the redacted portion of the 2010 memo.

To view the memo that was not redacted click [here].

Webinars to Aid in the Transition from Westlaw Classic to WestlawNext

As you probably already know, Westlaw Classic will end on law school accounts July 1, 2014.

To help in the transition (if you are a Classic user), Westlaw has webinars available.  There will be two different webinars available:  Basic and Advanced.  In the Basic webinar, you will learn where to find and use your favorite aspects of Westlaw Classic on WestlawNext. Learn about finds and searches, including Boolean searches, and KeyCite® and Key Numbers.  In the Advanced webinar, you will learn about Alerts on WestlawNext, how to use Custom Pages (similar to tabs on Westlaw Classic), Folders, and Practical Law.  Both webinars will review how to save the Research Trails you use the most on Westlaw Classic so you have them available for WestlawNext.  To register for the webinars click [here].

Not able to attend the webinars? The topics covered in the “From Westlaw Classic to Next” Basic and Advanced webinars, plus additional topics, are available in short, online trainings. Visit the From Classic To WestlawNext training page [here] for more information and to access the online trainings.

Faculty Bar Exam Prep Series July 9th and 10th

C|M|LAW faculty members provide instruction on a variety of Bar Exam related topics (see schedule below), each session is one hour. Sessions help recent C|M|LAW alumni with their Bar Exam preperation. Come to clarify difficult issues and answer last minute questions.

To see the schedule of lectures click [here].