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Archive for August, 2014

Take a Study Break at Rock the Rec

Blow off a little steam right in the middle of your first week of law school. The CSU Recreation Center is hosting its annual Rock the Rec event tonight from 6-10pm. Rock the Rec is a fun interactive event at the Recreation Center, with free food, a rock wall, inflatables, games, prizes, demos, giveaways, music and more.  The Rec is also the perfect place on campus to get in a workout, schedule a massage, take a dip in the pool, try an outdoor adventure, or play a club sport.

And the Winners of the 1L CALI Contest Are….

  1. CAROLINE NELSON – Emanuel Law in a Flash 1L flashcard set
  2. ERIN DORRIS-ASTLEY – E-book Certificates for Understanding Civil Procedure and Understanding Torts
  3. KIM CUNNINGHAM – the book Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts

All winners should contact Becky Mattson at (216) 523-7388 or

Congrats to our winners and thank you to all our participants!


Listen to Assigned Cases with AudioCaseFiles

Using LexisNexis Courtroom Cast, you can access AudioCaseFiles, a collection of downloadable MP3 files of the most frequently assigned cases. In addition to reading the case in your casebook, on AudioCaseFiles you can listen to the edited opinion, and read the edited opinion, along with a brief fact summary and the rule of law. You can browse opinions by party name, course, or casebook. Registration is required.

Fall 2014 Library Research Certificate Seminars

This Fall 2014 semester, the Law Library has a great line-up of nine Research Certificate Seminars for C|M|LAW students, a couple new ways for you to take a Seminar, and a special prize opportunity.
  • You no longer need to register in order to take a Seminar –  simply come to the Seminar(s) you want to attend.  We will take attendance at each Seminar, to be sure you are credited points as you earn them.
  • We are offering several 20-minute, very focused Seminars, in addition to 60-minute, in-depth Seminars.  Hands-on exercises will continue to be important features of our Seminars, so bring your laptop or iPad to get the most out of our discussion.
  • You earn 10 points for attending a 20-minute Seminar, and 25 points for attending a 60-minute Seminar.  Your Seminar points are good for the entire time you are here at C|M|Law.  When you earn 100 points, you will be awarded a Law Library Research Certificate.
  • If you earn a Certificate within the 2014-2015 academic year, you will be entered into a drawing for a $150 Amazon gift card!
Each of the Research Certificate Seminars will take place on Wednesdays, in Room A059 in the Law Library.
Here is the complete listing of Fall 2014 semester Seminar dates, times, and topics:
  • September 3rd –  5pm-5:20pm –  Finding Sources in Bloomberg, Lexis Advance & WestlawNext
  • September 17th –  5pm-5:20pm –  Finding Cases & Statutes in Bloomberg, Lexis Advance & WestlawNext
  • September 24th –  4:50pm-5:50pm –  Scholarly Writing & Research Management with Zotero –  Writing a research paper this semester?  We’ll examine resources and strategies for topic selection, preemption checks, in-depth research, interdisciplinary research, and footnote formats, as well as demonstrate research management with the free Zotero system.  Download Zotero to your laptap (via before the Seminar.
  • October 8th –  5pm-5:20pm –  Starting Ohio Legal Research with Ohio Jurisprudence & Practice Materials
  • October 15th –  4:50pm-5:50pm –  Administrative Law Research –  We’ll show you how to find regulations, administrative decisions, and agency guidance, as well as how to track pending regulations.  In addition to your laptop or iPad, bring your Bloomberg, Lexis, and Westlaw passwords to get the most out of the discussion.
  • October 22nd –  5pm-5:20pm –  Apps for Legal Research
  • October 29th –  5pm-5:20pm –  Researching Ohio Statutes
  • November 5th –  4:50pm-5:50pm –  Bluebooking –  This Seminar will help take the mystery out of Bluebooking as we work through numerous citation examples and questions.  Case, statute, and secondary source citations will be covered.
  • November 12th –  5pm-5:20pm –  Citation Research in Bloomberg, Lexis Advance & WestlawNext
Questions?  Contact Laura Ray, Instruction & Outreach Librarian, 216-687-6880,

Cleveland-Marshall’s Royal Ties

charlesPrince Charles in our very own Moot Court Room!

Did you know? On October 20, 1977, Prince Charles attended the dedication of the new Cleveland-Marshall College of Law building!

No word yet if William and Kate are coming to help Cleveland State University celebrate our golden anniversary.