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

Archive for February, 2016

Last Chance to Enter Our February Contest

The February library contest ends at 11:59 pm on February 29, 2016 (TONIGHT!).  All currently enrolled law students including LLM and MLS students are eligible to participate in the law library’s February contest. The prize is a $50 Playhouse Square gift card!

All you have to do for one entry into the contest is to check out an E-Book from our collection during the month of February. A lot of the study aid materials we have available in AO66 are also available electronically. You will need your student ID and password to check out the book.

For a second entry into the contest, send an e-mail to Brian Cassidy at with your feedback on the E-Book. Please put “E-Book” in the subject line. Do you like the format? Do you like the selection? Any questions or comments?


Ohio Supreme Court Denies Blanket Request for Documents on High Lead Levels in Children’s Blood

Blood Cells & Lead PoisoningThe Supreme Court of Ohio recently affirmed (Cuyahoga Cty. Bd. Of Health v. Lipson O’Shea Legal Group, 2016-Ohio-556) an Eighth Appellate District of Ohio decision (2013-Ohio-5736) denying a law firm’s public records request (see R.C. 149.43) to the Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBOH) for “documentation or information of all homes in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 in Cuyahoga County where a minor child was found to have elevated blood lead levels in excess of 10 mb/D1.”  Initially, the CCBOH had identified relevant information, but sought a declaratory judgment in the Cuyahoga Court of Common Pleas with respect to “its status, duty, obligations and/or requirements to maintain the confidentiality of the records sought.”  The trial court granted summary judgment to the CCBOH, based upon R.C. 3701.17, which exempts protected health information from being released if the individual is identified or if that information could be used to reveal the individual’s identity.  The Ohio Supreme Court affirmed the court of appeals reversal, finding the “blanket exemption” inappropriate.  However, it found the public records request to be “the real problem in this case,” ruling the law firm should not have requested “documents related to homes ‘where a minor child was found to have elevated blood lead levels in excess of 10 [mg/d1].’”  The Ohio Supreme Court remanded to the trial court to review sample files and “if necessary, all the responsive information in the possession of the Cuyahoga County BOH to determine what information, if any, can be released after all protected health information is redacted.”

Welcome Our Newest Librarian: Maggie Kiel-Morse

006We have filled our open librarian position with Maggie Kiel-Morse.  Maggie started just this week.

Maggie is originally from Northeast Ohio.  She comes to us from the State Library of Arizona.  Maggie got her Master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of Arizona and law degree from Michigan State.

In her spare time, Maggie enjoys Irish dance and knitting.

Please stop by, say hi and welcome Maggie to the C|M|Law Community.

Happy Giving Day! Give to CSU and C|M|Law

Today, February 24, 2016 is Cleveland State’s annual Giving Day. Have you made your gift to Cleveland-Marshall? Be sure to visit the Giving Day website and help spread the word about Giving Day to your friends and family. Your gift provides support for the annual fund, scholarships and programs. Kevin Butler, President of the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association shares the importance of giving today: video.

Competitive Intelligence Research Certificate Seminar Today

The Competitive Intelligence Research Certificate Seminar is today, February 23rd, 4:50 pm-5:50pm, in Law Library Room A059.

Here are key points about the Law Library Research Certificate Seminars this Spring 2016 semester:

  • You do not 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 a few 30-minute very focused Seminars, but most will be 60-minute in-depth Seminars.  Many of the Seminars will concern WestlawNext, Lexis Advance, and Bloomberg Law, as well as key research strategies and resources for students planning on working this semester or during the summer.
  • You earn 12.5 points for attending a 30-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 are awarded a Law Library Research Certificate, and you can earn multiple Certificates.  [You cannot earn points for attending the same Seminar twice.]
  • If you earn a Certificate within the 2015-2016 academic year, you will be entered into a drawing for a $150 Amazon gift card!

Here is a list of the remaining Spring 2016 semester Seminar dates, times, and topics:

  • March 1st –  5pm-5:30pm –  Cost-Effective Searching on Lexis Advance & WestlawNext
  • March 8th –  4:50pm-5:50pm –  Using Ravel Law & Fastcase –  Not everyone has Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance, or WestlawNext at work.  This Seminar will examine content and search features of two “alternative” legal research systems.
  • Thursday, March 24th –  4:50pm-5:50pm –  Administrative Law & Legislative History Research Refresher –  This Seminar will help get you back up to speed in these commonly assigned legal research project areas.
  • March 29th –  4:50pm-5:50pm –  Ohio Legal Research for Your Summer Associate Experience –  This Seminar will discuss strategies and resources in Ohio legal research to help you ace your legal research projects.