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Archive for March, 2016

Social Media and Your Employer

Untitled pictureA recent article in the Bloomberg Law Social Media Law and Policy Report discusses the contentious area where personal social media accounts collide with employers’ interests. There are a number of reasons that employers tend to give for being interested in their employees’ personal social media content. For example, employers are trying to protect themselves against harassment claims, protect proprietary information, or comply with government regulations. Employees have expressed concern over privacy and discrimination issues. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 23 states have adopted legislation to prevent employers from asking for passwords and/or usernames to personal social media accounts, and 14 states have similar laws that apply to schools and students. However, Ohio is not one of those states. So here is your friendly reminder, as you are preparing for summer internships or your first job as a new grad: Be Mindful of What You Post on Social Media.

As a side note, you may be wondering how I noticed the Bloomberg article in the first place. Bloomberg Law lets you sign up to get reports. Under the “News and Law Reports” tab, click on “My News and Law Reports,” and then “Subscribe to Law Reports.” From there, you can browse by topic or title, or search by keyword to find relevant reports. These reports are delivered via email and are a great way to keep up with the latest legal news on topics of interest to you.

Administrative Law & Legislative History Research Certificate Seminar this Thursday

Are you working this summer?  Summer associates and clerks are often assigned research tasks dealing with administrative law and legislative history.  Are you prepared?

No worries!

Come to the Administrative Law & Legislative History Research Law Library Research Certificate Seminar this Thursday, March 24th, 4:50pm-5:50pm, in Law Library Room 212 (2nd floor, north end of Library).


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 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!

Unless otherwise indicated, the Spring 2016 Seminars will be on Tuesdays, in Law Library Room 212.  Here is a list of the remaining Spring 2016 semester Seminar dates, times, and topics:



  • 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 work projects.
  • April 5th –  4:30pm-5:45pm –  LB60 –  Getting Ready to Clerk –  This Seminar is a joint program with the C|M|LAW Office of Career Planning.  After a review of Law Library resources and professionalism issues, legal practitioners will discuss the types of projects to expect, how projects are typically assigned, the type of feedback to expect, as well as overall tips and advice on how to best approach your work.


Also, look for news on electronically available Seminars soon.

Questions?  Contact Laura Ray, Outreach & Instructional Services Librarian, 216-687-6880,


This Just In: Appellate Mediation

appellate MediationBlack’s Law Dictionary defines mediation as: a method of nonbinding dispute resolution involving a neutral third party who tries to help the disputing parties reach a mutually agreeable solution. While most people involved in law are aware of mediation as a method for solving disputes before a trial, less are aware of appellate mediation as an option, and sometimes a requirement depending on the court.

Appellate Mediation: A Guidebook for Attorneys and Mediators provides a comprehensive guide to appellate mediation for legal advocates and mediators. Included are helpful approaches that can benefit first-time participants in appellate mediation, as well as those who regularly conduct such mediation. This book teaches new and old practitioners alike, the basics of appellate law and how it informs the mediation process. The book also provides extensive preparation tips, decision trees, and suggestions for how to settle appellate matters.

Advocacy Group Sues to Compel DHHS to Release Documents

FOIA logoPublic Citizen’s Health Research Group (HRG) recently filed a civil action in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA; 5 U.S.C. 552: Public information; agency rules, opinions, orders, records, and proceedings), to compel the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to produce records from two National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded clinical trials concerning “testing experimental treatments in extremely premature babies.”  HRG claims “the entirety of records” requested in its five FOIA requests on the Surfactant, Positive Pressure, and Pulse Oximetry Randomized Trial (SUPPORT) and Transfusion of Prematures (TOP) trial have not been made available by DHHS.  From 2005-2009, the Neonatal Research Network (NRN) of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (ie, a NIH Institute) conducted the SUPPORT study, designed to determine how much oxygen should be used when treating premature babies to minimize health problems.  On 7 March 2013, the DHHS Office of Human Research Protections sent a letter to the lead institution in the SUPPORT study informing investigators that their “informed consent forms did not adequately warn about the risks of blindness, neurological damage, and death.”  Of interest, ruling in a 2015 class action suit, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama determined plaintiffs had not shown the SUPPORT study caused injuries to premature infant subjects.  [Appeal pending in 11th Circuit.]  The NRN is currently conducting the TOP study, designed to determine “which of two strategies for treating anemia with blood transfusions is more likely to result in death or neurologic injury in extremely premature infants who develop anemia.”  On 22 August 2013, HRG sent a letter to DHHS asking it “to halt the TOP trial because the consent forms to not adequately disclose the potential risks to infants in the trial and because of ethical concerns about the design of the study.”  DHHS has not yet replied to HRG’s action.

Open Government Apps

image of smart phone and app iconsWe’re nearing the end of Sunshine Week, and today’s post is about useful apps that help you access open government.

The Sunlight Foundation is a nonprofit organization that uses open data, analysis, and journalism to enhance governmental and political transparency. They have a mobile app called Congress, available for free on both Android and Apple, that helps you track all of the latest Congressional activity. The Foundation also has a number of online tools, including Hall of Justice, an inventory of criminal justice data.

Another aspect of open government information is the use of that information and other government data in technology. is the online home of the US Government’s open data. The data and tools available on the website can be useful in conducting research and developing web and mobile applications. also provides this list of apps developed using open government data. provides a more extensive Federal Government Mobile Apps Directory. You can browse the directory by source agency or by topic. Don’t forget about the eCFR and other great online sources mentioned in Tuesday’s post.