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

Archive for April, 2016

Looking for Legal Advice in Cleveland?

Cartoon-Woman-Thinking-800px If you are looking for legal advice in the Cleveland area, there are many options available. Our guide on Where to Go lists many of them, and includes information about C|M|Law’s Legal Clinics. For civil legal needs such as family law, housing, and benefits, to name just a few, the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland provides free assistance to those who meet income eligibility guidelines. The Cleveland Metro Bar Association provides a Lawyer Referral Service. The referral and initial consultation are free, but there may be fees for continued representation.

At C|M|Law Library, our librarians are available to help with legal research and locating legal information, but cannot provide legal advice. Our print collection includes legal encyclopedias, practice guides, and books with legal forms. The Library also provides public access to LexisNexis Academic, and other specialized law databases.

You can also check your local public library for law-related events. Many libraries host weekend clinics or legal information seminars conducted by local volunteer attorneys. You can find the Cleveland Public Library’s events calendar here, and the Cuyahoga County Public Library’s events calendar here.

Need a One-on-One Refresher for Westlaw, Lexis Academic, or Bloomberg Law for Summer?

helpSeveral students have expressed interest in one-on-one sessions with a librarian to refresh their knowledge of Westlaw, Lexis Academic, or Bloomberg Law.  We are now offering these to students.   The consultations will be tailored to each students needs.

If you are interested in this, please contact Student Services Librarian, Brian Cassidy at or 216-523-7364 to set up a meeting day and time.

Law Library Research Certificate Seminars on TWEN

stick figure using megaphoneThe Law Library has two Research Certificate Seminars on its TWEN page that will be available till 12AM May 11, 2016:

  • Cost-Effective Searching on Lexis Advance & WestlawNext (12.5 points)
  • Introduction to Fastcase (12.5 points)

If you have not already taken one of these Seminars, consider taking its electronic version via the TWEN page.  View the Seminar, then complete its Quiz.  Your Quiz will be graded, and you’ll be notified if you’ve earned points for that Seminar, within one business day.  At 12AM May 11, 2016, the TWEN Research Certificate Seminars will be made unavailable, in order to finish compiling Seminar participation during the 2015-2016 academic year.  Each student who earns 100 Seminar points earns a Law Library Research Certificate.  Your Seminar points are good for the entire time you are at C|M|Law, and you can earn multiple Certificates.  Special prize opportunity:  If you earn a Certificate during the 2015-2016 academic year, you will be entered into a drawing for a $150 Amazon gift card.  Questions?  Contact Laura Ray, Outreach & Instructional Services Librarian, 216-687-6880,

This Just In: Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck

imbecilesOne of America’s great miscarriages of justice, the Supreme Court’s infamous 1927 Buck v. Bell decision made government sterilization of “undesirable” citizens the law of the land.  This decision led to the sterilization of 70,000 Americans.

This book is a page turner on this scary chapter in American history.  Author Adam Cohen tells the dark story the Supreme Court’s decision to champion eugenic sterilization for the greater good of the country. In 1927, when the nation was caught up in eugenic fervor, the justices allowed Virginia to sterilize Carrie Buck, a perfectly normal young woman, for being an “imbecile.”

Listen to the NPR program “Fresh Air” discuss this book and story here.

CMS Issues Guidance Letter on Right to Coverage from Qualified Providers

CMS LogoThe U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently sent a letter to State Medicaid Directors “on protecting the right of Medicaid beneficiaries to receive covered services from any qualified provider willing to furnish such services when the state exercises its authority to take action against providers that affects beneficiary access to those providers….”  [See 42 C.F.R. 431.51(b)(1) Free choice of providers.]  Federal Medicaid dollars are prohibited from being spent on abortion services, with exceptions for cases of rape, incest, and when a woman’s life is in danger.  [See 42 U.S.C. 1397ee(c)(1) , (7)]  In the past few years, several states have restricted funding to health care facilities and Planned Parenthood that provide any type of abortion service within their range of health care services, even if that funding is not used to pay for abortion services.  [For example, see Ohio H.B. 294]  The CMS letter affirms “the ‘free choice of provider’ provision does not infringe on states’ traditional role of setting ‘reasonable standards relating to the qualifications of providers.’”  It goes on to advise “states may not deny qualification to family planning providers, or take other action against qualified family planning providers, that affects beneficiary access to those providers … solely because they separately provide family planning services or the full range of legally permissible gynecological and obstetric care, including abortion services … as part of their scope of practice.”