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Archive for April 4th, 2016

4/5 “Getting Ready to Clerk” Seminar

image of female law clerkAre you working this summer?  Wondering what kind of research projects you will be assigned?  The Getting Ready to Clerk Law Library Research Certificate Seminar is tomorrow, April 5th, 4:30pm-5:45pm, in Law Building Room 60.  This is a joint program with the C|M|Law Office of Career Planning.  Special guest speakers will be two C|M|Law alumni:  Michelle J. Sheehan, Esq., OSBA Certified Specialist in Appellate Law, Reminger Co., LPA, and James E. Moss, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office.  Following a very brief discussion of professionalism issues and Law Library resources, you will have a great opportunity to hear from these practitioners about what will be expected of you and how to best approach your work.

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

  • Research Certificate Seminars are for C|M|Law students.
  • If you earn a Certificate within the 2015-2016 academic year, you will be entered into a drawing for a $150 Amazon gift card!
  • 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.
  • You earn 12.5 points for attending a 30-minute Seminar, and 25 points for attending a 60-minute SeminarSeminar 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.]

Also, look for news on electronically available Seminars soon.

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

Former Cleveland-Marshall Dean had Connections to Current Supreme Court Nominee

Back in 1997, Merrick Garland, President Obama’s current nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, was a high-ranking official in the Justice Department who was providing legal oversight and supervision for the prosecution of the Oklahoma bomber Timothy McVeigh.

federalcourtsimmigrationAt that time, Geoffrey Mearns, C|M Law’s Dean from 2005-2010, was working as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice.

Garland recommended Mearns to be added to the trial team that helped prosecute McVeigh’s accomplice, Terry Nichols.

Mearns, who is now President of Northern Kentucky University, gave several interviews to local Kentucky news stations about his connection to Garland including these two from WCPO in Kentucky, and

The Oklahoma City Bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, on April 19th, 1995 was the worst act of homegrown terrorism in U.S. History.