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Archive for July, 2016

Professor Lewis Delivers Lecture on Physician-Assisted Suicide

Caduceus by FadookieBrowne Lewis,  the Leon M. and Gloria Plevin Professor of Law, recently delivered a lecture on physician-assisted suicide at the Mitchell Library in Glasgow, Scotland. Professor Lewis spoke about the “right to die” movement in the United States. She highlighted the weaknesses of physician-assisted suicide laws in the United States, and suggested ways that those laws could be changed in order to better protect patients.

Law Library Hours Update

As always, we ask that our patrons check our website for the most updated hours.  However, with the RNC (and the different hours and access restrictions that it brought) ending, I thought it might be helpful to post the hours upcoming until classes begin:


Friday, July 22nd 7am-5pm

Saturday, July 23rd 9am-5pm

Sunday, July 24th 10am-6pm

INTERSESSION HOURS: Monday, July 25th – Sunday, August 14th

Monday – Friday 7am-5pm

Saturday – Sunday Closed

This Just In: Coolidge

coolLast week we did a post about the previous Republican Conventions in Cleveland.  One of those times was 1924, and the nominee was Calvin Coolidge.  As such, I thought it would be nice to highlight a book on Coolidge by Amity Shales.  This NY Times bestseller is available in New Arrivals.  Shales’ book is a reexamination of America’s 30th President. Shales traces Coolidge’s improbable rise from a tiny town in New England to a youth so unpopular he was shut out of college fraternities at Amherst College up through Massachusetts politics. After a divisive period of government excess and corruption, Coolidge restored national trust in Washington and achieved what few other peacetime presidents have: He left office with a federal budget smaller than the one he inherited. A man of calm discipline, he lived by example, renting half of a two-family house for his entire political career rather than compromise his political work by taking on debt. Renowned as a throwback, Coolidge was in fact strikingly modern—an advocate of women’s suffrage and a radio pioneer.

House Homeland Security Chairman to Speak at C|M|Law Tomorrow

cyberTexas Congressman Michael McCaul, Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, will deliver a keynote address at the Republican National Convention Cybersecurity Forum co-hosted by Cleveland State University and Baldwin Wallace University July 19.  The RNC Cybersecurity Forum is the only officially sanctioned cybersecurity event during the convention and one of several nonpartisan educational events throughout the week that will highlight important policy issues in the upcoming presidential election.

The Forum will bring together technology and policy experts, lawmakers and delegates to discuss innovative ways that the private sector, educational institutions and the government can collaborate to address economic and national security challenges facing the nation and develop effective and fair policies that balance security and privacy. Registration is at 12:15 p.m. and the event runs from 1 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 19 in the Cleveland-Marshall Moot Court Room. It is free and open to the public and preregistration is required.

Two Bills Update ORC on Developmental Disabilities

Fountain PenOhio’s governor signed two bills yesterday, July 14, 2016, that are significant victories for disability rights advocates. The first bill, HB 158 removes the phrase “mental retardation” and its derivations from the Ohio Revised Code and replaces it with “intellectual disability.” Advocates say that it was long past time for Ohio to remove the negative and offensive R-word, and use a more respectful phrase that acknowledges personal dignity.

The bill specifies that “intellectual disability” is included in the meaning of “developmental disability.” Additionally, under current law, the determination of whether a person has a moderate level of intellectual disability and could be subject to institutionalization by court order followed standards set in the Manual of Terminology and Classification in Mental Retardation, dating from the 1970s. The new law modifies this determination to follow standards established in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition, published in 2013.

The second bill, HB 483,  contains several provisions related to programming and healthcare services for Ohioans with disabilities. The bill provides for expansion of an early intervention program for children with developmental disabilities, and allows medical staff that are not nurses to provide more direct care services.