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Archive for August, 2016

Lexis Advance Results Sorting

Lexisadvance logoHave you ever run a “big box” search in Lexis Advance and your results on the left hand side defaults to “dockets”?  If so, there is a quick fix:

  • To reset this to any category go to the top of the page on the far right and click “More”
  • Next click “Settings” from the drop down menu under “More”
  • Next click the left side on “Lexis Advanced Research”
  • The page that comes up should show, about half way down the page, a listing under “RESULTS” that says “Display search results in this category first” and then you can use the drop down to choose cases or statutes or whatever you prefer.

LAW Art Installation in the Law Library

lLAWEver wondered about  the big “LAW” on the wall of the base level of the law library and wondered what it is?

It’s a ceramic plate collage by Cleveland artist Angelica Pozo. The collage spells LAW and is made up of excerpts from 40 Federal statutes.  The collage is installed on three large panels.  According to Pozo, the concept behind the design is reflective of the difficulty of interpreting the law accurately.

Among the statutes the artist chose to include in the collage are:  the Homestead Act of 1862, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the National Labor Relations Act of 1935,  the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Angelica Pozo website



Plenty of Study Aids available in AO66

Been down to room AO66 in the law library?  That’s where you can get all the study aids available in print and on CD ready for you to check out.   Some of the most popular titles include:  Understanding, Q&A, Examples and Explanations, Sum and Substance, Nutshells, and Emanuel’s Outlines.

If a title is checked out don’t fret because we may have a copy available for use in the library in the reference section on the first floor.  Finally don’t forget we also have a lot of study aids available online in our digital study aids collection—you don’t even have to be in the library to check those out!


Fall 2016 Research Certificate Seminar Schedule

Image of laptop and notepadThis Fall 2016 semester, the Law Library is conducting eight Research Certificate Seminars.  These Seminars are for C|M|LAW students, including our MLS and LLM students.

We are also offering another special prize opportunity this 2016-2017 academic year!


Key points about Law Library Fall 2016 Research Certificate Seminars:

  • You do not need to register to take a Seminar –  simply come to the Seminar(s) you want to attend.  We take attendance at each Seminar, to be sure you are credited points as you earn them.
  • Each of the Seminars will take place on Wednesdays, in Law Library Room A059.
  • We are offering several 30-minute Seminars, and a couple 60-minute in-depth Seminars.  Many of the Seminars will concern Westlaw, Lexis Advance, and Bloomberg Law.
  • 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.  [You cannot earn points for attending the same Seminar twice.]
  • When you earn 100 points, you are awarded a Law Library Research Certificate, and you can earn multiple Certificates.
  • If you earn a Certificate within the 2016-2017 academic year, you will be entered into a drawing for a $150 Amazon gift card!

Here is the complete list of Fall 2016 Research Certificate Seminar dates, times, and topics:

  • September 14, 4:30pm-5pm – Starting Ohio Legal Research with Ohio Jurisprudence & Practice Materials
  • September 21, 4:30pm-5pm – Finding Ohio Sources in Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance & Westlaw
  • September 28, 4:30pm-5pm – Finding Ohio Cases & Statutes in Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance & Westlaw
  • October 19, 4:50pm-5:50pm – Bluebooking
  • October 26, 4:50pm-5:50pm – Terms & Connectors Searching
  • November 2, 4:30pm-5pm – BCite (ie, Bloomberg Law’s Citator)
  • November 9, 4:30pm-5pm – Shepard’s
  • November 16, 4:30pm-5pm – KeyCite

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

U.S. District Court Permanently Blocks ORC 3701.034

Planned Parenthood LogoThe U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio Western Division recently granted a Permanent Injunction to Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio (PPGO) and Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region (PPSOR), blocking the enforcement of Ohio Revised Code Section 3701.034.  On 5/23/16, the Court granted a temporary restraining order to PPGO and PPSOR in this matter.  ORC 3701.034 was codified by House Bill 294, which was to become effective 5/23/16.  Among other measures, the statute requires the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) to ensure that all state funds and certain federal funds are not used to perform or promote nontherapeutic abortions, or to contract or affiliate with any entity that performs or promotes nontherapeutic abortions.  In its ruling for a Permanent Injunction, the Court concluded ORC 3701.034 violates the First Amendment and the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, “because as a condition of receiving government funds, recipients must abandon their right to engage in free speech and association … and their right to provide abortion services.”  The Court did not address the Plaintiffs’ Fourteenth Amendment Equal Protection Clause claim, because its decision already concluded “the ‘performing nontherapeutic’ and ‘promoting nontherapeutic abortions’ provisions” of ORC 3701.034 are unconstitutional.  It is anticipated that Ohio will appeal the ruling.