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Archive for September, 2016

Digital Assets Act and the Uniform Law Commission

Smartphone with mobile apps iconsEarlier in 2016, a number of states passed legislation that gives a decedent’s personal representative access to the deceased person’s digital assets. The 20 states that have enacted such legislation based it on the Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act (UFADAA), a model act proposed by the Uniform Law Commission. The UFADAA defines digital asset as “an electronic record in which an individual has a right or interest.” Those electronic records can include computer files, web domains, and virtual currency. Access rights are provided for four types of fiduciaries, including personal representatives, trustees, conservators, and agents under power of attorney.

Not to worry though, this does not automatically grant your trustee access to your Facebook account and text messages. The Act takes some steps to protect the privacy of decedents and individuals placed under conservatorship. In order for a fiduciary to access email, texts, and social media accounts, the individual must have expressly consented to such disclosure in a will, trust, power of attorney, or other record.

The UFADAA is just one of the many pieces of legislation proposed by the Uniform Law Commission (ULC). The ULC is a non-profit association that seeks to bring clarity and stability to critical areas of state statutory law, by providing states with non-partisan, carefully drafted legislation. Members of the ULC must be lawyers qualified to practice in their state, and include practicing lawyers, judges, legislators, and law professors. The Commissioners are appointed by state governments, and provide their research and drafting expertise entirely pro bono. The ULC cannot enact laws, and may only propose uniform state laws in areas of state law where uniformity is desirable and practical. The Commissioners also work to keep state laws up to date by addressing timely and developing issues. The ULC addresses a wide variety of topics, which can be viewed on their website. Studying one of the proposed uniform laws, and suggesting changes or discussing whether it should be adopted in your state could be an interesting paper topic.

Legislation to enact the UFADAA in Ohio was introduced on September 27, 2016, see SB 358.

This Just In: Everybody Matters, A Memoir by Mary Robinson

maryrobinsonMary Robinson became the first woman President of Ireland in 1990. She is one of the most inspiring women of the modern age and has spent her life in pursuit of a fairer world. In Everybody Matters, Robinson describes her upbringing, how her personal convictions led her into conflict with her parents, and how she helped to legalize contraception in staunchly Catholic Ireland.

Besides being President of Ireland, Robinson was the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, a law professor, barrister and member of the Irish Senate and Dublin City Council.

Robinson has also received many awards and honors related to her work for peace and human rights.

This book is a great example of our new arrivals – straight ahead on the 1st floor when you enter the law library by the circulation desk.

Library Open House: This Thursday, September 29th 4-6PM

partyThe C|M|Law Library cordially invites all students, faculty and staff to attend our semi-annual Open House this Thursday, September 29th from 4-6pm on the first floor of the library.  We will have pizza, pop, and refreshments along with drawings for great prizes including a $50 amazon gift card, Lexis points, and Starbucks cards.

Those who wish to enter the prize drawings will need to visit each table hosted by librarians and vendors to receive a sticker.  Once every table has been visited you will be entered—it’s as simple as that. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday!

“The Other Guys” HeinOnline CONTEST

Thanks to all who participated in our HeinOnline Demos and read our blog posts about HeinOnline!  Now is the time for our HeinOnline contest the winner will receive a $50 Amazon gift card.

Here are the rules:

  • Answer the questions below;
  • Email your answers to Brian Cassidy by 11:59 PM, Sunday October 30th;
  • Winner chosen by random drawing of correct entries on Monday October 31st and notified by email same day.


Here are the contest questions:

  1. List the steps to find Volume 1, Issue 2 of the Harvard Law Review in HeinOnline;
  2. What year does the coverage for the Federal Register start in HeinOnline?
  3. Which Collection in HeinOnline would you use to find a Congressional Committee Hearing from the 66th congress?


9/28 “Finding Ohio Cases & Statutes” Seminar

image of laptop, book & writing tabletThe Finding Ohio Cases & Statutes in Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance & Westlaw Law Library Research Certificate Seminar is Wednesday, September 28th, 4:30pm-5pm, in Law Library Room A059.

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

  • Law Library Research Certificate Seminars are for C|M|Law students, including MLS/LLM students.
  • 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 a list of the remaining Fall 2016 Research Certificate Seminar dates, times, and topics:

  • 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,