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Archive for January 23rd, 2017

Meet Brian Cassidy, Student Services Librarian

Brian Cassidy is the law library’s Student Services Librarian.  Brian develops and coordinates student outreach in all forms, including social media, library events, and student surveys and contests. Brian manages Bloomberg Law, CALI, LexisNexis, Westlaw and other database services for College of Law students and faculty. He also coordinates our research guides, blog and other web content, and provides reference service and classroom research instruction.

Brian is originally from Brooklyn, NY and received his law degree from the University of Dayton.  He also has a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from Kent State University.  Brian is an avid sports fan rooting for the Cavs and also the New York Mets and Jets and also loves soccer.  In addition to the above, his interests include: reading, politics, hiking, and spending time with his children.

1/24 Westlaw Refresher

image of superhero womanThe Westlaw Refresher Law Library Legal Research Seminar is tomorrow, Tuesday, January 24th, 4:30pm-5pm, in Law Library Room A059.


Here are key points about the Spring 2017 semester Law Library Legal Research Seminars:

  • We recently changed the name of our Seminars – from “Research Certificate Seminar” to Legal Research Seminars.  No worries!  All of your points carry over to our new Seminar series!
  • Law Library Legal Research 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.
  • Unless otherwise noted, each of the Seminars will take place on Tuesdays, in Law Library Room A059.
  • We are offering several 30-minute Seminars, and a few 60-minute in-depth Seminars.  Many of the Seminars concern key research skills for students planning on working this summer.
  • 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 Legal Research Seminar Letter of Recognition, and you can earn multiple Letters of Recognition.
  • If you earn a Letter of Recognition 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 Spring 2017 semester Law Library Legal Research Seminar dates, times, and topics:

  • February 7, 4:30pm-5pm – Lexis Advance Refresher
  • Wednesday, February 8, 4:30pm-5pm – Bloomberg Law Refresher
  • February 14, 4:50pm-5:50pm – Bluebooking
  • February 21, 4:30pm-5pm – Ravel Law Research System
  • February 28, 4:30pm-5pm – Fastcase Research System
  • March 21, 4:30pm-5pm – Cost-Effective Searching on Lexis Advance & Westlaw
  • March 28, 4:50pm-5:50pm – Ohio Legal Research “Crash Course” for Your Summer Associate Experience (60 mins. Laura)
  • April 4, 4:50pm-5:50pm – Getting Ready to Clerk – Features C|M|Law alumni who will discuss typical research projects done by clerks.

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