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Archive for October, 2017

Take a Break and Play a Law-Themed Game in the Learning Commons

Did you know that there are law-themed games available for student use in the learning commons? They are on top of the blue cabinet to the right when you enter (see photos).

Some of the available games :

Passing the Bar – Passing the Bar allows students to learn the graduate material required to pass the national state-monitored bar exam in an enjoyable setting. It is fun for both students and trained professionals to test their skills. Questions from older bar exams used.

Blind Justice – Blind Justice uses 168 condensed versions of actual damage claims in the US courts, with players representing the plaintiffs and defendants. As they win or lose cases, by skill or chance, players rise through the court system and win by earning money.

Salem – Salem plays over the course of four rounds representing the four months (June-September 1692) in which the hysteria of the Salem witch hunt was at its height. During the witch hunt, players send residents to jail and provide alibis for their own jailed citizens. At the end of each round, all jailed citizens stand trial. Players then collectively decide who is hanged and who is spared. The player who is most successful at discerning witches from villagers wins!

Real Dumb Laws – Can you guess which dumb law is the real dumb law? Based on the book 101 Real Dumb Laws, this board game uncovers real laws from all across the country. At the start of each round, players are read the beginning of a law and given four choices, only one of which is correct.

Greater Evil – Greater evil a strategic version of the game “Bullshit” with a political twist. Players shamelessly pander, lie, call each other liars, and play Presidential Candidates in a reckless fight to win the support of campaign backers.

Top Ten Spookiest Law Review Articles

Periodically since 2008, we’ve had the pleasure of compiling the top ten spookiest law review articles in recent years.

Law review and journal articles are a surprising source of supernatural entertainment, perfect for the Halloween season. Creative authors incorporate everything from ghosts to zombies into their article titles, giving the sometimes staid genre a jolt of the spine tingling.

In the spirit of Halloween fun, we’ve tallied up the top ten spookiest law review and journal articles from November 2015 to the present, selected by title alone —

  1. What Ghost Up Must Come Down: The Highs and Lows of Psychic Mediums in Probate Law, 29 Quinnipiac Prob. L.J. 310 (2016).
  2. “It, Being Dead, Yet Speaketh”: The Recodification of the Federal Aviation Act of 1958, 29 No. 1 Air & Space Law. 8 (2016).
  3. Taxing Zombies: Killing Zombie Mortgages with Differential Property Taxes, 2017 U. Ill. L. Rev. 1135 (2017).
  4. Law as Magic: Some Thoughts on Ghosts, Non-Humans, and Shamans, 18 German L.J. 1247 (2017).
  5. Patentable Subject Matter: Alice Does Not Permit the Dead to Frolic in a 3D Wonderland, 69 SMU L. Rev. 299 (2016).
  6. I See Dead People: Examining the Admissibility of Living-Victim Photographs in Murder Trials, 69 Vand. L. Rev. 1423 (2016).
  7. Grim Fairy Tales: Studies of Wicked Stepmothers, Poisoned Apples, and the Elective Share, 78 Alb. L. Rev. 521 (2015).
  8. The ‘Actual Economic Outlay’ Doctrine and Back-to-Back Loans: The Vampire That Refuses to Die, 44 WGL-CTAX 10 (2017).
  9.  Lawyers for Legal Ghosts: The Legality and Ethics of Representing Persons Subject to Guardianship, 91 Wash. L. Rev. 581 (2016).
  10. Supernatural and the Law, 23 Dig., Nat’l Italian A.B.A. L.J. 19 (2015).



Professor Robertson Participates in Conference at Golden Gate University School of Law

H_ROBERTSON.jpgProfessor Heidi Robertson, the Steven W. Percy Professor of Law, participated in the State and Local Government Law Works-in-Progress Conference at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, October 19 – 21, 2017.  At the conference, Professor Robertson presented an early piece of her current work-in-process, Cities and Citizens Seethe: A Case Study in Piloting the Path of Oil and Gas Pipeline Permitting.  The paper focuses on citizen and local government efforts to influence the routing of the NEXUS/Spectra Energy pipeline proposed for central Ohio.

Election Time…Time for Election Law Resources


Election time always is a good time to point out Election Law resources!

Election Law @ Moritz, provided by The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law, is an up-to-date resource on election law including some hot topics for Ohioans.

Also from our collection:

Looking for something else on voting or election law? Check out our research guides or search Scholar!

10/26 “Lexis Advance Overview” Seminar – Gift Card Drawing after Seminar

image of superhero womanThe Law Library Lexis Advance Legal Research Seminar is Thursday, October 26, 4:30pm-5pm, in Law Library Room A059.  Leap beyond Google and harness the power of this legal research giant.  You’ll practice big box & pre-filtered searching, and see how to print/download/email search results.  This Seminar is particularly geared for 1Ls and students needing to better understand the basics of Westlaw.

Remember, Law Library Legal Research Seminars are taught by Research Librarians, not vendor/company representatives.

Also remember the special prize for attendees of live Seminars – we have a drawing for a $10 Starbucks gift card after each live Seminar.

Key points about Fall 2017 Law Library Legal Research Seminars:

  • Law Library Legal Research Seminars are for C|M|LAW students, including LLM/MLS students.
  • You do not need to register to take a live Seminar – simply come to the Seminar(s) you want to attend.  We take attendance at each live Seminar, to be sure you are credited points as you earn them.  All of the live Seminars will take place on Thursdays, in Law Library Room A059.
  • Each of the live Seminars will be available online, via Westlaw’s TWEN platform, approximately two weeks after the Seminar‘s live date.  Connect to TWEN, then click the “Add Course” button, then add the C|M|Law Library Legal Research Seminars course to your “My Courses” list.
  • You earn 12.5 points for attending a 30-minute live Seminar, and 25 points for attending a 60-minute live Seminar.  You earn points for “attending” an online Seminar by correctly answering 3/4 of the questions on that Seminar‘s quiz.  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 will be awarded a Law Library Legal Research Letter of Recognition, and you can earn multiple Letters of Recognition.

Remaining Fall 2017 Law Library Legal Research Seminar topics, dates & times:

  • Shepard’s – November 2, 4:30pm-5pm [See description immediately below.]
  • KeyCite – November 9, 4:30pm-5pm – Why is a red stop sign different from a yellow flag, and what should you do when you see either one?  You’ll examine components of reports in Shepard’s (on Nov 2) and KeyCite (on Nov 9), and discover the power of these legal citator services.
  • Zotero – bonus online Seminar – available in October – Do you have a big research project?  Get organized with reference management software.   You’ll see how to save database records & web pages, and create & export records, in the freely-available Zotero.

Again, special prize for attendees of live Seminars – we will have a drawing for a $10 Starbucks gift card after each live Seminar.
Questions? Contact Laura Ray, Outreach & Instructional Services Librarian.