News and information useful to Cleveland-Marshall College of Law students, faculty and staff.

Archive for February, 2018

Help for Law Students with Substance Abuse Problems

As a law student, you’re probably all too aware that the stress of law school can lead to mental health issues like depression, anxiety, even suicide. One of the major risk factors of mental health disorders is substance abuse. According to the ABA Substance Abuse & Mental Health Toolkit, the substance most frequently abused by law students is alcohol, with prescription drug abuse also on the rise.

A 2014 Survey of Law Student Well Being reported that

  • 43% of law students reported binge drinking at least once in the last two weeks
  • 22% reported binge drinking two or more times in the prior two weeks
  • Over 14% reported the use of some prescription drug without a prescription in the prior year.

Help is available for alcohol and drug abuse problems on campus through the CSU Counseling Center. Another service that you might not realize is an option for you is OLAP, the Ohio Lawyers Assistance Program. OLAP doesn’t just help lawyers and judges – their services are available to law students, too. OLAP can work to diagnose a substance abuse problem, offer recommendations, interventions, monitoring and support, and support for concerned family and friends.  OLAP also offers a self-test that runs you through some of the “tell-tale signs” of alcohol and drug abuse.

Live & Online Law Library Legal Research Seminars

This Spring 2018 semester, the Law Library is conducting two live Legal Research Seminars for C|M|Law students.  We are also offering many Seminars online, via the Westlaw TWEN platform, for students to complete at their convenience.  Remember, your Seminar points are good for the entire time you are here at C|M|Law.  When you earn 100 Seminar points, you receive a Legal Research Letter of Recognition & Digital Badge, for posting to your LinkedIn page.  Students can earn multiple Letters & Digital Badges.

The two live Legal Research Seminars will take place 4:50pm-5:50pm in Law Library Room A059.  Both are a must see if you plan to be working this summer!

  • Ohio Legal Research “Crash Course” – Thursday, March 29th – We’ll examine key Ohio research resources, as well as discuss effective strategies & best practices for their use. (25 points)
  • Getting Ready to Clerk – Thursday, April 5th – Legal practitioners will discuss research projects done by clerks & new associates – how projects are assigned, typical projects, and feedback to expect. (25 points)

The online Legal Research Seminars are available via the Westlaw TWEN platform:

  • Starting Research with Secondary Sources – Why recreate the wheel? Examine how secondary sources explain and analyze “the law,” as well as cite primary authority.
  • Terms & Connectors Searching – Explore the power of search techniques beyond natural language searching. Understand the basics of combining terms & phrases in effective search statements.
  • Westlaw Overview (and) Lexis Advance Overview – Leap beyond Google and start to harness these two legal research giants. Learn big box & pre-filtered searching, as well as how to print/download/email search results.
  • Shepard’s (and) KeyCite – Why is a red stop sign different from a yellow flag, and what should you do when you see either one? Examine reports in Shepard’s & KeyCite, and discover the power of these legal citator services.
  • Bluebooking – You and The Bluebook can be friends. For faster legal drafting, review how to effectively apply citation & style rules, and abbreviation & jurisdiction tables.
  • Bioethics Resources & Scholarly Writing – Examine a wide array of bioethics resources, and learn how these resources can be used to select a paper topic and conduct effective research on that topic.

Additional online Seminars will be added during the Spring 2018 semester.  You earn points for an online Seminar by correctly answering 3/4 of the questions on that Seminar‘s quiz.  Points vary per online Seminar.  [You cannot earn points for attending the same Seminar topic twice.]

Law Library Legal Research Seminars are for C|M|Law students, including our MLS and LLM students.  For additional information, contact Laura Ray, Outreach & Instructional Services Librarian, 216-687-6880,

This Just In: Armed in America

Armed in America: A History of Gun Rights from Colonial Militias to Concealed Carry, is a timely book on the subject of guns in the U.S. and gun control. The author, Patrick J. Charles, is a 2009 C|M|Law alumnus.

Charles gave a recent talk on this subject, which is available on YouTube and was posted by the National Constitutional Center.

Charles’ law review article on the topic was also cited in a 7th Circuit decision in 2012.

C|M Law Library Blog Named a Top 10 Legal Writing Blog

Sometimes, we need to pat ourselves on the back!

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Library blog was named one of the top 10 Legal Writing Blogs and Websites for Lawyers and Law Students by Feedspot Blog Readers!

YES!  Thanks go out to all our readers.  We appreciate the support and feedback.  We also are open to suggestions on future things to blog on.  We can be reached via our Facebook or Twitter accounts: @CMLawLibrary.

OpenCon Satellite Event at C|M|Law

To celebrate Open Education Week, librarians from the Michael Schwartz Library at Cleveland State University (CSU) are hosting their first OpenCon satellite event on March 5, 2018. Joined by law librarians from C|M|Law, the event is taking place in the Moot Court Room in the College of Law building. OpenCon is a free event dedicated to promoting and sharing information about Open Educational Resources (OER). Advancing the creation and utilization of OER can improve learning outcomes, and make education more affordable and equitable. The CSU satellite event focuses on the value of OER, opportunities for using it in higher education, and increasing awareness for open education advocacy in Ohio.

To view the schedule of events and register by March 1st, please visit the OpenCon 2018 Cleveland site.