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Archive for March 2nd, 2018


Professor Robertson Presents at Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia

Heidi Gorovitz Robertson, C|M|LAW’s Steven W. Percy Distinguished Professor of Law and a dual appointee at the Levin College, recently returned from the International Academic Association of Planning, Law, and Property Rights Annual Meeting, held this year at the University of Novi Sad in the Republic of Serbia. Professor Robertson presented “Cities Seethe: Piloting the Path of Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting”.  In addition, Professor Robertson chaired a panel on cities’ responses to migration in Serbia, Turkey, and Greece.  During her visit, she (with the advance assistance of Associate Dean Milena Sterio) finalized a Memorandum of Understanding between Cleveland State University  and the University of Novi Sad to facilitate cooperation between the two universities and perhaps exchanges of students and faculty.

It Happens to Law Students and Lawyers Too: Depression Facts and Resources

Having a rough day at law school can leave anyone feeling blue. But for people who have clinically diagnosed depression, low moods are long-lasting and more severe, and are often coupled with other symptoms like lack of energy or focus, feeling worthless, or irritability. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA),

  • There are several different types of depression, including major depressive disorder, which affects around 16.1 million adults in the U.S.
  • Women are more likely than men to experience depression.
  • Depression and anxiety disorders are not the same, but the symptoms can be similar. It’s not uncommon for people to suffer from both depression and anxiety.

Not surprisingly, the legal profession is not immune to depression. A 2016 study published in the Journal of Addiction Medicine showed that approximately 28% of lawyers struggle with some form of depression. In a 2016 Survey of Law Student Well-Being, 17% of law students experienced depression, and one-sixth of the survey participants were diagnosed with depression since starting law school.

If you suspect that you or a law student you know is experiencing depression, there is help on campus and in the community. The CSU Counseling Center offers depression screenings in October and March each year. But you don’t have to wait until one of the screening events to get help. The Counseling Center offers individual programs on overcoming depression that you access anytime. Various organizations and support groups are available in the Cleveland area to help with depression.

It’s smart to recognize the difference between feeling down and being clinically depressed. You can educate yourself and get help if you or a friend needs it.

This Just in: The Law of Judicial Precedent

Bryan Garner, the editor of Black’s Law Dictionary and co-author of a number of other books on the law is back with this hefty tome on judicial precedent. The forward for the book is written by US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and there is a chapter by another Justice Neil Gorsuch.  The rest of the contributors are all long experienced state and federal judges.  Thorough as you would expect from a text written by  experienced jurists, the volume is still easy to read and flows well despite  extensive annotations.  In depth topics covered are: the nature and authority of judicial precedents, the weight of decisions, practicalities of stare decisis, the law of the case, federal doctrine and practice, state law in federal court, state law doctrine and practice, foreign precedents, and arbitration considerations.