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

Archive for April, 2018

Bloomberg BNA Tax Materials

When researching tax law, you may find useful information in Bloomberg’s many databases. The Bloomberg BNA Tax Materials list can be found through the Law Databases link from the law library’s homepage:

  • Tax Management Compensation Planning Journal
  • Tax Management Estates, Gifts, and Trusts Journal
  • Tax Management Memorandum
  • Tax Management Real Estate Journal
  • Tax Management Transfer Pricing International Journal
  • Tax Management Transfer Pricing Report
  • Tax Management Weekly Report
  • Tax Management Weekly State Tax Report
  • Tax Planning International – Asia-Pacific Focus
  • Tax Planning International European Tax Service
  • Tax Planning International Indirect Taxes
  • Tax Planning International Review
  • TaxCore

All of the above plus many more primary and secondary tax law resources are available on Bloomberg Law’s Tax Center.

Ear Plugs Available at the Circulation Desk

CALI (Computer Assisted Legal Instruction) sent a box of earplugs for student use. The earplugs are available at the circulation desk—just ask a library staff member.

CALI can help with your studying. All 1L classes are covered via CALI lessons, as are the vast majority of upper-level ones. You can also look for lessons based on a casebook or author (professor). Searching by casebook assures that the lesson is based on the same casebook used in your class.

The easiest way to access to CALI is from the law library’s homepage. Under “Quicklinks,” click CALI. You will need to create a CALI account if you haven’t already. To create an account, click the “Authorization Code” link next to “CALI” and follow the steps listed in the libguide.

CALI also offers a large number of ebooks, which are free and authored by law school professors. In fact, a number of books by C|M|LAW professors are available through the site (e.g. Deborah Geier and Browne Lewis).

Adding Initiative and Referendum Issues on Ohio Ballots

Flag of OhioContinuing from last Thursday’s post with information about ballot issues in Ohio, there are four methods to put an issue on the ballot: referendum, citizen-initiated constitutional amendment, legislatively-initiated constitutional amendment, and initiated statute.

A statewide referendum challenges a recently enacted law. The referendum process stops a law from becoming effective until the law itself can be submitted to voters to approve or reject at the next regular or general election. Petitioners must follow a detailed process, beginning with submitting an initial petition that includes the full text of the challenged law and signatures from 1,000 registered Ohio voters, to the Secretary of State and the Attorney General. After certification by both offices, petitioners must gather more signatures and file with the Secretary of State at least 125 days prior to an election to get the challenged law on that ballot. A few matters cannot be challenged by referendum including laws providing for tax levies, appropriations for current state government and state institution expenses, and emergency laws immediately necessary for preserving public peace, health, or safety.

Constitutional amendments may appear on statewide ballots in two ways. First, a citizen-initiated amendment  may be proposed when a citizen believes that a matter is not addressed adequately by the Ohio Constitution. An initial petition, with 1,000 registered voter signatures, must be submitted to the Attorney General for certification. Then, the Ohio Ballot Board must certify that the petition contains only one constitutional amendment. After certification by both offices and filing with the Secretary of State, petitioners must gather the required number of signatures and file with the Secretary of State at least 125 days prior to a general election to get the proposed amendment on the ballot. A proposed amendment only needs approval from a majority of voters, and then becomes effective 30 days after the election. Second, a constitutional amendment may be initiated by the General Assembly by passing a joint resolution by a three-fifths vote. The resolution must be filed with the Secretary of State at least 90 days prior to the election. The joint resolution will then appear as an issue on the general election ballot, where if approved by a majority of voters, it will become a constitutional amendment.

Finally, a citizen may initiate a statute if he or she believes that a matter is not adequately addressed by the Ohio Revised Code. Petitioners must file an initial petition, signed by 1,000 registered voters, with the Attorney General. After certification by the Attorney General, and certification from the Ballot Board that the petition contains only one proposed law, the petition is filed with the Secretary of State and petitioners must gather additional signatures.  The petition must then be filed with the Secretary of State at least 10 days prior to the beginning of a General Assembly session. The General Assembly has four months to act on the proposed law, and if it does not pass the law, passes an amended version, or takes no action at all, then petitioners may file supplemental petitions demanding that the proposed law appear on the ballot at the next general election. If the proposed law is approved by a majority of voters, it becomes effective 30 days after the election.

Putting issues on the ballot, and other matters of Ohio election law, are controlled by the Ohio Constitution Art. II and Art. XVI, and by the Ohio Revised Code Title 35.

Study Rooms for Reading Week and Exams

Reserve a Study Room Here

Study Rooms are available in the law library for your use, but remember that they are heavily used during exams, so be sure to familiarize yourself with how to reserve one for you or your group:

  • Only law students can reserve and use study rooms in the law library.
  • Check to see what’s available prior to booking and reserve the room well in advance.
  • Use your CSU law email to reserve the study room.
  • Confirm your booking in the email you receive.
  • Stop by the access services desk in the library on your way the study room so that a staff member can unlock the room or confirm that it has already been opened.

Flashcards Available for Checkout

Do you like to use flashcards to study?

Law in a Flash Flashcards are available for checkout at the circulation desk in the law library. The flashcards circulate for three days.

Topics currently available for checkout are: Contracts, Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, Real Property, Torts, and Wills & Trusts.