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

Archive for April, 2018

Upcoming Hours Changes for the Library

Reading and Exam Period (Starts April 25)

Mon-Thurs:    7am-Midnight

Friday:           7am-10pm

Saturday:      9am-10pm

Sunday:         9am-Midnight


*Thursday, May 10:   7am-8pm

*Friday, May 11:        7am-5pm

*Saturday, May 12:   Closed

*Sunday, May 13:     10am-3pm


Intersession (Starts May 14)

Mon-Fri:     7am-5pm

Saturday:  Closed

Sunday:     Closed


Summer Semester (Starts May 21)

Mon-Thurs:    7am-10pm

Friday:           7am-8pm

Saturday:      9am-5pm

Sunday:         9am-8pm


*Monday, May 28:      Closed

*Wednesday, July 4:  Closed

Information on Ohio’s Upcoming Primary Election

image of hand placing completed ballot into boxLess than one month away, Ohio’s Statewide Primary Election takes place on May 8, 2018. The Secretary of State’s office provides information on statewide issues, candidates for state and district offices, and local issues. Lists of candidates for local offices can be found by contacting the county boards of elections. Ohio voters can easily check their voter registration status, polling location, voting options, and view sample ballots by visiting While the April 9th deadline to register to vote in the May primary has passed, voters have until October 9th to register for the November general election. All deadlines for registrations, petitions, and other election-related filings can be found on the 2018 Elections Calendar, maintained by the Secretary of State’s office.

The May 8th Primary features one statewide issue. Issue 1: Creates a bipartisan, public process for drawing congressional districts, is a constitutional amendment initiated by the General Assembly. In Ohio there are several methods to put an issue on the ballot: referendum, citizen initiated constitutional amendment, General Assembly initiated constitutional amendment, and citizen initiated statute. To learn more about each method, check back here next Thursday.

ORC 3701.034 Ruled Unconstitutional

Planned Parenthood LogoThe U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has affirmed that ORC 3701.034 is unconstitutional.  [See Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio v. Lance Himes, 6th Cir., No. 16-4027, 4/18/18.]  The court said the law violates the “unconstitutional conditions doctrine,” which forbids the government from placing conditions on a recipient of federal funds that would infringe on the recipient’s constitutional rights. While the government has no obligation to fund abortion activities, it may not use its control over federal funds to stop Planned Parenthood from exercising its constitutionally protected right to advocate for legal abortion.  ORC 3701.034 was codified by House Bill 294, and was to become effective May 23, 2016.  It would have prevented Planned Parenthood’s 28 Ohio-based affiliates – only 3 of which provide abortion services – from receiving federal money to pay for programs under the Violence Against Women Act, the Breast and Cervical Cancer Mortality Prevention Act, an infertility prevention project, the Minority HIV/AIDS Initiative, and a personal responsibility education program.  On 5/23/26, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio issued a temporary restraining order, blocking enforcement of the law.  [See Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio v. Hodges, 201 F. Supp. 3d 898 (S.D. Ohio 2016).]

Bloomberg Law for Docket Information

Bloomberg Law is a great tool to use to search for dockets. It has options to search by court, keyword, docket number, party name, judge, attorney or firm, case status, and date range.

Some dockets are quite lengthy, with dozens of types of documents to sort through. In Bloomberg Law, dockets can be sorted by type, so you can pull just briefs, motions, or orders, for example.

The federal dockets are pulled from the PACER system and are included in the law school’s subscription. Some documents may need to updated; if so, click “Request” (see image).

Note: Documents on some dockets many not be available because of size or other factors.


Sagers Speaks About Book on Apple “eBooks” Case

C_SAGERS.jpgChris Sagers, the James A. Thomas Professor of Law, was invited to present at a meeting of the American University College of Law’s Business Law Faculty Workshop series. He spoke about his book “Apple, Antitrust, and Irony,” concerning the so-called Apple “eBooks” case of 2012-2013, a federal antitrust challenge to Apple and several publishing firms for fixing the price of eBooks. The workshop was moderated by the antitrust scholar Jonathan Baker of American University, who also provided a lengthy commentary on the manuscript. The book is forthcoming this fall from Harvard University Press.