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

Archive for June, 2018

What Goes In the Parens When You’re Citing to the U.S. Code

Based on the Bluebook, if you’re citing to the United States Code, you may or may not need something more than just the year in the parens. If you’re citing to the official United States Code, all you need is the year:

  • 42 U.S.C. § 1983 (2012).

If you’re citing to one of the two unofficial versions of the U.S. Code, then you’ll need to include the publisher:

  • 12 U.S.C.A. § 1426 (West 2010).
  • 12 U.S.C.S. § 1710 (LexisNexis 1993).

One trick to remember who publishes which unofficial version of the Code – the U.S.C.S. ends in “S” and Lexis ends in “S”.

New Online Mindfulness Community for Lawyers and Students

Are you looking for ways to reduce stress, manage anxiety, or just make sure you take a few minutes to breathe every day? Practicing mindfulness can help, and is a valuable part of maintaining wellness and finding work-life balance. A new online community is geared specifically for lawyers interested in mindful practices.

The Mindful Lawyers Community, founded by Jeena Cho and Lauren Clark Rad, offers support and connection. The “goal is to bring together like-minded lawyers who live with mindfulness, value creative practices and care about building a sustainable career with purpose and meaning.” Law students and anyone connected to the legal field are welcome to join. Membership includes unlimited access to the community via Slack, quarterly webinars hosted by experts, drop-in video chat sessions, daily writing and creativity prompts, and monthly habit sprints.

For more on mental health and well-being for law students, check out our resource guide and work-life balance board on Pinterest.

We’re Not the Only Law School with a Resident Supreme Court Bird

Some of you may recall the large barred owl that took up residence in the birch trees outside the law library. We had an owl naming contest and christened him Owliver Wendell Holmes (pictured here) after the famed Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Now the law school at the University of Oregon is in on the famous bird game with Ruth Bader Ginsbird and Sandra Day O’sprey, two baby osprey chicks. You can check out the baby birds from a live webcam set up at the Knight Law Center. They’re pretty darn cute.

Hat tip to House of Butter.

CALI Lessons on Ohio Law

CALI – the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction – offers hundreds of online tutorials to help law students learn and review important legal concepts through interactive and self-paced lessons. Registration is required and CM Law students can get the authorization code here.

If your summer legal work involves Ohio law, CALI offers you three lessons to review what you’ve learned –

CALI lessons cover a wide range of topics, and some are even keyed to specific casebooks. Check them out.

How to Cite to a Restatement

Unlike some other legal secondary sources, Restatements are very authoritative, meaning that they can be good to cite in legal documents. Produced by scholars from the American Law Institute, the Restatements provide a clear overview of the law in a given area (the “blackletter law”) and additionally provide helpful comments and illustrations. Some of the topics covered by Restatements include: torts, contracts, trusts, and unfair competition. Not all legal topics have a corresponding Restatement.

The Bluebook rule 12.9.4 explains how to cite a Restatement. This rule also covers model codes, principles, standards, sentencing guidelines, and uniform acts.

Here’s an example of how you’d cite to a provision on defective food products from the Restatement on torts:

Restatement (Third) of Torts § 7 (Am. Law Inst. 1998).

Rule 12.9.4 also gives you guidance on Restatement subtitles, comments, and illustrations.