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

Archive for November, 2018

Extended Library Hours Start This Sunday

Beginning this Sunday, December 2, the law library will have extended hours for reading week and exams.  The library hours during this period are:

  • Monday-Thursday 7am-12am
  • Friday 7am-10pm
  • Saturday 9am-10pm
  • Sunday 9am-12am

Prof. Sundahl Appointed as Advisor to NASA

M_SUNDAHL.jpgProf. Mark Sundahl was appointed last week by NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine to the NASA Advisory Council Regulatory and Policy Committee. The Committee will provide advice to the Administrator regarding the policy and regulatory changes that are needed to assist NASA in its mission to increase mankind’s understanding and use of outer space. In its first meeting at NASA Headquarters, the Committee issued recommendations to, among other things, increase the commercial use of the International Space Station through reform of the regulations regarding intellectual property rights and the access of commercial partners to privately-owned hardware installed on the ISS.  The Committee will continue to assist NASA in leveraging the strengths of the private sector in the development of human activity in Earth orbit, on the Moon, and eventually on Mars and other celestial bodies.

Ohio Research Tools: Office of Budget and Management





Looking for information on the state budget and economy? Visit the website of the Office of Budget and Management (OBM). The Ohio OBM provides analysis, fiscal research, and financial management services to state agencies and the Office of the Governor. OBM publishes information on the current operating and capital budgets, as well as documentation on the budgets from some previous fiscal years.  This office also produces Monthly Financial Reports that summarize state economic and financial data.

Another feature on the OBM website is the Interactive Budget. This tool provides greater transparency for the public to see how state money is spent, how revenue is generated, and how that revenue is later allocated through the state budget.

Mental Health and Wellness Book: This Is Your Brian on Anxiety

With the semester winding down and exams right around the corner, you might be starting to feel particularly stressed in law school. It’s smart to be proactive about managing law school stress and anxiety. For example, you can schedule in exercise, yoga, or meditation or plan for a relaxing afternoon with family or friends.

You might also want to check out our Mental Health and Wellness Book collection for some inspiration. Granted, this probably isn’t the time for lots of extra reading, but some of these books are really really short, so you can skim them between classes or as study break.

One super short book to try is This Is Your Brian on Anxiety: What Happens and What Helps. It’s a breezy 63 pages. Some case decisions are much longer than that! The book’s also very cheeky and conversational, kind of fun to skim actually. But it’s helpful, too, with tips on what anxiety feels like, and how to deal with it.

You can find this book and others in our Mental Health & Wellness Collection, located in the Ohio Room as you walk in. All of the books from this collection can be checked out at the circulation desk. You can explore the collection online through our Mental Health & Well-Being research guide.


Rapid DNA Technology Used To ID California Wildfire Victims

image of DNA appearing to be on fireThe California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) has reported that the Camp Fire in Butte County burned 153,336 acres, destroyed 13,972 residences and 4,821 other buildings, and killed at least 85 people.  [See the Camp Fire Incident Information page and Butte County Sheriff’s Office Camp Fire page.]  At least 200 people are still missing.  The Butte County Sheriff’s Office is working with ANDE’s Rapid DNA instruments to help identify victims and human remains.  Immediate relatives of missing persons are being asked to donate their DNA by submitting cheek swabs at a local police station.  [DNA samples must be accompanied by consent forms; the DNA samples and data will be destroyed after a family member is identified.]  A Rapid DNA instrument can generate a DNA ID in a few hours.  A DNA ID contains approximately one-millionth of the information in a genetic profile, but it can determine gender, and two or more DNA IDs can be compared to determine if people are close biological relatives.  The Rapid DNA Act of 2017 [see Pub. L. No. 115-50 (August 18, 2017)] required the Federal Bureau of Investigation to issue standards and procedures for using Rapid DNA instruments, as well as allowed DNA samples prepared by using Rapid DNA instruments to be included in the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).