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

Archive for February, 2019

OpenCon is Coming: March 8th 2019

OpenCon Cleveland 2019 logo Are you interested in open educational resources and open access? Join us for the second annual OpenCon Cleveland, hosted by the Michael Schwartz Library and C|M|Law Library, in the Law Building. Featuring speakers, roundtable discussions, and collaboration, this conference is a satellite event of the Global OpenCon Conference, celebrating Open Education Week. OpenCon Cleveland is free to attend, but registration is still required.

This Just In: Digital Minimalism

Sometimes it seems like we’re distracted by 50 million things and the day gets away from us before we get anything accomplished. If you’re feeling this way, you might want to give a recently published book by Cal Newport a go. Digital Minimalism: Choosing A Focused Life in a Noisy World asks you to give up all optional technologies in your life for a thirty-day period (think social media, mindless web-surfing, Netflix, WhatsApp strings, you name it). During that thirty-day period, you reconnect with what’s really important to you in the analog world (your face-to-face family and friends, meaningful leisure activities, alone time, you name it). Then after the end of the thirty-day period you very selectively reintroduce only those optional technologies that are truly valuable to you. From personal experience, I can say that this process is really very hard, but quite rewarding.

You can find Digital Minimalism in the library’s Professional and Soft Skills collection, which is located in the Ohio Room. All books in the collection can be checked out.

New HHS Title X Rule Challenged

DHHS logoThe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Population Affairs recently issued a final rule governing the Title X Family Planning program.  The new rule will become effective 60 days after it is published in the Federal Register (which has not yet happened).  The Title X program was established in 1970 (see Pub. L. No. 91-572, § 6(c), 84 Stat. 1506), and authorized the HHS Secretary “to make grants to and enter into contracts with public or nonprofit entities to assist in the establishment and operation of voluntary family planning projects.”  From its beginning, “none of the funds appropriated under this title shall be used in programs where abortion is a method of family planning.”  The new rule “provides for clear financial and physical separation between Title X and non-Title X activities…,” “removes the requirement for abortion referral…,” and “no longer requires nondirective pregnancy counseling” including such counseling on abortion.  [See 2/22/19 Fact Sheet: Final Title X Rule Detailing Family Planning Grant Program.]  Critics of the new rule say it amounts to a “gag rule,” preventing physicians from informing patients that a prenatal care facility also provides abortion services.  Yesterday, the Washington state Attorney General announced a lawsuit challenging the new rule, stating it “permits Title X providers to withhold information from patients about their healthcare options, bars them from referring patients for abortion care, and requires Title X clinics to physically separate abortion care and referrals from their services funded by Title X.”  The Washington branch of the ACLU also plans to file a lawsuit, and the two cases will likely be consolidated in the Eastern District of Washington.

Finding Interdisciplinary Materials for Law Papers

Law Review and journal notes as well as upper-level requirement papers can be enhanced by using materials from other disciplines. There are three ways to find non-legal databases:

Many of the databases can be accessed off-campus with a CSU ID number and Scholar PIN.

Writing a paper about forensics? Check out MEDLINE with Full Text (an EBSCO subset of PubMed). If you are unsure what topical database to use, you can try a general database such as Academic Search Complete or ArticleFirst and/or ask a librarian for help. Finally, don’t forget news sources that are found on Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg along with news sources in CSU Main Library’s Alphabetical List of Databases.

New: Leadership and Law Research Guide

image of directional arrows pointing up a road, symbolizing leadership A new guide was just added to the Law Library’s research guide collection. The Leadership and Law Guide was created recently to collect and share resources on leadership theory and skills, as applied to the legal field. The guide features information about C|M|Law’s new and developing leadership programming, articles, books, assessments, and other media.