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

Archive for March, 2019


Jury Verdicts, Damages, and Injury Valuation

It is important for a lawyer with an injured client to know what similar or same injuries have received in awards for Plaintiffs in order to best represent their client.

A great place to start is the library’s Jury Verdict & Damages Research Guide. Books, websites, and of course the offerings of Lexis and Westlaw are covered.

Here are some highlights:

  • Lexis has a great product called Verdict and Settlement Analyzer, which has filters for: Case resolution (plaintiff verdict, defense verdict, or settlement), Jurisdiction and County, Award Range, Injury, and Date. To get to this product, select ‘Verdict and Settlement Analyzer’ from the drop-down menu at the top left when signed into Lexis Advance.
  • Westlaw: Click ‘Jury Verdicts and Settlements’ (under the All Content link on the home page). Select jurisdiction or topic. The Advanced Search option has field searching. Some of the useful features here are the Injury field, summary field (contains age and sex of plaintiff), and text field (contains information on how the injury occurred, such as a motor vehicle accident). Useful post filters features include: Award range (from zero to 5 million+), date, topic, judge, law firm, and docket number.
  • JVR Personal Injury Handbooks in print in the reference section is another great resource in this area. Need to know the valuation of Hemiplegia in a 45 year old? How about the loss of an arm in a 21 year old? JVR Personal Injury Handbooks cover those and many more injury types.

 

“Getting Ready to Clerk” Seminar on 4/4/19

photo of 3 law clerks with arms raisedAre you working or planning to work this summer?  Then the Law Library’s “Getting Ready to Clerk” seminar is a must see!  The seminar will take place 4:45pm-5:45pm, Thursday, April 4th, in Law Library Room A059.  Join the discussion about the types of projects a clerk should expect, how projects are assigned, and the type of feedback to expect on one’s work, as well as general tips and advice on how to approach one’s work.  Speakers will be James Besenyei, Cuyahoga County Office of the Public Defender, Juvenile Division; Julian Emerson, Reminger Co., LPA; and Taurean J. Shattuck, Jones Day.  Light refreshments will be provided.

This 60-minute Law Library Legal Research Seminar is for C|M|Law students, including MLS and LLM students, and attendees will earn 25 points.  Remember, when you earn 100 “Legal Research Seminar” points, you are awarded a “Law Library Legal Research Letter of Recognition” and a Digital Badge, which you can post to your LinkedIn page.  Seminar points are good for the entire time you are here at C|M|Law, and you can earn multiple Letters of Recognition and Digital Badges.

Insights into Generation Z

With their oldest members approaching their mid-twenties, Generation Z is our newest cohort in law schools around the country. Born between 1995 and 2010, many more Generation Z students are in college or high school today. Scholars and educators wonder what makes Generation Z students tick. A recent book, Generation Z Goes to College by Corey Seemiller and Meghan Grace gives some insight. According to the authors, members of Generation Z:

  • Are loyal, compassionate, open-minded and motivated by not wanting to let others down.
  • Are anxious about the high cost of higher education, yet believe that education is the foundation for success.
  • May show a lack of interest in volunteering as a results of being “voluntold” or required to participate in service projects in school.
  • Don’t see their bosses, religious leaders, professional athletes, celebrities, or political leaders as authority figures.
  • Prefer an intrapersonal learning style and are comfortable with working independently.
  • Are open to experiential learning and entrepreneurship.

 

Law Library Survey 2019: We Want to Hear From You

All C|M|LAW students are invited to participate in the Law Library’s 2019 Survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DJTJ59Y), which seeks your opinion about library facilities and services. It runs now through April 14 and takes 10 minutes or less to complete.

All interested participants will be entered into a random drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card and may also indicate if they wish to take part in small follow-up focus groups at which pizza and pop will be provided.

If you have any questions, contact Student Services Librarian Brian Cassidy at b.e.cassidy@csuohio.edu or 216-523-7364.

Global Legal Hackathon 2019

Earth in space, with lines over it symbolizing technology network In case you missed it, round one of the Global Legal Hackathon began on February 22, 2019. Approximately 6,000 participants met in 46 host cities around the world to spend the weekend developing innovative solutions for the legal industry. The Global Legal Hackathon is a nonprofit organization that brings together people from law schools, law firms and in-house departments, legal technology companies, governments, and legal industry service providers, to create and use technology to improve the legal industry. Working in teams, participants developed and pitched ideas for solutions in one of two categories: private sector business and practice of law, or public government, legal systems, and access to justice. Winners from the first round from each host city are listed here. The next round begins on March 25, and the final round will occur in May. Follow the action by signing up with your email address, or follow #GLH2019 and @worldhackathon on Twitter.