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

Archive for June, 2019


Normal Library Hours Next Week Except for the 4th of July

The Law Library and University will be closed next Thursday for the 4th of July Independence Day holiday.

The rest of the days of the week we will be on a normal schedule:

  • Monday-Wednesday: 7am-10pm
  • Friday: 7am-8pm

Ohio Legal Help: The Website for Pro Se Civil Legal Help

In 2015, Ohio’s Task Force on Access to Justice, convened by Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor and comprising members of the courts, legal aid, the Ohio Legal Help Foundation, and the private bar, recommended specific actions to help close the civil justice gap. The sixth recommendation from the Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Task Force Report was to “develop and maintain a statewide website devoted to providing free and accurate legal information to Ohio residents,” which resulted in the development of Ohio Legal Help.

Ohio Legal Help is a nonprofit organization that was founded to help Ohioans access the civil justice system. It provides plain language legal help information, interactive self-help tools, and connections to local legal and community resources that can help people resolve their legal issues. The information on Ohio Legal Help is reviewed by expert private and legal aid lawyers. Users can get self-directed legal information including forms and even lawyer referrals.

HeinOnline’s New Monthly Blog on the Secrets of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set

HeinOnline offers an interesting monthly blog titled Secrets of the Serial Set. This month’s blog is about Susan B. Anthony and the women’s suffrage movement and last month focused on Lewis and Clark. The blog contains links to the Serial Set and other resources available in HeinOnline so that the reader can obtain further information, including interesting historical insights.

The United States Congressional Serial Set began publication in 1817 with the 15th Congress, 1st session (U.S. Congressional Documents prior to 1817 are published as the American State Papers). Documents in the Serial Set include not only the House and Senate Reports, but also reports of executive departments and independent organizations, reports of special investigations made for Congress, and annual reports of non-governmental organizations.

The serial number is a unique number applied to each book in the series of congressional publications running consecutively from the 15th Congress, 1st session onward. The documents and reports series have three numbers:

  • individual report or document-publication number
  • volume number of each series for each session of Congress
  • serial number

Documents and reports can be located using the volume or serial number but should be cited using the publication number and Congress/session number.

FDA Holds Public Hearing & Opens Public Docket on Cannabis-Derived Compounds

graphic of CBD oilThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently held a public hearing on cannabis-derived compounds, including cannabinoids, such as cannabidiol (CBD).  The hearing was prompted by industry confusion since the passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (AIA; Pub. L. No. 115-334).  The AIA excluded hemp from the statutory definition of marijuana (a controlled substance), and expanded the definition of hemp to “Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.” [See The 2018 Farm Bill (P.L. 115-334): Summary and Side-by-Side Comparison, Congressional Research Service R45525, updated 2/22/19.]  The FDA continues to classify cannabis-derived compounds as “unsafe,” but the FDA has taken little action to remove such products from the marketplace.  The recent FDA public hearing provided a forum for “stakeholders to share their experiences and challenges with products containing cannabis and cannabis-derived compounds, including information and views related to the safety of such products, as well as to solicit input relevant to the agency’s regulatory strategy related to existing products.”  The FDA has also opened a public docket on regulations.gov, and the docket will be open until 7/16/19.  For additional information see the FDA Regulation of Cannabis and Cannabis-Derived Products page.

This Just In: Soft Skills for the Effective Lawyer

In his book Soft Skills for the Effective Lawyer Randall Kiser presents a multi-disciplinary introduction to the major soft skills for lawyers. Kiser identifies self-awareness, self-development, social proficiency, wisdom, leadership, and professionalism as the major soft skills needed to be an effective lawyer. Soft Skills for the Effective Lawyer is perfect for future lawyers as well as current attorneys and law school staff.

The book not only identifies what the soft skills are but offers steps to follow to improve those skills. The reader can feel confident in the self-improvement work because of research and science behind Kiser’s recommendations.

Randall Kiser is an internationally recognized authority on attorney performance. He is the author of three books on effective advocacy and durable attorney-client relationships and has taught at the University of Washington School of Law, Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, University of Nevada School of Law, and Indiana University School of Law. Kiser is a Principal Analyst at DecisionSet in Palo Alto, California, and his work has been featured in popular and scholarly publications ranging from The New York Times to the Harvard Negotiation Law Review.