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

Archive for July, 2019

Parking Pass Reminder

Just a reminder that if you use an annual parking pass, the passes are good through July 31. Starting August 1 you will need to display the 2019-2020 annual parking tag. For more information about CSU parking, visit Parking Services.

Good Luck on the Bar Exam!

The C|M|Law Library wishes all of our students the best of luck on this week’s Ohio Bar Exam.

We will still be here for your legal research needs as you begin your career.

Breathe… you can do it!  You are almost at the finish line.

Good luck!

C|M|Law’s Space Law Connection

With the 50th anniversary of the moon landing in the news, it’s a great time to talk about Space Law!

C|M|Law’s Global Space Law Center (GSLC), directed by Professor Mark Sundahl, is dedicated to the study of space law and training next-generation space lawyers. GSLC is the only law school center in the nation focused on the law of outer space. Space law is made up of a variety of international agreements, treaties, conventions, and United Nations General Assembly resolutions as well as rules and regulations of international organizations. These documents address numerous issues such as settling disputes, liability for damages caused by space objects, preserving space and Earth environments, and the use of space-related technologies.

The Law Library has numerous resources available on Space Law, such as The Politics and Perils of Space Exploration and The Handbook of Space LawJournals on the topic include Air and Space Law and Journal of Space Law. There is also a Space Law Research Guide. The McGill Institute of Air and Space Law Publications are available through our HeinOnline subscription, which includes the complete Annals of Air and Space Law along with fifty additional titles.

Survey of Legal Research Learning Outcomes and Assessment Plans

Survey Results Pie ChartC|M|Law Outreach & Instructional Services Librarian Laura Ray recently presented a poster at the 2019 American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting on “Legal Research Learning Outcomes and Assessment Plans: A Survey of Current Developments and Methods for Law Librarian Engagement.”  Laura worked with Stacy Etheredge, University of Idaho Law Library Associate Director, in a review of the websites of 84 law schools in 29 states and the District of Columbia.  [Ohio law schools were not included.]  The poster presented a composite summary of readily available law school learning outcomes* and assessment plans** related to legal research.  Only 11 law schools (13.1%) had well developed legal research learning outcomes, and 45 law schools (53.6%) had a simple statement of such learning outcomes.  The poster also presented sample mappings of legal research learning outcomes to law school curricula, performance criteria and measurement instruments for such learning outcomes, and suggested methods for law librarians to engage in the development of such learning outcomes and assessment plans.  In the coming year, Laura and Stacy plan to continue their survey by reviewing the websites of the remaining 112 law schools, as well as contacting law schools not providing information on their websites.

*Standard 302(b) of the American Bar Association (ABA) Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools specifies one of the four minimum learning outcomes to be competency in “legal analysis and reasoning, legal research, problem-solving, and written and oral communication in the legal context.”  **Standard 315 specifies conducting “ongoing evaluation of the law school’s program of legal education, learning outcomes, and assessment methods … to determine the degree of student attainment of competency in the learning outcomes and to make appropriate changes to improve the curriculum.”  Standards 302 and 315 were revised and became legally effective at the end of the ABA Annual Meeting on August 12, 2014, but the ABA did not require the application of these Standards until the 2016-2017 academic year. [See Transition to and Implementation of the New Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools August 13, 2014.]

President James A. Garfield Papers Available Online

This week’s Ohio-related post is about James A. Garfield, the 20th President of the United States. The Library of Congress announced that the papers of Garfield, who was assassinated in the first year of his presidency, are now available in digital format. The Garfield collection includes approximately 80,000 items, mostly dating from 1850 to his death in 1881.

Garfield was born in Moreland Hills, Ohio (Cuyahoga County) and is interred in the county in Lake View Cemetery (pictured), where his tomb can be viewed by the public. Before becoming President, Garfield was a longtime member of the United States House of Representatives from Ohio and a Civil War General. Garfield was involved in two notable Civil War battles: Shiloh and Chickamagua.


Garfield Memorial, Lake View Cemetery