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

Archive for July, 2019

Snacks Available in Student Lounge for Bar Exam Preppers

Snacks are available for students studying for the Bar Exam in the law student lounge on the 1st floor of the law library. All snacks donated courtesy of Mary Jane McGinty and retired library staffer Cassandra Baker. Enjoy and good luck!

Meet a Treatise: Farnsworth on Contracts

This post is the second in an occasional series in which the basics on the most important treatises in U.S. and Ohio law are provided, covering its background and where to find it, both in the library and online (if applicable).

Farnsworth on Contracts

Background: Edward Allan Farnsworth (1928-2005) was one of America’s most renowned legal scholars on contracts. His writings were standard reference in courtrooms and law schools. Farnsworth is most known for Farnsworth on Contracts. Farnsworth also worked as a reporter for 10 years on the Restatement (Second) of Contracts. He earned his law degree from Columbia Law School in 1952 and soon began teaching there as the school’s youngest professor. Farnsworth taught at the school for over 50 years.

What it is: Long respected for its clarity and accessibility, Farnsworth on Contracts is a treatise relied upon by student, practitioner, and courts. The treatise provides comprehensive coverage of most if not all issues in contracts classes. Farnsworth illustrates how contemporary contract law has been shaped by both the Restatement (Second) of Contracts and the Uniform Commercial Code. Drafting tips and cross references are very helpful features in this treatise.

Where to find it: Farnsworth on Contracts is available in print in the reference section of the library. Electronically, Farnsworth can be found on the Cheetah platform (a Wolters-Kluwer product) and is available to all students and staff (see previous post on all Cheetah treatise offerings).

For more information on available treatises, check out our Major Legal Treatises research guide.

Stay Cool, Cleveland

With the heat upon us, it it always helpful to review hot weather safety and tips to keep cool:

  • Stay hydrated—drink plenty of water and stay away from caffeine and alcohol
  • Spend time at Cleveland’s public pools, or that great inland sea we call Lake Erie
  • Limit any outdoor physical activity to early morning or late evening
  • Know the symptoms of heat illness: people may seem “off” or to be acting different; other symptoms include nausea, muscle cramps, loss of coordination, or general feelings of sickness
  • Check out local Cleveland cooling centers

Court News Ohio – Info on Ohio Courts

Court News Ohio  is a service of the Office of Public Information of the Supreme Court of Ohio that includes a website (, a television program (Court News Ohio TV), a Facebook page (, and a Twitter feed (@courtnewsohio). The Court News Ohio platforms are a great way for students and lawyers to stay on top of court news throughout the state.

FDA Promotes Resources for Food Producers in Flooded Areas Due to Tropical Storm Barry

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has encouraged and promoted resources for food producers to use in flooded areas affected by Tropical Storm Barry. The FDA issued a reminder to “harvesters that generally, if the edible portion of a crop is exposed to contaminated flood waters, it is considered ‘adulterated’ under the Federal, Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and should not enter the human food supply.”  The FDA’s Guidance for Industry: Evaluating the Safety of Flood-affected Food Crops for Human Consumption provides the information that producers can use as they assess potential damage to their food crops. This guidance is an important resource for the growers who produce and market these crops, as they are responsible for assuring the safety of flood-affected food crops for human consumption.