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Archive for October, 2019

Top Ten Spookiest Law Review Articles

Since 2008 we’ve periodically surveyed the law review literature for those ghoulish gems that put us in the Halloween spirit. Here are our picks for the past two years of the scariest law review articles, chosen by title alone.

Research tip: Find these and other chilling law review articles by using “title” section searching (also called segment searching) in the advanced search for Lexis Advance or Westlaw Edge and typing in the spooky word like “ghost” “witch” or “mummy” in the title field.

Happy Halloween!

  1. Zombie Cinderella and the Undead Public Domain, 85 Tenn. L. Rev. 961 (2018).
  2. Dawn of the Debt: The Increasing Problem of Creditors Infecting the Discharge Injunction with Zombie Debt, 70 Me. L. Rev. 35 (2017).
  3. Trick or Treat?: Mississippi County Doesn’t Clown Around with Halloween Costumes, 36 Miss. C. L. Rev. 350 (2018).
  4. Spectres of the Sea: The United States Navy’s Autonomous Ghost Fleet, Its Capabilities and Impacts, and the Legal Ethical Issues That Surround, 49 Mar. L. & Com. 31 (2018).
  5. The Ghost Ship of Gerrymandering Law, 2018 Cato Sup. Ct. Rev. 59 (2017-2018).
  6. Peyote and Ghouls in the Night: Justice Scalia’s Religion Clause Minimalism, 15 First Amend. L. Rev. 239 (2017).
  7. Witch Doctors, Zombies, and Oracles: Rethinking Health in America, 28 Health Matrix 79 (2018).
  8. Rehabilitating Frankenstein’s Monster: Repairing the Public Policy of the Roth IRA, 80 Alb. L. Rev. 161 (2017).
  9. Whistling Past the Graveyard: Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Programs Dodge Bullets Fighting Financial Crime, 50 Loy. U. Chi. L.J. 617 (2019).
  10. Contracts of the Dead: When Should They Haunt the Living?, 49 N.M. L. Rev. 1 (2019).

Infamous Bay Village Murder: The Sam Sheppard Case Collection

In 2012, William Mason, then Cuyahoga County Prosecutor, designated the Cleveland–Marshall College of Law Library at Cleveland State University as the repository for records and other materials relating to the Dr. Sam Sheppard cases. The materials in the Sam Sheppard Case Collection consist of over 60 boxes of photographs, recordings, and trial exhibits.

Since July 1, 2014, tens of thousands of items from this collection have been downloaded from all 50 states and over 100 countries. Kudos to C|M|Law Library’s Technical Services Department for their continuing hard work in making this collection accessible.

Background on the Sheppard cases:

Sam Sheppard, a well-known Cleveland doctor, was convicted in 1954 of the murder of his pregnant wife Marilyn Reese Sheppard at their Bay Village home. He spent almost a decade in prison before a retrial was ordered based on the controversial 1954 trial being dubbed a “media circus.” It drew widespread national attention from the media, creating what the U.S. Supreme Court later described as a “carnival atmosphere” that denied Sheppard his right to due process. As a result, he was acquitted in 1966 and maintained his innocence in the murder until his death in 1970.

In 2000, Sheppard’s son Sam Reese Sheppard, who was 7 years old at the time of his mother’s murder, sued the state of Ohio for his father’s alleged wrongful imprisonment. After a ten-week trial, a civil jury returned the unanimous verdict that Sam Reese Sheppard had failed to prove his father had been wrongfully imprisoned.

An article from (2015) highlights the law library’s Sam Sheppard Case Collection. The law library’s Director Lauren Collins is quoted throughout the article.


Law Library Research Seminars on TWEN

Image of C|M|Law Library Digital BadgeC|M|Law students can access Law Library Legal Research Seminars on the Westlaw TWEN platform – simply “Add” the “C|M|Law Library Legal Research Seminars” Course to your TWEN “My Courses” page. The Seminars address the major legal databases, terms and connectors searching, cost-effective searching, Bluebooking, administrative law, Federal legislative history, Federal & Ohio administrative law, tax law, health law/bioethics & scholarly writing, foreign law, HeinOnline resources, and the Scholar catalog. Students interested in earning Seminar points complete the quiz accompanying each Seminar. Points vary per Seminar, and are good for the entire time you are here at C|M|Law. When you earn 100 points, you are awarded a “Law Library Legal Research Letter of Recognition” and a Digital Badge, which you can post to your LinkedIn page.

Westlaw’s Law School Resource Center for Studying Assistance

When preparing for finals, check out Westlaw’s Law School Resource Center (part of Practical Law). The Course Study Collections and Flowcharts are especially helpful to law students. The resource center also has sections on Professional Development and Responsibility along with Podcasts.  To access the Law School Resource Center, find Practical Law on the Westlaw sign-in landing page, or if already in Westlaw, use the drop-down menu in the upper left corner (next to Westlaw Edge).

Professor Sterio Hosts Delegation of Moldovan Judges

Professor Milena Sterio hosted a delegation of judges from Moldova on October 21 at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.  The Moldovan judges visited Cleveland and the College of Law as participants in the Open World Program, organized and sponsored by the U.S. Library of Congress.  The program hosts delegations of judges from former Soviet states in the United States, in order to provide exposure to the U.S. legal system.

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