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

Archive for June, 2020

Add Term Emphasis to Your Westlaw Search with the Caret ^ Symbol

carrot A new search feature in Westlaw gives you the ability to put emphasis on an important term in your search. You add emphasis to a search term by adding the caret (^) symbol to the end of the term. You can use the caret in the main search box or in Search Within Results. An example of a search is:

liability /p (park^ or recreation or camp!)

This would place the emphasis on the term “park” and your results will be somewhat different if you run the search with or without the caret.

You can read more about Search Term Emphasis in the Search Tips document that you’ll find linked to the right of the main search box in Westlaw.

Find the caret symbol above the 6 key on a standard qwerty keyboard. Not to be confused with the carrot.

Research Hot Topics with Law Firm Memos on Lexis

Student with LaptopWith your Lexis Advance password, you have access to a database of over 100,000 Law Firm Memos from over 200 leading law firms. These memos can be useful for gaining insight and ideas for paper and note topics, or for locating legal commentary on hot topics.

Locating the Law Firm Memos is not as easy as typing in the main search box. Instead, you go first to Practice Centers (located under Content Type in the Explore Content tab). From within any of the Jurisdiction or Practice Area or Industry practice centers, you’ll see the box for Law Firm Memos and a link to launch them.

You can search Law Firm Memos by text, firm, or practice area and limit them by date. New memos are added daily. Practice areas cover over 45 topics, including corporate, education, securities, tax, and more.

Expungement / Criminal Records Writing Competition – Late September Deadline

If you’re a current law student interested in criminal law, why not submit an entry in the Third Annual Criminal Record Policy Essay Competition. The topics for the competition are:

  • How to improve the expungement process in (state of your choice).
  • When, if ever, should government stop reporting criminal records to the public?
  • What effects do criminal records have on former offenders ability to re-assimilate?

The writing competition is sponsored by The Foundation for Continuing Justice and the law firm of Higbee & Associates. First place wins $2,000.  The submission deadline is September 30, 2020. Complete details here.

Ohio Court Adjusting Space in Response to COVID-19

GavelThe Ohio Channel has posted a new video about how one Ohio court has responded to the space needs and safety measures required in response to COVID-19. Old Space, New Place for Jury Trials Due to COVID-19, a 2 minute video, looks at a common pleas court in Allen County is its creative solution to the problem.

The Ohio Channel is a service of Ohio’s public broadcast stations. You can watch coverage of the Ohio House of Representative, the Ohio Senate, and the Supreme Court of Ohio along with programs on public affairs, education, arts and culture, and more.

Got a Labor and Employment Law Paper to Submit?

Idea lightbulbThe Ohio State Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section is sponsoring a law student writing competition with a submission deadline of June 30, 2020. While that might be a tight deadline to write something from scratch (and over the summer), if you have a labor and employment law paper or note that you’ve done recently, you might consider submitting it. The topic is entirely open within the field of labor and employment law, and the first place prize is $3,000.  Complete details through the OSBA.