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

Archive for July, 2020

Black’s Law Dictionary Available on Westlaw

Black’s Law Dictionary, founded by Henry Campbell Black, is the preeminent law dictionary in the United States.

The first edition of Black’s was published in 1891. Up to the 6th edition, Black’s gave case citations for the term cited. The 8th edition introduced a unique system of perpetually updated case citations and cross-references to legal encyclopedias. Black’s is now in its’ 11th edition. To find current or past editions of Black’s, consult the Law Library’s catalog

Black’s can also be accessed on Westlaw, so you don’t need to buy it or even use the library to look up definitions.

Ohio Issues Statewide Mask Mandate and Travel Advisory

Ohio Governor Mike Dewine issued a statewide mask mandate beginning today at 6pm. According to the order, masks must be worn at all times when at an indoor location that is not a residence, outdoors when unable to keep six feet of social distance, and when waiting for, riding, driving, or operating public transportation, taxi, car service, or private rideshare.

The governor also issued a travel advisory and 14-day quarantine at home or a hotel for those who travel to and from:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Mississippi
  • Nevada
  • Puerto Rico
  • South Carolina
  • Texas

Center for Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection, Cybersecurity Conference, and Resources

Cyber Law is “the area of law dealing with the use of computers and the Internet and the exchange of communications and information thereon, including related issues concerning such communications and information as the protection of intellectual property rights, freedom of speech, and public access to information” ( (citing Webster’s New World Law Dictionary)).

Cybersecurity, privacy, and information management raise a constellation of critical issues facing every business, governmental/national security, health delivery, retail, and educational entity. Insecure and poorly managed information systems pose significant risks to critical assets and can result in significant legal liability and reputational injuries.  

The Center for Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection takes a cutting-edge, interdisciplinary approach to address privacy and cyber-risk management concerns. Through innovative programming, training and practical research, the Center:

  • Builds partnerships bridging organizational, professional and political divisions
  • Integrates technical, legal, and business perspectives
  • Creates dialogue between government agencies and regulated entities
  • Promotes creative legal, technical, managerial and regulatory approaches to security and privacy

The Center provides opportunities for law students to equip themselves via coursework, externships, and research for the myriad new permanent positions developing in this field.

The Center is hosting the 2020 Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection Conference 2020 online this September.

Check out the library’s research guide: Center for Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection Guide

New Guidebook Available on Equitable Enforcement to Achieve Health Equity

Equitable Enforcement to Achieve Health Equity: An Introductory Guide for Policymakers and Practitioners (guide available for download on this website with free signup for the website’s library) is a free new guidebook available from ChangeLab Solutions (ChangeLab). ChangeLab  is a national organization that advances equitable laws and policies to ensure healthy lives for all. ChangeLab has a multidisciplinary team of lawyers, planners, policy analysts, and other professionals that work with state and local governments, advocacy organizations, and anchor institutions to create thriving communities.

This guidebook was listed on the Centers for Disease Control website and came about because enforcement actions taken in the name of public health can sometimes harm, discriminate against, or otherwise undermine the health of the very people whom the laws are meant to protect. Enforcement that is carried out inequitably can create or make worse existing health inequities. The thinking behind equitable enforcement is that wrongdoers can be held accountable while still protecting the health of individuals and the community and incentivizing compliance.

Westlaw’s Foundations of Legal Research for C|M|LAW Students

Our Westlaw rep Holly Rush has set up a class on Foundations of Legal Research in their Knowledge Center. The first three lessons (4 minutes each) are a terrific reinforcement of what is covered during the first week of classes. The videos are “platform neutral” except for a few references to Westlaw.

These short videos are a great way to learn about the cornerstones of the American Legal System, including how laws are formed, the system’s hierarchy, and the differences in legal authority. Topic areas of the videos are:

  • Understand the Law

  • Build Your Research Plan

  • Build Your Legal Knowledge

  • Build Your Argument