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

Archive for March, 2021

Meet a Treatise: The Law of Trusts and Trustees

The Law of Trusts and Trustees by George G. and George T. Bogert is a longstanding go-to treatise on Trusts that is now in its third edition. The current editor is Amy Morris Hess.

This comprehensive treatise covers trust statutes, rules, regulations, and court decisions. It encompasses the entire field of modern trust uses for both personal and business trusts. It also contains step-by-step guidance in planning an estate, including forms.


Wills and Trusts in a Nutshell? Access it Online with West Academic Study Aids

West Academic Study Aids are now available electronically and can be accessed through the law library’s Research Databases guide. Hundreds of titles are available that cover most law school courses. Some of the popular study aid series include Nutshells, Acing Series, Concepts and Insights, Gilbert Summaries, and Sum and Substance Audio. There are also subject matter overviews, interactive questions, exam style questions, outlines, videos, and case briefs.

To access the study aids, you must log into the law school proxy server using your 7-digit CSU ID number and the password you use to log into the computer lab. You also have the option to create a personal account. Full instructions are here.

Access to the study aids is unlimited.

Need Research Help for Your Paper? Think of Research Consultations from the Law Library

Research consultations generally last 30 minutes to one hour. Since we are working remotely, we can communicate with you over Zoom or via telephone. Please schedule a time with us so we can properly prepare.

Students are encouraged to schedule a consultation when:

  • Writing an upper-level paper or journal note — topic selection & preemption check, in-depth research, interdisciplinary research

  • Needing in-depth assistance with topical legal research (e.g., administrative law research, legislative history research, effective database research)

To schedule a consultation, email Please be sure to include the following information:

  • Your full name

  • Your email address

  • Day(s) and time(s) you are available

  • Class/seminar or journal title for which you need research assistance

  • Your research topic/issue

  • What you’ve done already

  • What you need or can’t find

After receiving your request, a Research Services Librarian will get back to you to schedule your consultation.

The Indigo Book Free Online Citation Manual

The Indigo Book is an alternate citation manual that is available for free online. It was compiled by a team of students at the New York University School of Law working under the direction of Professor Christopher Jon Sprigman.

The Indigo Book isn’t the same as The Bluebook, but it does implement the same Uniform System of Citation that The Bluebook does. The scope of The Indigo Book’s coverage is roughly equivalent to The Bluebook’s “Bluepages”—that is, The Indigo Book covers legal citation for U.S. legal materials, as well as books, periodicals, and internet and other electronic resources. The Indigo Book’s scope does not extend to loose-leaf reporters, nor to foreign legal materials or the publications of international organizations like the United Nations.

3/25/2021 Book Launch of Terry Gilbert’s “Trying Times”

image of C|M|Law flagThe memoir Trying Times recounts Terry Gilbert‘s 50-year struggle as a people’s lawyer forged during the social upheaval of the 1970s.  The official book launch will take place 5:30pm-6:30pm on Thursday March 25, 2021.  This is a free virtual event, but one needs to register here.  Gilbert is a 1973 graduate of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, and has said “My deep roots with the law school as a student in the early 70s profoundly impacted my commitment to social justice.  In the midst of dramatic political and cultural change, I and my fellow students pushed for a more progressive approach to legal education and programs as a vehicle to address societal inequities.”  Gilbert wrote his memoir with the freelance journalist Carlo Wolff.