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

Archive for May, 2021

Be on the Lookout for Incentives to get Vaccinated

A recent New York Times article details some of the incentives that are now being offered or under consideration for people to get a COVID vaccine shot.  With scientists saying we need to have 70-85% of the population vaccinated or otherwise immune to really stop the pandemic, incentives seem like a good idea to help those who may be hesitant or haven’t gotten around to getting vaccinated.  Currently the portion of the US population vaccinated stands at about 33%.

Some of the interesting incentives include:

  • $100 savings bond for 16-35 year olds in West Virgina
  • Detroit is offering $50 gift cards for anyone that drives someone to get vaccinated
  • New Jersey and Connecticut are offering a free beer or drink to those who get vaccinated

Sports teams are getting involved too with several teams offering free tickets to fans who get vaccinated at the ball park.

Extended Law Library Hours During Finals

Students:  A reminder that the law library is open longer hours during finals:

Thursday, May 6: 8:30am-9pm
Friday, May 7: 8:30am-6pm
Saturday, May 8: 10am-6pm
Sunday, May 9: 10am-6pm
Monday, May 10 – Thursday, May 13: 8:30am-9pm
Friday, May 14: 8:30am-6pm

Law Student Well-Being and the ABA Accreditation Standards

A recent article in Student Lawyer by Janet Stearns and Ayat Nizam discusses proposed changes to the ABA accreditation standards for law schools dealing with student well-being. One of the proposed changes would include well-being resources for law students, including mental health and substance abuse resources. If passed, these changes would make certain well-being efforts mandatory for law schools in order to maintain ABA accreditation.

Read in full: Janet Stearns & Ayat Nizam, The Path to Reforming the ABA Standards to Promote Law Student Well-Being, Student Lawyer (April 22, 2021).

Suggested by Career Services: Lawyers as Leaders

Lawyers work as public officials—executives, legislators, and staff—at the local, state, and federal levels of the United States government. Lawyers also run businesses and nonprofits, not to mention the numbers practicing in law firms. With so many positions in society filled by lawyers, the question becomes: How are they being trained for these roles?

Author Deborah Rhode argues that traditional law education has done little in this regard. In Lawyers as Leaders, she attempts to rectify this gap by using interdisciplinary research, biographical profiles, and empirical studies to cover decision-making, conflict management, and diversity in leadership—and addresses what lawyers can do to advance both their professional development and the public interest.

The most successful leaders are those who can see past their own ambitions and retain a capacity for critical reflection on their performance. In order to be successful, the author argues that soft skills such as empathy and active listening are critical.

Lawyers as Leaders is also available to the CSU community electronically.

Sources for Congressional Hearings

Congress building Along with bill versions and committee reports, committee hearings are part of the documents making up a legislative history. Researchers can look at hearings to read what witnesses called before the Congress have to say—pro or con—about a proposed piece of legislation. There are a number of sources you can use to find hearings, and these are listed out in our popular Legislative History Research Guide. For recent hearings, a good free government source is GovInfo. Older hearings are easiest to fine on the Proquest Congressional and HeinOnline databases.