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Archive for October, 2021


Top Ten Spookiest Law Review Articles

Since 2008, we’ve been surveying the law review literature in search of those spooky articles that put us in the Halloween spirit. Here’s our ranking of the scariest law review articles from the past two years, 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+ and Westlaw Edge and typing in the spooky word like “ghost,” “witch” or “mummy” in the title field.

Happy Halloween!

  1. Regulating Bite Mark Evidence: Lesbian Vampires and Other Myths of Forensic Odontology, 94 Wash. L. Rev. 17869 (Dec. 2019).
  2. Jason’s Long Night at Camp Blood: Surveying the Independent Copyrightability of Jason Voorhees in the Wake of Horror Inc. v. Miller, 10 Cybaris An Intell. Prop. L. Rev. 41 (2019).
  3. Zombie (Trademarks) from Outer Space, 24 U.S.F. Intell. Prop. & Tech. L.J. 323 (2020).
  4. Pixelated Poltergeists: Synchronization Rights and the Audiovisual Nature of “Dead Celebrity” Holograms, 70 Am. U. L. Rev. F. 1 (2020).
  5. Data of the Dead: A Proposal for Protecting Posthumous Data Privacy, 62 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 649 (2020).
  6. Repealing the Statue of Wizarding Secrecy in Legal Education, 50 Cumb. L. Rev. 117 (2019-2020).
  7. Keeping the Zombies at Bay: Fourth Amendment Problems in the Fight Against Botnets, 27 Wash. & Lee J. Civil Rts. & Soc. Just. 359 (2020).
  8. Supreme Stalemates: Chalices, Jack-O’-Lanterns, and Other State High Court Tiebreakers, 169 U. Pa. L. Rev. 441 (2021).
  9. Slaying Zombie Debt: Missouri Rule 55.03 Can Prevent Time-Barred Debt Claims Through Sanctions, 88 UMKC L. Rev. 1065 (2020).
  10. Complex and Scary – The Use of Defense Experts in Environmental Litigation, 90 The Advoc. 56 (2020).

 

Ohio’s Redistricting Lawsuit

The United States conducts a census every ten years. Based on those results, states redraw their district electoral maps to account for gains or losses in populations.

Ohio’s new maps are currently being challenged in the Ohio Supreme Court (docket) (2021-1193:  League of Women Voters of Ohio, et al. v. Ohio Redistricting Commission, et al.). According to the Columbus Dispatch: “Members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission often worked at cross-purposes, leading to four-year Statehouse maps that maintained the GOP’s veto-proof majority despite voter-approved changes to curb gerrymandering.” Oral arguments are scheduled for December 8.

November Social Justice Seminars and Programs

image of black hands surrounding the word JusticeSocial justice seminars, programs, and activities in the greater Cleveland area, Ohio, and nationally are featured on the C|M|Law Library Social Justice and Antiracism Resources guide Events/Forums/Webinars page.  November 2021 events include the free 11/10 Using Evidence for Promoting Equity for Children and Youth virtual program sponsored by the Urban Institute.  Speakers will discuss “strategies for engaging and centering community members most affected by research and evaluation, aligning equity frameworks with outcome frameworks, and using existing evidence to promote equitable policy and program changes.”  On 11/17, the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity continues its free Language of Leadership series in a discussion with Dana Rao, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Adobe Inc., on how leaders can use their personal commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion to drive change.  On 11/18, tune into the Our Voices Today WOVU radio program for Life & the Law – Conversations about Your Rights.  This segment will review Legal Aid’s Medical Legal Partnerships with local hospitals and discuss how Legal Aid can help solve problems such as poor housing conditions, educational barriers, lack of nutritional food, and other situations that affect a person’s health and well being.

Judge4Yourself Website for Judicial Candidate Information

Most voters are unaware of the names and qualifications of the people they see on their ballot. Lawyers and librarians often hear from people regarding judges who are running. Judge4Yourself is a helpful website for voters in Cuyahoga County to get judicial candidate information. Judge4Yourself.com’s ratings are made by five cooperating bar associations with the help of dozens of experienced lawyers, many who work in the courts every day. The candidates are interviewed and the website posts their answers to the questionnaire. Additionally, the input of lawyers who know their work is sought after and reviewed.

Judge4Yourself.com then issues a rating, which is non-partisan.

According to the Judge4Yourself website, “We care only whether the candidates will be competent, fair and trustworthy judges. So we focus on each candidate’s integrity, knowledge, experience and diligence, and on every candidate’s ability to be impartial, even-tempered and respectful to the people who must come to court.”

New Librarian at C|M|LAW

Edward Koltonski recently joined the staff of the Law Library as the Technology and Research Librarian. As he will be another resource for you to use in your academic journey, we thought that he should introduce himself.

Where are you from?

Ohio. I grew up in Youngstown and still live in the area, though I did spend a lot of time in-between moving around. There is something really unique about Northeast Ohio, and I really enjoy living here…apart from the snow.

Tell us a bit about your academic background.

Of course, I started university late in life as a non-traditional student. Much of my background is in History. I hold both a BA and MA from Kent State University which culminated in a thesis examining the public reaction to a trial and execution in Youngstown, OH in the late nineteenth-century. In addition, I also hold a Master of Library and Information Science degree (MLIS), which I also received from Kent State. While working toward my MLIS I worked in several university libraries and specialized in academic reference. In a lot of ways I never really stopped academics after graduation as I tend to rack up a lot of Continuing Education (CE) hours every year.

Have you worked in education since graduation?

I feel like my answer is going to be a bit like Schrödinger’s cat: a little bit of both. My time since leaving university was pretty evenly split between public and private work that, though not always part of the job description, still involved education. I spent some time as a research assistant for a finance technology company, where I specialized in data collection and quality assurance. I later took a position as the Business and Investment Librarian for the public library system of Mahoning County, OH. While the former seems to have little to do with education, I have always viewed education as something that occurs all the time through conversation. We all have something to learn, and we all have something to teach. I try to do a bit of both every day.

What brought you to C|M|LAW?

I would say that it was the position itself that really piqued my interest. While Lawrence M. Friedman and Bill Gates will be quick to point out that this is nothing new, the primary drivers of the twenty-first century are, and may remain, the law and the computer. This position puts me squarely in their overlap. In much the same way this position required me to exist squarely between my professional and personal interests. Despite never pursuing a degree in the field, I grew up messing around with computers. It is both a hobby of mine and something that I do on occasion as a side-gig. I think we all have at least one of those now?

What services will you be providing users at the C|M|LAW Library?

This question is a little tough as this is a new position for both me and the library. In the broadest terms possible I am going to serve as both a link and an access point between the Research and Information Technology Services.  Ideally, I think it would be great if I could help somebody with a reference question and a technical issue at the same time. Something like. “Where do I find this article and why do I keep getting this warning message from my computer?”

So what about you? Any hobbies? Fun stories?

Well, I already mentioned that I enjoy playing around with computers. I also enjoy playing the occasional video game when I have the time. My son, Isaac, has been teaching me a lot about Minecraft. In addition I also draw and edit videos, which is even more things on the computer. I am not sure about any fun stories, but I do look forward to meeting more of the college, and the university-at-large, and helping you in any way that I can.