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Archive for December, 2022

Comment 8: Unexpected Delays and Even Scammers Learn New Tricks

The ABA Rules of Professional Conduct, Model Rule 1.1 Comment 8 requires, “To maintain the requisite knowledge and skill, a lawyer shall keep abreast of changes in the law and its practice, including the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology.” To that end, we have developed this regular series to develop the competence and skills necessary to responsibly choose and use the best technologies for your educational and professional lives. If you have any questions, concerns, or topics you would like to see discussed, please reach out to


Unfortunately, the universe has conspired in such a way that the follow-up to last month’s blog about cookies will be postponed into the new year. In its stead, I offer this short blog about some changes in how to protect yourself from phone scams. We’ll pick this up next time.


For a long time security professionals have advised calling a number that you have when you think that you are speaking with a potential scammer. For example, don’t call the phone number they give you for your credit card’s fraud department, call the number on the back of your credit card. Unfortunately, scammers have been adapting to this technique. A new technique allows scammers to “line-trap” your phone for up to several minutes. In fact, the scammer will encourage you to hang up with them and call another source to verify what they are telling you; but when you hang up and dial the scammers still have you on the line and you’re just talking to them again. What can you do to protect yourself? First, you can wait ten or fifteen minutes before following up with anybody. Scammers try to create situations where you are rushed and can’t think straight: there is nothing that can’t wait. Next, you can call somebody from another phone entirely. Have a landline in your office, a neighbor who still has one, or somebody else who you can borrow their phone? All good alternatives.

Law Library to Close at 5pm Today for Winter Break

The law library and Cleveland State University will close today at 5pm and reopen on January 2, 2023.

Happy Holidays and see you next year!

Federal Court Rules NIH in Violation of CHIMP Act

photo of 2 chimpanzees at Chimp HavenThe United States District Court for the District of Maryland, Northern Division, recently ruled that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) violated the Chimpanzee Health, Improvement, Maintenance, and Protection (CHIMP) Act for not retiring former research chimpanzees to a sanctuary.  The CHIMP Act [Pub. L. No. 106-551, 12/20/2000; codified at 42 U.S.C. 283m] mandated the creation of a federal sanctuary system for the lifetime care of retired research chimpanzees.  Since 2002, the sanctuary has been operated by the private nonprofit Chimp Haven.  As a previous blog post noted, in late 2015, NIH announced it would no longer support biomedical research on chimpanzees and all NIH-owned chimpanzees living outside of Chimp Haven were now eligible for retirement.  In the ensuing years, NIH retired over 2/3 of its chimpanzees.  However, in 2019 and 2021, NIH announced many frail chimpanzees in its Alamogordo Primate Facility and Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine and Research (aka MD Anderson facility) would not be moved.  In 2021, several animal rights groups, led by the Humane Society of the United States, sued NIH.  In her recent ruling, Judge Lydia Kay Griggsby found the NIH did not have the discretion to determine which chimpanzees should not be moved and violated the CHIMP Act.  However, Judge Griggsby acknowledged NIH veterinarians’ concerns about moving old and chronically ill chimpanzees.  By 1/13/2023, both parties are to file reports with the court, then meet with Judge Griggsby on how to proceed.

For Our Graduates

Congratulations!!  We at the law library hope we have played a small part in your success.  After completing your studies at Cleveland-Marshall, there are many ways in which you can continue to benefit from the law library.

When the library is open, continue using its resources by applying for an alumni borrower’s card. The application can be found here. You still will have access to important databases such as HeinOnline, Westlaw and others from the public computers. Grads can also access our wireless network CSUGUEST.

While the library is closed, we are available virtually by email at, phone (216-687-6877), or chat.

Bar Exam Prep—CALI

We will do all we can to help you prepare for the bar exam. CALI lessons are available for up to six months after graduation to help you hone your legal knowledge.

Lexis Graduate Program

Graduates can continue using their law school Lexis ID for six months.  No registration required.

Westlaw Graduate Access

You have access to Westlaw for six months after graduation. Your “Grad Elite” access provides 60 hours of usage per month with these products to gain understanding and build confidence in your research skills. You cannot use it in situations where you are billing a client.


Go to; log in; use the drop-down menu by your name to go to Grad Elite Status.

Get Started for Next Semester with CALI

What is CALI? CALI (The Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction) is a non-profit consortium that focuses on computer legal instruction. Most members are U.S. law schools.

Where can you get access to CALI? The easiest way is from the law library’s homepage; under “Quicklinks,” click CALI. To create a CALI login, click the link for “Authorization Code” under “Quicklinks” and follow the steps.

What can I use CALI for? All 1L classes are covered via CALI lessons, as are the vast majority of upper-level ones. You can also search for lessons based on a casebook or author (professor). Searching by casebook assures that the lesson will be based on the same casebook used in your class.

CALI also offers a large number of free ebooks, which are authored by law school professors, including C|M|Law professor Deborah Geier.

Finally, CALI has a great search feature. The search box is located in the upper-right corner of the screen and will yield lessons, ebooks, and blog posts on the searched topic.