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February is Black History Month

February is Black History Month. Since the 1970s, the United States has dedicated the month of February to the observance of African American history. Chosen to commemorate the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, February serves as an annual opportunity to recognize the struggles and achievements of black Americans. Cleveland State, Cleveland Public Library, and the City of Cleveland have a number of events planned this month:

  • On Saturday, February 8, Robin DiAngelo, author of White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, and Cleveland native Jennifer Eberhardt, who wrote Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice that Shapes What We See, Think, and Do, will appear in conversation at 2:00 p.m. at Cleveland State University’s Berkman Hall Auditorium. The event is free but registration is encouraged. Follow the link for other events sponsored by the Cleveland Public Library this month.
  • Civil rights Attorney Ben Crump will be at Cleveland State University on Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 2pm to discuss his new book Open Season: Legalized Genocide of Colored People. The event is free but registration is required.
  • Follow this link to view all City of Cleveland official Black History month events.

Highlighted here are some great resources related to Black History from HeinOnline:

  • Slavery in America and the World – all known legal materials on slavery in the United States and the English-speaking world.
  • U.S. Congressional Serial Set – The Serial Set is the official historical record of the U.S. government, including the pivotal period of the Civil War. The documents within record the words and actions of key players in the political life of the United States, and thus reflect the mindset of the era. From the landing page, perform a full-text search for keywords relating to the Civil War using relevant Boolean operators.
  • U.S. Supreme Court Landmark Cases – Separate but equal cases: Plessy v. Ferguson and Brown v. Board of Education. Jim Crow Laws were state and local legislation that enforced racial segregation in public facilities, transportation, and schools. These laws were not challenged in court until the case of Plessy v. Ferguson in 1892; however, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of state-mandated segregation, provided it be “separate but equal.” This ruling was eventually overturned by Brown v. Board of Education. After argument from Thurgood Marshall (later the first African American Supreme Court Justice), the Court voted unanimously that “in the field of public education the doctrine of ‘separate but equal’ has no place.” Segregated schools were determined to be “inherently unequal,” a decision that changed the course of U.S. education and black history.
  • U.S. Presidential Library – Public Papers of Barack Obama – Contains text of the first African-American President Barack Obama’s speeches, addresses, messages, and other documents.

Ohio and State Constitutions Research

When seeking information on the Ohio Constitution and current constitutional issues, check out the Ohio Constitution – Law and History Guide. This research guide includes references to primary and secondary sources, information on Ohio’s previous constitutions and conventions, tables tracking proposed amendments, suggested resources by topic, and more.

State Constitutions Illustrated is another great resource for state constitution research and is available on HeinOnline. It is a collection of the constitutions of the 50 United States, together with related documents and resources. Containing the text of every constitution that has been in force for every state with the original, consolidated, and current texts plus an extensive collection of documents from before statehood, State Constitutions Illustrated provides comprehensive coverage and allows researchers to compare multiple editions from multiple sources.

Finally, Rutgers University’s State Constitutional Documents is a free online resource. This collection contains the Constitutions, Constitutional Convention records, and other related documents for the constitutions of the 50 United States. They were scanned from the law library’s microfiche collection.

U.S. Presidential Impeachment Library Now on HeinOnline

The new U.S. Presidential Impeachment Library from HeinOnline is available as part of our library’s subscription. This new collection includes not only Andrew Johnson, Bill Clinton, and Richard Nixon, but also Donald Trump, whose fate remains unknown as House Democrats introduced two articles of impeachment against him: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Organized around the four affected presidents, this collection brings together a variety of documents both contemporaneous and asynchronous to each president’s impeachment, presenting both a snapshot of the political climate as each played out and the long view history has taken of past proceedings. Congressional Research Service reports round out a general discussion of presidential impeachment, and a curated list of scholarly articles, external links, and a bibliography provide avenues for further research on this topic.

Law Library Research Seminars on TWEN

Image of C|M|Law Library Digital BadgeC|M|Law students can access Law Library Legal Research Seminars on the Westlaw TWEN platform – simply “Add” the “C|M|Law Library Legal Research Seminars” Course to your TWEN “My Courses” page. The Seminars address the major legal databases, terms and connectors searching, cost-effective searching, Bluebooking, administrative law, Federal legislative history, Federal & Ohio administrative law, tax law, health law/bioethics & scholarly writing, foreign law, HeinOnline resources, and the Scholar catalog. Students interested in earning Seminar points complete the quiz accompanying each Seminar. Points vary per Seminar, and are good for the entire time you are here at C|M|Law. When you earn 100 points, you are awarded a “Law Library Legal Research Letter of Recognition” and a Digital Badge, which you can post to your LinkedIn page.

Database Trial – Business and Legal Aspects of Sports and Entertainment

We’re running a trial on a new HeinOnline database through October 11. The Business and Legal Aspects of Sports and Entertainment (BLASE) database is organized into sixteen tabs that contain important sports and entertainment cases, scholarly articles, books, congressional documents, and legislative histories. Some of the research topics in BLASE are athlete and entertainer representation, gender and race discrimination, contract regulation, injuries and violence, and publicity rights. We encourage you to use the database; if you have comments, please email us at