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ModioLegal: Listen to Law Related Articles on Your Phone

ModioLegal is a service that partners with legal publishers to convert news and current-awareness content to audio that subscribers can access through their phones. The articles are read word-for-word and delivered to users on the same day or next day after the article would have been received in print or in text online. ModioLegal uses human narrators: law students who are familiar with the subject matter.

The following publications are available on ModioLegal:

  • The Tax Lawyer (ABA)
  • ABI Journal (American Bankruptcy Institute)
  • Litigation in Practice (by Judge Curtis Karnow)

More titles will be added in the future.

C|M|Law students and staff have trial access until Summer 2018. To sign up for free access today:

  • Go to www.modiolegal.com
  • Click the Law School Portal button (right side of screen)
  • Enter the requested information
  • Login credential and instructions will be sent via email

Dietary Supplement Label Database

The National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements and National Library of Medicine (NLM) have a Dietary Supplement Label Database (DSLD), which “contains the full label contents from a sample of dietary supplement products” currently marketed or discontinued in the U.S. Initially developed for scientists, this database, which covers about 17,000 supplements, will also be helpful to public health personnel and healthcare providers. DSLD data include contents and added ingredients from the supplement’s required Supplement Facts panel, along with directions for use, health-related claims, and cautions from the supplement’s label. The database provides Reference Links, Quick and Advanced searching, as well as alphabetical lists of ingredients, products, and contacts (i.e., manufacturer/distributor). DSLD files can be downloaded for use in Excel and several statistical packages (e.g., SPSS). For additional information, see the NLM DSLD Fact Sheet or the DSLD FAQ.

GavelNote Available for Free for C|M|Law Students

There is a new online note-taking platform called GavelNote, which was created specifically for law students (by Cleveland-Marshall graduates) to eliminate the drudgery of outlining your courses.

Capturing, compiling, and organizing class notes, case briefs, statutes, and black letter law into a useful outline is a very time-consuming process. GavelNote offers a way to automate that process, eliminating busywork and freeing up more time for actual studying. Sharing notes is easy with GavelNote’s sophisticated sharing feature that lets you decide what to share and who to share it with. Plus GavelNote stores your notes safely in the cloud. For more information about the benefits of GavelNote, visit: http://www.gavelnote.com/tour/

Trying GavelNote is risk-free. If you don’t like GavelNote, simply export your notes and outlines into Microsoft Word format any time. As a current student, you can have with unlimited use of GavelNote throughout your law school career. Register now for your own personal account at: http://www.gavelnote.com/signup/

Ohio Resources: Register of Ohio

 When researching a legal issue, it is important to check for regulations on the topic, including proposed and recently adopted regulations. The Register of Ohio is the official source for notice of and information about Ohio state agency rule-making processes. In addition to notices of proposed rule-making and hearings, the Register also publishes recently adopted rules, emergency rules, no-change rules, and more. The Register is kept up to date according to a strict publication and purgation schedule. Rules that have been purged from the Register can be found codified in the Ohio Administrative Code.

The Register website offers a few different ways to browse or search for documents, and it is helpful if you can narrow your search by agency. For example, if you are looking for Medicaid rules relating to nursing facilities, you can select search by “Keyword in Title and Filing Agency,” then enter Ohio Department of Medicaid as the agency. You can also browse by agency to look at all proposed and new rules, which is useful for staying up to date if you work in an area that is heavily regulated by a particular agency.

For more on Ohio sources, check out the Ohio Primary Law Guide. For more on administrative law, check out the Administrative Law Guide.

 

 

Free Research Tools: New AI Brief Analyzer

There’s a new free online tool for analyzing briefs called EVA. The AI-based product by ROSS Intelligence debuted at Legaltech/Legalweek New York. Legalweek is an event dedicated to business and technology in the legal field, featuring workshops, conferences, and a tradeshow.

After completing the free registration, users can upload briefs to the EVA website. EVA will check the cases cited in the brief to determine if they are still good law, similar to Shepard’s and KeyCite. EVA can also locate additional cases analogous to a cited case, or that use comparable language.

EVA is very similar to another AI-based product called CARA, by Casetext, which was launched in 2017. The creators of CARA even proposed a digital duel at Legalweek, challenging EVA to a live head-to-head comparison.

For the tech-inclined, find more coverage of Legalweek at Legaltechnology.com, Law.com, and Above the Law.