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C|M|LAW Student Publication ‘The Gavel’

C|M|LAW’s student newspaper The Gavel was first published in April 1953 and is still produced today. PDFs of most issues are available in our institutional repository Engaged Scholarship through the link above.

In the inaugural issue, Dean Wilson G. Stapleton wrote:

Whatever the actuating influences, we welcome THE GAVEL and hope for its continued success. It can be a medium of good reporting, of editorial comment, and of student opinion, and should serve both student body and faculty well. The extent of its success will depend in large measure upon those busy people already taxing their waking hours with the added study of law. The same problem was present when the Law Review was started [in 1952], but the results there have overcome any latent doubts there may have been concerning the extra time that students would spend.

For a number of years I have told incoming students that we could offer them personal interest, excellent instruction, and adequate library facilities, but I regretted we had no ivy on the walls. The institution and growth of student activities like the Law Review, the Student Bar Association, and now THE GAVEL, may well be symbolic of this ivy. Such is our hope, and with it our best wishes to the editors in this new venture.

Counseling Center’s Law Student Support Hour Continues Throughout the Summer

The CSU Counseling Center is continuing its virtual Law Student Support Hour throughout the summer on alternating Wednesdays. The group meets over Zoom from 5p-6p and is led by Dr. Bruce Menpace of the Counseling Center. The Law Student Support Hour is a safe and welcoming group where you can connect and discuss what’s on your mind during these uniquely challenging times as a law student. To register and receive the Zoom link, email

Recharge Outdoors for Your Mental Health

Camping Summer’s a great time to mentally and physically recharge after a challenging year of law school. Spending time outside can be beneficial for fighting anxiety and depression and can even improve your brain function. The CSU Rec Center Adventure Rec program makes it easy for you get all the gear you need to spend a weekend (or longer!) camping in the great outdoors. You can rent everything you need for your camping adventure – tents, backpacks, sleeping bags, grill stoves and more. The rental prices are very reasonable and the selection is good. Hipcamp helps you find inspiration for camping locations around Cleveland.


It’s Hot in the Library

Unfortunately, a chiller for the University-wide air conditioning system is broken. This means that the Law Library, along with several other buildings on campus, are uncomfortably warm. If you’re planning to study in the Law Library, you may want to bring extra water and a fan. The chiller is expected to be repaired by the middle of next week.

Lexis and Westlaw Summer and Graduate Access

Lexis Summer Access Program:  

Students will automatically have free unlimited use of their law school Lexis+ ID this summer. This includes workplace related research though students should check with their employer. Many firms prefer summer associates use a firm issued Lexis ID. No registration required for summer access, students sign in as usual.

Lexis Graduate Program:

Whether it’s the bar exam or a legal job search, LexisNexis has graduates covered. Spring graduates will be able to continue using their law school Lexis ID through December 31, 2021. No registration required.

Westlaw Summer Access: 

You can use Westlaw and Practical Law over the summer for non-commercial research. Examples of permissible uses for your academic password include the following:

  • Summer coursework
  • Research assistant assignments
  • Law Review or Journal research
  • Moot Court research
  • Non-Profit work
  • Clinical work
  • Externship sponsored by the school

You do not have to do anything to gain access to these tools over the summer.

Westlaw Graduate Access: 

You have access to Westlaw and Practical Law, for six months after graduation. Your “Grad Elite” access gives you 60 hours of usage on these products per month 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.