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What is the Oldest Reported American Case?

According to A History of Digests, a recent article by Michael O. Eshleman (110 Law Libr. J. 235), (citing Robert Becker’s Ancient Decisions) the answer is Stone v. Boreman, 1 H. & McH. 1, a 1658 case from the Provincial Court of the Province of Maryland.  This interesting fact came up in the article when Eshleman explains how West got the date of 1658 as a starting point for their 1896 re-digesting of all published American cases up to that point. The case deals with a land dispute over the disposal of public lands.

We couldn’t find anything older.  If you do, let us know!

Use Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions to Find Information Before Proposed Rulemaking

Learn the status of proposed rules and administrative agency areas of activity that have not yet reached the proposed rulemaking point through the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions from the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. This is a great place to find summaries of regulatory actions under development along with information on the projected completion date. The Unified Agenda webpage provides more detailed info, while an abridged version on rulemaking actions is published in the Federal Register twice a year.

For more research help with Administrative materials, please visit our Administrative Law research guide.

Federal Government Information Research Tools: FOIA Requests

Government bodies produce a voluminous amount of documents and records. While much is available online through sources such as and individual agency websites, many other records and communications are not. To gain access to additional federal government information, researchers submit requests under the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Lawyers, journalists, and other researchers frequently rely on FOIA requests to obtain these documents. Under FOIA, the public has the right to request any information that has not already been made publicly available. Agencies are required to disclose the information in response, as long as it does not fall under one of the nine exemptions. These exemptions include matters of national security, law enforcement, and personal privacy. To learn more about FOIA and how to make a request, check out For a summary of the process and a few interesting stats, check out this infographic.

Election Board Seeks Workers for November 6th Election

Cuyahoga County Board of Elections LogoThe Cuyahoga County Board of Elections is seeking election officials for the November 6th, 2018 General Election “to help staff the polls, transport ballots and materials, and maintain political balance.”  To apply, complete the online application or call 216-443-3277.

By the way, the deadline to register to vote for the November 6th, 2018 General Election in the state of Ohio is 9pm EST, Tuesday, October 9th, 2018.  You can register to vote and/or update your voter registration address at the Ohio Secretary of State Online Voter Registration System.  Ohio residents can also register to vote at numerous Ohio License Bureau offices, government agencies, libraries, and schools – see this list.

Banned Books Week

 September 23-29, 2018 is Banned Books Week, the annual recognition by librarians, teachers, publishers, readers and book lovers of all types, of the dangers of censorship. Books featured during this week have all faced removal or restriction from libraries and schools. Despite court decisions such as Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, 393 U.S. 503 (1969), Board of Education v. Pico, 457 U.S. 853 (1982), and more locally Minarcini v. Strongsville City School District, 541 F.2d 577 (6th Cir., 1976), books continue to be challenged and banned.  According to the American Library Association (ALA), “A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials.”

The ALA keeps track of the most frequently banned and challenged books, which ranges from children’s books such as Harry Potter, to books with more serious themes such as The Handmaid’s Tale. One of the most challenged books since its publication is Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, and it appears as #7 on the list of Top Ten Most Challenged Books for 2017. A copy of Lee’s famous novel is sent to each admitted C|M|Law student for its iconic portrayal of a lawyer fighting for truth. Other banned books featuring lawyers are John Grisham’s A Time to Kill, and Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood.