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Social Justice Events & Activities

image of black hands surrounding the word JusticeThe C|M|Law Library Social Justice and Antiracism Resources guide provides information on upcoming events and webinars taking place in the greater Cleveland area, Ohio, and nationally.  September events include the September 10th Conversation between Dr. Kate Masur and Judge Solomon Oliver, Jr., free for law students and part of the C|M|Law Community Conversations series.  A key national event is the 9/28-10/1 National Urban League Virtual Conference, “the nation’s largest and most influential annual civil rights and urban advocacy event.”  If you’re looking for individual, reflective activities, see the Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge syllabus on the Social Justice and Antiracism Resources guide.  The Syllabus provides links to readings, podcasts, videos, and seminars, as well as a “Reflection Log” for participants who would like to record their thoughts.  See the Social Justice and Antiracism Resources guide for more information.

Social Justice Activities & Events

image of black hands surrounding the word JusticeLooking for reflective activities or events concerning social justice?  The C|M|Law Library Social Justice and Antiracism Resources guide provides a “Challenge Syllabus” and information on events and webinars in the greater Cleveland area, Ohio, and nationally.  The Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge syllabus contains readings, podcasts, videos, and seminars, as well as a “Reflection Log” for participants who would like to record their thoughts.   Upcoming events include the 8/19/2021 Life & the Law – Conversations about Your Rights community engagement discussion with Legal Aid Society of Cleveland staff, and the 8/31/2021 Bail Reform & Testimony Training hosted by the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus and ACLU Ohio.  See the Social Justice and Antiracism Resources guide for more information.

Ohio Attorney General Refuses to Certify Marijuana Legalization Law

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost recently rejected a petition submission for a proposed law (initiative petition) that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in the state.

The Attorney General’s power to review the initiative petitions comes from ORC 3519.01(a), which states in part, “the attorney general shall conduct an examination of the summary. If, in the opinion of the attorney general, the summary is a fair and truthful statement of the proposed law or constitutional amendment, the attorney general shall so certify and then forward the submitted petition to the Ohio ballot board for its approval.”

Change to Bluebook Rule 10.7.1 Regarding Slave Cases

The Bluebook has made a change to rule 10.7.1 – a rare change between editions. The change was brought about by lobbying of Michigan State University law professor Justin Simard. For details about Professor Simard’s Citing Slavery Project, see our past post on the topic. The change was made after the first (2020) printing of the Bluebook, so it is only in the online edition and printings from 2021 and later.

As quoted in the editors’ Noteworthy Changes to the 2021 printing:

Rule 10.7.1(d) now covers slave cases. For cases involving an enslaved person as a party, use the parenthetical “(enslaved party).” For cases involving an enslaved person as the subject of a property or other legal dispute but named as a party to the suit, use the parenthetical “(enslaved person at issue).” For other cases involving enslaved persons, use an adequately-descriptive parenthetical.

Dred Scott v. Sandford, 60 U.S. (19 How.) 393 (1857) (enslaved party), superseded by constitutional amendment, U.S. Const. amend. XIV

Wall v. Wall, 30 Miss. 91 (1855) (enslaved person at issue)

WCPN Consent Decree Conversation

image of black hands surrounding the word JusticeWCPN 90.3, part of Ideastream Public Media, recently aired its seventh “conversation” program on the 2015 Cleveland Consent Decree.  The 7/19/2021 Sound of Ideas program focused on implicit bias and racial profiling and how they relate to police training. Guests included Rick DeChant, Executive Director of the Cleveland Police Foundation; Charmin Leon, Commissioner for the Cleveland Community Police Commission; Brian Maxey, Deputy Monitor for the Cleveland Police Monitoring Team; David Lima, Civilian Police Review Board of Cleveland; Calvin Williams, Chief of the Cleveland Division of Police; and Ayesha Bell Hardaway, Associate Professor Law and Director of the Social Justice Law Center, Case Western Reserve University.  The podcast is available here.