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C|M|LAW April Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge

image of C|M|Law flagC|M|LAW students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate in the “April C|M|LAW Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge.”  A syllabus of readings, podcasts, videos, and seminars is posted on the home page of the Social Justice and Antiracism Resources guide.  Engage with any, or all, of these materials throughout this month of April.  A “Challenge Reflection Log” is also provided, for participants who would like to record their thoughts.  Dean Fisher fully supports the April Challenge, and intends to participate.  Co-Chairs from the C|M|Law Racial Justice Task Force compiled the syllabus for the April Challenge Syllabus.  New syllabi will be periodically compiled for future Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenges.

3/25/2021 Book Launch of Terry Gilbert’s “Trying Times”

image of C|M|Law flagThe memoir Trying Times recounts Terry Gilbert‘s 50-year struggle as a people’s lawyer forged during the social upheaval of the 1970s.  The official book launch will take place 5:30pm-6:30pm on Thursday March 25, 2021.  This is a free virtual event, but one needs to register here.  Gilbert is a 1973 graduate of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, and has said “My deep roots with the law school as a student in the early 70s profoundly impacted my commitment to social justice.  In the midst of dramatic political and cultural change, I and my fellow students pushed for a more progressive approach to legal education and programs as a vehicle to address societal inequities.”  Gilbert wrote his memoir with the freelance journalist Carlo Wolff.

Happy International Women’s Day!

March 8 is International Women’s Day.  Interested in learning more on the origins and history of the holiday?  Checkout this timeline from the International Women’s Day official website. The timeline will help in understanding the multinational background of the holiday making it truly internationalist.

Social Justice & Cost-Effective Legal Research Seminars

Image of C|M|Law Library Digital BadgeSeveral of the eighteen Law Library Legal Research Seminars demonstrate research in a social justice topic and cost-effective research strategies:

  • Starting Research with Secondary Sources
  • Terms & Connectors Searching
  • Cost-Effective Searching on Lexis & Westlaw
  • Cost-Effective Federal Legislative History: Congress.gov and Govinfo.gov

Law Library Legal Research Seminars are for C|M|LAW students, including MLS and LLM students, and are continuously available online via the Westlaw TWEN platform.  To view Seminars, connect to TWEN, “add” the “C|M|Law Library Legal Research Seminars” course, then view any or all of the listed Seminars.   Students interested in receiving a “Law Library Legal Research Letter of Recognition” and a Digital Badge (which you can can share on social networks, blogs, and websites) need to earn 100 Seminar points.  Each Seminar is 12.5 or 25 points, and you earn points by correctly answer 3/4 of the questions on a Seminar’s accompanying quiz.  Seminar points are good for the entire time you are at C|M|LAW, and you can earn multiple Letters and Digital Badges.  For more information on the Law Library Legal Research Seminars, contact Laura Ray, Outreach & Instructional Services Librarian.

A Collection of Anti-Racism Guides by Law Libraries

Our Social Justice and Antiracism Resources guide is an excellent and extensive collection of local, state and national resources on anti-racism, social justice, protesting, police accountability, and more.  Several law libraries across the country have authored additional anti-racism research guides, often with variations on the theme or focus.

These other guides have been collected by AALL, the national organization for law libraries. You can access them under Research Guides on the AALL Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Updates page. Some of the themes of these additional guides include the history of civil rights in the US, police violence, and social change.