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We Have PRIDE in Our Research Guide

Just in time for the end of PRIDE month is our recently updated Sexual Orientation & the Law Research Guide.  The guide covers books in our collection, journals, blogs, websites and databases.

Our newest database addition highlighted in the guide is HeinOnline’s LGBTQ+ Rights database. The database charts the gay rights movement in America and Includes government documents, case opinions, case briefs, books and pamphlets, as well as a curated scholarly article collection and interactive timeline.  Users can browse and search seven collections in the database: Marriage and Family; Employment Discrimination; AIDS and Health Care; Military service; Public Spaces and Society; Supreme Court Briefs; and Historical Attitudes and Analysis.

ABA Passes Revisions to Accreditation Standards

The American Bar Association’s House of Delegates in February passed  proposed revisions to the ABA law school accreditation standards The amendments were to Standards 205, 303, 507 and 508 of the 2021-2022 Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools.  The highlights of the amendments include: a requirement that law schools provide bias training and substantial opportunities for students to develop a professional identity.

March 25 & 26 Third Annual Project 400 Conference

Project 400 LogoThe Cleveland State University Diversity Institute is presenting the free virtual Third Annual Project 400 Conference on March 25 & 26, 2022.  “Project 400 began in 2019 as a year-long observation of when the first Africans were brought to the British Colonies in North America in 1619.”   This year’s program is “Changing the Game, Advancing Black Lives: From the Streets, Fields and Courts,” and will highlight obstacles African-Americans have overcome as well as identify remaining obstacles.  Keynote speakers will be Wesley Lowery, CBS News 60 Minutes Correspondent and “60 in 6” Host, and Amira Rose Davis, Assistant Professor of History and African American Studies, Penn State University.  Panel sessions will focus on “recent calls for a collective urban agenda and police reform,” and “activism from within sports led by athletes.”  Sponsored by the Urban League of Greater Cleveland, NAACP Cleveland Branch, and Cleveland Public Library.  Register here.

Spring 2022 Social Justice Seminars and Programs

image of black hands surrounding the word JusticeSocial justice seminars, programs, and activities in the greater Cleveland area, Ohio, and nationally are featured on the C|M|Law Library Social Justice and Antiracism Resources guide Events/Forums/Webinars page.  Upcoming local Spring 2022 events include the 3/15 Discussing the Renaming of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, sponsored by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA).  The CMBA is also sponsoring the Zoning is a Racial Justice Issue series – Part 1: Historical Breakdown on 3/31; Part 2: Current Developments on 4/26; and Part 3: What Happens Next on 6/7.  All of these CMBA programs are virtual and free for law students.  Upcoming national Spring 2022 events include the 3/18 Why Diversifying the Healthcare Workforce Matters free virtual seminar sponsored by the Center for the Study of Racism, Social Justice & Health.  The 3/28 New York City’s Wounded Healers free webinar, sponsored by the Urban Institute – Justice Policy Center, will examine the “Credible Messenger” programming for justice-involved populations in New York City as well as challenges and best practices for implementing the strategy.  See the Social Justice and Antiracism Resources guide for more information on upcoming social justice events and activities.

December Social Justice Seminars and Programs

image of black hands surrounding the word JusticeThe C|M|Law Library Social Justice and Antiracism Resources guide Events/Forums/Webinars page provides information on social justice seminars, programs, and activities in the greater Cleveland area, Ohio, and nationally.  December 2021 events include the 12/14 Standing Up to Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation live conversation with four Black female sergeants from the Baltimore Police Department, sponsored by Strategies for Justice, and the 12/15 Abolishing Slavery, For Real free webinar exploring the exception in the Thirteenth Amendment that allows for slavery as a punishment for a crime and the fight to #EndTheException, sponsored by Showing Up for Racial Justice and Worth Rises.  On 12/16, tune into the Our Voices Today WOVU radio program for Life & the Law – Conversations about Your Rights.  This segment will discuss tenants’ rights related to housing conditions and other landlord-tenant issues.  topics will include utilities, urgent home repairs, lead paint, and more.