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Meet a Treatise: The Law of Seamen on Westlaw

Cleveland is on an international border in our Great Lake Erie. Shipping to and from the Port of Cleveland has been an important part of the history of the city and still contributes to the local economy.

The Law of Seamen, available on Westlaw and now in its fifth edition, is an important treatise dealing with sailors as part of Maritime and Admiralty law. Specifically, this tome covers the law governing the rights and obligations of merchant seamen, including relevant statutes, rules, and case law.

Topics include: jurisdiction, duties of American and foreign counsels, relevant Administrative law, shipping articles log books, desertion and other offenses, crew salvage, liens, the wreck statute, master and crew duties, seaworthiness, wages, and many more.

Get Started for Next Semester with CALI

What is CALI? CALI (The Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction) is a non-profit consortium that focuses on computer legal instruction. Most members are U.S. law schools.

Where can you get access to CALI? The easiest way is from the law library’s homepage; under “Quicklinks,” click CALI. To create a CALI login, click the link for “Authorization Code” under “Quicklinks” and follow the steps.

What can I use CALI for? All 1L classes are covered via CALI lessons, as are the vast majority of upper-level ones. You can also search for lessons based on a casebook or author (professor). Searching by casebook assures that the lesson will be based on the same casebook used in your class.

CALI also offers a large number of free ebooks, which are authored by law school professors, including C|M|Law professor Deborah Geier.

Finally, CALI has a great search feature. The search box is located in the upper-right corner of the screen and will yield lessons, ebooks, and blog posts on the searched topic.

Which Are the Best Noise-Cancelling Headphones?

A student recently asked if I had any advice on purchasing noise-canceling headphones. I did some digging and found a great article from The Chicago Tribune titled Best Noise-Cancelling Headphones. The reviews come from Bestreviews, a company owned by the Tribune’s parent company. A nice feature of the article is the ability to check the prices of each item with one click.

Even if you don’t spend that holiday money on noise-canceling headphones, other things I have found useful for blocking out noise are disposable ear plugs and white noise machines (in some cases a fan can do the job!).

Meet a Treatise: Williston on Sales

Samuel Williston (1861-1963) was an American lawyer and law professor at Harvard Law school for 40 years. He, along with Corbin and Farnsworth, are considered the giants of all aspects of contracts and sales law.

Williston on Sales is now in its fifth edition. This multi-volume treatise focuses on the sections under the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) governing sales. Topics addressed include the contract of sale, rules of construction, statute of frauds, and warranties. The current edition is not available electronically, but the first edition is available via HeinOnline.

Williston also has a treatise on the related area of Contracts.

Meet a Database: ProQuest Congressional

ProQuest Congressional (linked from our database page) is a collection of historic and current congressional information and is one of the best databases for legislative history information. It is available on campus or remotely with authentication (CSU ID and Pin). One great feature is compiled legislative histories, which are created through gathering and organizing into one place all documents related to the passage of an important piece of legislation. Another feature of the product is the ability to search the social media of public officials. 

For more information on conducting legislative history research, see the Legislative History Research Guide.

ProQuest is also available as part of the Law Library Legal Research Seminars, which are available online via the Westlaw TWEN platform. You earn points for completing an online seminar by correctly answering 3/4 of the questions on that seminar’s quiz. When 100 points are earned, you are awarded a Law Library Legal Research Letter of Recognition and a Digital Badge, which you can post to your LinkedIn page.

Be sure to check out all available research databases on our database page.