News and information useful to Cleveland-Marshall College of Law students, faculty and staff.

C|M|Law Now Offering Leadership Class for Law Students

Compass with needle pointing at word "Career".C|M|Law Dean Lee Fisher is teaching a new class this fall. LAW768 – 7 Habits of Effective Lawyer Leaders will help students develop leadership skills essential for success in the legal field and beyond. According to the course description in the catalog, “topics will include characteristics and styles of leadership, strategic planning, managing growth and change, public speaking, motivating people and teams, decision making, conflict management, entrepreneurship, innovation, diversity, ethical responsibilities, and collaboration.” Students will participate in discussion, exercises, case studies, and group presentations, and enjoy guest lectures by successful leaders to learn the core competencies of effective leadership. The class is available for Upper Level Writing credit.

Enrollment for this 2-credit class is still available via CampusNet.

July Is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month and organizations around the country are promoting mental health and wellness in diverse communities. The Office of Minority Health, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), provides statistics, information on mental health disparities, projects and partnerships and health resources and publications. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), also an HHS division, is another source for information on health disparities, and mental health and substance abuse information for specific racial and ethnic populations.

Some ideas for celebrating National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month at C|M|Law –

  • Check out our Mental Health and Well-Being resource guide
  • Browse our Mental Health and Wellness collection of books available for check out in the Ohio Room
  • Use the hashtags #MinorityMentalHealth or #MyHealthMyWay! or #NotACharacterFlaw
  • Treat yourself to a massage on campus
  • Tell a friend about the Counseling Center on campus
  • Keep an eye out for the Quiet Room, which is coming Fall 2018 in the Learning Commons – – it will be a space where all C|M|Law students can take a moment to quietly refocus
  • Be open and supportive with yourself and others in pursuing mental wellness at the law school and in the legal profession

IT and Law Library Orientation Now Open for 1Ls

In conjunction with C|M|Law’s Jump Start program for students starting school in the fall, the Information Technology department and law library are offering orientation materials on a drop-in basis.

How it works:

  1. Come by the research services office (Room 112) across from the circulation desk during normal hours.
  2. You will meet and talk with one of our librarians, who will give you a scavenger hunt handout and IT information for your law school computer accounts. The scavenger hunt takes 20-30 minutes and will help you get orientated to the law library and IT services.
  3. Upon completion of the scavenger hunt, give your results to a librarian in Room 112, at which point you will be given registration information for Lexis, Westlaw, CALI, and Scholar along with information on our legal research seminars and digital badge program.
  4. All students who complete the scavenger hunt will be entered into a contest for a $50 Amazon gift card; the drawing will be held during the first full week of classes.

Say Hi to C|M|Law’s Laura Ray at AALL

The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) annual meeting begins this weekend in Baltimore, Maryland. Our own Laura Ray will be attending and is involved with two presentations at the conference:

Monday July 16, 10am

Strategies for Successful Independent Library Certificate and Educational Programming

Tuesday July 17, 8:30am

Biological Evidence for the Effective Use of Educational Technology

Laura also created a supporting libguide for the Biological Evidence presentation.

Beware the Copyright Traps

Copyright traps are fabrications deliberately tucked into otherwise factual publications in order to detect third-party copying. Duke’s Law Library’s blog highlights some of the most common traps.

For more information on the related topic of plagiarism, check out C|M|Law Library’s Scholarly Writing Resource Guide, which contains useful information for researchers, writers, and students.