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

Law Library Legal Research Seminars – New Seminars Just Added

The Law Library has added four new Seminars to its Legal Research Seminars, available on the Westlaw TWEN platform:

  • Cost Effective Federal Legislative History: & – Understand the importance of, and materials generated in, the federal legislative process. See how to find key materials in the freely-available and [17:33 mins; 12.5 points]
  • HeinOnline – Review the wide array of content (eg, law journals, session laws, foreign law), date coverage, and unique features of this full-text “database of databases.” [16:49 mins.; 12.5 points]
  • Bloomberg Law Overview – Learn basic search features, and review content not available on Lexis Advance & Westlaw. [ 25:39 mins; 12.5 points]
  • Practical Law by Westlaw Review the specialized practice areas, resources and features of this unique Westlaw product. [13:44 mins; 12.5 points]

Law Library Legal Research Seminars are for C|M|LAW students, including our MLS and LLM students.  You earn points for completing an online Seminar by correctly answering 3/4 of the questions on that Seminar’s quiz.  Your Seminar points are good for the entire time you are here at C|M|LAW.  When you earn 100 points, you are awarded a Law Library Legal Research Letter of Recognition and a Digital Badge, which you can post to your LinkedIn page.  You can earn multiple Letters and Digital Badges.  Other Seminars, already available on the Westlaw TWEN platform, are:

  • Starting Research with Secondary Sources – Why recreate the wheel? Examine how secondary sources explain and analyze “the law” for you, as well as cite primary authority. [17:02 mins; 12.5 points]
  • Bluebooking – For faster legal drafting, review how to effectively apply citation and style rules, as well as abbreviation and jurisdiction tables. [38:47 mins; 25 points]
  • Administrative Law – Break through the mysteries of agency rulemaking and case adjudication. Learn the key resources for finding federal and Ohio agency regulations and decisions. [29:59 mins; 25 points]
  • Bioethics Resources & Scholarly Writing – Examine a wide array of bioethics resources, as well as learn how these resources can be used to select a paper topic and conduct effective research on that topic. [28:33 mins; 25 points]

In these Law Library Legal Research Seminars, already available on the Westlaw TWEN platform, you will learn big box & pre-filtered searching, how to print/download/email search results, how to use citator services to update and expand your research, and the basics of combining terms & phrases in effective search statements:

  • Westlaw Overview [20:03 mins; 12.5 points]
  • KeyCite [10:16 mins; 12.5 points]
  • Lexis Advance Overview [21:11 mins; 12.5 points]
  • Shepard’s [11;54 mins; 12.5 points]
  • Terms & Connectors Searching [10:48 mins; 12.5 points]

For more information on the Law Library Legal Research Seminars, contact Laura Ray, Outreach & Instructional Services Librarian.


Legislative History Need? Think ProQuest Congressional

ProQuest Congressional provides users with efficient, targeted access to the most comprehensive collection of historic and current congressional information available anywhere online.

ProQuest Congressional [linked from our database page] is one of the best databases to use to answer any legislative history question. It is available on campus, or remotely with authentication (CSU ID and Pin). One great feature is compiled legislative histories.  A compiled legislative history means that someone else has gone to the trouble of gathering and organizing all the documents related to the passage of an important piece of legislation in one place.

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

Research Tip: Using the Favorites Box on Westlaw

Save time on Westlaw by using the Favorites box on the research homepage. The Favorites box appears on the right-hand side of the screen and is automatically populated with your most frequently used sources. You can also add sources yourself that you want to be able to access quickly and easily.


If a resource can be added to the Favorites box, there will be a gray star next to the phrase “Add to Favorites” by the title of the resource at the top of the screen.




Clicking on the star will bring up a small window asking to which group to add the source. You can organize your Favorites box by creating groups for your jurisdiction or for different topics you may be working on. The Favorites box contains its own search bar, enabling you to quickly pre-filter to your top sources. Simply check the box next to the source(s) in your Favorites list, then enter your terms in the search bar within the Favorites box, and go.


Closing Argument Contest in Cleveland—Deadline Soon

The Landskroner Grieco Merriman Closing Argument Argument Contest is open to 2nd- and 3rd-year law students from Ohio law schools. Students will give a 15-minute closing argument in a civil case for the plaintiff, a catastrophically injured child. The argument will be on damages only; the fact pattern, exhibits, and demonstrative evidence will be furnished. The judges will include experienced trial lawyers with over 20 years of experience, media personalities, judicial officials, and child advocates.

The top three students will receive cash scholarship awards: $750 for 1st place, $500 for second place and $200 for third place. The competition is limited to 12 contestants.

To apply, contact Landskroner Grieco Merriman, LLC at 216-522-9000 and ask for Anathea or email Deadline for applications is September 24, 2018. Sponsored by The Landskroner Foundation for Children and Landskroner Grieco Merriman.


Enter the Selfie Contest for a Chance to win a $50 Amazon Card

This contest is being held in conjunction with the art show “Celebrating Cities” by Jennie Jones and Judy Rawson, currently available throughout the law school and law library. All current law students (including MLS and LLM students) are eligible to enter, now through October 10. The winner will be announced on October 11 at the Side Bar sponsored by the Law Library and The Journal of Law and Health held in the Rawson Learning Commons from 4:00-6:00 pm.

Contest rules:

  • Take a selfie (or have someone take a picture of you) with your favorite piece of art in the College of Law.
  • Post the selfie with the hashtag #CelebratingCMLawLibrary on the library’s Facebook (@CMLawLibrary) or Twitter (@CMLawLibrary) page from your Twitter or Facebook account. Make sure to include your full name if not evident from your Facebook or Twitter handle.
  • The Law Library may post or share selfies in the library or on the library’s social media accounts.
  • One randomly drawn winner  from entries will receive a $50 Amazon gift card.

Contact Brian Cassidy, Student Services Librarian, with questions at or 216-523-7364.