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

For Those Soon to be Alumni…

Even after you have completed your studies at Cleveland-Marshall, there are many ways in which you can continue to benefit from the law school and library.

Most importantly, you can continue to use the library’s resources if you apply for an alumni borrower’s card. The application can be found here.

You will also still be able to access important databases, such as LexisNexis Academic, Casemaker, HeinOnline, and others from the public computers in the library.

In addition, when you do come back to visit the law library you will be able to access our wireless using the free unsecured CSUGUEST network.

You will still be able to ask library staff for help with any reference questions you may have in person, by email (, or by phone (216 687-6877).

Finally, we will do all that we can to help you prepare for the bar exam. CALI lessons will be available to you for up to six months after graduation to help you perfect your legal knowledge. While studying for the bar, you are also welcome to use the student lounge or any of our study rooms.

Best of luck in the future.

Lillian Burke, Ohio’s 1st African-American Woman Judge

image of Lillian W. Burke in 1951Lillian W. Burke, Ohio’s first African-American woman judge, passed away March 27th, 2012.  In the words of C. Ellen Connally, Cuyahoga County Council President, “she was highly educated, very dedicated on the bench, and very concerned about defendants.  … She set the standard for all the black women judges — and all the women judges, really.”*  Originally from Georgia, Burke earned her undergraduate business education degree from Ohio State University, and her JD from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.  She was an Assistant Attorney General for 3 years before being appointed as the first woman to serve on the Ohio Industrial Commission.  Ohio Governor James Rhodes appointed Burke to the Cleveland Municipal Court Bench in early 1969.  Later in 1969, she won election to that seat, to which she was re-elected and held till her retirement in 1987.  Burke was active with numerous community organizations, and was awarded many honors.  She received the Norman S. Minor Bar Association Trailblazer Award in 1998, was honored as one of the “Jewels of Cleveland” by the Women’s City Club of Cleveland in 2002, and was recognized by the Cleveland Restoration Society in 2004 for her work to convert apartments to condominiums in an historic East Boulevard building, work done with the help of C|M|Law Urban Development Law Clinic students.  At its 2011 Commencement, C|M|Law awarded Judge Burke an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree.

*Plain Dealer and, 3/29/12

Alumnus Patrick Charles Writes Article on Birthright Citizenship

C|M|LAW Alumnus Patrick J. Charles has posted Decoding the Fourteenth Amendment’s Citizenship Clause: Unlawful Immigrants, Allegiance, Personal Subjection, and the Law (Washburn Law Journal, Vol. 51, No. 2, 2012) on SSRN.  The abstract states:

The purpose of this article is to decode the jus soli principles of the Fourteenth Amendment’s Citizenship Clause. It seeks to examine the legal tenets of birthright citizenship in the late nineteenth century, and concludes the Citizenship Clause is not an absolute command, and may be supplemented by legislation dependent on the tenets of allegiance, personal subjection, and international norms. From the 1866 Civil Rights Act through the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Wong Kim Ark, this article will trace the legal tenets of birthright citizenship as a means to better understand the Citizenship Clause.

Patrick Charles is currently employed as a historian for the United States Air Force.

Thanks to Jessica Mathewson for the tip.

Library Services for Alumni

Alumni are welcome to use the library.  Services available to alumni include:

  • Checking out books and videos – obtain an alumni borrower’s card via the online application
  • Databases can be used in the library – Lexis Academic (annotated statutes, case law, administrative codes and decisions, law review articles),  Casemaker, BNA databases, Hein Online and more.  Documents can be printed or downloaded to a USB drive.  Documents from LexisNexis Academic can be emailed to yourself.
  • Wireless Internet access using the free unsecured CSUGUEST network, but you can not print from your laptop.
  • Reference service – ask the librarians for help with your research via email, phone, chat or in person.
  • CALI lessons are available to you 6 months after graduation to help study for the bar.   Take a look at the Bar Exam Resource Guide, particularly the Bar Exam Materials Available in the Library.  There is LexisNexis access for graduating students who are studying for the Bar Exam.  See our prior post regarding post-graduate LexisNexis and Westlaw access.

Take a look at our Alumni Services Page for more information.

Remembering C|M|LAW Alumnus Stanley Tolliver

The C|M|LAW community mourns the passing of alumnus Stanley Tolliver.  According to a Gavel article by Dean Emeritus Steven Steinglass,

Stanley Tolliver ’51 was a leader in the struggle to secure the rights of Cleveland school children to equal educational opportunity, and … represented many of the black citizens falsely accused of criminal acts during the race riots of the late 1960s.

Tolliver also represented Fred Ahmed Evans, who led a black nationalist group in a shootout with police, which precipitated the Glenville riots.   See Richard M. Perry, Stanley Tolliver Dies; was School Board President and Leading Lawyer , The Plain Dealer, Jan. 3, 2011.

Thanks to Richard Koloda for the article.