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


WCPN Consent Decree Conversation

image of black hands surrounding the word JusticeWCPN 90.3, part of Ideastream Public Media, recently aired its seventh “conversation” program on the 2015 Cleveland Consent Decree.  The 7/19/2021 Sound of Ideas program focused on implicit bias and racial profiling and how they relate to police training. Guests included Rick DeChant, Executive Director of the Cleveland Police Foundation; Charmin Leon, Commissioner for the Cleveland Community Police Commission; Brian Maxey, Deputy Monitor for the Cleveland Police Monitoring Team; David Lima, Civilian Police Review Board of Cleveland; Calvin Williams, Chief of the Cleveland Division of Police; and Ayesha Bell Hardaway, Associate Professor Law and Director of the Social Justice Law Center, Case Western Reserve University.  The podcast is available here.

11/4 Impeachment Discussion Cancelled – Next Session 11/18

image of C|M|Law flagThe “Impeachment Discussion” scheduled for today, November 4, has been cancelled due to a conflict.  The next session in the Series will be held November 18.  The “Impeachment Discussion Series” is being held for CSU students, staff and faculty in the Learning Commons, 12noon-1pm, on several Mondays.  The series features C|M|Law faculty leading discussions, and the primary focus is on interactive discussion, not formal presentations – attendees are encouraged to come with their own questions and observations to contribute to the discussion.  Also, a C|M|Law Library Resource Guide has been compiled to complement the Discussion Series.  The Resource Guide provides information on, and links to, U.S. Constitution and U.S. Congressional materials, historical impeachment actions, and secondary sources.

Impeachment Discussion Series & Resource Guide

image of C|M|Law flagAn “Impeachment Discussion Series” is being held for CSU students, staff and faculty in the Learning Commons 12noon-1pm on Mondays October 21, November 4 and November 18.  The series will feature C|M|Law faculty leading discussions, and the primary focus will be on interactive discussion, not formal presentations – attendees are encouraged to come with their own questions and observations to contribute to the discussion.  A C|M|Law Library Resource Guide has been compiled to complement the Discussion Series.  The Resource Guide provides information on, and links to, U.S. Constitution and U.S. Congressional materials, historical impeachment actions, and secondary sources.

This Just In: Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life

On the heels of C|M|Law’s successful RBG: Justice Ginsburg Live via Skype Chat and RBG Film Screening comes one of the newest additions to our library’s collection Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life.

Jane Serron DeHart, a Professor of History and Women’s Studies, has written an in-depth, insightful, and groundbreaking work on the life and work of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The book, written in cooperation with Ginsburg, took 15 years to research and write. Dehart interviewed Justice Ginsburg, her husband, family, friends, and colleagues for the tome.

At over 500 pages, this a biography for biography lovers, legal historians, and fans of the “Notorious RBG.” Ginsburg’s desire for gender equality is a focus of the book. It covers her early life in Brooklyn, NY, time at Cornell and Harvard Law School, relationship with her husband, attempt to break into a legal career in the male-dominated law environment of the 1950s, work with the ACLU, and career as a jurist. Academics will especially like the 100+ pages of notes and bibliography at the end of the book.

The documentary film RBG is also available in our collection.

Free Online Research Tools: Oyez.org

  Oyez is a multimedia archive dedicated to providing free access for all to materials from and about the Supreme Court of the United States. The project is maintained by Cornell’s Legal Information Institute (LII), the Chicago-Kent College of Law, and Justia.com. An audio recording system was installed in the Court in October of 1955, and Oyez offers an extensive collection of transcript-synchronized and searchable audio recordings. Audio recordings can be accessed by locating a case, then clicking on the oral argument link. Once the media window opens, users can search within the transcript, play the entire recording, or click on a paragraph in the transcript to jump to that clip in the recording. Unfortunately, not all post-1955 cases have audio recordings available due to degradation of the original reels and other issues as explained here.

Oyez also features full text Supreme Court opinions, along with case summaries and decision information. If you are interested in learning more about individual justices from any time in the Court’s history, Oyez has detailed biographies. You can also view a virtual tour of the Supreme Court building and justices’ chambers.