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

Blogs and Podcasts to Keep Your Edge Over Break

 While it’s tempting to spend the entire break binge-watching Netflix and Amazon Prime (try The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel for a good laugh), it may be beneficial to keep up with a few legal blogs and podcasts to help your brain maintain that keen lawyer edge you have been developing all semester. Check out the ABA’s list of Best Legal Blogs of 2018 and their list of Best Law Podcasts of 2018. Both lists feature blogs and podcasts written and produced by attorneys.

If you haven’t become addicted to Serial yet, that podcast is also worth checking out, especially since Season 3 focuses on cases and people at Cleveland’s Justice Center. C|M|Law’s Professor Jonathan Witmer-Rich will be teaching a class this Spring titled “Understanding and Reforming the Criminal Justice Process,” in which he plans to use episodes from season 3 of the Serial podcast to explore issues in the criminal justice system.

House Homeland Security Chairman to Speak at C|M|Law Tomorrow

cyberTexas Congressman Michael McCaul, Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, will deliver a keynote address at the Republican National Convention Cybersecurity Forum co-hosted by Cleveland State University and Baldwin Wallace University July 19.  The RNC Cybersecurity Forum is the only officially sanctioned cybersecurity event during the convention and one of several nonpartisan educational events throughout the week that will highlight important policy issues in the upcoming presidential election.

The Forum will bring together technology and policy experts, lawmakers and delegates to discuss innovative ways that the private sector, educational institutions and the government can collaborate to address economic and national security challenges facing the nation and develop effective and fair policies that balance security and privacy. Registration is at 12:15 p.m. and the event runs from 1 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 19 in the Cleveland-Marshall Moot Court Room. It is free and open to the public and preregistration is required.

Former Cleveland-Marshall Dean had Connections to Current Supreme Court Nominee

Back in 1997, Merrick Garland, President Obama’s current nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, was a high-ranking official in the Justice Department who was providing legal oversight and supervision for the prosecution of the Oklahoma bomber Timothy McVeigh.

federalcourtsimmigrationAt that time, Geoffrey Mearns, C|M Law’s Dean from 2005-2010, was working as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice.

Garland recommended Mearns to be added to the trial team that helped prosecute McVeigh’s accomplice, Terry Nichols.

Mearns, who is now President of Northern Kentucky University, gave several interviews to local Kentucky news stations about his connection to Garland including these two from WCPO in Kentucky, and

The Oklahoma City Bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, on April 19th, 1995 was the worst act of homegrown terrorism in U.S. History.

Law in a Flash: Flashcards Available for Checkout

lawinaflashLaw in a Flash Flashcards are available for checkout at the circulation desk in the Law Library. Flashcards are a great way to finish up your last minute studying by testing concepts learned throughout the semester.

Depending on demand for the flashcards more titles may be added in the future.

Table on Culpable Mental State for Ohio Criminal Law


Culpable mental state, or mens rea, is an important concept of criminal law. Many criminal statutes include a description of the culpable mental state, but some sections of Title 29 in Ohio criminal law do not. The Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission has made suggestions for culpable mental state for those times when the statute does not specify a mens rea. You can review these suggestions in table format in Anderson’s Ohio Manual of Criminal Complaints and Indictments, in Appendix A in the table “Assigning A Culpable Mental State to Fill Statutory Voids.” An example from the table: for gambling offenses, knowingly is added as the culpable mental state.