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

Contribute to the C|M|LAW COVID-19 Archive

The COVID-19 pandemic is a historic crisis that has brought unprecedented changes to our world, and future generations will want to understand how we coped with the enormous challenges we are facing. This project is an attempt to capture and document the impact of, and our responses to, the events surrounding this crisis.

Your contribution can help researchers of the future to understand the social and economic effects of the pandemic on the C|M|LAW community. We are collecting materials in a digital format created by C|M|LAW students, staff, faculty, alumni, and affiliates during these extraordinary times. The materials will be housed in the university’s institutional repository Engaged Scholarship.

Your submission can be anything you’re willing to share: notes, poems, drawings, photos, interviews, videos, etc. Even seemingly uneventful experiences that have become our ‘new normal’ will be of great interest to researchers in the future, so please feel free to submit anything that’s meaningful to you! You can submit as many items as you like.

More information is available here, including the link to the submission form.

Social Justice & Antiracism Resources Guide – Information on Free Webinars

image of black hands surrounding the word JusticeThe Law Library Social Justice and Antiracism Resources Guide provides information on free webinar programs in the greater Cleveland area, Ohio, and nationally.  Upcoming ACLU of Ohio programs include Ohio’s Cash Bail System and the Path to Reform on 2/12/2021, and Statehouse-To-Prison Pipeline Report & Drug Court Report Reveal on 2/25/2021.  In the 2/24/2021 Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association REAL Talk The Black Lawyers’ 2021 Call to Action: Get in the Way!, the Black Law Students Associations of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and Case Western Reserve University School of Law will join the CMBA Inclusion & Diversity Committee and Norman S. Minor Bar Association to discuss the PBS documentary John Lewis: Get in the Way.  The YWCA of Greater Cleveland is providing a platform for the 21-Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge March 1-29, 2021.  Participants are welcome to engage with others doing the Challenge by using #YWCAEquityChallenge on social media or joining its Facebook group.  See the Social Justice and Antiracism Resources Guide for more information on social justice and antiracism resources.

Science-Based Wellness Tips

In a recent Washington Post article, a psychology professor and therapist offered some thoughtful (and science-based!) wellness tips that we thought would be nice to share with you as you attend your first week of online classes at C|M|LAW during the COVID-19 crisis. Here’s a summary of the tips, with some of my own thoughts thrown in:

  • Acknowledge and accept that you’ll have negative emotions like anxiety, sadness, and anger.
  • Create new routines for yourself, but don’t over-rely on distractions like Netflix or gaming.
  • In your new routines, incorporate a regular schedule for sleeping, meal times, and grooming, and stick to it.
  • Take advantage of the situation and learn something new (something non-law related that has always piqued your interest but you never got around to doing).
  • Readjust what you need to do to create regular self-care that includes exercise, healthy eating, and regular socializing.
  • Schedule a self-care day for yourself and treat yourself to something (or many somethings!) really nice.
  • Enjoy nature any way you can. Get out for a walk or even look outside at the trees. Houseplants count as nature as far as I know…
  • Look for the positive. We may all become more resilient, more gritty, and more self-reliant with potentially closer personal relationships on the flip side. And I guarantee everyone will be masters at online learning.

Check out the law library’s Mental Health and Well-Being Guide for additional resources.

Source: Jelena Kecmanovic, “A Psychologist’s Science-Based Tips for Emotional Resilience During the Coronavirus Crisis,” Washington Post (March 16, 2020). Fulltext link


Food Pantry for Cleveland State Students

Lift Up Vikes is the Resource Center and Food Pantry on Cleveland State’s campus for students. If you are a student, you qualifyperiod! The pantry has fresh fruits and vegetables along with non-perishable and personal care items.

The pantry is located in the Rec Center, Room 168 (216-687-5105). No appointment is needed; just stop in during hours that the Resource Center and Pantry is open with your CSU ID (check the hours on their site). The pantry also accepts donations. Contact them for more information.

First Monday at the U.S. Supreme Court

It’s the first Monday in October, which means the U.S. Supreme Court is back in session. The Court has started its session on the first Monday in October every year since 1917 when a new law went into effect changing the start to one week earlier. Starting this fall, the Supreme Court will allow attorneys to make an uninterrupted statement for two minutes to begin each case. As is true almost every year, a number of important cases will be heard that are sure to be studied in Constitutional Law classes for years to come. Here is a preview of a few of those cases (all links for cases come from SCOTUSBlog):

  • In Ohio and a number of other states it is perfectly legal for an employer to fire someone for being gay. This issue will be considered by the court in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia (Consolidated with Altitude Express Inc. v. Zarda). While an earlier Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage is seen as a watershed moment in the path to LBGTQA+ equality, many feel true equality for all citizens cannot be said to exist until one is protected from workplace and housing discrimination.
  • Department of Homeland Security v. University of California – Case centers around whether President Trump was justified in revoking the Obama-era rule (DACA or Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals colloquially known as “Dreamers”) that shielded from deportation more than 700,000 young immigrants who entered the country illegally as children.
  • New York State Rifle & Pistol Assn. v. City of New York – Can a city restrict gun owners from carrying a handgun in their car? At issue is an unusual New York City ordinance that allowed residents to keep a legal handgun at home but prohibited them from transporting it, even to a second home outside the city.
  • Espinoza v. Montana – Must a state offer grants and scholarships to students in church-related schools if it offers such money to students in other private schools? Two years ago, the court broke new ground by ruling the 1st Amendment’s protection for the “free exercise of religion” forbids discrimination against churches when the government gives grants to private groups. Most states, however, have constitutions that forbid giving tax money to churches. The Montana Supreme Court, citing its constitution, blocked a state scholarship fund from giving money to students attending church-related schools.
  • City of Boise v. Martin – Can cities restrict homeless people from camping or sleeping on sidewalks or in public places? The 9th Circuit Court ruled no if no other indoor sleeping places are available. Now the Supreme Court will decide.

Also Supreme-Court related is our database U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs, which contains briefs and related documents from Supreme Court cases between 1832 and 1978. Access to this database is IP-authenticated for users connected to the law school’s computer network; faculty and students can also access the database while off campus by logging in with their CSU ID number and library PIN.