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

MedlinePlus Tutorial on Evaluating Internet Health Information

MedlinePlus logoMedlinePlus freely provides numerous videos on anatomy and organ systems and how diseases and conditions affect them, as well as videos addressing frequently asked questions about diseases, health conditions and wellness issues.  A video tutorial particularly important for these challenging COVID times is Evaluating Internet Health Information.  The video tutorial provides a list of website review questions, and discusses key aspects of a website’s provider and purpose, information quality, and privacy policy.  The video tutorial is also available as a 3.2 MB PDF document.  MedlinePlus is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.  MedlinePlus’ mission “is to present high-quality, relevant health and wellness information that is trusted, easy to understand, and free of advertising, in both English and Spanish.”

Social Justice Activities & Events

image of black hands surrounding the word JusticeLooking for reflective activities or events concerning social justice?  The C|M|Law Library Social Justice and Antiracism Resources guide provides a “Challenge Syllabus” and information on events and webinars in the greater Cleveland area, Ohio, and nationally.  The Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge syllabus contains readings, podcasts, videos, and seminars, as well as a “Reflection Log” for participants who would like to record their thoughts.   Upcoming events include the 8/19/2021 Life & the Law – Conversations about Your Rights community engagement discussion with Legal Aid Society of Cleveland staff, and the 8/31/2021 Bail Reform & Testimony Training hosted by the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus and ACLU Ohio.  See the Social Justice and Antiracism Resources guide for more information.

Ohio Attorney General Refuses to Certify Marijuana Legalization Law

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost recently rejected a petition submission for a proposed law (initiative petition) that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in the state.

The Attorney General’s power to review the initiative petitions comes from ORC 3519.01(a), which states in part, “the attorney general shall conduct an examination of the summary. If, in the opinion of the attorney general, the summary is a fair and truthful statement of the proposed law or constitutional amendment, the attorney general shall so certify and then forward the submitted petition to the Ohio ballot board for its approval.”

Health Law Research? Here Are a Few Suggestions

Many readers know that C|M|LAW has a Center for Health Law and Policy. When starting your research in health law, refer to the law library’s Center for Health Law and Policy Guide, which contains resources such as statute and regulation information, top books, databases, websites, blogs,  journals, and other periodicals.

The law library subscribes to Health Affairs, which can be accessed through the Law Databases link on the library homepage. CSU’s Michael Schwartz (main) Library also has a number of other helpful databases related to health including MEDLINE, PubMed, and others.

As always, you can contact a reference librarian with any questions; the best way to reach us is via email at

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.