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

Generation Z Coming to Your University and Workplaces

Several years ago we had a blog about the generation that was set to start entering law school in about 2015 (then called Net Gen—more popularly Generation Z (Gen Z) now, but also iGeneration, iGen, and Post-Millennials). Now this generation is entering law schools and workplaces in greater numbers. Demographers and researchers typically use the mid-1990s to mid-2000s as starting birth years. Most of Generation Z have used the Internet since a young age and are generally comfortable with technology and interacting on social media.

According to a recent Forbes article, there are 8 ways Gen Z differ from Millennials:

  1. Gen Z is motivated by security
  2. Gen Z may be more competitive compared to Millennials
  3. Gen Z wants independence
  4. Gen Z multitasks more than Millennials
  5. Gen Z is entrepreneurial
  6. Gen Z wants to communicate face-to-face
  7. Gen Z comprises true digital natives
  8. Gen Z wants to be catered to

While generational characteristics are not specific to all individuals, they can be helpful in understanding differences between older generations and students. Here are additional articles that may help in understanding our newest generation of law students:

  • Mary Ann Becker, Understanding the Tethered Generation: Net Gens Come to Law School, 53 Duq. L. Rev. 9 (2015).
  • Denise Hawkins, Here Comes Generation Z. What Makes Them Tick? NEA Today (July 13, 2015)
  • Eugene Scott, The State of America, According to Generation Z, The Washington Post (January 11, 2018).
  • Corey Seemiller & Meghan Grace, Generation Z: Educating and Engaging the Next Generation of Students, 22 (3) About Campus, 21-26, (Jul/Aug 2017).
  • Celeste Roseberry-McKibben, Generation Z Rising, 22(12) ASHA Leader 36-38 (Dec. 2017).

C|M|Law Now Offering Leadership Class for Law Students

Compass with needle pointing at word "Career".C|M|Law Dean Lee Fisher is teaching a new class this fall. LAW768 – 7 Habits of Effective Lawyer Leaders will help students develop leadership skills essential for success in the legal field and beyond. According to the course description in the catalog, “topics will include characteristics and styles of leadership, strategic planning, managing growth and change, public speaking, motivating people and teams, decision making, conflict management, entrepreneurship, innovation, diversity, ethical responsibilities, and collaboration.” Students will participate in discussion, exercises, case studies, and group presentations, and enjoy guest lectures by successful leaders to learn the core competencies of effective leadership. The class is available for Upper Level Writing credit.

Enrollment for this 2-credit class is still available via CampusNet.

New Safety App for CSU

 In case you missed it, the Cleveland State University Police Department announced this week that there is a new mobile safety app for the CSU community. As of July 1, 2018, Viking Shield is no longer supported and you should remove it from your mobile devices. The new app, Rave Guardian, is available for free through iTunes and Google Play. Use the app to quickly contact campus police, store emergency contact information, call for a safety escort, and more. If you find yourself staying late on campus to study for the bar or finish up your summer classes, please take advantage of this app.

Tech News: More on AI in Legal Research

drawing of human brain, half circuitboard and half artistic swirlsCasetext, a free online legal research platform known for its subscription-based artificial intelligence (A.I.) research tool called CARA, has launched an updated and enhanced version. The updated version, known as CARA A.I., does not just analyze citations anymore. It is now a robust legal research engine. New features include seamless integration of CARA A.I. with Casetext research. Additionally, users can upload litigation documents containing no citations to CARA A.I., and the program will analyze the documents and generate a list of authority based on the issues, facts, and jurisdiction present.

For more about AI in legal research, Thomson Reuters has this breakdown, and has teamed up with Above the Law to produce Law2020,  a series on AI in the legal field.

Machine Learning and AI have many applications beyond the law. For a humorous take, check out SkyKnit and the full archive.

Information on Ohio’s Upcoming Primary Election

image of hand placing completed ballot into boxLess than one month away, Ohio’s Statewide Primary Election takes place on May 8, 2018. The Secretary of State’s office provides information on statewide issues, candidates for state and district offices, and local issues. Lists of candidates for local offices can be found by contacting the county boards of elections. Ohio voters can easily check their voter registration status, polling location, voting options, and view sample ballots by visiting While the April 9th deadline to register to vote in the May primary has passed, voters have until October 9th to register for the November general election. All deadlines for registrations, petitions, and other election-related filings can be found on the 2018 Elections Calendar, maintained by the Secretary of State’s office.

The May 8th Primary features one statewide issue. Issue 1: Creates a bipartisan, public process for drawing congressional districts, is a constitutional amendment initiated by the General Assembly. In Ohio there are several methods to put an issue on the ballot: referendum, citizen initiated constitutional amendment, General Assembly initiated constitutional amendment, and citizen initiated statute. To learn more about each method, check back here next Thursday.