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


Correcting the Gender Marker on an Ohio Birth Certificate

On December 16, 2020 a federal judge in Ray v. McCloud struck down Ohio’s policy that prohibited transgender people born in Ohio from correcting the gender markers on their Ohio birth certificates.

To comply with the Court’s order, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has established new procedures that allow transgender people to correct the gender or “sex” marker on Ohio birth certificates.

The ACLU and Lambda Legal have put together a FAQ handout on the procedure.

Governmentattic.org: The Place for FOIA Docs

Governmentattic.org is a First Amendment free speech website that contains electronic copies of thousands of interesting Federal Government documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

The site includes fascinating historical documents, reports on items in the news, oddities, interesting fun items, and government bloopers. Think of browsing this website as rummaging through the government’s attic, which is how the site got its name.

Governmentattic.org offers a search feature and has two file sections, FOIA Logs and Documents.

A government agency’s FOIA log is simply a listing of FOIA requests it has received. FOIA logs normally include: a description of the information being requested, the name of the person and/or organization making the request, the date on which the request was received, and the current status / final outcome of the request (granted, denied, or partially granted).

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