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


Michael Anderson Talk/Webinar on COVID and Crisis Standards of Care

photo of Dr. Michael AndersonThe C|M|LAW Center for Health Law and Policy and Health Law Society launches its Speaker Series with the 1/28/2022 “COVID and Crisis Standards of Care: Medical-Legal Implications” presentation by Michael Anderson, MD, MBA, FAAP, FCCM, FAARC.  Dr. Anderson will review definitions, clinical roll out, and long term ethical and moral implications of the current use of “Crisis Standards of Care” and COVID.  Dr. Anderson is a Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a Senior Advisor at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC, and a nationally renowned expert in disaster response/health policy.  The 12noon-1pm EST “COVID and Crisis Standards of Care: Medical-Legal Implications” presentation is open to the public, and will take place in the C|M|LAW Moot Court Room (register here) and via Zoom (register here).

December Social Justice Seminars and Programs

image of black hands surrounding the word JusticeThe C|M|Law Library Social Justice and Antiracism Resources guide Events/Forums/Webinars page provides information on social justice seminars, programs, and activities in the greater Cleveland area, Ohio, and nationally.  December 2021 events include the 12/14 Standing Up to Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation live conversation with four Black female sergeants from the Baltimore Police Department, sponsored by Strategies for Justice, and the 12/15 Abolishing Slavery, For Real free webinar exploring the exception in the Thirteenth Amendment that allows for slavery as a punishment for a crime and the fight to #EndTheException, sponsored by Showing Up for Racial Justice and Worth Rises.  On 12/16, tune into the Our Voices Today WOVU radio program for Life & the Law – Conversations about Your Rights.  This segment will discuss tenants’ rights related to housing conditions and other landlord-tenant issues.  topics will include utilities, urgent home repairs, lead paint, and more.

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.”