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

What Is Your Library Staff Reading for Fun? Celebrate National Library Week

This week is National Library Week and the theme is “Find Your Place at the Library.” While we can’t wait until you can find your place again [physically] with us inside the C|M|LAW Library, we’re happy we can provide virtual library access in the meantime.

With finals rights around the corner, we also hope that you’re taking a moment or two to relax and de-stress. As library staff, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that one of our favorite ways to unwind is by reading or listening to a good book – whether in print, ebook, or audiobook.

Here is what some of the C|M|LAW library staff are reading now for fun –

Prof. Lauren Collins is reading Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo.













Beth Farrell is reading The Book of Delights by Ross Gay and listening to the audiobook Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher.














Margo Mathis is listening to the audiobook Badger to the Bone by Shelly Laurenston.













Amy Burchfield is reading Der Letzte Zug Nach Istanbul by Ayşe Kulin.













Brian Cassidy is reading State and Revolution by Vladimir Lenin.

Cleveland Law Library: Resources When You Graduate & a Fun Experience Now

Some who stopped by our Open House at the end of January may have met our good friends at the Cleveland Law Library. Upon graduating, you may want to consider becoming a member. Members of the Cleveland Law Library get access to Lexis and Westlaw available for in-person use at the library. Click here for a complete list of all databases available to members. Cleveland Law Library membership can be especially valuable if you are considering solo practice or working at a small firm.

There is also something fun to try now at the Cleveland Law Library. In honor of the library’s 150th Anniversary, staff have created an Escape Room based on a true crime and mystery surrounding former Law Librarian Arthur W. Fiske. Reservations are being accepted now throughout 2020. Call or email soon to save your spot; be sure to identify yourself as a C|M|Law affiliate. The experience takes about 15 minutes.


Things to Do in Cleveland Over Break

Be sure to relax and have some fun over break. Besides seeing family and friends, here are a few things to do in Cleveland:

  1. See a play at Playhouse Square. A Christmas Carol and A Christmas Story are two notable offerings this holiday season.
  2. Ice Skating Rink at Public Square; daily through February 29. Get fresh air and exercise with a skate at the rink at Public Square–at night the square is lit up for the holiday season.
  3. Glow at the Cleveland Botanical Garden; now-through January 5. This year’s indoor and outdoor winter wonderland features gingerbread houses, tree displays, model trains, kid activities, an outdoor Garden Express train, a two-story tree, light displays, a Treetop Shop and Sweet Shop for young browsers, decorate-your-own-gingerbread, and more.
  4. Cleveland State Men’s Basketball, January 4 at 3pm v. Youngstown; Women’s Basketball (currently 9-1!), December 20 v. Erie 7pm; December 28 v. UIC 2pm; December 30 v. IUPUI 7pm–all at Wolstein Centr.
  5. A Christmas Story House; open daily. The house used in the popular holiday classic A Christmas Story has been restored to its original 1983 movie appearance. The house takes visitors on a nostalgic journey to the sights and scenes where Ralphie Parker dreams of nothing but receiving a genuine Red Ryder 200-shot Carbine Action Air Rifle for Christmas. In addition to the Christmas Story House, visitors can explore the museum where items from the movie are on display, more than 100 behind-the-scenes photos are featured and movie-related memorabilia can be purchased.
  6. Cleveland Monsters Hockey v. Charlotte; 12/28 7pm and 12/30 12pm, Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse.
  7. Cleveland Museum of Art Michelangelo: Mind of the Master exhibit; through January 5.
  8. Tobogganing at the Cleveland Metroparks; daily.
  9. The Black Nativity at Karamu House, 2355 East 89th Street. An annual Cleveland tradition, The Black Nativity, written by hometown literary master Langston Hughes, is a retelling of the Gospel according to St. Luke, set to the music and dance of the Black church.
  10. Wild Winter Lights at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo; 5:30pm-9:30pm on weekends through Sunday, January 5.

Pleasure Reading After Finals

Most law students don’t get to do a lot of pleasure reading during the semester, but winter break is a great time to relax with a good book. The law library has law-related books, movies, and documentaries, which are located on the 1st floor to the left near the reference section (DVDs can be checked out for one week and renewed online).

Lots of fiction and other materials are also available through the law library’s catalog (Scholar), OhioLINK, and SearchOhio, which is the public library’s version of OhioLINK. By sharing resources, OhioLINK members have access to an additional 9.5 million popular materials and SearchOhio members have access to the circulating collection of OhioLINK. If an item you want is not available by searching the OhioLINK catalog, check the SearchOhio collection by clicking the “SearchOhio” icon on the upper right of the screen. Enter your ID and password just as you would when requesting OhioLINK materials, and the material will arrive in the same manner. Fine policies differ somewhat; ask a library staff member for details.


Top Ten Spookiest Law Review Articles

Since 2008 we’ve periodically surveyed the law review literature for those ghoulish gems that put us in the Halloween spirit. Here are our picks for the past two years of the scariest law review articles, chosen by title alone.

Research tip: Find these and other chilling law review articles by using “title” section searching (also called segment searching) in the advanced search for Lexis Advance or Westlaw Edge and typing in the spooky word like “ghost” “witch” or “mummy” in the title field.

Happy Halloween!

  1. Zombie Cinderella and the Undead Public Domain, 85 Tenn. L. Rev. 961 (2018).
  2. Dawn of the Debt: The Increasing Problem of Creditors Infecting the Discharge Injunction with Zombie Debt, 70 Me. L. Rev. 35 (2017).
  3. Trick or Treat?: Mississippi County Doesn’t Clown Around with Halloween Costumes, 36 Miss. C. L. Rev. 350 (2018).
  4. Spectres of the Sea: The United States Navy’s Autonomous Ghost Fleet, Its Capabilities and Impacts, and the Legal Ethical Issues That Surround, 49 Mar. L. & Com. 31 (2018).
  5. The Ghost Ship of Gerrymandering Law, 2018 Cato Sup. Ct. Rev. 59 (2017-2018).
  6. Peyote and Ghouls in the Night: Justice Scalia’s Religion Clause Minimalism, 15 First Amend. L. Rev. 239 (2017).
  7. Witch Doctors, Zombies, and Oracles: Rethinking Health in America, 28 Health Matrix 79 (2018).
  8. Rehabilitating Frankenstein’s Monster: Repairing the Public Policy of the Roth IRA, 80 Alb. L. Rev. 161 (2017).
  9. Whistling Past the Graveyard: Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Programs Dodge Bullets Fighting Financial Crime, 50 Loy. U. Chi. L.J. 617 (2019).
  10. Contracts of the Dead: When Should They Haunt the Living?, 49 N.M. L. Rev. 1 (2019).