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


Still Time to Get Some Pleasure Reading In

Most law students don’t get to do a lot of pleasure reading during the semester, but there is still time to get some in before the start of fall semester. 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).

Also, don’t forget that plenty of fiction and other materials are available through the law library’s catalog (Scholar), OhioLINK, and SearchOhio. SearchOhio is the public library’s version of OhioLINK. By sharing resources, OhioLINK members now 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 as an OhioLINK book would arrive. Fine policies differ somewhat; ask a library staff member for details.

IT and Law Library Orientation Now Open for 1Ls

In conjunction with C|M|Law’s Jump Start program for students starting school in the fall, the Information Technology department and law library are offering orientation materials on a drop-in basis.

How it works:

  1. Come by the research services office (Room 112) across from the circulation desk during normal hours.
  2. You will meet and talk with one of our librarians, who will give you a scavenger hunt handout and IT information for your law school computer accounts. The scavenger hunt takes 20-30 minutes and will help you get orientated to the law library and IT services.
  3. Upon completion of the scavenger hunt, give your results to a librarian in Room 112, at which point you will be given registration information for Lexis, Westlaw, CALI, and Scholar along with information on our legal research seminars and digital badge program.
  4. All students who complete the scavenger hunt will be entered into a contest for a $50 Amazon gift card; the drawing will be held during the first full week of classes.

New Online Mindfulness Community for Lawyers and Students

Are you looking for ways to reduce stress, manage anxiety, or just make sure you take a few minutes to breathe every day? Practicing mindfulness can help, and is a valuable part of maintaining wellness and finding work-life balance. A new online community is geared specifically for lawyers interested in mindful practices.

The Mindful Lawyers Community, founded by Jeena Cho and Lauren Clark Rad, offers support and connection. The “goal is to bring together like-minded lawyers who live with mindfulness, value creative practices and care about building a sustainable career with purpose and meaning.” Law students and anyone connected to the legal field are welcome to join. Membership includes unlimited access to the community via Slack, quarterly webinars hosted by experts, drop-in video chat sessions, daily writing and creativity prompts, and monthly habit sprints.

For more on mental health and well-being for law students, check out our resource guide and work-life balance board on Pinterest.

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 Aiweirdness.com archive.

Baseball is Back in Town

While baseball has been back for a week, our hometown team has been on the road. In honor of their Home Opener today, we’re highlighting some of our baseball and sports-related material.

If you’re not sure where to start when researching a legal topic, research guides are a great place to go. The Library maintains a Sports and Entertainment Law Guide that lists important laws, cases, journals, and more.

The Library collection includes several books about baseball and the law. Bargaining with Baseball covers labor relations through 140 years of professional baseball history. The Baseball Trust discusses the series of court rulings that made baseball exempt from antitrust law. The Little White Book of Baseball Law examines cases involving broadcast contracts, injured spectators, rules of the game and more. One Man Out: Curt Flood versus Baseball tells the story of all-star center fielder Curt Flood, his challenge of the reserve clause and push for free agency. There are several more baseball-related titles and many more resources about sports law generally, just search our catalog.

C|M|Law’s Entertainment and Sports Law Association is a student organization dedicated to promoting these areas of study. The Association hosts events throughout the year, and there’s still time to register for the upcoming Entertainment & Sports Law Symposium, here at C|M|Law on April 13, 2018.