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


Just a Few Weeks Left to Enter the Law Library’s Selfie Contest

This contest is being held in conjunction with the art show “Celebrating Cities” by Jennie Jones and Judy Rawson, currently available throughout the law school and law library. All current law students (including MLS and LLM students) are eligible to enter, now through October 10. The winner will be announced on October 11 at the Side Bar sponsored by the Law Library and The Journal of Law and Health held in the Rawson Learning Commons from 4:00-6:00 pm.

Contest rules:

  • Take a selfie (or have someone take a picture of you) with your favorite piece of art in the College of Law.
  • Post the selfie with the hashtag #CelebratingCMLawLibrary on the library’s Facebook (@CMLawLibrary) or Twitter (@CMLawLibrary) page from your Twitter or Facebook account. Make sure to include your full name if not evident from your Facebook or Twitter handle.
  • The Law Library may post or share selfies in the library or on the library’s social media accounts.
  • One randomly drawn winner  from entries will receive a $50 Amazon gift card.

Contact Brian Cassidy, Student Services Librarian, with questions at b.e.cassidy@csuohio.edu or 216-523-7364.

Free Online Research Tools: Congressional Research Service Reports

US Capitol Building illuminated at night The Library of Congress announced on September 17, 2018 that a new website is now live, making reports from the Congressional Research Service (CRS) available to the public. The CRS is Congress’ nonpartisan “think tank” that conducts research and publishes reports for Congressional committees and Members of Congress. The experts and researchers at CRS provide analysis of an extensive range of topics. The thorough and nonpartisan nature of CRS reports makes them a valuable source on important and current topics for anybody, including legal researchers. CRS reports can be useful for legislative history research because they provide unbiased background information from a legislative perspective on issues before Congress.

Despite the fact that CRS reports are taxpayer funded, these reports were only made available to legislators. Some reports eventually made their way out to the public, if a congressional staffer chose to share. Recently, efforts had been made to make more reports widely available to the public with websites such as EveryCRSreport.com working to collect and share over 14,500 CRS reports. The new website from the Library of Congress serves as an official source of CRS reports, with over 600 of the active reports available at launch and more being added over time. Users may enter keywords to search the database or browse the index by clicking the search button without entering terms.

For more on legislative history or additional law and policy sources, check out our Legislative History Research Guide and Free Online Legal Research Guide.

Enter the Selfie Contest for a Chance to win a $50 Amazon Card

This contest is being held in conjunction with the art show “Celebrating Cities” by Jennie Jones and Judy Rawson, currently available throughout the law school and law library. All current law students (including MLS and LLM students) are eligible to enter, now through October 10. The winner will be announced on October 11 at the Side Bar sponsored by the Law Library and The Journal of Law and Health held in the Rawson Learning Commons from 4:00-6:00 pm.

Contest rules:

  • Take a selfie (or have someone take a picture of you) with your favorite piece of art in the College of Law.
  • Post the selfie with the hashtag #CelebratingCMLawLibrary on the library’s Facebook (@CMLawLibrary) or Twitter (@CMLawLibrary) page from your Twitter or Facebook account. Make sure to include your full name if not evident from your Facebook or Twitter handle.
  • The Law Library may post or share selfies in the library or on the library’s social media accounts.
  • One randomly drawn winner  from entries will receive a $50 Amazon gift card.

Contact Brian Cassidy, Student Services Librarian, with questions at b.e.cassidy@csuohio.edu or 216-523-7364.

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.