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

Law Related Fiction, Movies and Documentaries Available in Law Library

Thinking about pleasure reading over the break? The Law Library has law-related books, movies, and documentaries. They are located on the 1st floor to the left (when entering the library) by the reference section. The videos 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 any OhioLINK book would arrive. Fine policies differ somewhat; ask a library staff member for details.

BLSA and HLSA Toy Drive Box in the Law Library

BLSA (Black Law Students Association) and HSLA (Hispanic Law Students Association) have a box for toy donations for children at the circulation desk in the law library. Please bring in new, unwrapped toys for the collection between now and December 21.

What is the Oldest Reported American Case?

According to A History of Digests, a recent article by Michael O. Eshleman (110 Law Libr. J. 235) (citing Robert Becker’s Ancient Decisions), the oldest reported case in American is Stone v. Boreman, 1 H. & McH. 1, a 1658 case from the Provincial Court of the Province of Maryland. This interesting fact was revealed when Eshleman explained how West used 1658 as a starting point for its 1896 re-digesting of all published American cases up to that point. The case deals with a land dispute over the disposal of public lands.

We couldn’t find anything older. If you do, let us know!

Causes of Action – For a Haunted House

Say you (or your client) buy a lovely Victorian house, only to find out that it’s haunted. The seller never bothered to inform you that the house’s original owner was murdered on the premises and now her ghost wanders the hallways, sometimes humming eerily and bumping into things. It’s a pretty creepy house.

You’re thinking you’d like to sue the seller for failure to disclose to you that the house is haunted – after all, you might have thought twice about the purchase had you known about the ghost. You might think you’d be out of luck, but luckily there’s the perfect legal resource to help you establish your case.

Causes of Action 2d, which is available on Westlaw and in print, is a phenomenal research tool to help attorneys establish the required elements of a cause of action and its defenses. Causes of Action also gives you practice checklists, sample litigation forms, detailed tables of cases, action guides, damage awards summaries, and more.

It turns out there’s a Causes of Action article right on point to your haunted house troubles – Cause of Action for Failure of Seller of Real Estate and Its Agent to Disclose to Buyer Facts of Past Violent Crimes or Hauntings Within Property Subject to Sale (76 COA2d 555).

The article walks you through establishing a prima facie case and covers defenses to an action and potential remedies and recovery. There are practice checklists, including ones on discovery and matters alleged in a complaint. Finally, you’ll find a sample case, a sample complaint, and a verdict form.

About the haunting specifically, the Causes of Action article discusses how to prove the haunting. In one of the discovery checklists, you’ll find sample questions on asserting the effects of the haunting. These are the best – they ask about things like whether there are unusual sounds in the house like rapping or moaning, whether the electricity flickers in any part of the house, whether any doors or windows don’t close normally, or whether there is evidence of blood in the walls.

Happy haunted research!

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 or 216-523-7364.