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


CDC Updates & Expands COVID-19 Increased Risk List

CDC LogoThe U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated and expanded its list of People Who Are at Increased Risk for Severe Illness for getting COVID-19.  Changes are based upon continuous detailed review of available evidence.  [For example, see Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report, volume 69, number 24, 759-765 (6/19/2020).]   Older adults and people with underlying medical conditions remain at increased risk, but age- and condition-related risks are further defined.  The specific age threshold has been removed from the older adult classification, and CDC now states risk increases steadily as one ages.  For additional information, see the CDC Coronavirus (COVID-19) page.

Wealth of Information on FDA Coronavirus Disease 2019 Site

FDA logoThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Coronavirus Disease 2019 website provides a wealth of information for administrators, health care professionals and the general public.  The site includes FDA Emergency Use Authorizations, Guidance Documents & Policies, and “conservation strategies” for Personal Protective Equipment, as well as News Releases, information on how individuals who have fully recovered from COVID-19 may Donate COVID-19 Plasma and numerous Educational Resources.

Brush Up Skills with Law Library Online Legal Research Seminars

Image of C|M|Law Library Digital BadgeKeeping research skills honed is important when in class or at work.  Law Library Legal Research Seminars cover Westlaw, Lexis Advance and Bloomberg Law, as well as many topical legal research areas such as legislative history.  Several Seminars emphasize cost-effective research or include a social justice research issue.  Law Library Legal Research Seminars are for C|M|LAW students, including our MLS and LLM students, and are continuously available online via the Westlaw TWEN platform.  You earn points for completing an online Seminar by correctly answering 3/4 of the questions on that Seminar’s quiz.  Your Seminar points are good for the entire time you are here at C|M|LAW.  When you earn 100 points, you are awarded a Law Library Legal Research Letter of Recognition and a Digital Badge, which you can post to your LinkedIn page.  You can earn multiple Letters and Digital Badges.  Here are the currently available online Law Library Legal Research Seminars:

  • The Bluebook: Citing to Basic Sources
  • Starting Research with Secondary Sources**
  • Terms & Connectors Searching**
  • Cost-Effective Searching on Lexis Advance & Westlaw**
  • Lexis Overview
  • Shepard’s
  • Westlaw Overview
  • KeyCite
  • Practical Law from Westlaw
  • Bloomberg Law Overview
  • Administrative Law
  • Cost-Effective Federal Legislative History: Congress.gov and Govinfo.gov**
  • Researching Foreign Law
  • Tax Law Research
  • Health Law & Bioethics Resources & Scholarly Writing
  • HeinOnline
  • Scholar Catalog

** Social Justice track Seminar.  For more information on the Law Library Legal Research Seminars, contact Laura Ray, Outreach & Instructional Services Librarian.

Public Comment on FDA COVID-19-Related Guidance Documents

FDA logoIn the 3/25/2020 issue of the Federal Register, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its process for making COVID-19-related Guidance Documents available for public comment.  FDA is issuing Guidance Documents for immediate implementation without prior public comment, but FDA will solicit post-issue comments.  FDA will periodically release consolidated “Notices of Availability” (NOA) for public comments, and comments are to be submitted to specific docket numbers (assigned to specific FDA Centers/Offices).  FDA published its first consolidated NOA, concerning 16 COVID-19-related Guidance Documents, in the 5/12/2020 issue of the Federal Register.  Based on public comments and evolving COVID-19 developments, FDA will revise Guidance Documents.  Beyond publication in the Federal Register, FDA Guidance Documents are available on the FDA website.

Ohio Government COVID-19 Website Resources

image of covid-19 virusesThe state government of Ohio provides a wide range of resources on its COVID-19 website.  Beyond Ohio disease occurrence and mortality information, the website provides links to Ohio public health orders, news releases, press conference slides, educational videos, and much more.  Information for Healthcare Providers and Local Health Districts includes Testing guidance and how to request resources through one’s county Emergency Management Agency.  Information for Employers and Employees includes checklists for businesses/employers and guidance on dispute resolutions for business operations.  The Responsible RestartOhio page provides information on continued business closures and Sector Specific Operating Requirements, covering manufacturing, distribution, construction, consumer, retail, services, general office environments, healthcare, and hospitals.