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


State Medical Board of Ohio to Review Sexual Assault Allegations against Physicians

Ohio Medical Board logoOhio Governor Mike DeWine recently called for the State Medical Board of Ohio to conduct a thorough review of all cases of sexual assault allegations against physicians over the last 25 years.  DeWine’s request came at a news conference where he discussed the Report of The Governor’s Working Group on Reviewing of the Medical Board’s Handling of the Investigation Involving Richard Strauss.  The Working Group was created by DeWine’s Executive Order 2019-16D.  The Working Group Report found:

Medical Board staff opened case 96-1534A into Strauss in July 1996….  [T]he investigation fell into what one former employee called a “black hole.”  The Medical Board’s investigation sat open but inactive from early 1997 until after Strauss left the University, left the State of Ohio, and allowed his Ohio medical license to lapse in September 1998.  The Medical Board’s investigation sat inactive while Strauss moved to California where he held a medical license.  The Board’s investigation, while open, continued without action until it was administratively closed in January 2002, with no official action ever pursued or taken against Strauss.

Dr. Richard Strauss has been accused of sexually abusing over 170 students at Ohio State University, where he worked 1978-1998.  Strauss died by suicide in 2005.

Law Library Legal Research Seminars – Earn Your Digital Badge!

digital logo featuring three point shield and lady justiceLaw Library Legal Research Seminars cover Westlaw, Lexis Advance and Bloomberg Law, as well as many topical legal research areas such as administrative law.  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.

FDA Holds Public Hearing & Opens Public Docket on Cannabis-Derived Compounds

graphic of CBD oilThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently held a public hearing on cannabis-derived compounds, including cannabinoids, such as cannabidiol (CBD).  The hearing was prompted by industry confusion since the passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (AIA; Pub. L. No. 115-334).  The AIA excluded hemp from the statutory definition of marijuana (a controlled substance), and expanded the definition of hemp to “Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.” [See The 2018 Farm Bill (P.L. 115-334): Summary and Side-by-Side Comparison, Congressional Research Service R45525, updated 2/22/19.]  The FDA continues to classify cannabis-derived compounds as “unsafe,” but the FDA has taken little action to remove such products from the marketplace.  The recent FDA public hearing provided a forum for “stakeholders to share their experiences and challenges with products containing cannabis and cannabis-derived compounds, including information and views related to the safety of such products, as well as to solicit input relevant to the agency’s regulatory strategy related to existing products.”  The FDA has also opened a public docket on regulations.gov, and the docket will be open until 7/16/19.  For additional information see the FDA Regulation of Cannabis and Cannabis-Derived Products page.

Research Resources for Your Summer Classes & Work

photo of law clerk using laptopThe C|M|Law Library provides a range of research resources that can help you do the best in your summer classes and at work.  You can contact us with research questions in-person during Research Services Hours, or via email or chat.  Our Research Guides provide information on and links to materials, websites, and databases addressing over 60 legal topics.  C|M|Law and CSU students can schedule a Research Consultation for in-depth assistance with topical legal research or when writing an upper-level paper or journal note.  C|M|Law students can also access Law Library Legal Research Seminars, which address major legal databases, terms and connectors searching, Bluebooking, administrative law, Federal legislative history, free web research, bioethics and scholarly writing.  Our Seminars are continuously available on the Westlaw TWEN platform.  If you want to earn points, complete that Seminar’s quiz.  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.  Seminar points are good for the entire time you are here at C|M|Law, and you can earn multiple Letters of Recognition and Digital Badges.

Ohio Appellate Court Rules Frozen Embryos Are Not “Persons”

Photo of Ohio 8th District Court of Appeals buildingThe Eighth District Court of Appeals of Ohio recently ruled that frozen embryos are “not capable of independent survival” and “not considered to be persons under the law.” [See Penniman v. Univ. Hosps. Health Sys., Inc., 2019-Ohio-1673.]  The case is related to the March 2018 loss of over 4,000 frozen eggs and embryos after the malfunction of a storage tank at the University Hospitals Health Systems (UHHS) Fertility Center.  The plaintiffs-appellants, Wendy and Rick Penniman, lost one or more of their embryos in that storage tank malfunction, and had “sought a declaratory judgment that human life begins at conception and thus their embryos constitute persons under Ohio law in order to pursue a wrongful death claim against UHHS.”  The Court affirmed the judgment of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas dismissal of the Penniman’s declaratory judgment action.