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

Law Library Legal Research Seminars – Earn Your Digital Badge!

Image of C|M|Law Library Digital BadgeLaw Library Legal Research Seminars are for C|M|LAW students, including our MLS and LLM students.  The Seminars 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:

  • Starting Research with Secondary Sources – Why recreate the wheel? See how secondary sources explain and analyze “the law” for you, as well as cite primary authority. [17:02 mins; 12.5 points]
  • Bluebooking – For faster legal drafting, review how to effectively apply citation and style rules, as well as abbreviation and jurisdiction tables. [38:47 mins; 25 points]
  • Terms & Connectors Searching – Move beyond natural language searching and see the effectiveness of combining terms & phrases in search statements. [10:48 mins; 12.5 points]
  • Lexis Advance Overview – Review key features of this legal research platform, including pre-filtering & post-filtering searches, using the Advanced Search template, document delivery, and using your search history. [21:11 mins; 12.5 points]
  • Shepard’s – Review key “signals” of this citator service, and see how it can be used for case validation and research. [11:54 mins; 12.5 points]
  • Westlaw Overview – Take a tour of key content on this legal research platform, including Ohio materials, Statutes & Court Rules, Dockets, Briefs, and News, as well as review pre-filtering and post-filtering searches. [20:03 mins; 12.5 points]
  • KeyCite – See how to update and expand your research by using this citator service with cases, code sections, law review articles, and federal regulations. [10:16 mins; 12.5 points]
  • Practical Law by Westlaw Review the specialized practice areas, jurisdictional resources, and features of this unique Westlaw product. [13:44 mins; 12.5 points]
  • Bloomberg Law Overview Take a tour of key content on this legal research platform, including cases, state resources, transactional materials, litigation analytical materials, and secondary soruces. [ 25:39 mins; 12.5 points]
  • Administrative Law – Break through the mysteries of agency rulemaking and case adjudication. Learn the key resources for finding Federal and Ohio agency regulations and decisions. [29:59 mins; 25 points]
  • Cost Effective Federal Legislative History: & – Understand the importance of, and materials generated in, the federal legislative process. See how to find key materials in the freely-available and platforms. [17:33 mins; 12.5 points]
  • Bioethics Resources & Scholarly Writing – Examine a wide array of bioethics resources, as well as learn how these resources can be used to select a paper topic and conduct effective research on that topic. [28:33 mins; 25 points]
  • HeinOnline – Review the wide array of content (eg, law journals, session laws), date coverage, and unique features of this full-text “database of databases.” [16:49 mins.; 12.5 points]
  • Ohio Legal Research “Crash Course” – Coming soon!

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

Ohio “Heartbeat Bill” Sent to Governor Kasich

photo of Ohio StatehouseThe Ohio General Assembly recently passed HB258, a bill “to generally prohibit an abortion of an unborn human individual with a detectable heartbeat and to create the Joint Legislative Committee on Adoption Promotion and Support.”  The bill provides exceptions to prevent the death or “serious risk of the substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function” of a pregnant woman, but no exceptions for pregnant women who are victims of rape or incest.  The bill also states the Director of the Ohio Department of Health may adopt rules “specifying the appropriate methods of performing an examination for the purpose of determining the presence of a fetal heartbeat of an unborn individual based on standard medical practice,” and specifies “the rules shall require only that an examination shall be performed externally.”  HB258 was sent to Governor John Kasich on 12/14/18.  Per the Ohio legislative process, if the Governor does not sign or veto the act after 10 days (excluding Sundays), it becomes law without the Governor’s signature.  Kasich vetoed a similar act in December 2016, and says he will veto this new act after waiting 10 days. [See 12/14/18 Columbus Dispatch post.]  The Ohio Senate and House have scheduled sessions on 12/27/18, but it is unlikely there are sufficient votes for a 3/5 veto override.

C|M|Law Students Working to Amend Ohio Psychiatry Patient Laws

Photo of someone holding hand of elderly patient in bedAdjunct Professor David E. Schweighoefer has taught “Psychiatry and the Law” for over a decade at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.  This year, several of his students are working on an independent study with him and St. Vincent Charity Medical Center with the objective of amending Ohio law concerning the mandatory transfer of patients needing psychiatric care to a licensed inpatient psychiatric unit.  The students are particularly looking at how current law may negatively impact patients who are primarily receiving care for medical, not psychiatric, reasons.  Schweighoefer is chair of Day Ketterer’s Health Care Law Practice Group, and he organized the collaborative project with C|M|Law and St. Vincent.  Students have met with St. Vincent physicians, staff and general counsel, as well as the Ohio Hospital Association Behavioral Health Work Group.  Students will soon meet with Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services staff and selected Ohio legislators to seek support for drafting legislation to give hospitals the ability to provide the best possible medical care to patients who may also need psychiatric care.

Pew/AMA/MedStar Report on Improving Electronic Health Record Safety

Graphic of Electronic Health RecordThe Pew Charitable Trusts, American Medical Association (AMA), and MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare recently released a report on “best practices and model test cases to guide rigorous safety assessments of EHRs.”  Ways to Improve Electronic Health Record Safety reports federal EHR certification requirements (see 45 C.F.R. 170) “do not address circumstances in which customized changes are made to an EHR as part of the implementation process or after the system goes live,” and there are no “requirements and guidance on how to test clinician interaction with the EHR for safety issues.”  These challenges “can fail to prevent – or even contribute to – patient harm.”  The report includes a multidisciplinary expert panel’s “recommendations on how to advance usability and safety throughout the EHR software life cycle” and “criteria detailing what constitutes a rigorous safety test case and the creation of sample test case scenarios based on reported EHR safety challenges.”  For more information, see the 8/28/18 Pew Charitable Trusts article Better Testing of Electronic Health Records Needed to Protect Patients and AMA Improving Electronic Health Records page (navigation: AMA > Delivering Care > Digital Health Leadership > Adoption & Scale of Digital Health Solutions in Practice).

ONC Request for Information on Electronic Health Record Reporting Program

Graphic of Electronic Health RecordThe U.S. Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) recently issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking “input from the public regarding the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Reporting Program….  Responses will be used to inform subsequent discussions among stakeholders and future work toward the development of reporting criteria under the EHR Reporting Program.”  Written or electronic comments must be received by 5pm 10/17/18.  The EHR Reporting Program was established by the Section 4002 of the 21st Century Cures Act (Pub. L. No. 114-255 Title IV, § 4002, 130 Stat 1159, 12/13/16; codified at 42 U.S.C. § 300jj-19a).  The ONC is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Secretary, and it supports “the adoption of health information technology and the promotion of nationwide health information exchange to improve health care.”