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

Ohio Legal Help: The Website for Pro Se Civil Legal Help

In 2015, Ohio’s Task Force on Access to Justice, convened by Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor and comprising members of the courts, legal aid, the Ohio Legal Help Foundation, and the private bar, recommended specific actions to help close the civil justice gap. The sixth recommendation from the Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Task Force Report was to “develop and maintain a statewide website devoted to providing free and accurate legal information to Ohio residents,” which resulted in the development of Ohio Legal Help.

Ohio Legal Help is a nonprofit organization that was founded to help Ohioans access the civil justice system. It provides plain language legal help information, interactive self-help tools, and connections to local legal and community resources that can help people resolve their legal issues. The information on Ohio Legal Help is reviewed by expert private and legal aid lawyers. Users can get self-directed legal information including forms and even lawyer referrals.

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.

Take the Pledge and You Could get a $1000 Scholarship

money bagIn order to help make law education more affordable and to help spread awareness about Driving Under the Influence and Distracted Driving, the Arizona law firm of Cantor Crane is offering a $1,000 law student scholarship to help current, or soon-to-be, law students ease the burden of higher education costs. Cantor Crane specializes in personal injury law.

Touro Law Center Launches New Journal on Experiential Learning

The Touro Law Center on Long Island, New York has recently launched the inaugural issue of the Journal of Experiential Learning. Articles are available full text online. The inaugural issue addresses the definition of experiential learning, as well as importance, cost, integration, and management issues. The editors are soliciting submissions for a second issue on law firm incubators and residency programs. Submissions are due by March 15, 2015.

Legal Education Reform Resources in One Place

From the Carnegie Report to The Lawyer Bubble, legal education reform has been a hot topic in academia, the profession, and in the news for the past several years. Writing on the issue has started to pile up, making it increasing difficult to get an overall picture of the crisis.

Fortunately, a bibliography recently posted to SSRN by the Gould Law Library at Touro Law goes a long way toward gathering citations to the most salient books, articles, reports, and media coverage in one place. The bibliography starts with major books published within the past seven years, and continues with articles, reports, and news coverage. Reports are organized by organization (e.g., ABA) and by state and city bar reports. News articles are organized by topics such as two-year versus three-year education, experiential learning, and cost of education. It is the intention of the authors to keep the bibliography up-to-date.

See Laura Ross, Gould Law Library, Legal Education Reform Bibliography (last updated September 24, 2014). [Full text from SSRN]