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

3/25/2021 Book Launch of Terry Gilbert’s “Trying Times”

image of C|M|Law flagThe memoir Trying Times recounts Terry Gilbert‘s 50-year struggle as a people’s lawyer forged during the social upheaval of the 1970s.  The official book launch will take place 5:30pm-6:30pm on Thursday March 25, 2021.  This is a free virtual event, but one needs to register here.  Gilbert is a 1973 graduate of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, and has said “My deep roots with the law school as a student in the early 70s profoundly impacted my commitment to social justice.  In the midst of dramatic political and cultural change, I and my fellow students pushed for a more progressive approach to legal education and programs as a vehicle to address societal inequities.”  Gilbert wrote his memoir with the freelance journalist Carlo Wolff.

“…Or Does it Explode?” Zoom Presentation

Photo of theater seatsCleveland Public Theater is hosting a Zoom presentation of “…Or Does it Explode?” 7pm-8pm on November 19 and 21.  This theatrical piece is “an unflinching portrayal of profound anger, hurt, and joy, blends stories gathered from men ages 16-35 in Akron, Ohio.  Thought-provoking vignettes display social conditions and contradictions, and what it means to do justice to one another.”  The “virtual house” is limited to 35 seats, and suggested donations are $1 to $99.  For more information, see this page.

First Monday at the U.S. Supreme Court

It’s the first Monday in October, which means the U.S. Supreme Court is back in session. The Court has started its session on the first Monday in October every year since 1917 when a new law went into effect changing the start to one week earlier. Starting this fall, the Supreme Court will allow attorneys to make an uninterrupted statement for two minutes to begin each case. As is true almost every year, a number of important cases will be heard that are sure to be studied in Constitutional Law classes for years to come. Here is a preview of a few of those cases (all links for cases come from SCOTUSBlog):

  • In Ohio and a number of other states it is perfectly legal for an employer to fire someone for being gay. This issue will be considered by the court in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia (Consolidated with Altitude Express Inc. v. Zarda). While an earlier Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage is seen as a watershed moment in the path to LBGTQA+ equality, many feel true equality for all citizens cannot be said to exist until one is protected from workplace and housing discrimination.
  • Department of Homeland Security v. University of California – Case centers around whether President Trump was justified in revoking the Obama-era rule (DACA or Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals colloquially known as “Dreamers”) that shielded from deportation more than 700,000 young immigrants who entered the country illegally as children.
  • New York State Rifle & Pistol Assn. v. City of New York – Can a city restrict gun owners from carrying a handgun in their car? At issue is an unusual New York City ordinance that allowed residents to keep a legal handgun at home but prohibited them from transporting it, even to a second home outside the city.
  • Espinoza v. Montana – Must a state offer grants and scholarships to students in church-related schools if it offers such money to students in other private schools? Two years ago, the court broke new ground by ruling the 1st Amendment’s protection for the “free exercise of religion” forbids discrimination against churches when the government gives grants to private groups. Most states, however, have constitutions that forbid giving tax money to churches. The Montana Supreme Court, citing its constitution, blocked a state scholarship fund from giving money to students attending church-related schools.
  • City of Boise v. Martin – Can cities restrict homeless people from camping or sleeping on sidewalks or in public places? The 9th Circuit Court ruled no if no other indoor sleeping places are available. Now the Supreme Court will decide.

Also Supreme-Court related is our database U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs, which contains briefs and related documents from Supreme Court cases between 1832 and 1978. Access to this database is IP-authenticated for users connected to the law school’s computer network; faculty and students can also access the database while off campus by logging in with their CSU ID number and library PIN.

Searching Ohio Bills and the Ohio General Assembly Archives

While searching for Ohio Bills on the legislature’s website recently, I noticed that only the current and previous two legislative sessions (133, 132, 131) can be searched. This seemed strange, because previously the site could be searched back to the late 1990s. I discovered that archival searches from 1997-2014 are still available, but must be searched through the Ohio General Assembly Archives.

Both websites have the same search features and can be searched by keyword, bill number, and sponsor. The only difference seems to be that all legislation dealing with particular subjects can be pulled up in the current bills search. The work-around in the archive search is to experiment with different keywords searches.

Special Focus Collections on LLMC Digital

LLMC Digital is a is a non-profit cooperative of libraries dedicated to the twin goals of preserving legal titles and government documents while making copies inexpensively available digitally through its online service.

The LLMC Digital Special Focus Collections has tons of interesting and unique information grouped into twenty databases. Doing research on Ancient Roman Law? There are almost forty treatises available on that topic. Other notable databases in the collection include the Yale Blackstone Collection, Islamic Law, Canon Law, and the Native American Collection.

The above links to LLMC Digital can also be found in our list of law databases.