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

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.



Meet a Treatise: Wigmore on Evidence

This post is the first in an occasional series in which we will provide the basics on the most important treatises in U.S. and Ohio law, covering the background, what is it, and where to find it, both in the library and online (if applicable).

Wigmore on Evidence

Background: John Wigmore was an American lawyer and Dean at Northwestern School of Law. Wigmore is best known for his master work now called Wigmore on Evidence (FKA Treatise on the Anglo-American System of Evidence in Trials at Common Law). He also contributed to the development of Japanese law in the late 19th century and U.S. military justice in World War I.

What is it: Wigmore on Evidence is an encyclopedic survey of the development of the law of evidence. It is updated annually and is considered the preeminent treatise dealing with all things related to evidence.

Where to find it: Wigmore on Evidence is available in print in the reference section of the library. Electronically, Wigmore can be found on the Cheetah platform (a Wolters-Kluwer product) and is available to all students and staff (see our previous post on all Cheetah treatise offerings).

For more information on available treatises, check out our Major Legal Treatises research guide.

“Morris Cohen” Legal History Essay Competition

Photograph of Morris Cohen.The Legal History and Rare Books Special Interest Section (LHRB) of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), in cooperation with Gale, A Cengage Company, is conducting its Annual Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition.  Full- and part-time students currently enrolled in accredited graduate programs in law, history, library science, or related fields are eligible to enter.  Essays may be on any topic related to legal history, rare law books, or legal archives.  Criteria on which papers will be judged include originality of topic or approach, quality and depth of research and analysis, clarity of presentation, and contribution to the field.  The winner will receive a $500 prize from Gale and present the winning essay at an LHRB sponsored webinar.  Authors of the winning and runner-up essays will also be invited to publish their essays in LHRB’s online annual scholarly journal Unbound:  A Review of Legal History and Rare Books.  The Competition electronic submission deadline is 11:59pm EDT, Monday, 15 April 2019.

Full Competition details and Application Form are available at the LHRB Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition web page.  Questions can be sent to Tim Kearley (, Professor Emeritus of Law, University of Wyoming College of Law.

The Competition is named in honor of Morris L. Cohen, who was Professor Emeritus of Law at Yale Law School and recognized as “one of the towering figures of late 20th century law libraries.”  His scholarly work  focused on legal research, rare books, and historical bibliography.

What is the Oldest Reported American Case?

According to A History of Digests, a recent article by Michael O. Eshleman (110 Law Libr. J. 235) (citing Robert Becker’s Ancient Decisions), the oldest reported case in American is Stone v. Boreman, 1 H. & McH. 1, a 1658 case from the Provincial Court of the Province of Maryland. This interesting fact was revealed when Eshleman explained how West used 1658 as a starting point for its 1896 re-digesting of all published American cases up to that point. The case deals with a land dispute over the disposal of public lands.

We couldn’t find anything older. If you do, let us know!