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.

HeinOnline’s New Monthly Blog on the Secrets of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set

HeinOnline offers an interesting monthly blog titled Secrets of the Serial Set. This month’s blog is about Susan B. Anthony and the women’s suffrage movement and last month focused on Lewis and Clark. The blog contains links to the Serial Set and other resources available in HeinOnline so that the reader can obtain further information, including interesting historical insights.

The United States Congressional Serial Set began publication in 1817 with the 15th Congress, 1st session (U.S. Congressional Documents prior to 1817 are published as the American State Papers). Documents in the Serial Set include not only the House and Senate Reports, but also reports of executive departments and independent organizations, reports of special investigations made for Congress, and annual reports of non-governmental organizations.

The serial number is a unique number applied to each book in the series of congressional publications running consecutively from the 15th Congress, 1st session onward. The documents and reports series have three numbers:

  • individual report or document-publication number
  • volume number of each series for each session of Congress
  • serial number

Documents and reports can be located using the volume or serial number but should be cited using the publication number and Congress/session number.

Ohio Bill Tracking

To keep up with Ohio legislation, try the following:

Library Subscription Databases (available remotely to students/faculty and in the library)

FREE web database: Search the Ohio Legislature’s web page by bill number, keyword or sponsor.

There is no free tracker for Ohio similar to GovTrack.us , which is for federal statutes. Make your own tracker using WatchThatPage.com , a free service that sends an email when a webpage changes. You could put at watchthatpage on a bill on the Ohio Legislature’s page

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.

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.