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

Looking for Legal Advice in Cleveland?

Cartoon-Woman-Thinking-800px If you are looking for legal advice in the Cleveland area, there are many options available. Our guide on Where to Go lists many of them, and includes information about C|M|Law’s Legal Clinics. For civil legal needs such as family law, housing, and benefits, to name just a few, the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland provides free assistance to those who meet income eligibility guidelines. The Cleveland Metro Bar Association provides a Lawyer Referral Service. The referral and initial consultation are free, but there may be fees for continued representation.

At C|M|Law Library, our librarians are available to help with legal research and locating legal information, but cannot provide legal advice. Our print collection includes legal encyclopedias, practice guides, and books with legal forms. The Library also provides public access to LexisNexis Academic, and other specialized law databases.

You can also check your local public library for law-related events. Many libraries host weekend clinics or legal information seminars conducted by local volunteer attorneys. You can find the Cleveland Public Library’s events calendar here, and the Cuyahoga County Public Library’s events calendar here.

May 10th Cuyahoga County Mock Election To Test Electronic Pollbooks

Cuyahoga County Board of Elections LogoThe Cuyahoga County Board of Elections (BOE) is conducting a Mock Election 1pm-3pm, Tuesday 5/10/16, at its main building – 2925 Euclid Avenue, in downtown Cleveland.  This Mock Election is being conducted to do a head-to-head comparison of electronic pollbook products from two vendors.  You need an Ohio Driver’s License or State ID to participate, and can register/rsvp to participate here.  The BOE states “Electronic poll books will affect the way elections are administered in Cuyahoga County.  Before making such a significant investment, the Board of Elections must determine which model of electronic poll book – combined with software requirements – can best meet the needs of our unique voting population.”  Many Ohio counties already use electronic pollbooks (see E-pollbooks by County), and the Ohio 2016-2017 Fiscal Year budget appropriated $12,750,000 for electronic pollbooks (see page 14 of Budget in Detail, Am. Sub. H.B. 64, 131st General Assembly).  The Ohio Secretary of State issued Advisory 2013-04 on “Statewide Standards for County Boards of Elections Purchasing Electronic Pollbooks” on 8/14/13, and the Ohio Board of Voting Machine Examiners adopted Standards Governing the Examination and Certification of Electronic Pollbooks for Use in Ohio Elections on 2/6/14.  Interestingly, the 2/19/16 Ohio Secretary of State Directive 2016-04 states “Any county board of elections that has not deployed electronic pollbooks in a countywide election by the March 15, 2016 Presidential Primary Election may not deploy them for the first time in any precinct or polling location on Election Day for the November 8, 2016 General Election.”

Cleveland’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

parade Take a break from studying and check out the parade tomorrow! Cleveland’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade can trace its roots back to 1867. Tomorrow’s parade steps off at 1:04pm from the intersection of Superior and E. 18th. The parade route follows Superior Ave. west towards Public Square, and turns north at E. 3rd. The theme of this year’s parade commemorates the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising and Ireland’s Quest for Freedom. The parade features many local organizations, pipe and drum groups, dancers, and more.

For more on the parade, visit:

For brief summary of the 1916 Easter Rising:

Go early if you want a good seat!

Some real Irish language:

Sláinte (pronounced: slahn-cha) = literally translates as “health;” used as a drinking toast

Try ordering your pint in Irish! Just say “Pionta Guinness, le do thoil” (pronounced: pyunta Guinness leh duh hull). Yes, “le do thoil” means “please.”

Please enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day responsibly!

Happy Giving Day! Give to CSU and C|M|Law

Today, February 24, 2016 is Cleveland State’s annual Giving Day. Have you made your gift to Cleveland-Marshall? Be sure to visit the Giving Day website and help spread the word about Giving Day to your friends and family. Your gift provides support for the annual fund, scholarships and programs. Kevin Butler, President of the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association shares the importance of giving today: video.

Donate Water at the Law Library to Help Flint, Michigan Residents

cletoflintA state of emergency has been declared in Flint, Michigan due to the contamination of the city’s water supply. Thousands of residents have been exposed to toxic amounts of lead including about 9,000 children who are the most susceptible to lead poisoning. State officials and the National Guard are distributing bottled water and filters to residents while they wait for a solution.
This week the Black Law Students Association will be collecting bottled water, hand sanitizer, and wet wipes to help the people of Flint. Please bring any of these items you wish to donate to the law library right at the circulation desk. We will collect items until Saturday 1/30/16 at 12:00pm as we are partnering with an organization that will deliver the water to Flint on Sunday. Let’s show Flint that Cleveland cares. We thank you in advance for supporting this cause.