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

Free Concert on Campus

changIf you’re looking for a fun and cultural way to kick off your weekend, why not go hear the CSU Symphony Orchestra playing a free concert in Waetjen Auditorium in the Music and Communications Building (right next to the Law School) at 7:30 pm this Friday.

The CSU Symphony Orchestra will be playing Piano Concerto in A minor by Grieg and Symphony no. 4 in F minor by Tchaikovsky.

Grammy Award winning Professor Angelin Chang will be playing piano at the concert. Professor Chang teaches at the Law School with the Great Lakes Sports and Entertainment Law Academy in addition to her appointment in the Music Department.



Food for Thought…and for Students


Lift Up Vikes is the Resource Center and Food Pantry on Cleveland State’s campus for students.  If you are a student, you qualify-period!  The pantry has fresh fruits and vegetables, along with non-perishable items and personal care items.

The pantry is located in the Rec Center, Room 168 (216-687-5105).  No appointments are needed just stop in during hours that the Resource Center and Pantry is open with your CSU ID.  The pantry also accepts donations.  Contact them for more information.

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!