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


Brush Up Skills with Law Library Online Legal Research Seminars

Image of C|M|Law Library Digital BadgeKeeping research skills honed is important when in class or at work.  Law Library Legal Research Seminars cover Westlaw, Lexis Advance and Bloomberg Law, as well as many topical legal research areas such as legislative history.  Several Seminars emphasize cost-effective research or include a social justice research issue.  Law Library Legal Research Seminars are for C|M|LAW students, including our MLS and LLM students, and are continuously available online via the Westlaw TWEN platform.  You earn points for completing an online Seminar by correctly answering 3/4 of the questions on that Seminar’s quiz.  Your Seminar points are good for the entire time you are here at C|M|LAW.  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.  You can earn multiple Letters and Digital Badges.  Here are the currently available online Law Library Legal Research Seminars:

  • The Bluebook: Citing to Basic Sources
  • Starting Research with Secondary Sources**
  • Terms & Connectors Searching**
  • Cost-Effective Searching on Lexis Advance & Westlaw**
  • Lexis Overview
  • Shepard’s
  • Westlaw Overview
  • KeyCite
  • Practical Law from Westlaw
  • Bloomberg Law Overview
  • Administrative Law
  • Cost-Effective Federal Legislative History: Congress.gov and Govinfo.gov**
  • Researching Foreign Law
  • Tax Law Research
  • Health Law & Bioethics Resources & Scholarly Writing
  • HeinOnline
  • Scholar Catalog

** Social Justice track Seminar.  For more information on the Law Library Legal Research Seminars, contact Laura Ray, Outreach & Instructional Services Librarian.

DHHS Cuts In-Person Advisory Committee Meetings

DHHS LogoThe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has cut back on in-person meetings of Advisory Committees under the purview of the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH).  “To promote cost-effectiveness and efficiencies,” Advisory Committees are “to ensure that at least half of their committee meetings and all of their subcommittee meetings [are] conducted virtually.”  In-person Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public, and time is allotted for public comment.  Virtual meetings will mean Advisory Committee deliberations will not be public, and likely make robust discussion more difficult.  This change comes at an important time.  The Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP) is currently working on implementation of significant revisions to regulations concerning human research subjects – the Common Rule (45 C.F.R. 46).  SACHRP met in-person March 13-14, 2018, but is currently required to meet virtually on July 10, 2018 and Ocotber 16, 2018.

National Academies Call for Commission to Examine Human Subject Research Regulations

NASEM LogoThe National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) recently released a report recommending “that Congress authorize and the president appoint an independent national commission to examine and update the ethical, legal, and institutional frameworks governing research involving human subjects.”  The report also urges the executive branch to “withdraw the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Common Rule (formally known as the Federal Policy for Protection of Human Subjects)” because the “regulatory structure protecting human research subjects should not be revised until the national commission has issued its recommendations and the research community, patient groups, and the public have had a chance to consider and react to them.”  On 9/8/15, sixteen federal agencies announced proposed rulemaking on the Common Rule, initially asking for public comment up to 12/7/15 (80 Fed. Reg. 53933; see 9/11/15 C|M|Law Library blog post).  The public comment deadline was extended to 1/6/16, and there have been thousands of comments on the massive proposed rule.  The NASEM report, Optimizing the Nation’s Investment in Academic Research:  A New Regulatory Framework for the 21st Century (2016), was authored by members of the NASEM Policy and Global Affairs Committee on Science, Technology, and Law and Committee on Federal Research Regulations and Reporting Requirements.  It is available here to read online and free PDF download.  For more information, see the 6/29/16 NASEM news release.

Proposed Revisions to Protection of Human Subjects Federal Policy

DHHSOHRPLogoSixteen federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), recently proposed “revisions to modernize, strengthen, and make more effective the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects that was promulgated as a Common Rule in 1991.” (80 Fed. Reg. 53933, 9/8/15)  Some of the significant revisions concern informed consent, making consent forms more concise and understandable as well as mandating public posting of consent forms.  Other significant revisions will tailor the level of oversight and review to the level of potential harm and risk.  Public comment on the proposed revisions will be received until 5pm, December 7th, 2015.  If promulgated, these proposed revisions will be the first change to the “Common Rule” (45 CFR 46) in 25 years.