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

OSBA Environmental Papers Contest

The OSBA has a call for papers on any topic that advances the application and practice of environmental, energy or resources law in the State of Ohio. You are eligible to enter if you are currently enrolled in law school. The submission must be the student’s original, unpublished and uncopyrighted work.  The paper may be prepared to satisfy a course requirement or for other academic credit. However, the paper must be the work of the submitting student without substantial editorial input from others. Only one paper may be submitted per entrant. Joint submissions are not permitted. The winner of this contest will receive a prize of $1000 and the second place winner will receive a prize of $250.

Submissions must be received by 5 p.m. EST on Jan. 29, 2016.

Ohio Supreme Court Issues Major Ruling on Fracking and Home Rule

gaswellLocal drilling and zoning ordinances in Munroe Falls cannot be enforced because they conflict with the state law regulating oil and gas wells and operations. The court ruled that a Munroe Falls’ zoning ordinance and four local laws governing oil and gas drilling are not an appropriate exercise of the city’s home rule powers. This is major victory for the oil industry as it seeks to exploit resources within the state.

Slip Opinion of the Supreme Court

Article about the Case from Court News Ohio

To Search Campaign Finance Records of the Supreme Court Justices

Frack This: Our Updated Oil & Gas Law Research Guide

gaswellWith the prevalence of fracking in NE Ohio and surrounding areas, our newly updated Oil & Gas Law research guide could be of use to you! Covered in the guide are statutes, regulations, treatises, forms, other secondary sources, and so much more!

C|M|Law Knows Hydraulic Fracturing

Hydraulic Fracturing


Recently,  C|M|LAW Professor and Associate Dean Heidi Gorovitz Robertson presented Applying (some) Lessons Learned from the BP/Gulf Coast Oil Spill to the Regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing in Ohio (and Beyond) at the Case Western Reserve Law Review Symposium.

The symposium was titled “The Law and Policy of Hydraulic Fracturing: Addressing the Issues of the Natural Gas Boom.”  Robertson spoke as part of the panel on “Hydraulic Fracturing and Associated Environmental Concerns.”  In October, Robertson presented an earlier version of this paper at the Vermont Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship.  The resulting article will be published in the Case Western Reserve Law Review in 2013.

C|M|Law Library has a great research guide about Oil and Gas Law that includes books and articles about Hydraulic Fracturing.  The image is from the guide and is a simplified diagram of hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells drilled in shale like the kind found in Ohio. 

C|M|LAW Online Shale Conference Materials

According to a recent article in Crain’s Cleveland Business, there is plenty of legal work to go around pertaining to Ohio’s shale drilling boom.  Plus it is not too late for attorneys to get in on the action.  Some of the attorneys interviewed for the Crain’s article say that title work, representing service companies and producers,  and litigation will be the growing areas.

Students may be interested in learning about the legal issues surrounding shale drilling and hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”)  in order to get inspiration for a research paper or even to prepare for a job interview.  Here are a few resources:

Photo of Natural Gas Well by Windsordi