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


Law Library Legal Research Seminars – Always Available for You!

Law Library Legal Research Seminars are for C|M|LAW students, including our MLS and LLM students.  The Seminars 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:

  • Starting Research with Secondary Sources – Why recreate the wheel? Examine how secondary sources explain and analyze “the law” for you, as well as cite primary authority. [17:02 mins; 12.5 points]
  • Westlaw Overview – [10:48 mins; 12.5 points] – Leap beyond Google and start to harness this legal research gtiant. Understand big box and pre-filtered searching, as well as how to print/download/email search results.
  • KeyCite – [10:16 mins; 12.5 points] – Why is a red flag different from a yellow flag, and what should you do when you see either one? Learn how to use the Westlaw citator service to update and expand your research.
  • Lexis Advance Overview – [21:11 mins; 12.5 points] – One more time, leap beyond Google and start to harness this legal research gtiant. Understand big box and pre-filtered searching, as well as how to print/download/email search results.
  • Shepard’s – [11:54 mins; 12.5 points] – Why is a red stop sign different from a yellow triangle, and what should you do when you see either one? Learn how to use the Lexis Advance citator service to update and expand your research.
  • Terms & Connectors Searching – Explore the power of search techniques beyond natural language searching. Learn the basics of combining terms & phrases in effective search statements. [10:48 mins; 12.5 points]
  • Bluebooking – For faster legal drafting, review how to effectively apply citation and style rules, as well as abbreviation and jurisdiction tables. [38:47 mins; 25 points]
  • Administrative Law – [29:59 mins; 25 points] Break through the mysteries of agency rulemaking and case adjudication. Learn the key resources for finding federal and Ohio agency regulations and decisions.
  • Bioethics Resources & Scholarly Writing – Examine a wide array of bioethics resources, and learn how these resources can be used to select a paper topic and conduct effective research on that topic. [28:33 mins; 25 points]

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

Improve Your Writing Skills with Free Online Tool

grammarly logoIf your summer internship has highlighted the need to improve, or at least be more mindful of, your professional writing and communication skills, check out Grammarly. Powered by AI, Grammarly checks your writing for grammar, spelling, punctuation, word choice and style mistakes. Featuring a free browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Safari, Grammarly will correct your writing in an email, social media posts, and other web content. You can also copy and paste text into Grammarly’s online grammar checker, or you may download Grammarly for Microsoft Office. In addition to correcting your mistakes, Grammarly explains the reasoning behind each correction, helping you learn and improve. These tools are all free to use.  The Grammarly Handbook is also available for free and provides guidance on grammar and style. A Premium version is available, offering extra tools and features.

For other resources on writing, check out our two guides: Scholarly Writing Resource Guide and Scholarship Technology.

Live & Online Law Library Legal Research Seminars

This Spring 2018 semester, the Law Library is conducting two live Legal Research Seminars for C|M|Law students.  We are also offering many Seminars online, via the Westlaw TWEN platform, for students to complete at their convenience.  Remember, your Seminar points are good for the entire time you are here at C|M|Law.  When you earn 100 Seminar points, you receive a Legal Research Letter of Recognition & Digital Badge, for posting to your LinkedIn page.  Students can earn multiple Letters & Digital Badges.

The two live Legal Research Seminars will take place 4:50pm-5:50pm in Law Library Room A059.  Both are a must see if you plan to be working this summer!

  • Ohio Legal Research “Crash Course” – Thursday, March 29th – We’ll examine key Ohio research resources, as well as discuss effective strategies & best practices for their use. (25 points)
  • Getting Ready to Clerk – Thursday, April 5th – Legal practitioners will discuss research projects done by clerks & new associates – how projects are assigned, typical projects, and feedback to expect. (25 points)

The online Legal Research Seminars are available via the Westlaw TWEN platform:

  • Starting Research with Secondary Sources – Why recreate the wheel? Examine how secondary sources explain and analyze “the law,” as well as cite primary authority.
  • Terms & Connectors Searching – Explore the power of search techniques beyond natural language searching. Understand the basics of combining terms & phrases in effective search statements.
  • Westlaw Overview (and) Lexis Advance Overview – Leap beyond Google and start to harness these two legal research giants. Learn big box & pre-filtered searching, as well as how to print/download/email search results.
  • Shepard’s (and) KeyCite – Why is a red stop sign different from a yellow flag, and what should you do when you see either one? Examine reports in Shepard’s & KeyCite, and discover the power of these legal citator services.
  • Bluebooking – You and The Bluebook can be friends. For faster legal drafting, review how to effectively apply citation & style rules, and abbreviation & jurisdiction tables.
  • Bioethics Resources & Scholarly Writing – Examine a wide array of bioethics resources, and learn how these resources can be used to select a paper topic and conduct effective research on that topic.

Additional online Seminars will be added during the Spring 2018 semester.  You earn points for an online Seminar by correctly answering 3/4 of the questions on that Seminar‘s quiz.  Points vary per online Seminar.  [You cannot earn points for attending the same Seminar topic twice.]

Law Library Legal Research Seminars are for C|M|Law students, including our MLS and LLM students.  For additional information, contact Laura Ray, Outreach & Instructional Services Librarian, 216-687-6880, l.ray@csuohio.edu.

Legal History “Cohen” Essay Competition

photo of Morris CohenThe Legal History and Rare Books Special Interest Section (LHRB) of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), in cooperation with Gale Learning and Research Solutions, Cengage Learning, is conducting its Annual Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition.  Full- and part-time students currently enrolled in accredited graduate programs in law, history, library science, or related fields are eligible to enter.  Essays may address any topic related to legal history, rare law books, or legal archives.  Criteria on which papers will be judged include originality of topic or approach, quality and depth of research and analysis, clarity of presentation, and contribution to the field.  The winner will receive a $500 prize from Gale Cengage Learning and up to $1,000 for costs of attending the July 2018 AALL Annual Meeting in Baltimore, as well as the opportunity to present the winning essay at the AALL Annual Meeting.  Authors of the winning and runner-up essays will also be invited to publish their essays in LHRB’s online annual scholarly journal  Unbound:  A Review of Legal History and Rare Books.  The Competition electronic submission deadline is 11:59pm EDT, Monday, 16 April 2018.

Full Competition details and Application Form are available at the LHRB SIS Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition web page.  Questions can be sent to Fred Dingledy (fwding@wm.edu), Senior Reference Librarian & Adjunct Professor of Law, College of William & Mary Law School, or Tim Kearley (TKearley@uwyo.edu), Professor Emeritus of Law, University of Wyoming College of Law.

The Competition is named in honor of Morris L. Cohen, who was Professor Emeritus of Law at Yale Law School and recognized as “one of the towering figures of late 20th century law libraries.”  His scholarly work  focused on legal research, rare books, and historical bibliography.

TWEN-Based Law Library Seminars Available through April 25th

image of superhero womanThere are two TWEN-based Law Library Legal Research Seminars, available through Friday, April 25th, that you can “attend” at your convenience:

Scholarly Writing (21:51 minutes; 25 points)

Research Management with Zotero (9:35 minutes; 8.5 points)

 

Here are key points about the Spring 2017 semester Law Library Legal Research Seminars:

  • We recently changed the name of our Seminars –  from “Research Certificate Seminar” to Legal Research Seminar.  No worries!  All of your past points carry over to our new Seminar series!
  • Law Library Legal Research Seminars are for C|M|Law students, including MLS/LLM students.
  • To access the TWEN-based Seminars, log onto Westlaw, then connect to TWEN, then click the “Add Course” button to display the C|M|Law Library Legal Research Seminars course & add it to your “My Courses” list.
  • You earn points for “attending” a TWEN-based Seminar by correctly answering at least 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.  [You cannot earn points for attending the same Seminar twice.]
  • When you earn 100 points, you are awarded a Legal Research Seminar Letter of Recognition, and you can earn multiple Letters of Recognition.
  • If you earn a Letter of Recognition within the 2016-2017 academic year, you will be entered into a drawing for a $150 Amazon gift card!

Questions?  Contact Laura Ray, Outreach & Instructional Services Librarian, 216-687-6880, l.ray@csuohio.edu.