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

Net Gens as 1Ls


After the Millennials come the Net Gens, those individuals born at the earliest in the mid-1990s. By fall 2015, the oldest Net Gens will be starting law school. What unique opportunities and challenges will this cohort face as 1Ls? Mary Ann Becker, a clinical professor at Loyola University Chicago College of Law, explores this question in her forthcoming article, Understanding the Tethered Generation: Net Gens Come to Law School.



She considers issues such as:

  • the impact of the testing culture of No Child Left Behind on critical thinking and writing skills
  • the flexible understanding of what constitutes cheating
  • the concept of education as a consumer commodity
  • the influence of horizontal peer groups formed through social media

See Mary Ann Becker, Understanding the Tethered Generation: Net Gens Come to Law School, 53 Duquesne L. Rev. (2014 Forthcoming) [Full text on SSRN]

False Claims in a Blog Could Lead to Lawyer’s Suspension

A recent ABA Journal article tells the cautionary tale of an Illinois lawyer who stands accused of blogging with a reckless disregard for the truth.  The attorney is facing a proposed three-year suspension.

The attorney in question “oversaw a blog about a probate matter in which she alleged corruption in the probate court, both generally and in the probate matter. Specific individuals were identified in a table of torts, which Denison described as TEN PAGES of questionable behavior, corruption, misfeasance, malfeasance, perpetration of misdemeanors and felonies in the case.”

The hearing board of the Illinois Registration and Disciplinary Commission found that there was no rational basis to support the allegations about improprieties.

Obviously, this case of malfeasance by a lawyer is extreme, however it is important for a lawyer who blogs to know the nuances of the law in this area.  Attorneys or students may want to check out our newly arrived book:  The Legal Side of Blogging for Lawyers to make sure they are compliant with their ethical obligations.


Calling all Alumni, Students, Faculty and Staff: Get with the Library on Social Media

social mediaHopefully you are already engaged with us on social media. If not, get to it! We offer unique content on our Facebook (Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Library), Twitter (@CMLawLibrary), and Pinterest offerings. Also, you can get all of our blog posts seamlessly by liking us on Facebook or following us on Twitter 😀

Need a Place to Recharge Your Electronics?

001Did you know we have a lot of places to charge your electronics in the library? Besides the outlets located throughout the library, there are charging stations to plug your devices in the computer lab and in the student lounge (pictured). The charging station in the student lounge has plenty of chargers for your electronics as well.

Browse Our Legal Research and Writing Materials on Facebook

We’ve put together an album on our Facebook page of some of the most recent Legal Research and Writing Books. You can get an idea of what you can borrow from us on Facebook, and once you’re ready to get your hands on the goods, stop down in room AO66 on the Atrium level. There you’ll find copies of the majority of the titles featured in our FB album.