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

The Sam Sheppard Case Collections Still a Big Hit

The Sam Sheppard Case Collections of materials from 1954-2000 is a very popular online collection from C|M|Law. Since July 1, 2014, 192,919 pages have been viewed, and 27,646 documents were downloaded. People from all 50 states plus District of Columbia accessed the website. Also, people from 102 countries accessed the website. Kudos to C|M|Law Library’s Technical Services for their hard work in making this collection accessible.

Background on the cases and the collection:

In the early morning hours of July 4, 1954, Marilyn Sheppard was bludgeoned to death in her bed. Her husband Sam, a prominent Bay Village doctor, maintained that Marilyn was murdered by a bushy-haired intruder. He stood trial and was convicted for his wife’s murder amidst a media storm.

The media frenzy so tainted his case that the United States Supreme Court released him and ordered a retrial in the decision Sheppard v. Maxwell. At the 1966 retrial, Sheppard was acquitted. He died just a few years later.

In 1999, Sam and Marilyn’s son, Sam Reese Sheppard, unsuccessfully sued the state of Ohio for the wrongful imprisonment of his father. The documents collected and used by the prosecutor’s office in this trial are the basis of the collection.

The Sam Sheppard case materials were donated to the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Library by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office. The library is busy preparing the entire collection for archiving and viewing by the public upon request. All documents will be available for viewing digitally in The Sheppard Reading Room in November, 2015, pending approval of the Prosecutor’s Office. Most of the physical documents will be available for viewing as well.

Statistics for Your Health Law Research


Adding interdisciplinary statistical data to your health law and policy writing can make your article or note stand out from the crowd. One easy way to find health statistics is by using Statista, a research platform that gives you instant access to statistics, industry reports, dossiers, forecasts, and other data. From Statista’s Health & Pharmaceuticals industry page, you can find statistics on health topics such as:

  • Percentage of Americans without health insurance
  • U.S. health care expenditure distribution by payer
  • Total Medicaid enrollment
  • Forecasted change in Medicare enrollment
  • Global medical technology industry revenue
  • Value of medical malpractice payments in U.S.
  • Medical malpractice payments as a percentage of overall health care
  • Revenue of top pharmaceuticals such as Humira, Lyrica, or Gleevec

For off-campus access to Statista, use your CSU ID and Scholar PIN.

We Now Have Statista

statistaStatista, the world’s largest statistics portal is now available for all of the Cleveland State Community.

You can get information on lots of things. You can access statistics, studies and reports from over 18,000 sources including data from businesses, government departments, market research concerns or associations.

Also, you can download Statista graphics to use in presentations, and it downloads with the source credit right already on the graphic.

If you are interested in statistics, you may want to also check out our Empirical Legal Research and Statistics Guide for more sources for statistics.

5/23-25/12 Empirical Legal Scholarship Workshop

image of header from 2012 Conducting Empirical Legal Scholarship WorkshopTime is running out for you to register for the 11th Annual Conducting Empirical Legal Scholarship Workshop.  The Workshop will be held 23-25 May 2012 at the University of Southern California  Gould School of Law, and the registration deadline is 5/11/12.  Sponsored by USC Law and Washington University School of Law, the Workshop is designed for law school faculty, political science faculty, and graduate students interested in learning how “to design, conduct, and assess empirical studies, as well as use statistical software to analyze and manage data.”  The Workshop requires a laptop, but participants do not need a background in statistics.  The $850 registration fee includes all Workshop materials, temporary access to STATA software, and several meals.  Workshop teachers will be Lee Epstein, Provost Professor and Rader Family Trustee Chair in Law and Political Sciences, USC; and Andrew D. Martin, Professor of Law and Political Science and Director of the Center for Empirical Research in the Law, Washington University.   For additional information, and to register, consult the Workshop Web site.

Create Graphs of Word Usage in Supreme Court Opinions with Legal Language Explorer

The Legal Language Explorer allows you to create graphs showing the number of U.S. Supreme Court cases which used a certain word  or phrase over time.  You can specify a time period between 1791 and 2005.  I created a graph showing the use of the word “penumbra” from 1911 to 2005.  You can put in several words and phrases and get overlaying graphlines in different colors.

The site will also generate a list of the cases which used that word or phrase.

Here is an SSRN article about the database, written by its creators.