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


Productivity Apps to Help You Stay Organized This Semester

 Many students (and let’s be honest, faculty and staff) often resolve at the beginning of every semester that this semester will be different, we will be more organized, we will stay on task, we will not procrastinate. With these ambitious resolutions in mind, here are a few apps to help us stay on track.

Wunderlist is a free app that is available across all major devices, letting you track lists, plan events and projects, set reminders, and collaborate with others.

Trello uses boards and cards to manage everything from short to-do lists to complex projects. Trello has collaborative features and can also integrate third-party services like Evernote and Slack.

Evernote helps you capture ideas, to-do lists, photos, screenshots, links, and project planning. You can also set reminders, work across devices, and collaborate.

Many other apps are out there and several tech blogs provide reviews, for example Techradar and Tom’s Guide.

On the other hand, if you’re like me and prefer to plan in hard copy, you may want to try the Bullet Journal method. The creator of the Bullet Journal maintains this site about it, but numerous other blogs exist detailing different styles from more minimal journals, to the very artistic. The important thing is to find what works for you.

New Online Mindfulness Community for Lawyers and Students

Are you looking for ways to reduce stress, manage anxiety, or just make sure you take a few minutes to breathe every day? Practicing mindfulness can help, and is a valuable part of maintaining wellness and finding work-life balance. A new online community is geared specifically for lawyers interested in mindful practices.

The Mindful Lawyers Community, founded by Jeena Cho and Lauren Clark Rad, offers support and connection. The “goal is to bring together like-minded lawyers who live with mindfulness, value creative practices and care about building a sustainable career with purpose and meaning.” Law students and anyone connected to the legal field are welcome to join. Membership includes unlimited access to the community via Slack, quarterly webinars hosted by experts, drop-in video chat sessions, daily writing and creativity prompts, and monthly habit sprints.

For more on mental health and well-being for law students, check out our resource guide and work-life balance board on Pinterest.

Career Planning Resources at C|M|Law

Bulletin board with colorful post-it notes and message "make things happen."The Office of Career Planning (OCP) maintains C|M|Law:CareerNotes, which provides news, announcements, and advice for students’ professional development. Check out OCP’s blog for information on career options, the legal market, job searching and networking, and other resources to build a professional brand.

The Law Library’s Law Career Resources Guide lists some of the books and materials in our collection dealing with legal careers, the job search process, and work-life balance. The Law Library’s Researching Employers Guide features resources to help you learn about potential employers, salary data, and other information useful for deciding if a job offer is right for you. The Law Library also has a few boards on Pinterest dedicated to career planning with helpful tips on resumes, cover letters, interview techniques, and what to wear.

The Importance of Grit

According to the Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, grit (in terms of behavior) is defined as “firmness of mind or spirit: unyielding courage in the face of hardship or danger.”

Today in our weekly Monday Message from Dean Lee Fisher, he quoted a C|M|Law alumnus on the concept of grit. At last week’s Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association (CMLAA) Annual Meeting, outgoing President Tim Collins ’85 passed the gavel to new President Judge Michelle Paris ’84.   In her first speech as President, Judge Paris stated: “My journey has been a combination of grit…and gratitude. I am very grateful for the night program that allowed me to work and go to school. In the night program I was surrounded by people with grit – working, studying, trying to cross the finish line.”

Most people probably know they have to fight through adversity to reach goals. But the question sometimes is: how can I display grit? The American Bar Association has a Grit Project Program Toolkit that may be of use to students and practicing lawyers alike. The toolkit contains reading resources, tests, and quizzes on grit, as well as video scenarios to assist in developing a grit mindset.

Veterans Services at CSU and Beyond

Cleveland State has its own Veterans Student Success Program with offices located at 2254 Euclid Avenue, Trinity Commons, Cleveland OH 44115.  The can also be reached by phone at 216-875-9996 or email at vikingvets@csuohio.edu

Veterans Services at CSU –one stop shopping with links to all services available for vets at CSU.

Veterans Benefits and Financial Aid –GI Bill information, financial aid and scholarships.

Counseling and other Mental Health Services:

Cleveland State Counseling Center – Academic, career, and personal counseling.  To find out more about the services offered by the Counseling Center please stop by (UN 220) or call them at 216-687-2277.  You may also stop by or call to set up a phone screening with a counselor.  The phone screening is designed to help determine what services are best for you.  At the end of the screening, the therapist will offer you a list of options tailored to your needs.  Common options include individual counseling at the counseling center, referral to counseling in the community, group counseling, workshops, and/or referrals to CSU and non-CSU resources.  Walk-in sessions are available from 1pm-3pm Monday through Friday.

Cleveland Veterans Administration Services—outpatient counseling available.  Contact the local VA for help on getting access to medical care for vets.