Together in the Struggle: Hands-On Learning through Research Labs | Claire Robinson May, Amy Burchfield & Brian Cassidy |

Professor Claire May presented jointly with Amy Burchfield and Brian Cassidy at the Legal Writing Institute 1-Day Workshop at Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University on Friday, December 11. The conference theme was Collaboration In and Out of the Legal Writing Classroom.Claire May Presentation 1

According to Professor May, “In this session, we discuss our use of research labs to develop our students’ 21st century legal research skills. Our teaching group – two librarians and a legal writing professor – collaborates to identify needed legal research skills and then designs exercises to hone these skills. The lab sessions require students to sometimes struggle with a learning-by-doing approach towards the goal of gaining competency with research concepts and strategies. Students receive comprehensive feedback documents and ongoing encouragement. Our goal is to teach efficient and effective research in the current online research environment, rather than a traditional source by source methodology.”

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Professor Sterio’s Book Review Published by Melbourne Journal of International Law

Professor and Associate Dean Milena Sterio reviewed “Self-Determination and Secession in International Law” (edited by Christian Walter, Antje von Ungern-Sternberg and Kavus Abushov) (Oxford University Press 2014).  Professor Sterio’s book review was published by Melbourne Journal of International Law, in Issue 1, Volume 16 (2015).

Professor Robertson’s Article on Drill Permits and Ohio Zoning Laws Published by Crain’s Cleveland Business

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Professor Heidi Gorovitz Robertson

Heidi Gorovitz Robertson, Steven W. Percy Distinguished Professor of Law, published another article with Crain’s Cleveland Business.  Professor Robertson’s article is entitled “We still don’t know if a drill permit trumps a zoning law in Ohio,” and it is available here.  Professor Robertson is a regular contributor to Crain’s Cleveland Business, where her energy guest columns are published periodically.

Professor Witmer-Rich Quoted on NPR’s All Things Considered

Professor Jonathan WitmerRich was quoted on Wednesday, December 2, on NPR’s All Things Considered, as part of a story titled, “Answering the Tough Question of Who Polices the Police.”  He noted that prosecutors seem to handle police shooting cases differently from how they approach ordinary cases, and highlighted the potential conflict of interest local prosecutors face when considering filing charges against local police.  The story is available here.

Professor Sterio Participates in Happy Dog Takes on the World Discussion on UN Sustainability Goals

Professor and Associate Dean Milena Sterio spoke at a panel discussion on December 1 at The Happy Dog entitled “UN Sustainability Goals – Can 17 Initiatives Transform the World.”  This event was organized by the City Club of Cleveland as part of the “Happy Dog Takes on the World” series; the event was co-sponsored by the Cleveland Council on World Affairs, WCPN 90.3/Ideastream, the Northeast Ohio Consortium for Middle East Studies, and International Partners in Mission.  The other panelists included WCPN host and producer, Tony Ganzer,  as moderator, Ben Fitch-Fleischmann, Assistant Professor of Economics & Environmental Studies, Oberlin College, and Amanda McCoy, Principal, Eclatant Consulting.
The event link is available here, and a podcast of the program is available at this link: