According to cleveland.com, CWRU Law SchoolProfessor Michael Scharf began teaching a free, online, 8-week class called Introduction to International Criminal Law today, May 1st. At least 17,500 signed up to participate in this venture, which is called a MOCC, or a Massive Open Online Course. Ever since Stanford invented the concept in 2011, MOCCs are apparently taking hold in academic environments across the United States. For his class, Professor Scharf "adapted a course he teaches at CWRU by adding videos, photos and pop-up quizzes. People will post assignments, such as writing a judicial opinion, and others can comment. He will monitor the chat room and participate when possible. The quizzes and final will graded by computer." Like other MOCCs, Professor Scharf's class cannot be taken for credit. The Cleveland Law Library wishes him well with this amazing initiative.
An article in today's Columbus Dispatch really paints a bleak picture for Ohio law school graduates. Except for their debt (which is up), every conceivable statistic is down, including the number of paid summer internships, starting salaries, and employment rates for new lawyers. Students who might have otherwise decided to go to law school may be taking these hints to heart because over 20,000 fewer individuals took the LSAT. The article includes an ongoing debate over whether the U.S. has too many lawyers compared to an insufficient number of doctors. Interesting reading!
The Cleveland Law Library is sponsoring a CLE program on Foreclosures in 2 weeks on Friday, November 19, 2010. We have lined up experts in a lot of relevant areas, and we will be covering the role of the court in forecloures, foreclosure mediation, sheriff sales, foreclosure prevention, and the Cuyahoga Land Bank. If you would like to register for this program, which promises to convey a lot of helpful and informative information, please complete our Registration form.
The Toledo Blade reports that Governor Strickland signed a bill this week directing the Ohio Department of Education to create a code of conduct for Ohio's teachers. The proposed Code will have some teeth and include penalties for violations by offenders and those who fail to report their colleagues. The law also allows charges for all-day kindergarten and lengthens the time students will have for standardized testing. According to the Columbus Dispatch, the Ohio DOE wasted no time and has already issued 9 proposed recommendations on teacher discipline for the General Assembly to consider. One of the most significant recommendations calls for the automatic revocation of educator licenses for serious crimes. Teachers would also be removed from class upon arrest for certain offenses such as murder, kidnapping and rape. For several years, Ohio has already had Educator Standards in place.
The Ohio Department of Education has created a brand new searchable database containing information on teachers and educators against whom the DOE has taken disciplinary action. The database is searchable by last name, first name, State ID number, School District, zip code. The Ohio DOE has also posted information about how convictions affect teachers' licenses, with links to applicable sections of the Ohio Administrative Code.