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.
Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff is one of only a few Ohio law firms that has set up an office in China. BFCA recently received a license from the Chinese Ministry of Justice to practice law at a Shanghai law office. This makes BFCA's 5th office, adding to those it already maintains in Cleveland, Columbus, Wilmington, and Philadelphia. Previously, BFCA had an office in China for solely non-legal transactions. BFCA has posted an article explaining how to qualify under China's Rules for registering a Foreign Invested Enterprise. Click here to read a detailed news article on this new venture in China.