The Annual Meeting of the members of the Cleveland Law Library Association will be held on Tuesday, April 25, 2023 at 12:00 p.m. Agenda items will include the Librarian's Report and the election of four Directors to serve three-year terms from March 2023 - Spring 2026. The Board recommends the following candidates at this time:

  • John M. Alten, Esq.- Ulmer & Berne LLP
  • Richard G. Johnson, Esq. - Richard G. Johnson Co. L.P.A.
  • Matthew D. Ridings, Esq. - Thompson Hine, LLP

Association Members are encouraged to attend in person, but an online Zoom option is available by registering at this link: https://clevelandlawlibrary.org/public/misc/annual_meeting.html.


The Law Library offers On Demand Self-Study CLE Programs available for you to access any time 24x7. You can watch individual class videos and download course materials. Upon successful completion of a program, you will receive a Certificate of Completion, and the Law Librarian will report your attendance to the Ohio Supreme Court. The list of current classes includes:

  • Data Breach Horror Stories and What We Can Learn from Them
  • Estate Planning for a Person with a Disability
  • Hold Them to Their Proof: Strategies for Defending Foreclosure and Collection Lawsuits
  • The Implications of Recent Changes to the Statute of Limitations Periods for Contracts in Ohio
  • Professional Conduct for Lawyers 2022
  • Sports Gaming in Ohio: The Who, What, When and Where of Legalized Sports Gambling
  • Spring Check-In on Employee Restrictive Covenant Law
New classes will be added throughout the year. Get started by browsing our catalog here and registering to take a class.

Celebrate With Us

Every year, libraries across the United States celebrate National Library Week in April to recognize the contributions of our Nation's Libraries and Librarians, as well as promote increased library use. This year's theme is "There's More to the Story."

  • Come connect with our staff members this year on Wednesday, April 26th. We will be offering various fun word games in person and online, and light refreshments will be served throughout the day in our lobby.

  • We are also offering a free, online Westlaw CLE for members on Thursday, April 27, 2023 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. More details and a link will be provided soon.


A typical audit of your online identity is said to uncover over 300 elements of exposed personal information, scattered across the Internet and accessible to hackers and thieves. The hackers then take your personal information and sell it or use it for their own purposes. Typically they use this personal information to extract banking passwords and security codes from their targets. Identity thieves also use personal information found online to impersonate their targets and open fraudulent accounts in their names. There are steps you can take to protect yourself. Kim Key from PCMag.com lists five steps you should take to avoid these problems. Click Here to read the article "Take These 5 Steps to Stop Apps From Collecting Your Data Now".


The American Bar Association celebrates Law Day every May to commemorate the role of law in the United States. This year’s theme is Cornerstones of Democracy: Civics, Civility, and Collaboration. The American Bar Association's message states that:

    We invite all the people of the United States to join us in rebuilding trust in our institutions, respect for one another, and our willingness to collaborate to address the challenges that face our nation.
The Cleveland Law Library is celebrating Law Day this year with a free, online CLE from Lexis for our members. This class will discuss legal analytics, which are valuable reports that compile data and insights about judges, courts, attorneys, law firms, and different types of cases and damages.

Save the date now for this program:

    Title: AI: Trends in Legal Analytics
    Date: Thursday, May 4, 2023
    Time: 2:30-3:30 p.m.
    CLE Credit: 1 hour
    Location: LINK Online (link with registration to be provided closer to the date)


Cleveland Law Library Publishes New Strategic Plan

After eight months of intensive work, the Cleveland Law Library recently published a new Strategic Plan that will support law library operations and services from 2023-2029.

This new plan includes a revised Mission for the Law Library, as well as brand new Vision and Core Values statements:


    To deliver law library services to private and public sectors by providing cost-effective, high-quality legal research, reference, resources, and programs.

    The Cleveland Law Library is a highly visible resource and valued partner for strengthening the delivery of legal services.
Core Values and Guiding Principles:

The Cleveland Law Library is committed to and will demonstrate:

  • Comprehensiveness of offerings: through the reliable breadth of our collections.

  • Respect for everyone we serve: for law firms of every size, solo practitioners, businesses, county government, municipalities, the courts, public officials, judges, and the general public.

  • Excellence in everything we do: with dependable high standards of quality, trustworthiness, and responsiveness.

  • Privacy of requests: by ensuring the anonymity of patron communications.

  • Stewardship of resources: through responsible and cost-efficient management.

The full plan also identifies the following five goals to energize and drive the Law Library’s future:

Goal 1: Core Service and Program Offerings

    The Cleveland Law Library’s exceptional virtual and in-person services and programs will be easily accessible and increasingly utilized.
Goal 2: Membership

    The Cleveland Law Library will engage, serve, and retain a growing number of public and private sector members.
Goal 3: Revenue Streams & Financial Position

    The Cleveland Law Library will sustain its financial health through an optimal mix of revenue streams and responsible oversight.
Goal 4: Staff & Board Capacity and Succession

    The Cleveland Law Library will attract and retain outstanding, diverse, and committed staff and board members to continue to lead the organization well into the future.
Goal 5: Location
    The Cleveland Law Library will occupy the space needed to best serve its patrons.

Each goal is associated with more specific strategic priorities which are outlined in the full plan.

Law Library Acquires Law360 News

The Law Library is pleased to announce that it just acquired a research license for our staff to access the news content available in Law360. Law360 is a LexisNexis® product that provides up-to-the-minute news coverage of legal developments and trends. A one-stop source for legal news and analysis, Law360 publishes about 200 news articles every single business day that cover dozens of practice areas, industries, and states. Law360 is a great resource with over 450,000 articles dating back to 2003. Talk to a Law Library staff member today about obtaining a Law360 article or searching the Law360 database. Members who just want to see a list of the latest news articles can subscribe to a Law360 newsletter for free to get a daily news update on over 60 selected topics.

Law Library Celebrates Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month is celebrated every year in March to highlight women’s contributions to society throughout history. In particular, March 8th is International Women's Day (IWD), which is a day celebrated in many countries around the world. IWD is a day to honor the achievements of women, highlight female-focused charities, and promote women’s rights. Officially recognized by the United Nations in 1977, the celebration has continued to grow. In 2023, the global theme of International Women’s Day was #EmbraceEquity. To celebrate this day, the Cleveland Law Library released a new episode of its Law Library Insights Podcast, which focused on women in the legal field and parental leave policies. Join our refence librarian, Kayla Fertig, as she reflects on how far women in the law have come, obstacles women professionals face, and where the legal field is heading. Listen now!

New Patron Copier

The Cleveland Law Library recently leased a new copier for patrons to use in the Law Library’s lobby. This new machine supports scanning to a USB drive, printing from a USB drive, and easy wireless printing. If you have an old copy card that worked with our last copy machine, please turn it in at our front desk for a credit toward copies on our new machine.


The Cleveland Law Library congratulates the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association on celebrating 150 years of serving lawyers in the greater Cleveland area. Among other milestones in its history, many of you may remember the historic day in 2008 when the Cleveland Bar Association and the Cuyahoga County Bar Association combined to create the unified entity we now know as the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. As it is more affectionately called, the CMBA is a full-service organization that supports professional networking for attorneys, pro bono and community service programs, quality continuing legal education programming, and public education. As a valuable partner in the local delivery of legal services, the CMBA deserves to be commemorated on its illustrious history as a champion of justice in the greater Cleveland area.



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The Law Library will be closed on the following days:

  • Memorial Day, Monday, May 29th
  • Juneteenth, Monday, June 19th
  • Independence Day, Tuesday, July 4th
  • Labor Day, Monday, September 4th
  • Columbus Day, Monday, October 9th
  • Veterans Day, Friday, November 10th (Observed)
  • Thanksgiving, Thursday and Friday, November 23rd and 24th
  • Christmas, Monday, December 25th
  • New Years Day, Monday, January 1st

Board of Directors:
Carla M. Tricarichi, Esq. - Tricarichi & Carnes, President
Ronald Stansbury, Esq. - Tucker Ellis LLP, Vice-President
Benjamin C. Sassé, Esq. - Tucker Ellis LLP, Treasurer
Kathleen M. Dugan, Esq. - The Cleveland Law Library, Secretary
John M. Alten, Esq. - Ulmer & Berne LLP
Hon. Mary J. Boyle - Eighth District Court of Appeals
Joseph N. Gross, Esq. - Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP
Ruth E. Hartman, Esq. - Baker & Hostetler
Rebecca W. Haverstick, Esq. - Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
Richard G. Johnson, Esq. - RGJ LLC
Eric B. Levasseur, Esq. - Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP
Hon. John P. O'Donnell - Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court
Rebecca Y. Price, Esq. - Law Office of Rebecca Yingst Price, LLC
Matthew D. Ridings, Esq. - Thompson Hine, LLP
Christopher S. Williams, Esq. - Calfee, Halter & Griswold, LLP

Board of Directors:
Sheryl King Benford, Esq., Chair
Daniel Van, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office, Vice-Chair
Loree Potash, Esq., Secretary
Hon. John P. O'Donnell, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court
Hon. Charles L. Patton, Jr., Cleveland Municipal Court
Law Library Staff:
Kathleen M. Dugan, Esq., M.L.S., Librarian & Chief Administrator
Eric J. Hess, B.S., M.L.S., Network Services Librarian
Kayla Fertig, B.A., M.L.I.S., Reference Librarian
Leslie A. Hall, B.A., Paralegal Certificate, Office Manager

Web Site: clevelandlawlibrary.org

Email: lawlib@clelaw.lib.oh.us
Phone: (216) 861-5070 Fax: (216) 861-1606