Constitution Day 2018

Constitution Day Lecture

Today, September 17th marks 231 years since the adoption of the U.S. Constitution in 1787. We invite you to join the College of Law’s celebration of that event with our annual Constitution Day Lecture. The Hon. Robert L. Wilkins of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will discuss the history of the 14th Amendment and its role in jurisprudence in the lecture “Honoring the 150th Anniversary of the 14th Amendment and its Ohio Founding Father”. The event will be held at 12:15 p.m in Room 114.

The Fourteenth Amendment, which addresses citizenship rights and the rights of citizens, is pivotal to modern jurisprudence and has been since its adoption in the aftermath of the Civil War. John Bingham is properly thought of as the father of this amendment, however, he often remains in its shadow. As we celebrate the amendment’s 150th anniversary, Judge Wilkins will explore John Bingham’s personal history and his role in shaping the language of, and adoption of, the amendment.

About the Lecturer:
The lecturer, the Hon. Robert L. Wilkins, is a former staff attorney and special litigation chief for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, as well as a partner at law firm Venable LLP, handling white-collar defense, intellectual property and complex civil litigation matters. During his tenure with the Public Defender Service and in private practice, Judge Wilkins served as the lead plaintiff in Wilkins, et al. v. State of Maryland, a landmark civil rights lawsuit that inspired nationwide legislative and executive reform of police stop-and-search practices and the collection of data regarding those practices.

Judge Wilkins also had a key role in the establishment of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, serving as the chairman of the Site and Building Committee of the Presidential Commission whose work led to the Congressional authorization of the museum and the selection of its location. In his book “Long Road to Hard Truth: The 100-Year Mission to Create the National Museum of African American History and Culture”, Judge Wilkins shares how his curiosity about why there wasn’t a national museum dedicated to African American history and culture became an obsession for him. Long Road to Hard Truth chronicles the early history, when staunch advocates sought to create a monument for Black soldiers 50 years after the end of the Civil War and in response to the indignities of the time, including lynching, segregation, and the slander of the film Birth of a Nation. The movement evolved to envision creating a national museum, and he follows the obstacles through the decades. Today, the museum stands as a showcase of the many ways the African American experience has helped shape the nation.

He is a graduate of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Harvard Law School. As a practicing lawyer, he was named one of the “40 under 40 most successful young litigators in America” by the National Law Journal and one of the “90 Greatest Washington Lawyers of the Last 30 Years” by the Legal Times. </br>

It’s Taft Week at the College of Law

A Large Man Who Played an Outsized Role

William Howard Taft was many things: a judge in Cincinnati’s courts, a student of and later dean of what became the University of Cincinnati College of Law, Governor of the Philippines, President of the United States, and Chief Justice of the United States. Beginning Tuesday the college celebrates Taft Week with several events. You'll find a listing of them on the College of Law website. Friday speaker Professor Jeffrey Rosen’s recent biography, titled William Howard Taft, is available in the Law Library’s reserve collection. The University of Cincinnati Archives hold correspondence from Taft during his time as Governor of the Philippines. We invite you to join the College of Law as we celebrate the legacy of William Howard Taft.

The Week May Be Short, But Learning Opportunities Abound

Civil Liberties Since 9/11/2001

Associate Director Susan Boland has prepared a slide presentation on civil liberties in the U.S. since the attacks of September 11>sup>th, 2011. Including statistics on border searches of electronic devices and attitudes toward whether policies are too restrictive, you’ll find the presentation on the library’s digital display.To honor Labor Day, you’ll also find a selection of books on labor and employment law on the display table.

Research Training Sessions

  • Wednesday, September 5th
    • Professor Bradley’s Sections 2 & 4
      • Secondary Sources with Shannon Kemen
      • 10:40 AM – 12:05 PM in Room 114
  • Thursday, September 6th
    • LLM Students
      • Secondary Sources with Shannon Kemen
      • 1:45 – 3:30 P.M. in Room 302

 

Featured Resources

 

Research Training is in Full Swing

Law Librarians Know Legal Research

Our skilled librarians know the ins and outs of legal research, from codes and cases to rules and regulations. For 1L students, they partner with your legal writing instructors to set you on the path to a successful law school and practice career. Here is a list of upcoming sessions.

  • Tuesday, August 28th
    • Professor Oliver’s Section 6
      • Print resources with Ronald Jones
      • 9:00 – 10:25 AM in the Ohio Alcove
    • Law Review Lexis training with Susan Boland and Ashley Russell
      • Noon – 1:30 PM in Room 302
    • Professor Oliver’s Section 1
      • Print resources with Ronald Jones
      • 1:20 – 2:55 PM in the Ohio Alcove
  • Wednesday, August 29th
    • Professor Oliver’s Section 6
      • Print resources with Ronald Jones
      • 10:40 AM – 12:05 PM in the Ohio Alcove
    • Professor Bradley’s Sections 2 & 4
      • Secondary Sources with Shannon Kemen
      • 10:40 AM – 12:05 PM in Room 114.
    • Professor Oliver’s Section 1
      • Print resources with Ronald Jones
      • 3:00 – 4:30 PM in the Ohio Alcove
  • Friday, August 31st
    • Professor Oliver’s Section 6
      • Cases & Citators with Ronald Jones
      • 9:00 – 10:25 AM in the Ohio Alcove.
    • Professor Oliver’s Section 1
      • Cases & Citators with Ronald Jones
      • 11:10 AM – 12:35 PM in the Ohio Alcove.

 

Featured Resources at Labor Day Focus on Labor and Employment Law


Welcome back, we’ve changed!

A Few Changes to Note

As you head off to your first day of fall semester classes, please note these changes in library operations. First, the library will be open and staffed Monday through Friday, from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM. We no longer have evening or weekend hours. Of course, you have 24×7 access to the library space with your Bearcat card and continuous access to our thousands of online resources. We are no longer staffing the reference desk. To submit a question to our reference librarians, or to schedule a consultation, use the “Ask a Research Question” form or send an email message to marxlawlib@ucmail.uc.edu.

Check Out These Research Guides Customized For Your Needs!

  • Law Student Guide to the Law Library
  • LLM Survival Guide
  • 1-L Survival Guide

  • Upcoming Research Training Sessions

    • Thursday, August 23rd
      • LLM Students
        • Case Law with Shannon Kemen
        • 3:00 – 4:25 PM in Room 208
    • Tuesday, August 28th
      • Professor Oliver’s Section 6
        • Print Sources with Ronald Jones
        • 9:00 AM – 10:25 AM in the Ohio Alcove
      • Law Review Training with Susan Boland
        • 12:00 Noon – 1:00 PM in Room 302
      • Professor Oliver’s Section 1
        • Print Sources with Ronald Jones
        • 1:30 – 2:55 PM in the Ohio Alcove
    • Wednesday, August 29th
      • Professor Oliver’s Section 6
        • Print Sources with Ronald Jones
        • 10:40 AM – 12:05 PM in the Ohio Alcove
      • Professor Bradley’s Sections 2 & 4
        • Secondary Sources with Shannon Kemen
        • 10:40 AM &ndash 12:05 PM in Room 114
      • Professor Oliver’s Section 1
        • Print Sources with Ronald Jones
        • 3:00 &ndash 4:30 PM in the Ohio Alcove
    • Friday, August 31st
      • Professor Oliver’s Section 6
        • Ronald Jones
        • 9:00 AM – 10:25 AM in Room 100B
      • Professor Oliver’s Section 1
        • Ronald Jones
        • 9:00 AM – 10:25 AM in Room 100B


    Featured Resources


Welcome to New Students

The staff of the Robert S. Marx Law Library is excited to welcome the College of Law’s new students today. We look forward to meeting you at the orientation session this morning and on library tours this afternoon. Additionally, please stop by the library’s table at today’s new student activities fair. We’ll be handing out access codes to research services such as Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg Law. Please remember that we are here to help you find the legal information that you need for success. Best wishes for a successful 1L year!

-Ken Hirsh
Director of the Law Library

Register Now for the Legal Research Boot Camp!

Registration is now open for the 2018 Legal Research Boot Camp. Legal Research Boot Camp is hosted by the University of Cincinnati College of Law and NKU Chase College of Law each May in order to refresh students’ legal research skills for any internships, externships or other legal work over the summer. At Boot Camp you will see the familiar UC law library faces plus librarians from a county law library, a firm law library, and NKU. We’ll talk about transitioning to a law firm, legal forms and practice material, low cost and free resources, administrative law, Ohio law, and Kentucky law. The same program is offered twice in order to better accommodate law students in the Cincinnati area. You can attend either session no matter where you live or go to school. Legal Research Boot Camp will take place at University of Cincinnati on May 14 8:30am – 12:30pm and at Northern Kentucky University on May 15 12:30pm – 4:30pm. Breakfast will be provided on Monday and lunch will be provided on Tuesday. Register at https://guides.libraries.uc.edu/bootcamp.