Saluting the UC Law Class of 2019

Congratulations, You’ve Earned that J.D. or LL.M.!

I feel a special kinship to those of you who will receive your hoods tomorrow. You entered the College of Law nearly three years ago, in a period of tumult in the leadership of the college. Time and time again so many of you have shown us the heard work and dedication to purpose that is bringing you the privilege of walking across the platform tomorrow and having the J.D. or LL.M. hood laid upon your shoulders. But you have also shown us true community spirit in the many ways you serve the college, the university, and the broader Cincinnati community. You’ve also demonstrated how to have fun when it is time to kick back. Yours will be the last U.C. Law class I see graduate, and I am proud to be leaving this great institution as you do. I very much look forward to learning about how each of you will change the world.

Sincerely,

Ken Hirsh

Faculty New Books Reception

Please join us in the Atrium at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, April 23rd, as we recognize the following authors of new books in the past year:

  • Marjorie Aaron: Risk and Rigor: A Lawyer’s Guide to Decision Trees for Assessing Cases and Advising Clients (DRI Press 2019)
  • Stephanie McMahon, Principles of Tax Policy (Second Edition, Concise Hornbooks Series, West Academic Publishing, 2018)
  • Sandra Sperino: McDonnell Douglas: The Most Important Case in Employment Discrimination Law (Bloomberg 2018)
  • Joseph Tomain – Lincoln Davies, Alexandra Klass, Hari Osofsky, Joseph Tomain, Elisabeth Wilson: Energy Law & Policy (American Casebook Series 2nd ed. 2018)

Light refreshments will be served and there will be brief remarks.

R.S.V.P., April 22nd

Register Now for “Bridging the Gap: Practical Skills Bootcamp!”

Registration is now open for our Bridging the Gap: Practical Skills Bootcamp. Bridging the Gap: Practical Skills Bootcamp will introduce students to the Courthouse environment, provide a tour of important locations, and pass along tips and tricks they might not have learned in the classroom.

With your registration you will get:

  • Judicial Q&A with Judge Joshua Berkowitz, Hamilton County Municipal Court
  • Guided tour of the Hamilton County Courthouse, including non-public areas
  • Panel discussion with librarians from UC, NKU, Hamilton County Law Library, and Keating, Meuthing & Klekamp
  • Lunch

Learn practical skills for life after law school!

The Bridging the Gap: Practical Skills Bootcamp will take place May 10, 2019 11:00-3:00 at the Hamilton County Courthouse. Lunch will be provided. Space is limited to 25 people so register now!

Register and view the schedule at http://guides.libraries.uc.edu/bridgegap.

This Week: Close to Wrapping Up the Term

Research Training Sessions This Week

    • Thursday, April 16th
      • Professor Oliver’s Section 5
        • Cost Effective Research with Ron Jones
        • 10:40 A.M. – 12:05 P.M. in Room 100A
      • Professor Oliver’s Section 3
        • Cost Effective Research with Ron Jones
        • 1:30 – 2:55 P.M. in Room 100A

 

Thinking About Final Exams?

You should be! Consider these resources to help you prepare:

  • More than 600 study aid volumes on West Academic and Lexis OverDrive.
  • Print study aids in the Reference 2 collection.
  • Develop your outlines with PowerNotes.
  • Check in with our librarians when you are feeling stumped.

 

This Week

RSVP for Tuesday’s Library & Lexis Lunch & Learn

Just in time for your heading out to summer associate or clerkship positions or your first professional job, Associate Director Susan Boland and Lexis Academic Representative Ashley Russell have a program to get you off to a good start. They’ll present “How To Professionally Research An Assignment From Start To Finish” on Tuesday, April 9th, from 12:14 – 1:15 P.M. in Room 114. Lunch and Lexis points are bonus payoffs. Please reserve your spot now!

This Week’s Other Research Training Opportunities

        • Tuesday, April 9th
          • Professor McCord’s Section 2
            • Free and Low Cost Resources with Susan Boland
            • 10:40 A.M. – 12:05 P.M. in Room 302
        • Wednesday, April 10th
          • Library & Lexis Prepare to Practice Table
            • Using Alternative Resources with Shannon Kemen and Ashley Russell
            • 12:15 – 1:15 P.M. in the 1st Floor Corridor Outside Room 118
          • Professor Lenhart’s Section 4
            • Low Cost & Free Resources with Susan Boland
            • 1:30 – 2:55 P.M. in Room 100A
        • Thursday, April 11th
          • Professor McCord’s Section 2
          • Cost Effective Research with Susan Boland
          • 10:40 A.M. – 12:05 P.M. in Room 302
        • Friday, April 12th
          • Professor Bradley’s sections 1 & 6
            • Administrative Law Research with Shannon Kemen
            • 9:00 – 9:55 A.M. in Room 118

Save the Date! – Bridge the Gap: Practical Skills Bootcamp

  • Friday, May 10th
  • 11:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. at the Hamilton County Courthouse

 

National Library Week

This week, the Robert S. Marx Law Library joins libraries of all types in celebrating the many ways libraries build strong communities by providing critical resources, programs and expertise.

April 7-13, 2019 is National Library Week, an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming lives and communities. Libraries are at the heart of their cities, towns, schools and campuses. They have public spaces where people of all backgrounds can come together and connect.

Library programs encourage community members to meet to discuss civic issues, work together using new technologies like 3D printing or learn along side one another in English language classes. Library staff also partner with other civic and service organizations to actively engage with the people they serve, always striving to make sure their community’s core needs are being met.

At the Robert S. Marx Law Library helps lead the community by providing access to e-books and other e-resources; making faculty scholarship available through our digital repository (180,435 downloads and counting); online legal research guides that are available 24/7; video tutorials on legal research for a variety of subjects that are available 24/7; and expert instruction in finding and using legal resources no matter what the format. Libraries advocate for widespread access to crucial services and lifelong learning. Libraries level the playing field for people of any age who seek information and access to technologies to improve their quality of life.

Libraries also offer something unique to their communities, the expertise of individual librarians. Librarians assist patrons in using increasingly complex technology and sorting through the potentially overwhelming mass of information bombarding today’s digital society. This is especially crucial when access to reliable and trustworthy data is more important than ever.

Libraries are cornerstones of democracy, promoting the free exchange of information and ideas for all. They also foster civic engagement by keeping people in formed and aware of community events and issues.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

For more information, visit us on the third floor of the College of Law, call 556-3016, or visit the library’s Web site at https://law.uc.edu/education/library.  Libraries hours are Monday – Friday 8:00AM – 5:00PM. Law students, faculty, and staff have 24/7 access to the library and its many resources.

 

It’s Time For Oral Arguments

Speak Up, Counselor

At most law schools, the weeks after spring break mean that 1L students are delivering oral arguments as the final assignment in their Legal Writing and Research Classes. For many of them it is the first time they’ve had to engage in the give and take of oral argument with a judge or an opposing speaker. Others have more experience because they took formal debate classes in high school or college, and perhaps belonged to the National Speech and Debate Association, which in my younger days was the National Forensic League. (I did not participate in its activities.) Whether or not you are experienced in persuasive speaking, you will find a list of helpful aids compiled by Susan Boland in last week’s blog post.

RSVP for Next Week’s Library & Lexis Lunch & Learn

Just in time for your heading out to summer associate or clerkship positions or your first professional job, Associate Director Susan Boland and Lexis Academic Representative Ashley Russell have a program to get you off to a good start. They’ll present “How To Professionally Research An Assignment From Start To Finish” on Tuesday, April 9th, from 12:14 – 1:15 P.M. in Room 114. Lunch and Lexis points are bonus payoffs. Please reserve your spot now!

This Week’s Research Training Opportunities

  • Monday, April 1st, and It’s No Joke!
    • Professor Lenhart’s Section 4
      • Susan Boland covers Administrative Law Research
      • 1:30 – 2:55 P.M. in Room 100A
  • Thursday, April 4th
    • Professor Oliver’s Section 5
      • Ron Jones covers Low Cost & Free Legal Resources
      • 10:40 A.M. – 12:05 P.M. in Room 100A
    • Professor McCord’s Section 2
      • Susan Boland covers Administrative Law Research
      • 10:40 A.M. – 12:05 P.M. in Room 302
    • Professor Oliver’s Section 3
      • Ron Jones covers Low Cost & Free Legal Resources
      • 1:30 – 2:55 P.M. in Room 100A
  • Friday, April 5th
    • Professor Bradley’s Sections 1 & 6
      • Shannon Kemen covers Low Cost & Free Legal Resources
      • 11:10 A.M. – 12:05 P.M. in Room 114

 

Robert S. Marx Lecture

On Wednesday, April 3rd, UC Law welcomes Devon W. Carbado, associate vice chancellor of BruinX for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at UCLA and the Honorable Harry Pergerson Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law. Professor Carbado will speak on the Fourth Amendment and racial inequality at 12:15 P.M. in Room 114.