This week is fall break for the College of Law and although there may not be classes, the Law Library is still open! Need to access study aids? Remember that you can access our electronic study aids 24/7 from on-campus or off-campus. Links to access West Academic and the LexisNexis Digital Library, as well as study aids by subject, are available on our Exam Study Guide. Are you researching a paper for class over break? Check out our Seminar Paper Research Guide. Working on a cite checking assignment? Don’t forget our guide for UC Law Journals.
October Term of the United States Supreme Court
This week the United States Supreme Court begins its October term and it’s going to be a doozy. Here are the cases they’re hearing:
- Monday, Oct. 7:
- Kahler v. Kansas — whether the Constitution allows a state to abolish the insanity defense.
- Peter v. NantKwest — this case involves the procedures for challenging the denial of a patent by the Patent and Trademark Office.
- Ramos v. Louisiana — whether right to unanimous jury verdict applies to state criminal trials.
- Tuesday, Oct. 8:
- Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia — whether discrimination against an employee because of sexual orientation constitutes prohibited employment discrimination within the meaning of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e-2.
- R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission — whether Title VII prohibits discrimination against transgender people based on (1) their status as transgender or (2) sex stereotyping under Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins.
- Altitude Express Inc. v. Zarda — whether the prohibition in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e-2(a)(1), against employment discrimination encompasses discrimination based on an individual’s sexual orientation.
National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Don’t stay silent, Speak up!
- Presidential Proclamation on National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, 2019
- Governor DeWine’s Proclamation on National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, 2019
Domestic violence includes physical, psychological, sexual, and economic abuse. Below are some resources for survivors and their loved ones:
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)
- Loveisrespect: 1-866-331-9474, 1-866-331-8453 (TTY)
- Ohio Domestic Violence Network Information & Referral Number: (800) 934-9840
- Self-Help Manual for Survivors of Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence and Stalking
- Self-Help Manual for Incarcerated Survivors of Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence and Stalking
- Created by the Ohio Domestic Violence Network and the Ohio Poverty Law Center, with partners from the private bar and the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence, these two manuals provide an overview of the process and potential remedies available to domestic violence survivors.
National Cyber Security Awareness Month
This month is also National Cyber Security Awareness Month. This year’s theme is “Own IT. Secure. IT. Protect IT.” Visit Stay Safe Online to learn more!
- Cybercriminals love it when you overshare on social media – they can learn all about you! #BeCyberSmart and make it harder for them by avoiding posting real names, places you frequent and home, school and work locations.
- Browsing on your mobile device? Make sure it’s not running suspicious apps or using permissions you didn’t realize you approved.
- Enable automatic app updates in your device settings so your software runs smoothly and you stay protected against cyber threats!
- #BeCyberSmart Rules for Keeping Tabs on Your #Apps: 1) Delete apps you don’t need or no longer use. 2) Review app permissions. Say “No” to any that don’t make sense. 3) Only download apps from trusted sources.
- When it comes to passphrases, it best to mix it up and stay unique! Keep them fun, easy-to-remember and don’t reuse them.
- Learn about passphrases on our College of Law IT Support guide.
- Sometimes even long and strong passphrases aren’t enough. Step up your game with multi-factor authentication and keep all your private bits … private.
- Learn more about UC’s move to Duo (becoming mandatory for students in November) and multi-factor authentication on our College of Law IT Support guide.
- Cyber criminals cast wide nets with #phishing tactics, hoping to drag in victims. They may offer a financial reward, threaten you if you don’t engage, or claim that someone is in need of help.
- Play Hard to Get with Strangers: If you’re unsure who an email is from—even if the details appear accurate—do not respond, and do not click on any links or attachments.
- #BeCyberSmart Tips for Spotting a Phish: 1) They offer financial reward, threaten you or claim to need help. 2) They ask for your personal info. 3) They want you to download a file or click on a link.
- Can you spot a #phish? @Google’s free phishing quiz will test your ability to spot a fake.
- Any device that connects to the internet is vulnerable to various risks. The best defense is to keep device security software, web browser and operating systems up to date. #BeCyberSmart by turning on auto-updates.
- #BeCyberSmart Tip: Stay protected while connected. Public Wi-Fi networks are not secure – limit what you do on public WiFi, and avoid logging in to key accounts like email and financial services.
- If you must connect, consider using a virtual private network (VPN) or a personal/mobile hotspot.
Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month is nationally recognized during the dates of September 15 – October 15 as of 1988 to acknowledge the important contributions made by Hispanic and Latino-Americans to the United States. This year the theme is “Hispanic Americans: A History of Serving Our Nation.”
- Volunteer Day with The Cincinnati USA Hispanic Chamber, Sunday Oct. 12, 8:30am – 12:30pm
- Hispanic Heritage Month Ending Taco Tuesday, Tuesday Oct. 15 2pm – 4pm at the EPS Office