This Week in the Law Library …

This Week’s Research Sessions

Monday, Feb. 15, 2021

  • Prof. Sperino’s Legislative History & Statutory Interpretation Seminar with Associate Director Susan Boland
    • 12:30pm – 1:30pm
    • Zoom

Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021

  • Prof. Oliver’s Advocacy, section 3 with Electronic Resources​  & Instructional Technology Librarian Ron Jones
    • Advanced Searching Techniques
    • 10:40am – 12:05 pm
    • Zoom
  • Prof. Oliver’s Advocacy, section 1 with Electronic Resources​  & Instructional Technology Librarian Ron Jones
    • Advanced Searching Techniques
    • 1:30pm – 2:55pm
    • Zoom

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021

  • Prof. Smith’s Advocacy, section 5 with Associate Director Susan Boland
    • Advanced Searching Techniques
    • 1:30pm – 2:55pm
    • Zoom

Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021

  • Prof. McCord’s Advocacy, section 4 with Legal Technology & Research Instructional Services Librarian, Shannon Kemen
    • Advanced Searching Techniques
    • 9:00am – 10:25am
    • Zoom
  • Prof. McCord’s Advocacy, section 6 with Legal Technology & Research Instructional Services Librarian, Shannon Kemen
    • Advanced Searching Techniques
    • 12:30pm – 1:55pm
    • Zoom
  • Prof. Lenhart’s Advocacy, section 2 with Associate Director Susan Boland
    • Advanced Searching Techniques
    • 1:15pm – 2:45pm
    • Zoom

Featured Guide

  • Federal Legislative History Research Guide
    • This guide is designed to help you understand the Federal Legislative process as well as what documents comprise a legilative history. It covers the major print materials, free web sources, and online databases.


Featured Database

  • ProQuest Legislative Insight
    • Congress produces a variety of publications as a bill moves through the legislative process on its way to becoming a law. A compilation of these full text primary source publications produces a legislative history that is valuable to a wide variety of researchers. Legislative Insight offers a research citation page that not only links to the full text of the associated primary source publications¸ but allows users to do a Search Within from that very page that searches the full text of all the associated publications with one-click. Full-text publication types associated with a legislative history include the Public Law¸ all versions of enacted and related bills¸ Congressional Record excerpts¸ and committee hearings¸ reports¸ and documents.

Featured Study Aids

  • Mastering Statutory Interpretation
    • Online via Lexis Overdrive
    • Mastering Statutory Interpretation explains the methods of interpreting statutes, including a discussion of the various theories and canons of interpretation. The book begins by exploring these theories and identifying the sources of meaning the theorists use to interpret statutes, including intrinsic, extrinsic, and policy-based. Throughout, the text uses the major cases in each area of study to explain how the canons work in practice. Finally, each chapter provides a concise roadmap and summary to introduce and encapsulate the most important material.
  • Examples & Explanations: Legislation, Statutory Interpretation, and Election Law
    • Online via Wolters Kluwer study aids subscription
    • This text covers statutory interpretation, lobbying, bribery, redistricting, campaign finance law, and voting rights. New to the 2nd Edition: coverage through the Supreme Court’s June 2019 decisions, including partisan gerrymandering, court deference to agency interpretations, and the litigation over a citizenship question on the 2020 census; updated discussion of textualist methods of statutory interpretation following the death of Justice Scalia and the arrival of Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh; consideration of how increased political polarization shapes the legislative process and judicial review of legislation; and updated material on campaign finance and voting rights.
  • Legislation and Statutory Interpretation (Concepts & Insights)
    • Online via West Academic subscription
    • This text provides an overview of the legislative process and statutory interpretation. It moves between the theoretical and the practical. It contains in-depth discussion of such topics as theories of legislation and representation, electoral and legislative structures, extrinsic sources for statutory interpretation, and substantive canons of statutory interpretation.

Featured Treatise

  • Sutherland’s Statutes and Statutory Construction
    • Recognized as a core text on statutory construction by the American Bar Association and others, Sutherland Statutes and Statutory Construction lays out the principles of statutory interpretation and helps you develop your own theories and positions supported by these principles, and by analysis of the legislative process itself. Topics include legislative power, legislative organization and procedure, legislative form, legislative applicability, statutory interpretation, and application of the principles of statutory construction in selected areas of substantive law.


Featured Video


February is Black History Month

This year’s theme for Black History Month is The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity.

Black History Month

Five Databases for Black History Month

Below are just a few of the excellent resources that you can use to research black history:

  • HeinOnline’s Civil Rights & Social Justice
    • A person’s civil rights ensure protection from discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, national origin or ethnicity, religion, age, and disability. While often confused, civil liberties, on the other hand, are basic freedoms outlined in the Bill of Rights and Constitution. Examples of civil liberties include the right to free speech, to privacy, to remain silent during police interrogation, and the right to have a fair trial. The lifeblood of civil rights protection in the United States is the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment (“No state shall make or enforce any law which shall … deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws”). Click through the pages in this database to learn how far our nation has come in fulfilling its promise of “all men are created equal” and how much further it still can go.
  • HeinOnline’s Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law
    • This HeinOnline collection brings together a multitude of essential legal materials on slavery in the United States and the English-speaking world. It includes every statute passed by every colony and state on slavery, every federal statute dealing with slavery, and all reported state and federal cases on slavery.
  • African American Newspapers: 19th century
    • This collection of African-american Newspapers contains information about the cultural life and history during the 1800s¸ and is rich with first-hand reports of the major events and issues of the day¸ including the Mexican War¸ Presidential and congressional addresses¸ Congressional abstracts¸ business and commodity markets¸ the humanities¸ world travel and religion. They also contain large numbers of early biographies¸ vital statistics¸ essays and editorials¸ poetry and prose¸ and advertisements all of which embody the African-American experience.
  • African American Newspapers¸ 1827-1998
    • African American Newspapers¸ 1827-1998 provides online access to approximately 270 U.S. newspapers chronicling a century and a half of the African American experience. This unique collection features papers from more than 35 states including many rare and historically significant 19th century titles. Newly digitized¸ these newspapers published by or for African Americans can now be browsed and searched as never before.
  • Black Lives Matter from Exact Editions
    • Black Lives Matter from Exact Editions is “A freely available Black Lives Matter learning resource, featuring a rich collection of handpicked articles from the digital archives of over 50 different publications”


All Month:

  • Black Lawyers in America
    • ABA National Town Hall Series featuring 3 African-American former presidents of the ABA
      • Against the backdrop of a global pandemic and economic meltdown, familiar tragedies have brought us again to another moment of outrage and protest. But there is something different this time. Perhaps the pandemic has given everyone – especially nonminorities – the grim understanding that African Americans have always known: Leaving the house for something as simple as a jog or a trip to the convenience store could turn fatal. This town hall series will examine the struggle for change and racial equity in the legal profession from the past, present and future.

UC & College of Law Events

Monday, Feb. 15, 2021


Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021

  • Black History Month Read-In – Featured Reader Dr. Pamela Scott-Goins
    • Join the us as we welcome Dr. Pamela Scott-Goins, Author of “My walk with my son with Autism. Everyone is welcome to read their own works or choose from books supplied by the UCBA library.
    • 11:30am, 1:00pm
    • WebEx
    • Register
  • 5th Annual Black Feminist Symposium: Radical Rest
    • An in-house conference dedicated to uplifting Black scholarship and celebrating Black voices, forums, panels, and lectures that are led by students, staff, faculty, and community members. The Black Feminist Symposium works to unite black feminist work being done amongst UC members with the community at large.
    • Surburbanoir Black Girlhood to Womanhood Navigating and Surviving White Spaces
      • “If I were born again, I wouldn’t want to be anything else” a quote that is hard to find but is stated by the poet, entertainer, and activist Maya Angelou as she described not wanting to be anything but a black woman even with our challenges and pain. Many black girls struggle with navigating white spaces. Unfortunately their experiences with tokenism from their white counterparts, microaggressions, colorism from their black peers, discipline disparities from authority figures, unrealistic beauty standards and more often leads to feelings of invisibility, isolation, low confidence, and lack of self-worth. I was this black girl. I am this black girl. Many of us are. Surviving these white spaces i.e. suburban neighborhoods, k-12 education, college institutions, work environments, and many more has caused hurt for black women and girls however it has also sparked resilience, helped many further explore their racial identity and pride, and lastly propelled black women to be exceptional leaders. In this session, participants will have a chance to a) learn about the lasting effects of toxic white spaces b) engage in storytelling as a healing process and share their journey with navigating these spaces c) apply various racial identity development models and feminist theories from our sisters Beverly Tatum, Patricia Hill Collins, and Brittany Cooper d) gain strategies on how to not only survive but thrive in white spaces and lastly e) utilize these strategies to guide black girls/women to do the same and maximize their leadership.
      • 5:00pm
      • Presenter: Rosalyn Robinson Collins (She/Her) | Xavier University
      • Register
    • Using Womanism to Empower Yourself and Others 
      • The concept of womanism was first coined by Alice Walker in 1979. Womanism, from her words, validates the experiences of African-American women while promoting a visionary perspective for the world based on said experiences. Womanism centers around inclusivity and activism through realistic goal-setting, appropriate responses to injustice, and most importantly, unconditional love for yourself and others. In my presentation, I will present what I believe to be the 4 tenets of womanism: femininity, wellbeing, universalism, and action. These pillars can be contextualized as a set of personal development tools as well as professional development tools. At the end, I want everyone to understand that femininty is not a weakness, but rather a superpower. Womanism is the poster child for that notion and my hope is that everyone can learn about womanism and how it could benefit them.
      • 6:00pm
      • Presenter: Mackenzie Fields (SHE/Her) | UC Programs + Activities Council (PAC) 
      • Register
  • Madam CJ Walker’s Gospel of Giving: A History of Black Women and Philanthropy
    • Professor and historian Tyrone McKinley Freeman, PhD, offers insight on a seminal figure in Black history and shares a variety of stories about her.
    • 6:30pm
    • Register


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