This week at the Law Library we’re looking at legal analytics and corporate law resources in honor of the Corporate Law Symposium on Advances in Legal Analytics, preparing for the MPRE, and continuing to celebrate Women’s History Month.
Corporate Law & Legal Analytics
On Friday, Mar. 12, 2021, UC will host the Corporate Law Symposium and this year it is focusing on Advances in Legal Analytics. For those wanting more information on legal analytics, we’ve got you covered!
- Legal analytics is the application of data to the business and practice of law. Legal analytics harnesses technologies, such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, and searching, to clean up, structure, and analyze raw data from dockets and other legal documents.This guide will highlight legal analytics resources.
- Introduction to Legal Analytics Part 1
- This video introduces you to legal analytics. It discusses why you might want to learn more about legal analytics and how firms and companies are using them. It then identifies the different types of analytics and some of the issues surrounding legal analytics.
- Introduction to Legal Analytics Part 2: Selected Litigation Analytic Tools
- This video takes you on a quick tour of 3 litigation analytics products from: (1) Bloomberg Law; (2) Westlaw; and (3) Lexis. It will demonstrate searching for firm analytics and judge analytics in all three.
Kevin D. Ashley, Artificial Intelligence and Legal Analytics: New Tools for Law Practice in the Digital Age (2017).
- The field of artificial intelligence (AI) and the law is on the cusp of a revolution that began with text analytic programs like IBM’s Watson and Debater and the open-source information management architectures on which they are based. Today, new legal applications are beginning to appear and this book – designed to explain computational processes to non-programmers – describes how they will change the practice of law, specifically by connecting computational models of legal reasoning directly with legal text, generating arguments for and against particular outcomes, predicting outcomes and explaining these predictions with reasons that legal professionals will be able to evaluate for themselves. These legal applications will support conceptual legal information retrieval and allow cognitive computing, enabling a collaboration between humans and computers in which each does what it can do best.
- Available as an e-book through the Cambridge Core Collection
Featured Corporate Law Study Aids
- Examples & Explanations: Corporations
- This study guide provides thematic coverage of the law of business organizations, beginning with agency and partnership law and focusing on corporations. New to the Ninth Edition: Updates based on recent corporate statute revisions, including to the Delaware General Corporation Law and the Model Business Corporation Act (revised, 2016). New expanded materials on law of agency, with new examples and explanations focused on sole-proprietorship and agency law concepts tested on bar exams. New expanded materials on partnership law, with summaries of cases used in leading casebooks and new examples and explanations on partnership law concepts tested on bar exams. Expanded materials on comparisons of LLCs and corporations, including on the growth of LLCs, inspection rights, fiduciary duties, and oppression. New materials on “purpose of the corporation,” including the recent Business Roundtable statement on corporate purpose and hybrid-purpose benefit corporations. New illustrations of flow-through tax treatment, based on recent changes to the Internal Revenue Code and tax rates for individuals and corporations. New descriptions of dual-class voting structures, with illustrations of companies such as Google/Alphabet that have adopted such structures. Updated description of shareholder activism and recent developments in use of shareholder proposal rule, including emergence of ESG investing and Blackrock’s letters to CEOs. Updates on regulation of securities offerings, including new exemptions for financial crowdfunding and mini-registrations under Regulation A+. Revised text on new cases claiming lapses in board oversight, including Delaware Supreme Court’s decision in Marchand v. Barnhill. Revised materials on Supreme Court decisions (including Lorenzo and In re Trulia) affecting the procedure and elements applicable to securities fraud class actions. Revised text and examples on tipping liability in insider-trading cases, after Supreme Court’s decision in US v. Salman. New materials on recent Delaware M&A cases, including Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corp. and Corwin v. KKR Financial Holdings, LLC.
- Available via the Wolters Kluwer study aid subscription
- Corporation Law (Hornbook)
- Think of a hornbook as a mini-treatise for law students. It provides a more in-depth analysis of law school subjects than the other series. This hornbook clarifies corporation’s law, while paying attention to correcting common misconceptions held among students about the subject. This text includes thoughtful expositions on corporate rights, purpose and social responsibility and extended historical and comparative law discussions. There are also expanded and restructured discussions of policy and doctrine in areas ranging from mergers and acquisitions and securities regulation to corporate governance and the duties of directors and controlling shareholders. These enable the reader to both view corporate law in its broad policy framework at one end, while understanding the nuances of Delaware and U.S. Supreme Court decisions at the other.
- Available via the West Academic subscription
- Understanding Corporate Law
- This text highlights significant business, economic, and policy issues are highlighted in connection with a thorough analysis of the important cases and statutory provisions used in the study of corporations. It includes the major theoretical approaches used in current corporate law literature. In each chapter, the authors identify important policies and discuss the relationship of the law as it has developed to those policies. Statutory issues are addressed under both the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware and the Revised Model Business Corporation Act. In addition, significant sections from the Principles of Corporate Governance of the American Law Institute are covered. The corporate scandals of 2001 and 2002, the enactment of the federal Sarbanes-Oxley (2002), Dodd-Frank (2010), JOBs (2012) Acts, and the financial crisis of 2008 are also covered. The rise of institutional shareholder ownership and its effect on legal developments is highlighted.
- Available via the LexisNexis Digital Library (Overdrive subscription)
The MPRE is Coming and the Library Can Help!
Are you studying for the MPRE? Looking for study resources? Check out the MPRE resources on our Bar Exam Study Guide and the Legal Ethics / Professional Responsibility Study Aids!
March is Women’s History Month & Monday is International Women’s Day
The National Women’s History Month theme for 2021 continues the 2020 theme Valiant Women of the Vote. The theme honors the women who fought to win suffrage rights for women, and the women who continue to fight for the voting rights of others.
3 More Great Resources for Exploring Women’s History
- Gerritsen Collection
- The Gerritsen Collection is an international digital library that spans four centuries and documents the lives and experiences of women in public and private arenas. The database contains 265 periodicals and 4¸471 monographs published from 1543-1945 in fifteen different languages. Coverage: 1543-1945.
- Independent Voices
- Independent Voices is an open access digital collection of alternative press newspapers, magazines and journals, drawn from the special collections of participating libraries. These periodicals were produced by feminists, dissident GIs, campus radicals, Native Americans, anti-war activists, Black Power advocates, Hispanics, LGBT activists, the extreme right-wing press and alternative literary magazines during the latter half of the 20th century.
- Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000
- Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000 is a resource for students and scholars of U.S. history and U.S. women’s history. Organized around the history of women in social movements in the U.S. between 1600 and 2000, this collection seeks to advance scholarly debates and understanding about U.S. women’s history generally and at the same time make those insights accessible to teachers and students at universities, colleges, and high schools. The collection currently includes 124 document projects and archives with more than 5,100 documents and 175,000 pages of additional full-text documents, written by 2,800 primary authors. It also includes book, film, and website reviews, notes from the archives, and teaching tools.
UC & College of Law Events
- 21 Day Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge presented by the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati
- The challenge is designed to create dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership. Participants will be presented with challenges such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, reflecting on personal experience, and more. Participation in an activity like this helps us to discover how racial injustice and social injustice impact our community, to connect with one another, and to identify ways to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination. This is an exciting opportunity to dive deep into racial equity and social justice.
Monday, Mar. 8, 2021
- Immigration, Detention, Prisons, and Criminalization: Taking Children and Reproductive (In)Justice
- The UC College of Law Nathaniel R. Jones Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice is pleased to present the Taft Lecture for Women’s History Month, featuring Dr. Laura Briggs, Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Professor Briggs is an expert on U.S. and international child welfare policy and on transnational and transracial adoption. She received her A.B. from Mount Holyoke College, her M.T.S. from Harvard University, and her Ph.D. in American Studies from Brown University. Her research studies the relationship between reproductive politics, neoliberalism, and the longue durée of U.S. empire and imperialism. Briggs has also been at the forefront of rethinking the field and frameworks of transnational feminisms. Briggs newly published book Taking Children: A History of American Terror (University of California Press, 2020), examines the 400-year-old history of the United States’ use of taking children from marginalized communities—from the taking of Black and Native children during America’s founding to Donald Trump’s policy of family separation for Central American migrants and asylum seekers at the U.S./Mexico border—as a violent tool for political ends.
- Women’s Center Mindfulness Series
- 5:00pm – 7:00pm
- Join us for a mindfulness practice session with our guest facilitator Sonya Verma. We will be doing a gentle yin yoga practice so bring your yoga mat, towel, or anything you have with you to this virtual session.
- Jones Center Urgent Conversations: Celebrating Women’s History
- Hosted by Wynn Horton ’21. The Jones Center’s Urgent Conversations offer an opportunity for students to talk about larger societal issues, as well as a safe space to express differing viewpoints. Check “Urgent Conversations” on TWEN for pre-readings.
Wednesday, Mar. 10, 2021
- Ms. JD Annual Conference: Meeting the Moment
- Mar. 10 – Mar. 12, 2021
- 9:00am – 7:00pm
- Pre-law & law students free
Friday, Mar. 12, 2021
- 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.
- Self-Care Retreat
- 9:30am – 1:30pm
- Join us for the Black Feminist Symposium Self Care Retreat. During times of chaos, it can feel ridiculous to seek out the things that make us feel good, but we have to intentionally choose it in order to nourish our vitality. Black women deserve to be given space to not only pour into themselves but they deserve to be poured into. We are taking an opportunity to give Black women what they are so often deprived of: time and intentional space for leisure, affirmation, support, and the option to choose feeling good. Please feel free to join at any time during the retreat experience.