This Week in the Law Library …

This week in the Law Library, we are teaching Advanced Legal Research, focusing on environmental law resources, and celebrating Black History Month.

This Week’s Research Sessions

Monday, Jan. 31, 2022

Advanced Legal Research

Legal Technology & Research Instructional Services Librarian, Shannon Kemen & Electronic Resources​  & Instructional Technology Librarian Ron Jones
1:30pm – 2:55pm
Room 100A

Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022

Advanced Legal Research

Legal Technology & Research Instructional Services Librarian, Shannon Kemen & Electronic Resources​  & Instructional Technology Librarian Ron Jones
1:30pm – 2:55pm
Room 100A

New Display Showcasing the Life of Judge Nathaniel Jones

The law library is pleased to invite you to view the newest display showcasing the life of Judge Nathaniel Jones. The College of Law’s Center for Race, Gender and Social Justice is named in honor of Judge Jones and his life’s work in promoting social justice. The College of Law is privileged to host Judge Jones’s archives. Please come by the main entrance of the law library to view documents and artifactsfrom Judge Jones’s storied career.

Previous Marx Markings posts on Judge Jones

New Display Highlighting Court Cases Citing Our Faculty’s Scholarship

The College of Law is fortunate to have a faculty made up of excellent scholar/teachers. What is often overlooked is the impact that our faculty scholars have on the law. The scholarship produced by our faculty is often used by attorneys and judges to make arguments and craft legal opinions that impact our society. The law library is pleased to present a new display which highlights court cases that have cited our faculty’s scholarship. The display is located on the second floor outside of room 204 (the courtroom).

Featured Study Aids

Principles of Environmental Law (Concise Hornbook)

Available via the West Academic Study Aid subscription, this book familiarizes readers with the basic mechanics of the major environmental statutes, including, among others, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and the Endangered Species Act. It also includes a separate chapter on how these environmental statutes are enforced by the Government and through citizen suits.

Environmental Law: Examples & Explanations

Available via the Aspen Learning Library, this text contains detailed chapters and coverage of not only Environmental Law, but also Energy Law, Climate Change Law, and Land-Use Law. Includes new Supreme Court decisions and developments on requirements for standing to bring environmental litigation; more limited Supreme Court Chevron deference to the E.P.A.;new Supreme Court decisions in Hughes v. Talen, Michigan v. E.P.A, and Murr v. Wisconsin; new treatment of lack of any private-party rights of action in environmental law; new material on environmental repercussions of “fracking” and the law; new material on protecting public drinking water supplies in both riparian and prior appropriation state law systems; the most recent cases interpreting the extent of “waters of the United States;” legal treatment of the Clean Power Plan, now enjoined by the Supreme Court; a complete update of new legal environmental issues regulating the nuclear power fleet in the United States; detailed treatment of pending nuisance suits by cities against oil companies for climate change damages related to rises in sea level; and coverage of the Paris Agreement of 2015 and climate change.

Understanding Environmental Law

Available via the LexisNexis Digital Library, this text explains what international law is, why it exists, and the basic subjects it covers. The law of treaties is given particular attention. Understanding International Law also provides introductory coverage of topics of current relevance, such as terrorism, international criminal law, use and applicability of international law in United States courts, and the law governing the use of military force.

Featured Guide

Environmental Law & Policy

This guide provides a comprehensive overview of federal environmental law & policy research resources. It covers locating articles, treatises, statutory law, administrative materials, agency publications, and websites of interest.

Featured Treatise

Treatise on Environmental Law

Available on Lexis, The Treatise on Environmental Law examines issues, analyzes the statutes and important case law in every area of environmental law. The treatise provides a thorough analysis of the statutes, regulations, and decisions. Emerging issue of climate change and global warming, including U.S. and international initiatives are included.

Featured Website

Climate Change Knowledge Portal

The Climate Change Knowledge Portal (CCKP) is the hub for climate-related information, data, and tools for the World Bank Group (WBG). The Portal provides an online platform from which access and analyze comprehensive data related to climate change and development. Climate data aggregations are currently offered at national, sub-national, and watershed scales. The successful integration of scientific information in decision making often depends on the use of flexible frameworks, appropriate data, and informative tools that can provide comprehensive information to a wide range of users, allowing them to apply scientific information to the design of a project or policy.

Featured Video

Will Environmental Justice Change Under Biden?

The Biden Administration has pledged to make environmental justice a priority. However, across the country, the low-income and Black, Hispanic and indigenous communities that are disproportionately impacted by pollution have been waiting decades for action. The issue gained traction in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Forty years later, with varying efforts from multiple presidential administrations and one 5-4 Supreme Court opinion, impacted communities still have limited legal options to combat negative environmental impacts. In this video, we hear from University of New Mexico law professor Cliff Villa, and Bloomberg Law environment reporter Dean Scott about the fight for environmental justice.

February is Black History Month

Black History Month

This year’s theme for Black History Month is Black Health and Wellness. According to the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, “[t]his theme acknowledges the legacy of not only Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine, but also other ways of knowing throughout the African Diaspora. The 2022 theme considers activities, rituals and initiatives that Black communities have done to be well.”

UC College of Law & Campus Events Celebrating Black History Month

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

UC Blue Ash Student Engagement, Black History Month Kickoff Event (Virtual)
11:00am – 12:30pm
Join us in a kick-off celebration to acknowledge the great works and contributions of Black leaders, Black culture, and Black Excellence! Explore Black student organizations, win prizes with old school Black Culture games & trivia, discuss issues concerning the Black student experience, and hear about more exciting events coming up this Black History Month!
More information & RSVP link

African American Cultural & Resource Center Black History Month Opening Ceremony
6:00pm – 7:00pm
60 West Charlton Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
The AACRC will host our signature ceremonial event by ushering in the spirit and occasion for the observation of Black History Month, 2022! In addition to unveiling the Black History Month events, join us to enjoy cultural performances, a special Black History Month libation, and the unveiling of the 2022 student organization leader awardees! Our keynote speaker is Dr. Littisha Bates, Assoc Dean, A&S College of Arts & Sciences.
More information & RSVP link

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Drink ‘n Think Lecture Series on African American History: The African Diaspora and Liberation
Sip, laugh, learn and grow at Ludlow Wines, 343 Ludlow Ave., with host UC Associate Professor of History Holly McGee every Wednesday in February for a four-part “Drink ‘n Think” lecture series on African American history.
This Wednesday learn about Africa, the people/cultures of West Africa, the Transatlantic Slave Trade and its first contact with the so-called New World.

Friday, February 4, 2022

Horror movie night | every Friday in February
Time and title TBA

Saturday, February 5, 2022

Union Baptist Church Cemetery Tour
1:30-3:30 p.m.
Join UC history classes as they virtually visit the United American Cemetery for a 1 1/2 hour guided tour via Zoom.

5 Resources to Learn More about Black History and the Legal Profession

ABA, National Town Hall Series: Black Lawyers in America

Session 1: The Foundation
Over the course of their distinguished careers, former ABA presidents Dennis Archer, Paulette Brown and Robert Grey, Jr. have advocated for the change so many now seek and have helped create a foundation of racial equity upon which the profession can now build. This discussion will identify the issues and set the table for a solution-driven dialogue.

Session 2: The Focus
As our society increasingly becomes aware of the historic inequities that continue to impact people of color generally and Black Americans in particular, the legal profession is likewise coming to terms with this reality. Black lawyers are grossly underrepresented and underappreciated in the legal profession and are still more likely to be affected by bias – both conscious and unconscious – throughout their careers. Our panel will discuss the existing strategies and approaches that firms and corporations can use to make the profession more diverse and inclusive. We will also examine and explore other solutions that have yet to be implemented broadly. Listeners will come away with guidance and action items.

Session 3: The Future
The next generation of Black legal leaders will discuss the future of the profession. What are their expectations? What do they want to contribute? How will they transform the profession? What challenges do they face and where will they seek their support? How will they harness the energy of social change movements to effectuate change in the boardrooms?

Session 4: Black Leaders in the Government – Challenges, Opportunities and Solutions
This series concludes with an open descussion with Black political leaders in local and federal government, for a firsthand account of the extraordinary responsibilities they must bear in serving their constituents while acting as voices of change in this emotionally and racially charged environment.

ABA, Celebrating Black Legal Trailblazers

This year, the ABA is celebrating Black Legal Trailblazers, from the 1800s to the present. The individuals have not only been powerful examples of leadership in the legal profession, but have brought about historic change and progress to make the legal field more inclusive today, and more representative of our population as a whole.

ABA, 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge

Entities across the ABA have come together to provide resources focused on uplifting experience of Black attorneys and communities, and combating anti-Black racism. Pledge to join the Challenge, engaging with these resources every day for 21 days. The Syllabus launches on 2/8 and goes through the end of February.

National Bar Association: We Are History video

The National Bar Association was founded in 1925 and is the nation’s oldest and largest national network of predominantly African-American attorneys and judges. Watch the video on their work, titled: We Are History.

ABA, Women Fulfilling the Dream

The ABA DC office hosted a panel for an event in honor of MLK and Black women leaders, activists, and lawyers of the past, present and future. The panel featured Paulette Brown, former ABA President, Dorcas Adekunle, Dep. Chief of Staff for Rep. Susan Wild, Charmaine Davis, VP of Marsh USA, and Riche Holmes Grant, attorney and entrepreneur, all speaking about “Women Fulfilling the Dream,” of racial justice, inclusion, and empowerment. Watch the video of the panel and hear a recitation and musical accompaniment of Maya Angelou’s and Langston Hughes’s poetry.

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