This Week in the Law Library …

This week in the Law Library, we’re teaching secondary sources; teaching legal research using terms and connectors; teaching technology in law practice; and celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.

This Week’s Research Sessions

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Lawyering I, sec. 3

Ron Jones, Electronic Resources Instructional Services Librarian
Room 145
10:40am – 12:05pm
Researching Secondary Sources

Technology in Law Practice

Shannon Kemen, Legal Technology & Research Instructional Services Librarian
Room 107
11:10am – 12:05pm

Lawyering I, sec. 1

Ron Jones, Electronic Resources Instructional Services Librarian
Room 145
1:30pm – 2:55pm
Researching Secondary Sources

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Legal Research Competency Program

Laura Dixon-Caldwell, Instructional & Reference Services Librarian
l2:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 107
Legal Research Using Terms and Connectors

Students who complete the requirements of the Legal Research Competency Program before graduation will receive a notation on their transcript stating that they are competent with respect to legal research, a credential they can list proudly on their resumes as proof of the research skills they offer prospective employers. This is the first live session of the program. For questions, or to RSVP, contact Laura Dixon-Caldwell at

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Technology in Law Practice

Shannon Kemen, Legal Technology & Research Instructional Services Librarian
Room 107
11:10am – 12:05pm

Featured Study Aids

Principles of Tax Policy by Stephanie McMahon

Available through the West Academic study aid subscription, this text explains the essential building blocks of the American tax system clearly and concisely, including the effects of changes adopted in the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017. Chapters range from the political process to individual and corporate income taxes, Social Security and other payroll taxes, state and local budgeting, and international tax planning. Each chapter opens with a brief description of the covered policy topic, providing a synopsis of the current state of the law. Ample footnotes provide easy access to articles and standard reference works allowing readers to dig deeper on their own.

Federal Income Tax: Examples & Explanations

Available through the Aspen Learning Library subscription, this text provides students with a summary of topics and issues in federal income tax. Its index includes a Table of Cases and a Table of Internal Revenue Code Sections. Analysis is first provided for a topic and then examples are given to help students understand the analysis. A series of problems at the end of each section or chapter assist you in testing your understanding. Answers are provided for these problems.

Understanding Federal Income Taxation

Available through the LexisNexis Digital Library study aid subscription, this edition of Understanding Federal Income Taxation consists of forty-two chapters with each chapter addressing a basic topic in individual income taxation, e.g., the definition of “gross income,” the exclusion of gain from the sale of a principal residence, business deductions including the Section 199A deduction for qualified business income (added by the 2017 tax legislation), the treatment of capital gains and losses, the taxation of gains from the sale or exchange of real property, and the tax consequences of transfers between spouses and incident to divorce. Each chapter provides a detailed explanation of the interpretation and application of relevant Internal Revenue Code provision(s) and Treasury Regulations as well as summaries of leading cases and administrative rulings. The practical application of these authorities is illustrated in the numerous examples contained in each chapter. Because the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code are necessarily at the heart of tax study, each chapter also includes a part or all of the Code section(s) pertinent to the chapter topic.

Featured Database

Bloomberg Law Tax Practice Center

Bloomberg Tax integrates Tax Management Portfolios, Accounting for Income Tax Portfolios, primary and secondary resources, Practice Tools, and News to aid research on the most complex tax matters.

Featured Video

IRS Videos on YouTube

The Internal Revenue Service’s official YouTube channel features IRS videos to help America’s taxpayers understand and meet their tax responsibilities and enforce the law with integrity and fairness to all.

Featured Treatise

Federal Taxation of Income, Estates, and Gifts (WG&L) by Boris I. Bittker; Lawrence Lokken

This preeminent tax treatise, available on Westlaw, examines full range of corporate tax issues, including corporate organization, capital structure, income tax, Sub-chapters C & S, dividends and distributions, foreign corporations, and foreign source income.

Featured Website

The Internal Revenue Service is the nation’s tax collection agency and administers the Internal Revenue Code enacted by Congress. This isn’t the prettiest website out there but it is full of official and authoritative information for tax practitioners and consumers.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

2022 Hispanic Heritage Month Poster

Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15 to October 15 and celebrates the contributions and importance of Hispanics and Latinos to the United States and those American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. This year’s theme is Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation.

UC & UC Law Celebrations & Events

UC Alumni Association Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

CECH National Hispanic Heritage Month

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

¡Viva! A Latin American Red Carpet Premiere

6:00pm – 8:00pm, AACRC Main Lounge (60 W. Charlton St.)
Join Ethnic Programs and Services and the Council of Cultural Leaders for a red carpet celebration for Latinx Heritage Month. Fashion, music, and art will be showcased. Free food provided. RSVP via CampusLINK.

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Carlos Soltero and the Latino Community

Room 160
For Hispanic Heritage month the Latino/a Law Student Association welcomes Carlos Soltero, author of Latinos and American Law, a book that discusses landmark Supreme Court cases that have affected the Latino community. Carlos is a graduate of Yale Law School and a partner at Soltero Sapire Murrell PLLC in Austin, TX. He will be discussing some of the cases from his book.

Presentation of Reggaeton, an Urban Novel by Dali Amador

3:00pm – 4:00pm
Faculty Enrichment Center
Reggaeton tells the story of Castigador X, a Latin singer who succeeds in the world of music. Rafael Armenteros Benítez has talent, and he also has what any man can dream of, but he is not entirely happy and there is an intimate reason that he must accept to restart his life. Recounting his path to fame, friends, women, and money, the novel also discovers the stories of those around him, especially migrants from different Latin American countries who seek their dreams or a better life in Miami. Faculty can register at Faculty OneStop.

LEA Presents Cocina Conmigo

5:00pm – 6:00pm
Max Kade Cultural Center (Old Chem)
Join Latinx en Acción for National Hispanic Heritage Month and learn how to make arepas. RSVP via CampusLINK and be sure to state any dietary restrictions or allergies.

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

LACLS Public Health & Latinx Community Roundtable

3:30pm – 4:30pm
A&S Hall Room 53 or Zoom
RSVP via CampusLink

Monday, October 17, 2022

Hispanic Heritage Month at UCBA: Taste of Mexico Food Truck, 11:30am – 2:00pm, UCBA Muntz Traffic Circle

5 LatinX Resources to Explore Hispanic Heritage

Last week we looked at LatinX attorneys and law students. This week we explore more resources on LatinX attorneys, law students, and more.

ABA Diversity and Inclusion Center, Celebrate Hispanic/Latino/a/x Heritage Month Honoring Activists and Legal Trailblazers (2022)

This PDF by the ABA Diversity and Inclusion Center highlights LatinX legal trailblazers and activists.

ABA Wide 21-Day Hispanic Heritage Equity Habit Building Challenge

The ABA Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council is proud to launch a 21-Day Hispanic Heritage Equity Habit Building Challenge syllabus in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. The goal of the Challenge is to assist each of us to become more aware, compassionate, constructive, engaged people in the quest for equity, and specifically to learn more about the Hispanic Heritage, and many communities included under the “Hispanic umbrella.” It transcends our roles as lawyers. Non-lawyers are also welcome to participate.

ABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities, Latinos in the United States: Overcoming Legal Obstacles, Engaging in Civic Life (2013)

This report for the ABA presents information with the goal of providing a foundation upon which to expand on the work that has been started during the past years. The witnesses and stakeholders who provided valuable information to the Commission candidly described the challenges facing Latino lawyers, clients, and members of the broader Latino Community.

ABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities, Hispanics in Public Service – Pathways to Leadership Webinar (Mar. 30, 2022)

As the largest growing minority group in America, Hispanics have been entering the labor force at substantial rates, often with marketable skills, hands-on experience, and bilingual abilities. Yet for decades Hispanics have remained underrepresented in the federal workforce. This program will identify some of the largest obstacles and share personal and professional tips on how to overcome them and excel to senior leadership roles. The program also will explore strategies and best practices, such as federal training programs and enhanced mentorship opportunities, for future success at increasing the representation of Hispanics in critical federal government and policy-making positions.

Sharon Foley & Deborah L. Kidder, Hispanic Law Students’ Perceptions of Discrimination, Justice, and Career Prospects, 24 Hisp. J. of Behav. Sci. 23 (2022)

In this study,ethnic and gender discrimination perceived by minority students was investigated in a sample of 118 Hispanic law school students. Despite governmental efforts at promoting affirmative action practices,perceived discrimination can act as a barrier in the legal profession that keeps minority and female attorneys from advancing in the profession. Results were consistent with the hypotheses,suggesting that (a) female students anticipated more discrimination in the legal profession than male students; (b) the higher the perceived discrimination,the less fair the students perceived the promotion process in their future law firm will be; and (c) the lower the perceived fairness of the promotion process,the lower the satisfaction with their chosen career (the law profession) and the lower the respondents’ perceived career prospects. Practical implications and avenues for future research are discussed.

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