This Week in the Law Library …

This week in the Law Library we’re introducing first year students to advanced searching and administrative law research, focusing on love and the law, and continuing to celebrate Black History Month.

This Week’s Research Sessions

Monday, February 13, 2023

Lawyering II, Advocacy, section 1

Instructional & Reference Services Librarian, Laura Dixon-Caldwell
Advanced Lexis & Westlaw Searching
1:30pm – 2:55pm
Room 145

Advanced Legal Research

Legal Technology & Research Instructional Services Librarian, Shannon Kemen & Electronic Resources​  & Instructional Technology Librarian Ron Jones
1:30pm – 2:55pm
Room 107

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Lawyering II, Advocacy, section 5

Electronic Resources Instructional Services Librarian Ron Jones
Introduction to Administrative Law
3:05pm – 4:30pm
Room 135

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Advanced Legal Research

Legal Technology & Research Instructional Services Librarian, Shannon Kemen & Electronic Resources​  & Instructional Technology Librarian Ron Jones
1:30pm – 2:55pm
Room 107

Lawyering II, Advocacy, section 6

Interim Director Susan Boland
Advanced Lexis & Westlaw Searching
1:30pm – 2:55pm
Room 135

Thursday, February 16, 2023

Legal Technology Competency Program

12:15pm – 1:15pm
Room 245 & Zoom
Get started with Procertas Legal Technology Assessments (LTA)
Virtual speaker: Joe Colucci, Procertas

Lawyering II, Advocacy, section 2

Interim Director Susan Boland
Introduction to Administrative Law
4:40pm – 6:05pm
Room 135

Featured Study Aids

The Law of Domestic Relations in the United States (Hornbook)

Available via the West Academic Study Aid subscription, this hornbook analyzes both the continuity and changes that have occurred in the law of domestic relations in recent years. Alternatives to marriage like contract cohabitation, civil unions, and marriage itself are examined in light of state supreme court and United States Supreme Court cases. The economics of divorce including the division of property is presented with reference to the emergence of marriage equality. Adoption of children concludes the book with emphasis on the abandonment of secrecy and the new regard for openness.

Family Law: Examples & Explanations

Available via the Aspen Learning Library, this study aid identifies and explores new trends in family law practice. It includes central topics such as alternative dispute resolution, domestic violence, alternative reproduction, premarital agreements, and professional responsibility. 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.

Mastering Family Law

Available via the LexisNexis Digital Library, this text helps students understand the basic principles and underlying policies of the topics covered in a general family law course. The content in this book is drawn from the table of contents of all the major family law teaching texts and includes all of the major topics covered in those texts. The book includes traditional family law topics such as marriage and divorce, but also covers child law topics such as the constitutional rights of parents and the definition of parents, among others. It provides a roadmap at the beginning of each chapter to focus attention on the important topics that will be addressed and a checkpoints list at the end of each chapter to summarize the important concepts as an aid to student comprehension and retention.

Featured Guide

Family Law Research Guide

This guide provides a quick overview of general and law materials regarding families and domestic relations. It covers browsing for materials by call number range, using encyclopedias for background research and how to locate articles, textbooks, treatises, statutory law, administrative materials, agency publications, legislative histories and websites of interest. The guide can be used by students, faculty members, lawyers, and the general public.

Featured Treatise

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Family Law

Available on Westlaw, this volume explores the principle and history of international human rights law. It addresses questions regarding the sources of human rights, its historical and cultural origins and its universality. It evaluates the effectiveness of procedures and international institutions in enforcing and ensuring compliance with human rights. This volume investigates the underlying structural principles that bind together the internationally-guaranteed rights and provide criteria for the emergence of new rights. It also evaluates whether the international human rights project has made a difference in the lives and well-being of individuals and groups around the world.

Featured Website

The Road to Loving v. Virginia

This digital exhibit from the Virginia Memory site by the State Library of Virginia traces state anti-miscegenation laws and the challenges to these bans on interracial marriage. At the time of the US Supreme Court decision in Loving v. Virginia, sixteen states still had bans on interracial marriage. Even after Loving v. Virginia, it took decades before the laws were repealed. In 2000, Alabama became the last state to repeal its statute.

Featured Video

Love Wins: A Conversation with Jim Obergefell

On Wednesday, June 16, 2021 the UC Alumni Association and the UC LGBTQ Center partnered on a virtual event, “Love Wins: A Conversation with Jim Obergefell.” Obergefell (CECH ’90) was the plaintiff in the landmark Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges, where the decision legalized same sex marriage in the United States. This was the signature event for Pride Month 2021, and was hosted by Andrew Niese (Bus ’23).

February is Black History Month

Black History Month

This year’s theme for Black History Month is Black Resistance. According to the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, “[a]s societal and political forces escalate to limit access to and exercise of the ballot, eliminate the teaching of Black history, and work to push us back into the 1890s, we can only rely on our capacity to resist” and “[t]his is a call to everyone, inside and outside the academy, to study the history of Black Americans’ responses to establish safe spaces, where Black life can be sustained, fortified, and respected.”

University of Cincinnati Celebrations, Resources & Events

Law Library Display

2023 Black Hist Month Display

Explore some of the College of Law’s notable African American alumni as well as a few of history’s most impactful African American Lawyers and Legislators. Be sure to check out one (or two) of our display books!

UC Alumni Association Celebrates Black History Month

Each February, the UC Alumni Association gathers to pay tribute to our past, salute excellence and achievement within the Black UC family, and rejoice in the progress yet to come.

CECH Celebrates Black History Month

CECH proudly acknowledges influential African American students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community partners who made history locally or beyond as we celebrate Black History Month.

UC Athletics Celebrates Black History Month

Throughout February, UC Athletics will celebrate with a month-long digital storytelling effort.

February 13, 2023

Greater Cincinnati Black Business Meet and Greet

Noon – 2:00pm
UC’s Carl H. Lindner College of Business, Kautz Attic 4350
Join the African American Chamber of Commerce in meeting Black-owned business owners in Greater Cincinnati. This opportunity will take a deep dive into the amazing cultural and entrepreneurial offerings of Black-owned businesses in the Queen City. Come meet the founders of innovative startups, established institutions and interact with a metropolitan cadre of businessmen and women who are blazing a new path in economic independence.

UBSA “Love Week”

The United Black Student Association (UBSA) celebrates their annual “Love Week” with a series of activities throughout the week. Join one or all for great fun.
Healthy Relations
6:00pm – 8:00pm
AACRC, 60 W. Charlton

February 14, 2023

Douglass Day at Langsam Library

Noon – 2:00pm
Langsam Library, Room 475
Join UC’s Department of English, History and the McNair Scholars Program in-person or virtually to honor American abolitionist and leader Frederick Douglass on his chosen birthday (Feb. 14) to collaboratively transcribe archives and records of Black history. Work with the papers of activist, educator, abolitionist and newspaper editor Mary Ann Shadd Cary, transcribing records from her time in Philadelphia, Canada and Washington, D.C. *You can participate using your own laptop or one of the available library laptops.

UBSA “Love Week”

The United Black Student Association (UBSA) celebrates their annual “Love Week” with a series of activities throughout the week. Join one or all for great fun.
Game Night
6:00pm – 8:00pm
AACRC, 60 W. Charlton

February 15, 2023

Black Identity Panel

12:20pm – 1:15pm
UC Blue Ash, Muntz 235
Join the UCBA community as we celebrate intersections of blackness. Students and staff will share their experiences from the following three lenses: Mixed race, Afro/LatinX and LGBTQ.

Drink-n-Think…A Lil’ More

6:30 p.m.
Ludlow Wines, 343 Ludlow Ave.
For the second year, Ludlow Wines, Clifton’s retail merchant of wine and craft beer, will host Holly McGee, UC associate professor of history, every Wednesday in Black History Month for another four-part Drink-n-Think lecture series. Drink, laugh and learn about everything you’ve ever wanted to know about African American history but were hesitant to ask.

Reparations now! Join us in understanding the historical call for financial restitution to Black America and help to calculate the costs of generational discrimination.

UBSA “Love Week”

The United Black Student Association (UBSA) celebrates their annual “Love Week” with a series of activities throughout the week. Join one or all for great fun.
UBSA and AACRC choir annual “Love Concert”
7:00pm – 8:30pm
AACRC, 60 W. Charlton

February 16, 2023

Open Academic Classes

11:00am – 12:20pm
Swift Hall 519
Throughout February, select classes across campus will be open for Bearcats and their guests to drop in and learn. A list of open classes will be available in every discipline, from history and sociology to medicine and music. Come in and experience Black history from a truly interdisciplinary perspective. On February 16th, the class is titled “Race and Blackness in the early Islamic world” in UC’s Department of History.

HIV testing

11:00am – 2:00pm
Student Wellness Center, Steger 645B
UC’s Student Wellness Center sponsors free rapid walk-in HIV testing with results in 15 minutes.

UBSA “Love Week”

The United Black Student Association (UBSA) celebrates their annual “Love Week” with a series of activities throughout the week. Join one or all for great fun.
Black Love Movie Night
6:00pm – 8:00pm
AACRC, 60 W. Charlton

Visiting artist in DAAP School of Art: Aaron Coleman

DAAP 5401
Join UC’s School of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) for an evening of artistic contemplation and conversation with visiting artist Aaron Coleman. Immediately following is a reception celebrating the artistic medium of blues music featuring UC students and some of the greatest blues artists in Greater Cincinnati.

February 17, 2023

Black History Month Keynote Series

1:30 p.m.
UC College Conservatory of Music (CCM), Baur
“Expansion, Contraction and Transformation: The Creation of Sacred Space Through Music for Communal Healing and Social Justice” presented by Lisa Beckley-Roberts, Jackson State University, who speaks about the importance of music and how it says so much about our culture.

Bearcat Vogue Ball: Love on Top

7:00pm – 10:00pm
Nippert West
Love doesn’t stop on Valentine’s Day. Come party with the members of the Cincinnati ballroom scene dressed in your best eleganza and celebrate the legendary legacy of the ballroom.

February 18, 2023

Morning Movie Mini-Festival

10:00 a.m. – Noon
Esquire Theatre, 320 Ludlow Ave.
Film, “Chicago Footwork,”  a two-part experience featuring co-sponsor Xavier University dancers and the documentary maker. Come learn a few steps of this exciting and expressive genre of movement.

6 p.m. in Xavier’s Gallagher Student Center

Join an evening of dance. Free transportation at 5:30 p.m. from UC’s AACRC to Xavier. Show your Bearcat card.

Children’s Africana Reading Circle

Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Evanston Recreation Center, 3204 Woodburn Ave.

Join UC each Saturday in February for reading, fun, crafts and free books! Feb. 18th book: “The Hill We Climb” (middle school/tween)

Ninth annual Onyx & Ruby Gala

6:00pm – Cocktail Reception
7:00pm – Dinner and Program
Graduate Cincinnati Hotel (formerly Kingsgate Hotel), 151 Goodman St.
Created in 2007, the Onyx & Ruby Gala recognizes the achievements of African American UC alumni, faculty, staff and students who have made significant contributions to UC and the community at large. Since its founding, this elegant black-tie event has become one of the largest alumni-driven award events for the UC Alumni Association. The 2023 alumni awardees are Reginald Wilkinson, Georgia E. Beasley Legacy Award; Honorable Judge Cheryl Grant, Linda Bates Parker Legend Award; Cecily Goode, Tower of Strength Award; Kerry Charles, Pillar of the Community Award; Ashley Townes, Emerging Leader Award; and Raphael Hicks, Student Trailblazer Award. More info and to purchase tickets

February 19, 2023

9:45 a.m.
Gaines United Methodist Church, 5707 Madison Rd. *Free health screenings after service
Historical Black Church Sundays! The Black church in America is a living, breathing, cultural artifact with which you are welcome to interact during February 2023. Join UC’s Department of Africana Studies each week at select churches in Greater Cincinnati to celebrate Black History Month. Meet in the lobby 10 minutes prior to service for group Bearcat seating. The UC Office of the Vice Provost is generously providing refreshments during “Fellowship Hour” immediately following each service.

Selected Resources to Learn More About Black History

Last week we focused on resources regarding African Americans in the legal profession. This week we focus on resources that will help you learn more about Black history and culture.

PBS, What to Watch this Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month this year with a closer look at the lives of various Black Americans who have made indelible marks on history with their artistry, professional achievements, and community activism. We’ve compiled a list of films premiering this month, as well as programs available to stream in February.

Library of Congress, African American History Online: A Resource Guide

A large number of primary source collection materials related to African American history are digitized and available online via the Library of Congress’s website, including manuscripts, newspaper articles, images, and rare books. In addition, the Library also provides digital content on African American history through their exhibition program, “Today in History” essays, and online research guides.

Library of Congress: The African-American Mosaic: A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History and Culture

The exhibit covers four areas –Colonization, Abolition, Migrations, and the WPA– of the many covered by the Mosaic. These topics were selected not only because they illustrate well the depth, breadth, and richness of the Library’s black history collections, but also because of the significant and interesting interplay among them. For example, the “back-to-Africa” movement represented by the American Colonization Society is vigorously opposed by abolitionists, and the movement of blacks to the North is documented by the writers and artists who participated in federal projects of the 1930s.

National Museum of African American History & Culture: Making a Way Out of No Way

How do you make a way out of no way? For generations, African Americans worked collectively to survive and thrive in the midst of racial oppression. Through education, religious institutions, businesses, the press, and organizations, Black men and women created ways to serve and strengthen their communities. They established networks of mutual support, cultivated leadership, and improved social and economic opportunities. They also developed a tradition of activism that paved the way for broader social change.

Ohio History Connection, African American Experience in Ohio

This African American Experience in Ohio collection documents specific moments in the history of African Americans in Ohio in their own words, in particular focusing on their experiences from 1850 to 1920. It includes manuscript collections, photographs and pamphlets from the Ohio History Connection Archives & Libraries and its National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center division in Wilberforce. This collection only scratches the surface of the African American experience in Ohio and serves as a place to begin inquiry into this diverse and complex history.



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