This Week in the Law Library …

This week we’re wishing those taking the MPRE good luck! We’re also teaching low cost and free legal resources and cost effective searching, as well as continuing to celebrate Women’s History Month, and previewing U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments.

This Week’s Research Sessions

Monday, March 27, 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

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Law School Competencies Information Table

Laura Dixon-Caldwell, Instructional & Reference Services Librarian & Shannon Kemen, Legal Technology & Research Instructional Services Librarian
Atrium Table
8:30 – 9:00am
Learn about how you can participate in the law school research and technology competencies! University of Cincinnati Law students who complete the requirements of the Competency programs before graduation will receive a notation on their transcript stating that they are competent with respect to legal research and/or technology, a credential they can list proudly on their resumes as proof of the research skills they offer prospective employers.

Lawyering II, Advocacy, section 1

Instructional & Reference Services Librarian Laura Dixon-Caldwell
Cost Effective Legal Research
1:30pm – 2:55pm
Room 145

Lawyering II, Advocacy, section 6

Interim Director Susan Boland
Low Cost & Free Legal Resources
1:30pm – 2:55pm
Room 135

Advanced Legal Research

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

Featured Guide

Oral Advocacy Guide

This guide describes resources that can help you for Moot Court, Appellate Advocacy, and other activities and groups on oral advocacy.

Featured Study Aids

Mastering Appellate Advocacy & Process

Available via LexisNexis Digital Library Study Aid subscription, Mastering Appellate Advocacy and Process covers the range of appellate procedures in use across the United States, from preserving error below and on appeal, filing the notice of appeal, compiling the record, as well as appealable orders and judgments, proper parties on appeal, and appellate jurisdiction. The book also covers legal analysis, drafting, and advocacy techniques used in preparing appellate briefs, as well as oral advocacy techniques in a discussion that is useful to novices and old hands. Written for practicing lawyers as well as students, the book also includes a chapter devoted to that particular law school exercise known as moot court, identifying how typical moot court competitions are like, and unlike, real world appellate practice.

Successfully Competing in U.S. Moot Court Competitions

Available via West Academic Study Aid subscription, this text is designed to help students prepare for team selection competitions as well as those who will be competing at U.S. moot court competitions. It includes advice on a range of issues – from selecting a partner to keeping the competition in perspective after it is over. It includes advice based on interviews with successful moot court coaches from several law schools.

Featured Treatise

The Art of Advocacy – Appeals

Available on Lexis, this treatise provides a step-by-step practical analysis of written and oral arguments, with expert advice on preparation and presentation. Included are sample written briefs and oral arguments in products liability cases, medical malpractice cases, and wrongful death actions. Arguments are compared, do’s and don’ts are highlighted, and checklists are provided.

Featured Website

Tips on Oral Advocacy

Featured Video

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, Effective Appellate Advocacy

Chief Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton from the United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit offers instruction on effective appellate advocacy.

Selected Places to View / Listen to Oral Arguments

U.S. Supreme Court Oral Arguments

Ohio Supreme Court Oral Arguments

Ohio First District Court of Appeals Oral Arguments

Ohio Ninth District Court of Appeals Oral Arguments

Oral Arguments at the United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit

Oral Arguments at the United States Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit

Oral Arguments at the United States Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit

Oral Arguments at the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit

Oral Arguments at the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit

Oral Arguments at the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit

Oral Arguments at the United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit

Oral Arguments at the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit

Oral Arguments at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

March Is Women’s History Month

Women carrying signs that say Can Until You Can't

The 2023 Women’s History theme is “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories.” According to the National Women’s History Alliance, “Women have long been instrumental in passing on our heritage in word and in print to communicate the lessons of those who came before us. Women’s stories, and the larger human story, expand our understanding and strengthen our connections with each other.”

UC College of Law & Campus Events Celebrating Women’s History Month

Law Library Women’s History Month Display

2023 Women's History Month Display

This month is Women’s History Month and the Law Library will be celebrating all month with our display, candy trivia, and blog postings. View our exhibit, curated by Library Specialist Rhonda Wiseman, spotlighting monographs from our collection that focus on the history and journey of women’s rights and women’s contributions to the legal community and beyond.

Women’s History Month at the UCBA Library

This year’s selections highlight the 2023 theme for Women’s History Month – “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories.” These books, focusing on women from all forms of media, along with others are located near the Library’s Information Desk. The print and virtual displays are available until March 31, 2023.

Women’s History Month CECH

Highlights this year’s faculty and student nominees.

UC Alumni Association Celebrates Women’s History Month

Ever since Winona Lee Hawthorne became the first female to earn a degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1878, women have built an impressive legacy as Bearcat students and alumnae. Today, women constitute the majority of each graduating class, and their achievements continue to elevate the institution, their communities and their chosen fields. For these reasons, the UC Alumni Association proudly marks Women’s History Month — celebrating the excellence of the past and present while eagerly anticipating the greatness that lies ahead.

UC Athletics Celebrates Women’s History Month

Throughout March, UC Athletics will celebrate with a month-long digital storytelling effort on and the Bearcats social platforms. Student-athletes from all sports will discuss the meaning and importance of this month through social posts and graphics.

Monday, March 27, 2023

Feminist Crafternoon

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
UC Women’s Center, Steger 571
Join Women’s Center staff for an afternoon of collage-making and other crafts! Themed around the 2023 Women’s History Month theme, “Celebrating women who tell our stories,” we encourage you to tell your own story by collaging your very own feminist journal. Create a feminist collage journal with goals, intentions, feminist empowerment and more! All supplies are provided; just bring yourself and your creativity.

University of Cincinnati Planned Parenthood Generation Action Craft Night

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
UC Women’s Center, Steger 571
UC Generation Action is hosting a craft night using expired condoms and other materials. There will be some supplies provided but feel free to bring anything you want to use. You can make a picture, a poster/sign, or just draw what reproductive justice means to you. We will also be discussing the upcoming ballot initiative, that would advocate for a constitutional amendment that would ensure Ohioans access to abortion, and how students can get involved.

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

mX.po: A social justice expo featuring women and LGBTQ+ oriented community leaders & organization

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Room 170
The UC Nathaniel R. Jones Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice in the College of Law presents a social justice expo event featuring women and LGBTQ+ oriented community leaders and organizations. Learn about organizations, volunteer opportunities and potential internship and externship opportunities.

Thursday, March 30, 2023

The Legs, Hips, Body, & Poetry Workshop

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
African American Cultural Resource Center, 60 W. Charlton
Register to attend this workshop intended to provide space for Black women to write poems about the body, sexuality, womanhood and empower Black women participants to make strength training a part of their self-care practice. In the first half of the workshop, participants will read and discuss poems by Black women poets that explore autonomy, sexuality/sexual relationships, the body, race, and womanhood. Facilitators Simone Savannah and Morgan-Allison Moore will lead a writing activity to help participants generate one poem to share at the end of the workshop. In the second half of the workshop, participants hear stories about the facilitatorsʼ body and fitness journeys. Following their presentations, participants will learn and practice the best exercises to grow the glutes and strengthen the legs and hips. Participants will also have the opportunity to share their personal stories, and ask questions related to the body and taking up space in the gym. The workshop ends with an open mic session where participants may share the poem written during the first half of the workshop. This fitness-writing workshop is inspired by Lucille Cliftonʼs poem “homage to my hips” where she the speaker defines her body on her own terms – each line celebrates womanhood and honors her “big” and powerful hips. Participants will each receive a collection of poetry. Co-sponsored by UC Women’s Center and the Taft Research Center.

5 More Resources to Learn More about Women’s History

At the beginning of the month we focused on the origins of Women’s History Month and women in the legal profession. Last week we focused on more general media and archival resources on women’s history. This week we will focus on research databases that are useful for learning more about women’s history.

HeinOnline’s Women & Law

Women and the Law (Peggy) is a collection that brings together books, biographies, and periodicals dedicated to the role of women in society and the law. It provides a convenient platform for users to research the progression of women’s roles and rights in society over the past 200 years.


Gender Watch is a full-text collection of journals¸ magazines¸ newsletters¸ regional publications¸ books¸ booklets and pamphlets¸ conference proceedings and governmental n-g-o and special reports devoted to women’s and gender issues. Contains materials dating back to the 1970’s. Incorporated the publication Women “R.”

Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000, Scholar’s Edition

Women and Social Movements in the United States 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. history generally at the same time that it makes the insights of women’s history accessible to teachers and students at universities, colleges, and high schools. The collection currently includes 98 document projects and archives with more than 3,850 documents and 150,000 pages of additional full-text documents, and more than 2,100 primary authors. It also includes book, film, and website reviews, notes from the archives, and teaching tools. Supported by the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center. Coverage: 1600-2000.

Women and Social Movements, International

Through the writings of women activists, their personal letters and diaries, proceedings of conferences at which pivotal decisions were made, reports of international women’s organizations, and publications and web pages of women’s non-governmental organizations, and letters, diaries, and memoirs of women active internationally since the mid-nineteenth century, this collection lets you see how women’s social movements shaped much of the events and attitudes that have defined modern life. Supported by the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center. Coverage:1840-present

Women’s Studies International

Women’s Studies International covers the core disciplines in Women’s Studies to the latest scholarship in feminist research. Nearly 800 essential sources include: journals, newspapers, newsletters, bulletins, books, book chapters, proceedings, reports, theses, dissertations, NGO studies, Web sites & Web documents, and grey literature. Women’s Studies International supports curriculum development in the areas of sociology, history, political science & economy, public policy, international relations, arts & humanities, business and education. Coverage: 1972 – present

March Arguments at the United States Supreme Court

US Supreme Court - corrected

From SCOTUS Blog:

Monday, March 27, 2023

Amgen Inc. v. Sanofi – whether enablement is governed by the statutory requirement that the specification teach those skilled in the art to “make and use” the claimed invention, or whether it must instead enable those skilled in the art “to reach the full scope of claimed embodiments” without undue experimentation—i.e., to cumulatively identify and make all or nearly all embodiments of the invention without substantial “time and effort.”

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Lora v. United States – whether 18 U.S.C. § 924(c)(1)(D)(ii), which provides that “no term of imprisonment imposed … under this subsection shall run concurrently with any other term of imprisonment,” is triggered when a defendant is convicted and sentenced under 18 U.S.C. § 924(j).

Smith v. United States – whether the proper remedy for the government’s failure to prove venue is an acquittal barring re-prosecution of the offense, as the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 5th and 8th Circuits have held, or whether instead the government may re-try the defendant for the same offense in a different venue, as the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 6th, 9th, 10th and 11th Circuits have held.

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Samia v. United States – whether admitting a codefendant’s redacted out-of-court confession that immediately inculpates a defendant based on the surrounding context violates the defendant’s rights under the confrontation clause of the Sixth Amendment.

Polselli v. Internal Revenue Service – whether the exception in I.R.C. § 7609(c)(2)(D)(i) to the notice requirements for an Internal Revenue Service summons on third-party recordkeepers applies only when the delinquent taxpayer owns or has a legal interest in the summonsed records, as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has held, or whether the exception applies to a summons for anyone’s records whenever the IRS thinks that person’s records might somehow help it collect a delinquent taxpayer’s liability, as the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 6th and 7th Circuits have held.


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