This Week in the Law Library …

This week in the Law Library we’re teaching technology in law practice, legislative history and statutory interpretation, remembering 9/11, celebrating Taft Week, and previewing Ohio Supreme Court oral arguments.

This Week’s Research Sessions

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Technology in Law Practice

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

Thursday, September 14, 2023

Technology in Law Practice

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

Friday, September 15, 2023

Legislation & Statutory Interpretation

Researching legislative history and resources for statutory interpretation
Susan Boland, Associate Director
Room 235

Data & Poetry / Poetry & Data Workshop: Attributes of the Code & the Line

Hosted by the University of Cincinnati Libraries and the Elliston Poetry Room, this workshop will explore how data and poetry inform and influence each other, the impact of emerging Artificial Intelligence (AI) programs on poetry and literature, as well as the implications this presents for copyright. Join us Tuesday, Sept. 12, 3-5pm in the Elliston Poetry Room (6th floor of the Walter C. Langsam Library) for a panel discussion and Q&A led by poets, data professionals, AI researchers and a legal expert (our own Prof. Armstrong). While you may not leave with answers, you will leave with thoughts, resources and more questions.


  • Ben Kline is the assistant department head for research, teaching and services at UC Libraries. A poet in his non-library life, Ben believes poets should be empowered to harness data, data tools and our collective knowledge to create work that invigorates and challenges ideas about art and technology.
  • Amy Koshoffer – as the assistant director of research and data services, Amy promotes data literacy skills particularly data sharing and data management.
  • Kay Bancroft – a poet, editor, educator and artist, Kay merges creative writing with pre-existing structures, data and more.
  • Mark Chalmers – science and engineering librarian. Among his other areas of expertise, Mark manages the CEAS Library’s coding workshops and is an AI enthusiast.
  • Tim Armstrong – a lawyer and technologist, Professor Armstrong studies the intersection of advanced communications technologies and intellectual property law.

Featured Guide

Federal Legislative History Guide

This guide, by Electronic Resources & Instructional Services Librarian Ron Jones, is designed to help you understand the Federal Legislative process as well as what documents comprise a legislative history. It covers the major print materials, free web sources, and online databases.

Featured Study Aid

Legislation and Statutory Interpretation

Available via the West Academic study aids subscription, this text provides an overview of the legislative process and statutory interpretation. It moves between the theoretical and the practical. It contains in-depth discussion of such topics as theories of legislation and representation, electoral and legislative structures, extrinsic sources for statutory interpretation, and substantive canons of statutory interpretation.

Featured Database

ProQuest Legislative Insights

Congress produces a variety of publications as a bill moves through the legislative process on its way to becoming a law. A compilation of these full text primary source publications produces a legislative history that is valuable to a wide variety of researchers. Legislative Insight offers a research citation page that not only links to the full text of the associated primary source publications, but allows users to do a Search Within from that very page that searches the full text of all the associated publications with one-click. Full-text publication types associated with a legislative history include the Public Law, all versions of enacted and related bills, Congressional Record excerpts, and committee hearings, reports, and documents.

Featured Treatise

Sutherland Statutes and Statutory Construction by Norman J. Singer

Available on Westlaw, this is the definitive treatise when it comes to statutory interpretation.

Featured Video

Principles of Constitutional and Statutory Interpretation

U.S. Supreme Court Justices Antonia Scalia and Stephen Breyer discussed their judicial philosophies of constitutional and statutory interpretation and how they reached their decisions. The two justices traded their views on the interpretation of the Constitution in a changing society, including topics such as the right to privacy, cruel and unusual punishment, and segregation in schools. Pete Williams moderated the discussion on stage.

Featured Website is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information. The site provides access to accurate, timely, and complete legislative information for Members of Congress, legislative agencies, and the public. It is presented by the Library of Congress (LOC) using data from the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Office of the Secretary of the Senate, the Government Publishing Office, Congressional Budget Office, and the LOC’s Congressional Research Service.

Remembering 9/11

9/11 Memorial Stair Run

The 9/11 Memorial Stair Run began in 2015 as a way to commemorate the lives of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Each year students, staff, and community members attempt to run 2,071 stairs of Nippert Stadium. The eighth annual Memorial Stair Run will take place on Monday, September 11th, 2023. Registration will begin at 5:30am and the run will begin at 6:46am.

September 11, 2001 Web Archive at the Library of Congress

The September 11, 2001 Web Archive preserves the web expressions of individuals, groups, the press and institutions in the United States and from around the world in the aftermath of the attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001. The selected websites are comprised broadly of United States and non-United States government sites; press, corporate/business, portal, charity/civic, advocacy/interest, religious, school/educational, individual/volunteer, professional organizations sites; and others.

9/11 Memorial & Museum Online Resources & Exhibits

Access Museum resources such as interactive timelines, digital exhibitions (including a collection of downloadable posters that tell the story of 9/11), oral histories, registries, and the 9/11 primer, to learn more about the February 26, 1993 World Trade Center bombing and 9/11 and its aftermath.

America After 9/11

This Frontline documentary traces the U.S. response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the devastating consequences that unfolded across four presidencies.

National Archives, Remembering 9/11

Materials from the National Archives about 9/11.

Celebrate Taft Week

This week is Taft Week at the College of Law. Check out our small display in the Law Library Services suite (Room 110) and our Taft Week Guide!

2023 Taft Week Display

Taft Week Events

Monday, Sept. 11, 2023

Coffee and Donuts, 8:30am – 11:30am, Atrium

Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2023

Taft Scavenger Hunt, 12:15pm – 1:30pm, Atrium
See the SBA table in the atrium at 12:15 PM for details on how to win a gift card!

Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023

Taft with Justice Fisher, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Room 160
Taft Week Keynote Speaker Justice Fisher will talk with Professor Bryant about about the history of President Taft and his impact on the Law. Chipotle provided!

Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023

Taft with Taft, 12:00pm – 1:00pm, Room 170
Luncheon with Cincinnati Law firm Taft to discuss their namesake for Taft Week and a chance for Q&A with students. Meet attorneys from various practice groups and learn more about what it is like to work at a firm with over 850 attorneys! Lunch provided.

Friday, Sept. 15, 2023

Taft Week: Taft’s Birthday, 12:00pm, Atrium
Grab a cupcake in the Atrium during the lunch hour

Law School Success Display

2023 study aids display

Our main display in the Law Library Services Suite, Room 110, is all about resources to help you succeed in law school. The display was curated by Senior Library Assistant, Rhonda Wiseman. Feel free to browse and use the books on display. See all of our study aids at our Exam Study Guide.

September Oral Arguments at the Ohio Supreme Court

You can view the live stream of oral arguments on the Court’s website or see them after the arguments take place in the Ohio Channel archives.

Ohio Supreme Court Chamber

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

In re Z.C. – what standard of review should be used when reviewing a trial court’s decision to terminate parental rights. Court News Ohio Oral Argument Preview

Smith v. The Ohio State Univ. – whether the Ohio Court of Claims has the authority to consider a lawsuit against a state university if the institution claims it has discretionary function immunity. Court News Ohio Oral Argument Preview

State v. Brown – (1) whether a Brady violation occurs requiring a new trial when a victim found the suspect on social media and that evidence was not presented until trial; and (2)
whether an individual is a victim of a robbery if the property owner is present when the property is stolen at gunpoint but the property was in the hands of another person. Court News Ohio Oral Argument Preview

Vandercar LLC v. The Port Auth. of Greater Cincinnati Dev. Auth. – (1) must a port authority pay prejudgment interest if it is found liable in a breach of contract case; (2) whether Ohio Rev. Code sec. 4582.22(A) waives all immunity from lawsuits for port authorities, including the immunity protecting them against payment of prejudgment interest; and (3) whether a port authority engaged in traditionally commercial, rather than governmental functions has the same responsibility as any other private party, including the obligation to pay prejudgment interest. Court News Ohio Oral Argument Preview

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

State v. Beatty – whether Ohio Rev. Code sec. 2929.14 limits the number of consecutive prison terms for firearm specifications to two terms, making any other remaining specifications concurrent prison terms. Court News Ohio Oral Argument Preview

Epcon Cmty. Franchising LLC v. Wilcox Dev. Grp. LLC – whether the federal Fair Housing Act preempts Ohio Rev. Code sec. 2307.25, which pertains to the possibility of shared liability for civil wrongs. Court News Ohio Oral Argument Preview

State v. Taylor – (1) whether State v. Smith, 167 Ohio St.3d 423, 2022-Ohio-274, prohibits complilcity-based mandatory bindovers on category-one offenses; (2) whether Ohio Rev. Code sec. 2151.23(H) authorizes an adult court to convict a defendant of any offense “rooted in” the offense that was the basis of the transfer, unless the conviction is for an offense that was charged in juvenile court and found to be unsupported by probable cause; (3) whether the right to counsel in juvenile proceedings under either the Sixth Amendment or the Due Process Clause attaches upon the actual filing of the complaint or if it attaches upon the State’s approval of charges; and (4) whether the right to counsel under either the Sixth Amendment or the Due Process Clause may be anticipatorily asserted prior to the filing of the juvenile complaint and whether it may be waived without the advice of counsel. Court News Ohio Oral Argument Preview

Kyser v. Summit Cnty. Child. Serv. (Case Nos. 2022-1419 and 2023-0126) – (1) whether the 30-day deadline for filing a notice of an appeal of an administrative agency’s order begins when the aggrieved party receives notice of the order or when the agency mails it; and (2) whether Ohio R. App. P. Rule 14(C) applies to the deadline for filing a notice of appeal from administrative agency decisions. Court News Ohio Oral Argument Preview

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