This Week in the Law Library …

This week in the Law Library we’re teaching advanced legal research, highlighting love in the law, and celebrating Black History Month.

This Week’s Research Sessions

Monday, Feb. 12, 2024

Advanced Legal Research Criminal Law
Associate Dean Michael Whiteman and Instructional & Reference Services Librarian Ashley Russell
Room 107
2:00pm – 2:55pm

Tuesday, Feb.13, 2024

Advanced Legal Research Civil Litigation
Associate Director Susan Boland & Instructional & Reference Services Librarian Laura Dixon-Caldwell
Room 135
2:00pm – 2:55pm

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024

Advanced Legal Research Ohio
Electronic Resources Instructional Services Librarian Ron Jones
Room 107
2:00pm – 2:55pm

Featured Study Aids

Family Law in Perspective (Concepts & Insights)

Available via the West Academic Study Aid subscription, this book continues the focus of providing students, practitioners, and observers with insight into the ever-changing parameters of laws pertaining to family structure and responsibilities. Specifically, this book addresses, among other topics, nonmarital cohabitation, establishment of paternity, premarital and marital contracting, assisted reproductive technology, marriage, and divorce. Recent cases and federal and state statutes address specific topics such as surrogacy agreements, division of marital and nonmarital property upon dissolution of cohabitation or divorce, child support guidelines, and establishing custody rights through parenting agreements or what is considered in the best interest of the child. And there is a continuation of discussion illustrating equal protection, liberty interest, and free exercise in the context of same-sex relationships, the safety of partners and children, and termination of parental rights and possible adoption of minors.

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.

Understanding Family Law

Available via the LexisNexis Digital Library, this text includes coverage of both traditional and nontraditional families, nonmarital and postmarital contracts, annulment, paternity and legitimacy, procreation rights, contraception, abortion, sterilization, artificially assisted conception, adoption and termination of parental rights. Understanding Family Law explains specific family law issues, such as intrafamily tort immunity and liability, medical care for child and spouse, wrongful life and wrongful birth, domestic violence, PINS, ethical issues for the lawyer, alternative dispute resolution, equitable distribution, community property, and child custody and visitation.

Featured Guide

Family Law Research Guide

This guide provides a quick overview of general and law materials related to 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 Video

The Story of Obergefell v. Hodges

The National Constitution Center presents a video featuring Carrie Johnson discussing The Story of Obergefell with Jim Obergefell and Debbie Cenziper.

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.

February is Black History Month

Black History Month

This year’s theme for Black History Month is “African Americans and the Arts”. According to the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, “African American artists have used art to preserve history and community memory as well as for empowerment.”

White House Proclamation on National Black History Month

5 More Resources to Help You Celebrate and Learn During Black History Month

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 Archives African American Heritage

The Archives holds a wealth of material documenting the Black experience. This page highlights these resources online, in programs, and through traditional and social media.

National Museum of African American History & Culture, Make Good the Promises: Reconstruction and Its Legacies

Reconstruction—the period following the Civil War—was a revolutionary moment in the nation’s history. For the first time, African Americans were recognized by the U.S. government as equal citizens. But due to white resistance, Reconstruction’s promise of racial equality was not fulfilled. Instead of full citizenship rights, African Americans experienced decades of discrimination, segregation, and terrorism. Learn more about Reconstruction through this online exhibit.

University of Cincinnati 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 Blue Ash Library Black History Month Display

Explore these select titles for Black History Month.

UC Clermont Frederick A. Marcotte Library Black History Month Display

UC Alumni Association Celebrates Black History Month

University of Cincinnati Department of Athletics Black History Month

Lift Every Voice Sing-A-Long

Every Monday
TUC Atrium
Join the AACRC Choir, The Black Faculty Association, and the Department of Africana Studies in paying homage to James Weldon Johnson’s eloquent poem-turned-hymn that was recognized in 1919 by the NAACP as the “Negro National Anthem” and is today still celebrated as the “Black National Anthem.”

50 Years of Hip-Hop Music Through the Ages

Monday, February 12, 2024
12:00pm – 2:00pm
UC Blue Ash, Muntz 119
Local DJ Apryl Reign will take participants on a musical journey through the history of Hip Hop and how it has impacted and been impacted by society and societal movements.

Black History Month Key Note Speaker Dr. Bettina Love

Tuesday, February 13, 2024
UC Blue Ash, Nuntz 119
Dr. Bettina Love holds the prestigious William F. Russel Professorship at Teachers College, Columbia University and is the acclaimed author of the New York Times bestseller Punished for Dreaming: How School Reform Harms Black Children and How We Heal. In 2022 the Kennedy Center recognized Dr. Love as one of the Next 50 leaders dedicated to making the world more inspired. Dr. Love is a sought after public speaker on a range of topics including abolitionists teaching, education reform, anti-racism, Hip Hop education, Black girlhood, queer youth, educational reparations, Hip Hop feminism, art based education to foster youth civic engagement, and issues of diversity and inclusion.

Douglas Day Transcribe-a-thon

Wednesday, February 14, 2024
12:00pm – 3:00pm
Langsam 462
Come transcribe the correspondence of the Black activist Frederick Douglas! Around the country, local organizers host events in which faculty, students, staff, and community members gather to transcribe archival records, manuscripts, letters, and other writing by prominent but understudied figures from Black history.


Wednesday, February 14, 2024
Ludlow Wines
331 Ludlow Ave.
Ludlow Wines will host Dr. Holly Y. McGee every Wednesday in Black History Month for a 4-part lecture series on everything you’ve ever wanted to know about African American History but were hesitant to ask.

Urban Renewal Screening

Thursday, February 15, 2024
1:00pm – 4:00pm
TUC Cinema (220 TUC)
Join Africana Studies as they screen Urbanist Media’s 20-minute documentary, “Urban Renewal Means Negro Removal,” about the wholesale demolition of Cincinnati’s Lower West End for the construction of Interstate 75 during the mid-20th century. The documentary will play on a continuous loop and attendees are welcome to drop in at their convenience.

A Conversation with Tuskegee Airmen

Friday, February 16, 2024
12:00pm – 2:00pm
UC Blue Ash Muntz Hall
Veteran pilots trained at Tuskegee University will share their stories and experiences as part of the Tuskegee Air Corps.

AACRC Choir’s Annual Love Concert

Friday, February 16, 2024
5:00pm – 7:00pm
Join the AACRC Choir for their Annual Love Concert. There will be karaoke open mic after performances.

Sisters Impacting Sisters Galentine’s Lady and the Tramp Bouquets

Friday, February 16, 2024
7:00pm – 9:00pm
AACRC Harmbee Room
Join SIS to spread some love and get creative as they celebrate Galentine’s Day and create festive bouquets.

The Ruby & Onyx Gala

Saturday, February 17, 2024
6:00pm – 9:00pm
The Graduate Cincinnati
The Onyx & Ruby Gala recognizes the achievements of African American alumni, faculty, staff and students. Registration is required.

Historical Black Church Visit

Sunday, February 18, 2024
Details TBA

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