This Week in the Law Library …

Welcome back from Spring Break!

This week in the Law Library we’re teaching first year students advanced searching, learning about the First Amendment and Education Law, continuing to celebrate Women’s History Month, and previewing oral arguments for the U.S. Supreme Court.

This Week’s Research Sessions

Monday, March 18, 2024

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

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Advocacy, Lawyering II, Cohort 1
Instructional & Reference Services Librarian Ashley Russell
Room 245
10:40am – 12:05pm
Advanced Searching

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

Advocacy, Lawyering II, Cohort 5
Associate Director Susan Boland
Room 245
3:05pm – 4:30pm
Advanced Searching

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

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

The First Amendment in Education Law

This week, Noah R. Feldman, Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, gives the lecture for the Professor Ronna Greff Schneider Constitutional Issues in Education Law Speaker Series. His lecture is titled “Religion in Public Schools: Constitutional Revolution in Action.” To help you learn more about this subject, check out our  display in the Law Library Services Suite 110 as well as the featured resources below.

Featured Study Aids

The Law of Schools, Students and Teachers in a Nutshell

Available through the West Academic study aid subscription, this text captures the key points of the precedents governing student rights and responsibilities relating to attendance, speech, expression, religion, discipline, grades, tests, drugs, search and seizure, the emerging law of social media, i.e., cyberbullying, and the range of procedural due process interests. The book further addresses the range of constitutional rights and protections for teachers as well as employment terms and conditions, including contracts, tenure and potential liabilities.

First Amendment: Examples and Explanations

Available through the Aspen Learning Library subscription, this book covers all of the First Amendment’s major topics – with emphasis on speech and religion. The topics covered include a comprehensive review of the most recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions on speech, association, and religion as well as cutting edge issues raised by current events, including the COVID-19 pandemic.

Understanding The First Amendment

Available through the LexisNexis Digital Library study aid subscription, this text covers the fundamentals of the First Amendment including speech advocating violent or illegal action; content regulation; overbreadth, vagueness, and prior restriants; content neutrality, freedom of association and compelled expression, the government as an employer, educator, and source of funds; media and the First Amendment, the Establishment Clause, and the Free Exercise Clause. The new edition covers all of the recent relevant decisions, including Iancu v. Brunetti; Manhattan Community Access Corp. v. Halleck; Matal v. Tam; The American Legion v. American Humanist Assocation; National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra; Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky; Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees; Masterpiece Cakeshop Ltd. V. Colorado Civil Rights Commission; Expressions Hair Design v. Schneiderman; Packingham v. North Carolina; and Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer.

Featured Guide

Education Law

This guide provides a general overview of education law in the United States. It covers locating articles, treatises, statutory law, administrative regulations, agency publications, legislative histories and websites of interest.

Featured Treatise

Education Law: First Amendment, Due Process and Discrimination Litigation by Ronna Greff Schneider

Available on Westlaw, this two volume publication analyzes students’ and teachers’ freedom of religion and speech in public schools as well as the restraints on those freedoms. It also discusses school discipline and violence as they relate to due process, and deals with issues of inclusion and equality in regard to: Gender, Race, and Students with disabilities.

Featured Video

Are Public Schools Becoming Constitution-Free Zones?

Justin Driver, author of “The Schoolhouse Gate: Public Education, the Supreme Court, and the Battle for the American Mind” is an award-winning Robert R. Slaughter Professor of Law at Yale. Driver maintains that since the 1970s, the Supreme Court has regularly abdicated responsibility in protecting students’ rights, risking transforming public schools into Constitution-free zones.

Featured Website

U.S. Dept. of Education, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Freedom of Religion

March Is Women’s History Month

Women carrying signs that say Can Until You Can't

This month is Women’s History Month and the Law Library will be celebrating all month with our display, candy, and blog postings. Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.” In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.” Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, Presidents have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.”

The 2024 Women’s History theme is “Women Who Advocate for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.” According to the National Women’s History Alliance, “During 2024, we recognize the example of women who are committed to embracing everyone and excluding no one in our common quest for freedom and opportunity. They know that people change with the help of families, teachers and friends, and that young people in particular need to learn the value of hearing from different voices with different points of view as they grow up.”

UC Events Celebrating Women’s History Month

Law Library Women’s History Month Display

2023 Women's History Month Display

Stop by in the next few weeks to view our exhibit, curated by Rhonda Wiseman, spotlighting alumni, women leaders, and 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. Of particular note is the special section of the display honoring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who visited UC Law to dedicate the refurbished Taft Hall and delivered the fourth William Howard Taft Lecture on Constitutional Law.

Women’s History Month at the UCBA Library

This year’s selections highlight the 2024 theme for Women’s History Month – “Women Who Advocate for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.”

UC Clermont Frederick A. Marcotte Library Digital Display for Women’s History Month

Women as Artists, Patrons, and Rulers in Renaissance Europe at DAAP March 7 to April 8, 2024

Co-curated by Christopher Platts, UC DAAP assistant professor of art history, Elizabeth Meyer, head of the DAAP Library and Mike Ruzga, an independent art conservator, the exhibition focuses on Hemessen, the most famous woman artist of the Northern Renaisssance, her signed painting of Christ’s Passion from 1556 and her patron, Mary Hungary, Governor of the Netherlands.

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.

Grow Together

Monday, Mar. 18, 2024
6:00pm – 7:00pm
60 W Charlton rm 250
This Women’s History Month, join The Zeta Chapter for a empowering program! We’ll plant flowers, decorate pots, and discuss what it means to be a Black woman in America. RSVP required.

Women’s History Month Jeopardy!

Tuesday, Mar. 19, 2024
Swift Hall 819

Think you know women’s history? Come prove it! Play women’s history themed jeopardy hosted by the Belong Coordinators and have the chance to win prizes.

Lunch & Lobby: Women’s & Gender Equity Center Careers

Wednesday, Mar. 20, 2024
12:00pm – 1:30pm
UC Women’s Center, 571 Steger Student Life

Join for lunch and a conversation with UC’s own Women’s Center staff (Dana Bisignani, Charmaine Moore Kitsinis, and Core Black). Learn more about possible careers in university women’s centers, plus how women’s and gender equity centers have transformed college campuses since the 1960s when many were first founded. You can also celebrate UC Women’s Center’s 45th anniversary! The Lunch & Lobby events are designed to connect students with leaders doing intersectional gender justice work in greater Cincinnati and the state of Ohio in order to grow students’ networks, connect to volunteer opportunities, and highlight possible career paths.

Crafternoon: Paper Doll Edition

Thursday, Mar. 21, 2024
1:00pm – 2:30pm
UC Women’s Center, 571 Steger Student Life

Come flex your crafting skills! Celebrate the woman you are by recreating her into a paper doll or make a paper doll of someone you admire for Women’s History Month! All genders welcome!

5 Resources to Learn More about Women’s History

At the beginning of the month we focused on women in the legal profession. Last week we focused on more general media and archival resources on women’s history. This week we will be looking at databases that will help you learn 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 Oral Arguments at the United States Supreme Court

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From SCOTUS Blog:

Monday, Mar. 18, 2024

Murthy v. Missouri – (1) whether respondents have Article III standing; (2) whether the government’s challenged conduct transformed private social media companies’ content-moderation decisions into state action and violated respondents’ First Amendment rights; and (3) whether the terms and breadth of the preliminary injunction are proper.

Na’l Rifle Assoc. v. Vullo – whether the First Amendment allows a government regulator to threaten regulated entities with adverse regulatory actions if they do business with a controversial speaker, as a consequence of (a) the government’s own hostility to the speaker’s viewpoint or (b) a perceived “general backlash” against the speaker’s advocacy.

Tuesday, Mar. 19, 2024

Diaz v. United States – whether in a prosecution for drug trafficking — where an element of the offense is that the defendant knew she was carrying illegal drugs — Federal Rule of Evidence 704(b) permits a governmental expert witness to testify that most couriers know they are carrying drugs and that drug-trafficking organizations do not entrust large quantities of drugs to unknowing transporters.

Truck Ins. Exch. v. Kaiser Gypsum Co. – whether an insurer with financial responsibility for a bankruptcy claim is a “party in interest” that may object to a plan of reorganization under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code.

Gonzalez v. Trevino – (1) whether the probable-cause exception in Nieves v. Barlett can be satisfied by objective evidence other than specific examples of arrests that never happened; and (2) whether Nieves is limited to individual claims against arresting officers for split-second arrests.

Texas v. New Mexico – whether the court should deny the motion by Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado for entry of a proposed consent decree that would resolve this dispute over the United States’ claim as intervenors that New Mexico violated the Rio Grande Compact without the United States’ consent.

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