This Week in the Law Library

Library & Lexis Faculty & Staff Update Next Week

We invite faculty and staff to join us on Wednesday, September 15th for a Lexis update from Ashley Russell, our LexisNexis Law School Representative. Ashley will cover the updated Interactive Citation Workstation and the new Lexis Learn program. Lunch will be provided, so please contact Ron Jones in advance with your plans to attend. The session will be from 12:15 – 1:15 P.M. in Room 302.

Constitution Day Lecture

Next week the College of Law and the University of Cincinnati celebrate Constitution Day with a program featuring Kenya Faulkner, Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel at UC and Lauren Hunter, Assistant General Counsel at UC, speaking on Race-based Admissions after Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. Please join us on Thursday, September 17th at 12:10 P.M. in TUC Room 320.

Legal Research Training Session

  • Thursday, September 10th
    • Freedom Center Journal
    • Cite Checker Training with Susan Boland
    • 12:15 P.M. – 1:00 P.M. in Room 100A


Check Out Our Display on Labor & Employment Law Resources

This week’s library display features books and online resources for labor and employment law. Featured database this week is BloombergBNA Labor & Employment Law Resource Center (requires access from campus or via VPN) and this week’s featured guide is on ERISA: Research Guide to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, by Ron Jones.


This Week in the Law Library: Resource Spotlight and Research Training

Resource Spotlight: CALI Lessons

CALI provides hundreds of online lessons in law school course topics, from basic legal research to evidence, civil procedure, contracts, and just about any class topic that you can name. Lessons serve both to reinforce what you should have learned and as an assessment tool, to find your weak spots and help you concentrate your study on those. If you have not already registered with CALI, you’ll need your school authorization code. These were distributed to first year students during orientation, but if you’ve lost yours please contact John Hopkins and he can send it to you.

Upcoming Legal Research Training Sessions

  • Library & Lexis Lunch & Learn Series
    • 1L & LL.M. Training with Shannon Kemen and Ashley Russell
    • Tuesday, September 1st
    • 12:15 P.M. – 1:15 P.M. in Room 114
    • Get lunch and Lexis points! Registration in advance required.


  • Thursday, September 3rd
    • Professor Bradley’s Section 4
      • Statutes with Shannon Kemen
      • 9:00 A.M. – 10:25 A.M. in Room 302
    • Freedom Center Journal
      • Cite Checker Training with Susan Boland
      • 12:15 P.M. & 1:00 P.M. in Room 100A


  • Friday, September 4th>
    • Professor Smith’s Section 3
      • Statutes with Susan Boland
      • 9:00 A.M. – 10:25 A.M. in Room 100A
    • Professor Smith’s Section 2
      • Statutes with Susan Boland
      • 10:00 A.M. – 12:05 P.M. in Room 100A
    • Professor Bradley’s Section 1
      • Statutes with Shannon Kemen
      • 10:40 A.M. – 12:05 P.M. in Room 302
    • Dean Oliver’s LL.M. Students
      • Statutes with James Hart and Ronald Jones
      • 10:40 A.M. – 12:05 P.M. in the Computer Lab


  • Library & WestlawLunch & Learn Series


This Week in the Law Library

Welcome and Welcome Back!

We’re again happy to welcome new 1L and LL.M. students and welcome back returning 2L and 3L students. This year we also can welcome certificate program students. Please count on the Law Library to help you have a successful year!

Change in Law Library Hours

This year we’ve changed the operating hours, i.e., the hours the library is staffed, as follows:

  • Monday – Thursday, 8:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M.
  • Friday, 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
  • Saturday, 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
  • Sunday, 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

Remember that law students, faculty, and staff have 24/7 access to the public areas of the Law Library, including the new open reserves collection.

Research Training Sessions This Week

  • Thursday, August 27th
    • Professor Bradley’s section 4
    • Secondary Sources with Shannon Kemen
    • 9:00 A.M. – 10:25 A.M. in Room 302
  • Friday, August 28th
    • Secondary Sources with Susan Boland
      • Professor Smith’s section 3: 9:00 A.M. – 10:25 A.M. in Room 100A
      • Professor Smith’s section 2: 10:40 A.M. – 12:05 P.M. in Room 100A
    • Secondary sources with Shannon Kemen
      • Professor Bradley’s Section 1: 10:40 A.M. – 12:05 P.M. in Room 302


Register Now for Next Week’s Library & Lexis Lunch & Learn Session

  • 1L & LL.M. Training with Shannon Kemen and Ashley Russell
  • Tuesday, September 1st
  • 12:15 P.M. – 1:15 P.M. in Room 114
  • Get lunch and Lexis points! Registration in advance required.

Ch..Ch.. Ch..Changes

Welcome back returning 2L and 3L students. We missed you during the summer, though we admit we do like taking a vacation now and then. (Our vacations do not last the whole summer.) With apologies to David Bowie, here are some changes in the library that you should note.

West Academic Student Study Aid Subscription

Thanks to the subscription we purchased in August, you now have 24/7 online access to a host of West Academic Study Aid resources. These include the Nutshell, Sum & Substance, and Gilbert Summaries series, and many more! Before you can use the sets, you need to register as a new user by logging into the Westlaw lawschool site, selecting the photo above the “Study Aids Subscription” caption, and following the prompts to create your account for the Study Aids. Once you’ve created the account, you can directly login to the Study Aids Subscription site.

Open Reserves

Many of the printed study aids that were kept on reserve behind the circulation desk have been moved into open shelving in the Reference 2 stacks, adjacent to C.J.S.. These materials are now available to you 24/7 for use within the library. Please place the materials on the shelving cart at the front of the stack when you are finished using them. Course reserves will remain behind the circulation desk and will need to be charged out for use in the library.

Change in Weekend Operating Hours

The library will close, i.e., staff will not be present, at 5 P.M. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of each week. Students, staff, and faculty retain 24/7 access to all public areas of the library. The library will continue to close at 10 P.M. on Monday through Thursday.

The Law School Circle of Life

Disney’s “The Lion King” was released in the summer of 1994, when many of the 1L students whom we welcome today were toddling around the house. Its most familiar song, which evokes the film’s theme, is “The Circle of Life,” an apt metaphor not only for our journey through this life, but for a student’s three-year passage through law school. Despite the changes that have occurred and have yet to take place in legal education in the near future, there are rituals that remain in place. This week is a major ritual for both our new students and for us who stand ready to help them through their time with us: First Year Orientation. While we will not literally hold up our new students to present them to the heavens and the assembled herds, as Rafiki does for Simba, we do help our students grow in their knowledge of both the substance of the law and their understanding of professionalism. We in the Marx Law Library are anxious to help you, our new students, in achieving your goals for completing your program here. Welcome, and we look forward to meeting with you!

Summer Starts in the Law Library

Research Training Session Tuesday

  • Human Rights Quarterly Staff Training with Susan Boland
  • 3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.
  • Room 100B


Studying for the Bar Exam

While you start your bar review course, don’t forget that the library has a Bar Exam Resources Study Guide authored by Susan Boland. Check it out!

Time to Clean Out Carrels

This coming Friday, May 29th is the deadline for retrieving your personal belongings from library carrels. Please don’t leave your stuff for the lost and found box! Thanks!


Congratulations to Our Graduating Students!

The Robert S. Marx. Law Library staff offer congratulations to the college’s students who will receive their J.D. and LL.M. hoods tomorrow. You’ve worked hard to achieve this milestone, and we hope you celebrate well. We especially want to recognize those of you who have worked with us during your time here:

Nicholas Ehlert, J.D.
Ryan Goellner, J.D.
Tenechia Lockhart, J.D.
Marina Schemmel, J.D.
Lauren Van Hook, J.D.
Sarah Vasanth, LL.M.
Ming-Hsiang Wang, LL.M.
Zach Zipperer, J.D.