Register Now for the Legal Research Boot Camp!

Registration is now open for the 2018 Legal Research Boot Camp. Legal Research Boot Camp is hosted by the University of Cincinnati College of Law and NKU Chase College of Law each May in order to refresh students’ legal research skills for any internships, externships or other legal work over the summer. At Boot Camp you will see the familiar UC law library faces plus librarians from a county law library, a firm law library, and NKU. We’ll talk about transitioning to a law firm, legal forms and practice material, low cost and free resources, administrative law, Ohio law, and Kentucky law. The same program is offered twice in order to better accommodate law students in the Cincinnati area. You can attend either session no matter where you live or go to school. Legal Research Boot Camp will take place at University of Cincinnati on May 14 8:30am – 12:30pm and at Northern Kentucky University on May 15 12:30pm – 4:30pm. Breakfast will be provided on Monday and lunch will be provided on Tuesday. Register at

National Library Week Is Over But We’re Still Leading You To the Resources You Need!

Although National Library Week is over, the Robert S. Marx Law Library continues to lead the way to the resources you need to succeed!

Upcoming Research Sessions

  • Tuesday, April 17
    • Professor Oliver’s Section 1
      • Cost Effective Legal Research with Ron Jones
      • 10:40 A.M. – 12:05 P.M. in Room 100A
    • Professor Oliver’s Section 3
      • Cost Effective Legal Research with Ron Jones
      • 1:30 – 2:55 P.M. in Room 100A
    • Professor Bradley’s Section 4
      • Administrative Law with Shannon Kemen
      • 10:40 A.M. – 12:05 P.M. in Room 302
    • Professor Bradley’s Section 2
      • Administrative Law with Shannon Kemen
      • 1:30 – 2:55 P.M. in Room 302
  • Thursday, April 19
    • Professor Smith’s Section 2
      • Cost Effective Legal Research with Susan Boland
      • 9:00 – 10:40 A.M. in Room 100A
    • Professor Bradley’s Section 4
      • Cost Effective Legal Research with Shannon Kemen
      • 10:40 A.M. – 12:05 P.M. in Room 302
    • Professor Bradley’s Section 2
      • Cost Effective Legal Research with Shannon Kemen
      • 1:30 – 2:55 P.M. in Room 302


Worried About Final Exams & Seminar Papers?

The library is ready to help you with our expert library faculty and terrific resources such as these:


Save the Date: Legal Research Boot Camp

One of the events we sponsor every year to help you prepare for your summer positions is the Legal Research Boot Camp that we hold jointly with the Chase Law School of NKU. Virtually circle the dates now on your smartphone calendar: Monday, May 14th and Tuesday, May 15th. Online registration will be available soon.

Research Sessions This Week

Upcoming Research Sessions

Tuesday, April 10

  • Professor Oliver’s sections 1 & 3
    • Low Cost & Free Resources with Ron Jones
    • 10:40am – 12:05pm (sec. 1) and 1:30pm – 2:55pm (sec. 3) in room 100A

Thursday, April 12

  • Professor Smith’s section 5
    • Low Cost & Free Resources with Susan Boland
    • 9:00am – 10:25am in room 100A
  • Professor Bradley’s sections 4 & 2
    • Low Cost & Free Resources with Shannon Kemen
    • 10:40am – 12:05pm (sec. 4) and 1:30pm – 2:55pm (sec. 2) in room 302


April 10th Is National Library Workers Day!

Today, April 10th, is National Library Workers Day (NLWD). Established by the American Library Association’s Allied Professional Association’s (ALA-APA), NLWD was designed as an opportunity to recognize all library workers, including librarians, support staff and others who make library service possible every day.

Do you know any library workers who should be recognized for the great work they do, their positive outlook, or the wonderful way they assist patrons? Consider submitting their names to the ALA-APA Galaxy of Stars as part of National Library Workers Day celebration. It’s not too late to let someone know that you appreciate them and the work they do.

The National Library Workers Day webpage encourages friends, patrons, employers and co-workers to “Submit a Star” by providing a brief testimonial about a favorite library employee. Each testimonial (listing first names, library type and city/state location only) will be posted on the NLWD’s Galaxy of Stars page. You may nominate as many library workers as you like.

Embrace Leadership at your Library: Celebrate National Library Week April 8-14!

This week, the Robert S. Marx Law Library joins libraries nationwide in celebrating the many ways libraries lead their communities through the transformative services, programs and expertise they offer. April 8-14 is National Library Week, an annual celebration of the life-changing work of libraries, librarians and library workers. Libraries aren’t just places to borrow books or study—they’re also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies and develop their skills and passions.

Libraries of all types have long been evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve. Diverse groups including elected officials, small business owners and students depend upon libraries and the resources they offer. Resources like e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners and programs for job seekers are just a few ways libraries and librarians are transforming to lead their communities. Community members can also develop their own leadership skills at the library, with endless opportunity to build skills and confidence through resources and programming.

At the Robert S. Marx Law Library we are leading by providing access to e-books and other e-resources; making faculty scholarship available through our digital repository (154,207 downloads and counting); online legal research guides that are available 24/7; video tutorials on legal research for a variety of subjects that are available 24/7; and expert instruction in finding and using legal resources no matter what the format. The library helps lead our community by advocating for widespread access to crucial services and lifelong learning. Libraries level the playing field for people of any age who seek information and access to technologies to improve their quality of life.

Libraries also offer something unique to their communities, the expertise of individual librarians. Librarians assist patrons in using increasingly complex technology and sorting through the potentially overwhelming mass of information bombarding today’s digital society. This is especially crucial when access to reliable and trustworthy data is more important than ever.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. For more information, visit us on the third floor of the College of Law, call 513-556-556-3016 or see the library’s Web site at Libraries hours are Monday -Thursday 8:00AM – 10:00PM, Friday 8:00AM – 5:00PM, Saturday 9:00AM – 5:00PM, and Sunday: 10:00AM – 5:00PM. Law students, faculty, and staff have 24/7 access to the library and its many resources.

Research Sessions This Week, and Featured Resources Too!

Library & Lexis Lunch & Learn on Thursday, April 5th

Chow down while Susan Boland and Ashley Russell show you the ins and outs of “Professionally Researching Assignments for an Attorney or Professor from Start to Finish.” Lexis points for dessert, and the session is at 12:15 P.M. in Room 114. Please RSVP by Tuesday.

Upcoming Research Session

Remarks from the Faculty New Books Reception

Library Director and Professor of Practice Kenneth J. Hirsh gave the following remarks at today’s first annual Faculty New Books Reception. The event recognizes faculty who have published books in the past year.

Good afternoon. I am Ken Hirsh, Director of the Robert S. Marx Law Library, and on the library’s behalf I welcome you to this event, in which we congratulate our faculty colleagues who have published new books in the past year. Law professors have three main components of their work: to teach, to provide service to the college and the university, and to develop and write their scholarship for the benefit of their profession and for the improvement of that thing we call, “the law.” Today we gather to recognize some of that scholarship, as expressed in the long form of a book.

When one hears the word “book,” many images may come to mind. For most of us, our first books were likely composed of pictures, brightly colored to hold the attention of a toddler. Soon after letters and then words appeared with the pictures, as we learned how to express our simple concepts in ways others would understand. Words and thoughts like mommy, daddy, dog, hungry caterpillar, and cows jumping over the moon. Story books entertained us as they have done for generations, and as they still do, despite the latest gadgets. As we moved into a formal education, we were introduced to textbooks, explaining the knowledge we should absorb, and great works of literature, which not only entertained, but gave insights into human behavior. If we were fortunate along the way, we were introduced to libraries and librarians early in our education. Librarians gathered books, yes, but just as importantly, they answered questions and most importantly, taught us the research skills to answer our own questions. As a librarian, I am known for saying that if you have shelves of books but no librarians, then what you have is not a library, but a bookcase. At the College of Law we are blessed with talented librarians who collect books, plug us into online resources, and often find the seemingly unfindable.

Sir Francis Bacon, who counted Lord Chancellor among his titles, wrote that, “Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.” The books we honor today will require some significant amount of mental mastication by the reader. Each of them aims to advance the knowledge and experience of those learning the law, and those learned in the law. Those books and their authors are as follows:

Blind Injustice: A Former Prosecutor Exposes the Psychology and Politics of Wrongful Conviction by Mark Godsey.

Principles of Tax Policy by Stephanie Hunter McMahon

Unequal: How America’s Courts Undermine Discrimination Law by Sandra F. Sperino and Suja A. Thomas.

Federal Law of Employment Discrimination in A Nutshell by Mack A. Player and Sandra F. Sperino.

Clean Power Politics by Joseph P. Tomain.

Race, Criminal Justice, And Migration Control edited by Mary Bosworth, Alpa Parmar and Yolanda Vazquez.


Let us show our appreciation to our authors. [Applause]


I gave each of our authors the opportunity to talk to us about the writing process, and Professor Sandra Sperino has kindly accepted my invitation.

[Sandra read the acknowledgements section of her book.]

Thank you, Sandra, and thank you to our authors for sharing an important piece of their work with us. Thank you all for attending this inaugural event. Please have a great day, and keep reading!