This Week in the Law Library: Register for 1L Research Training

Library & Lexis Lunch & Learn Series

We invite 1L students to take your Lexis research skills to the next level by registering for and attending the next session in this series.

  • Monday, March 30th
  • 12:15 P.M. &ndash 1:15 P.M. in Room 114
  • Lunch provided and receive Lexis points!
  • Register by Friday, March 27th with Shannon Kemen.

 

Research Guides

This week’s featured research guide is “Bluebook Citation 101: Practitioner Format“. The guide will help you properly cite to your sources in memoranda and briefs. The format for these documents is different than it is for law review articles. Use the guide to help you become a Bluebook master!

A Fresh Look for the College of Law Scholarship Repository

Working with our partners at bepress we’ve updated the look of our scholarship repository. The repository is the go-to site for open access to articles and other materials from faculty at the College of Law. The Marx Law Library is proud to facilitate making our faculty’s hard work more widely available, and we strongly support open access to legal scholarship.

The repository also hosts the online presence of the University of Cincinnati Law Review and will soon host our newest and exclusively online student-edited publication, the University of Cincinnati Intellectual Property and Computer Law Journal.

Almost to Spring Break!

We in the Law Library know that students are looking forward to spring break next week, when many will take a well-deserved few days off from books and brief-writing. And since the break comes at a little past the mid-point of the semester, it’s a downhill run from here, right?

Upcoming Research Training Sessions

  • Thursday, March 12th
    • Professor Bradley’s Section 6
      • Advanced Searching with Shannon Kemen
      • 1:30 P.M. – 2:55 P.M.
      • Room 302
  • Friday, March 13th
    • Professor Bradley’s Section 3
      • Advanced Searching with Shannon Kemen
      • 10:40 A.M. – 12:05 P.M.
      • Room 302


This Week in the Law Library

Law Librarians Teach Every Week

Although we have no scheduled special research training sessions this week, our law librarians continue their teaching efforts. Susan Boland, Ron Jones, and Ken Hirsh are leading the Advanced Legal Research Class, where this week they will be putting the students to work on constitutional history research and statutory research. The ALR course is taught as a “flipped classroom” and in a team learning concept. The former simply means that students are required to do their reading and view lectures via webinars before the class period, and during class they work on research exercises under the guidance of the instructors. The latter means that students work together in teams, providing them both with extra sets of minds in solving problems and experience in a collaborative work environment.

Shannon Kemen and Ken Hirsh meet with a small group of students in Technology in the Law Practice. This week Scott Kane, UC Law ’97 and partner at Squire Patton Boggs will lead a session on e-discovery. Scott is an expert in discovery and graciously lends his time to us each this year. He also is a member of the College of Law’s Board of Visitors.

Professor Jill Fisch to Give the 2015 Robert S. Marx Lecture

The Law Library’s namesake also is attached to the Marx Lecture, through the generosity of the Marx Testamentary Trustees. Professor Jill Fisch of The University of Pennsylvania Law School will be speaking on “The Mess at Morgan: Risk, Incentives and Shareholder Empowerment.” The lecture will be held on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 12:10 P.M. in Room 114.


Consider Submitting An Entry To the Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition

The Legal History and Rare Books Section (LH&RB) of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), in cooperation with Gale, part of Cengage Learning, announces the seventh annual Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition. The competition is named in honor of Morris L. Cohen, late Professor Emeritus of Law at Yale Law School. Professor Cohen was a leading scholar in the fields of legal research, rare law books, and historical bibliography. The purpose of the competition is to encourage scholarship in the areas of legal history, rare law books, and legal archives, and to acquaint students with the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) and law librarianship.

Students currently enrolled in accredited graduate programs in library science, law, history, or related fields are eligible to enter the competition. Both full- and part-time students are eligible. Membership in AALL is not required.

Essays may be on any topic related to legal history, rare law books, or legal archives. Please submit only one essay; additional submissions will not be considered. The entry form & instructions are available at the LH&RB website. Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m., March 16, 2015 (EST).

The winner will receive a $500.00 prize from Cengage Learning and up to $1,000 for expenses associated with attendance at the AALL Annual Meeting. The runner-up will have the opportunity to publish the second place essay in LH&RB’s online scholarly journal, Unbound: An Annual Review of Legal History and Rare Books.

Please direct questions to Marguerite Most at most@law.duke.edu or Tim Kearley at TKearley@uwyo.edu.


Back from the Snow Days!

We are back and hoping that subfreezing temperatures will be our only concern with the weather this week!

Library & Lexis Lunch & Learn Series

  • Wednesday, February 25th
    • Researching and Selecting Paper Topics with Shannon Kemen and Ashley Russell
    • 12:15 – 1:15 P.M. in Room 302
    • Lunch provided and Lexis points awarded; pre-registration was required.


The Chesley Lecture is Monday, February 23rd.

Professor Rachel E. Barkow, the Segal Professor of Law and Policy, New York University School of Law will present the lecture “Criminal Law as Regulation.” She will argue that the criminal justice system should be seen as a regulatory system. Barkow will give clemency as an example of an area that could be improved by applying the insights of administrative law and policy.

The lecture will be presented a 12:15 P.M. in Room 114.


Why Stay Home on a Snow Day?

Or more directly, “Why not go to the College of Law on a Snow Day?” First, a disclaimer: I am not an attorney and this post is not intended to provide legal advice to any individual. It is intended to provide general information.

Putting aside the common sense realization that travel is dangerous in conditions such as we have today, with snow and ice on the road, nearly record low temperatures, and irregular service from transit providers and restaurants, there is a legal reason for an employer such as UC to implement a policy that tells employees and commuter students to stay away.

For employees, eligibility for workers’ compensation relief requires that the employee’s injury occur while the employee is acting “within the scope of employment.” If the employee has been instructed to stay home by an official declaration within the employer’s policies, then the employee who nevertheless reports to the workplace is quite arguably acting outside the scope of employment. Hence, if the employee is injured on the way to or while at the place of employment, a workers’ compensation claim is likely to be denied.

For commuter students, a claim against the university would be based on the theory of negligence. Negligence requires that the actor failed to act reasonably, such as by failing to perform a duty that could be reasonably expected. By declaring a snow day, the university is informing the public, including its commuter students, that it may not be able to meet its duty to provide a safe environment for their presence on campus. It is meeting its duty to reasonably act to provide a safe environment by admitting that it may not be able to so provide, and hence the public should stay away. Visitors who have been so informed and nevertheless come to campus are arguably “assuming the risk.” Assumption of risk is one well-known defense to an action based on negligence.

Now that you are a little more familiar with the legal effects of a snow day declaration, you can factor in the legal risks as well as your own common sense in reaching what should be an easy decision: Stay Home!