Welcome Back from Fall Break!

2017 Schwartz Lecture: Paul Taylor

Paul Taylor, Chief Counsel for the House Committee on the Judiciary, will present “Federal Tort Reform: Policy, Law and Practice.” he presentation will start at the level of general policy, addressing federal tort reform’s role in our representative republic within a separation of powers system. It will then discuss the legal framework that governs federal tort reform, including its basis in the original understanding of the Commerce Clause as set out in the Federalist Papers. It will conclude at the level of practice and discuss the nuts and bolts of modern federal tort reform, including specific legislative responses to particular problems, such as federal tort reform statutes facilitating public responses to the threats posed by terrorism, pandemics, and cyber-attacks. Join us for the lecture at 12:10 P.M. on Tuesday, October 17th, in Room 114.

Upcoming Research Sessions

  • Thursday, October 19th
    • Professor Oliver’s Section 2
      • Researching Statutes with Ronald Jones
      • 1:30 – 2:55 P.M. in Room 100B
  • Wednesday, October 25th
    • Library & Lexis Lunch & Learn
      • Business Filings with Susan Boland and Ashley Russell
      • 12:15 – 1:15 P.M. in Room 302
      • Lunch & Lexis Points awarded; advance registration required.

 

Fall Break Week: Some New Resources to Consider

Powernotes and Procertas Legal Tech Assessment

No doubt, your fall break schedule is already full. When you come back, we recommend that you take a look at two new resources that can help you now with your research and writing, and later when you want to show future employers that you are a technology wiz.

PowerNotes is an online research platform that helps you manage research and organize it. The Law Library has purchased a trial subscription for the law school. Enable the PowerNotes Chrome Extension and you can highlight and file away information. Your highlights, notes, and urls are saved under custom topics that you create in project folders. PowerNotes allows you to gather excerpts from any online resources, including Lexis and Westlaw, and save, highlight, or annotate this content within customized research subjects with a single click. You can build and edit an outline as you research — if you want to change your outline, you can drag and drop your research subjects to restructure your outline. PowerNotes also saves links to all of your sources to help ensure that you cite to sources accurately. Create your PowerNotes user ID using your UC email address.

The Procertas Legal Tech Assessment helps you learn how to powerfully use the Microsoft Office Products — Word, Excel, and PowerPoint — which are the most widely used productivity applications at legal employers. It includes both training and assessment modules, and is available to all UC law students. To gain access, contact Professor and Library Director Ken Hirsh.

 

Before You Head Off for Fall Break Next Week

Research Training Opportunities

We know that your are getting antsy for fall break, but to get the most of this last week before your “week off,” take advantage of these research training sessions.

  • Wednesday, October 4th
    • Library & Lexis Lunch & Learn with Susan Boland and Ashley Russell
      • Statutory Surveys, grab a lunch and get Lexis points! Advance registration is required.
      • 12:15 – 1:15 P.M. in Room 302
  • Thursday, October 5th
    • Professor Smith’s Section 1
      • Statutes with Susan Boland
      • 1:30 – 2:55 P.M. in Room 100A
    • Professor Bradley’s Section 5
      • Terms & Connector Searching with Shannon Kemen
      • 1:30. – 2:55 P.M. in Room 302
  • Friday, October 6th
    • Professor Smith’s Section 4
      • Statutes with Susan Boland
      • 10:40 A.M. – 12:05 P.M. in Room 100A
    • Professor Bradley’s Section 3
      • Terms & Connector Searching with Shannon Kemen
      • 10:40 A.M. – 12:05 P.M. in Room 302

International Wrongful Convictions Week

You likely know that the College of Law is home to the Lois and Richard Rosenthal Institute for Justice and its Ohio Innocence Project. This week the college and the OIP recognize Monday, October 2nd, International Wrongful Conviction Day. See the posted schedule, which includes an Exoneree Panel and Discussion on Monday, beginning at 12:30 P.M. in Room 114. Also, please check out the display at the library entrance.

Attend Oral Arguments Before the Ohio First District Court of Appeals

Judges Beth Myers, Marilyn Zayas, and Charles Miller will hear three cases in Room 114 from 9:00 A.M. – Noon.

Featured Resources

When Books are Banned

Banned Books Week

Many of us take for granted that libraries and bookstores offer any book that we might need or want to read. Yet, the history of this country includes many cases where communities, government agencies, or others seek to ban books. The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom monitors challenges to books and prepares an annual report with its findings. Susan Boland has included information from this year’s report, including a list of the Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2016, on our library video display. She’s set out court decisions about some challenges on the display table. Please take a look, and let’s all work together to preserve accessto diverse points of view and open access to information for all of us.

Library &Lexis Lunch & Learn

Next week’s session is about statutory surveys; please join Susan Boland and Ashley Russell on Wednesday, October 4th, from 12:15 – 1:15 in Room 302. Lunch and Lexis points will be provided; advance registration is necessary.

Additional Upcoming Research Sessions

  • Thursday, October 5th
    • Professor Smith’s Section 1
      • Statutes with Susan Boland
      • 1:30 – 2:55 P.M. in Room 100A
    • Professor Bradley’s Section 5
      • Terms & Connectors Searching with Shannon Kemen
      • 1:30 – 2:55 P.M. in Room 302
  • Friday, October 6th
    • Professor Smith’s Section 4
      • Statutes with Susan Boland
      • 10:40 A.M. – 12:05 P.M. in Room 100A
    • Professor Bradley’s Section 2
      • Terms & Connectors Searching with Shannon Kemen
      • 10:40 A.M. – 12:05 P.M. in Room 302

 

This Week’s Training Sessions and Featured Resources

Upcoming Training Sessions

  • Wednesday, September 20th
    • Professor Smith’s Section 4
      • Case Law & Citators with Susan Boland
      • 10:40 A.M. – 12:05 P.M. in Room 100A
    • Library & Lexis Lunch & Learn with Susan Boland and Ashley Russell
      • Terms & Connector Searching; Lunch provided and earn Lexis points!
      • 12:15 – 1:15 P.M.; registration required
  • Thursday, September 21st
    • Professor Smith’s Section 1
      • Case Law & Citators with Susan Boland
      • 1:30 – 2:55 P.M. in Room 100A
  • Friday, September 22nd
    • Professor Oliver’s LL.M. Students
      • Secondary Sources with Susan Boland
      • 10:40 A.M. – 12:05 P.M. in the Computer Lab

Featured Resources

 

Join Us in Celebrating Constitution Day

Constitution Day Lecture

Sunday, September 17th marked 230 years since the adoption of the U.S. Constitution in 1787. We invite you to join the College of Law’s celebration of that event with our annual Constitution Day Lecture. The Honorable Martha Craig Daughtrey, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, will speak on “The Increasing Significance of an Independent Judiciary.” Please welcome Judge Daughtrey in Room 114 at 12:10 P.M. on Monday, September 18th.

Martha Craig Daughtrey received both her B.A. (1964) and her J.D. (1968) from Vanderbilt University, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Order of the Coif.  She is currently a member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, having been appointed to that position by President Clinton in 1993.  Prior to that, she served as an associate justice on the Tennessee Supreme Court (1990-93) and as an associate judge on the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals (1975-90).  Before her appointment to the bench, Judge Daughtrey was an assistant professor of law at Vanderbilt University (1972-75).  Periodically, she has also served as a lecturer in law (1971-72) and as an adjunct professor of law (1982-83; 1988-90) at Vanderbilt.  She was formerly an assistant district attorney in Nashville (1969-72) and an assistant U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee (1968-69).  She has held leadership positions in the American Bar Association and the National Association of Women Judges and was a long-time faculty member of the Appellate Judges Seminar at New York University School of Law (1976-2014).

Mid-Week Update: William Howard Taft and More…

A Week for the President and Chief Justice

This week the Marx Law Library joins the College of Law in saluting William Howard Taft, a graduate of the Cincinnati College Law School, dean of the school when it merged with the University of Cincinnati, and the only individual to serve as both President and Chief Justice of the United States. Please stop by the library’s entrance to view our Taft display, and learn more about him at our library guide on Taft Week.

Microfiche Conversion Project: Making Legal Information More Readily Available

Akram Pari, the library’s Bibliographic Services and Special Collections Librarian, has achieved a milestone in converting microformat materials to online access. “Conversion” in this sense means replacement. Akram identifies the materials we hold in microformat (e.g. microfiche cards, microfilm rolls) and seeks commercially or publicly available digital versions of the same items. Once we acquire a license to the online versions, she adds a record to our online catalog so that you can find the information. Read more about Akram’s work on the College of Law website.

Library & Lexis Lunch & Thursday

Sign up today for this opportunity to hone your Lexis skills. Ashley Russell and Susan Boland will show you Ohio Secondary Sources. Get lunch and earn Lexis points! The session is on Thursday, September 14th, from 12:15 – 1:15 P.M. in Room 302.

Upcoming Research Sessions

  • Thursday, September 14th
    • Professor Smith’s Section 1
      • Secondary Sources with Susan Boland
      • 1:30 – 2:55 P.M. in Room 100A
    • Professor Bradley’s Section 5
      • Secondary Sources with Shannon Kemen
      • 1:30 – 2:55 P.M. in Room 302
  • Friday, September 15th
    • Professor Smith’s Section 4
      • Secondary Sources with Susan Boland
      • 10:40 A.M. – 12:05 P.M. in Room 100A
    • Professor Bradley’s Section 3
      • Secondary Sources with Shannon Kemen
      • 10:40 A.M. – 12:05 P.M. in Room 302

Featured Resources