This Week in the Law Library …

This week at the Law Library we’re teaching low cost and free legal resources, focusing on criminal justice and criminal procedure resources in honor of The Week Against Mass Incarceration, preparing for the MPRE, celebrating Women’s History Month, and previewing March U.S. Supreme and Ohio Supreme Court arguments.

This Week’s Research Sessions

Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2021

  • Prof. Smith’s Advocacy, section 5 with Associate Director Susan Boland
    • Low Cost & Free Legal Resources
    • 1:30pm – 2:55pm
    • Zoom

The Week Against Mass Incarceration

This week the National Lawyer’s Guild and the UC Law NLG Chapter are raising awareness on mass incarceration. This week’s library featured resources focus on criminal procedure since issues in criminal procedure contribute to mass incarceration.

Featured Guide

Criminal Justice Statistics & Data Sets

Criminal Justice Statistics and Data Sets

  • This guide serves as a portal to statistical resources, including statistical databases and data sets/archives for criminal justice and related areas. The resources on this guide are organized in different categories based on the predominate types of statistics found in the resources. Crime related statistics are sometimes unreliable as a consequence of a variety of factors, including but not limited to reporting differences, inconsistent labels and inconsistent definitions of criminal activity. Therefore, as much as is possible endeavor to identify the authority of the source and the mechanism by which the statistics were collected.


Featured Database

ProQuest Criminal Justice

ProQuest Criminal Justice

  • ProQuest Criminal Justice provides information on virtually any criminal justice topic¸ including corrections administration¸ law enforcement¸ social work¸ industrial security¸ drug rehabilitation¸ and criminal and family law.


Featured Study Aids

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  • Examples & Explanations: Criminal Procedure – The Constitution and the Police
    • This study aid provides an overview of Criminal Procedure, together with examples that illustrate how these principles apply in typical cases. The text gives students a sense of the theoretical flow and logic of law enforcement by following police procedural order. It includes a special section on terrorism in the United States and the Fourth Amendment ramifications. A series of problems at the end of each section or chapter assist you in testing your understanding. Answers are provided for these problems.
    • Available via the Wolters Kluwer study aid subscription
  • Principles of Criminal Procedure
    • This book gives you basic criminal procedure principles. It includes references to recent, relevant decisions handed down by the United States Supreme Court. In addition, Principles of Criminal Procedure contains helpful study devices such as “focal points” at the beginning of each chapter, and “points to remember” at the end of each section.
    • Available via the West Academic subscription
  • Understanding Criminal Procedure Vol. 1: Investigation
    • Understanding Criminal Procedure Volume One: Investigation is intended for use in introductory criminal procedure courses focusing primarily or exclusively on police investigative process and constitutional concerns. A chapter on the defendant’s right to counsel at trial and appeal and other non-police-practice issues is included in both volumes. The seventh edition of Investigation incorporates all of the major Supreme Court cases since the last edition was published, such as Riley v. California, Maryland v. King, Utah v. Strieff, and Florida v. Jardines. It also contains expanded coverage of issues surrounding searches of computers and internet traffic and a more in-depth exploration of the effect of United States v. Jones on Fourth Amendment search doctrine.
    • Available via the LexisNexis Digital Library (Overdrive subscription)

Featured Treatise

Federal Habeas Corpus Practice and Procedure — available on Lexis

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Federal Habeas Corpus Practice and Procedure is a two-volume set consisting of practical advice and analysis of U.S. Supreme Court cases. The treatise and the accompanying Supplement include extensive analysis of the latest habeas corpus case law as well as important statutory changes.


Featured Video


  • Combining archival footage with testimony from activists and scholars, director Ava DuVernay’s examination of the U.S. prison system looks at how the country’s history of racial inequality drives the high rate of incarceration in America.

The MPRE is Coming and the Library Can Help!

Are you studying for the MPRE? Looking for study resources? Check out the MPRE resources on our Bar Exam Study Guide and the Legal Ethics / Professional Responsibility Study Aids!

MPRE Study Resources


March is Women’s History Month

The National Women’s History Month theme for 2021 continues the 2020 theme Valiant Women of the Vote. The theme honors the women who fought to win suffrage rights for women, and the women who continue to fight for the voting rights of others.


National American Woman Suffrage Association Records: Subject File, 1851-1953; Parades for suffrage

3 Great Resources for Exploring the Valiant Women of the Vote

  • Library of Congress, Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote Exhibit
    • This exhibit covers the fight for the right to vote from the pre-Seneca Falls feminist inspirations to ratification and beyond.
  • National Women’s History Museum, History of Women’s Suffrage
    • Elizabeth Cady Stanton–one of the Seneca Falls convention leaders–reminisced, “We were but a handful…” recalling the supporters of woman suffrage at the convention, where the right to vote was their most radical demand. Between this first convention advocating the rights of women and the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment guaranteeing women’s right to vote in 1920 lay a long and arduous journey. Victory was never assured until the final moments. In the intervening years, the drive for women’s voting rights encompassed the lives of several generations of women. Suffrage supporters survived a series of dramatic transformations in their movement that included: fifty years of educating the public to establish the legitimacy of woman suffrage; approximately twenty years of direct lobbying as well as dramatic militant action to press their claim to the vote; the division of each generation into moderate and radical camps; and the creation of a distinct female political culture and imagery to promote “votes for women.”
  • PBS, The Vote
    • One hundred years after the passage of the 19th Amendment, The Vote tells the dramatic culmination story of the hard-fought campaign waged by American women for the right to vote — a transformative cultural and political movement that resulted in the largest expansion of voting rights in U.S. history. Exploring how and why millions of 20th-century Americans mobilized for — and against — women’s suffrage, The Vote brings to life the unsung leaders of the movement and the deep controversies over gender roles and race that divided Americans then — and continue to dominate political discourse today.


UC & College of Law Events

All Month

  • 21 Day Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge presented by the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati
    • The challenge is designed to create dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership. Participants will be presented with challenges such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, reflecting on personal experience, and more. Participation in an activity like this helps us to discover how racial injustice and social injustice impact our community, to connect with one another, and to identify ways to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination. This is an exciting opportunity to dive deep into racial equity and social justice.

Monday, Mar. 1, 2021

  • AAUW Smart Start Salary Negotiation Workshop
    • 5:00pm
    • Negotiating increases your potential to earn more — and can make the difference for paying off loans, supporting your family, buying what you want and need and saving for the future. Join this session on Zoom to learn how to research your target salary, highlight your accomplishments and find the right words — and the confidence — to negotiate for better benefits and pay. You can sign up for a free in-person workshop or online course, which takes less than two hours to complete and can be done at your own pace.
    • Special guest, Meredith Winters Giesting, a UC DAAP ’11 alum and current Design Supervisor at Gemline and Adjunct Professor at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design.
    • RSVP

Tuesday, Mar. 2, 2021

  • Gotcha Covered
    • 7:00pm – 8:00pm
    • The Gotcha Covered condom distribution program is designed to increase condom distribution on and around campus for UC students. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), condom distribution programs are effective at increasing condom use, increasing condom carrying, promoting delayed sexual involvement, and reducing incidence of STIs. Currently, students can get free condoms from the Student Wellness Center during business hours. This program allows UC students to become a certified Gotcha Covered volunteer by attending a 1-hour sexual health education workshop. Once certified, students will be given a supply of condoms to have available for fellow students and residents. Currently, there are over 500 trained Gotcha Covered volunteers at UC.
    • Presented by the Student Wellness Center
    • Register

Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2021

  • 5th Annual Black Feminist Symposium: Radical Rest
    • An in-house conference dedicated to uplifting Black scholarship and celebrating Black voices, forums, panels, and lectures that are led by students, staff, faculty, and community members. The Black Feminist Symposium works to unite black feminist work being done amongst UC members with the community at large.
    • Keynote featuring Manon Voice
      • 5:00pm – 7:00pm
      • Manon Voice is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana, and is a poet and writer, spoken word artist, hip-hop emcee, educator, social justice advocate, and practicing contemplative. She has performed on diverse stages across the country in the power of word and song and has taught and facilitated art and poetry workshops widely, working with organizations such as Women Writing for (a) Change, Arts for Learning Indiana, Notre Dame Americorps, Regeneration Indy, Indiana’s WomIN’s Festival, Indiana Writers Center and Purdue University. She has been a featured poet and performer in noteworthy Indianapolis productions such as “The Wake”, “Village Voices Notes from a Griot” and “Nina High Priestess of Soul” with the Phoenix Rising Dance Company. Manon Voice has performed alongside Broadway singer and actress, Jennifer Holliday for Brothers United World AIDS Day, Indiana Poet Laureate Adrian Matejka, Artist and Songstress, Opal Staples, International Poet, and Philosopher, David Whyte, and has opened for acts such as WNBA Championship basketball player Tamika Catchings and Judge Joe Mathis. Her poetry has appeared in The Flying Island, The Indianapolis Review, The House Life Project: People + Property Series, Sidepiece Magazine and The World We Live(d) In anthology. She has been interviewed and featured in publications such as Indy NUVO, The Indianapolis Recorder, The Indianapolis Star, FAFCollective, and Pattern Magazine. She has been a panelist for Indianapolis based organizations, Indy10 Black Lives Matter, Don’t Sleep, Circles Indy, IUPUI’s Social Justice Symposium, and national organizations such as La Raza for Liberation focusing on the intersections of race, gender, art, and activism.In 2017, Manon Voice was awarded the Power of Peace Award from the Peace Learning Center of Central Indiana and in 2018 she traveled to Avila, Spain with the organization, Mystic Soul, to study contemplative practices through the lens of Saint and Mystic Teresa de Avila. In 2018, Manon received a nomination for the Pushcart Prize in Poetry. In 2020, Manon Voice was nominated as one of the four featured Art and Soul African American Artists with the Arts Council of Indianapolis. Manon Voice is also a recipient of the 2020 Robert D. Beckmann Jr., Emerging Artist Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis and was commissioned to create a poem for the Art Council’s equity statement. She is also a cohort for the 2021 On Ramp Accelerator Program with the Indiana Arts Commission and was a selected participant in the 2020 cohort for the Religion, Spirituality, and Arts Program through IUPUI. Manon Voice seeks to use her art and activism to create a communal space where dialogue, transformation, discovery, and inspiration can occur.
      • Register


March Arguments at the United States Supreme Court

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From SCOTUS Blog:

Monday, Mar. 1, 2021

  • United States v. Arthrex Inc.: (1) whether, for purposes of the Constitution’s appointments clause, administrative patent judges of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office are principal officers who must be appointed by the president with the Senate’s advice and consent, or “inferior Officers” whose appointment Congress has permissibly vested in a department head; and (2) whether, if administrative patent judges are principal officers, the court of appeals properly cured any appointments clause defect in the current statutory scheme prospectively by severing the application of 5 U.S.C. § 7513(a) to those judges.

Tuesday, Mar. 2, 2021

Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2021

  • Carr v. Saul: whether a claimant seeking disability benefits under the Social Security Act forfeits an appointments-clause challenge to the appointment of an administrative law judge by failing to present that challenge during administrative proceedings.


March Oral Arguments at the Ohio Supreme Court

You can view the live stream of oral arguments on the Court’s website or see them after the arguments take place in the Ohio Channel archives.

Ohio Supreme Court Chamber

Tuesday, Mar. 2, 2021

Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2021

Thursday, Mar. 4, 2021

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