This Week in the Law Library …

Welcome Back!

It’s a new year and a new semester! UC Law classes are starting out virtual this week but the Law Library is still here for you!

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Closure

Martin Luther King Jr.

The Law Library will be closed Monday, Jan. 17 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day but never fear,  all of our virtual resources will be available and law students, faculty, and staff will still have 24/7 access to the building!

UC Libraries Commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a Week-Long Online Learning Event

The UC Libraries Racial Equity, Support & Programming to Educate the Community Team (RESPECT) will be hosting an online asynchronous, interactive program to commemorate and celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Visit the online presentation beginning Jan.17 to read and listen to Dr. King’s speech, “The Other America,” then engage in conversation and learning throughout the week of Jan. 17-21.

Research Sessions

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Advocacy, section 4

Associate Director Susan Boland
Research Review Using Federal Law
1:30pm – 2:55pm

Remote Teaching & Learning Help

Need help with Canvas, Zoom, Teams, or other online teaching and learning tools? Be sure and visit our College of Law IT Support Guide and our Classroom and Teaching Technology Update Guide.

Resources to Help You “Spring into Action”

Library Research Guides

Library research guides provide you expert guidance on dozens of subjects related to Spring courses:

Bankruptcy Research Guide

Energy Law & Policy Guide

Environmental Law & Policy Guide

Estate Planning Guide

Family Law Research Guide

Gender & Law Guide

Health Law Guide

International Human Rights Guide

ERISA: Research Guide to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act Guide

Law & Capitalism in America

Study Aids

Study aids give you 24/7 online access to help with all of your subjects:


If using CALI, you will need to create an account (if you have not already done so) using a Cincinnati Law authorization code. You can obtain this code from a reference librarian.

West Academic Study Aids

To create an account, click the Create an Account link at the top right corner of the Study Aids Subscription page. Use your UC email as the email address. Once you have filled in the required information to set up an account, you will need to verify your email address (they will send you a confirmation email that you will need answer to verify the email address — be sure and check your junk mail). Once you have created an account and logged in, you can use the links below to access individual study aids or you can access all study aids through

LexisNexis Digital Library Study Aids

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Aspen Learning Library Study Aids (formerly Wolters Kluwer study aids)

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Library Videos

Video tutorials demonstrate research techniques on many subjects.

January Arguments at the United States Supreme Court

US Supreme Court - corrected

From SCOTUS Blog:

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Cassirer v. Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection Foundation – whether a federal court hearing state law claims brought under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act must apply the forum state’s choice-of-law rules to determine what substantive law governs the claims at issue, or whether it may apply federal common law.

Shurtleff v. Boston – (1) whether the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit’s failure to apply the Supreme Court’s forum doctrine to the First Amendment challenge of a private religious organization that was denied access to briefly display its flag on a city flagpole, pursuant to a city policy expressly designating the flagpole a public forum open to all applicants, with hundreds of approvals and no denials, conflicts with the Supreme Court’s precedents holding that speech restrictions based on religious viewpoint or content violate the First Amendment or are otherwise subject to strict scrutiny and that the establishment clause is not a defense to censorship of private speech in a public forum open to all comers; (2) whether the 1st Circuit’s classifying as government speech the brief display of a private religious organization’s flag on a city flagpole, pursuant to a city policy expressly designating the flagpole a public forum open to all applicants, with hundreds of approvals and no denials, unconstitutionally expands the government speech doctrine, in direct conflict with the court’s decisions in Matal v. Tam, Walker v. Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc. and Pleasant Grove City v. Summum; and (3) whether the 1st Circuit’s finding that the requirement for perfunctory city approval of a proposed brief display of a private religious organization’s flag on a city flagpole, pursuant to a city policy expressly designating the flagpole a public forum open to all applicants with hundreds of approvals and no denials, transforms the religious organization’s private speech into government speech, conflicts with the Supreme Court’s precedent in Matal v. Tam, and circuit court precedents in New Hope Family Services, Inc. v. Poole, Wandering Dago, Inc. v. Destito, Eagle Point Education Association v. Jackson County School District and Robb v. Hungerbeeler.

Wednesday January 19, 2022

Federal Election Commission v. Ted Cruz for Senate – whether appellees have standing to challenge the statutory loan-repayment limit of 52 U.S.C. 30116(j); and (2) whether the loan-repayment limit violates the Free Speech clause of the First Amendment.

Concepcion v. United States – whether, when deciding if it should “impose a reduced sentence” on an individual under Section 404(b) of the First Step Act of 2018, a district court must or may consider intervening legal and factual developments.

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