This Week in the Law Library …

This week in the Law Library we are teaching a Research Review Using Federal Law and Advanced Legal Research, featuring International Human Rights Law resources, and raising awareness of stalking.

This Week’s Research Sessions

Monday, Jan. 24, 2022

Advocacy, section 2

Associate Director Susan Boland
Research Review Using Federal Law
10:40am – 12:05pm
Room 302

Advanced Legal Research

Legal Technology & Research Instructional Services Librarian, Shannon Kemen & Electronic Resources​  & Instructional Technology Librarian Ron Jones
1:30pm – 2:55pm
Room 100A

Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022

Advocacy, section 6

Legal Technology & Research Instructional Services Librarian, Shannon Kemen
Research Review Using Federal Law
10:40am – 12:05pm
Room 100B

Advocacy, section 1

Associate Dean of Library Services, Michael Whiteman
Research Review Using Federal Law
1:30pm – 2:55pm
Room 204

Advocacy, section 3

Legal Technology & Research Instructional Services Librarian, Shannon Kemen
Research Review Using Federal Law
1:30pm – 2:55pm
Room 100A

Advocacy, section 5

Electronic Resources​  & Instructional Technology Librarian Ron Jones
Research Review Using Federal Law
3:05pm – 4:30pm
Room 104

Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022

Advanced Legal Research

Legal Technology & Research Instructional Services Librarian, Shannon Kemen & Electronic Resources​  & Instructional Technology Librarian Ron Jones
1:30pm – 2:55pm
Room 100A

Featured Study Aids

International Human Rights in a Nutshell

Available via the West Academic Study Aid subscription, this nutshell provides a comprehensive overview of the international, regional and domestic human rights systems. Reviews recent developments in the field, including in the UN, European, OAS and African human rights systems and the adoption of new conventions such as those on forced disappearances and persons with disabilities. Includes chapters on the treatment of human rights treaties and norms within the U.S. legal system as well as on the role of non-governmental human rights organizations.

International Law: Examples & Explanations

Available via the Aspen Learning Library, this study aid begins  with an introduction to the main principles and sources of international law. This study aid covers specific areas of international law, covering a wide array of topics from human rights and extradition, to the law of the sea and the laws of war. From start to finish this text offers a succinct but comprehensive overview of public international law.

Understanding International Law

Available via the LexisNexis Digital Library, this text explains what international law is, why it exists, and the basic subjects it covers. The law of treaties is given particular attention. Understanding International Law also provides introductory coverage of topics of current relevance, such as terrorism, international criminal law, use and applicability of international law in United States courts, and the law governing the use of military force.

Featured Guide

International Human Rights

Human rights may be inalienable rights but they depend on State actors to enforce through laws and policies. This guide helps you research those laws and policies.

Featured Treatise

Oxford Handbook of International Human Rights Law

Available in the Urban Morgan Collection at K 3240.094 2013, this volume explores the principle and history of international human rights law. It addresses questions regarding the sources of human rights, its historical and cultural origins and its universality. It evaluates the effectiveness of procedures and international institutions in enforcing and ensuring compliance with human rights. This volume investigates the underlying structural principles that bind together the internationally-guaranteed rights and provide criteria for the emergence of new rights. It also evaluates whether the international human rights project has made a difference in the lives and well-being of individuals and groups around the world.

Featured Website

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

The annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, also known as the Human Rights Reports, cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international agreements.

Featured Video

Foreign & International Law Research Video: IGOs & NGOs

This video shows how to research Intergovernmental Organizations and Non-governmental Organizations. Particular attention is paid to the UN. It also covers private international law conventions and customary law. It introduces state norms, Opinio Juris, Jus Cogen, and  Lex Mercatoria. It is 15:33 minutes long and is closed captioned.

January 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, January 25, 2022

Christina Cruz, et al. v. English Nanny & Governess School, et al. – whether a trial court has the discretion to award additional fees for legal work done during the appeal of the case when attorney fees are awarded as part of punitive damages in a civil case. Court News Ohio Oral Argument Preview

State v. Brunson – (1) whether it is unconstitutional for a court to sentence a defendant more harshly because the defendant exercised the right to remain silent – to not be a witness against oneself – during trial; (2) whether attorney-client privilege must give way to the right to confront witnesses. Court News Ohio Oral Argument Preview

NASCAR Holdings, Inc., et al. v. Jeffrey A. McClain, Tax Commissioner of Ohio, et al. – whether a company not located in Ohio that licenses its intellectual property to other out-of-state companies that use the property rights to generate revenue in Ohio is subject to the state’s commercial activity tax. Court News Ohio Oral Argument Preview

Medina County Bar Association v. Russell Anthony Buzzelli – whether the Ohio Supreme Court should stay one year of a recommended two-year disciplinary suspension for threatening clients and other misconduct. Court News Ohio Oral Argument Preview

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Cynthia Clawson v. Heights Chiropractic Physicians, LLC, et al. – whether a medical practice can be sued for malpractice if the employee physician was dismissed from the case. Court News Ohio Oral Argument Preview

State v. Kidd – whether a court of appeals should grant leave to file a delayed appeal pursuant to App.R. 5(A) regarding an alleged sentencing error. Court News Ohio Oral Argument Preview

Doreen Barrow, et al. v. Village of New Miami – whether the village of New Miami violated the due process rights of recipients of speeding tickets received through the village’s automated speed enforcement program. Court News Ohio Oral Argument Preview

Michael P. French et al. v. Ascent Resources – Utica, LLC. – whether Ohio’s arbitration law, which excludes from arbitration “controversies involving title to or possession of real estate,” applies to a landowner seeking a court judgment that title in the property’s oil and gas interest has reverted to the landowner because the lease has expired. Court News Ohio Oral Argument Preview

January is National Stalking Awareness Month

January 2022 marks the eighteenth annual National Stalking Awareness Month (NSAM), an annual call to action to recognize and respond to the serious crime of stalking.

What is stalking? While legal definitions of stalking vary from one jurisdiction to another, Title IX and the Clery Act have a good working
definition of stalking:

Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to
(1) Fear for the person’s safety or the safety of others; or
(2) Suffer substantial emotional distress.

According to the National Stalking Awareness website:

  • Between 6% and 39% of college students report being stalked since entering college.
  • College students at higher risk for experiencing stalking include:
    • Women
    • Students of color
    • Sexual minority and gender non-conforming college
    • students (LGBTQ+)
    • Students with disabilities
    • Students living off campus
    • Younger students
  • Among undergraduates stalked by an intimate partner:
    • 32% were sexually assaulted the prior academic year
    • 40% experienced co-occurring coercive control
    • 27% experienced co-occurring threats for a partner to hurt themselves, the victim, or someone the victim loves
    • 11% experienced co-occurring physical assault by an intimate partner
    • 43% of college stalking victims who meet the legal criteria of ‘stalking’ do not identify their experience as ‘stalking’.

University of Cincinnati Resources

University of Cincinnati Gender Equity & Inclusion (Title IX)
Clery Act at University of Cincinnati
Victim Services, Harassment, Stalking and Dating Violence
Help for Student Victims & Student Survivors
Women Helping Women Campus Based Advocacy
Stalking Q&A with UCPD’s Crime Victim Services Coordinator

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