This Week in the Law Library …

This week in the Law Library we are teaching Advanced Lexis & Westlaw Searching and Advanced Legal Research, focusing on love and the law through family law resources, and continuing to celebrate Black History Month.

This Week’s Research Sessions

Monday, Feb. 14, 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

Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022

Advocacy, section 6

Legal Technology & Research Instructional Services Librarian, Shannon Kemen
Advanced Searching
10:40am – 12:05pm
Room 100B

Advocacy, section 3

Legal Technology & Research Instructional Services Librarian, Shannon Kemen
Advanced Searching
1:30pm – 2:55pm
Room 100A

Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022

Advocacy, section 2

Associate Director Susan Boland
Advanced Searching
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

Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022

Advocacy, section 4

Associate Director Susan Boland
Advanced Searching
1:30pm – 2:55pm
Room 100B

Featured Study Aids

The Law of Domestic Relations in the United States (Hornbook)

Available via the West Academic Study Aid subscription, this hornbook analyzes both the continuity and changes that have occurred in the law of domestic relations in recent years. Alternatives to marriage like contract cohabitation, civil unions, and marriage itself are examined in light of state supreme court and United States Supreme Court cases. The economics of divorce including the division of property is presented with reference to the emergence of marriage equality. Adoption of children concludes the book with emphasis on the abandonment of secrecy and the new regard for openness.

Family Law: Examples & Explanations

Available via the Aspen Learning Library, this study aid identifies and explores new trends in family law practice. It includes central topics such as alternative dispute resolution, domestic violence, alternative reproduction, premarital agreements, and professional responsibility. Analysis is first provided for a topic and then examples are given to help students understand the analysis. A series of problems at the end of each section or chapter assist you in testing your understanding. Answers are provided for these problems.

Mastering Family Law

Available via the LexisNexis Digital Library, this text helps students understand the basic principles and underlying policies of the topics covered in a general family law course. The content in this book is drawn from the table of contents of all the major family law teaching texts and includes all of the major topics covered in those texts. The book includes traditional family law topics such as marriage and divorce, but also covers child law topics such as the constitutional rights of parents and the definition of parents, among others. It provides a roadmap at the beginning of each chapter to focus attention on the important topics that will be addressed and a checkpoints list at the end of each chapter to summarize the important concepts as an aid to student comprehension and retention.

Featured Guide

Family Law Research Guide

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

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Family Law

Available on Westlaw, 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

The Road to Loving v. Virginia

This digital exhibit from the Virginia Memory site by the State Library of Virginia traces state anti-miscegenation laws and the challenges to these bans on interracial marriage. At the time of the US Supreme Court decision in Loving v. Virginia, sixteen states still had bans on interracial marriage. Even after Loving v. Virginia, it took decades before the laws were repealed. In 2000, Alabama became the last state to repeal its statute.

Featured Video

Love Wins: A Conversation with Jim Obergefell

On Wednesday, June 16, the UC Alumni Association and the UC LGBTQ Center partnered on a virtual event, “Love Wins: A Conversation with Jim Obergefell.” Obergefell (CECH ’90) was the plaintiff in the landmark Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges, where the decision legalized same sex marriage in the United States. This was the signature event for Pride Month 2021, and was hosted by Andrew Niese (Bus ’23).

February is Black History Month

Black History Month

This year’s theme for Black History Month is Black Health and Wellness. According to the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, “[t]his theme acknowledges the legacy of not only Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine, but also other ways of knowing throughout the African Diaspora. The 2022 theme considers activities, rituals and initiatives that Black communities have done to be well.”

UC College of Law & Campus Events Celebrating Black History Month

Robert S. Marx Law Library Display Showcasing the Life of Judge Nathaniel Jones

The law library is pleased to invite you to view the newest display showcasing the life of Judge Nathaniel Jones. The College of Law’s Center for Race, Gender and Social Justice is named in honor of Judge Jones and his life’s work in promoting social justice. The College of Law is privileged to host Judge Jones’s archives. Please come by the main entrance of the law library to view documents and artifactsfrom Judge Jones’s storied career.

Previous Marx Markings posts on Judge Jones

UC Libraries

UC Libraries resources in celebration of Black History Month:

CECH Library’s Social Issues for Criminal Justice Careers, a guide of anti-racism resources for students to help equip them for law enforcement jobs in a diverse society.

Source article highlighting Lucy Oxley, MD, the first person of color ever to receive a medical degree from the College of Medicine.

History LibGuide highlighting African American collections, including The Amistad Research Center providing open access to materials on ethnic & racial history, African Diaspora & civil rights.

Theodore M. Berry Papers, an exhibit highlighting the papers of Theodore Moody Berry, Cincinnati’s first Black mayor.

UC Athletics Celebrates Black History Month

Throughout February, UC Athletics will celebrate with a month-long digital storytelling effort on and the Bearcats social platforms. Student-athletes from all sports will discuss the meaning and importance of this month through social posts and graphics.


Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Understanding and Building Generational Black Wealth: Black Professionals Panel Discussion

12:15pm – 1:30 pm
Join local business leaders Sheila Simmons and Savon Gibson for a virtual discussion about building and growing generational Black wealth on February 16th from 12:15 – 1:30 pm. Find out how you can begin to create generational wealth and resources available to help. Hosted by the Lindner College of Business and UC Blue Ash Office of Student Engagement. RSVP.

Drink ‘n Think Lecture Series on African American History: A History of Violence

Sip, laugh, learn and grow at Ludlow Wines, 343 Ludlow Ave., with host UC Associate Professor of History Holly McGee every Wednesday in February for a four-part “Drink ‘n Think” lecture series on African American history.
This Wednesday, Professor McGee will speak about the mechanics of lynching, race riots, forced migration, and the genocide of Black communities in the early twentieth century.

Transformative Financial Wellness, Black-Owned Business Fair

6:00pm – 7:00pm
UC’s Carl H. Lindner College of Business
Join speaker, educator, author and self-proclaimed “wellness fanatic” Al Riddick as he provides expert information to those who want to start making immediate positive financial changes. Participants will also be provided with financial coaching and tools to develop the proper financial mindset and behaviors to help build their understanding of making, saving and spending money.

‘Resiliency of Music’ Love Concert

7:00pm – 8:00pm
AACRC, 60 W. Charlton
Join the AACRC choir’s annual Valentine’s Day “Rhythms and Rhymes: The Resiliency of Black Love” concert, featuring feature various love poems written by talented choir members centering on the resilience of Black love. The UC campus community is also invited to submit poems they’ve created to be considered as a special feature in the concert. Music will be crafted specifically for your poem and will be placed in a special segment of the concert. One lucky couple will be serenaded by special guest performer!

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Ethiopian/Jewish Cooking Class

4:00pm – 5:30pm
Cincinnati Hillel Jewish Center
The AACRC will collaborate with the Hillel Jewish Center to share in learning about a cultural cooking experience. Guest speaker Avezu Fanta will share her life story along with sharing the history of a special event. Food provided by  Amma’s Kitchen.  Seating is limited and registration is required.

Friday, February 18, 2022

Jones Center Urgent Conversations: Affirmative Action – Supreme Court Decision

7:00 pm
Zoom (see Law Student Intranet for link and passcode)
Urgent Conversations are thought-provoking discussions on current topics at the intersections of race, gender, and social justice and offer students an opportunity to talk about larger societal issues and express differing viewpoints in a safe space. Facilitated by Jones Center Social Justice Fellow Janelle Thompson ’22. Pre-readings are available on TWEN.

Saturday, February 19, 2022

Eighth Annual Onyx & Ruby Gala

Created in 2007, the Gala recognizes the achievements of African American alumni, faculty, staff and students at UC. Events begin at 6:00 pm at the Graduate Cincinnati Hotel. Registration required.

Sunday, February 20, 2022

Talking Radicalism: Understanding the Black Panther Movement, Part 1

Join Campus YMCA @ UC in watching the PBS documentary: The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (2015). RSVP

5 Resources to Learn More about Black History

Last week we focused on resources that will help you learn more about Black history and culture. This week we focus on databases to help you in researching issues faced by African-Americans.

HeinOnline’s Civil Rights & Social Justice

A person’s civil rights ensure protection from discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, national origin or ethnicity, religion, age, and disability. While often confused, civil liberties, on the other hand, are basic freedoms outlined in the Bill of Rights and Constitution. Examples of civil liberties include the right to free speech, to privacy, to remain silent during police interrogation, and the right to have a fair trial. The lifeblood of civil rights protection in the United States is the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment (“No state shall make or enforce any law which shall … deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws”). Click through the pages in this database to learn how far our nation has come in fulfilling its promise of “all men are created equal” and how much further it still can go.

HeinOnline’s Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law

This HeinOnline collection brings together a multitude of essential legal materials on slavery in the United States and the English-speaking world. It includes every statute passed by every colony and state on slavery, every federal statute dealing with slavery, and all reported state and federal cases on slavery.

Oxford African American Studies Center

A comprehensive collection of scholarship focused on the lives and events which have shaped African American and African history and culture, coupled with precise search and browse capabilities. Features over 7,500 articles from Oxford’s reference works, approximately 100 primary sources with specially written commentaries, over 1,000 images, over 100 maps, over 200 charts and tables¸ timelines to guide researchers through the history of African Americans and over 6¸000 biographies. The core content includes: Africana, which presents an account of the African and African American experience in five volumes; the Encyclopedia of African American history; Black women in America 2nd ed; and the African American national biography.

ProQuest’s Black Freedom Struggle in the United States: Challenges and Triumphs in the Pursuit of Equality

ProQuest’s Black Freedom Struggle in the United States features 2,000 expertly selected primary source documents – historical newspaper articles, pamphlets, diaries, correspondence and more – from pivotal eras in African American history. Documents are focused on six different phases of Black Freedom: 1. Slavery and the Abolitionist Movement (1790-1860) — 2. The Civil War and the Reconstruction Era (1861-1877) — 3. Jim Crow Era from 1878 to the Great Depression (1878-1932) — 4. The New Deal and World War II (1933-1945) — 5. The Civil Rights and Black Power Movements (1946-1975) — 6. The Contemporary Era (1976-2000). The documents presented here represent a selection of primary sources available in several ProQuest databases.

Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience

The Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience is a unique database detailing the rich tapestry of the African experience throughout the Americas. Explore interdisciplinary topics through in-depth essays; read the seminal research and timelines that accompany each topic; and search for images and film clips to provide another dimension to your research.

Take the Law School Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE)!

All UC Law students will receive an email invitation this week to complete the annual Law School Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE), a national study on legal education. LSSSE helps us understand how the educational experience at UC Law compares with other law schools, and informs decisions on how to make UC Law better! Answers are anonymous to the law school.


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