This Week in the Law Library …

This week in the Law Library we’re introducing first year students to administrative law research, focusing on bankruptcy resources, and celebrating Black History Month.

This Week’s Research Sessions

Monday, February 6, 2023

Advanced Legal Research

Legal Technology & Research Instructional Services Librarian, Shannon Kemen & Electronic Resources​  & Instructional Technology Librarian Ron Jones
1:30pm – 2:55pm
Room 107

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Lawyering II, Advocacy, sec. 4

Shannon Kemen, Legal Technology & Research Instructional Services Librarian
Room 145
9:00am – 10:25am
Introduction to Administrative Law

Lawyering II, Advocacy, sec. 3

Shannon Kemen, Legal Technology & Research Instructional Services Librarian
Room 145
1:30pm – 2:55pm
Introduction to Administrative Law

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Law School Competencies Information Table

Laura Dixon-Caldwell, Instructional & Reference Services Librarian & Shannon Kemen, Legal Technology & Research Instructional Services Librarian
Atrium Table
8:30 – 9:00am
Learn about how you can participate in the law school research and technology competencies! University of Cincinnati Law students who complete the requirements of the Competency programs before graduation will receive a notation on their transcript stating that they are competent with respect to legal research and/or technology, a credential they can list proudly on their resumes as proof of the research skills they offer prospective employers.

Advanced Legal Research

Legal Technology & Research Instructional Services Librarian, Shannon Kemen & Electronic Resources​  & Instructional Technology Librarian Ron Jones
1:30pm – 2:55pm
Room 107

Featured Study Aids

The Law of Bankruptcy (Hornbook)

Available via the West Academic Study Aid subscription, this comprehensive text provides an exhaustive analysis and discussion of every aspect of bankruptcy law, including an overview of bankruptcy.

Bankruptcy and Debtor/Creditor: Examples & Explanations

Available via the Aspen Learning Library, this text covers the rules of bankruptcy law and applies them in context, using the examples. It covers the nature, source, and policies of bankruptcy law formation; the framework of the debtor/creditor relationship; unsecured debt; secured debt and priorities; debt collection under state law; fraudulent transfers; bankruptcy jurisdiction, the powers of the bankruptcy court; debtor eligibility and bankruptcy relief; commencement and dismissal of the bankruptcy case; the automatic stay; property of the estate; trustee powers; executory contracts and unexpired leases; claims against the estate; Chapter 13 and 11 plans. A series of problems at the end of each section or chapter assist you in testing your understanding. Answers are provided for these problems.

Understanding Bankruptcy

Available via the LexisNexis Digital Library, this book provides a detailed introduction to bankruptcy and related state and federal debtor-creditor law. It is equally useful in an introductory Creditors’ Rights course that emphasizes bankruptcy; a free-standing Bankruptcy course; or an advanced course in Chapter 11 Reorganization. It provides an ample explanation of the issues likely to arise in any of these courses, specifically including issues raised by the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005.

Featured Guide

Bankruptcy Research

This Guide is intended to assist researchers interested in studying bankruptcy law. The pages herein provide suggestions for resources to locate relevant case law, statutes, rules, legislative history, and databases. The guide includes both free resources and, where indicated, resources only available to the UC or UC Law School community.

Featured Treatise

Collier on Bankruptcy

Available on Lexis, Collier on Bankruptcy is the preeminent treatise in the bankruptcy field. Long recognized as the most authoritative and comprehensive single source of bankruptcy law information, and cited in hundreds of opinions each year, Collier is a benchmark authority. Conveniently organized according to substance and function, Collier contains comprehensive analysis of statutory and procedural bankruptcy law. Overview; Jurisdiction; Appeals; etc.: Collier provides a history and overview of bankruptcy law, along with detailed coverage of the bankruptcy court system and procedural and jurisdictional issues. It also addresses bankruptcy crimes, professional responsibility, mediation, the Securities Investor Protection Act of 1970 and ancillary and cross-border insolvency cases. Analysis of Bankruptcy Code: Collier covers Bankruptcy Code sections 101 through 1532, with chapters keyed sequentially to individual Code sections. Each chapter contains a discussion of the current law governing the applicable Code provision along with its history and derivation.

Featured Website

Bankruptcy (U.S. Courts website)

The U.S. Courts pages on Bankruptcy are a guide to basic bankruptcy law and they offer links to Bankruptcy forms.

Featured Videos

U.S. Courts: Bankruptcy Basics

Find information about bankruptcy laws, including answers to some of the most frequently asked questions. These videos will give you basic information about the process, the relief it offers, and how to find the legal help you may need.

February is Black History Month

Black History Month

This year’s theme for Black History Month is Black Resistance. According to the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, “[a]s societal and political forces escalate to limit access to and exercise of the ballot, eliminate the teaching of Black history, and work to push us back into the 1890s, we can only rely on our capacity to resist” and “[t]his is a call to everyone, inside and outside the academy, to study the history of Black Americans’ responses to establish safe spaces, where Black life can be sustained, fortified, and respected.”

University of Cincinnati Celebrations, Resources & Events

UC Alumni Association Celebrates Black History Month

Each February, the UC Alumni Association gathers to pay tribute to our past, salute excellence and achievement within the Black UC family, and rejoice in the progress yet to come.

Black Food Truck Week

February 6 – 9, 2023
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The Greater Cincinnati African-American Chamber of Commerce proudly presents “Black Food Truck Week” on UC’s central campus during Black History Month 2023.  Monday-Thursday you can enjoy twelve of Cincinnati’s hottest, and tastiest black-owned food trucks.  Come enjoy these culinary delights!

Free ‘Black Panther’ Oscar-nominated film screening

February 1 – 7, 2023
Check local Tristate cinema listings for twice daily viewings

February 6, 2023

HIV Testing

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
AACRC, 60 W. Charlton
In observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, AACRC outreach educators offer free and confidential testing, referrals, counseling and harm reduction and prevention education. Walk in for a rapid test (no needles) and receive results in 15 minutes. HIV testing will continue the first Monday of each month through the semester. RSVP

February 8, 2023

Black History Month Read-In: Black Resistance

11:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
UC Blue Ash, Muntz Hall
The UC Blue Ash community welcomes author, Dani McClain as their featured guest reader for their 2023 Black History Month Read-in. McClain is the author of “We Live for the We: The Political Power of Black Motherhood.” Dani will read excerpts from her book and take questions from the audience. Additionally, participants are invited to read selected works provided by the library, or they can read original works.  RSVP

Black Excellence in Leadership: Learning from Leaders to Develop Your Leadership Identity

Noon – 1:00 p.m.
UC’s Steger Student Life Center, 6th floor
Join the Student Activities and Leadership Development Office’s “Leaders Who Lunch” to look at the 2023 #MakingBlackHistoryHonorees from the Cincinnati Regional Chamber, what we can learn from their examples of leadership and how to apply that to individual leadership identities. Lunch provided. Space is limited. RSVP

Drink-n-Think…A Lil’ More

6:30 p.m.
Ludlow Wines, 343 Ludlow Ave.
For the second year, Ludlow Wines, Clifton’s retail merchant of wine and craft beer, will host Holly McGee, UC associate professor of history, every Wednesday in Black History Month for another four-part Drink-n-Think lecture series. Drink, laugh and learn about everything you’ve ever wanted to know about African American history but were hesitant to ask.

Who’s afraid of the big, bad CRT?

Demystify critical race theory, debunk divisive misinformation and find out why critical race theory might actually be significant to real-world success

AACRC Choir and CCM Chorus Concert

7:00 p.m.
AACRC, 60 W. Charlton
The AACRC choir will host the CCM chorus in a joint Black History Month concert, ending with both choirs combining to sing a popular Gospel song.

February 10, 2023

Black History Month Keynote Series

6:00 p.m.
AACRC, 60 W. Charlton
“Food and Foodways” presented by Psyche Williams-Forson, associate professor and chair of American Studies, University of Maryland, who speaks on African American foodways (the eating habits and culinary practices of people, regions or historical periods), the importance of food in the workplace and the meaning of Juneteenth beyond food.

Soul Food Cook-off: “The Golden Foot Award”

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
AACRC, 60 W. Charlton
Do you think you have what it takes to win the Golden Foot Award? Would you like to compete? In 2019 the AACRC hosted UC’s first soul food cook-off. After two years the cook-off is finally back and ready for a new champion. The entire UC community is invited to either compete in the cook-off or judge the entries. Free food! Free drinks! Seating is limited. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

February 11, 2023

Morning Movie Mini-Festival

10:00 a.m. – Noon
Esquire Theatre, 320 Ludlow Ave.
Film, “High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America”

Children’s Africana Reading Circle

Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Evanston Recreation Center, 3204 Woodburn Ave.
Join UC each Saturday in February for reading, fun, crafts and free books! Feb. 11th book: “Freedom Soup” (elementary to 3rd grade)

February 12, 2023

10:45 a.m.; cemetery tour 2:30 p.m.
Union Baptist Church, 405 W. 7th St. *Cemetery Tour of Union Baptist Cemetery at 2:30pm. This is both in person and online.
Historical Black Church Sundays! The Black church in America is a living, breathing, cultural artifact with which you are welcome to interact during February 2023. Join UC’s Department of Africana Studies each week at select churches in Greater Cincinnati to celebrate Black History Month. Meet in the lobby 10 minutes prior to service for group Bearcat seating. The UC Office of the Vice Provost is generously providing refreshments during “Fellowship Hour” immediately following each service.

Selected Resources to Learn More About Black History

ABA, Celebrating Black Legal Trailblazers (PDF)

This year, the ABA is celebrating Black Legal Trailblazers, from the 1800s to the present. The individuals have not only been powerful examples of leadership in the legal profession, but have brought about historic change and progress to make the legal field more inclusive today, and more representative of our population as a whole.

ABA 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge

The Challenge invites participants to complete a syllabus of 21 short assignments (typically taking 15-30 minutes), over 21 consecutive days, that include readings, videos or podcasts. It has been intentionally crafted to focus on the Black American experience. The assignments seek to expose participants to perspectives on elements of Black history, identity and culture, and to the Black community’s experience of racism in America. Even this focus on Black Americans cannot possibly highlight all of the diversity of experiences and opinions within the Black community itself, much less substitute for learnings about any other community of color. This syllabus is but an introduction.

ABA Black Lawyers in America (Webinar series)

Session One: The Foundation

Over the course of their distinguished careers, former ABA presidents Dennis Archer, Paulette Brown and Robert Grey, Jr. have advocated for the change so many now seek and have helped create a foundation of racial equity upon which the profession can now build. This discussion will identify the issues and set the table for a solution-driven dialogue.

Session Two: The Focus

As our society increasingly becomes aware of the historic inequities that continue to impact people of color generally and Black Americans in particular, the legal profession is likewise coming to terms with this reality. Black lawyers are grossly underrepresented and underappreciated in the legal profession and are still more likely to be affected by bias – both conscious and unconscious – throughout their careers. Our panel will discuss the existing strategies and approaches that firms and corporations can use to make the profession more diverse and inclusive. We will also examine and explore other solutions that have yet to be implemented broadly. Listeners will come away with guidance and action items.

Session Three: The Future

The next generation of Black legal leaders will discuss the future of the profession. What are their expectations? What do they want to contribute? How will they transform the profession? What challenges do they face and where will they seek their support? How will they harness the energy of social change movements to effectuate change in the boardrooms?

Session Four: Black Leaders in the Government – Challenges, Opportunities and Solutions

This series concludes with an open descussion with Black political leaders in local and federal government, for a firsthand account of the extraordinary responsibilities they must bear in serving their constituents while acting as voices of change in this emotionally and racially charged environment.

ABA Black Lawyers in America Toolkit

The Black Lawyers in America Toolkit was created as a follow up to the original Black Lawyers in America Webinar Series, co-sponsored by the American Bar Association and hosted by Duane Morris. The toolkit includes facilitation guidelines, discussion questions, and continuing resources to engage in the work of uplifting Black lawyers’ experiences in the workplace and ending practices of implicit bias and anti-Black racism in the legal profession and educational pipeline. It also provides resources and tips for Black lawyers.

National Bar Association, Know Your Rights

The National Bar Association is the nation’s oldest and largest national association of predominantly African-American lawyers, judges, law professors, and law students.Because Black lawyers were excluded from membership in the American Bar Association and most local majority bar associations across the country, 12 black lawyers met in Des Moines, Iowa, on August 1, 1925, to spearhead the establishment of a national network of black lawyers committed to the pursuit of equal justice under law. They founded the National Bar Association. The NBA members have prepared informational videos so that citizens have a better understanding of their rights. Their goal is for our family, friends, and neighbors to avoid unnecessary pitfalls and missteps, victimization due to misinformation, and to positively and effectively exercise their constitutional rights to improve their lives and our communities. Please share the videos in your communities including schools, churches, community centers, and other comparable groups.


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