This Week in the Law Library …

This week in the Law Library we’re teaching advanced legal research, doing a research review using Federal law, highlighting constitutional law resources, previewing Ohio Supreme Court oral arguments, and celebrating Black History Month.

This Week’s Research Sessions

Monday, Feb. 5, 2024

Advanced Legal Research Criminal Law
Associate Dean Michael Whiteman and Instructional & Reference Services Librarian Ashley Russell
Room 107
2:00pm – 2:55pm

Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024

Advanced Legal Research Civil Litigation
Associate Director Susan Boland & Instructional & Reference Services Librarian Laura Dixon-Caldwell
Room 135
2:00pm – 2:55pm

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024

Advocacy, Lawyering II, Cohort 4
Electronic Resources Instructional Services Librarian Ron Jones
Room 245
10:40am – 12:05pm

Advanced Legal Research Ohio
Electronic Resources Instructional Services Librarian Ron Jones
Room 107
2:00pm – 2:55pm

Featured Study Aids

Constitutional Law: Individual Rights: Examples & Explanations

Available online via the Aspen Learning Library, this is a problem-oriented guide to the principle doctrines of Constitutional law as covered in the typical course. This text walks the student through the provisions that protect individual rights. It combines textual material with examples, explanations, and questions to test the students’ comprehension of the materials and provide practice in applying legal principles to fact patterns.New to the Ninth Edition: inclusion of nearly 50 new Supreme Court cases, as well as expanded discussion of the freedom of association and the Richer treatment of the right to keep and bear arms.

Constitutional Law Hornbook

Available online via the West Academic study aid subscription,this text analyzes and discusses the origins of judicial review and federal jurisdiction, sources of national authority, the growth of federal commerce and fiscal powers, and the limits on state laws that burden interstate commerce. It also explores and analyzes individual liberties and due process, including equal protection, freedom of speech and religion, federal powers to enforce the Bill of Rights, and limitations on the jurisdiction of federal courts. Finally, this one-volume treatise explores the separation of powers including the restrictions on the foreign affairs power and the recent cases on the war on terror.

Understanding Constitutional Law

Available online via the LexisNexis Digital Library study aid subscription, this study aid covers all of the central concepts and issues students encounter in any basic constitutional law course. Structure of Government issues revolve around the twin themes of federalism and separation of powers. Individual rights and liberties follow a concept organization-Due Process, Equal Protection, and First Amendment. Clearly written and authoritative, Understanding Constitutional Law addresses the central concepts and issues students encounter in most Constitutional Law casebooks. “Structure of government” issues revolve around the twin themes of federalism and separation of powers. Individual rights and liberties follow a concept organization – Due Process, Equal Protection, and First Amendment.

Featured Guide

Constitutional Law Study Aids: Exam Study Guide

Featured Treatise

Rotunda & Nowak’s Treatise on Constitutional Law Substance and Procedure

Available online via Westlaw, this multi-volume legal treatise provides up-to-date analysis of every area of federal constitutional law with a focus on the Supreme Court.

Featured Video

The Bill of Rights: Constitution 101

Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, explores the influences that George Mason and the Virgina Declaration had on the Bill of Rights.

Featured Website

The Constitution Annotated

The Constitution Annotated provides a comprehensive overview of how the Constitution has been interpreted over time. It includes discussions of the Supreme Court’s latest opinions.

February is Black History Month

Black History Month

This year’s theme for Black History Month is “African Americans and the Arts”. According to the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, “African American artists have used art to preserve history and community memory as well as for empowerment.”

White House Proclamation on National Black History Month

5 Resources to Help You Celebrate Black History Month

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.

ABA-Wide 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge

The 21-Day Challenge concept was conceived several years ago by diversity expert Eddie Moore, Jr. to advance deeper understandings of the intersections of race, power, privilege, supremacy and oppression. The goal of the Challenge is to assist each of us to become more aware, compassionate, constructive, engaged people in the quest for racial equity. It transcends our roles as lawyers. Non-lawyers are also welcome to participate.

ABA, Celebrating Black Trailblazers 2023 (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 Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, CRSJ Celebrates Black History Month: The Challenges that African Americans Face in the 21st Century

In this compelling series of webinars, we take a close look at the civil rights and social justice issues that African Americans are still facing 53 years after the peak of the Civil Rights Movement. The impressive panels and experts will examine a range of issues from environmental justice to economic equity, COVID-19 testing and vaccine distribution to racial disparities and criminal justice.

Joan C. Williams et al., ABA Commission on Women in the Profession & the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, You Can’t Change What You Can’t See Executive Summary (2018)

This report is the first of its kind to provide a comprehensive picture of how implicit gender and racial bias—documented in social science for decades—plays out in everyday interactions in legal workplaces and affects basic workplace processes such as hiring and compensation.

University of Cincinnati Events

Lift Every Voice Sing-A-Long

Every Monday
TUC Atrium
Join the AACRC Choir, The Black Faculty Association, and the Department of Africana Studies in paying homage to James Weldon Johnson’s eloquent poem-turned-hymn that was recognized in 1919 by the NAACP as the “Negro National Anthem” and is today still celebrated as the “Black National Anthem.”

Race Work, Memory, and the Troubles Between Us: Kivie Kaplan and the NAACP

Tuesday, February 6, 2024
The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives
3101 Clifton Ave.
Join Dr. Holly McGee from the Department of Africana Studies as she discusses her research on Kivie Kaplan, the last, non-Black Executive President of the NAACP and the legacies of interracial political cooperation between Blacks and Jews in modern America.

Department of Anthropology Colloquium Series: The Social Microbiome: What Anthropology, Race, and Equity Have to do with Microbes

Amber Benezra, Stevens Institute of Technology
Thursday, February 8, 2024
Taft Research Center


Wednesday, February 7, 2024
Ludlow Wines
331 Ludlow Ave.
Ludlow Wines will host Dr. Holly Y. McGee every Wednesday in Black History Month for a 4-part lecture series on everything you’ve ever wanted to know about African American History but were hesitant to ask.

Soul Food Cook Off

Wednesday, February 7, 2024
Enjoy the 3rd Annual campus-wide Soul Food Cook Off. Eat, vote, and the winner is awarded the Golden Foot Award.

Black History Month Read-In / Poetry Slam

Thursday, February 8, 2024
11:30am – 1:00pm
UC Blue Ash
Muntz Hall 119/119L

Hidden Figures Movie Night

Thursday, February 8, 2024
3616 French Hall West (Africana Studies Student Lounge)
Join the UC History Club in watching the movie Hidden Figures.

Black Food Truck Friday

Friday, February 9, 2024
11:00am 2:00pm
Sigma Sigma Commons
The return of three of the best Black Food Trucks in the Cincinnati/Dayton region for free. Just attend any even during the first week of Black Future Month to claim your food ticket at the end of the event.

AGIDIGBO (Saturday Field Trip)

Saturday, February 10, 2024
1:00pm – 6:00pm
Bi-Okoto Cultural Center

Historical Black Church Visit: Gaines United Methodist Church

Sunday, February 11, 2024
Gaines United Methodist Church
5707 Madison Rd.

February 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, February 6, 2024

State v. Fork – (1) whether the definition of a “motor vehicle” as it applies to Ohio Rev. Stat. sec. 2903.08(A)(1)(a) is the definition found in Ohio Rev. Stat. sec. 4511.01 or the definition found in Ohio Rev. Stat. sec. 4501.01 and (2) whether a court must consider how a vehicle was used if the vehicle was not used for its principal purpose. Court News Ohio Oral Argument Preview

In re R.G.M. – whether a parent’s constitutional rights are violated when a psychologist’s report evaluating the parent is admitted as evidence in a custody hearing, but the psychologist doesn’t testify. Court News Ohio Oral Argument Preview

In the Matter of the Application of Ohio Power Company for an Increase in Electric Distribution Rates, et al., 2023-0464 – whether the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio improperly allow an electric company to recover costs to provide generation services when it approved an increase in its electric distribution rates. Court News Ohio Oral Argument Preview

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

State v. Macklin – whether the Supreme Court of Ohio ruling in State v. Burns, 170 Ohio St.3d 57, 2022Ohio4606 (2022) allows a grand jury to indict on additional offenses as long as they are “rooted in” the offenses sent by the juvenile court. Court News Ohio Oral Argument Preview

State v. Glover – whether a trial court must consider whether the entire prison term is necessary to protect the public and whether consecutive sentences are proportionate to the seriousness of the offender’s conduct when it imposes consecutive sentences. Court News Ohio Oral Argument Preview

Caldwell v. Whirlpool Corp. – whether the five-year limit to receive coverage for an additional condition from the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation includes the time that a worker’s appeal of a denial of coverage is before a court. Court News Ohio Oral Argument Preview

Comments are closed.