Happy Spring Break!

This week in the Law Library we’re wishing you a restorative and restful spring break, continuing to celebrate Women’s History Month, and watching Ohio Supreme Court oral arguments.

Spring Break Circulation Desk Hours

Monday – Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm

Law students, faculty, and staff will continue to have 24/7 to library spaces and resources.

March Is Women’s History Month

Women carrying signs that say Can Until You Can't

This month is Women’s History Month and the Law Library will be celebrating all month with our display, candy, and blog postings. Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.” In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.” Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, Presidents have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.”

The 2024 Women’s History theme is “Women Who Advocate for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.” According to the National Women’s History Alliance, “During 2024, we recognize the example of women who are committed to embracing everyone and excluding no one in our common quest for freedom and opportunity. They know that people change with the help of families, teachers and friends, and that young people in particular need to learn the value of hearing from different voices with different points of view as they grow up.”

UC Events Celebrating Women’s History Month

Law Library Women’s History Month Display

2023 Women's History Month Display

Stop by in the next few weeks to view our exhibit, curated by Rhonda Wiseman, spotlighting alumni, women leaders, and monographs from our collection that focus on the history and journey of women’s rights and women’s contributions to the legal community and beyond. Of particular note is the special section of the display honoring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who visited UC Law to dedicate the refurbished Taft Hall and delivered the fourth William Howard Taft Lecture on Constitutional Law.

Women’s History Month at the UCBA Library

This year’s selections highlight the 2024 theme for Women’s History Month – “Women Who Advocate for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.”

UC Clermont Frederick A. Marcotte Library Digital Display for Women’s History Month

Women as Artists, Patrons, and Rulers in Renaissance Europe at DAAP March 7 to April 8, 2024

Co-curated by Christopher Platts, UC DAAP assistant professor of art history, Elizabeth Meyer, head of the DAAP Library and Mike Ruzga, an independent art conservator, the exhibition focuses on Hemessen, the most famous woman artist of the Northern Renaisssance, her signed painting of Christ’s Passion from 1556 and her patron, Mary Hungary, Governor of the Netherlands.

UC Alumni Association Celebrates Women’s History Month

Ever since Winona Lee Hawthorne became the first female to earn a degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1878, women have built an impressive legacy as Bearcat students and alumnae. Today, women constitute the majority of each graduating class, and their achievements continue to elevate the institution, their communities and their chosen fields. For these reasons, the UC Alumni Association proudly marks Women’s History Month — celebrating the excellence of the past and present while eagerly anticipating the greatness that lies ahead.

5 Resources to Learn More about Women’s History

At the beginning of the month we focused on women in the legal profession. This week we will focus on more general media and archival resources on women’s history.

Documentaries – Women & Society

Available through the UC Libraries’ Kanopy subscription, view films on women and society.

Films on Demand, Women’s History Month

Available through the UC Libraries’ Films on Demand subscription, view a curated list of films on women and history.

Library of Congress, Women’s History

Videos from the Library of Congress on the subject of women’s history.

National Archives, Select Films on Women’s Rights

Women and the Spirit of ’76

The American Revolution led to a transformation of the social order of the 18th century, and women played a significant role during this dramatic era. Prominent Americans – Betty Friedan, Dr. Rita Hauser, Dr. Margaret Mead, Patricia Linh, Prof. Richard B. Morris, Benetta Washington, Governor Ella Grasso, Dr. Jesse Bernard, and Catherine Filene Shouse relate progress made in the women’s movement today to the leadership provided by their sisters of 1776 – Abigail Adams, Phyllis Wheatley, Mercy Otis Warren, Molly Pitcher, etc.

Decade of Our Destiny: Women — A New Force for Change

This film surveys the history of women’s efforts to gain equal rights and examines the contributions of prominent women such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton to the women’s movement. The film also discusses the establishment of the National Commission on the Observance of International Women’s Year.

American Women and Social Change – Women at Work

Betty Medsger, free lance photographer-journalist; Sharon Prah, school librarian, Patricia Franzen, foreman at a steel plant; and Joan Wilson, welder at an automobile assembly plant, discuss the effects on children of working mothers, the response of men to the working woman, their reasons for working, and the life of women in non-traditional jobs.

More videos on Women’s History from the National Archives

What to Watch: Women’s History Month 2024, PBS (Feb. 26, 2024)

Celebrate Women’s History Month this year by exploring pivotal points in American history and learning more about women who fought for progress. Watch films on a range of topics.

March 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, March 12, 2024

Barga v. Vill. Council of the Vill. of St. Paris – (1) whether Ohio Rev. Code sec. 121.22(G)(1) precludes a village council from holding an executive session to consider the dismissal of a village police chief as authorized by Ohio Rev. Code ch. 737 when the subject of the dismissal requested the public meeting; and (2) what standard of review a trial court must follow in an appeal of a village council decision. Court News Ohio Oral Argument Preview

State v. Mays – whether the requirement in Ohio Rev. Code sec. 2945.75(A)(2) that a “guilty verdict shall state either the degree of the offense of which the offender is found guilty, or that such additional [aggravating] element or elements are present” is satisfied by a verdict form that cites the statutory sections, permitting the defendant to be convicted of the higher-level offense. Court News Ohio Oral Argument Preview

Mahoning Cnty. Bar Assoc. v. Macala – whether there should be a sanction harsher than a public reprimand on an attorney who forged the signature of five individuals on two documents submitted to the probate court.


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