This Week in the Law Library

Library Tour for Paralegal Students

  • Monday, September 22nd, 6:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
    • Professor Pridemore
    • Federal and State Consitutions and Statutes with Ron Jones


Research Sessions This Week

  • Tuesday, September 23rd
    • Law Library & Westlaw Lunch & Learn
      • Researching Statutes with Ron Jones and Daniel Bryant
      • 12:15 P.M. – 1:15 P.M.
      • Room 204
      • Lunch provided; pre-registration was required.
  • Friday, September 26th
    • Professor Smith’s section 5
      • Researching Cases and Citators with Susan Boland
      • 9:00 a.m. – 10:25 A.M.
      • Room 100A
    • Professor Smith’s section 3
      • Researching Cases and Citators with Susan Boland
      • 10:40 a.m. – 12:05 P.M.
      • Room 100A


Constitution Day: Recognizing Our Fundamental Governing Document

The United States Constitution was adopted by the delegates meeting at the convention in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787. Having realized that the earlier governing charge, the Articles of Confederation, provided too weak a bond for governing the states, the delegates had earlier proposed abandoning the Articles and replacing them with a wholly new instrument. Following the adoption of the new Constitution, it was submitted to the states for ratification. The ninth state to ratify was New Hampshire, which did so on June 21, 1788. The federal government was activated early in 1789 with the first session of Congress and the inauguration of George Washington as President of the United States.

Each year Constitution Day is celebrated on September 17th, as is provided by law. In 2004 Congress passed legislation that requires universities that receive federal funds to formally recognize Constitution Day by “holding an educational program pertaining to the United States Constitution.” Note also that the statutes designate the day as “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.” Many law schools, including this one, had already regularly held programs honoring the Constitution on Constitution Day, for the adoption of the Constitution is of course a singular event in the creation of a government which aspires to be one “of laws and not of men.”

This year’s program on Wednesday will include Dean and Professor Louis D. Bilionis and Professors A. Christopher Bryant and Ronna Greff Schneider speaking on the theme of “The American Constitution in a Changing America.” The presentation will be given in Room 114 from 12:15 P.M. to 1:15 P.M.

Research resources on the Constitution include the database U.S. Congressional Documents on HeinOnline (off-campus access requires use of the campus VPN); “A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation” maintained by the Library of Congress; and a video tutorial on Constitutional research prepared by Professor of Practice and Law Library Director Kenneth J. Hirsh.

This Week in the Law Library

Library Lunch & Learn Series

It’s too late now to register for Tuesday’s Lunch & Learn session, with Ron Jones and Chris Bartkowski speaking about Bloomberg Law, so mark you calendar now for future sessions. Each includes lunch and advance registration is required.

Description

Date

Time

Room

Topic

RSVP Due to shannon.kemen@uc.edu by:

UC Law Library & Westlaw Lunch & Learn

Tuesday, September
23

12:15-1:15

204

Statutes

Friday, September
19

UC Law Library & Lexis Lunch & Learn

Tuesday, September
30

12:15-1:15

204

American
Jurisprudence

Friday, September
26

UC Law Library & Lexis Lunch & Learn

Tuesday, October 21

12:15-1:15

204

American Law
Reports

Friday, October 17

UC Law Library & Lexis Lunch & Learn

Tuesday, November
11

12:15-1:15

204

Uniform Laws

Friday, November 7

UC Law Library & Westlaw Lunch & Learn

Tuesday, November
18

12:15-1:15

204

Secondary Sources

Friday, November 14

 

Research Training Sessions

  • Law Library Lunch & Learn Series: Using Bloomberg Law
    • Tuesday, September 16
    • 12:15 P.M. – 1:15 P.M.
    • Room 204
    • Lunch provided; advance registration was required
  • Friday, September 19th
    • Professor Smith’s section 5
      • Researching Statutes with Susan Boland
      • 9:00 A.M. – 10:25 A.M.
      • Room 100A
    • Professor Smith’s section 3
      • Researching Statutes with Susan Boland
      • 10:40 A.M. – 12:40 P.M.
      • Room 100A


This Week in the Law Library

Upcoming Research Sessions

  • Monday, September 8th
    • HRQ Library Training with Jim Hart
      • 5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
      • Room 118
  • Tuesday, September 9th
    • LLM Students: Statutes with Susan Boland
      • 9:00 A.M. – 10:25 A.M.
      • Room 100B
    • Library & Lexis Lunch & Learn Series
      • 1L & LLM Training with Ashley Russell and Shannon Kemen
      • 12:15 P.M. – 1:15 P.M.
      • Room 118
  • Wednesday, September 10th
    • Prof. Malloy’s Torts Class
      • Researching Torts with Ron Jones
      • 9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.
      • Room 118
    • Prof. Lenhart’s section 4
      • Researching Case Law with Ron Jones
      • 1:30 P.M. – 2:55 P.M.
      • Room 100B
  • Friday, September 12th
    • Prof. Smith’s section 5
      • Researching Statutory Sources with Susan Boland
      • 9:00 A.M. – 10:25 A.M.
      • Room 100A
    • Prof. Bradley’s section 2
      • Researching Statutes with Shannon Kemen
      • 9:00 A.M. – 10:25 A.M.
      • Room 302
    • Prof. Smith’s section 3
      • Researching Secondary Sources with Susan Boland
      • 10:40 A.M. – 12:05 P.M.
      • Room 100A
    • Prof. Bradley’s section 1
      • Researching Statutes with Shannon Kemen
      • 10:40 A.M. – 12:05 P.M.
      • Room 302


Welcome Back Returning Students!

Like the birders and tourists who anxiously await the return of the swallows to Capistrano, the library staff is excited to see that you’ve returned to the college and are making use of the law library. We have resources and services to help you kick off a successful year. You’ll find helpful information about many of these in our library guides series. Throughout the semester we’ll be presenting research sessions that can give you pointers on making the best use of our various legal research systems. The Library Lunch and Learn Series is a partnership between the Law Library and some of our research service vendors. The sessions provide you lunch and training that will make your research efforts easier and more productive. The next available session is Lexis Training for 1L Students, schedule for room 118 on Tuesday, September 9th, from 12:15 – 1:15 P.M. Please register by sending an email to Shannon Kemen by Friday, September 5th. 2L and 3L students who want to learn more about researching statutes can register by September 19th for the session to be held on Tuesday, September 23rd.

Welcome 1L and LLM students!

This morning we presented information about the Law Library and I.T. services to the college’s incoming students. It was a pleasure to meet with the students as they begin their time in the law school. John Hopkins noted that comprehensive information about computing and networks is available in the Student Computing Guide. Likewise, Susan Boland showed the 1L Survival Guide to the Law Library. We noted that the library maintains a presence on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

A resource we did not mention is CALI, which provides hundred of online review lessons and other materials that can help you with your studies. For a description of what CALI is and does, see this week’s CALI Spotlight blog post. A set of Time Trial cards with the law school’s authorization code was included in the goodie bags distributed at this morning’s orientation session.

New students, we’re glad that you’re here, and we encourage to seek us out whenever you need help with research and technology!