Library News

Beware Thefts

As we finish classes and transition into finals, students and faculty are often in the building for long hours, and it is easy to fall into the habit of leaving personal belongings unsecured.  Recently, there have been a few reports of thefts at the law school.  Please be careful with your personal belongings in the library, common areas and classrooms.  Problems with building security can be reported to our Unit Business Manager, Jon-Paul Moody. The University's Public Safety office can be reached at (502) 852-6111. 

Recent Bar Publications

Dean Duncan's report in the October 2013 issue of the Louisville Bar Association's Bar Briefs focuses on the Samuel L. Greenebaum Public Service Program and the faculty's community engagements as they relate to the publication's ethics and responsibility theme this month (see page 6).

This issue also includes:
  • "The Mighty Walk: Selma to Montgomery, 1965" by Stephen T. Porter, 2013 Alumni Fellow (page 24)
  • "Dream' Speech Continues to Impact Today's Youth" by Jamitra Fulleord, a Central High School Law and Government Magnet Program student (page 18)
  • "A tribute to Lee A. Webb, Class of 1997" (page 23)
  • "A Lawyer's Guide to Relaxing" (page 4), which may be of interest to students
The law school's column in the September issue of the Kentucky Bar Association's Bench & Bar magazine includes a photo contest featuring some of our most recognizable alums (page 30). Submit your guess to Wendy Helterbran and you might win a t-shirt! 3L Justin Brown is also pictured on page 31 for his KBA Student Writing Competition award.

Both publications are available in the law library.

Legislative History Resources

Legislative History Resources at the UofL Law Library:  ProQuest Congressional and HeinOnline Historical Statutes Databases

Wednesday, October 30, 1:30-2:30 PM, Basement Lab, Law Library

Just in time for Halloween, chocolate candy will be offered to everyone who attends!

Attention Law Review Editors: Professor Metzmeier will be available for personalized research assistance following his presentation.  

Researching the legislative history of a statute (or trying to finding older versions of a law) is a necessary but oftendreaded part of legal practice. If an attorney has a case that turns on a disputed passage of a state or federal law, it’s likely that he or she—or the newest  law clerk in the office—is doomed to a long day amidst piles of dusty books. Or not. This session will introduce researchers to two valuable services for which the Law Library subscribes that can be used in legislative research:  ProQuest Congressional, a professional data service that covers the U.S. Congress, and the state statute databases of HeinOnline, which contain session laws and old statutory codes for all the fifty states.

Self-Service Scanner in Law Library

This is a friendly reminder that there is a new self-service scanner available in the Law Library's Reading Room for students.  Please do not use the mailroom Xerox, especially during exam period.

Now that the self-service scanner is available for students to use, the Law Resource Center will no longer provide this service.

If you have a smartphone, CamScanner is a useful app for scanning and managing documents as well as the library's scanner.

Using Mobile Apps & Devices

September 27, 2013, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Basement Lab, Law Library

Most of us carry a smartphone everywhere we go. We use apps to get directions to the closest pizza place, check sports scores and update our Facebook status. With the proper apps, your smartphone can also serve as a personal copier; an invisible, portable hard-drive; and—if you can find your files—as a document storage and management device. These apps harness the same built-in functions you use to take pictures of your friend and post them to Instagram, but instead use them in the boring business of legal practice.

Join librarians Virginia Mattingly and Kurt Metzmeier, along with the law school’s Jim Becker, in a short program on how to use the powerful computer in your iPhone or Android to get a little work done--when you are not checking Twitter or playing Candy Crush. The program is informal and there will be plenty of time for questions.

See: "Is that a Copier in Your Pocket? Using Your Smartphone for Smarter Legal Research and Practice" by Kurt Metzmeier (Louisville Bar Briefs, September 2013, p. 18).

New Law Student Help Desk Now Open

The IT Department is pleased to announce the opening of a new Help Desk for law students, located outside the first floor lab in the Law Library.  The Help Desk will be staffed from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, beginning Friday, September 20, by Lee McWhorter, a work-study student pursuing a master's degree in Computer Science at the Speed School of Engineering.

Mr. McWhorter has nearly 16 years' private sector experience in information technology and telecommunications, including user support.  For law students, Mr. McWhorter will provide first-tier support for:

  • Wireless networking (ulsecure)
  • Wireless printing
  • Lab computing and printing
  • Exam4 downloading, installation and basic usage

Students are reminded that the Brandeis School of Law's online Help Desk is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

September BARbriefs features the 2013 Entering Class

The September 2013 issue of the Louisville Bar Association's BARbriefs is now available in the law library.

In her report, Dean Duncan, introduces the 2013 Entering Class and the new Alumni Challenge donor program. Photos and quotes from 1L's Ashley Gray, Mark Ingram, Adrianna Long, and Nick Wilson are featured on page 6.

This issue also includes:
  • "Is that a Copier in Your Pocket? Using Your Smartphone for Smarter Legal Research and Practice" by Professor Kurt X. Metzmeier (page 18)
  • "I can't remember... and I don't want to" co-authored by Andrew Beckman, 3L (page 9)
  • "Livin' The Dream", an article about the recent anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech by the LBA's president (page 3)

SSRN Legal Studies Research Paper Series, Vol 7, No 4

The latest issue of our SSRN Research Paper series features publications from Professors Levinson, Powell, and Warren.

"Labor Arbitration of Discrimination Claims: Finding a Middle Ground?" by Ariana R. Levinson

"From Louisville to Liddell: Schools, Rhetorical Neutrality, and the Post-Racial Equal Protection Clause" by Cedric Merlin Powell

"The U.S. Securities Fraud Class Action: An Unlikely Export to the European Union" by Manning G. Warren

More information about the RPS:


Harvard Law Professor joins Authors at the Library series

The Louisville Free Public Library's "Authors at the Library" series welcomes Harvard Law professor and bestselling author Randall Kennedy on Thursday, September 12. The event will be held at 7 PM at the Main Library on York Street.

What precisely is affirmative action, and why is it fiercely championed by some and just as fiercely denounced by others? Does it signify an equalizing opportunity or is it simply reverse discrimination?

These are the questions Harvard Law professor and bestselling author Randall Kennedy seeks to answer in his new book For Discrimination: Race, Affirmative Action and the Law.  The book is a concise and deeply personal account of the policy and history of affirmative action -- analyzing key arguments pro and con, critiquing the impact of Supreme Court decisions, and pondering its future in American society.

Join Randall Kennedy for a discussion of his new book at the Main Library, September 12, at 7 p.m. This is a free event, but tickets are required. Visit their website or call 574-1644.

New Circulation Manager

Congratulations to Janissa Moore who has been promoted as the Law Library's Circulation Manager!

"Janissa has done incredible work for us for 17 years now. I am extremely grateful to her for agreeing to assume this new role for the law library." ~David Ensign, Director of the Law Library
Janissa succeeds Miriam Schusler-Williams who retired after 30+ years of service to the law library.