Library News

Federal Practice Digest, 5th Edition

West has recently unveiled the new 5th edition of its Federal Practice Digest. The Digest is a key number ordered list of cases reported in the Supreme Court Reporter, the Federal Reporter, the Federal Supplement, Federal Rules Decisions, the Bankruptcy Reporter, the Federal Claims Reporter, the Military Justice Reporter and the Veterans Appeals Reporter.

The 4th edition of the Digest covered cases up to 2003, with later cases being listed in pocket parts. The 5th edition will list all cases that have been published since 2003, thereby completely replacing the 4th edition's pocket parts.

This new edition is such a large undertaking that it will take West five years to release it all. So far, the library has only received the first 24 volumes (the 4th edition consists of well over 100 volumes). This means that until all volumes are published, researchers will have to consult volumes from either the 4th or 5th editions, depending on the key number they are looking up.

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Bench & Bar

The March 2013 issue of the Kentucky Bar Association's Bench & Bar is now available online in both PDF and Flip Book format.

In her report, Interim Dean Susan Duncan, showcases the law school's Criminal Law curriculum and Professors Abramson, Weaver, and Milligan, to coincide with the issue's commemoration of the Golden Anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright, "the U.S. Supreme Court case extending to state court criminal defendants the right to legal counsel under the Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments."

This issue also includes an article by Professor Luke M. Milligan entitled, "Hugo's Trumpet," a nod to Anthony Lewis's book, Gideon's Trumpet, about the constitutional right to counsel.

Business First: Book of Lists

Ever wonder what the current top Louisville law firms are? Or whether they are employing more lawyers than last year? The quickest way to answer those questions is to consult Business First of Louisville’s Book of Lists, an annual compilation of the weekly industry rankings in Louisville’s premier source of business news, and a resource currently available from the University of Louisville Libraries.

Go to UoL's Databases List. Next, choose “B” then Business First Louisville.  That will take you to the forty-odd local business newspapers in the BizLink database.  Louisville’s Business First is located in the highlighted box at the top of the page. Links there allow you to search for articles, view whole recent issues, or look at the most recent Book of Lists.  If you follow that last link, it will take you to the 2012 edition of the BOL. The Top Law Firms table (first released on Dec 28, 2012) is found on page 18 of the printed version, or by entering 24 into the search box online.

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ABA e-Journals

The following journals are now available electronically as part of the ABA Library Package Plan. A few of the journals are indexed in the Index to Legal Periodicals, Current Law Index, and HeinOnline. Please contact Virginia Mattingly or someone at the library's Circulation Desk to request a copy. 

  • Antitrust Litigator
  • Appellate Practice
  • Aviation Litigation
  • Bankruptcy & Insolvency Litigation
  • Business Torts Journal
  • Children's Rights Litigation
  • Class Actions Derivative Suits Report
  • Commercial and Business Litigation
  • Condemnation, Zoning & Land Use
  • Conflict Management
  • Construct!
  • Consumer & Civil Rights Litigation
  • Coverage
  • Criminal Litigation
  • Digital Matters
  • Employment & Labor Relations Law
  • Energy Litigation Journal
  • Environment, Energy and Resources Law: Year in Review
  • Environmental Litigator
  • Ethics & Professionalism
  • Expert Witnesses
  • Family Law Litigation
  • First Amendment & Media Litigation
  • Franchise Lawyer
  • Health Law Litigation
  • Immigration Litigation
  • In-House Litigator
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • International Litigation Quarterly
  • IRR News Report
  • Judicial Division Record
  • LGBT Litigator
  • Mass Torts
  • Minority Trial Lawyer
  • PP&D
  • Pro Bono & Public Interest Litigation
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Proof
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Securities Litigation Journal
  • Solo & Small Firms
  • Trends
  • Under Construction
  • Verdict
  • Woman Advocate
  • Young Advocates

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Find New Books on Twitter

Did you know the Law Library has a Twitter profile @lawlibnewbooks that you can follow to alert you when new items have been added to the collection?



There are two convenient ways to access this feature.

1) Log into your personal Twitter profile, then visit and click the Follow button.

2) If you don't have a Twitter profile, you may still subscribe to the RSS feed by visiting and clicking on the orange RSS icon in the top right hand corner.



If you're interested in learning more about social media, attend the Social Media Workshop for Faculty and Staff on April 11.

If you have any questions about social media, contact Virginia Mattingly. If you have questions about the Law Library’s collection, contact Scott Campbell.

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CALI Lessons for Students

The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction's (CALI) Library of Lessons contains over 900 interactive, computer-based legal tutorials covering more than three dozen legal education subject areas. The lessons are designed to augment traditional law school instruction. Many of your classmates have found them helpful in preparing for their exams.

Free copies of the DVD are available at the library's Circulation Desk. You may also view the lessons online. The student authorization code and instructions are available at the library's website. You must register with your "" email address.

How to Connect from Home

Some of the library's electronic journals and databases are restricted to campus use only. However, many of the law school's digital collections and the University of Louisville Libraries' resources may be accessed remotely from your home computer or mobile device.

Visit the library's website and click "Connect from Home". On the next page, enter your ULink ID and password. Contact a librarian if you’d like assistance.

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Marcus Walker Named KLA Scholarship Recipient

Originally published in the November 2012 issue of IN-FO-CUS, the Kentucky Library Association's monthly newsletter.
Submitted by Judith Gibbons, Kentucky Library Association Scholarship for Minority Students Chair

The 2012 recipient of the Kentucky Library Association Scholarship for Minority Students is Marcus Walker. Marcus is a Circulation and Technical Services Assistant at the University of Louisville Law Library. He is using the $1,000 grant to continue studies at the University of Kentucky School of Library and Information Science.

Walker received glowing recommendations from his UofL colleagues. Virginia Mattingly noted that "Marcus is an incredibly thoughtful person who takes great pride in his work...He is passionate about pursuing a career in librarianship."

Robin Harris stated, "Librarianship needs dedicated diligent people like Marcus to fill its ranks in the coming years - bright, young and well-read, with excellent computer skills and a wide knowledge of many facets of library work."

In reviewing the applications, committee member Mark Adler commented, "…his recommendations speak highly of his intellect as well as his interpersonal skills, both of which will be called upon on a daily basis no matter what type of library he works in and in what capacity.” Marcus Walker was the unanimous choice of the committee as the 2012 scholarship recipient.

The Kentucky Library Association Scholarship for Minority Students was created in 2007 for the purpose of increasing the number of minorities pursuing careers in the library profession in Kentucky. The scholarship is for minority candidates who show excellence in scholarship and potential for accomplishment in librarianship. The parameters of the application were recently changed to give the recipient more choices in pursuing higher education. The scholarship will now be granted to a Kentucky student entering or continuing their library education in an American Library Association (ALA) or National Council for Teacher Education (NCATE) accredited library school.


Congratulations Marcus!

Law Library Acquires "Other People’s Money"

In commemoration of the 156th anniversary of the birth of Louis D. Brandeis, law librarian Kurt Metzmeier, has donated a rare first edition copy of Brandeis’ famous 1914 best-seller Other People’s Money to the law library. While the law library has other copies of this work, including one once owned by Brandeis himself, the donated version is particularly rare because it still has the original dust-jacket.

“In years of book collecting,” Metzmeier notes, “I have only seen one copy of this work that still had its simple utilitarian dust-jacket—and this is it.”

Dust jackets in this era were often discarded so they always add to the monetary value of a rare book, but their greatest value is the historical feeling of seeing them as they first appeared in book stores.

“I was especially excited to pursue and purchase this book and I think our visitors will also enjoy seeing it.”

Everyone deserves a birthday present, even Louis Brandeis.

Law Library Improvements

Recent improvements to the law library include the installation of new carpet tiles in the Reading Room and rubber tiles in the stairwell.

New computers and a CanoScan LiDE210 have been installed in the Reading Room as well. The scanner is a free and easy to use alternative to the Xerox copy machines. Scanned images and documents can be stored on a USB thumb drive or attached to email messages.

More photos have been posted on the Law Library's Facebook page.