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.
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.
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).
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.
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)
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:
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.
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.
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.
For more tips like these, visit the Law Library News for Faculty Archives.
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.