Each Spring, the Law Library offers a series of Workshops designed to provide law students with exposure to advanced and specialized reserve tools in stand alone sessions. These Workshops are not for credit, and each stands alone so students are welcome to attend only those that are of interest.
In the Spring of 2019, the Workshops will be held on Thursdays from 12:10 p.m. to 1:10 p.m. in JGH 646. A (non-pizza) lunch will be served at each Workshop.
The schedule of Workshops, with a brief description, goals/takeaways, and any relevant background materials, is below.
Week 1 - Caught in the Open Web JGH – Room 646, Thursday, February 14, from 12:10 – 1:10 PM. Instructor: R. Martin Witt
Efficiently finding information, including legal information, on the internet using advanced searching
Archiving resources for later use
Finding material no longer available on the web
More and more information is available free on the internet. From court decisions to legal ethics opinions to business information, there’s more information immediately available than ever before. But this also creates new problems. Do you know how to target your searching more effectively, so you're not overwhelmed with a result list? What happens when content on the web changes and you need to be able to find what used to be there?
Come and learn about some free tools that can help you navigate the web more efficiently in the legal workplace, and in your life generally.
Week 2 – Docket Research: Finding and Using Filings and Other Information from Dockets JGH – Room 646, Thursday, February 21, from 12:10 – 1:10 PM. Instructor: Mariana Newman
Learn how to search for court filings outside of PACER
Learn how to use docket filings like a brief bank
Learn how to use dockets to scope out judges, attorneys, prospective clients, and opposing parties
There may be a time when you need to locate a particular motion or the brief supporting it. What do you do?
Know how to search for and use dockets efficiently and effectively.
Westlaw & Lexis
Court websites and other free resources
Week 3 – The Administrative State and the Public JGH – Room 646, Thursday, March 7, from 12:10 – 1:10 PM. Instructor: Dana Neacsu
Introduction to administrative law research
Locating federal administrative law (hard and soft) on a particular topic
Locating state administrative law (hard and soft) on a particular topic
There may be a time when you want to encourage people to oppose pesticide usage (methyl bromide). You will need to know as much as the impact of an international (Montreal) protocol on domestic environmental law, and as little as what is more likely to succeed, acting to change state or federal administrative law. What do you do?
the specificity of administrative research planning: limited secondary sources;
the best access points for administrative law research: case law research
Week 6 – New York Legal Research JGH – Room 646, Thursday, April 11, from 12:10 – 1:10 PM. Instructor: Alice Izumo
Introduction to NY-specific primary and secondary resources
NY-specific treatises and practice aids
Dockets and court records
Current awareness tools for NY attorneys
You’re going to work in New York this summer or after you graduate. How can you become more efficient and confident at researching New York state law? What are the basic sources you should know about as a lawyer in New York?
Start laying a strong foundation with this overview of NY-specific research tools and publications commonly used by lawyers and law librarians.
California Legal Research, 3rd edition, by Aimee Dudovitz, Hether C. Macfarlane & Suzanne E. Rowe (Carolina Academic Press, 2016). Available in the Law Library Reference Office (see Pegasus record)
Week 8 – International and Foreign Legal Research JGH – Room 646, Thursday, April 25, from 12:10 – 1:10 PM. Instructor: R. Martin Witt
Introduction to international and foreign legal research – strategy and resources
International and foreign legal research can be very challenging because you can't find it all in just one place... but if you know where to search, you can find what you are looking for.
Come get a quick introduction to some of the most helpful resources available to you in practice for when you need to locate material like treaties, tribunal decisions, and foreign laws and jurisprudence.