Tuesday, October 16, 2018

More Career Resources at Moritz Law Library - Including Search Strategies

The Moritz Law Library has partnered with Career Services to curate a collection of resources and materials designed to help you develop your professional network, identify meaningful work, and find and secure employment opportunities. Recently, we participated in Career Services’ brownbag series on networking by helping students identify Moritzers practicing in particular areas of law in particular cities. (There are two more brown bags in this series for 2Ls and 3Ls, so stop by the Public Service Law Center Oct. 22 and 29 for more info!)

The Moritz Law Library’s Career Resources Guide will direct you to websites, journals, and books that can aid in the job search and interview process, as well as databases that can help you research potential employers and interviewers. The guide has recently been updated to include some strategies for identifying people to connect with on LinkedIn, Martindale.com, West’s Legal Directory on Westlaw, and other online directories. The Job Resources shelves in the Law Library’s Reserve Room display our most recent books about job searching, interviewing, and practice areas. Other books on legal careers can be found throughout the Law Library by searching the library catalog.

Of course, do not forget to check out the Career Services Office website and the Career Services Handbook for invaluable information and guidance on how to find the best law job for you.

Please ask at the reference desk if you have questions about the Law Library’s career resources and how we can help you develop your network.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Election Display Outside the Law Library

In advance of the November 6, 2018, General Election, the large display outside the library has been updated to provide information on a variety of election-related topics. We’ve included panels explaining ballot initiatives and referendum processes, the Ohio Ballot Board (which includes a Moritz grad among its panelists), the 2018 Ohio Neighborhood Safety, Drug Treatment, and Rehabilitation Amendment (a statewide ballot initiative explored in a series sponsored by Moritz’s Drug Enforcement and Policy Center), how to register to vote, Election Law at Moritz (including the ALI project Election Administration: Non-Precinct Voting and Resolution of Ballot-Counting Disputes), and a look at Moritz grads successfully elected to office over the years.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

The Start of the U.S. Supreme Court Term

Since 1917, the first Monday in October has marked the beginning of United States Supreme Court term. This year, the term starts on October 1, with two oral arguments scheduled. The first, Weyerhaeuser Company v. Fish and Wildlife Service, involves the Endangered Species Act, and the second, Mount Lemmon Fire District v. Guido, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

Learn more about upcoming Supreme Court cases with Georgetown’s Supreme Court Institute preview. Curious about the parties’ arguments? You can find filings in these cases and the others on the Court’s docket at SCOTUSBlog, including lower court opinions and briefs from both parties and amicus curiae. Need to review what happened at oral argument? After each oral argument, you can find transcripts and audio at the Supreme Court’s website. Finally, the Supreme Court Mapping Project gives you a way to analyze and predict developments in Supreme Court doctrine with simple visual charts that cover 1st, 4th, 5th, 8th and 14th Amendment doctrine as well as the commerce power, patents, civil procedure, and more.

Request a Research Consultation with a Moritz Law Librarian

If you are writing a research paper for a seminar or a note for a law review or journal this semester, now might be a good time to schedule an in-office research consultation with a Moritz Law Library reference librarian. These individual meetings are scheduled in advance to give the librarians time to prepare useful research strategies and sources to help you get started researching your particular issue or topic. Stop by now to get a head start on those long papers or really complex research topics.

To request a research consultation, go to https://moritzlaw.osu.edu/lib/services/request-a-research-consultation/ and fill out the online form with a description of your research project and the times you are available to meet. Reference librarians are available to meet from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, typically within 2-3 business days after your request is submitted. If you need research assistance sooner, please stop by the Reference Desk. Reference Desk hours and contact info can be found on the Ask a Librarian page.

PBRG - Moritz Law Library Resource Info Session

Many law students go their entire law school career only taking advantage of a small fraction of the help available to them via the law library. On Monday, September 17, the Moritz Law Library is partnering with the Pro Bono Research Group (PBRG) to give law students a brief update on the range of resources, space, and services available to them from the law library (whether they volunteer with PBRG or not). Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP to Ingrid Mattson (Mattson.30@osu.edu) by September 13. The session begins at 12:10 p.m. in Room 251.

Wondering what PBRG does? “Over 80 percent of people’s legal needs go unmet because they cannot afford an attorney. To reduce this percentage, the Pro Bono Research Group (PBRG) provides research assistance to Legal Services and Legal Aid attorneys throughout Ohio. After a student's first semester of law school is complete, they may become a Research Fellow. Research Fellows conduct quality research akin to the law journals and gain practical legal experience like that provided by the clinical programs.”

Online and Print Study Aids at the Moritz Law Library

The Moritz Law Library provides access to supplements and study aids in print and online. Current print study aids can be found in the Reserve Room on the second floor. Study aids published by West Academic or Wolters Kluwer are also available in ebook format.

  • Wolters Kluwer online study aids include Examples and Explanations, Glannon Guides, and Emanuel CrunchTime and Law Outlines. To use these study aids, students must set up their own account at https://ebooks.aspenlaw.com/librarycard/login. Additional information on account set-up can be found on the Moritz intranet
  • West Academic's online Study Aids collection contains over 500 titles, including Nutshells, Gilbert Law Summaries, and Black Letter Outlines. 
Please check in with the law library circulation or reference desks if you have any difficulties accessing either of these online resources.

What’s New at the Moritz Law Library?

The Moritz Law Library welcomes new and returning students for the fall semester. You may notice a few changes such as:
  • Study Room 380D now equipped with a wall-mounted monitor for easy projecting from a laptop, along with a collaboration table with a built-in electrical outlet. 
  • A new scanner in the Reserve Room, similar in functionality to the scanner near the Library Administration suite. 
  • Four easily adjustable standing desks, two on the main level and two on the third floor. 
  • A new reference librarian, Emma MacGuidwin, who will provide research support to the College’s new Drug Enforcement and Policy Center. She’ll also be at the reference desk and teach a section of LAW I. She has significant experience as a federal judicial clerk, a practicing attorney, an academic law librarian, and a law firm librarian.
Contact library staff if you encounter any problems using equipment, resources, or study space. Also, note the suggestion box at the circulation desk near the library entrance. We hope you have a great start to the semester!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

CBA Summer Associate Legal Research Seminar on June 1

If you are a law student working in Columbus this summer, be sure to ask your employer about attending the Summer Associate Legal Research Seminar, presented by the Legal Research and Information Resources Committee of the Columbus Bar Association. Topics covered will include Ohio legislative history, Ohio citation and court rules, and use of secondary sources. The seminar also includes a legal writing refresher as well as panels of attorneys offering advice on how to get the most out of your summer experience. The seminar will be on Friday June 1, from 8:30am to 2:30pm, at the Columbus Bar Association.

Presenters will include the Moritz Law Library’s Assistant Dean Sara Sampson and Assistant Director for Public Services Matt Cooper.

Although there is no cost for the seminar, registration is required by May 24. Invitations will go out to firms and government entities within the next few weeks, but feel free to encourage your employers to contact Paul Gatz at (614) 292-8685 or gatz.9@osu.edu for registration information.

Updated 5/3/18: Registration materials and seminar schedule can be found at: http://moritzlaw.osu.libguides.com/CBASummerAssociates

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Decompress on Campus

It’s glaringly obvious that exams are around the corner. You likely know about the law library tools to help you succeed, like study aids (online and in print) and an exam archive. In addition to these classic resources, here are some other tools for tackling exams. If you need a place to unwind to escape all the exam chatter, the Interfaith Prayer and Reflection Room is open across the street at the Ohio Union. A brief walk can also help you clear your head, and now you have a destination: the brand new 18th Avenue Library Wellness Room. (But wait! Isn’t that all the way across campus? No. It’s an 8–10-minute walk of about half a mile.)

Take a minute to look at the Mindful Law Student blog or grab Mindfulness and Professional Responsibility or Mindfulness for Law Students from the library. We have a number of other books on law student wellness you might consider.

Finally, if your feelings seem beyond the ordinary stresses of law school, here is a list of people and places to consider contacting.