Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Using Legislative History to Find Legislative Intent

Improve your legislative history research skills!  This webinar is designed to help students and recent graduates (and anyone else) get a head start on the type of research they are likely to be assigned during their summer positions. The facilitator will cover the legislative process and focus on how to use ProQuest Congressional and Legislative Insight to do the research and find the documents. Most federal courts and government agencies have these databases, as well as a number of non-profit law libraries that private law firms belong to.

ProQuest Legislative Insight

Using Legislative History to Find Legislative Intent
This 90-minute session is designed for the summer associate, judicial, law firm or government agency law clerk, intern, extern or research assistant. You will learn how to use ProQuest Congressional Digital Suite & Legislative Insight, the premier legal research tools for federal legislative and government materials to:

1. Develop an understanding of the legislative process both:
a. Procedurally – How did the language read as first proposed, what committees considered the proposal, when were amendments made and where was the proposal when it was amended; 
b. As an adversarial process – who was lobbying in support of the proposal and what were they trying to accomplish, who was active in opposition what were their objections, who was responsible for amendments to the proposal;
2. Become familiar with the documents available pertinent to your issue;
3. Identify where in the process the changes you care about occurred – this provides a mechanism to narrow the scope of your search for explanations for why the language was changed;
4. Learn how to identify both direct and circumstantial evidence of intent.

Friday, April 25, 2014 10:00 am (Daryl Newhouse)

Thursday, May 1, 2014 1:00 pm (Daryl Newhouse)

Friday, May 16, 2014 1:00 pm (Daryl Newhouse)

Thursday, May 29, 2014 1:30 pm (Daryl Newhouse)

Thursday, June 12, 2014 1:00 pm (Daryl Newhouse)

Friday, June 20, 2014 9:00 am (Daryl Newhouse)

Monday, March 17, 2014

Survey Results

View a summary of the law library survey results:

Student survey

Faculty/Staff survey

Monday, February 24, 2014


Thank you to all of the students who completed the law library survey! Congratulations to the winners of the prize drawing.

$25 Amazon Gift Cards              
Lien Tran
Walaiporn Mekkriengkrai
Ashley Dalton
Henghameh Poya

$12 Library Copy Cards
Cheri Hawkins
Marc Leiding
Matthew Bremont
Cyndi Tyler
Laura Leicingere
Samuel Moss
Erin Lindberg
Lea Wyatt
Nikolai Eber
Michelle Queirolo
Trevor Cross
Erica Williams
Will Doyle
Laurel O'Connor
Lin Zhao
Khyati Short
Touria mobin
Theresa Hogg
Lantera Anebo
Camille Dixon

Monday, January 27, 2014

Law Library Survey

Please complete the short (5 minute) library student survey for a chance to win four $25 Amazon gift cards and library copy cards. Access the survey here:

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Food Allowed in the Law Library!

BIG BIG NEWS ALERT!! You can now EAT IN THE LIBRARY. Yes, you read that correctly. Come study and eat. We trust that y'all will do this in a respectful manner - put your trash where it belongs, and don't eat loudly in quiet areas. If this new policy goes well, we hope to continue it for years to come.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Research? To find a Job? Yes!

Thursday, October 10, noon to 1 pm, room 3214 

Reference Librarian Jodi Collova will describe how to use online legal research tools to do the following:
  • Gain information about a field of law
  • Prepare for interviews by researching employers
  • Find relevant blogs, journals, etc. to learn the latest legal hot topics, so you are knowledgeable in a job interview

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Upcoming Westlaw & Lexis Trainings

All law students are invited to attend any of the following trainings:
Westlaw - Mon, Sept. 30, 12-1, Room 3203
Westlaw - Tues, Oct. 1, 12-1, Room 3216
Westlaw - Thurs, Oct. 3, 12-1, Room 3203
Lexis - Thurs, Oct. 10, 12-1, Room 3203