Spring 2014 - Brown Bag Presentation Series


During the 2014 Spring Semester, the O'Quinn Law Library reference librarians will offer a series of lunchtime presentations on legal research topics. Each presentation will be given at 12 noon on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. All presentations will take place in Room 4 BLB.

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Presentation Descriptions

1. Texas Legislative History Research

Tuesday, 2/4, 12:00-12:45 (room 4 BLB)
Wednesday, 2/5, 12:00-12:45 (room 4 BLB)

Presented by Emily Lawson, Reference and Research Librarian

Legislative history research is essential for discerning the intended purpose and meaning of particular statutory language. It is useful both for academic research and legal practice. This talk will provide a brief introduction to the legislative process in Texas, identify relevant legislative history documents, and acquaint students with major print and electronic resources for finding legislative materials.

2. Researching Texas Administrative Law

Tuesday, 2/11, 12:00-12:45 (room 4 BLB)
Wednesday, 2/12, 12:00-12:45 (room 4 BLB)

Presented by Katy Stein Badeaux, Reference and Research Librarian

Texas administrative legal research involves finding laws that govern the administration and regulation of Texas state agencies using the power delegated by the state legislature. These rules are authoritative and consequently attorneys need to know how to locate them in order to represent their clients effectively. Attendees will be provided an overview of the Texas administrative system and introduced to the sources used to locate the rules promulgated by Texas state agencies. Online sources including free internet sites will also be discussed.

3. Researching Oil & Gas Law

Tuesday, 2/18, 12:00-12:45 (room 4 BLB)
Wednesday, 2/19, 12:00-12:45 (room 4 BLB)

Presented by Chris Dykes, Reference and Research Librarian

This session will provide an introductory overview of sources used to conduct oil and gas research. It will discuss primary and secondary resources, subscription databases, and free internet sites.

4. International and Foreign Law Research

Tuesday, 2/25, 12:00-12:45 (room 4 BLB)
Wednesday, 2/26, 12:00-12:45 (room 4 BLB)

Presented by Dan Donahue, International and Foreign Law Librarian

This session will explore strategies of researching in the area of international, foreign, and comparative law (IFCL). After a brief introduction into international law, including an overview of the major international organizations and the differences between common law and civil law, this session will identify major legal resources for IFCL research.

5. Empirical Legal Research

Tuesday, 3/4, 12:00-12:45 (room 4 BLB)
Wednesday, 3/5, 12:00-12:45 (room 4 BLB)

Presented by Mon Yin Lung, Associate Director of the Law Library

The legal system and legal issues do not exist in a vacuum. Lawyers solve problems of the real world; therefore they need to research non-legal facts to support lawyering functions such as: advocacy/litigation, counsel, and lobbying. At this session a student will learn where to find basic non-legal information such as corporate, medical, scientific, credit histories/assets/liens, expert witnesses, patents/trademarks, statistics, and general news.