Fall 2015 - Brown Bag Presentation Series

During the 2015 Fall 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.


Presentation Descriptions

1. Bluebook Update: What You Need to Know About the 20th Edition

Tuesday, 9/29, 12:00-12:45 (room 4 BLB)
Wednesday, 9/30, 12:00-12:45 (room 4 BLB)

Presented by Katy Badeaux, Reference and Research Librarian

Whether you are writing a seminar paper, cite-checking for a law review or journal, or writing legal briefs and memoranda, precise citation is critical. This session will cover some of the important changes found in the newly published 20th edition of the Bluebook as well as provide you with simple tips to help you craft citations with greater efficiency and accuracy.

2. Federal Legislative Research

Tuesday, 10/6, 12:00-12:45 (room 4 BLB)
Wednesday, 10/7, 12:00-12:45 (room 4 BLB)

Presented by Robert Clark, Reference and Research Librarian

Legislative 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 session will provide a brief introduction to the federal legislative process, identify relevant legislative history documents, and acquaint students with major print and electronic resources for finding legislative materials.

3. Federal Administrative Law Research

Tuesday, 10/13, 12:00-12:45 (room 4 BLB)
Wednesday, 10/14, 12:00-12:45 (room 4 BLB)

Presented by Dan Donahue, International and Foreign Law Librarian

Administrative law encompasses laws and legal principles governing the administration and regulation of government agencies with delegated power by Congress to act as agents for the executive. This talk will provide an overview of the development of the federal administrative system and will concentrate on major administrative published material. The second part of the talk will include how to use these materials when conducting legal research. At the end of this talk, you will be familiar with the structure of the federal administrative system and be equipped to research in the primary resources.

4. Researching Federal Income Tax Law

Tuesday, 10/20, 12:00-12:45 (room 4 BLB)
Wednesday, 10/21, 12:00-12:45 (room 4 BLB)

Presented by Chris Dykes, Reference and Research Librarian

This presentation will focus on the different sources of tax law including the primary and secondary sources. The availability of certain documents will also be discussed. Key tax law research databases will be reviewed along with the print sources. After attending this program, you will have a basic understanding of tax law resources as well as some familiarity with the databases.

5. Power Searching on Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg Law

Tuesday, 10/27, 12:00-12:45 (room 4 BLB)
Wednesday, 10/28, 12:00-12:45 (room 4 BLB)

Presented by Emily Lawson, Reference and Research Librarian

No matter which legal research platform you prefer, you too can become a Power User! Learn how to get the most bang for your buck so you can successfully (and cost-effectively) utilize these popular legal search services throughout law school and into the real world. This session will provide you with an understanding of how Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law are designed, and describe several advanced search techniques to increase precision and reduce search time.