D’Angelo Law Classes & Workshops

Two Keystone sessions on international human rights research, Wed., Nov. 5, 12:15 & 3pm, Room D

Lyonette Louis-Jacques (photo)The D’Angelo Law Library’s Foreign and International Law Librarian & Lecturer in Law, Lyonette Louis-Jacques, is offering two 45-minute Keystone Professionalism and Leadership Program sessions focusing on effective international human rights research.  Students interested in human rights work and practice are welcome to attend!

Researching International Human Rights Law & Policy

Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Times12:15pm – 1:00pm; 3:00pm – 3:45pm

Location: Law School, Classroom D

Lyonette Louis-Jacques will provide a quick overview of the United Nations human rights system, as well as the European, Inter-American, African, and other regional systems for the protection of human rights.  She will highlight major sources for locating treaties, jurisprudence, and other human rights-related documents, as well as important IGOs, NGOs, and social media sources.  She will especially emphasize tools for international human rights lawyering, advocacy, and litigation.

This event is being offered twice: at 12:15 pm & 3:00 pm. Point value: 10 Keystone points

Practical Law training session, Fri., Oct. 17, 12:15 p.m. in Room E

Dennis Elverman from Westlaw will be at the Law School on Friday, October 17, at 12:15 pm in Classroom E, to give a presentation on using Practical Law, a transactional law focused resource available via WestlawNext. Practical Law provides model documents (with legal drafting and negotiating tips), step-by-step checklists, timelines, handy overviews of transactional practice areas, and legal updates on the latest market developments. Have you ever been asked to draft a residential lease, or interpret a non-compete agreement? Would you know where to start? This is where Practical Law can help! This 30 minute introductory class will get you up to speed on how to most effectively use Practical Law. 

Pizza from Edwardo’s will be provided for lunch!

To RSVP for the class and to insure that there is enough food for everyone, click here: http://goo.gl/forms/6IY6FTdxX6.  

Microsoft Office training for Law students, Oct. 5

The Office of the Dean of Students and the D’Angelo Law Library are sponsoring Microsoft Office Training for Law School students on Sunday, October 5. This program earned rave reviews when we offered it in the past. It is meant to address what students will see in practice – new attorneys are expected to be able to do anything computer-related because they are generally the youngest person on the team, yet are at the bottom of the pecking order in terms of getting secretarial support. It’s really hard to teach yourself Power Point at 3 in the morning when the partner wants slides edited and the support staff have long ago gone home for the night. This program will give you the basic Microsoft Office skills you will need during the school year, in summer employment, and as an attorney.

The program will be held Sunday, October 5 with Word training from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and Excel & PowerPoint from 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. There is no charge for the program; you can attend the morning, afternoon, or both. Lunch will be provided. You must bring your own laptop; the program will be applicable for both Mac and PC users. Students must register in advance for this  program at: http://www.law.uchicago.edu/microsoftofficetrainingRSVP. Please RSVP by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 1st. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students & the D’Angelo Law Library.

This program qualifies for up to 60 Keystone Professionalism and Leadership points in the Practical Skills category.

Upcoming Summer Success programs

The D’Angelo Law Library is sponsoring two upcoming programs to help prepare students for their summer internships.

Ensuring Summer Success, Tuesday, May 6, 12:25 – 1:30 pm in Room V

Join the Office of the Dean of Students, the Office of Career Services, and the D’Angelo Law Library for a program designed to get you ready to succeed this summer. Our panelists will include a partner from Sidley, an associate from Pattishall McAuliffe, an administrative assistant from Jenner, and a reference librarian from DLA Piper. The panelists will address issues such as: working successfully with non-attorney professionals; how to complete projects without racking up a six figure legal research bill; juggling multiple projects, summer associate activities and still trying to have a life; and how to avoid the most common summer associate pitfalls that can keep you from receiving an offer for permanent employment. This program was very highly rated in previous years by students who had attended the program in preparation for their summer positions. Lunch is provided. Keystone points: 10.

Prepare to Practice Boot Camp, Friday, May 9, 3:30 – 5:30 pm in Room IV

Join the D’Angelo Law Library and representatives from Lexis and Westlaw for a boot camp to help you be an efficient and effective legal researcher this summer. We will cover a variety of legal research tools, strategies, and best practices to give you the legal research skills that law firms are looking for from new associates. RSVP (to tito@uchicago.edu) is encouraged, but not required. Keystone points: 25.

Upcoming legal research workshops

The D’Angelo Law Library is offering two upcoming legal research workshops:

Contract Drafting Resources, Friday, January 31, at 12:25 pm in Room B

Learn about the major resources for locating sample contracts and other resources for drafting contracts, including Practical Law Company, Bloomberg Law, Lexis, and WestlawNext. For LLM students and others interested in business and transactional law. Earn 10 Keystone points in the Legal Research category. 

Corporate and Securities Research, Tuesday, February 4, 9:15 am in Room B

Learn about the major resources for business and industry research, including sec.gov, Bloomberg LawWestlawNext, Thomson One Banker, Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage, and other databases commonly used in transactional practice. For LLM students and others interested in business and transactional law. Earn 10 Keystone points in the Legal Research category.  

Need government information?

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It’s week 2 of classes and the federal government shutdown.

We would like to remind you that the D’Angelo Law Library is OPEN and ready to help you find the information you need. We are experts at tracking down alternative sources if the information or report you need is currently not online. Stop by the reference desk or contact us at Ask A Law Librarian for more information. 

As a reminder, many units of government or websites are open: 

The Federal Judiciary remains open until  October 15, 2013 when the Judiciary will reassess its situation and provide further guidance. PACER docket information is still available to law students through the Bloomberg Law dockets. 

The Supreme Court of the United States will continue to conduct its normal operations through October 11. The Court building will hear the scheduled oral arguments today, the official beginning of the Court’s Term.  A further update will be provided in the event the lapse of appropriations continues beyond October 11.  

The Library of Congress is shut down, with the exception of Legislative website THOMAS.gov and beta.congress.gov which are open and being updated.  

FDsys will continue to process and post Congressional materials only. Federal Register services on FDsys will be limited to documents that “protect life and property”. The remaining collections on FDsys will not be updated until funding is restored.

One go-to source that we librarians use is the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine which includes captured government sites

The Library also subscribes to commercial databases that provide access to government information:

For more commentary on the web regarding the shutdown, see GovTrack.us’s Legislative status during the shutdown and Sunlight Foundation’s What Happens to .gov in a Shutdown?

If you are interested in learning more about the shutdown, check out this CRS report issued September 25, 2013. 

Ensuring Summer Success programs

The D’Angelo Law Library, along with the Office of the Dean of Students and the Office of Career Services, is sponsoring the program “Ensuring Summer Success” on Thursday, May 2 at 12:15 pm in Room V. The program is designed to get law students ready to succeed in their summer jobs.

The panelists will include a partner from Sidley, an associate from Paul Hastings, an administrative assistant from Jenner, and a reference librarian from Neal Gerber. The panelists will address issues such as: working successfully with non-attorney professionals; how to complete projects without racking up a six figure legal research bill; juggling multiple projects, summer associate activities, and still trying to have a life; and how to avoid the most common summer associate pitfalls that can keep you from receiving an offer for permanent employment. This program was very highly rated last year by rising 3Ls who had attended in preparation for their summer positions. Lunch is provided.  Sponsored by Sidley Austin.   

[This program qualifies for 10 Keystone Professionalism and Leadership Program points in the Managing & Building Your Career category.]

In the next few weeks, there will also be a number of vendor presentations focusing on cost-effective research and resources you will likely use during your summer jobs. All are scheduled during the lunch hour. Keystone points are available. For the Bloomberg Law presentations, RSVP at http://url.ie/hac1. Sign up for the LexisNexis presentation at http://www.lexisnexis.com/lawschool/myschool_1.aspx.

  • Monday, April 22:  Bloomberg Law Prepare to Practice, Room F
  • Wednesday, April 24: Bloomberg Law Prepare to Practice, Room D
  • Thursday, April 25:  LexisNexis Cost-Effective Legal Research, Room F
  • Monday, May 6:  Bloomberg Law Prepare to Practice, Room D

Optional Bigelow classes: Preparing Research Skills for Summer

This Thursday and Friday, May 17 and 18, the librarians will be teaching optional “Preparing Research Skills for the Summer” classes as part of the Bigelow Legal Research and Writing program. This class will focus on practical tips for ensuring success on legal research assignments, including best practices in balancing the use of commercial and free sources, how to develop and effectively use strategies to research efficiently, and a review of Library resources available to law students over the summer. 

  • Section A (Schwartz): Thursday, May 17, 11:00 AM – 12:05 PM, Classroom D
  • Section B (Simon-Kerr): Thursday, May 17, 11:00 AM – 12:05 PM, Classroom C
  • Section C (Sawicki): Thursday, May 17, 11:00 AM – 12:05 PM, Classroom E
  • Section D (Bernstein): Friday, May 18, 9:20 AM – 10:25 AM, Classroom E
  • Section E (Boni-Saenz): Friday, May 18, 9:20 AM – 10:25 AM, Classroom IV
  • Section F (Schoenbaum): Friday, May 18, 9:20 AM – 10:25 AM, Classroom F

Bloomberg Law training sessions, Mon., May 14

Bloomberg Law will be conducting two training sessions for Law School students on Monday, May 14, at 11:00am in Room F and 12:15pm in Room B. As a law student, you will have free access to Bloomberg Law over the summer and for six months after graduation. Come learn how to research intelligently and utilize the unlimited, unrestricted access to all content and functionality on the system. The program will take you through litigation and transactional practice tips and tricks. If you are interested, please RSVP to Erica Horton at ehorton4@bloomberg.net.

Bloomberg Law training sessions, May 10

Bloomberg Law will be conducting two training sessions for Law School students on Thursday, May 10, at 11:00am in Room V and1:30pm in Room F. As a law student, you will have free access to Bloomberg Law over the summer and for six months after graduation. Come learn how to research intelligently and utilize the unlimited, unrestricted access to all content and functionality on the system. The program will take you through litigation and transactional practice tips and tricks. If you are interested, please RSVP to Erica Horton at ehorton4@bloomberg.net.