Spring 2017 - Brown Bag Presentation Series


During the 2017 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 Tuesdays and Wednesdays in Room 4 BLB.

 

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Presentation Descriptions

1. International and Foreign Law Research

Tuesday, 1/31, 12:00-12:45 (room 4 BLB)
Wednesday, 2/1, 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.

2. Researching Texas Agency Regulations

Tuesday, 2/7, 12:00-12:45 (room 4 BLB)
Wednesday, 2/8, 12:00-12:45 (room 4 BLB)

Presented by Emily Lawson, 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 introducted to the sources used to locate the rules promulgated by Texas state agencies. Online sources including free internet sites will also be discussed.

3. Texas Legislative History Research

Tuesday, 2/14, 12:00-12:45 (room 4 BLB)
Wednesday, 2/15, 12:00-12:45 (room 4 BLB)

Presented by Robert Clark, Reference and Research

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. and legal principles governing the administration and regulation of government agencies with delegated power by Congress to act as agents for the executive.

4. Researching Oil & Gas Law

Tuesday, 2/21, 12:00-12:45 (room 4 BLB)
Wednesday, 2/22, 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.

5. Resources for Legal Practice

Tuesday, 2/28, 12:00-12:45 (room 4 BLB)
Wednesday, 3/1, 12:00-12:45 (room 4 BLB)

Presented by Katy Badeaux, Reference and Research Librarian

Knowing how to successfully navigate the ever-growing 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. This session will provide an understanding of how different types of legal databases are designed, and describe several advanced search techniques to increase precision and reduce search time.