Fall 2016 - Brown Bag Presentation Series

During the 2016 Fall Semester, the O'Quinn Law Library reference librarians will offer a series of lunchtime presentations on legal research topics. Each presentation, with the exception of the second "Power Searching on Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg Law presentation (which will be held on Thursday, October 6), will be given at 12 noon on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.



Presentation Descriptions

1. Federal Legislative Research

Tuesday, 9/27, 12:00-12:45 (room 115 BLB)
Wednesday, 9/28, 12:00-12:45 (room 115 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.

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

Tuesday, 10/4, 12:00-12:45 (room 115 BLB)
Thursday, 10/6, 12:00-12:45 (room 3 BLB)

Presented by Katy Badeaux, 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.

3. Federal Administrative Law Research

Tuesday, 10/11, 12:00-12:45 (room 115 BLB)
Wednesday, 10/12, 12:00-12:45 (room 113 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. Empirical Legal Research

Tuesday, 10/18, 12:00-12:45 (room 115 BLB)
Wednesday, 10/19, 12:00-12:45 (room 115 BLB)

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

The legal sytem 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.

5. Advanced Databases Search Strategies

Tuesday, 10/25, 12:00-12:45 (room 115 BLB)
Wednesday, 10/26, 12:00-12:45 (room 115 BLB)

Presented by Emily Lawson, Reference and Research Librarian

Knowing how to successfully navigate the ever-growing number of legal databases is very important, both in law school and after graduation. 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.