When: 9:00 a.m. to noon
Where: EDU 1111
On May 10, the Law Library will offer students Legal Research in Practice (formerly known as “Boot Camp”), a half day of legal research training in preparation for their summer jobs. The program will include plenty of hands-on experience and tips for dealing with common summer assignments.
RSVP by filling out our online form to guarantee your spot. Space is limited.
Imagine getting helpful infographics instead of long lists of names when you search for cases. Some research systems are starting to move in that direction by offering innovative, graphic-focused results that make it easy to see relationships among cases. You might consider trying a search in one of these systems if you’ve already done some background research in secondary sources and are having a hard time finding good cases.
Ravel search results. Query = “quid pro quo sexual harassment.” Larger circle = more frequently cited. Federal cases only (as of early 2013)
Ravel (www.ravellaw.com) is a project that recently came out of Stanford Law School. At this time, there are a few options for the charts, and all of them make it immediately obvious that some cases are more “important” than others. To try Ravel, go to their website and give it a whirl.
FastCase search results.* Larger circle = more frequently cited.
Fastcase (www.fastcase.com) has also been offering a visual search result option for a while now. Fastcase is a research platform that’s popular with many smaller firms; over 20 state bar associations offer Fastcase subscriptions for their members. (California is not one of those states.) To try Fastcase, sign up on their website for a 24-hour trial.
*Fastcase image comes from a talk given by Fastcase CEO Ed Walters on “Who Owns the Law” at the 2013 “Reinvent the Law” conference – skip to about 11:30 to see Walters mention this “Interactive Timeline.” (You can also skip to about 1:15 to listen to the story of how Westlaw “stole” the roots of its online research system from the federal government in the 70s. And then skip to 4:04 to listen to the story of how the state of Georgia has locked away their own state statutes in a contract with LexisNexis.)
No, think again! If you asked me that last month, I would have told you that the core cases on a Shepard’s® and KeyCite report would be roughly the same, although not identical. But a new empirical study just came out showing just how wrong that conventional wisdom is. The author found that even though both systems use computer algorithms to generate the results:
…Shepard’s is finding twice as many unique relevant results as KeyCite, but it is not finding all of the relevant results… It was surprising how few cases each citation system had in common…
The takeaway: definitely use both Lexis and Westlaw when you are trying to identify all relevant cases, and if you don’t have access to both then make sure to run some redundant searches in the cases database.
Source: Susan Nevelow Mart, The Case for Curation: The Relevance of Digest and Citator Results in Westlaw and Lexis. Available on SSRN and forthcoming in Legal Reference Services Quarterly.
10:30 a.m. – Noon
The entire UCI Law Community is welcome to the Fourth Annual Celebration of Books and the Grand Re-Opening of the Law Library. Join us as we highlight and acknowledge the publications authored and co-authored by UCI Law Faculty from April 2012 through March 2013 in our new space.
This year we are happy to honor professors Joseph DiMento, Bryant Garth, Richard Hasen, Carrie Menkel-Meadow, and Dean Erwin Chemerinsky.
Coffee and pastries will be offered beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the Library vestibule. The event, including remarks by the authors, will begin at approximately 10:45 a.m.
The Law Library will be closed on Friday, March 29th in observance of Cesar Chavez Day. Weekend hours will be unaffected by the holiday.
Related links: UCI Law Academic Calendar | Law Library Hours
The author is an award-winning journalist who currently covers the Supreme Court for the Wall Street Journal. You can check excerpts of reviews on the publisher’s site.
Jess Bravin, The Terror Courts : Rough Justice at Guantanamo Bay, (Yale Univ. Press, 2013). 440 pages.
KF 7661 .B73 2013
Check ANTPAC to see if it’s on the shelf.
The Law Library recently purchased this book in response to a suggestion. We welcome your feedback, so let us know if there’s something you’d like us to look into purchasing!
Due to a UCI construction project, Law Library phones will not work over the weekend of March 23 and 24. We’re still open for our regular hours; but if you call the Law Library, we probably won’t be able to answer.
We apologize for the inconvenience.
Our list of new books is now updated.
In February, the Law Library received books on international legal issues, copyright, and constitutional law (among other topics.) One of our new international titles is a Commentary on the 1958 New York Convention on recognizing and enforcing foreign arbitral awards. (“Commentaries” provide background information on treaties.) We also received a new edition of The Supreme Court Compendium: Data, Decisions, and Developments, which, true to its title, has oodles of tables and charts that summarize data on the justices, the Court’s caseload, public opinion on the Court, etc.
The Law Library’s collection is constantly growing as we purchase books and other resources to support the scholarly and clinical work of faculty and students. Please let us know if you have a suggestion for a new book
Prepare-to-practice training sessions for law students are at the following times:
- Wed. Mar. 20, 12-1 in Law 3750
- Thu. Mar. 21, 12-1 in Law 3750
RSVP by email to Shaina Zamaitis at SZAMAITIS@BLOOMBERG.NET.
If you don’t yet have a Bloomberg Law account, you can sign up at http://www.bloomberglaw.com/activate.
- No restrictions. At this time, law students can use academic Bloomberg Law accounts at any summer job — paid or unpaid.
- 3Ls take note: Bloomberg Law provides access for six months after graduation.
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