Submit to the Eighth Annual Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition!

Village Lawyer, by Pieter Brueghel the Younger (1620). Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

The Legal History and Rare Books Section (LHRB) of the American Association of Law Libraries, in cooperation with Gale Cengage Learning, announces the annual Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition. The competition is named in honor of Morris L. Cohen, late Professor Emeritus of Law at Yale Law School. Professor Cohen’s scholarly work was in the fields of legal research, rare books, and historical bibliography.

The purpose of the competition is to encourage scholarship in the areas of legal history, rare law books, and legal archives, and to acquaint students with the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) and law librarianship. Essays may be on any topic related to legal history, rare law books, or legal archives. The competition is open to students currently enrolled in accredited graduate programs in library science, law, history, and related fields. Both full- and part-time students are eligible. Membership in AALL is not required.

The winner will receive a $500.00 prize from Gale Cengage Learning and up to $1,000 for expenses associated with attendance at the AALL Annual Meeting.The winner and runner-up will have the opportunity to publish their essays in LH&RB’s online scholarly journal Unbound: An Annual Review of Legal History and Rare Books.

You can find submission information and read about past winners here.


Certification Class: Social Media & People Research

Social media researchEver needed to find an address, phone number, or social media profile for a person? Come learn how to use public records and  research strategies to locate birth certificates, property records, facebook profiles, and more!

This class will be offered Tuesday, February 9, 2016 from 11AM-12PM and 1PM-2PM. Register for this and other classes at


Certification Class: Regulations


Research in the regulations promulgated by administrative agencies is an important component of U.S. legal work. This class will augment what you learn in law school courses and will include finding regulations, working with the principal publications (Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations), and updating research to locate the most current information.

This class will be offered on Feb. 8th and 10th from 1-2 PM in Room 335

Register for this and other classes here:



Power Searching

Do you know how to craft a search that finds only the 10 relevant cases in your jurisdiction?  WestlawNext and Lexis Advance are now set up to find you lots of results, but those results are not always relevant.  This class will teach you to search more precisely.  What are common features for searching all specialized databases?  Firms pay lots of money for specialized practice area databases – how can you be ready to learn to search them quickly?  Even Google has hacks that make it easier to search Google.  Learn all this at:

Power Searching
Feb. 2nd @ 11am & 1pm
Instructor: Stefanie Weigmann


Bloomberg BNA Student Write-On Competition Just Announced


Bloomberg BNA has just opened its student write-on competition to Boston University Law Students giving you a great opportunity to get your writing published (and possibly win some cash too!) in one of a selected number of BNA Law Reports.

Here are the details:

“Students interested in participating will have to write a short original article, 1000-1600 words, that analyzes trends or developments in the law.  Students with winning articles will work directly with the Executive Editors of each participating BNA Law Report to get their articles ready for publishing in the first edition of that Law Report in April 2016.”
There is also a direct link from the Bloomberg Law homepage.

Sharpen those pens and Good luck!



Upcoming Certification Class: Law & Technology

Did you know listing certain legal skills as specialties on LinkedIn can run afoul of state bar ethics rules? Do you know how to strip metadata from a Word document so opposing counsel can’t see all the editing you did? Find something in a spreadsheet? OCR a PDF?  Can you friend a juror on Facebook? ABA Model Rule 1.1 now requires attorneys keep up with new technology–come to this class to learn more about recent ethics opinions and relevant skill sets.

This class will be offered Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 from 1-2PM and 2:15PM-3:15PM. You can register for this and other great classes at:


SCOTUS, Immigration, and the “take care” clause.

The United States Supreme Court just announced that it will be hearing the long festering dispute between the Federal government and some 25 states, led by Texas, in a bitter battle over the Nation’s broken immigration policy (See, United States v. Texas).

In a surprise move, however, the Court added a new subplot to the drama by requiring both sides to brief  a little discussed, and heretofore, nonexistent issue in the instant case, the language in the Constitution called the “take care” clause.

Oral arguments are expected in April, with a decision in late June 2016.

Want to read more? Follow this case closely?

Visit SCOTUSBlog for excellent in-depth coverage of the Court and its cases.



Writing a paper for an IP seminar?

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Best Wishes Marlene!

Our hardworking, dedicated director is retiring after 32 years of service to the Law Library. Check out some of her many accomplishments and leave a note for her in her guestbook here. Thank you for everything, Marlene–it won’t be the same without you!