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January 2009Law Library News

Inside this Issue:
Become a Certified Legal ResearcherAre You a Fan of the Library?Welcome Jootaek Lee
New E-ResourcesCALIWeb Site of the Month

Become a Certified Legal Researcher

The reference librarians will be offering several research workshops on Wednesdays throughout the semester. If you attend 3 workshops, you will be certified as a Research Workshop Scholar. These classes focus on techniques and resources that will help you navigate research in the real world. All of the workshops are short and practical in nature. There is NO homework, NO exams, and NO papers. By just signing up, showing up, and paying attention, you develop and refine your legal research skills and will be on your way to a successful legal career. Get a start on bridging the gap between law school and law practice today!

The trainings will take place in D236, and sign-up sheets are at the Circulation Desk. The sessions start on January 21st. Classes being offered include:

1/21 Using Terms and Connectors
1/28 Finding Government Information
2/4 Florida Practice Materials
2/11 Immigration Law Research
2/18 Using Non-Law Databases
2/25 Tax Research
3/4 European Union Research
3/11 Private International Law Research

Lexis and Westlaw also offer certificate programs. A list of all research training is avaible on the library's web site.
Are you a Fan of the Law Library?

The Law Library has a fan page on Facebook. On this page are announcements, events, and other useful information. Take a look and make sure to become a fan. Contact Pam Lucken to suggest additions to the library's Facebook page.
Welcome Jootaek Lee

Please help us welcome to UM Jootaek Lee, our newest reference librarian. Jootaek received a B.A. from Korea University where he also received an LL.M. in international law. Jootaek completed his J.D. at Florida State University, and, while pursuing that degree, he clerked for several firms and worked as a research assistant for Professor Elwin Griffith. As part of the M.L.S. degree, also received from Florida State, Jootaek completed an internship at FSU Law School's Research Center. Stop by to welcome him at the reference desk.

CALI lessons are interactive, computer-based tutorials provided by the non-profit Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction. There are over 675 CALI lessons available in 32 different legal subject areas, including Civil Procedure, Contracts, Criminal Law, Corporations, and many more. The lessons, written by law faculty/librarians, are free to all UM law students. The best aspect of the interactive lessons is that you can see if you are learning concepts before you have to take the final exam.

The lessons are available in two ways:
1) Use the CALI website. If you access through the website, you will need the AUTHORIZATION CODE to create an account. (If you are off-campus, you will need to log in to view the authorization code.)
2) Use the CALI DVD, which is available at the Reference Desk. (To pick up your own copy of the DVD, stop by the reference desk with your Cane Card.)

New E-Resources

Below is a list of recently added or expanded databases. A full list of subscription databases is available online.

Encyclopedia of Public International Law (Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law) has over 1000 articles that provide in-depth commentary on public international and comparative law. Encyclopedia articles are fully searchable or browseable using the list of subject or index terms. Content can also be browsed by case name, treaty, geographic area, name of conflict and more. The Oxford Law Citator symbol provides links to related case decisions (when available in Oxford Reports on International Law and other parts of the Encyclopedia).

KluwerArbitration provides the most extensive collection of judicial opinions and arbitral awards from around the world in the field of international commercial arbitration. It also includes leading Kluwer treatises on international arbitration, articles and primary documents.

Hein Online has often been touted in the Law Library News because of its extensive library of law journal, federal administrative material, Congressional information, as well as other helpful legal information. Below are two recent additions to Hein's already impressive holdings.
Subject Compilations of State Laws - Identifies where to find comparisons of U.S. state laws on hundreds of different subjects. Pick a subject and browse references that have compiled the laws from the 50 states on that subject. References link directly to articles and decisions that are on Hein Online or public internet websites like the 50-State Surveys from the National Conference on State Legislatures. Coverage begins in 1979 and continues to the present.
United States Code - provides the full-text of all editions of the official United States Code. The text of the Code may be searched or browsed. As with all Hein Online libraries, the results are images of the original print version.
Web Site of the Month - The Robing Room

Not really an authoritative site, but The Robing Room gives lawyers the opportunity to anonymously rate the judges. The web site claims that the ratings are by lawyers, but, while the evaluator needs to provide an email address, really, anyone can fill in an evaluation questionnaire, rating an individual judge on a series of factors. Evaluators can also input comments about the judge. The page begins with a list of the 10 highest and 10 lowest rated judges.

For the federal judiciary, try the more objective Almanac of the Federal Judiciary (Westlaw Database Identifier: AFJ or Reference Collection KF8700.A19 A46), which includes judges' biographical information, famous cases, media information, and anonymous evaluations by lawyers. Some of the county bar associations also rate local judges. For example, the Dade County Bar Association posts Judicial Poll Results on its web site, as does the Broward County Bar Association.