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February 2010Law Library News

Inside this Issue:
Wednesday Research WorkshopsNew Online Resources
Research Training Now OnlineTake a Study Break
Study Room Policy ChangeLibrary Furniture Moves

Class Wednesday Research Workshops & Research Certification
The library is pleased to announce that our weekly research workshops series has returned this semester. Each workshop will address research and resources in a different subject area. Unless posted otherwise, the workshops will be held from 1:00-2:00 in room D236 in the library. You can sign-up for the workshops at the circulation desk, or RSVP on the library's Facebook page.

If you take three workshops and fill out a survey, you will become a library-certified "Research Workshop Scholar"-not a terrible thing to put on your resume!

The first session in the line-up this semester, More on Using Terms & Connectors, will provide students with the opportunity to practice using the search options in Lexis and Westlaw (Feb. 3rd). Other sessions will cover researching subject areas, like bankruptcy and immigration law, or developing specific skills, such as doing legislative histories, or cost effective research. The training schedule includes a list of all training offered through the library (including upcoming Lexis and Westlaw classes).

All of the Workshops will be short and practical in nature. No homework, no exams, and no papers. By just signing up, showing up and paying attention, you develop and refine skills you will actually use in the practice of law. Get an advantage on bridging the gap between law school and law practice!

Can't make a session? See Online Research Training below.
Study Room Groups Required to Reserve Study Rooms
At the request of the SBA, the Law Library will change the policy for reserving study rooms. Beginning February 1st, a minimum of two students will be required to make a reservation for any of the medium/large study rooms. At least two students (with valid Cane IDs) must be present when picking up the key to these study rooms. Groups may still only reserve one two-hour block per day. The two small study rooms (D234 and G448) may still be reserved by one person. The full policy is available here. Please contact Bill Latham ( or 305-284-1937) with questions.
Library Chair Library Furniture Moves
Was your favorite chair by the window removed one day? In order to get the best possible arrangement of library furniture for student needs, we have been experimenting with placing different types of furniture in different places around the library. Please excuse any disruption this causes to your use of the library, but, more importantly, please give us your feedback on the changes. Comments and suggestions may be sent to, or directly to Professor Sally Wise, Director of the Law Library, or just tell a staff member at the Circulation Desk.

Desk Research Training - Now Offered Online
You know by now that being an efficient and effective researcher is imperative to your success in practicing law, particularly as you begin your career.

Now you can sharpen your research skills - at anytime, night or day - by watching pre-recorded research lectures available on the law library's website. These lectures, given by the law librarians, cover a variety of topics, so select any (or all) that may be helpful to you.

From the law library home page, click the Training link in the upper right corner. Then scroll down to Sessions to Go for links to the training tutorials. The recording date is noted after each topic. If you have any questions, contact a reference librarian at or 305-284-3585.

Stayed tuned for new releases!
New Online Resources
Pike & Fischer's Communications Regulation Communications Regulation is published by Pike and Fischer. It includes cases, statutes, rules, all FCC Orders and PDF decisions from the FCC Record (archive to go back to 1964 when complete). Daily news and analysis by FCC lawyers is included from 1994 to present and the monthly Telecomm Report from Pike and Fischer is available from 2000. The Pike and Fischer digest online ties together case decisions dealing with a particular statute, rule or general communications policy.

TDM, Transnational Dispute Management This online service aims to be a portal for news, insight and discussion of new developments in global transnational dispute management. Topics include international commercial arbitration, investment arbitration, mediation, negotiation and conflict avoidance. The service consists of the TDM Journal plus selected articles from other journals since 2004. There is also a growing collection of investment awards, laws, regulations and other sources of law. OGEMID (Oil-Gas-Energy-Mining and Infrastructure Investment disputes) is an internet-based intelligence service and discussion group. The OGEMID archive is searchable on TDM.

IBFD (International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation)
The IBFD specializes in cross-border taxation and offers a variety of titles. Students and faculty of the UM School of Law have access to:
European Tax Surveys and Tax Treaties Database - Features news and summaries of the laws and practice governing the taxation of companies and individuals in almost every European country, updated monthly. Also the full English-language texts are included of virtually every single treaty for the avoidance of double taxation of income, capital and inheritances concluded by European countries. Texts of other significant official documents, including the latest OECD Model Conventions, are provided (in English). Also includes comparisons of key features and tax witholding rates of different countries.
Caribbean - Taxation & Investment - Explains and compares the main features of company law, corporate and individual income tax , indirect taxes, social security, offshore sector in no-tax countries, tax incentives, anti-avoidance rules and transfer pricing and trusts and partnerships for countries in the Caribbean.
Journals in International Taxation
Derivatives & Financial Instruments
Mergers & Acquisitions
Permanent Establishments

A complete list of all resources is available on the Subscription Database page.
Take a Study Break
Did you know that there is a chess table in the law library? If not, now may be a great time to take a break from law school and practice your chess skills. The table can be found in the Mayer Leiter Research Area on the first-floor of the library, and chess pieces can be checked out from the Circulation Desk. (For more about Mayer S. Leiter, click here.) If you are not a chess fan, you could also try a meditation CD or law-related film, both available at the Circulation Desk.

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