Student Library Assistant Positions Available

The Pritzker Legal Research Center is looking for reliable law students to work at the library circulation desk on evenings and weekends during the 2017-18 academic year.  Duties include the following:

  • Check out and check in books, journals, reserve books and other library materials
  • Answer basic informational, directional and library policy questions, help patrons locate materials in the stacks, provide basic printer and copy machine assistance
  • Help troubleshoot public computers according to directions
  • Record and tally usage statistics
  • Search the stacks for books reported missing
  • Assist with opening and closing procedures

For an application, please email Jamie Sommer, Associate Director for Public Services at jamie.sommer@law.northwestern.edu.

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Seeking a Foreign & International Law Librarian

The Pritzker Legal Research Center of Northwestern Pritzker School of Law invites applications for the full-time, permanent position of Foreign and International Law Librarian. The successful candidate will join a team of experienced reference librarians who provide research and instructional support services to the Northwestern Law community, as well as to a broad range of library users throughout Northwestern University and beyond.  The Foreign and International Law Librarian has particular responsibility for reference and instructional services and collection development for Foreign, Comparative, and International Legal Research. We seek someone who is creative, flexible, capable of working in a dynamic environment, and committed to excellence.

Primary Responsibilities:  As part of the reference team, the librarian will participate in our very active faculty liaison program and provide research support to a faculty and student body with a wide range of interdisciplinary research interests.

Working in close consultation with the Associate Director for Public Services, the ideal candidate will assist in the continued advancement of the Center’s extensive educational programs, including our first-year research program and advanced legal research courses.  The librarian will be responsible for supporting the research needs of the law school’s expanding foreign and international programs, including the LLM for International Students, the LLM in International Human Rights, the International Executive LLM, international joint degree programs, and International Team Projects.  Other instruction responsibilities include subject-focused research sessions in substantive law courses and research training sessions for law journals, international competition teams, and student organizations.

The librarian is responsible for maintaining and developing content for the library website, in particular research guides and other training materials related to foreign, comparative and international research. The librarian will serve as a collaborative member of library’s selection team and participate in collection development activities for foreign, comparative, and international law.

The librarian will assist with other public services activities and work on team-based projects with other members of the Pritzker Legal Research Center. Participation in professional development activities is encouraged and supported.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school, J.D. from an A.B.A.-accredited institution, and professional experience in a law library. Equivalent degrees from accredited foreign institutions will be considered.
  • Knowledge of resources and methods for researching foreign, comparative, and international law, as well as law of the United States; knowledge of research resources in the social sciences and humanities and international relations
  • Successful experience teaching legal research in the classroom
  • Strong service orientation and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and in collaboration with others in a collegial atmosphere; ability to manage and work efficiently on multiple projects

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience with foreign, comparative, and international legal research in an academic environment
  • Reading knowledge of French, German, Italian, or Spanish
  • Experience teaching foreign, comparative, and international legal research

Salary:  Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Environment:  Located in the heart of the Gold Coast on Northwestern’s Chicago campus, the Pritzker Legal Research Center supports the research and instructional needs of more than 900 J.D. and LL.M. students and 90 residential faculty of the Northwestern University School of Law.  The library has a collection of more than 700,000 volumes and equivalents and subscribes to a wide array of electronic information resources.  Further information about the Pritzker Legal Research Center is available at the Library’s website http://www.law.northwestern.edu/library.

To Apply:  Candidates must submit a letter of application, current resume, salary requirements and the names of three references with addresses and telephone numbers via the Northwestern University link below. Candidates must additionally submit all application materials (electronic applications are encouraged) to:

Daurina Gregory

daurina.gregory@law.northwestern.edu
Program Assistant to the Search Committee
Foreign and International Law Librarian
Pritzker Legal Research Center
Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law

Applications accepted here: https://facultyrecruiting.northwestern.edu/apply/NQ==

Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply by August 15, 2017.

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2016 American Bar Association Legal Technology Survey Report

The legal field – like medicine, education, finance, and even dating – is being transformed by technology.  Major newspapers are reporting on this trend (See, e.g., Steve Lohr, A.I. is Doing Legal Work.  But It Won’t Replace Lawyers, Yet, N.Y. Times (Mar. 19, 2017)), and it is unusual to browse an industry publication, such as ABA Journal or Illinois Bar Journal, without finding multiple stories devoted to legal technology.  Much of the coverage, however, spotlights early adopters and focuses on changes occurring at the industry level, making it difficult to discern how attorneys are utilizing new technologies in their everyday practices.

One helpful resource for learning more about how attorneys use technology on the ground level is the 2016 Legal Technology Survey Report, the latest edition of an annual publication compiled by Joshua Poje of the American Bar Association’s Legal Technology Resource Center (ABA LTRC), and available here at the PLRC (check availability now: MON KF320 .A9A445 2016 and B,ABA KF325.1895 .A9142 2016).

 

Image Source: ABA Bookstore

 

The publication is comprised of six smaller reports, focusing on the following topics: Technology Basics & Security, Law Office Technology, Litigation Technology and E-Discovery, Web and Communication Technology, Online Research, and Mobile Lawyers.  Each of these reports begins with a “Trend Report” summarizing the findings, followed by detailed charts and graphs providing more specific results.  To gather this information, the ABA LTRC developed a 216-question survey and distributed the survey to 15,000 ABA attorney members from January through May 2016.

The Report offers some surprising insights.  For example, despite the widespread cultural embrace of Apple technology, only 7.9% of respondents listed Mac OS as the operating system on their primary work computer (Page II-18). Also, despite the prevalence of commercial resources like Westlaw, Lexis Advance, and Bloomberg Law, 91.6% of respondents indicated they conduct legal research using free online resources (Page V-35).

In my experience, I have found this resource to be cumbersome to work with due to its voluminous content.  The best way to use this book is by browsing the Table of Contents and by visiting ABA TechReport 2016, Am. Bar Ass’n (last visited July 26, 2017).  This site serves as a companion to the Report, features helpful analyses of each section written by experts in the particular field, and may help you identify particular results worth examining in the Report, itself.

Posted in Library Resources, Resource Spotlight, Tech

Over 300 New Resources Added Last Month!

We have added over 300 new titles in the past month. Have a look at the list of latest additions at: http://library.law.northwestern.edu/collections/new-books.

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IICLE Smart Books: Your Best Friend in Illinois

Some of you may find yourself intensively researching Illinois law for the first time this summer.  You may have already discovered that the Land of Lincoln in general, and the City of Big Shoulders in particular, have some legal quirks that you won’t recognize from law school (Chancery Division, anyone?).  Luckily, Illinois attorneys have an excellent secondary source written for them, by them: IICLE Smart Books. The IICLE Smart Books are treatises, book-length treatments of an area of law.  You get an explanation of the law along with citations to the applicable statutes and leading cases, and all focused only on Illinois law.

A few introductory notes before I sell you on the IICLE’s.  First, the acronym stands for Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education.  That sounds like an official state agency, but it’s not.  It’s a publisher in Springfield.  Second, you pronounce it “Ickle” like the word “fickle.”  Finally, do not use the search box in the upper right-hand corner of their website.  That searches the website, not the “Smart Book” treatises, and mostly tries to sell you continuing legal education courses.

IICLE search box

Let me demonstrate how effectively IICLE Smart Books can help you with the following scenario.  Say you’re working with a client who leases a space in a shopping mall for her jewelry store.  She is getting better sales online, and her friend who owns a coffee shop is looking to sublease a retail space.  Your client wants to know if the landlord will be able to reject her friend with the coffee shop, or worse, if the landlord will be able to let the space sit vacant and sue your client for lost rent.  If you Google this, you’re bound to get a boatload of advice for residential tenants and maybe some law firm blogs that say something about a duty to mitigate damages (oh, and “call now to speak with one of our experts”).  If you search Lexis or Westlaw, you’ll need to wade through information from around the country.

Enter IICLE.

Search for “commercial lease retail” within the IICLE Smart Books database and you’ll find an entire chapter titled “Retail Leases” in the IICLE Smart Book Commercial Landlord-Tenant Practice 2015 Edition.  This chapter tells you about assigning a lease or subleasing and the landlord’s duty to mitigate damages when a tenant defaults.  Most importantly, it talks about both of these issues with citations to the applicable Illinois primary authority.

Beyond providing the background legal information, IICLE Smart Books are an excellent source for forms.  For our retail lease example, the same chapter contains a sample lease and ample explanation of the leasing language and optional clauses.  Download the document into your word processor when you’re ready to start drafting your client’s sublease.

You can indicate in your search that you want to see forms in your search results by using the check box that says “Search only content with forms available for download.”

IICLE forms search

Questions about this or any other aspects of your legal research are welcome at the reference desk.  We’d love to hear from you.

 

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Over 360 New Resources Added Last Month!

We have added over 360 new titles in the past month. Have a look at the list of latest additions at: https://www.law.northwestern.edu/library/secure/collections/newacquisitions/.

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Resource Spotlight: ABA Resources

The American Bar Association publishes more than 1,000 books, journals, National Institute seminar materials and other substantive works annually, leveraging the expertise of its members as authors and contributors.  Practitioners today rely on the ABA’s robust body of knowledge for timely coverage of emerging issues, subject treatises, practical guides, professional skill building, and even wellness advice.

Did you know that the PLRC is an archive for the ABA’s publications?  Through this arrangement, the Law Library maintains a near complete collection in our “ABA Archives” on the third floor of the library (just past Government Documents by the treadmills). When you’re searching in NU Search, you’ll notice these materials have a special call number: B, ABA.   Whether you’re seeking the latest edition of the Annotated Model Rules of Professional Conduct, a handbook with form templates and checklists, an update on a specific area of law, or tips for work life balance as an attorney, there is an ABA resource that can quickly provide you with the answers you need at the PLRC.

Search Northwestern’s library catalog, NU Search, for ‘American Bar Association’ as an author or publisher then limit your results to items at the Law Library, or click here to view ABA items at the PLRC published by the ABA in the last ten years. Bonus Tip: Search for your favorite ABA Section‘s items by adding the section’s name to a publisher name search, such as American Bar Association Business Law Section  or American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution

Finally, here a few notable selections to illustrate the breadth of ABA publications available now.

Emerging Issues

Drones Across America: Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Regulation and State Laws

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Pritzker Legal Research Center Closed for Memorial Day

The Pritzker Legal Research Center will be closed on Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day. It will reopen at 9:00am on Tuesday, May 30.

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May 2017 New Library Resources

We have added over 340 new titles in the past month. Have a look at the list of latest additions at: https://www.law.northwestern.edu/library/secure/collections/newacquisitions/.

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Throwback Thursday: A Forgotten Tune

“We’ll See Them Through” by John Henry Wigmore

On April 20, the Pritzker Legal Research Center launched its spring exhibit, We’ll See Them Through: Northwestern Prtizker School of Law in the World War I Era. The title is taken from former dean John Henry Wigmore’s 1917 score “We’ll See Them Through,” which was intended to bring support to those in the World War I training camps.

Wigmore—law professor, evidence expert, and sometimes musical composter—drafted the lyrics and music, and John Philip Sousa, who wrote “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” adapted it for army bands. Wigmore himself financed the song’s distribution, and it was met with mixed reviews.

However, until last week, the song itself remained a bit of a mystery. While we had the score, we certainly did not have a piano (let alone a band!) to play it for us. However, thanks to a presentation by Andrew Bullen of the Illinois State Library, we were able to use a program called SharpEye to generate the audio. This may be the first time in nearly 100 years that this song has been heard.

You can find the lyrics to “We’ll See Them Through”—and see the rest of the exhibit—at sites.northwestern.edu/plrcwwi.

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