New Exhibit Featuring Dean Hansell Collection

Hansell_Dean_PRINTTo celebrate the Honorable Dean Hansell’s 40-year reunion at the Law School, the Pritzker Legal Research Center is pleased to present a new exhibit featuring five historical legal instruments from the collection bearing his name.

Judge Hansell, who received his Juris Doctor from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, has led a distinguished career first as an attorney, and currently as a judge on the California Superior Court in Los Angeles. Prior to his judicial appointment in 2016, he had a diverse practice in both private firms and public agencies. He has also been a consistently active member of the legal community: in 1985, he co-founded the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), and from 1997 to 2001 he was a Police Commissioner of Los Angeles.

Hansell1An avid collector of historic legal documents, Judge Hansell has generously donated a number of items from his collection to Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. The collection includes legal instruments and related materials from France, England, Germany and the United States. This particular display features five English documents from the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries. However, in recognition of the significance of the contents as a whole, the Pritzker Legal Research Center is working to digitize the entire collection. A sample of this progress is available at plrc.omeka.net/.

The Dean Hansell Collection exhibit will be on display of the third floor of the Pritzker Legal Research Center through the rest of the fall semester.

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PLRC Celebrates NU One Book

NU One Book is an annual inter-campus campaign where we all read the same book and then come together to engage more deeply with the themes, importance, and application of its message to our lives and society. This year’s selection is Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality by Danielle Allen, who offers a provocative modern analysis of the Declaration of Independence. Read more about Our Declaration and the author.

Events take place on both the Evanston and Chicago campuses, ranging from lectures and art exhibits to an essay contest and group outing to the musical Hamilton.  Here at the Law School, we’re proud to be hosting a keynote address by Danielle Allen on Thursday, October 19, at 12 pm in RB 140. Anyone from the Law School may attend by RSVP’ing here; note there is a limited number of seats available. Juliet Sorensen, Director and Associate Dean of the Bluhm Legal Clinic, and Dr. John Franklin, Professor of Psychiatry, Surgery and Medical Education-Medical Humanities and Bioethics; Associate Dean, Diversity, Inclusion and Student Support at the Feinberg School of Medicine, will lead a moderated conversation with Ms. Allen. Questions for the author may be submitted to lisa.winkler@law.northwestern.edu by Oct. 11 for consideration by the moderators.

Be sure to visit the PLRC to explore our NU One Book display!  There are complimentary copies of Our Declaration, pocket-sized Declarations of Independence, and One Book event calendars.  Also featured are replicas of the original Declaration of Independence and more information about the author and her insightful work. The display is located beneath the library’s grand staircase; the library is located on the 2nd floor of Rubloff.

 

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September 2017 New Library Resources

We have added over 200 new titles to our collection in September. Have a look at the list of latest additions at: http://library.law.northwestern.edu/collections/new-books

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Resource Spotlight: CQ Supreme Court Collection

Do you want to do some empirical research on the U.S. Supreme Court, but don’t know where to start?  Do you want to know the seminal cases is particular fields of Supreme Court jurisprudence?  For these answers and others, try taking a look at the CQ Supreme Court Collection, published by CQ Press (publishers of Congressional Quarterly and a number of other books and databases in the Pritzker Library’s collection).scotus_seal

To find the CQ Supreme Court Collection (and other Pritzker Library databases), simply go to the library’s home page and click on “Find a Database.”  From there, you can scroll through an alphabetical list of our databases (or click on a letter to jump to databases beginning with that letter; hint: here we will click on “C”).

The CQ Supreme Court Collection provides summaries and analyses of more than 4,000 major decisions, including all cases in which a written opinion was issued from the Burger Court (October Term 1969 to the present) and links to the full text of the cases; statistics and other data on essential topics, such as the quantitative analysis of voting records and opinion alignments, political alignments, and institutional data, and more.

Biographical and voting data is provided for every justice who has sat on the Court.  Tools allow users to perform analyses such as showing every time two (or more) justices voted with (or against) another justice (or justices) on a variety of topics.  Searches can be retrieved for later use with a permalink, and many documents can be downloaded in PDF format.  So, if you want to see the role played by Justice Black in 280 due process cases from 1941 to 1971, simply take a look here.

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August 2017 New Library Resources

We have added over 275 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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Resource Spotlight: Study Aids

Welcome new students and welcome back returning students! The Pritzker Legal Research Center has expanded our collection of study aids to help you prepare for class and ace your exams.

WK Online Study Aid LibraryA new resource at Northwestern Law this year is the Wolters Kluwer Online Study Aid Library. Titles available in this collection include the popular Examples & Explanations series,  Emanuel Law Outlines, Glannon Guides, Casenote Legal Briefs and more.  Study Aids are available for all the the 1L courses, as well as upper-level subjects such as Business Organizations, Federal Jurisdiction, Secured Transactions and Professional Responsibility.

Students also have access to the comparable West Study Aids Subscription.  Titles available online include Nutshells, Concise Hornbooks, Exam Pro, High Court Case Summaries, the Acing Series and Gilbert Law Summaries.  If you are an auditory learner, try the Law School Legends audio series or the Sum & Substance audio series which contain recorded lectures summarizing black letter law on a variety of subjects.  The subscription also includes electronic flashcards to test your knowledge for class and exam preparation.

QuimbeeAnother new subscription study aid service this year is Quimbee.  Quimbee includes video lessons, multiple-choice practice questions and practice exams. Northwestern Law students, faculty and staff can register with their law school email address.

CALI also provides access to interactive video tutorials and podcasts on a range of 1L and upper-level subjects.  Law students and faculty need to have a CALI authentication code to create an account. Contact the reference desk (law-reference@law.northwestern.edu) to obtain an authorization code.

Finally, the library has a collection of print study aids located behind the reference desk, by the computer terminals. The collection is arranged by subject and students are invited to step behind the desk and browse the titles. It contains guides from a number of publishers and series such as Examples & Explanations, Nutshells, and Hornbooks. Items in the Study Aids Reserve Collection can be checked out for 24 hours.

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Student Job: Pritzker Legal Research Center Seeks Fall Semester Research Fellows

The Pritzker Legal Research Center is looking for 4 Pritzker Library Fellows for Fall Semester 2017.  Pritzker Library Fellows serve a 3-month appointment, with a $750/month stipend, working 10-15 hours per week on short-term faculty research projects. Preferred Qualifications: Rising 3L status, journal experience, RA experience, and/or Advanced Legal Research.  If interested, please email copy of résumé and law school transcript to Tom Gaylord, Faculty Services & Scholarly Communications Librarian at tom.gaylord@law.northwestern.edu.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the positions are filled.

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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.

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