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Alumni Invited to Submit Nominations for OSU Distinguished Teaching Awards by October 29

Each year, The Ohio State University honors some of its best teachers by bestowing upon them the "Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching." Recipients are selected for their skill and dedication in working with students both inside and outside the classroom. Students, faculty and alumni may nominate candidates for this award. Nomination forms are available at and may be made on-line, through e-mail, or through regular mail. In addition, if you are so inclined, please forward a copy to us in care of Communications Director Liz Gates (55 W. 12th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210) so we can have the benefit of your thoughts.

Columbus Bar Association, Stephen Chappelear '77 Welcome Recent Moritz Grads into Barrister Leader Program

Recent Moritz grads are 6 of the 12 members of the new Barrister Leader Class, sponsored by the Columbus Bar Association. Outstanding applicants are admitted to the leadership training program after a blind application process that evaluates their leadership ability and commitment to the community. The program, designed for attorneys in their first five years of practice, provides training as well as opportunities for leadership positions within the Columbus Bar's New Lawyers Committee.

Columbus Bar Past President, Stephen Chappelear, '77, congratulated participants on their admission into the program and conducted the first leadership training meeting.

Moritz grads admitted to the program are: Jason E. Boyd '02, clerk to Judge Richard Frye '73, Franklin County Common Pleas Court; Stephanie D. Champ '02, Carlile, Patchen & Murphy; Stephanie M. Rawlings '02, Carlile, Patchen & Murphy; Jessica K. Walls '03, Isaac, Brant Ledman & Teetor; Emily A. Smith '02, Carlile Patchen & Murphy; and Anne E. Will '03, Calfee, Halter & Griswold.

Research Tips: Congressional Research Service Reports and Business Journals Database Now Available

CRS Reports
Congressional Research Service ("CRS") reports are highly respected reports prepared for Congress by non-partisan staff of the Library of Congress. Obtaining these reports can be a challenge because CRS does not make the reports available to the public. Copies of the reports do, however, find their way onto the Internet.

Open CRS is a searchable database of over 8000 CRS reports (including many other libraries' collections). You can also browse by subjects such as Iraq, Identity Theft, and Energy Policy. collects documents related to issues currently before Congress. Right now, their collection focuses on Hurricane Katrina and includes CRS Reports on New Orleans Levees and Floodwalls: Hurricane Damage Protection and Increases in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina: Authority to Limit Price Gouging.

If you'd prefer to see what types of reports are available on a given subject, you can browse one of the many online collections of selected CRS reports maintained by groups, universities or government agencies.

Penny Hill Press has access to the most comprehensive private collection of CRS publications and publishes abstracts of the reports on the web. Once you've found the report you need on the Penny Hill web site, you can give a Moritz reference librarian the title and order number of the report, and the Library will obtain the report for you.

Business Source Premier
Business Source Premier is a full-text database of scholarly journals on many business topics such as management, economics, finance, and accounting. It also includes country & business profiles. It links to full-text of the journals and documents - many documents are available in print equivalent formats (PDF). You can access the database here on-campus or here off-campus.

Our thanks to the Moritz Law Library for these resources.