November-December 2019

Judge Information Center Module Added to TRACfed Database

Interested in tracking judicial decision-making at the federal level? The Moritz Law Library recently added the Judge Information Center module to its TRACfed subscription. The Judge Information Center module allows users to pull Judge Reports for each federal district court judge, as well as for immigration judges. Judge Reports are customizable and supply a wealth of information about how individual district court judges handle both civil and criminal matters. Judge Reports also analyze how a selected judge’s record compares with other federal judges hearing similar types of cases. For immigration judges, users can pull Judge Reports that describe how often a judge denies asylum, the nationality of asylum seekers appearing before the judge, and how often asylum seekers are represented by counsel. If you have any questions about how to use the Judge Information Center, or any other part of TRACfed, please consult a reference librarian.

Preserve Your Web Links with Perma.cc

The Moritz Law Library continues to provide members of the Moritz community with access to the web page-archiving tool, perma.cc. Faculty, staff, and students can set up a free account through the library’s registrar account in order to create an unlimited number of permanent links to web pages, ensuring that the visual content of these pages is preserved. A number of Moritz faculty as well as the Moritz law journals have taken advantage of this service. Contact a reference librarian if you’re interested in setting up an account. While other web page-archiving tools exist, such as the Internet Archive’s “Save Page Now” feature, perma.cc conveniently allows users to save various permanent links organized in folders and sub-folders. Additionally, you may want to consider installing the Chrome or Firefox plugin, Archiveror, for one-click capturing of web pages via perma.cc, the Internet Archive, and other tools.

Legal Research Platforms beyond Westlaw and Lexis

This fall a number of students expressed interest in exploring legal research systems beyond Westlaw Edge, Lexis Advance, and Bloomberg Law. As you’re likely aware, there are other options available through the Moritz Law Library and free legal websites. While these options have limitations, such as fewer secondary sources (if any) and the lack of citator tools as effective as KeyCite and Shepard’s, they are alternatives used by many attorneys in solo practice and at small firms. See some of the possibilities below.

  • Fastcase. Accessible through the Moritz Law Library and available to members of local bar associations such as the Columbus Bar Association
  • Casemaker. Free to law students and faculty who register; also available to members of statewide bar associations like the Ohio State Bar Association
  • Casetext. Free to law students and faculty who register
  • Google Scholar (for case research)

If you have questions about additional resources, ask a Moritz reference librarian. Also, stay tuned for information about a library session on low-cost and free legal research alternatives in the spring semester. The primary audience will be students but all will be welcome to attend.

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library Exhibits: Women’s Innovations in Comics, Presidential Caricatures

The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum’s current exhibits include, “Ladies First: A Century of Women’s Innovations in Comics and Cartoon Art.” Ushering in the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, the exhibit “calls attention to the transformative work of women artists in the field of cartooning then and now.” The exhibit, running through May 3, 2020, features the first female political cartoonist, the first female-created superhero, and feminist voices from underground and alternative comics.

Another exhibit, “Drawn to Presidents,” displays the portraits and satirical drawings of Pennsylvania-based illustrator, Drew Friedman. His Presidential-themed artwork has appeared in a variety of publications including SPY, MAD, TIME, Newsweek, The New Yorker, The New Republic, and The New York Observer. He employs an “intensely realistic, warts-and-all style of caricature to satirize celebrity and authority.” This exhibit runs through February 9, 2020.

While the reading room is open only by appointment during semester breaks, the exhibition gallery remains open Tuesday-Sunday, 1pm-5pm, other than Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. The Cartoon Library is a short walk north along High Street from the law school.

Win Prizes on OSU’s Cybersecurity4You Platform

Cybersecurity is becoming an essential part of our lives as we integrate technology every day in our homes and at work. Ohio State’s “Cybersecurity 4 you” awareness platform focuses on all areas of your digital life, not only considerations related to your role at Ohio State. Please consider taking some time, even 15-20 minutes per week, to try some of the activities on the platform. After completing each activity, you’ll earn points and rewards ranging from a CyberBrutus-themed phone wallet, portable phone battery charger, long-sleeved t-shirt, insulated tumbler, and pullover. You can access the platform through any mobile device. New topics are added quarterly.

The Cybersecurity 4 You platform is easy to use:

  • Visit https://cybersecurity4you.osu.edu/.
  • Log in with your lastname.# and password to see highlighted activities.
  • An activity includes a video, article, and short quiz. After completing each activity, you’ll earn points and rewards.

New Acquisitions at the Moritz Law Library

See the books below recently acquired by the Moritz Law Library. A complete list of materials acquired in the last month is also available.