The UCLA School of Law Hugh & Hazel Darling Law Library has compiled a timely guide (https://libguides.law.ucla.edu/coronavirus) to help locate legal responses to COVID-19. According to the guide, “many units of government at all levels (federal, state, and local) have issued, and continue to issue, legal responses to the coronavirus epidemic, and some states have laws pre-dating the epidemic but that have become more relevant, such as quarantine statutes and requirements for paid sick leave. This [sic] goal of this guide is to provide links to primary sources and high-quality summaries to these.”
The federal materials provided in the guide include links to items published by various federal agencies as well as Public Laws about COVID-19. While the major focus of the guide is on federal and California resources, there are sections dedicated to other state and local jurisdictions.
There is also a useful section that provides links to “Other Resources” that users might find educational.
The Texas Tech Law Library has added a new service for our faculty, staff and students. You are now able to chat with a librarian during our normal reference hours (8:30 am – 4:30 pm Monday – Friday). Outside of our reference hours you can still send a question and it will be responded to the next business day.
In June 2020, the Law Library added the following new resources to the collection to support the research and curricular needs of our faculty and students.
AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE (AEI) – Our newest HeinOnline resource is the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). The AEI was founded in 1938 for the purpose of “bringing about a greater public knowledge and understanding of the social and economic advantages accruing to the American people through the maintenance of the system of free, competitive enterprise.” A public policy think tank based in Washington, D.C., AEI scholars conduct original research that advocates for free enterprise and focuses on the world economy, U.S. foreign policy and international security, and domestic political and social issues. The American Enterprise Institute database brings AEI’s collection of scholarship to HeinOnline, providing access to works published by the Institute in HeinOnline’s fully-searchable image-based format. Unique to this collection is the ability to search by Policy Area.
LexisNexis released its third annual LexisNexis ALM Study survey. This Survey suggests 90% of survey respondents agree: legal analytics makes them a better legal practitioner. You can find the full survey here.
The study shows 70% of large law firms use legal analytics tools, with 75% of respondents citing an increase in usage at their firm over the last year. Individually, 73% of respondents at firms with access to the tools report using legal analytics either directly or indirectly. Among users, 90% say the technology makes them better lawyers, and 92% plan to increase use over the next year.
The study indicates 98% of lawyers believe legal analytics has improved their law firm’s performance. Among firms that do not utilize legal analytics, 58% of attorneys believe lack of training/understanding of how the technologies work is one of the top challenges for adoption legal analytics.
It brings a question to academic law libraries. Should we add legal analytics as a part of the law school legal research training? Legal market changes, then law schools’ legal research training changes. We want to make our law students more competitive in the job market. This is true if we compare the current legal research curriculum with the curriculum in the 1980s. When attorneys use printed materials for their daily research, we teach students how to use printed materials. When practitioners use databases regularly, we have to teach our students how to use databases to do legal research accordingly.
This technology, legal analytics, is too new to both law firms and law libraries. It is hard to say if firms, especially small firms, would prefer students with legal analytics training or not. What should we do? Librarians should wait and observe the legal industry’s reaction to legal analytics in the next few years.
Diversity is one of ALA’s key commitments and guiding principles. For this reason, the Executive Board calls on library and information services leaders, staff, and advocates of all races and backgrounds to abolish racism against Black people and against all People of Color and to see to it that it has no place in our institutions, our policies, our practices, or our behaviors.
There are many places to contribute, provide help to protesters, and support the Black Lives Matter movement. Here are a few blogs that point to some places where you can help both locally and nationally.
One way to help support is by donating to bail funds. Here are some sites that suggest organizations that accept donations:
Even if you are unable to donate time or money, you can still be an advocate by learning more about the Black Lives Matter movement, racism, and about the African-American experience. These lists provide a variety of ways to explore, learn, and educate yourself.
These sites offer a variety of books and multimedia to help you understand what is happening and why.