Global Women’s Leadership Project: UN Women’s Family Law Database

This is the second in a four part series highlighting Penn Law’s Global Women’s Leadership Project Database.  Each segment of this series will introduce a different aspect of this database.

This segment features the UN Women’s Family Law Database which can be accessed through the home page of the Global Women’s Leadership Project website.

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The Family Law Project curates a collection of family laws around the world, identifies gaps in the data collection, and develops a mapping of the gender gaps in family laws.

It also features the database’s interactive research map.

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Finally the page features the project’s methodology and field researchers & student fellows.

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The Database can be accessed here.

Global Women’s Leadership Project: What is it?

This is the first in a four part series highlighting Penn Law’s Global Women’s Leadership Project Database.  Each segment of this series will introduce a different aspect of this database.

“The Global Women’s Leadership Project (GWLP) at Penn Law, developed under the auspices of Under Secretary General and Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, has created a clearing house of information on laws that govern women’s status in the family, as the first phase of the UN Women’s Family Law database.

The GWLP is one of the first efforts to map the panoramic sweep of laws that regulate a woman’s role in the family and society, including laws governing property, inheritance, custody, guardianship, marriage, divorce, residence, citizenship, domicile, age of marriage, guardianship, female genital mutilation (FGM), “husband obedience ” and sex-selective reproductive decisions. The first phase of the database covers the 54 African countries; the 19 civil law countries in Latin America and 32 states of Mexico; the 51 independent states of Europe; Israel; India; and Pakistan. The research on the Middle East is ongoing.”

This database can be accessed here. Below is a view of the homepage.

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From this site, users can also access a world map that outlines family law in various countries as it relates to women’s roles in the family.

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For convenient navigation there is also a list of the database’s featured content on the left side of the page.

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The Database can be accessed here.

LexisNexis New Legal Research Database: Lexis +

LexisNexis upgraded the existing Lexis Advance to Lexis+ last month, offering users many new enhancements powered by artificial intelligence.

Lexis+ offers a more modern visual design compared to the Lexis Advance, finally saying farewell to the classic black and white plain design that has been used for a long time and should be more appealing to users. If a faculty prefer to have the classic user interface, she can tap the “switch product” icon at the left top corner and select Lexis Advance.

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Search Tree on Lexis+

Search tree, a new feature of lexis+, enables the visualization of terms & connectors, or Boolean search, and shows how these elements affect the final results. The Search Tree is not available while running a natural language, or plain language search.

Thanks to the artificial intelligence, users can enter their question in Lexis+ in natural language and will see several suggested answers, which contains text from the case in question and other key details about the cases in the answer.

Beyond these two new functionalities of legal research, Lexis+ also offers new practice assistance features, including Brief Analysis and Shepard’s At Risk. For more information, please check Lexis+ Help .

2020 Legal Analytics Study, What Does It Mean to Law Libraries?

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.

Extended Database Access For 2020 Graduating Law Students

Graduating law students are entering a legal job market that is volatile and uncertain as the industry experiences the impact of this pandemic. We believe your education extends beyond your formal law school program. TTU Law Library is committed to providing resources to support our graduates as you take the next step in your legal career.

Westlaw

Recently graduated law students need to enroll Westlaw Grad Elite program to continue gaining access. To gain access you will receive a pop-up when you logged or you can go HERE and hit agree . For the first 18 months after graduation you will have access to some products for 60 hours each month to help make the connection between theory and practice. For more information, please check Westlaw Grad Elite program.

Lexis Advance

When you graduate May 2020, you will automatically have seamless Lexis Advance access till February 28, 2021. Continue to use your law school username and password while you prepare for the bar exam and employment. Plus, access exclusive resources and a Rewards program for graduates.

The ASPIRE program provides 12 months of free access to federal and state cases, codes, regulations, law reviews, Shepard’s® Citation Service and Matthew Bender® treatises to graduates who are engaged in verifiable 501(c)(3) public interest work.

For more information, please check Lexis Advance Access for Law School Graduates.

Bloomberg Law

May 2020 graduating law students will have unrestricted access to Bloomberg Law® through June 1, 2021.