Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Summer Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg Access

It's that time of year again - finals are coming up, but yet you're also thinking ahead to what the summer holds.  Many of you will be using legal research platforms at your jobs this summer; below is a description of how you can use your UK accounts on the three major platforms during the summer months.

Westlaw: Restricted Access
Westlaw can be used during the summer for academic purposes only.  These purposes include:
  • Summer law school classes
  • Law review and journal work
  • Projects for professors
  • Moot court
  • Unpaid non-profit public interest intern/externship
Extend your password for summer use by filling out this form on Westlaw.

Graduating students should have a received a message from Westlaw about extending their access past the bar exam.  If you missed it, sign in to, click on "Rewards", then "My Messages", and look for the extension email with the link.  If you don't see it, check "deleted/archived items" folder.

Lexis: Unrestricted Access
Students will have unrestricted access to Lexis Advance all summer; i.e., you may use Advance for any kind of paid, academic, volunteer, or personal work.

Graduating students can register for one of our Graduate Program IDs that will extend their access beyond graduation. To learn more, visit

Bloomberg Law: Unrestricted Access
Students will have unrestricted access to Bloomberg Law all summer; i.e., you may use Bloomberg Law for any kind of paid, academic, volunteer, or personal work.

Graduating students have access to Bloomberg Law until November 2014.

Haven't signed up for Bloomberg law yet?

1) Go to
2) Click on the orange "register for a law school account" square on the left
3) Fill out your information.  You can skip the activation code box, but you must use your email address.  Log-in information will be emailed to you, and you can sign in at

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Summer Clerk/Associate Research Refresher Offered by Law Library!

Clerking this Summer?

Want to Make a Good Impression?

Want to Know what to Expect?

Long Time Passed since Research Class?

Come to the:

Clerk/Associate Research Insights Bootcamp (C.R.I.B.)

May 12th

Brought to You 100% Free of Charge by your Friendly Librarians.

Email to enroll.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Student Webinar on Using Legislative History to Find Legislative Intent

ProQuest Congressional is an excellent tool for researching legislative history, and ProQuest is giving a webinar presenting an overview of the legislative process and ProQuest research tools at various times over the next few months. Many federal courts and government agencies have these databases, and anyone may register for the webinars.

If you are unable to attend the webinar but have questions about ProQuest Congressional, as always, feel free to contact the UK reference librarians for assistance.

From ProQuest:

This 90-minute session is designed for the summer associate, judicial, law firm or government agency law clerk, intern, extern or research assistant. You will learn how to use ProQuest Congressional Digital Suite & Legislative Insight, the premier legal research tools for federal legislative and government materials to:

1. Develop an understanding of the legislative process both:
a. Procedurally – How did the language read as first proposed, what committees considered the proposal, when were amendments made and where was the proposal when it was amended;
b. As an adversarial process – who was lobbying in support of the proposal and what were they trying to accomplish, who was active in opposition what were their objections, who was responsible for amendments to the proposal;
2. Become familiar with the documents available pertinent to your issue;
3. Identify where in the process the changes you care about occurred – this provides a mechanism to narrow the scope of your search for explanations for why the language was changed;
4. Learn how to identify both direct and circumstantial evidence of intent.

To register for a session, click on the link below:

Friday, April 25, 2014 10:00 am
Thursday, May 1, 2014 1:00 pm
Friday, May 16, 2014 1:00 pm
Thursday, May 29, 2014 1:30 pm
Thursday, June 12, 2014 1:00 pm
Friday, June 20, 2014 9:00 am

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wednesdays Around the World: Calling Port in Guinea-Bissau

Earlier this week, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) issued judgment in The M/V "Virginia G" Case. The case was a dispute between Guinea-Bissau and Panama that arose after Guinea-Bissau arrested and confiscated a merchant vessel sailing under the flag of Panama after said vessel refeuled in Guinea-Bissau's exclusive economic zone without receiving proper authorization.

According to a brief analysis of the case, ITLOS held that though Guinea-Bissau has a right to regulate activities in its exclusive economic zone, vessel confiscation as a remedy was a tad disproportionate. As a result, Guinea-Bissau was ordered to pay reparations to Panama.

The moral of the story? Make sure you look up the local regulations if sailing to Guinea-Bissau.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wednesdays Around the World: Lax Border Security in the Czech Republic

This week in Wednesdays Around the World, we visit the Czech Republic, where apparently border security has become somewhat lax. In fact, interloping invaders from abroad have been spotted in the Czech Republic for the first time in over a century.

In actuality, the return of the wolves probably has less to do with Czech border security and more to do with the E.U.'s policies on wolf conservation since 1992. Specifically, Council Directive 92/43 EEC requires the designation of special areas of conservation for a number of species including wolves. Apparently the E.U. efforts have payed off, as the pros and cons of a rebounding wolf population have also made the news in France within the last month or so.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Exam Prep Materials Recap

As exam time draws nearer, here is a reminder of some of the exam prep materials available to aid you in your studies:

Study Aids
  • Electronic: The Understanding and Questions & Answers series of study aids are available in e-book form from the Law Library's subscription to the Lexis Digital Library.
  • Print:  The Law Library has a variety of study aids on the study aid spindle next to the circulation desk and case briefs behind the circulation desk.  All 1L course subjects are covered, as are a wide variety of upper class subjects.
  • Audio: Also available on the study aid spindle, all 1L course subjects have CD or MP3 study aids available, and many of the upper class subjects are covered as well.

Past Exams
Check out the Exam Archive for past or sample exams.  If you don't find any for your class, ask your professor if they have put print copies on reserve at the Law Library circulation desk or if they have posted some on the class TWEN page.

CALI Lessons
CALI provides online lessons and tutorials on a variety of legal topics that can be useful in class review and exam prep.  You'll need a UK student authorization code to access them, so please contact the circulation or reference desks for the code, or email me at 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Wednesdays Around the World: Antarctic Waters

Earlier this week, the International Court of Justice announced a decision in Australia v. Japan (New Zealand intervened on the side of Australia). The case derives from Japan's practice of whaling in the Southern Ocean. Australia and New Zealand argued that Japanese whaling activities were in contravention of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, which limits commercial whaling in order to conserve declining whale populations. Japan is a party to the Convention, and thus is bound by its terms under international law. However, the Japan argued that its whaling activities were permissible under the Convention, as they were for "research purposes." The ICJ disagreed with Japan's characterization of its whaling activities, finding them to be commercial in fact, and thus sided with Australia, New Zealand, and, of course, the whales.