RIPS Programs 2005

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Basic Legal Reference for Non-law-librarian Librarians: an Outreach Program 
Coordinator and Speaker, Sandra B. Placzek; Moderator, Stefanie Pearlman; Speaker, Richard A. Leiter

Public, academic, prison and school librarians are often called upon to assist patrons with law-related questions. Lacking a background in legal research, they are put in a position where they are expected to assist these patrons, as well as select appropriate tools to address any law-related questions that may arise. The University of Nebraska Law Librarians have a developed a successful outreach program to address these issues: how to assist patrons in researching legal questions and how to chose (and use) appropriate tools. The program has< been well received and has been requested several times, demonstrating a need for a program of this nature. This program, based on the outreach program discussed above, is designed to provide participants the opportunity to learn how to create an outreach program to teach non-law-librarian librarians basic legal reference/research skills. Participants will learn: the logistics of marketing and implementing such a program; a format to follow when teaching the program; and a suggested curriculum.

Citing the Unpublished Opinion: The Ohio Change and What it Might Mean to You 
Moderator and Coordinator, Travis McDade; Speaker, Sara Sampson

Courts nationwide are reexamining rules that forbid or discourage citation to unpublished opinions- the “no-citation” rules. The recent ability of attorneys to have almost comprehensive access to previously "unpublished" cases through electronic databases has forced courts to start rethinking their traditional stance on the matter. For example, Ohio has abolished the precedential distinction between unpublished and published opinions. In order to give access to all cases to all attorneys the Ohio Supreme Court has begun to publish all appellate opinions on their website and has mandated a new citation format to go along with this change. After covering the current status of the movement to abolish the so-called "nocitation" rule and its possible effects on legal research and law libraries, the results of a research project into whether the change in Ohio rules has had any effect on the citation of appellate cases will be presented.

Envisioning Insurance Law Research 
Coordinator, Moderator & Speaker, Darcy Kirk; Speaker, Yan Hong

As the banking and securities industries have grown and evolved over the last decade, the insurance industry has become an influential partner. Law librarians in corporate as well as academic libraries need to know more about how to locate insurance materials. This program will be presented by an insurance law specialist who provides support to the only Insurance Law LLM program in the United States. The speaker will present information regarding how to locate insurance information on the internet and will provide an introduction to the breadth of the insurance collection held at the University of Connecticut School of Law Library.

Specialized Legal Research Courses: When Advanced Legal Research Isn't Enough 
Coordinator & Speaker, Joseph A. Custer; Speakers, Robert Mead & Joan Shear

With the increasing specialization of law firm practice groups, there is a growing need to tailor legal research courses to specialized practice areas such as environmental, tax, and labor law. Typical advanced legal research courses have too much content to provide indepth coverage of any one topical area. This presentation will highlight the specialized advanced legal research courses developed at the University of Kansas and Boston College. The speakers will emphasize successful strategies for gaining permission from curriculum committees to teach specialized research courses. Additionally, the speakers will suggest useful course elements including syllabi and assignments.