ARCHIVED: W-4 - A Legislative History Primer: Demystifying Research for Congressional Intent

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Saturday, July 14, 2001
Minneapolis, Minnesota
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


Although numerous jurists and legal scholars have criticized the judicial use of legislative history in recent years, courts continue to apply this method of statutory construction. Few lawyers, however, have a real proficiency for researching legislative documents and they, in turn, continue to rely on law librarians for their mastery of this complex subspecialty. This 1/2-day workshop offers participants an opportunity to sharpen their skills in this area by providing a balance of theoretical context and practical tools for researching congressional intent. An expert in statutory construction, an authority on congressional procedure and experienced law librarians will discuss of legislative issues, practices and research applications.

Subject Area: Practitioner's Toolkit
Level: Intermediate


Virginia Thomas, University of Cincinnati College of Law, Robert S. Marx Law Library (Coordinator & Moderator)
Pegeen Bassett, Northwestern University School of Law, Pritzker Legal Research Center
Rick Goheen, University of Cincinnati College of Law, Robert S. Marx Law Library
Michael H. Koby, The Catholic University of America School of Law
Judith Irene Manion, Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue

Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

  • Explore trends in the use of legislative history by the federal courts and discuss essential aspects of congressional procedure as they apply to legislative research.
  • Analyze research techniques for legislative history and assess the usefulness of current legislative resources on the Web.

Registration fee includes: program, handouts, and continental breakfast.

Registration Fee:

Nonmember $175

AALL Member Discount $140


Registration is open. Please register using the registration form on page 35 of the preliminary program or go to


This professional development opportunity is brought to you by the American Association of Law Libraries. For additional information, please contact Mary Jawgiel, AALL Education Manager, at 312-939-4764.


AALL recognizes major support from BNA, Inc. for the Professional Development Program.