#SummerStrategy Webinar: Dockets & Legal News / Legal Research in Practice – June 8

All 2020 W&L Law grads, rising 3Ls, and 2Ls are welcome to attend a webinar co-hosted by the Law Library and Office of Career Strategy, from 4 to 5pm EDT on Monday, June 8.

Helpful topics for your summer work will include dockets, legal news resources, and “real world” legal research with expert practitioner panelists.

See details below. Email ldamelio@wlu.edu for the info to join via Zoom.

Hope to see you there!

Lord of the Flies: W&L Law Community Read Discussion, Thu. 3/5

Washington and Lee Law professors Mark Drumbl and David Eggert will lend their literary opinions and legal insights as part of a panel discussing William Golding’s classic novel Lord of the Flies on Thursday, March 5 at an event hosted by the W&L Law Library. W&L Sociology and Anthropology professor Lynn Chin will also be a panelist, and law librarian Andrew Christensen will moderate the discussion.

The event is the sixth annual program of its type. A book with both popular appeal and legal aspects is promoted for pleasure reading among the W&L Law community, and then discussed by faculty from the Law School, other University departments, and the audience. Prior selections include To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, All the President’s Men by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, and most recently in 2019, Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson.

The event will take place in Classroom A of the Law School (Lewis Hall), from 5:00 to 6:00pm on Thursday, March 5. Light refreshments will be provided. The event is free and open to all members of the University community.

Spring Into Summer Success Legal Research Certification – Wed. 3/18

Sign up today for W&L Law Library’s Spring Into Summer Success Legal Research Certification, Wednesday, March 18, from 4:30pm to 7:30pm in Classroom B. Open to all 1L, 2L, and 3Ls – dinner provided.

Learn expert tips and strategies from librarians and lawyers to help you succeed this summer and beyond. Sessions from the W&L Law Legal Research faculty will introduce research methods and resources useful for firm, court, public interest, and government jobs, including specialized practice materials, news and awareness, and litigation and transactional resources.

The program includes a panel discussion with insights on legal research and professional success from experienced legal practitioners:

  • Lauren Bohdan ’14L, Associate, Timberlake, Smith, Thomas & Moses, P.C.
  • Suzanne Corriell, Circuit Librarian, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Hon. Anita Filson ’86L, Judge (Ret.), 25th Judicial District of Virginia
  • Noelle Quam ’15L, Associate, Timberlake, Smith, Thomas & Moses, P.C.

Attendees will earn a Certificate in Legal Research to add to your credentials and show value to employers.

Visit go.wlu.edu/success to register by Friday, March 13.

Law Library Hosts Celebration of W&L’s Legal Scholarship

On October 15, the Washington and Lee Law Library hosted the third bi-annual W&L Law Fall Scholarship Celebration. The event was co-sponsored by the Frances Lewis Law Center and took place in the Law Library’s main reading room from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Faculty, librarians, staff, and administrators mingled with law students over hors d’oeuvres and wine to peruse the formidable scholarly output of the W&L Law community. Spouses, alumni, faculty from W&L’s undergraduate campus, and others with ties to the University were also in attendance.

On display were the 12 books, 33 chapters, and 72 articles, speeches, and notes authored by the W&L Law faculty and student body during 2018 and 2019. Also accessible via interactive screens was the W&L Law Scholarly Commons, the Law School’s open-access online repository of over 18,400 academic works, archival records, and institutional documents. It has gained over 770,000 downloads from 221 countries and territories in 2018 and 2019 alone.

Brant J. Hellwig, dean of W&L Law, and Christopher B. Seaman, director of the Frances Lewis Law Center, provided welcoming remarks introduced by W&L Law Library director Alex Zhang.

The event brochure, which includes a list of the scholarship on display, is available to download in PDF. Additional photos from the Celebration are available in the W&L Law Scholarly Commons.

Legal Research Certification 2019 Materials Now Online

If you weren’t able to make it to the event on 3/16 (the best attended ever!), or if you were there but want a refresher, you can review materials from the program online at https://libguides.wlu.edu/summersuccess2019.

There you’ll find video recordings of each of the day’s presentations and panel discussions, including the presenters’ slides via Tegrity. Also included are links to handouts and lesson plans, and to many of the online resources that were discussed in the sessions on dockets, practice materials, and more.

Please note that the guide is password protected in order to restrict access to the W&L Law community. Law students may find the password here (alphabetically under Spring Into Summer Success).

We hope you’ll find the online guide helpful, both as you’re preparing for your job now and when you’re working this summer. Please remember that your librarians are here and happy to help as we’re able. You may reach out to any of us individually or at our general reference email address, LawRef@wlu.edu.

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson: Discussion & Reception, 3/27

Join members of the W&L Law faculty to discuss Just Mercy, the bestselling true story of a lawyer exonerating the wrongly convicted and representing society’s most vulnerable through the perils of our justice system. From 5:00pm to 6:30pm in Law Classroom A on Wednesday, March 27. An informal reception with light hors d’oeuvres will follow in the Moot Court Lobby. Hosted by the W&L Law Library and open to all members of the W&L community and public. Featuring perspectives from W&L Law professors:

The author of Just Mercy, public interest lawyer and NYU professor Bryan Stevenson, will deliver the keynote address at W&L Law’s commencement ceremony on Friday, May 10.

Spring Into Summer Success: Legal Research Certification – Sat. 3/16

Sign up today to attend W&L Law Library’s Spring Into Summer Success Legal Research Certification, Saturday, March 16, from 9:00am to 1:00pm in Classroom A. Open to all 1L, 2L, and 3Ls – lunch provided.

You’ll learn expert tips and strategies from librarians and lawyers to help you succeed this summer and beyond. Instructional sessions taught by our W&L Law librarians will cover legal research methods and resources useful for firm, court, public interest, and government jobs, including specialized practice materials, news and awareness, litigation and transactional resources, and more. Efficient use of Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law is also a focus.

The program includes panel discussions and presentations with insights on legal research and professional success from experienced practitioners and instructors:

  • Ian Huyett ’18L, Judicial Law Clerk, Augusta Co. Circuit Court
  • Sills O’Keefe ’18L, Mann Vita & Elrod LLC
  • Lorna Port ’14L, Ass’t Commonwealth’s Attorney, Augusta Co.
  • Profs. Christensen, Mart-Rice & Runge, W&L Law Library
  • Jesse Butler, Bloomberg BNA
  • Sabrina Chester ’13L, LexisNexis
  • Denise Stewart, Westlaw/Thomson Reuters

All attendees will earn a Certificate in Legal Research to add to your credentials and show value to employers.

Please email Prof. Andrew Christensen at christensena@wlu.edu to reserve your place.