Research Challenge 2014

The 2014 Summer Research Challenge is on!

This summer, let the NYLS librarians work with you to improve your research skills and help you learn more about tools you’ll need in practice. Each session begins with a short introduction to the research area and then moves to a concrete research problem where you need to efficiently identify the law bearing on your client’s situation. We  wrap up with refreshments and discuss results and strategies. Attend whichever sessions most interest you, but researchers who successfully complete all four will receive a certificate signed by both Associate Dean Deborah Archer and Associate Dean & Library Director Camille Broussard recognizing this achievement – a great practical skill certification for your resume.

Dates: Wednesdays June 18, June 25, July 9, and July 16Time: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (Approximate End Time)

Location: Mendik Library Electronic Research Classroom L203

Advance registration is required. To register, click on the link(s) for the desired class(es) and follow the onscreen instructions.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
RESEARCHING CONGRESSIONAL DOCUMENTS: STATUTES AND LEGISLATIVE HISTORY 
6:00pm – 8:00pm, (L203)
You just started working this week as a summer intern and your boss asked you to prepare a legislative history of a recent federal law. You don’t really know where to begin, but you have a meeting scheduled with her later this afternoon. You decided to prepare for the meeting by making a list of questions about your assignment. In particular, you want to know 1) what a legislative history is, 2) what the components are, and 3) why it may be important to your boss’s issue. After this Research Challenge you’ll be able to answer all of these questions and wow your boss! You’ll also know how to find the various components of a legislative history, and how to determine where each section of a statute is codified in the United States Code.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
NAVIGATING THE REGULATORY MAZE: RESEARCH IN ADMINISTRATIVE LAW
6:00pm – 8:00pm,  (L203)
Very few areas of law fall outside the purview of an administrative agency. In fact, in many cases the legislature establishes a policy and directs an agency to implement it. You are now working on a response to a major regulatory action affecting a valuable client. Your supervising attorney just told you that the client will not pay Lexis or Westlaw charges without prior approval. The good news is that access to administrative law on free government web sites has improved dramatically in recent years. But, fee-based sources, such as Lexis and Westlaw, are often more efficient. Can you make informed and effective choices between free sources and fee-based sources?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
RESEARCH ON THE ROAD TO TRIAL: DISCOVERY REQUESTS, EXPERT WITNESSES, JURY INSTRUCTIONS AND MORE
6:00pm – 8:00pm, (L203)
The trial date for your client’s case is fast approaching and much of the pre-trial prep remains to be done. Not only do you still need to find an expert witness but you need to draft discovery requests relating to your adversary’s expert. You also need to prepare jury instructions to submit pursuant to the judge’s pre-trial order. And, you need to serve a trial subpoena to secure the attendance of an important witness. How in the world are you going to find all these things and where do you even begin to look for them?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
WHERE IN THE WORLD IS THE LAW: IDENTIFYING TOOLS AND STRATEGIES FOR RESEARCHING PROBLEMS IN INTERNATIONAL LAW
6:00pm – 8:00pm, (L203)
You have never encountered international law issues in your practice – until now! Where do you start? How can you prepare to advise your client?