Amicus Briefs - News from the Alexander Campbell King Law Library  
January 2007
In This Issue ILDC   
Law Library Expands Hours
Responding to requests by students and patrons for increased access to the library, the Law Library will be open until 2 a.m. five days a week, Sunday-Thursday beginning January 8. The Library will retain its traditional 9 p.m. closing on Friday and Saturday. While appealing especially to the night owls among us, all students are encouraged to take advantage of these expanded hours to get in some extra studying!

All patrons should be aware that on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday (Jan. 15) the Library will not open until 6 p.m. The listing of the Library's current hours are always available at

Attention 1Ls: Lexis and Westlaw Training

Both Lexis and Westlaw will provide training for 1Ls early this semester. As part of your Research & Writing class you are required to attend two training sessions for each system. The first session covers case materials, and the second session covers statutory materials.

The training schedules and instructions for registering online to attend these required sessions are available at Please sign up early to avail yourself of the times most convenient for your schedule.

Also, make certain that your accounts with both systems are activated and working before you arrive for your first training session! If you need assistance with your Lexis and Westlaw accounts, stop by the Reference Desk (our hours are posted here).

New Resource: Database of International Law in Domestic Courts

The Law Library is pleased to provide access to a new electronic resource for international legal researchers: Oxford University Press' International Law in Domestic Courts (ILDC). This online database provides access to court decisions involving international law issues from over 65 countries. For each case, the database provides the full text of the judgment in both the original language and translated into English, along with scholarly commentary highlighting the most salient points of international law.

The database, which includes cases back to 2000, is updated bi-monthly and anticipates adding over 150 new cases each year. Researchers can search by:
  •  full text
  • keyword
  • country
  • category
  • party name
  • date of decision
  • ILDC citation.
In addition, users can sign up to receive case alerts via email.

Access ILDC from the Law Library's Research Resources page at
Law Students: We Need Your Input!
The librarians and staff at the Law Library hope that we offer facilities, materials and services that ease your law school travails.  However, we know that we can do even better and we'd like your help in deciding on the most important additions and improvements.

Later in January we will send out a survey asking how you use the library, how well you are served by our collections and assistance, and what you'd like to see us add or change or improve. Please keep an eye on your email for notice of the survey, and fill it out. Your insights and opinions will help us make the Law Library even better.

January's Interactive Puzzle
by James Donovan


Faculty Fun Facts (Fill in the spaces with first initial+last name)

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