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Finding Bloomberg BNA Publications at the O'Quinn Law Library

Did you know that the law library subscribes to over 100 Bloomberg BNA publications? From topics ranging from health care to intellectual property, environmental law, and tax, Bloomberg BNA's publications provide current law and expert analysis. They can serve as a tremendous resource for lawyers and law students seeking to interpret and understand legal principles in their practice areas. If you've ever taken a glance at our list of Bloomberg BNA databases by topic  or the A to Z list on our website, you will notice that for some areas of law, there are numerous resources available.

For example, there are 14 publications related to healthcare law. This includes titles like Health Law Reporter, Health Care Daily Report, and Health Insurance Report. You may wonder how to choose the correct publication for researching your topic. Why not try searching them all (or a few) at once? Now, when you enter any of our Bloomberg BNA publications you will see a link in the upper right-han…

Law Library Brown Bag Series

Each semester the law library presents a series of presentations on legal research topics. These presentations are held at 12 noon on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in Room 4 BLB. We will be offering the following sessions during the Fall 2013 semester:

1. Power Searching on Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg Law
Tuesday, 10/1, Wednesday, 10/2, 12:00-12:45 P.M.
Katy Stein Badeaux, Reference and Research Librarian

2. Federal Legislative History Research
Tuesday, 10/8, Wednesday, 10/9, 12:00-12:45 P.M.
Dan Donahue, International and Foreign Law Librarian

3. Researching Federal Income Tax Law
Tuesday, 10/15, Wednesday, 10/16, 12:00-12:45 P.M.
Chris Dykes, Reference and Research Librarian

4. Federal Administrative Law Research
Tuesday, 10/22, Wednesday, 10/23, 12:00-12:45 P.M.
Mon Yin Lung, Associate Director of the Law Library

5. Advanced Databases Search Strategies
Tuesday, 10/29, Wednesday, 10/30, 12:00-12:45 P.M.
Emily Lawson, Reference and Research Librarian

International Law and the Use of Force in Syria

A major topic in current events is the questionable legality of any potential move by the United States to intervene in the ongoing Syrian civil war.For those interested in better understanding this issue by reviewing the state of the laws governing the use of force, here are some resources that may be useful: Article 2(4) of the United Nations (UN) Charter pledges member states to refrain from the threat or use of force against other states.However, there are two exceptions: Articles 34 and 51 permit the use of force when authorized by the UN Security Council or in self-defense, respectively.Although these articles constitute the law on the international use of force, many modern legal theorists have nonetheless developed justifications for humanitarian intervention when the UN refrains from authorizing the use of force for political or procedural reasons rather than declining to do so on the merits of a given case. These justifications were used in 1999 when the North Atlantic Treat…

"How to Practice in Fort Bend County"

Seminar from the Fort Bend County Bar Association
The Fort Bend County Bar Association will host a unique seminar on September 13, 2013, 11:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., titledHow to Practice in Fort Bend County. The speakers slated for the event include judges from all district courts and county courts at law. Judges are expected to cover a variety of topics related to practice in their respective courtrooms, which will include discussion of local rules and office management procedures as appropriate. Anyone who currently practices in Fort Bend County, or who plans to in the future, is likely to benefit from such a practical and comprehensive CLE.
The seminar is available to both members and non-members of the Fort Bend County Bar Association. The deadline to register is September 10, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. For registration and membership information,visit the event webpage.
If you are unable to attend the seminar in person, the Fort Bend County Bar Association plans to record each presentation an…