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Upcoming US Law Webinars – February 2021

Along with the Law Library’s stand-alone webinars scheduled for February, including our inaugural Lunch and Learn webinar on the Serial Set, we are presenting some of our traditional offerings. Next month, our librarians will instruct on researching federal statutes and navigating Congress.gov. These courses are great for both experienced researchers and those who are unfamiliar with the legislative process. More information about the contents of each class can be found below.

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Aerial pix of Capitol Hill [Capitol and Rosslyn, VA]. Thomas J. O’Halloran, photographer. 1977. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsca.53234

Orientation to Legal Research: U.S. Statutory Law

Date: Thursday, February 11, 11:00 AM ET – 12:00 PM ET

Content: An overview of U.S. statutory and legislative research, including information about how to find and use the U.S. Code, the U.S. Statutes at Large, and federal bills and resolutions.

Instructor: Elizabeth Osborne – senior legal reference librarian at the Law Library. Elizabeth holds a BA in justice from American University, a JD from the Brooklyn Law School, and a Master of Science in Information Science from the University of Tennessee.

Congress.gov Webinar

Date: Thursday, February 25, 2:00 PM ET – 3:00 PM ET

Content: Provides a basic overview of Congress.gov with a demonstration on general searching and information on setting up alerts for legislation, members and saved searches. Recent enhancements to Congress.gov will also be covered such as the addition of hearing transcripts and the bound Congressional Record.

InstructorsBarbara Bavis and Robert Brammer. Barbara is the bibliographic and research instruction librarian at the Law Library. She holds a BA in history from Duke University, a JD from the University of North Carolina School of Law, and an Master of Science in Library and Information Science with a specialization in law librarianship from Catholic University Robert is the chief of the Law Library’s Office of External Relations. He holds a BA in political science from the University of Kentucky, a JD from Wayne State University, and a Master of Library Science from Florida State University.

To register for both of these webinars, visit the Law Library’s Legal Research Institute page on U.S. law webinars.

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