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Annual Awards Honor Staff for Excellence

Each year, faculty and staff nominate individuals for two awards – the Patricia H. Epps Memorial Award and the Jo Ann Humphreys Law Library Employee Performance Award. The award is kept secret until the official announcement at the annual fall luncheon. This year’s event was virtual via Zoom. The Patricia H. Epps Memorial Award was established in 1996 by the…

Student Observations from What Hillbilly Elegy Teaches about Race in 21st Century America

At the keynote address for Mizzou Law’s One Read series on October 14, Professor Lisa Pruitt, through a discussion of J.D. Vance’s work Hillbilly Elegy, invited students to contemplate an issue frequently ignored in the modern media landscape: the widespread poverty of rural, white America. Specifically, Professor Pruitt discussed how she is grateful for the critical success of Vance’s book…

Law Librarians Present at Mid-America Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting

At the annual meeting of the Mid-America Association of Law Libraries, several of the Mizzou Law librarians will lead roundtable discussions and presentations. The meeting is October 17-19 in St. Louis. Resa Kerns and Cindy Shearrer: Professional Reading without the Reading!  Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts Participants will hear a concise presentation of key ideas from…

Library Q&A: How to find underlying briefs for U.S. Supreme Court cases

Q: What is the best way be to access some documents from a U.S. Supreme Court docket – for example, the Petition for Certiorari – if they are not all available through the SCOTUS website? Would they be available on Westlaw? A: When a plaintiff wants the U.S. Supreme Court (nicknamed SCOTUS by many) to hear their case, they must…

Library Q&A: Representing Yourself in Family Matters in Missouri

Q:  If I want to represent myself in a family law matter, where can I go for help and forms in Missouri? A: Dealing with a difficult situation is never easy. It is especially difficult if you are unable to shoulder the cost of legal representation. Having an attorney on your side that knows the language of the law and…

Library Q&A: How do I choose an online study aid?

Q: We recently had a 1L who stopped by the reference desk looking for guidance on study aids, particularly how and where to access them, which ones to use, and when to use them. A: We are so glad you asked! The University of Missouri Law Library subscribes to two packages of commercial study aids. We buy them so you…

Library Q&A: How can I access legal research databases?

Q: The Law Library gets questions like this one all the time: “I am a new employee at UM System HR. I was wondering if the legal research databases are available to UM System staff, and if so, how I can get access?” A: I have good news … and some not-so-good news. Bad news first – we can only…

Library Q&A: How do I access online journals?

Q: Patrons frequently ask us how to access online journals, such as Consumer Reports. A: While there is no one single method that works every time to find online access to a journal, one of the first questions we need to answer is a simple one: who is the patron? A University of Missouri student, faculty, or staff member will have…

Law Staff Honored for Excellence

Alisha Rychnovsky was recently named the recipient of the 2019 Patty H. Epps Award, which is presented to a staff member who honors the memory of Patty H. Epps with exceptional public service, cheerfulness and indomitable spirit and dedication to the School of Law. Rychnovsky is the Manager of Business Administration. Darrell Jaeger was recently named the recipient of the…

Hulston Hall 2019 Summer Reading Club

A summer reading club isn’t just for kids. Hulston Hall staff, faculty and students are all welcome to join a grown-up version this summer. We will only be reading fiction, so you can rest your law brain for the summer! Meetings will be at locations within walking distance.  The upcoming dates and books are: Thursday, June 27 at 5:30 p.m. Book: The…