Tuesday, October 17, 2006

the future of legal research

Here's an announcement from Professor Mary Rose Strubbe:

Chicago-Kent College of Law is pleased to again welcome legal skills faculty and law librarians to a conference on May 18 & 19, 2007, to continue the discussion that we began at “The Future of Legal Research” conference in May, 2005.

Among the topics that we will consider are:

Results of the follow-up surveys on practitioners’ research habits;

Research teaching techniques in our electronic age;

Law students’ research abilities and how they differ from those of their employers in practice and their law school professors;

Internet access to abundant free material and how it will change the legal research landscape;

Teaching students to think critically about the material that they gather from free sites;

Citing sensibly to electronic sources that will change over time;

Exploring the burgeoning availability of international law sources and understanding why these sources will take on increasing importance to lawyers and students;

Teaching students to evaluate the content of their research rather than the medium in which it is found.

Proposals are now being accepted for presenters and panelists for the above topics and other topics that address both how legal research will be accomplished in the future, and how we should prepare our students for these changes. Proposals are due by January 15, 2006, and should be addressed to either:

Mary Rose Strubbe, Director of Legal Writing mstrubbe@kentlaw.edu
Keith Ann Stiverson, Director of the Library kstivers@kentlaw.edu

Chicago-Kent College of Law
565 West Adams Street
Chicago, Illinois 60661

Material may be submitted electronically or in hard copy. The material from the conference will be posted on a website after the conference ends.

The conference will be held in the beautiful City of Chicago, which comes to life in the spring. For those who haven’t been to the Windy City in a few years, the newly opened Millennium Park, designed by the world renowned architect, Frank Gehry, is alone worth the trip. There is no fee to attend the conference, but attendees are responsible for their own housing and transportation. Information about hotels and a detailed schedule should be available by late January. Come join the discussion about how legal research is changing, and what our response to those changes should be!

- Professor Mary Rose Strubbe, Chicago-Kent College of Law



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