Faculty Services

Faculty Services

Support for your teaching, research, and scholarship is at the heart of Law Library service.  We have three JD/MLS librarians and one MLS librarian. Law Librarians teach the Introduction to Legal Research course and the elective, Advanced Legal Research.

Librarians will 

  • Bring to your attention new books, articles and electronic resources relevant to your interests
  • Acquire and borrow books and materials
  • Assist with the use of the library’s electronic databases and resources, including Bloomberg Law, CALI, HeinOnline, Galileo, ProQuest, Westlaw, Lexis, etc.
  • Provide support and research instruction for your research assistants and guest lecture in your substantive courses.

General Library Contacts

Reference and Research Services Contact
To ask a general reference or research question
Due to COVID-19, formal reference desk  services have been suspended, but you may contact a librarian, or email  reference@law.mercer.edu
 
 
To ask assistance with an ongoing project or using the library's collection of online and print resources   Email reference@law.mercer.edu

To request a library orientation for yourself and/or your research assistant
 
Email reference@law.mercer.edu

To inquire about your Bloomberg Law, CALI, Lexis, and Westlaw accounts, passwords, and for information regarding our electronic subscriptions and resources
 
Email reference@law.mercer.edu
 

Acquisitions

Contact

To order books, tapes, or software

 

Email reference@law.mercer.edu
 

To check status of a previously placed order


Call (2668) or email  reference@law.mercer.edu

To request certain material be routed to you


Call (2668) or email  reference@law.mercer.edu

Circulation, Interlibrary Loan, Reserve

Contact

To have material checked out to you and sent to your office, or to place materials on reserve for your courses.


Shakira Burges-Ortiz (2614)
If unavailable, email  reference@law.mercer.edu 
 

To borrow library books, research materials, and request photocopies from other libraries (Interlibrary Loan)

Shakira Burges- Ortiz (2614)
If unavailable, email  reference@law.mercer.edu 

Classroom Technology and Media Services

Chris Osier (2183)
Justin Powers (2182)  


Teaching and Curriculum Support

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Teaching Online Courses - March 2020 -

AALS  Legal Education - Blog Digest - Weekly blog digest is dedicated to providing information related to COVID-19. Digest includes advice for onine teaching.

AALS – https://www.aals.org/covid19/ A very good centralized site which also contains a link from the Legal Writing Institute.

Prawfsblawg
https://prawfsblawg.blogs.com/prawfsblawg/2020/04/faculty-workshops-via-zoom.html

University of  Chicago Law School https://www.law.uchicago.edu/tech/remoteteaching
Excellent PDF’s under Zoom  Resources.

The CALI website (https://www.cali.org) contains a number of resources for online teaching and assessment. It also contains a web  page which collects resources on COVID-19 and teaching online at CALI - https://www.cali.org/corona
CALI Lessons are the original distance learning.  There are over 1000 lessons covering 40 different legal subject areas.  Faculty can look at the Subject Outline for the course they are teaching, find the specific topics, and assign those lessons to their students.  Here is a quick list of CALI's Subject Outlines with links to CALI Lessons.  CALI Lessons take 25-45 minutes to complete, so faculty can replace part of a class by requiring a lesson and use online time to discuss questions.  Contact Deb Quentel - dquentel@cali.org with questions. CALI also publishes free casebooks and textbooks that faculty and their students can view and download for free. These are Creative Commons Licensed, so faculty can download the PDF, ebook or even the Microsoft Word file.  
Faculty will use the Mercer Faculty authorization code (contact your librarian liaison if you do not know it.)

BarBri’s subsidiary, iLaw, has put together a great webinar on online teaching:

https://zoom.us/rec/play/7JZ5Ibz5_Gk3G9XAtgSDCvBwW47pKK2s0yZM-PcLzE7nVSEDZAaiZLoWNrAdbP-h0ZBW8AlDGLH7z4I1.


Our Mercer campus resources on Zoom and IT are here:
Mercer Zoom: https://mercer.zoom.us/ (Canvas/ main campus username and password)

See Mercer University’s instruction website:

https://it.mercer.edu/faculty/academic_technology/training&tutorials/zoom.htm

Mercer Canvas Instructor Coursehttps://merceru.instructure.com/courses/8456

Canvas Course GuideCanvas Instructor Guide

(Remember that your faculty secretary has access to your course page and can update it as necessary.)

Mercer University’s COVID-19 website: https://www.mercer.edu/coronavirus/

Zoom Training and Information 
Webinar: https://reason.com/2020/03/18/my-30-minute-webinar-on-using-zoom-for-class-instruction/

This webinar, posted by Josh Blackmun, uses Zoom to teach his faculty on how to use it. It shows how to use breakout rooms, chat, and other features. But it also gives advice, such as looking directly at the camera, calling on people alphabetically, etc. The link contains some of the information in a readable format as well, if you don’t wish to watch the entire 30 minutes. 

Additional Tips for Zoom Users

The following video tutorials are available on how to use Zoom:

Thoughts & tips on teaching with zoom: https://reason.com/2020/03/12/thoughts-and-tips-on-teaching-with-zoom/
Tips & Tricks: Teachers Educating on Zoom [Zoom] Compiled by Tracy Norton from Touro Law, these videos were posted to HYBRIDJDS@listserv.touro.edu listserv on 3/10/2020:  

Video 1: Equipment Setup (6 min, 14 sec) - https://youtu.be/7_R4UhSAEEY

Video 2: Zoom Feature for Sprucing Up Your Appearance and Your Space (3 min, 43 sec) - https://youtu.be/p0M4kSk2ozk

Video 3: Zoom Recording of a Conversation Sharing Practical Tips (1 hour, 2 minutes) - https://youtu.be/2BueUNvH_oI

Video 4: Screencast Recording of a Conversation Sharing Practical Tips (same conversation as Video 3, just from the moderator's perspective) ) (58 minutes, 23 sec))  - Recorded Using Camtasia - https://youtu.be/Xyp7oyIhA0c

Zoom Tips:

  1. UW Zoom Pro [UW]

Includes links to three short videos (total about 15 min.) to get started.

  1. UW Zoom Video Conferencing [UW IT Connect]

FAQs, support pages, introductory videos.’

  1. Zoom Training Webinars [Zoom]

Zoom staff present training webinars on a variety of topics. You can sign up for a live webinar or watch one that's been recorded.

  1. Zoom: Teach Online Class Sessions [Univ. of Minnesota Information Technology]

Includes sample agenda for a class session with notes about the different Zoom tools you'd use and what prep you need to do to use them well.

  1. Teaching Effectively During Times of Disruption [Stanford]

Google document prepared by two academic technology specialists for Stanford faculty. 20 pp as of March 8, 2020. See Getting Started with Zoom and Canvas at 17-20.

  1. How Do I Present and Record My Class in Zoom? [Stanford Law Library]

Systematic instructions, including how to connect Zoom to Canvas.

  1. Tips & Tricks: Teachers Educating on Zoom [Zoom]

2-page PDF with notes about pedagogy and links to guides for Zoom features. March 2020.


West Academic Assessment - Faculty Instructions for creating online quizzes
http://www.westacademicassessment.com/forms/AssessmentInstructionsFaculty.pdf


Online Pedagogy and Learning Tools in General: 

  1. HOW TO MAKE THE SHIFT ONLINE LEARNING
  2. USING LIVE ONLINE SESSION TO SUPPORT CONTINUITY OF INSTRUCTION
  1. Bridget Crawford, Tips for Teaching Law Classes Online in the Event of a COVID-19 Shut Down of Law Schools, Faculty Lounge (March 7, 2020). Crawford has been "teaching Federal Income Tax and Wills, Trusts & Estates in mixed live/online formats since 2009." Includes a short (24 min.) video
    Teaching Effectively During Times of Disruption [Stanford] Google document prepared by two academic technology specialists for Stanford faculty. 20 pp as of March 8, 2020. See Getting Started with Zoom and Canvas at 17-20.

ASYNCHORNOUS ONLINE TEACHING:

  1. https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3553094
  1. https://www.thefacultylounge.org/2020/03/establishing-norms-for-law-student-participation-in-remote-learning.html

SCANNER APPS

  1. FREE SCANNER APPS FOR ANDROIDS:

https://mashtips.com/android-scanner-apps/

  1. FREE SCANNER APPS FOR IPHONE/IPADS

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Empirical Legal Studies:

Empirical Legal Studies (blog)

Statistical and Empirical Legal Studies Research Guide - prepared by Georgetown Law Library.

Resources:

ABA Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar
Association of American Law Schools (AALS)

beSpacific.com 
Daily law and technology news with links to reliable primary and secondary sources on topics including: e-government, privacy, government documents, cybercrime and ID theft, the Patriot Act, freedom of information, federal legislation, legal research, KM, blogs, RSS and wikis.

Best Practices for Legal Education Blog 
Blog on exchanging ideas on current reforms in legal education.
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Learning

Clinical Legal Education Association
Educause

Faculty Lounge: Teaching

Institute for Law Teaching and Learning: Gonzaga School of Law

International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning   

Law Professor Blogs Network 
Network of web logs ("blogs") designed to assist law professors in their scholarship and teaching, i.e., Science and Law Blog, Statutory Construction Blog (by Mercer Law Professor David Hricik), Law School Innovation Blog, etc.

Law School Survey of Student Engagement Annual Report

Law.com - As a library service to Mercer law faculty, this website includes over 21 legal news publications, including Daily Report, The National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, The Legal Intelligencer, and more. Faculty must register to access the content, and to receive topical newsletters via email. Please see your law librarian liaison for information on how to register.

Legal Blawgs Archive 
Maintained by the Law Library of Congress since 2007. 

Legal Education Blogs - Weekly digest of legal education related blog articles compiled by the Association of American Law Schools. Visit Legal Education Blogs to view an archive of previous articles. Subscribing to this post is available.

LegalEd's Teaching Videos

Legal Scholarship Blog 
This blog features law-related Calls for Papers, Conferences, and Workshops, as well as general legal scholarship resources.

Leiter's Law School Reports

Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence
Teaching and Learning Law Resources for Legal Education 

The Teaching Professors Blog

The Volokh Conspiracy

Washburn's List 
Over 150 legal listservs maintained by Washburn School of Law.

Westlaw
New practice ready resources, including drafting and transactional research, International Law, Native American Law, China Law Research, are now available to the Mercer Law School community as of March, 2018. Sign on to Westlaw with your password, and click the Practice Ready link on the top browsing bar > scroll down to access these materials. 

BOOKS
The following books are availabe in Mercer Law Library's collection (to view additional materials, please use LawCat, our library's online catalog).

Building on Best Practices Transforming Legal Education in a Changing World, KF273.B84 2015

William M. Sullivan, Educating Lawyers: Preparation for the Profession of Law (Carnegie Foundation Study - Jossey-Bass/Wiley 2007) aka as the Carnegie Report is available in the law library's Reserve collection and in the Walnut Wing, KF272.E38.

The Global Evolution of Clinical Legal Eduction: More Than a Method, K100.W55 2018
 

Madeleine Schachter, The Law Professor's Handbook - Copies in the Walnut Wing and on Reserve, KF272.S29 2004

Reinventing Legal Education: How Clinical Education is Reforming the Teaching and Practice of Law, KJC89.R45 2018

Scalia's Constitution: Essays on Law and Education KF8745.S33 2018

Standards, Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools, Reference KF 273.A46 2018-2019
 

Lori E. Shaw, Student Learning Outcomes and Law School Assessment - KF272.S52 2015 
 

Robin West, Teaching Law: Justice, Politics and the Demands of Professionalism - KF272.W47  2014
 

Jennifer Camerow, Teaching Law Online - KF 282.5.C37 2015
 

Teaching Law Practice: Preparing the Next Generation of Lawyers - KF279.T43 2013
 

Techniques for Teaching Law - KF272.T436 2011
 

Michael Hunter, What the Best Teachers Do - K100.S39 2013


Submitting Law Review Articles & Law Journal Information

SSRN

Legal Scholarship Network (part of the Social Science Electronic Publishing Network) is a free service that allows you to submit a paper to law reviews that allow electronic submission. You can send customized messages to each journal, and to submit to different journals at different times. To use eSubmission, you must first include your paper in the SSRN elibrary.

ExpressO

Berkeley Electronic Press provides electronic submission of articles to law reviews. The law school has an institutional account, and a Mercer Law faculty member must be added to the law school's institutional account before creating an individual account. Faculty must use their law school email address. There is a submission guide on the main page: http://law.bepress.com/expresso/  

Following message sent from Jennifer Todd, ExpressO Product Manager 1/15/2020
Know Before You Go:
Step 1, select your law reviews; Step 2, upload submission information and documents; and Step 3, review and send! While we make it as easy as 1-2-3, preparation is key!  Our content includes a reference guide, short and topical video tutorials, FAQs, and additional author resources.

Law Review Selection
Make the most of our law review selection by browsing via subject category. What topic(s) does your manuscript cover? On the drop-down box next to the Refine option, choose law reviews whose focus best matches the topics covered in your article.

Upload Your CV
What do editors want? They want to know about you! While it’s not mandatory as part of the submission process, most editors prefer you include, if not require it (if editors have informed us it’s required, it’s noted next to the law review’s title on the law review selection list). For many editors, it’s just as important as your manuscript.

Confirming Delivery
In addition to the electronic receipt you receive via email, once your manuscript is delivered to each law review’s account, a copy of your submission is then posted to your account along with the full list of deliveries (law reviews) and submission dates. Post-submission tools are also available, including Expedite, Email Editors, Withdraw, and Make Additional Deliveries.

Want to learn more? If you have any questions or need any assistance with your submissions, please feel free to contact us by phone at 510.665.1200 Ext. 2 or by email to expresso-support@bepress.com.

Happy Submitting,

Jennifer Todd
ExpressO Product Manager
https://www.bepress.com/products/expresso/
expresso-support@bepress.com
+1 510.665.1200 Ext. 2
bepress | Elsevier
2100 Milvia Street, Suite 300, Berkeley, CA 94704

Article Providing Information for Submitting Articles to Law Reviews and Journals

Bepress Legal Repository
Website from Berkeley Electronic Press which posts working papers and other materials from law schools, institutes, research centers, conferences and think tanks. Law schools can set up a collection of working paper series to be posted on this site for a fee. Mercer Law School has an insitutional account.

Law Review Commons
The Law Review Commons brings together a growing collection of law reviews and legal journals in an easily browsable and searchable format. It contains both current issues and archival content spanning over 100 years. All Law Review Commons publications are made freely available online through their institutions’ bepress Digital Commons repositories. The Commons includes many of the leading U.S. law reviews—such as the California Law Review and the Duke Law Journal.

Tips on Publishing from Columbia Law School.

Google Scholar - Search for scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. Tips on getting email alerts.

Google Book Search
Search and preview millions of books from libraries and publishers worldwide using Google Book Search. Google now includes a bookstore to shop for ebooks.

 

Law School & Law Review Rankings

U.S. News World Report - Ranking of Top Law Schools 

Journal Rankings:

  • HeinOnline contains a Most-Cited browse option which provides a list of HeinOnline's most-cited authors, articles, and journals. It also lists the top 50 articles and 250 authors. For example, in the Law Journal Library, clicking the Author's name will produce that author's profile page, which will include a list of articles he or she has written,  how many times it was cited in cases and cited by articles, and how many times it was accessed. The ScholarRank tool ranks the top 50 articles and the top 250 authors in HeinOnline based on the number of times they have been cited by other articles in HeinOnline. All cited-by numbers are updated on a monthly basis. Click either link to view a list of these articles and authors. Click on any author's name to view the author's profile page.


100 Most Popular General Student Law Reviews and Top Law Reviews within the Most Popular Subjects from Berkeley Electronic Press's ExpressO are rankings based on how many articles were submitted to each journal through their online submission service.

Leiter's Law School Rankings Website
Designed as an alternative to the U.S. News & World Report ranking of law schools, this site seeks to provide a knowledgeable guide to the best law schools based on faculty quality, student quality, teaching quality and job placement. This website is a service of Law Professor Web Services, LLC, parent limited liability company of the Law Professor Blogs Network.

 

Call for Papers, Conferences, & Upcoming Symposia

Legal Scholarhip Network Call for Papers and Conferences (get on the distribution list for LSN Professional Announcements and Job Openings.)

Legal Scholarship Blog
This blog is a collaborative effort from faculty and staff at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and the Gallagher Law Library at the University of Washington School of Law. The blog features calls for papers, conferences, and workshops, with links to relevant websites and papers and it also contains an event calendar.

AALS Workshops and Conferences

In addition to the above mentioned sources, faculty can follow listservs and blogs in their subject areas.

 

Copyright & Publisher Information

General information regarding copyrighted material and "fair use" of copyrighted material is available on the U.S. Copyright Office website. The Mercer University policy regarding copyright is available in the University Faculty Handbook.

Copyright Clearance Center, Inc.
The largest licenser of text reproduction rights in the world, the CCC was formed in 1978 to facilitate compliance with U.S. copyright law. CCC provides licensing systems for the reproduction and distribution of copyrighted materials in print and electronic formats throughout the world. The company currently manages rights relating to over 1.75 million works and represents more than 9,600 publishers and hundreds of thousands of authors and other creations. The Center also provides an online permission service.

Copyright Crash Course – from University of Texas Library intended for faculty use.

Higher Education Compliance Alliance matrix

Stanford Copyright and Fair Use Center
Stanford University's web page provides a wide range of discussions pertaining to fair use, website permission and the public domain.

When Works Pass Into the Public Domain
A concise table from Univeristy of North Carolina simplifying the issue of when a copyright work is no longer covered by copyright restrictions based on its date of publication.

What Can You (Legally) Take From the Web? 
Article by Kirk Teska in IEEE Spectrum Online, April 2008.

Publisher Directories and Information

Alibris 
Rare books, out of print books, new and used (use this site if book is unavailable on Amazon).

AbeBooks
Rare books, out of print books, new and used (use this site if book is unavailable on Amazon).

 

CALI and TWEN

  • Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instructions (CALI) - The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI), a non-profit consortium of law schools, is providing a Legal Education Commons where faculty can find and share legal education materials including syllabi, podcasts, presentations, and more. Faculty and librarians from CALI member schools can upload materials under a Creative Commons license that allows colleagues and students to find and use the materials.
  • TWEN - Westlaw Course Web Page System- If you wish to create a course web page utilizing TWEN, the following information is provided to help get you started with the setup and maintainance of the course web page.

TWEN is a course home page system available to professors through the Westlaw system. Among the features of TWEN are:

  • Ability to post course syllabus and readings on the Web.
  • Ability to seamlessly link to the full-text of cases and law review articles availabe on the Westlaw system without concern about copyright clearance.
  • Create links to CALI lessons.
  • Create threaded forums for course participant interaction.
  • Create online quizzes.
  • Create faculty access levels, create co-teachers and invite guests into your course.
  • View course usage statistics.
  • Archive a course.
Some things to consider before creating the course:

1. Do you want to password protect the page? (If you choose to password protect the page you will have to let your students know what the password is.)
2. Be cognizant of the registration date - do you want students to be able to access the page immediately or do you want to give yourself some time to work on the site?
3. What types of documents will you be posting and how do you want to organize them? (Document pages: Syllabus, Course Materials, etc.) Remember, you can always go back into TWEN and change your initial settings.