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Research + Analysis

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Where Our Laws Come From

A program covering both legislative and legal history, meant to expose librarians who receive questions about "What The Founders Meant," to sources helpful in parsing the language used, and to take a look at the works from which our founding era documents were drawn. Support your faculty who are writing about founding era law. Help your lawyers arguing in front of an originialist judge.

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Database Summit: Deep Dive into the Black Box

Building on Baltimore's program "What's in the Black Box?," take a deep dive with multiple vendors discussing explainable artificial intelligence (XAI) , algorithmic accountability, transparency, how the GDPR might change the game, user interfaces, and privacy. Because 2019 is in Washington, D.C., I would hope to bring someone in from DARPA, the lead agency on XAI, to participate, along with legal database providers both ...more »

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Controversial Historical Monuments: U.S. and Foreign Responses

We have seen plenty of news coverage of various cities across the US moving/destroying controversial historical (esp. Confederate) monuments. We have also seen the backlash and heard the arguments from those who say that these monuments should be embraced as part of our history. What is the law governing these issues in the U.S.? What should the law be? What can we do to influence future actions? Also, other countries ...more »

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Comparative Intelligence Law

Washington, D.C. is home to the International Spy Museum and the Spies of Washington Walking Tour. It is also a city that is hosting an investigation of President Trump's family members's "back door" communications with Russian intelligence diplomats. This program would capitalize on the location of the AALL 2019 annual meeting by exploring the laws in the U.S., other nations, and at the international level related to ...more »

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Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) proceedings and in patent

In Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) proceedings and in patent litigation, lawyers need to prove that prior art was available to the public before the application date of the patent in question. Legal information professionals supporting work in this area need to provide the proof. If you've ever been asked to get a date-stamped copy of an article or book or a declaration about the date on which an item was made available ...more »

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What is Europe?

As national membership in the European Union changes, how does this affect our understanding of Europe from a legal perspective? Find out more about the history of European laws, the current legal systems governing Europe, and potential future legal developments that may arise as a changing concept of Europe means ties different nations closer together.

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FCIL Research on a Budget

In a time of tightening budgets, money for foreign and international collections is often cut heavily or entirely. How do we continue to provide access to these materials or answer research questions on these topics? Explore freely accessible foreign & international materials, with practical ideas about where to start your research when you don't have access to specialist subscription services.

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Working with Non-English materials for the English Speaker

So many legal materials are in languages other than English worldwide, that it is inevitable that most of us will need to find or access one of these documents at some point. FCIL librarians often work with materials in languages in which they are not fluent, and can provide useful ideas and insight for the non-FCIL specialist faced with this type of research. A panel of FCIL librarians will provide practical guidance ...more »

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Are Tweets Government Documents?

There is a sharp increase of official communications from our elected officials which happens first and primarily (solely?) in social media platforms. Should these sources be considered primary sources of government documents? For a panel, we could invite a government librarian or archivist (perhaps from the National Archives or GPO?) to tell us about the government's official policy on social media collection and also ...more »

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How to Use the Wayback Machine, Perma.cc, and Other Web Archives

The Internet Archive's Wayback Machine, Harvard Law School Library's Perma.cc, and other archives of web content contain web pages and documents that may be useful for litigation, competitive intelligence, scholarship, or other purposes. How can legal information professionals and their clients best use these web archives? What are the key features of each of the main archives? Which one(s) are best to store or to ...more »

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Unearthing the Early State Records Collection

In 1941 the Library of Congress and the University of North Carolina launched a compilation project named the State Records Project (also known as 'Early State Records'). Originally meant to include legislative records of U.S. colonies, states, and territories the project grew to include various types of records including executive materials, constitutional documents, court records, broadsides, and even news. The complete ...more »

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