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Archive for February, 2016

Legal History “Cohen” Essay Competition

image of Morris CohenThe Legal History and Rare Books Special Interest Section (LHRB) of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), in cooperation with Gale Learning and Research Solutions, Cengage Learning, is conducting its 8th Annual Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition.  Full- and part-time students currently enrolled in accredited graduate programs in law, history, library science or related fields are eligible to enter.  Essays may be on any topic related to legal history, rare law books, or legal archives.  Criteria on which papers will be judged include originality of topic or approach, quality and depth of research and analysis, clarity of presentation, and contribution to the field.  The winner will receive a $500 prize from Gale Cengage Learning and up to $1,000 for costs of attending the July 2016 AALL Annual Meeting in Chicago, as well as the opportunity to present the winning essay at the AALL Annual Meeting.  Authors of the winning and runner-up essays will also be invited to publish their essays in the LHRB’s Unbound:  An Annual Review of Legal History and Rare Books.  The Competition electronic submission deadline is 11:59pm, Monday, 18 April 2016.

Full Competition details and Application Form are available at the LHRB SIS Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition Web page.  Questions can be sent to Frederick Dingledy (, Senior Reference Librarian, College of William & Mary Law School, or Timothy G. Kearley (, Professor Emeritus of Law, University of Wyoming College of Law.

The Competition is named for Morris L. Cohen, who was Professor Emeritus of Law at Yale Law School and recognized as “one of the towering figures of late 20th century law libraries.”  His scholarly work  focused on legal research, rare books, and historical bibliography.

Additional CMS Guidance on Covered Outpatient Drugs

CMS LogoThe U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently provided to state Medicaid directors additional guidance on compliance with the Covered Outpatient Drugs final rule issued 2/1/16 (81 Fed. Reg. 5170; see also previous blog post).  The CMS guidance letter outlines the final rule’s “key changes that states need to address when determining their reimbursement methodologies.”  Key changes include the requirement “for states to reimburse at an aggregate upper limit based on actual acquisition cost (AAC) plus a professional dispensing fee established by the agency; the implementation of the Affordable Care Act federal upper limit (FUL); and requirements for the 340B entities, 340B contract pharmacies, Indian Health Service (HIS), Tribal, and Urban Indian Organization pharmacies.”  [The 340B Drug Pricing Program was created by the Veterans Health Care Act of 1992 (see Pub. L. No. 102-585, §602; 106 Stat. 4963, 4967), and requires drug manufacturers to provide outpatient drugs at reduced prices to eligible health care organizations.]  The CMS guidance letter also addresses “the requirement for states to review both components of their total pharmacy reimbursement methodology when proposing changes to either the ingredient cost or the professional dispensing fee for all reimbursement methodologies,” as well as “provides the information that states must include in a state plan amendment (SPA) relating to any proposed changes in reimbursement and the timeframe established for states to comply with the new requirements.”  For additional information, see the CMS – Medicaid – Federal Policy Guidance page, which includes a link to the 2/11/16 Implementation of the Covered Outpatient Drug Final Regulation Provisions Regarding Reimbursement for Covered Outpatient Drugs in the Medicaid Program letter.

Bloomberg Law Certification

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It’s a great way to learn the product but also a great resume enhancer. You can increase you research knowledge while showing potential employers that you have gone above and beyond in your legal studies.

You can take up to 4 certification classes on the following topics: Introduction and Navigation to Bloomberg Law, Fundamental Legal Research, Transactional Law, and Litigation.

Lexis Topic Summaries for a Quick & Practical Overview of an Area of Law

Topic Summaries in Lexis Advance can be a great way to get a leg up on an unfamiliar area of law in a flash. Here’s how it works.

Pull up the case you are interested in, say




which is a recent Ohio case on attractive nuisance and trespassers. Then click on View Reports under About this Document, to the right of the case.











There is one Topic Summary for this case, and it’s on trespassers. The Topic Summary quickly gets you up to speed about the law of trespassers in Ohio by providing you with

  • a definition
  • ten seminal cases on trespassers
  • the elements of criminal trespass
  • applicable statutes and rules
  • links to relevant secondary sources
  • the burden of proof required to recover on a claim of trespass
  • the standard of review

You could research each of these aspects of trespass law on your own, and spend a couple hours doing it. Or you can use the Topic Summary, and save yourself tons of time and effort.

Westlaw Refresher Research Certificate Seminar Today

The Westlaw Refresher Research Certificate Seminar is Today, February 16th, 5 pm-5:30pm, in Law Library Room A059.


Here are key points about the Law Library Research Certificate Seminars this Spring 2016 semester:

  • You do not need to register in order to take a Seminar –  simply come to the Seminar(s) you want to attend.  We will take attendance at each Seminar, to be sure you are credited points as you earn them.
  • We are offering a few 30-minute very focused Seminars, but most will be 60-minute in-depth Seminars.  Many of the Seminars will concern WestlawNext, Lexis Advance, and Bloomberg Law, as well as key research strategies and resources for students planning on working this semester or during the summer.
  • You earn 12.5 points for attending a 30-minute Seminar, and 25 points for attending a 60-minute Seminar.  Your Seminar points are good for the entire time you are here at C|M|LAW.  When you earn 100 points, you are awarded a Law Library Research Certificate, and you can earn multiple Certificates.  [You cannot earn points for attending the same Seminar twice.]
  • If you earn a Certificate within the 2015-2016 academic year, you will be entered into a drawing for a $150 Amazon gift card!

Here is a list of the remaining Spring 2016 semester Seminar dates, times, and topics:

  • February 23rd –  4:50pm-5:50pm –  Competitive Intelligence & Company Research –  This Seminar will examine key resources for monitoring and tracking companies, products, and industries.
  • March 1st –  5pm-5:30pm –  Cost-Effective Searching on Lexis Advance & WestlawNext
  • March 8th –  4:50pm-5:50pm –  Using Ravel Law & Fastcase –  Not everyone has Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance, or WestlawNext at work.  This Seminar will examine content and search features of two “alternative” legal research systems.
  • Thursday, March 24th –  4:50pm-5:50pm –  Administrative Law & Legislative History Research Refresher –  This Seminar will help get you back up to speed in these commonly assigned legal research project areas.
  • March 29th –  4:50pm-5:50pm –  Ohio Legal Research for Your Summer Associate Experience –  This Seminar will discuss strategies and resources in Ohio legal research to help you ace your legal research projects.