Debra Austin, JD, PhD

professor of the practice of law
university of Denver Sturm College of LaW
FACULTY PAGE

Schedule


Week 1

Monday, Jan 9
Introductions
Course Web Page
Discussion of Course, Student Goals, and Assignments
ALR Vision Statement Discussion
Identification of Potential Practice Area

Wednesday, Jan 11
Library Databases

Week 2

Monday, Jan 16
No Class - MLK Holiday

Wednesday, Jan 18

Research Strategy and Documentation & Secondary Sources
Selection of Research Plan and Paper Topic


Week 3

Monday, Jan 23
Cases and Digests

Wednesday, Jan 25

Research Workshop

Week 4

Monday, Jan 30
Federal Statutes, Constitutional Research, and Legislative History
State Statutes, Constitutional Research, and Legislative History
Local Ordinances, Uniform Laws, and Model Acts


Wednesday, Feb 1
Bloomberg Law

Week  5

Monday, Feb 6
Federal and State Administrative Sources

Wednesday, Feb 8

State and Federal Practice Materials and Online Resources 

Week 6

Monday, Feb 13
Research Plan Presentations

Wednesday, Feb 15
Research Plan Presentations


Week 7


Monday, Feb 20

No Class - President's Day
Work on Research Plan

Wednesday, Feb 22
Research Workshop

Research Plan Due by 11 pm (may be submitted early)


Assignments

  • Career Vision Statement – 5% (Jan 9 to discuss in class)
  • Research Plan Presentations – 10% (Feb 13 or 15)
  • Legal Research Plan – 20% (due Feb 22 by 11:00 pm)
  • Research Paper First Draft – 20% (due Mar 15 by 11:00 pm)
  • Library Purchasing Plan – 10% (due Apr 3 by 11:00 pm)
  • Final Presentations – 10% (Apr 10 or 12)
  • Research Paper Final Revision – 20% (due Apr 24 by 11:00 pm)
  • Final Reflection – 5% (due Apr 24 by 11:00 pm)

Week 8

Monday, Feb 27
Advanced Westlaw Research
Jeff Brandimarte - Westlaw

Wednesday, Mar 1
Advanced Westlaw Research
Jeff Brandimarte - Westlaw

Week 9

Monday, Mar 6
Advanced Lexis Research
Lynn Pinnekamp – Lexis

Wednesday, Mar 8
Advanced Lexis Research
Lynn Pinnekamp – Lexis

Week 10

Monday, Mar 13
No Class – Work on Paper First Draft

Wednesday, Mar 15
No Class
Paper First Draft Due by 11 pm (may be submitted early)


Mar 20-24 Spring Break

Week 11

Monday, Mar 27
Library Purchasing Plan Workshop

Wednesday, Mar 29
Library Purchasing Plan Workshop

Week 12

Monday, Apr 3
Library Purchasing Plan Workshop
Library Purchasing Plan Due by 11 pm (may be submitted early)


Wednesday, Apr 5
Lisa Travis Fischer
Continuing Legal Education Inc

Week 13

Monday, Apr 10
Final Presentations


Wednesday, Apr 12
Final Presentations

Week 14

Monday, Apr 17
No Class - Work on Final Draft and Reflection


Wednesday, Apr 19
No Class - Work on Final Draft and Reflection


Week 15

Monday, Apr 24
No Class
Final Paper & Reflection Paper Due by 11 pm (may be submitted early)