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The Mystery Behind Mastery Mondays

Want to increase your research skills but don’t have a lot of free time? The Oklahoma City University Law Library will be launching a new series of quick tutorials starting on Monday, February 16th! We call them Mastery Mondays, and they’re designed to give quick instruction for busy people.  Each session will only take 15 minutes, so it will be easy to fit into almost anyone’s schedule.

Each week will feature a new topic.  Our first Mastery Monday subject is Finding Library Materials: Using the Catalog and Interlibrary Loan.  Access Services Librarian Susan Urban will be at the law library reference collaboration table at 9:30 AM, 12 PM, and 3 PM and will guide everyone on quick tips for searching the catalog and requesting books from other libraries. It will also be a great opportunity for everyone to see how the collaboration tables work!

Future Mastery Monday topics include:

February 23rd: Sharing and Saving Work with Database Folders

March 2nd: Finding Legislative Histories on ProQuest Congressional

March 9th: BNA Reporters

March 23rd: Keeping up with Regulations on

All faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend! If anyone has a suggestion for a topic for any future Mastery Mondays, please see one of the librarians!



Black History Month: Law School Events

February 1 marked the beginning of Black History Month in the United States. The theme for 2015 is “A Century of Black Life, History, and Culture” ( The Oklahoma City University School of Law’s Black Law Students Association has organized four events during the month that provide opportunities to engage in and learn about African-American culture and history:

  • Friday, February 6, 2015 at 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.: A Scavenger Hunt featuring trivia on historical Black figures. Prizes for participants plus a GRAND PRIZE for the winning team! (#BLACKFRIDAY)
  • Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.: A showing of the film 4 Little Girls, prequel to the new critically-acclaimed film Selma (DOOR PRIZE!) (#ONWARD)
  • Wednesday, February 18, 2015: Taste of Soul food provided by B&B Catering (DOOR PRIZE!) (#THEOVERFLOW)
  • Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.: Let’s Talk About It!, the first of the new discussion series at OCU Law will feature talks about Black history, politics, etc. (DOOR PRIZE!) (#SPEAKONIT)

In addition, the Black Law Students Association is collecting children’s books all month for a Literacy Book Drive (#BOOKITFORWARD). If you’re interested in adult reading material, check out the Law Library’s Black History Month display on the second floor near the general collection on the northeast side of the building. (pictured below)


“Know Your Rights 101” Public Forum

The Oklahoma City University School of Law and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority hosted a public forum on Saturday,  January 24, 2015 on citizens’ rights during police interactions. The Oklahoman ran a story on the “Know Your Rights 101” forum, stating it was organized “in response to several high-profile incidents in which men have been killed during interactions with police, including the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and the choking death of Eric Garner in New York.” ( The article included a statement from Lorenzo Banks, Assistant Director of Admissions and Director of Diversity Initiatives for Oklahoma City University School of Law.


MLK Day of Service & Local Events

Martin Luther King Day is a federal holiday held on the third Monday of January. It celebrates the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., an influential American civil rights leader. He is most well known for his campaigns to end racial segregation on public transport and for racial equality in the United States. (

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities. The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President’s national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. (

Looking for a way to celebrate the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? Check out the events below!

MLK Celebration Activities for Sunday, January 18, 2015

  • 3:00p MLK Religious Celebration, Saint John Baptist Church, 5700 N Kelley
  • 6:00p NAACP/Jewish Cross Cultural Program at Temple BNAI Israel

MLK Celebration Activities for Monday, January 19, 2015

  • 7:00a Prayer Breakfast/Program at the Reed Center in Midwest City
  • 9:00a Opening Holiday Program-Freedom Center, 2500 N MLK Ave
  • 9:45a Silent March from Freedom Center to OK Historical Building
  • 10:45a National Bell Ringing Salute to Dr. King at The Oklahoma History Center
  • 11:00a Ringing of the Bell—Governor’s Office officiates at The Oklahoma History Center
  • 12:00n Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday Program at Saint Paul’s Cathedral
  • 2:00p The Holiday Parade through downtown OKC

By Anna Cantu, Reference Assistant

Moving on Up to Midtown


Next week, the Oklahoma City University School of Law will move into its new Midtown building at 800 N. Harvey. The Harvey building was originally Oklahoma High School, the first high school in the territory of Oklahoma, built in 1910. ( Later renamed Central High School, the building represented hope for the state’s future and was featured in pictures across the nation to draw people to Oklahoma.

Owned by several companies since 1981, our move will see the building return to its original purpose as a hearth for education. The entire interior of the building has been renovated and adapted for the needs of a law school, with the goal of connecting to the Oklahoma City legal community while preserving the building’s past. The historic proscenium arch has been retained, but painted blue to symbolize the law school’s unity with the past (pictured above). Students will use the J. William Conger Moot Courtroom (pictured below) both for trial practice and to observe real court sessions.

Follow our move on Twitter (@OCULAW) and Facebook (!


Adventures of a Traveling Law Librarian: Chicago!

I recently had the pleasure of spending part of the Thanksgiving break in the Windy City.  Denielle Chaney, Oklahoma City University School of Law Class of 2010, was there with her husband to celebrate their anniversary.  We got together for some deep dish pizza and talked about our law school days.



I was also fortunate enough to have a tour of the Pritzker Legal Research Center, the law library of the Northwestern University School of Law.  The law library has a beautiful view of Lake Michigan, though it rained during my visit.  Students were busy preparing for finals there as well, so my tour was brief and quiet.  The Pritzker Legal Research Center has a rare book collection of over 2,500 volumes and several unique collections including the selected papers of former Supreme Court justice Arthur J. Goldberg.  The Pritzker Legal Research Center lists its traditional areas of strength as U.S. constitutional law, the legal profession, legal ethics, and criminology.  For more information about the law library, click here.







A Brief History of Veterans Day


World War I (WWI) one officially ended on June 28, 1919 with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. However, fighting had actually ceased seven months prior when an armistice between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect. For that reason many people consider the end of the “war to end all wars” as November 11, 1918.

November 11, 1919 was the first commemoration of Armistice Day, declared by President Woodrow Wilson. The day was celebrated with parades, business meetings, and brief suspension of businesses. In 1926, Congress proposed a concurrent resolution, which would declare November 11, 1918 as the end of WWI. The resolution would also declare November 11 a legal holiday, dedicated to world peace. Congress stated, “it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations.” The Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) was approved in 1938, officially creating November 11th as Armistice Day.

Although originally introduced to honor the veterans of WWI, the 83rd Congress requested that the word “Armistice” be replaced with “Veterans” after the catastrophic effects of World War II and the Korean War on American armed forces. The change was approved in 1954, and November 11th thereafter became Veterans Day.

Local Events

Oklahoma City National Veterans Day Run

5K or 1-mile family

Supporter walk

Veterans and Active-duty military discounts

Race will begin on 11-16-2014 at 3:11 PM


Stars and Stripes Park

3701 South Lake Hefner Drive

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73116

For more information:


Veterans Day deals!

Outback Steakhouse

On Tuesday, Outback is honoring all active and retired military personnel with a free Bloomin’ Onion and a beverage. You must show a valid military ID at participating restaurants.


Active-duty and retired military are invited to Hooters to dine for free on Tuesday: get a free entree by presenting a military ID or proof of service.


Service members get a free “Thank You” meal when you dine in at Applebee’s. Guests will need to provide proof of their service.

Cracker Barrel

On Tuesday, veterans get a free Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake dessert. If you’re not a vet and you buy the dessert or other retail items, 10 percent of all proceeds will be donated to the USO.


On Tuesday, active, inactive and retired military personnel can build your own free Grand Slam breakfast from 5 a.m. until noon at participating Denny’s.

Red Lobster

From Monday, Nov. 10 through Thursday, Nov. 13, Red Lobster will be thanking veterans, active duty, active serving military and reservists with a free select appetizer, including the new crispy shrimp lettuce wraps or several other options.

Red Robin

On Tuesday, veterans and active-duty service members can get a free Red’s Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Fries, dine-in only, by providing a military I.D., proof of service, or wearing your uniform.

Golden Coral

Grill buffet franchise Golden Corral is offering veterans a free beverage and buffet meal on Nov. 17 from 5 to 9 p.m. (Golden Corral always hosts their Military Appreciation Day on a Monday.)

For more great deals and ways to celebrate your Veteran check out:

By: Molly McClure, Reference Assistant

Native American Heritage Month 2014


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On August 3, 1990, President George H. W. Bush first declared the month of November as National American Indian Heritage Month when he signed a bill stating that “the President has authorized and requested to call upon Federal, State and local Governments, groups and organizations and the people of the United States to observe such month with appropriate programs, ceremonies and activities.” ( It is also commonly referred to as Native American Heritage Month. (

“Federal Agencies are encouraged to provide educational programs for their employees regarding Native American history, rights, culture and contemporary issues, to better assist them in their jobs and for overall awareness.” (

Locally, the Jodi G. Marquette American Indian Wills Clinic at Oklahoma City University School of Law allows law students working under the supervision of a licensed attorney to provide estate planning services to American Indians who own an interest in Indian land in Oklahoma. For more information, visit This clinic is part of the Native American Legal Resource Center (NALRC), which “provides capacity building services to tribal communities and creates opportunities for students, faculty, staff and the broader University Community to utilize knowledge and resources to serve the needs of Indian Country in a culturally appropriate and efficient manner for a maximum positive impact.” (

Finally, the Law Library has created a display with books on various Native American topics, located in the lobby of Gold Star (pictured below). There are books about the Native American mascot controversy, Native American culture as it is depicted in mainstream American pop culture, as well as other contemporary issues. There are also many books about general Native American history.

Native American Heritage Month 2014

By: Brian King, Reference Assistant, and Sabrina A. Davis, Reference Librarian