Crossing Borders

By , November 1, 2012 10:44 am

by Emily Smith

Full disclosure at the outset: this is less of a useful, informative post than it is an attempt to get information and input from you, dear readers. Here’s the situation: next quarter I’ll be teaching the foreign and international law research class at the UW law school. This year I’m co-teaching the class with Trinie Thai-Parker of Gallagher Law Library, and we’ve decided that we’d like to take advantage of having a firm librarian in the classroom to try to bring more of a practical, real-world angle to parts of the class. The practice of law is becoming increasingly international even for attorneys who don’t specialize in this area, and we think it would be useful to give students a realistic sense of what they might face as attorneys in firms that represent multi-national corporations and clients who do business across borders.

So in preparation for next quarter, I’ve been keeping a list of the types of questions that our library fields from attorneys and others on foreign and international law issues. And I’d love to hear from any of you about the types of research requests you get in this area — either those that are routine or that have had you stumped in the past. (Additional disclosure: ‘stumped’ is my general state of mind when faced with these questions. I’m no expert in this area of research; one of the best things about teaching a class like has been having to learn it just well enough to explain it to someone else.)

If you have items you’d like to share — or if you have thoughts on any of the ways in which your attorneys could be better prepared for this type of research when they step into a law firm job, feel free to drop a note in the comments or email me directly.

Thanks in advance! I now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.

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