Blog Post – RIPS Law Librarian Blog: We’re All Historical Researchers Now: The Impact of Dobbs on Legal Research Instruction


Image: A Supreme Court Researcher


Well worth a read here’s the intro para and link

Congratulations, it’s July, which means you have officially survived what may very well be considered the most consequential Supreme Court term in the history of the United States. Simply existing in this country over the past few weeks (months? years?) feels like trying to swim through rapidly drying concrete. Avoiding the news is impossible if for no other reason than the direct impact so much of the news of late has on the job of a law librarian. Imagine teaching a legal research class at the end of this past SCOTUS sitting? I’ll spare you the image because I did, and yes, it sucked. Note to self: do not teach a summer class in the month of June.

I suppose I should add a disclaimer before I go further: I am a progressive, pro-choice person. I would say that I disagree with the recent opinions from the Court—N.Y. Rifle & Pistol Ass’n v. Bruen and Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization chief among them—if not for the fact that disagree is not nearly a strong enough word for how I feel. I have spent the better part of the past two weeks fluctuating between fury, despair, hopelessness, and numbness fueled mostly by incessant social media doomscrolling. But still, there remains the fleeting curiosity, the occasional glimmer of inspiration hidden in the gloom.

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We’re All Historical Researchers Now: The Impact of Dobbs on Legal Research Instruction