Professor Sturgeon's work focuses on legal research instruction, teaching stand alone research courses, and presenting on legal research in other courses. In addition, as a reference librarian, she is dedicated to serving library patrons, including students, faculty, and the public.
Law, Legal Research, Law Librarianship, Teaching/Instruction, Reference Materials
LAWS 5646 - Foundations of Legal Research
Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2022
Designed to move students from the brief introduction to legal research offered in the first-year legal writing classes to the problem-centered research students will perform starting in the summer after their first year. Provides students with a conceptual understanding of the organization and connectivity of legal authority and with instruction in research methodology at both the project and resource levels.
LAWS 6836 - Special Topics in Legal Research
Builds upon first-year legal research problem solving skills by exposing students to the nuances of research topics in a specialized topic and tracking related doctrinal classes, e.g., environmental and natural resources law.
LAWS 6856 - Advanced Legal Research
Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021
Offers an in-depth look at research resources and methods. Includes sources from the judicial, legislative, and executive branches of federal and state government; research in topical areas such as environmental law, taxation, and international law; and extensive coverage of secondary and nonlaw resources. Covers both print and electronic sources. Students will have several assignments and a final project.