Steven Alexandre da Costa

Senior Legal Information Librarian

Lecturer in Law

BA, University of Arizona
JD, University of San Diego School of Law
Graduate Diploma, Labour Relations Law, University of Melbourne, Australia

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Biography

Steven Alexandre da Costa joined the Fineman & Pappas Law Libraries in December 2012. As the foreign and international law and senior legal information librarian, he teaches legal research and intermediate legal research certification classes to students in the First Year Writing and the American Law LLM programs. He also teaches International and Comparative Law and Administrative Law Research and liaises with the International Law Journal. Previously he was a Law Library Fellow at the Cracchiolo Law Library at the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona from 2009 through 2011.

He has studied and clerked in Paris, France, and worked in Melbourne, Australia, for a large firm specializing in employment and labor law issues. His work experience also includes many years working as a union advocate and contract negotiator as well as extensive non-profit organizational work.

He is an active member of the American Association of Law Libraries. In 2013, Steven was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award for volunteering more than 500 hours in six years to the US Fund for UNICEF.

Courses

1 credits

Many practice areas, from environmental law to immigration law, are heavily regulatory. Learn about the structure of administrative law research, from enabling statutes to agency adjudication, in this class. The class will focus on developing your understanding of the structure of administrative agencies and using the various sources of administrative law. You will learn what information is available from government sources and what specialty publishers bring to the table with an emphasis on being cost effective in the workplace. Classes will combine instruction and hands-on exercises using the major print, electronic and web based resources in administrative law. NOTE: Students may not add this course after the first class has been held. Meeting dates January 26 to March 2, 2017.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 763 A1 , Jan 26th to Mar 2nd 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Thu 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 1 Steven Alexandre da Costa

2 credits

To understand international law, it is necessary to develop expertise in working with the diverse sources of this area of law. Students will learn to navigate the international system and locate the relevant primary sources of law, including treaties, decisions of international tribunals, documents of international organizations and other sources of state practice. The course will explore the United Nations, the European Union and the WTO, among other organizations; topics will include international trade, human rights and "private" international law. In addition, students will be introduced to strategies for researching the law of foreign jurisdictions. Students will gain hands-on experience in answering legal research questions in the area of international and comparative law. Classes will combine instruction and hands-on exercises using major print sources, subscription databases, and web-based resources for international legal research. Students will be evaluated on several grounds, including class participation, regular assignments, quizzes and a final project. NOTE: This seminar satisfies the Upper-class Professional Skills requirement.

SPRG 2016: LAW JD 748 A1 , Jan 21st to Apr 7th 2016
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Thu 2:10 pm 4:30 pm 2 Steven Alexandre da Costa LAW 520
FALL 2016: LAW JD 748 A1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Wed 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 2 Steven Alexandre da Costa LAW 419

1 credits

Securities law is a complex and dynamic area of law with unique legal research challenges. Students will learn to navigate the statutory and regulatory framework of securities law, use specialized practice materials and search for securities filings and company information, among other research tasks. Students will become familiar with databases licensed by many firms practicing securities law. Legal information and technologies in this area are constantly changing and new lawyers should be familiar with the most recent research techniques. Classes will combine instruction and hands-on exercises using major print, electronic, and web based resources for securities law research. Students will be required to complete several assignments using electronic and print resources. NOTE: This seminar satisfies the Upper-class Professional Skills requirement. NOTE: Students may not add this course after the first class has been held. This course meets from 10/20/2015 to 11/24/2015.

FALL 2015: LAW JD 734 A1 , Oct 20th to Nov 24th 2015
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Tue 2:10 pm 4:30 pm 1 Steven Alexandre da Costa LAW ARR
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