Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Exploring NYC and Long Island

Long Island and New York City

"Long Island, located at the threshold of New York City, is a diverse playground of unbelievable natural beauty and a wealth of historical charm. It is a true island, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, East River and Long Island Sound, with hundreds of miles of pristine beaches."

As we head for the weekend, look over the Hofstra Law Student Life page here for a list of things to do to make the most of your free time. The list includes Beaches and Parks, Concert Halls and Theaters, Museums, and Restaurants unlike those anywhere else.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, July 28, 2014

Good Luck on the Bar Exam!

You have worked hard and studied hard so are prepared for the start of the NY State Bar exam tomorrow.  Exercise and get a good nights rest. 

Good Luck!

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Online Research Resources: TaxCore (BNA)

If you are interested in a publication that contains full text congressional tax bills, IRS regulations and guidance, court decisions, official reports, then take a look at BNA's TaxCore. The publication also provides statements, transcripts, memoranda, rulings, opinions, and other materials.  Dates of coverage are from November 3, 1997 to the present.

To access the TaxCore (BNA):
  • Click the "Online Resources Subject List" link
  • Then, click "Tax and Estate Planning" link
  • Scroll down to "TaxCore (BNA)"

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Historic Computer Experiences

Those studying for the Bar exam need a break, and it's summer for everyone, so enjoy this slide show revealing the dramatic changes in web design since nine of the most popular websites--including Google, Facebook, and the New York Times--were first introduced.  Brought to you by Mashable.com, "What the World's Biggest Websites Looked Like at Launch" also has some brief information about each home page's initial design.

And, long before they were mobile, Lexis and Westlaw were truly stationary--usable only at the dedicated computer terminals of the 1980's in law libraries and offices. Experience a brief close encounter with the first computer-assisted legal research terminal, introduced by Lexis-Nexis in 1980 and now on display in the Computer History Museum, Mountain View, California.  

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A Judge Passes Judgment In Rhyme

Earlier this week, we brought you U.S. Supreme Court decisions encapsulated in haiku.

This week, a judge renders judgment on a dog-napper in verse. Read more here.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

New CRS Report: Unaccompanied Alien Children: An Overview

There has been a large increase in the number of unaccompanied alien children (UAC) apprehended along the Southwest boarder.  Lisa Seghetti, Alison Siskin, and Ruth Ellen Wasem discuss the issue in their new CRS report, Unaccompanied Alien Children: An Overview.  Also, check Lisa Seghetti’s flow chart for an understanding of the complex process.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

ABA's Teaching the Technology of Practice: The 10 Top Schools

Hofstra University's Maurice A. Deane School of Law takes the #6 place on the ABA's list of top 10 schools for teaching the technology of practice. The article notes that while most law schools have paid a lot of attention to the law of technology, only a few lead the way in teaching the technology of law.  

One such standout is Hofstra Law's Law, Logic & Technology Research Laboratory.  "The Lab has a research program that has resulted in work products and related tools that make legal decision-making more accurate and more efficient."

Read the article here.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, July 21, 2014

Supreme Court Haiku - the law of the land in 17 syllables

The Supreme Court Haiku Reporter renders the rulings of U.S. Supreme Court decisions as Haiku.  The results tend to be pointed and concise.  For example:

Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka (1954)

Schools for black and white
Separate is not equal

For more recent decisions a link to the opinion is provided and older opinions are linked to a Wikipedia discussion of the opinions and its' impact.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Aviation Law Prof Blog

Recent airline disasters underscore the increasing importance of aviation law in understanding and coping with the realities of life and the law in international perspective.  If you want to learn more and keep up with international aviation law issues and developments, along with news and commentary, take a look at Aviation Law Prof Blog. This blog at the intersection of aviation and international law is maintained by scholar experts in the field from DePaul University College of Law's International Aviation Law Institute and  is a member of the Law Professor Blogs Network.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Friday, July 18, 2014

We really do NEED that vacation

Yes, as a hard-working virtual cat, it may sound self-serving to claim I need a vacation, but prowling and napping really is hard work.

You don't need to take my word for it - check out the article in National Geographic The Vanishing Vacation: Why You Need a Break.   This article cites to research in the Journal of Applied Psychology, Recovery, well-being, and performance-related outcomes: the role of workload and vacation experiences (authentication may be required) as scientific support for the importance of vacation and how vacation can improve productivity.  Employers take note.

In the spirit of taking my own advice, I will be posting only sporadically throughout the Summer.  Enjoy your vacation.  I will be enjoying mine.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat