Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Record Numer of Court Orders for Surveillance Recieved by DOJ in 2013

"The U.S. Department of Justice obtained a record number of court orders last year in criminal investigations for information about who people were communicating with by phone and email."

"The U.S. Marshals Service sought more orders last year than any other Justice Department agency, which isn’t unusual, given its mission of locating fugitives. The Drug Enforcement Administration obtained the next highest number of orders, followed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives."

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Blexlaw Training at Hofstra Law

Are you a 2L/3L/LLM who wants an advanced training session on Lexis Advance, Bloomberg Law or WestlawNext? Maybe a 1L who needs a makeup session or a more in-depth electronic database training before the Spring semester begins?

No problem! Check the online calendars below for upcoming trainings at Hofstra Law.
Lexis Advance Training Calendar
Bloomberg Law Training Calendar
WestlawNext Training Calendar

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Monday, September 15, 2014

U.S. Law Week (BNA)

The U.S. Law Week (BNA) is a weekly publication providing highlights, summary and analysis of federal and state case law; and legislative and regulatory developments.  It has long been a go-to source for current awareness.  It is noted for the quality of summaries and analysis of issues. 

You will also find this on Bloomberg BNA.  Some people find Bloomberg BNA easier to search.

Still looking for a note or paper topic?  This is a good place to look for inspiration.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Online Resources: Privacy & Data Security Law Resource Center (BNA)

If you are interested in a multi-source library that provides privacy and data security laws, developments, news, expert analysis, case law, practice tools, and more, then take a look at BNA's Privacy & Data Security Law Resource Center.  Dates of coverage vary according to the contents of the individual database.

To access Privacy & Data Security Law Resource Center (BNA):
  • Go to the Library's home page, click "Online Resources"
  • Click the "Consumer Law" link
  • Scroll down to "Privacy & Data Security Law Resource Center (BNA)"

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Trade Secrets Law

For those interested in intellectual property law, especially the national and international world of trade secrets, a new Congressional Research Service (CRS) Report, Protection of Trade Secrets: Overview of Current Law and Legislation, provides an expert, objective summary of the subject.  It covers topics from the historical development of trade secrets law to the current landscape of federal, state, and international law in this area, and trade secrets legislation in the current Congress. This is a good place to start for students researching or writing on the subject.

To keep up with current developments in trade secrets law, including new case decisions and legislation, the resources in BNA's Intellectual Property Resource Center, especially Patent, Trademark & Copyright Law Daily, Patent Trademark & Copyright Journal, and World Intellectual Property Report are some of the best available.  You can link to the BNA Intellectual Property Resource Center through the Law Library web site's Online Resources Subject List, or search the Intellectual Property BNA resources on Bloomberg Law from the "BNA Titles" page.     

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Research Guide(ance)

In addition to our webcast video tutorials on research (see Sunday's post), we also have online research guides on a wide variety of topics.  So, for example, you can find a guide to help you research for writing a paper, journals you now have your own dedicated guide and 1Ls, that ever useful 1L Law Library Survival Guide.

Check out the list of all of our guides.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Asked To Rule on Same-Sex Marriage

A recent Jurist article details the requests by Indiana and Wisconsin that the Supreme Court hear same-sex marriage cases and determine its legality in all fifty states. Read it here.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Finding Docket Information Removed from PACER

"The UNC Law Library has published a blog post to help people seeking information formerly available on PACER, but now removed, to understand the process for obtaining removed information.  Thanks to the hard work of Law Library Graduate Assistant, Kate Dickson, and Reference Librarian, Jonathan Rountree, the blog post details procedures for requesting removed information we obtained from the various clerks of court for the courts affected by the removal as well as information about material still available on commercial databases like Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg.  The blog post is available at

Additionally, the GRO and the GRC continue to gather comments from our members regarding the effect the PACER removal is having on them for feedback to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts and other government entities. Please feel free to share your stories to the GRC and the GRO."

Hat tip
Leslie A. Street
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 


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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

New Lexis Advance Interface

Have you seen the new Lexis Advance interface that debuted Monday, September 8th?  More streamlined than the previous interface, there are significant differences between the old and new research interfaces.

Lexis still has free printing, so it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with their research database.  To navigate the changes smoothly, check out the following tutorials:

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Monday, September 08, 2014

ECOLEX: the most comprehensive, global source of information on environmental law

ECOLEX is an information service on environmental law, operated jointly by FAO, IUCN and UNEP. Its purpose is to build capacity worldwide by providing the most comprehensive possible global source of information on environmental law. This resource, which combines the environmental law information holdings of FAO, IUCN and UNEP, seeks to put this information at the disposal of users world-wide, in an easily accessible service, employing modern technology. The ECOLEX database includes information on treaties, international soft-law and other non-binding policy and technical guidance documents, national legislation, judicial decisions, and law and policy literature. Users have direct access to the abstracts and indexing information about each document, as well as to the full text of most of the information provided.

Hat Tip to AALL Legal Website of the Month archive.

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