Thursday, May 21, 2015

You Know It’s Summer When (pt. 2)

…You’re taking a break for some fresh air during, say, your Summer Study Abroad program and a large owl decides to land and perch on your head.

Hope your Summer break is off to a wise and productive start.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


Does legal information technology interest you?  Try Casetext. With Casetext you can discover and share legal knowledge, search millions of cases and statutes, for free, annotated with insights contributed by the legal community.  Also, users can to add in relevant information, upload briefs, and join communities.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Technology and Privacy Update

Today, a coalition of more than 140 technology companies and other experts and organizations--including Google and Apple--sent a letter to President Obama urging him to protect privacy rights by not undermining strong encryption technologies as the government considers law enforcement's need to access increasingly encrypted data.  The background of the letter and related issues are discussed in a Washington Post article by national security reporter Ellen Nakashima, available here

Looking at technology and privacy from from another angle, focusing on surveillance and data use by vendor-produced machines and apps, is a recent Guardian article by Bruce Schneier, a security technologist, author, and fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School.  Together, the letter and the two articles shed light on some of the competing and coalescing interests shaping our developing privacy policy.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, May 18, 2015

Business Cards? What do you do?

3 Geeks and a Law Blog: Dan and Jane tackle business cards post is an interesting back and forth on professional networking and connecting. 

What do you do?

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Friday, May 15, 2015


C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S ! ! !

First years - you survived and are now experienced law students . . .

Second years - you made it through another year, just one more to go . . .

Third years - you made it through law school - best of luck in all future endeavors !!!

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, May 14, 2015

You Know It’s Summer When….

While you’re asleep, a sea lion pup sneaks aboard the boat you’re on, climbs into a bunk, and wakes you with its sneezing and snoring.

Congratulations on completing your final examinations, and best wishes for an enjoyable and memorable Summer!

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Civil war: a Marvel Comics event

Exams are over! Take a break to consider the legal issues that arise in Marvel Universe when Capital Hill proposes that all costumed heroes unmask themselves before the government! In Civil war: a Marvel Comics event, superheroes clash with one other as they struggle towards a decision that will change the Marvel Universe ... forever!

Civil war is located in the library's reserve collection, ask for it at the the circulation desk.
Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

World Happiness Report 2015

From my corner of the law library, I would bet that happiness means the end of finals (or the end of law school and the beginning of a new career) for most law students finishing up their exams this week.  But it's also a good time of year to consider what constitutes genuine happiness in life--not only for individuals, but for the nations of the world trying to foster the well-being of their citizens and societies.  World Happiness Report 2015 is the latest in a series of landmark surveys of well-being and happiness as measures of economic and social development in 158 countries.  The Report, produced by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN): A Global Initiative for the United Nations, contains statistics, maps and charts ranking and comparing nations on the basis of six key indicators of well-being: gross domestic product (GDP) per capita; healthy years of life expectancy; social support; trust; perceived freedom to make life decisions; and generosity.

A work of "leading experts across fields--economics, psychology, survey analysis, national statistics, health, public policy and more," the Report also features in-depth chapters on special topics such as how happiness measures differ by age, gender, and global region; how societies can create sustainable happiness in their young (under age 18); and new findings from the neuroscience of happiness.  The full report in PDF is available here.       

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, May 11, 2015

Job Interviews

If you are still looking for a job, Out of the Jungle has a post with hints for preparing your resume/CV and the actual interview.  You have probably heard much of it but this makes a useful list to keep you on track.

Good Luck!

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Friday, May 08, 2015

Access to Past Exams

Just a reminder - there is a new and improved system for accessing Past Exams.  Here is a summary of the instructions.  Steps 3 and 4 seem to be the key.

1. Click on the Past Exams link  here or from the Students link on the Library homepage (under Library Resources).
2.  Log into the Portal.  Fill out the User information requested.
3. You will need to add "Law Exams" as a course.  Try "Search by Course" and search for "Law Exams".  
4. Once you see Law Exams, click on Add Course.  You will need to get the password from the Reference librarian or Circulation desk.
5. Once added, click on the "Law Exams" course name.  This will bring you to the list of past exams available.

As always, if you need assistance, ask your favorite Reference librarian.  Also, check your email.  Dean Selby sent the full instructions with screenshots to all students on April 28.

Good luck on your remaining exams !!

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat