Monday, January 26, 2015

Library Closing at 1:00 p.m. Today

Due to inclement weather the law library will close at 1:00pm today and all day tomorrow.  Beginning at 1:00 today, the library will be accessible to law students and faculty via swipe card access only.

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Lexis Advance Tips: How to locate a Matthew Bender Treatise for a specialty area

If you are researching a particular area of the law and are interested in finding Matthew Bender treatises, try the following tip:

Type the source name in the search box, i.e. Collier on Bankruptcy choose the blue Table of Contents link.  Fill in the star Icon under the source name to make a Favorite.  You can search within the Table of Contents Headings & Documents or select from the drop down menu on the left side to search just the Headings or just the Documents within the Table of Contents  (Hat tip: Antoinette Stafilas, Esq., Lexis Law school Executive)
To access Lexis click here.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

This Day in the Law: Roe v. Wade

Forty-two years ago, on January 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its split decision in Roe v. Wade, which liberalized abortion rights.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Online Research Resources: BNA Collective Bargaining Negotiations & Contracts

If you are looking for a source that reviews information about negotiating and administering contracts, in addition to providing sample contract clauses relating to collective bargaining, try Collective Bargaining Negotiations & Contracts (BNA).  The manual contains chapters on pay plans, employee benefits, working conditions and provides sample clauses on economic weapons of labor, wages/hours and more.

To access the Collective Bargaining Negotiations & Contracts manual:

  • Go to the Library's home page, click "Online Resources"
  • Click the "Labor and Employment Law" link
  • Scroll down to "Collective Bargaining Negotiations & Contracts (BNA)"

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Supreme Court Rules on Religious Rights of Prisoners

In a unanimous decision today, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the refusal of the Arkansas Department of Corrections to allow Muslim inmate Gregory Holt to grow and keep a short beard for religious reasons violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 (RLUIPA), specifically 42 U.S.C 2000cc-1, despite the Department's claim that the restriction was necessary for security reasons such as keeping contraband out of its prisons. The full opinion in Holt v. Hobbs, including the concurrences of Justices Ginsburg and Sotomayor, is available here.

For a clear understanding of this interesting case and its implications, a good starting point is Amy Howe's SCOTUSblog post, "A Unanimous Court Endorses Religious Liberties in Prison: In Plain English." And for those interested in keeping up with cases involving religion and the Constitution and related church-state and religious liberty issues, I also recommend Religion Clause, one of only 30 legal blogs comprising ABA Journal's 2014 Blawg 100 Hall of Fame.

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Interactive Tutorials on Lexis Advance

Are you looking to enhance your research skills on Lexis Advance?  Try Lexis Advance's new comprehensive and interactive tutorials. Tutorial subjects include secondary sources, case law, legislative history and more.  The tutorials include short quizzes to refresh learned material. To access the tutorials click on the student home page under Online Learning in Lexis Advance.

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Friday, January 16, 2015


The Library will be open - with our ever friendly staff and librarians ready to help you at the Circulation and Reference desks - 10am - 6pm on Martin Luther King Day.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Supreme Court Rules on Telecommunications Act

Every mobile phone user will be interested in reading about the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling on the Telecommunications Act and the power to build cellular phone towers. Read more (including a link to the decision) here.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Smithsonian’s Museums of Asian Art Releases Collections Online.

On Jan. 1, 2015, the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian’s museums of Asian art, released their entire collections online.  This collection provides  access to one of the world’s most important holdings of Asian and American art.

The museum’s masterpieces range in time from the Neolithic to the present day, featuring especially fine groupings of Chinese jades and bronzes, Islamic art, Chinese paintings and masterworks from ancient Persia. Currently, the collection boasts 1,806 American art objects, 1,176 ancient Egyptian objects, 2,076 ancient Near Eastern objects, 10,424 Chinese objects, 2,683 Islamic objects, 1,213 South and Southeast Asian objects and smaller groupings of Korean, Armenian, Byzantine, Greek and Roman works. In addition, the Freer Study Collection—more than 10,000 objects used by scholars around the world for scientific research and reference—will be viewable for the first time.”
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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

New York Lawz: One-Stop Access to Free New York Resources

New York Lawz is brand new website, developed by a New York court librarian, that aims to bring as many free New York legal resources as possible together in one place.  It provides links to primary sources, including statutes, case law, regulations, and ethics opinions, as well as forms, journal articles, court information, free and low cost CLE listings, and current attorney job listings. As the website states: "Our mission is to provide ease of use to New York State and New York City legal information and documents at no cost to users.  Although there are many such sources of information, they are scattered across the Internet.  New York Lawz provides one stop access." Created by Gene Preudhomme, Director of the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department Law Library, New York Lawz should be a great resource for law students and for new and seasoned attorneys. The site also wants to hear your recommendations and suggestions. 

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