Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Trafficking in Persons Report 2015

Yesterday the U.S. State Department released this year's Trafficking in Persons Report, which reflects the Department's assessment of the human trafficking situation worldwide and provides a narrative for each country, summarizing and evaluating their government's progress in preventing trafficking, prosecuting suspects, and protecting victims.  The report also offers an excellent overview of the global causes of human trafficking within supply chains and in its various forms, including sex trafficking, forced labor, bonded labor or debt bondage, involuntary domestic servitude, and the recruitment and use of child soldiers.  It includes statistics and provides links to related reports by the United Nations and other organizations.  This is a great resource for law students or anyone interested in research, practice, or advocacy related to human trafficking. 

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, July 27, 2015

Good Luck on the Bar Exam!

You have worked and studied hard in preparation for the Bar Exam.  Today get to where you need to be tomorrow, exercise, have a good dinner and a good night's rest.

Good Luck!

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Lady (Legal) Writer Blog

Looking for a good blog that provides tips for legal writing?  Try Lady (Legal) Writer blog, it provides posts on legal writing resources, writing tips, new publications, Q&A, information for 1Ls, and moreClick here to access the blog.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

From the Lawyerist - How to Format an Appellate Brief

You learn about the content requirements of an appellate brief in law school, but how much time is spent on the formatting requirements?  To make it more confusing, format requirements vary from court to court.

The Lawyerist recently posted the article How to Format an Appellate Brief.  It offers a number of tips that can help the attorney properly create the document from the beginning instead of trying to format the document after it is written.

The article also demonstrates why you really need to go beyond the basics with Microsoft Word.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Friday, July 17, 2015

Stealth Surfing

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If you want to prowl online with out leaving paw-prints, check out 5 Ways to go Totally Incognito on the Web .

Tips include how to keep Google from knowing everything about you and the latest on configuring your social media settings to maximize your privacy.

Hat-tip to Social News at About.com .

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Pluto (Re)Visited

Years ago, we lamented Pluto’s demotion from a full planet to a so-called “dwarf planet”. Now, fast forward to 2015, when NASA’s New Horizons mission has recently approached Pluto, and determined that it is somewhat larger than was previously thought. Perhaps there is now slim cause to hope for Pluto’s reinstatement as a full planet?

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Monday, July 13, 2015

The History of British Slavery

The Guardian has a recent article "The history of British slave ownership has been buried, now its scale can be revealed."  It is a fascinating overview of the extent and depth of slaves and the slave trade in Great Britain. There were the widows who inherited a slave and rented out their slaves in work-gangs.  The highest rates of  slave ownership was in Scotland.  The Slavery Abolition Act of 1833 formally freed 800,000 Africans. What is less well known is that the same act contained a provision for the financial compensation of the owners of those slaves, by the British taxpayer, for the loss of their “property”.

Much more is revealed.

The articles provides links to the Legacies of British Slave Ownership and which has a free online database of British slave holders.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Tips for Lawyers Blog

Looking for a good blog that provides tips for lawyers?  Try the The Tips for Lawyers blog, it provides discussions on career moves, marketing; social media issues, coping with colleagues/clients and more.  To access the blog click here.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Mobile Member Guide App for the 114th Congress

“The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) has released the Mobile Member Guide App for the 114th Congress. The mobile Web app provides the public with quick, easy access to information on Members of the 114th Congress; the features include their picture, party affiliation, hometown, home state, and length of service. The app allows users to browse for Members of Congress by last name, state, chamber, or party. The public can take advantage of this free mobile Web app on major mobile device platforms.”

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Tuesday, July 07, 2015

ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Newsday

Summer is a good time to become familiar with a database that may be useful for legislative history or other research in the future, but can also be explored just for fun or personal browsing. Through Axinn Library, all Hofstra law students have access to ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Newsday, with coverage from 1940 to 1986.  Here you can search for full-text PDF articles, with images, from the Newsday archive with its unique Long Island perspective on local, regional, and national events.  For example, these years include the beginnings of Hofstra Law School and its first students and faculty in the 1970's.  If your relatives lived in the Long Island area anytime during the 20th century, you might also want to do an "Obituaries" search for family names, or search the name of a town or school during a particular time period.

To access this database, begin at the Hofstra Libraries web page, click on "Databases," and select "Newspapers" from the subject category menu.  You will need to log in to the Hofstra portal to continue to the list of Newspaper databases, including "Newsday Archive."    

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