Thursday, March 05, 2015

Law Library Closed

Due to inclement weather the law library is closed today. The library will be accessible to law students and faculty via swipe card access only.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Healthcare Supreme Court Case: King V. Burwell

Today, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in King v. Burwell.  The question presented in this landmark case is whether the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") may permissibly promulgate regulations to extend tax-credit subsidies to coverage purchased through Exchanges established by the federal government under section 1321 of the ACA.  

You can read the transcript of this and other Supreme Court oral arguments on the Supreme Courts  Web site on the same day an argument is heard by the Court. Same-day transcripts are considered official but subject to final review. The audio recordings of all oral arguments heard by the Supreme Court of the United States are available to the public at the end of each argument week. The audio recordings are posted on Fridays after Conference.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Cybersecurity Law: An Emerging Field

With the news full of hackers invading corporate networks and massive breaches of consumer financial and other information, it is no surprise that cybersecurity law is coming into its own as a legal field at the juncture of law and technology. If you want to know more about the roles lawyers play in helping corporations secure data and deal with breaches and other cybersecurity issues, and more about what kind of knowledge lawyers need to do this work, start with "The Emergence of Cybersecurity Law," a new paper published by the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University Bloomington.  More reports, cybersecurity-related news, and current developments in this field are available from the American Bar Association's Cybersecurity Legal Task Force.  Finally, check out Crossroads Blog: Cyber Security Law & Policy, which supports two courses at Syracuse University College of Law and features law student, law faculty and expert authors.

Hat tip:

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Tribute to Prof. Monroe Freedman

My favorite Monroe story:

In addition to his legion of accomplishments and contributions to the legal community, Monroe had a delightful sense of humor.  He provided what is still my all-time favorite Reference question.  He wanted to know the speed of the Earth’s rotation and how fast the Earth traveled around the sun.  He was to participate in a debate as part of a benefit event.  As a card-carrying member of the Flat Earth Society (or so he told me), he planned to argue that if the Earth moved at the speeds indicated, everyone would have motion sickness.

Monroe, for your humanity writ large and small, you will be missed.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 Legislative Email Alerts now offers email alerts! is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information. The site provides access to accurate, timely, and complete legislative information for Members of Congress, legislative agencies, and the public. It is presented by the Library of Congress (LOC) using data from the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Office of the Secretary of the Senate, the Government Publishing Office, Congressional Budget Office, and the LOC's Congressional Research Service.

Hat tip to Andrew Weber (LOC)!

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

W. E. B. Dubois: A Digital Archive

African American History Month, and especially the last week in February, are especially appropriate times to celebrate the wonderful digital archive capturing the works of W. E. B. Dubois--author, scholar, educator, magazine editor, activist, international spokesman and founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Dubois was born in western Massachusetts on February 23, 1868.

The Papers of W. E. B. Dubois was the first archive collection digitized for Credo, the online repository at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries' Department of Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA).  In fact, Credo, the repository, is named in recognition of Dubois's Credo, a statement of his philosophy of pride, peace, liberty, education, and patience in achieving equality. The over 100,000 items in the Papers, from letters and speeches to novels, plays, and photographs, are available for browsing, searching, and exploring the life of this Renaissance man and prominent civil rights pioneer.   

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, February 23, 2015

Lincoln and the Law

Lincoln himself admitted his ambition lay in politics and not in the law, stating “my forte is as a Statesman, rather than a Prosecutor.”  Even if the law was Lincoln’s “secondary” avocation, it was indelibly linked to him in life and death.  The Law Library of Congress's historical collection vividly illustrates three periods in which the law played a prominent part of the Lincoln era.

The first part focuses on his work as a prominent Illinois layer.
The second part covers contemporary literature on Lincoln’s controversial balancing of civil liberties against the demands of war aims.
The third part  contains period transcripts and reports of the trial of the surviving conspirators in the murder of the President and attempted murder of other public officials.

A thank you to the Library of Congress for creating this collection.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Lexis Advance Tips: How to search Dockets on Lexis

This is another question that we often get at the Reference desk since dockets are popular sources for faculty, students and attorneys.  If you are trying to locate dockets in Lexis Advance, try the following tip:
Search for docket information by a specific judge using the Litigation Profile Suite.  Here, you can select either Expert Witness, Judge or Attorney.  For example, select Judge from the left drag down, type in Posner and select Richard Posner, Search and then select Dockets from the left navigation panel.  You’ll then see his docket information, including graphs and charts.  You can also use this with an Attorney search.The other way to search for docket information is through Lexis Advance Directly.  You can select Dockets as its own filter by Category.  In Research, choose Filters, then Category, then Docket.  You can also search all content, then narrow by Category after you do a search.  Further refine your search with post filters on the left, by Jurisdiction, Cause, Case Status, etc.

(Hat tip: Antoinette Stafilas, Esq., Lexis Law school Executive)
To access Lexis Advance, click here

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Friday, February 20, 2015

Become a Google Power User

Do more than just search and read email with Google.  Find out how to search cases for free, use advanced techniques to search web sites, set up search alerts and make voice and video calls.

Googlerific Workshop will be on Tues. Feb. 24 12:10-1pm in Room 243.  R.S.V.P to .  

Pizza and surprise gift also included.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, February 19, 2015

This Day In The Law: Russia’s “Emancipation Proclamation”

In the United States., Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation is, of course, well known. 

Less known in the U.S., but also of interest, is that on February 19, 1861, Czar Alexander II promulgated the Emancipation Manifesto, which abolished serfdom in Russia.

Acknowledgment to Jurist.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat