Friday, December 19, 2014

You Are Done!!!!

Congrats - you made it through the semester.  First years, you have survived the most difficult part of Law School.

Now, I can go on serious winter nap/hibernation (in other words, the Library is closed) starting Tues. 12/23 at 5p going through until 8am on January 2nd.

Enjoy your celebrations, the holidays and the break

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Today In Legal History: International Migrants Day

December 18 is International Migrants Day. This day marks the adoption in 1990 of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families. Read more here.

Acknowledgment to Jurist.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Extended Hours During Exam Period End Tonight

Tonight marks the last day of extended hours during exam period.  Please make note of the Library's hours during Intersession:

Thursday, Dec 18, 2014
8 AM - 6 PM
Circulation Desk
INTERSESSION SCHEDULE: Friday, December 19 - Tuesday, December 23
Monday - Thursday
8 AM - 5 PM
8 AM - 5 PM
10 AM - 6 PM
10 AM - 6 PM

Enjoy your break!

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Food Law Latest Blog

Finals should be ending soon and the holidays are just around the corner!  For most, that will mean lots of eating!  And if you are a foodie then check out the Food Law Latest blog which provides answer/questions related to food regulation in Europe, reports on food safety, and news of food products sale in countries around the world.  Latest topics include menu and vending machine labeling rules in US, berry contamination, palm oil control and more.  Click here to access the blog.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Last Sequential Date of the Century

Yes, today is 12/13/14, at least for those of us writing our dates in the preferred American format. And it will be the last sequential date of the 21st century, with the next one not arriving until 01/02/2103, 89 years from now.  Most law students will not be around to see that one, so enjoy a break from exam outlines exploring our popular fascination with calendar dates and other number sequences.

A good place to start is an article by Jessica Contrera in the Washington Post, covering the sequential date as a recent social phenomenon--the sequential date as "cool." Other types of special calendar dates are featured on  And for those interested in number sequences as intriguing mathematical tools, Victoria Jaggard's recent article at the Smithsonian Magazine site covers some of the basics. It even includes a quick and easy way to convert kilometer road signs into miles using the "Fibonacci sequence."  But, of course, I really liked the cats holding the 1897 calendar best. 

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Friday, December 12, 2014

Study (or napping) area suggestions

Hang in there, you are almost finished with the semester.

As you know, one of my many areas of expertise is napping - which requires quiet.  So, if you require quiet for napping, studying or anything else, go down the stairs by Room 104 and check out the lower level of the Library.

Also, just a reminder, check out the Library's list of available Study Guides.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

New Uses for Old iPhones

Are you getting a new iPhone for the holidays? has a list of interesting ways to repurpose your old iPhone, using apps and/or the tech that already comes with your current iPhone.  Download a free app like Presence and turn your old iPhone into a high-quality security camera and motion detector.

Read about more ways to get more life out of your old iPhone here.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Lexis Case Law Games for Exam Preparation

Lexis Advance provides Case Law Game which is designed to help law students spot and analyze issues in preparation for exams. This free fun tool allows students to compete against their friends and compare scores against other law schools.  It includes games for 1L's and upper level courses.  Click here to play.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, December 04, 2014

This Day In The Law: Federal Alcohol Control Administration Established

"On December 4, 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt established the Federal Alcohol Control Administration (FACA) by executive order under the National Industrial Recovery Act just prior to the formal end of Prohibition.

FACA was charged with guiding legitimate wineries and distilleries under a system based on brewers' voluntary codes of fair competition. It effectively vanished from history after just twenty months, when President Roosevelt in August 1935 signed the Federal Alcohol Administration (FAA) Act, lodging alcohol regulation exclusively with the US Treasury Department, where it currently remains under the jurisdiction of the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, formerly the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF)."

Acknowledgement to Jurist.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

New CRS Report: The Evolving Congress

This new CRS report on “The Evolving Congress "is a compendium of 22 reports that examine how and why Congress evolved over the previous decades to where it is today.
  • Congressional Research Service. 2014. The Evolving Congress. Senate. Committee on Rules and Administration. Senate Committee Print 113–30 (“89–394”) (Y 4.R 86/2) Washington: Government Printing Office. (December 1, 2014).

"The goal of this project is to inform the legislative debate moving forward by examining how and why Congress evolved over the previous decades to where it is today."

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat