Thursday, August 28, 2014

Today in Legal History: The Ten Commandments in the Courthouse

“On August 28, 2003, the Supreme Court of Alabama removed a monument of the Biblical Ten Commandments from its courthouse rotunda. The monument had been installed on the orders of Chief Justice Roy Moore, triggering a federal lawsuit. In Glassroth v. Moore, the federal District Court for the Middle District of Alabama ordered Moore to remove the monument. This decision was upheld on appeal to the Eleventh Circuit”.

Acknowledgment to Jurist.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

New CRS Report: "Womenomics" in Japan: In Brief

Womenomics” In Japan: In Brief, is a recent CRS report by Emma Chanlett-Avery, Specialist in Asian Affairs, and Rebecca M. Nelson Specialist in International Trade and Finance.  The Report discusses Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s strategy to grow Japan’s economy and eliminate deflation.  “One of Abe’s planned structural reforms is a strategy to persuade Japanese women to join the workforce, to remain in the workforce after they have children, and to advance higher on the career ladder.” 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

CALI.ORG - Lessons for Law School Success

The new school year has started and it is a good time to gather study aids.  One of the best, and free, online study aid is the website.  "The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, also known as CALI, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit consortium of mostly US law schools.  In keeping with its Mission Statement, CALI conducts applied research and development in the area of computer-mediated legal education. The organization is best known in law schools for CALI Lessons, online interactive tutorials in legal subjects..." Read more about it here.

The CALI website has online lessons in 1L and 2L/3L subjects, e-books and e-casebooks.  "Law School Materials for Success, written by Dean Barbara Glesner Fines, is an book and podcast series filled with tips and tricks to make the law school experience as painless as possible." It is available on the CALI website here.

If you have not signed up for your free CALI username and password, please come to the Hofstra Law Library reference desk and ask for the Hofstra school code.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

United States Code (USC) - effective September 1st there will be 52 Titles.

From the Announcement - A Brief Summary of Changes: 

Provisions relating to voting and elections are being transferred from titles 2 and 42 into a new Title 52, Voting and Elections. The transfers are necessary and desirable to create a well organized, coherent structure for this body of law and to improve the overall organization of the United States Code. No statutory text is altered. The provisions are merely being relocated from one place to another in the Code.
The decision to transfer provisions in the United States Code is taken very seriously. After careful study, the Office of the Law Revision Counsel has concluded that certain organizational deficiencies in the Code must be corrected. The short-term inconvenience of adjusting to new Code citations is greatly outweighed by the benefit of making much needed long-term improvements in the organizational structure of the Code.
For the online version of the United States Code, the transfers will occur on September 1, 2014, after which the new Code citations should be used. For the printed version of the Code, the transfers will occur effective with supplement II of the 2012 edition.

The complete announcement with more detail is available at the Office of the Law Revision Counsel, United States Code.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

HeinOnline New Collection: Pentagon Papers

HeinOnline recently published a new library entitled "Pentagon Papers."  This new library provides a digital version of the "Pentagon Papers" which are a series of reports about the United States' political-military involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1967.  The collection can be browsed by title or keyword search.  To access HeinOnline Pentagon Papers click here.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Finding a Good Treatise

Whether you're studying a new subject this semester or have a job or internship expecting you to work with an unfamiliar area of law, there is often nothing more helpful than a good treatise on the subject. Legal treatises present an organized, detailed explanation of a specific area of the law (such as torts, immigration law, or evidence), generally written by an expert or authority in the field. 

To find reliable and outstanding treatises on many legal subjects, try these tools:

Recommended Legal Treatises: Key Treatises by Subject Area - a Hofstra Law Library research guide listing selected treatises by subject, with a direct link to the library catalog record for each treatise and information about its location and whether it can be found on Lexis, Westlaw, or other online database. Printed copies of this guide can be found in the handout rack next to the Law Library Reference Desk.

Georgetown Law Library Treatise Finders - a guide to authoritative and practical treatises on over sixty general and more specialized subjects, with online availability indicated.

If you have questions about treatises or need some help finding a good one, just ask one of the reference librarians.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Surfing the Library

Take a quick web tour of the Library web resources.

The Library web page looks a little different than it did last semester.  First years (and more seasoned students) - there is lots of useful information and useful tools for your research.  For instance - did you know we have Research Guides for Paper Writing, Journal Cite Checking and a 1L Law Library Survival Guide ?

And this just scratches the surface.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

America’s Great Outdoors

According to its Web site, “America's Great Outdoors (AGO) is an initiative to develop a 21st century approach to conservation and outdoor recreation. AGO brings together many federal agencies to work together with state and local partners across the country.” 

Under the auspices of the Department of the Interior, the AGO site also contains a document library where you can read more about specific aspects of the initiative.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

New on HeinOnline: State Statutes: A Historical Archive

One of HeinOnline's newer collections is State Statues: A Historical Archive. This collection includes more than 2,000 volumes and more than 2,000,000 pages of historical superseded state statutes.  The collection does not provide access to current state statutes.

The collection can be browsed or searched by State, Publication Title and Date.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Congratulations to the 1L Library Raffle Winners!

Thank you to all the 1Ls who stopped by the Hofstra Law Library table at the Law School and University Resources Welcome Fair and Lunch yesterday at Adams Quad.

Congratulations to our library raffle prize winners!
Richard Catalano
Katelyn Wistner
Javier Cruz-Perez

You can pick up your Hofstra Law t-shirt at the Circulation Desk.  Please bring your ID card.
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