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Today, a coalition of more than 140 technology companies and other experts and organizations--including Google and Apple--sent a letter to President Obama urging him to protect privacy rights by not undermining strong encryption technologies as the government considers law enforcement's need to access increasingly encrypted data. The background of the letter and related issues are discussed in a Washington Post article by national security reporter Ellen Nakashima, available here.
Exams are over! Take a break to consider the legal
issues that arise in Marvel Universe when Capital Hill proposes that
all costumed heroes unmask themselves before the government! In Civil war: a Marvel Comics event, superheroes clash with one other as they struggle towards a decision that will change the Marvel Universe ... forever!
Civil war is located in the library's reserve collection, ask for it at the the circulation desk.
Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat
From my corner of the law library, I would bet that happiness means the end of finals (or the end of law school and the beginning of a new career) for most law students finishing up their exams this week. But it's also a good time of year to consider what constitutes genuine happiness in life--not only for individuals, but for the nations of the world trying to foster the well-being of their citizens and societies. World Happiness Report 2015 is the latest in a series of landmark surveys of well-being and happiness as measures of economic and social development in 158 countries. The Report, produced by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN): A Global Initiative for the United Nations, contains statistics, maps and charts ranking and comparing nations on the basis of six key indicators of well-being: gross domestic product (GDP) per capita; healthy years of life expectancy; social support; trust; perceived freedom to make life decisions; and generosity.
A work of "leading experts across fields--economics, psychology, survey analysis, national statistics, health, public policy and more," the Report also features in-depth chapters on special topics such as how happiness measures differ by age, gender, and global region; how societies can create sustainable happiness in their young (under age 18); and new findings from the neuroscience of happiness. The full report in PDF is available here.
If you are still looking for a job, Out of the Jungle has a post with hints for preparing your resume/CV and the actual interview. You have probably heard much of it but this makes a useful list to keep you on track.
Just a reminder - there is a new and improved system for accessing Past Exams. Here is a summary of the instructions. Steps 3 and 4 seem to be the key.
1. Click on the Past Exams link here or from the Students link on the Library homepage (under Library Resources).
2. Log into the Portal. Fill out the User information requested. 3. You will need to add "Law Exams" as a course. Try "Search by Course" and search for "Law Exams". 4. Once you see Law Exams, click on Add Course. You will need to get the password from the Reference librarian or Circulation desk.
5. Once added, click on the "Law Exams" course name. This will bring you to the list of past exams available.
As always, if you need assistance, ask your favorite Reference librarian. Also, check your email. Dean Selby sent the full instructions with screenshots to all students on April 28.
(a.k.a. - legal stuff I have to say on advice of counsel)
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