Tuesday, September 02, 2014

The Pomodoro Technique and the Pomotodo App for Time Management

The Pomodoro Technique for time management works for law students and lawyers. The basic idea is to work in short bursts of time, usually around 25 minutes, and make yourself more productive in a shorter span of time!  Read more about it here.  And implement it in your life with Pomotodo, available in iOS and Android.

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

1L Law Library Survival Guide

The first few weeks of law school can be overwhelming and there is so many new terms and sources that 1L's are being exposed to this semester.  The Library has put together a 1L Law Library Survival Guide to get you acquainted with all the materials that you will be hearing about and seeing this semester.  This research guide explains the resources, both print and electronic, in the law library for a new law student. There are brief explanations of the types of legal resources that a law student is likely to encounter for research and exam preparation.  Remember we are here to help you and if you have any questions please stop by at the Reference Desk.  Click here to access the guide.

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

International Labor Laws: NATLEX

How do countries around the world protect disabled workers, provide for social security and family leave, and restrict child labor?  Labor Day weekend is a great time to discover NATLEX, an International Labour Organization (ILO) database of labor and related human rights legislation covering 196 countries. Users can browse by country or topic to produce citations and descriptions of relevant laws, often with a link to the full text in English, French, or Spanish, ILO's three official languages. NATLEX makes every effort to keep current with new legislation. The "New in NATLEX" feature locates new legislation added this month and  each previous month for the past year, by country and topic. NATLEX is a key resource for comparative labor law research.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Laboring on Labor Day

Yes, I will be laboring on labor day - meaning the Library will be open.  You can get both Reference librarian assistance and access to Reserve materials at the Circulation desk 10am-6pm.

In other interesting news, check out the following free e-books for your classes:

2015 Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure http://www.cali.org/books/federal-rules-criminal-procedure-2015
2015 Federal Rules of Civil Procedure http://www.cali.org/books/federal-rules-civil-procedure-2015

Enjoy the long weekend.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

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 www.cali.org 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.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

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.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

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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