Thursday, July 02, 2015

Did Benjamin Franklin Really Say That?

As Independence Day approaches, we can reliably expect to see quotations throughout the various media from that most quotable of the Founders, Benjamin Franklin. But did Benjamin Franklin really say that?

Click here to find out.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

New York Freedom Trail

Fourth of July weekend is almost here.  Many of us will be heading into Manhattan, Brooklyn, or elsewhere in New York City to take advantage of the fun and festivities. While you're taking a much needed break from work or bar exam outlines, don't miss the Revolutionary War history right on your path to that museum, restaurant, or family gathering.  New York Freedom Trail is a quick virtual tour of 19 New York City Revolutionary War sites, with photos, a simple map, and public transit directions for each one. There's enough information to make each site interesting while keeping to the essentials.  So before you head out, be sure to take a look at New York Freedom Trail online, or take along the Kindle version available from

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Monday, June 29, 2015

10 Mobile Apps to Simplify Life for Lawyers

This is another apps list from Law Technology Today, 10 Mobile Apps to Simplify Life for Lawyers.  Some apps are strictly for lawyers - Fastcase - while others are general - Workshare - but meet a lawyer's need.

So review the apps and use the ones that suit your needs.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Sunday, June 28, 2015

General Legal Research Apps

Law Technology Today recently published a list of general legal research apps.  The apps are organized by category which include court rules, case law, legal dictionaries, state statutes and more.  There is coverage of free and fee based apps.  Click here for the entire list of apps.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

End of the Term

As we reach the end of the Supreme Court's term, you may be inspired to catch up on what happened (in yesterday's Affordable Care Act decision), is happening as I type (the last decision of the term on same sex marriage will be announced any minute) and what will happen next term.

Check out SCOTUSblog for live blogging as the decision is coming down as well as links to the opinion, briefs and commentary.

Another good site is the ABA Preview .

Finally, an old favorite, with recordings of oral arguments from seminal cases (think Roe v. Wade) going back decades - Oyez .

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Alternative Idea For A Summer Blockbuster

Quieter days in the library allow this virtual library cat time to reflect on better ideas for a Summer blockbuster movie, an alternative to the usual tedious cloned dinosaur-run-amok fare. With that in mind, I offer for your consideration some stills from Jurassic Kitten.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The New Edition of the Blue Book Has Been Published!

The 20th edition of The Bluebook Citation Manual has just been published.  Cynthia Pittson of Pace Law School compiled the changes, from the 19th to the 20th edition.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

State Court Websites

As a summer intern or new lawyer, you'll often need to obtain information quickly about particular state courts of general or special jurisdiction.  Whether you are interested in the New York City Family Court or a county or superior court in an unfamiliar state judicial system, there is a wealth of information on state court websites, including contacts, e-filing procedures, jurisdictional requirements, local court rules, required forms, and recent decisions. A great one-stop resource for this kind of information is the State Court Web Sites page of the National Center for State Courts (NCSC). This page provides links to the court websites of every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and other U.S. territories. In addition, there is a Court Structure Chart for all states and for most other jurisdictions.  If you don't know where to begin, this is a good place to start.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Graphics and visuals of U.S. law

There have been many efforts over the past few decades to use visualization methods and technologies to create graphical representations of the law.  Alan Rothman has written a short article Recent Visualization Projects Involving US Law and the Supreme Court discussing two projects.

The first is an overview of visualizations of the U.S. Constitution by Prof. Harry Surdon. 

The second refers to a forthcoming article on the study of a quantitative analysis  of the Writing Style of the U.S. Supreme Court, by Keith Carlson, Michael A. Livermore, and Daniel Rockmore, Dated March 11, 2015.

The use of graphs and other visualizations is an exciting trend in the study and analysis of law.  The linked article contains links to further your research.

Hat Tip to

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Ferguson Report

The FERGUSON report : Department of Justice investigation of the FERGUSON Police Department is now available in the Library collection (HV8148.F47 F47 2015and online.

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