Thursday, March 03, 2005

On Being Nocturnal or Early Morning Haunts

Like our furry counterparts, we virtual felines are also nocturnal and need a place to prowl after midnight. I have discovered - and want to pass along to my fellow nocturnal creatures among you - that the Law School is open 24 hours to the Law School community. You can get in to the Law School by swiping your ID in the automatic door which is in the corner in the front patio.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Footnote TV

Footnote TV is a website that uses television shows to discuss and analyze current legal issues. Some of the tv shows discussed regularly include The West Wing, Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show, JAG, South Park and Law and Order. For information about this interesting site and links to its companion sites: Footnote Media and Footnote Fahrenheit see

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

21st Century Library workshops, Wednesday, March 2

You're in federal court based on a federal statute and you need to know what did Congress mean when it wrote that law. Horrors! Legislative intent and that means compiling a legislative history. Never fear, Congressional Universe to the rescue. Wednesday, March 2nd at 11:10 AM in the lower level computer lab is a workshop demonstrating this resource.

Another case, another information need, but this time it is a statistical query. How to start? Where to go? You saw it mentioned in a news article, but where did the reporter get the number? Wednesday, March 2nd at 12:10 PM in the lower level computer lab is a workshop on finding statistics on the web.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Results of Survey on Quiet Area Suggestion

Although not unanimous, the overwhelming response concerning the suggestion to make one of the rooms in the Library a laptop-free zone, was against the idea. Consequently, laptops are still welcome in the room off to the left of the Periodicals area - as well as everywhere else in the Library.

Thanks for your input - both in making the suggestion as well as commenting on it. Your feedback is the best way for me to get a sense of your concerns and to pass them along. By the way, I did pass along your requests for more power outlets. The Library is hoping to get new furniture after the end of the semester. Once that happens, we can plan more logically for convenient outlet placement.

Keep those suggestions and comments coming. My only request - please refrain from negative comments about individual humans or felines. I hate having to fluff out my virtual fur.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Sunday, February 27, 2005

Fantasy Court

For more fun & games with a legal flavor, check out
Rumor has it that this fantasy game was founded by a 1996 Hofstra Law Graduate. The Challenge is for attorneys only and follows the Supreme Court term in its entirety. Players choose the overall outcome of each case, as well as the majority/minority split, and receive points for each correct answer. The player with the most points at the end of June will be awarded the title "Fantasy Justice of the Year"and a prize of $5000!

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat