Saturday, October 08, 2005

Miers...She Wrote

As a law student, Supreme Court Justice nominee Harriet Miers wrote a casenote for her school’s law journal, for which she was Comments Editor. You can link to it (under Journal Articles: Other Articles) from Southern Methodist University Law Library's helpful list of her articles, court briefs, and other writings. WESTLAW provides access to the full-text of Meirs’ appellate briefs and court documents, as well as case decisions from her legal career and a professional profile, with one search. Select the “Profiler” database (PROFILER-WLD) from the Welcome screen, and do a “First and Last Name” template search. Click on the “1” next to the resulting document.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Friday, October 07, 2005

Supreme Happenings

The U.S. Supreme Court has been front page news. To stay absolutely current on happenings in the Supreme Court, while you are at the Law School, check out Supreme Court Today . You can, for example, find out the questions presented in the assisted-suicide case argued two days ago. This is part of BNA's U.S. Law Week, which is a useful resource not only for what is going on in all of the federal courts (and some hot topics in the state courts), but a great way to come up with an interesting paper topic.

To access U.S. Law Week, you can also click on the link from the Law Library's Research Databases page. You have to be at the Law School to access any of these databases.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

From the Suggestion Box

Suggestion 1 : Please get staplers for the computer lab.

Reply 1 : Based on past history, we've found that the distance between library staff and the staplers is directly correlated to the amount of damage to or disappearance of the staplers. However, since we had received multiple requests for these last year, we did try to reintroduce the stapler to the lab environment. Consistent with history, those staplers were quickly damaged or taken. Since this experiment was conducted relatively recently, at this point, the library staplers will remain at the circulation desk.

Suggestion 2 : Please tell me the new chairs are being donated and not just thrown away.

Reply 2 : We're trying!! But it's more difficult to give away chairs than you would think. Over the last week, we've contacted the Salvation Army, Goodwill, St. Martha's Charities, the Hempstead School District, and several other charities. Currently, we still have a few outstanding offers out there, but ultimately, our donating the chairs depends on finding a willing recipient. If you have any ideas, feel free to let us know!

Suggestion 3 : We would really prefer rolling chairs in the lab.

Reply 3: Never fear! We actually will be rearranging some chairs in the library early next week, so that rolling ones will be up in the lab (and stationary ones will be placed in study rooms).

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Write To Your Representative

Locating and contacting your Congressional Representative has never been easier. The House of Representatives' "Write your Representative" Web site makes the process absolutely seamless.

First, enter your location and your ZIP code in the areas indicated (Note: You'll likely need the nine-digit version of your ZIP code, but a link will take you to the USPS Web site, where you can quickly determine what it is). Then, click "Contact my Representative". The site will prompt you to enter your contact information, and will then direct you to a text entry form. Simple!
Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Speaking of Politics

Then again, politics always seems to be in the (printed) news. But on TV? On this day in 1947 President Harry S. Truman made the first US President to have speech televised from the White House.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

More on Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers

The University of Michigan Law Library has already created and published a website to track the nomination of Harriet Miers to the U.S. Supreme Court. To really keep up to date an RSS feed is available, see The easy way to keep up with the news!

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, October 03, 2005

Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers

This morning, President Bush nominated White House Counsel Harriet Miers for the position of Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. For her completely up-to-date biography see the wikipedia article on Harriet Miers. Wikipedia is constantly updated and already reflects her nomination in her biography.

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