Saturday, March 01, 2008

Elections Everywhere

With the U.S. media--and voters--so focused on our own Presidential race, it's easy to forget the elections going on all over the world. Whether for research, personal interest in another country, or background for travel, check out ElectionGuide is a creation of IFES, the nonprofit democracy development organization that assists with elections worldwide.

With ElectionGuide, you can search or browse election news and information by region or country, check the calendar of past and upcoming elections, view election results and voter turnout statistics, and read brief national summaries of elected heads of state, parties, candidates, and election structures, with more detailed profiles of upcoming elections. ElectionGuide is a one-stop election information center with a world view.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Friday, February 29, 2008

Happy Leap Day !

O.K. so what's with the extra day this year. Was it some astronomer royal hundreds of years ago who decided we needed an extra day in such a beastly month as February? Actually, according to Wired Magazine, it goes back to the times of Julius Caesar. For a list of people born on leap day, and other interesting leap day trivia, see February 29 on Wikipedia . There is even a Leap Year Cocktail!!

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, February 28, 2008

State And Local Government Web Sites

Do you need information from, or regarding, state or local governments and agencies? The State and Local Government Internet directory provides convenient access to the Web sites of thousands of state agencies and city and county governments.

Users may employ the drop-down menus on the left to view directory pages to find state government offices (all the Web sites in a given state, ranging from a state's home page or a governor's site to the smallest counties or townships). Users may also search by topic (For instance, the Web sites of state government constitutional officers, state legislatures, state judiciaries and departments across all states), as well as for local government links by county government.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Sir Thomas More

If you are interested in legal ethics in history, read about the life of Sir Thomas More, lawyer and author of Utopia. In the service of Henry VIII, More held the powerful position of Lord Chancellor. However, More's opinions and personal morals eventually led to his execution.

And if you are an art lover, take a look at this portrait of More on the web site of The Frick Collection. It is a nice source for information about the artist and the subject.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Top 10 Research Skills: Strategic Searching

The basics have been reviewed and getting background information has been surveyed. How is all this put together? The workshop on Strategic Searching will focus on the process of legal research. Using the incident “Don’t Taser Me Bro!” as the basic fact scenario – instructor reserves privilege to alter as needed – we will make a step-by-step strategic search analysis and evaluate the incident as a possible sec. 1983 case.

Wednesday, March 5, 1:10-2pm in Room 243

Tuesday, March 11, 4:10-5pm in Room 238 (repeat session)

Like the other workshops, it is open to all Hofstra law students and there is no need to sign up in advance.

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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Deal or No Deal?

The Georgia Supreme Court is set to hear arguments Tuesday to decide whether people who were charged 99 cents to use their cell phones to participate in a sort of lottery NBC created to promote the show "Deal or No Deal" are entitled to recoup their losses under a Georgia gambling law. has an explanation here.

Luckily for students at Emory Law School, the Georgia Supreme Court is holding its arguments in their auditorium Tuesday, but presumably without Howie Mandel or any suitcases full of money.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat