Saturday, March 15, 2008

Legacy Tobacco Documents Library

The tobacco industry has had a long and checkered history in American business, law, and society. The Legacy Tobacco Documents Library (LTDL), a digital collection of the Tobacco Control Archives at the University of California at San Francisco, contains more than 8 million searchable documents "created by major tobacco companies related to their advertising, manufacturing, marketing, sales, and scientific research activities." Of particular interest to law students and researchers are links to litigation, legislation, health research, and advertising web sites, and to archive collections. The "Popular Documents" section provides a window on the tobacco industry in commerce and culture through decades of key materials documenting the industry's marketing, regulation, and public relations strategies.

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Friday, March 14, 2008

Supreme Court Justices on Writing and Advocacy

Get insights from the top jurists in the country about what makes for good legal writing and advocacy. On LawProse, Inc, you will find interviews of eight Supreme Court Justices in which they discuss what they find persuasive and what they wish attorneys would avoid. These interviews were done in 2006-2007 by Bryan Garner, editor-in-chief of the last two editions of Black’s Law Dictionary.

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

State Agency Databases

State Agency Databases is a wiki sponsored by the American Library Association's Government Documents Round Table (GODORT). It arose from the recognition of the following fact: Much government information, especially information relating to state agencies, is part of the so-called "invisible Web". This means that search engines cannot retrieve results from within these databases. As a solution to this difficulty, State Agency Databases provides links to all state agency databases, arranged alphabetically by state, and thereby makes finding state agency Web sites much easier.

State Agency Databases is a valuable resource, but keep in mind that it is a wiki, and therefore anyone can edit it.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month! Celebrate by learning more about women's contributions to our society at the Library of Congress Women's History Month webpage. The 2008 theme is "Women's Art:Women's Vision" and the Library of Congress is offering several online exhibits showcasing women artists, musicians and writers.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

** "Cost Efficient Research and other Law Practice Survival Tips"**

Come hear two great librarians from top firms tell you about legal research and the practice of law. The firms are different in size, but both expect and provide quality services.

Quality legal research is important to them and they take research skills seriously. This is an opportunity to get some insight into the research skills expected by firms and to ask questions of the librarians who are there to assist the attorneys meet the research expectations.

- Kathy Greco, Librarian/CLE Coordinator, Rivkin Radler LLP

Rivkin Radler's attorneys practice within 9 distinct Practice Groups, and are available to serve clients from three regional offices.

- Jim Murphy, Reference and Continuing Education Librarian, Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP

Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP is an international law firm headquartered in New York with lawyers in 13 countries.

Wednesday, March 12, 11:10-1pm in Room 205

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Monday, March 10, 2008

"I Do Solemnly Swear . . .": Presidential Inaugurations

"I Do Solemnly Swear . . .": Presidential Inaugurations is available through The Library of Congress’ American Memory database. "I Do Solemnly Swear . . ." provides access to over 2,000 digital files relating to presidential inaugurations from George Washington's in 1789 to George W. Bush's inauguration of 2001.

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Sunday, March 09, 2008

Another Election Resource

Congresspedia (mentioned here in September) is creating the Superdelegate Transparency Project--an attempt to track the allegiances of every Democratic superdelegate, and thus give those who follow politics even more access to the statistics of their favorite sport.

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