Saturday, May 02, 2009

Law Day Perspective

Each year on May 1, with law students in the midst of final exams, the nation observes Law Day, celebrating the higher ideals for which the law profession stands and the role it plays in a nation "under law." For just a little perspective while studying, take a few moments to read the official proclamation of the 51st Law Day, U.S.A., by President and former constitutional law professor, Barack Obama.

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Friday, May 01, 2009

Facts Galore

Need a quick fact and Google not finding it? is a great source for facts - such as maps, definitions, and translations. It is also great for a quick study break, with comics, music, games and jokes. There is much, much more, so check it out.

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

U.S. Government Web Site On Influenza Pandemics is a U.S. government Web site devoted to swine, avian, and other pandemic influenza information.  The home page currently offers updates regarding the threatened swine influenza pandemic. Sidebar subjects include links to general information, planning and preparation, monitoring outbreaks, travel and economic impact, and much more

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Google's Public Data Tool

I was prowling the Law Librarian's Blog and discovered a cool new Google feature. With Google's Public Data Tool you can "compare visually public data often buried deep in government websites." Click here for more information.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Nuremberg Trials

From the site: Twenty-four major political and military leaders of Nazi Germany, indicted for aggressive war, war crimes, and crimes against humanity, were brought to trial before the International Military Tribunal. More than 100 additional defendants, representing many sectors of German society, were tried before the United States Nuremberg Military Tribunals in a series of 12 trials known as “Subsequent Nuremberg Proceedings.”

The four major publications contain: the official proceedings of the trial of the major war criminals (The Blue Series), documentary evidence and guide materials from that trial (The Red Series), the official condensed record of the subsequent trials (The Green Series), and a final report on all the war crimes trials held in Nuremberg, Germany, from 1945 to 1949.

The site links to the full text (PDF) of all of these publications.

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Immigration in the United States, 1789-1930

Harvard's Open Collections Program offers yet another web-based collection: Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930. This collection includes "approximately 1,800 books and pamphlets as well as 9,000 photographs, 200 maps, and 13,000 pages from manuscript and archival collections" and offers insight into the immigrant experience.

Some examples of material I found while browsing the collection include: a 1908 circular from the Immigration Restriction League; a 1904 pamphlet for persons of Irish Birth and Descent; and a lecture from 1870 on Chinese Labor in America.

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Sunday, April 26, 2009

The Legal Workshop

The Legal Workshop is a new venture put together by several leading law reviews. It offers short versions of articles that appear in the print versions of those journals and some short responses to those articles that do not appear in the print versions.

There's some blawg reaction here and here.

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