Saturday, March 20, 2010

Yale Exhibits Supreme Court Bobbleheads

Yes, there is a collection of Supreme Court justice bobbleheads, and they were recently given to the Yale Law Library for permanent safekeeping. They will be archived in the Library's Rare Book Collection, where an exhibit featuring some of them recently went on public display.

The bobbleheads are a project of The Green Bag, "An Entertaining Journal of Law," which has been making the dolls since 2003. The journal has created about one bobblehead per year, beginning with Chief Justice Rhenquist, mostly in order of seniority. Not simply dolls, the bobbleheads portray the work and character of each justice through clothing and accessories representing their most famous and representative cases.

For an entertaining read, check out the article on Yale's new acquisitions by New York Times reporter Adam Liptak. The Yale Law Library Rare Books Blog provides a wonderful sample of an "annotated bobblehead" here.

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Research Skills Employers Expect

If you missed some of the Research Skills workshops last week, we will have repeats this coming week. The schedule is:

1. “Civics 101: What Every Lawyer Should Know, But Doesn’t"
• Monday, March 22, 12:10-1pm in Room 242

2. "Location, Location, Location: Where to find Statutes and Regulations”
• Monday, March 22, 1:10-2pm in Room 242

3. “Putting it all Together”
• Wednesday, March 24, 12:10pm-1 in Room 242

Pizza will be served at all of these.

If you missed our feature workshop with advice from law firm and corporate librarians, you can still benefit from their advice by viewing the web cast. It will be available next week on the Library's web casts page. The other workshops will be available on the web casts page after we complete the series.

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Analysis of Recent Miranda Warning Decision

Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court decided the case of Florida v. Powell. This case raised the question whether an unusually-worded set of Miranda warnings comports with the Constitution. A brief but informative discussion and analysis of this case appears here.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Research Guides

Writing a paper? Need help finding a source? A topic? The library has many research guides to help you find what you need. You might want to take a look at finding articles to help you get started.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

LLAGNY's Bridge the Gap, 2010

LLAGNY (Law Library Association of Greater New York) presents 2010 Bridge the Gap. This is a day long program addressing the most pressing needs of novice researchers. The day consists of a general overview session of the research process followed by a choice of break out sessions for specific practice areas, including: Bankruptcy | Business/Company Research | Criminal Law | Employment/Labor Law | International Arbitration | International Law | New York Internet Legal Research | Patents | Securities & Corporate Law.

Along side the research offerings will be programs on Social Media: Ethics and the Practice of Law | Legal Research on a Tight Budget | Research for Career Development. Lunch will include a presentation on How to Make Yourself a Top Candidate. The day concludes with a panel of attorneys from different legal venues who will describe the typical expectations for summer employees, and offer their advice on how to be successful in a summer job.

Date: March 26, 2010
Time: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: New York City Bar
Cost: $30.00 (includes lunch)

Registration and payment must be received by March 19th. Please bring photo ID.

Please see linked announcement/registration for more information.

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Tax and Accounting Center

The Tax and Accounting Center offers a comprehensive array of analysis, news, primary sources, and practice tools covering federal, international, and state tax issues and financial accounting.

The Tax and Accounting Center is organized by subject or “Practice Area,” accessible via the tabs located at the top of any of the “home” pages. Clicking the “All” tab at the far left will enable you to access all the content that is included in your subscription. Depending on your research needs, you may prefer to limit your view to the subscribed content accessible via the tabs labeled Federal Tax, State Tax, International Tax, Accounting, or Tax Practice Series. Or, you can click the “Practice Areas” tab on the far right to access content in any of the following Practice Areas: Compensation Planning; Estate Planning; Real Estate; Sales and Use Taxes; Tax-Exempt Organizations; and Transfer Pricing.

Dates of coverage are from May 7, 1999 to current.

To access Tax and Accounting Center:

  • Go to the Library's home page, click "Online Resources"
  • Click the "Tax and Estate Planning" link
  • Scroll down to "Tax and Accounting Center (BNA)"

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Will Wal-Mart Begin Offering Legal Advice?

Probably not any time soon. But the WSJ Law Blog highlights an editorial which suggests that they should be able to. After all, Tesco is going to start offering legal advice in England next year. And 30-40% of Americans with legal problems don't try to resolve them, probably because they cannot afford to.

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