Saturday, March 27, 2010

C-SPAN Video Library

While looking forward to Spring Break, you may have missed the recent news that all of C-SPAN's programming from 1987 forward--on all three C-SPAN networks--is now available free online in the just launched C-SPAN Video Library. This site is well organized, with a great browse page, and searchable to provide easy access to material such live and unedited Congressional debates and speeches actually made on the House and Senate floor and videos of Congressional committee hearings. In addition, hundreds of C-SPAN public affairs programs from the "America and the Courts" and "Newsmakers" series provide valuable background material on issues, legislation, and people for law school research papers. You'll find more about this constantly growing resource and how to use it to best advantage in this helpful article from Information Today.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Recent U.S. Supreme Court Bankruptcy Law Decisions

Signs of the times? An article on Jurist not only discusses a recent Supreme Court decision upholding the validity of a discharge of student loans in bankruptcy, but mentions several other bankruptcy-related cases that the court has heard this term, as well.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Case Law for the United Kingdom

Looking for British or Irish cases? Bailii is the place to go. Bailii has databases for the United Kingdom as well as European case law. It is a very handy site.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

United States Census

As you should be aware the Census Bureau is conducting a census of the population as required by the U.S. constitution Article 1 Section 2. The primary purpose is for the apportionment of congressional house seats but it does serve other important needs. The U.S. Census Bureau actually tracks many aspects of U.S. society on an on-going basis. It is a measurement of our states and communities.

Health care has been in the news and the Census Bureau pulls together the primary data on insurance and coverage.

If you receive a census survey take the time to fill it out. It won't take long.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, March 22, 2010

LLAGNY's 2010 Bridge the Gap Program

It isn't too late to register for the Law Library Association of Greater New York's (LLAGNY) 2010 Bridge the Gap Program! Just contact Yasmine Alexander at

Several practice area research sessions will be offered, including: Bankruptcy, Business/Company Research, Criminal Law, Employment/Labor Law, International Arbitration, International Law, Patents, and Securities & Corporate Law.

LLAGNY'S annual Bridge the Gap Legal Research Program helps new summer associates and judicial clerks refresh their research skills in preparation for summer employment, and offers tips from practitioners about how to make the summer a success. This year, additional programs will focus on legal career development. The registration fee is $30, which includes breakfast, lunch and course materials. The program will be held at the NYC Bar Assn, 42 W. 44th St. from 8:30 AM -4:00 PM on Friday, March 26, 2010.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat