Saturday, May 08, 2010

Grading Law School Exams

In the midst of exam week stress, have you ever taken a minute to think about your stressed out professors, faced with grading all those exams? For a humorous take on how law professors really grade exams, check out Assault and Flattery 2009, scenes from Louisiana State University Law School's annual comedy show and roast of the third year class, produced by the school's SBA. The professors are real. Hopefully, the exams were not.

A hat tip to Legal Blog Watch for the timely reminder.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Friday, May 07, 2010

One stop shopping

I am going back to an old favorite today. . You can find a link to just about anything on this page. Need to know gas prices by location - who knew there are about a dozen sites which you can explore. I just learned on this date in 1824 Beethoven's Ninth Symphony premiered.

It has links to the useful search engines, calculators, weather . . . I could go on and on. Great for a quick study break. Just be warned, you may get hooked.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Strange Bedfellows Critique Congressional Lawmaking

According to this Associated Press news story, the Heritage Foundation and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers have joined forces to challenge what they feel is the Congress’s excessively loose and vague drafting of criminal laws. Have a look at the story, and tell us what you think.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Index to Legal Abbreviations

Need to decipher a legal abbreviation? Check out the Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations. Just type your abbreviation into the "search by abbreviation" box and it will find the name of the publication publication for you.

Conversely, if you have the name of a common legal publication, type the name into the "search by title" box and it will find a recognized legal citations for you.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Power strips

Don't let the battery in your laptop rundown. Borrow a power strip from the library. We have 9 power strips behind the Circulation Desk for loan to the students. This is a useful item for groups in the study rooms when there are more laptops than outlets available.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, May 03, 2010

Added Hours During Exam Period

The Library has added hours on Saturday and Sunday! In response to student requests to offer earlier opening hours on the weekends, the Library will open at 9:00 on Saturday and Sunday through the exam period.
Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Google Evidence

No, it's not a new web application for court clerks. Joel Cohen and Katherine A. Helm have an interesting new article on about a recent 2nd Circuit opinion which states that judges can take judicial notice of information published on the internet. The authors make a good point--judges who do this should probably also reveal the websites they've used and how they found those websites. As all librarians know, it is possible for very smart people to use very bad Google search terms.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat