Saturday, December 18, 2010

Lady Justice: Story of an Icon

Two Yale Law School professors have just published a long-awaited book tracing Lady Justice (with and without blindfold) as both art and symbol throughout the ages and as a presence in courtrooms worldwide. In Representing Justice: Invention, Controversy, and Rights in City-States and Democratic Courtrooms, reviewed earlier this week in a New York Times feature article by Randy Kennedy, professors Judith Resnik and Dennis E. Curtis use of history of the familiar symbol to explain its role in the relationship between democracy and the courts. Explore some of the wonderful images from the book at the Yale Law School Library Document Collection Center site. In February, Hofstra Law Professor Bennett Capers, who has also written on Lady Justice, will speak at a special Yale Law School symposium.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

“Steep Learning Curve” For New U.S. Supreme Court Justice

The latest U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Elena Kagan, speaks about her new job. Read excerpts from her C-Span interview (her first interview since joining the Court) here.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Cats on Westlaw

This video, made by an Arizona Law student, makes for a good study break.

It is a cautionary tale about avoiding extra charges on Westlaw and Lexis. No word from PETA yet.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

THOMAS Enhancements

The Library of Congress started enhancing the THOMAS site in January. Well, THOMAS has undergone its fourth major enhancement of 2010. Click here to read about the enhancements.
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Monday, December 13, 2010

Geminid meteor shower this evening

The Geminid meteor shower peaks this evening and tomorrow morning. Jupiter and the moon are also putting on a show this evening. Take a short break from your studies and sky watch.
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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Issues of Internet Privacy in 2010

Internet privacy is an ongoing hot button issue this year and will continue its reign with the growing popularity of Facebook, Twitter, various Google features and more. Recently, the ReadWriteWeb blog published an article discussing the major privacy stories 0f 2010 that surrounded Facebook, Google, eReaders, WikiLeaks and more. The article analyzes the specific privacy issues and what action, if any, was taken to insure the privacy of users. Read the full article here.

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