Saturday, January 15, 2011

Detention Watch Network

Those needing resources on immigration law, asylum, and deportation issues this semester should check out the website of Detention Watch Network, an advocacy group that works to educate the public and policymakers as well as to advocate for detention system reforms. The research pages of this site include links to key U.S. government reports and materials as well as to clearinghouses and other organizations, together with studies and documents from human and civil rights organizations, bar associations, and law school projects focused on the rights of detainees and asylum seekers.
Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Friday, January 14, 2011

Welcome Back and Looking Ahead - MLK Day

A belated welcome back. I hope you enjoyed as many good naps over the break as I did. These snow storms really reinforce my pleasure in being a virtual cat and not having to deal with that cold wet stuff.

Looking ahead, although you will not be attending classes on Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Day, I will be prowling in the Library. You can get help from human beings both at the Circulation and Reference desks between 10am and 6pm. Outside of those hours you can access the Library through our 24/7 access point.

We will go back to our regular schedule on Tuesday. As always, you can check the Circulation desk hours and updated Reference desk hours on the Library's web site.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Justice Kagan's First Opinion

Justice Kagan's first opinion as a Supreme Court Justice is on the subject of Chapter 13 bankruptcy deductions. Read more about it here.

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

LLRX: Juror Behavior in the Information Age

Ken Strutin examines juries using social media and the impact of this behavior on the courtroom. His article collects recent and notable examples of juror online misbehavior and highlights scholarship and practice resources concerning its implications for voir dire, trial management and the administration of justice.
Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, January 10, 2011

Lawyers & Social Media

The use or misuse of Facebook is something of a hot topic in legal news these days. What most people think of as a personal online presence can inadvertently have professional consequences. This handy little guide from LAWPRO Magazine is a concise rundown of the more common errors. Just be aware and act appropriately.
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Sunday, January 09, 2011

Federal Government Mobile Apps

The U.S. government offers a number of free phone apps to provide information from the daily UV index to current news from the White House. The apps are designed to be convenient and easily accessible for all users. The apps include TSA travel information, product recalls, government jobs, find your embassy, alternative fuel locator, postal service tools, and more. Learn more about the phone apps or download them at:

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