Saturday, April 02, 2011

LLAGNY's "Bridge the Gap"Legal Research Program

Thinking about working as a summer associate or intern? Did you miss some of the Library's "Top 10" Legal Research Skills workshops? Here's another great chance to improve those research skills for summer success!

Each year, the Law Library Association of Greater New York (LLAGNY) sponsors a day-long program focusing on legal research skills, with the goal of easing the transition from law school to summer employment. This year's program will be held Friday, April 8, at New York Law School in Manhattan.

The day includes a general overview session on the research process and individual sessions with sample research issues created for three interest tracks: Corporate Securities; Litigation; and Public Service Practices. The afternoon panel of expert practitioners from different legal venues (firm, nonprofit, court, agency) will describe expectations for summer associates and offer advice. Breakfast, lunch, program materials, and a luncheon speaker on career development are all included for a bargain price of $40.00!

Registration forms and the program schedule are here, at the LLAGNY web site. Hofstra Law students also should have received an email about the event, with instructions for registering after April 1. Forms and information are also available at the Reference Desk.
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Friday, April 01, 2011

Stress Reduction-Lobby for your favorite pet

The newest trend in law student stress reduction is happening at the Yale Law School Library. As first reported in Above the Law, students can "check out" a dog (a real one, not virtual) to pet, pamper and enjoy the health benefits of pet companionship. Listen to fellow law students on NPR talk about the benefits.

So, what about a cat (the furry variety, not just yours truly)???

Help us establish similar stress reduction opportunities for students. Chime in and send a comment with your views.

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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Is Justice Scalia Nineteen Times Funnier Than Justice Ginsburg?

So claims Boston University Law Professor Jay D. Wexler, who conducted a study of the “relative funniness” of the U.S. Supreme Court Justices. Read more here.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Online Resources: Criminal Law Reporter (BNA)

If you are looking for a source that will provide access to coverage of federal and state court decisions, federal legislative activities, and administrative developments in criminal law, try the Criminal Law Reporter.

To access Criminal Law Reporter (BNA):

  • Go to the Library's home page, click "Online Resources"
  • Click the "Criminal Law" link
  • Scroll down to " Criminal Law Reporter (BNA)"

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Amnesty International: Death Penalty in 2010

Amnesty International has just released a report titled "Death Sentences and Executions in 2010". The U.S. is one of the more frequent executioners and shares the top with China, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

In the last decade, more than 30 countries have abolished the death penalty in law or practice. Fifty-eight countries worldwide now retain the death penalty for ordinary crimes, and less than half of these carried out executions in 2010. This report analyzes some of the key developments in the worldwide application of the death penalty in 2010, citing figures gathered by Amnesty International on the number of death sentences handed down and executions carried out during the year.
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Sunday, March 27, 2011

New HeinOnline United Nations Collection Features

HeinOnline recently restructured the United Nations Collection to make searching easier and more efficient. The new features include browse options which are located at the of the collection homepage. The browse options include searching by titles, treaty publications, International Court of Justice, UN Commission on International Trade Law, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, UN Yearbooks, UN Serials, and more. Learn more about the new features here.
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