Friday, October 21, 2011

Find me on Facebook

No, I do not have my own Facebook page. The Deane Law Library allows me to prowl on their Wall. So, you can find my postings as well as other useful information. It is a great way to stay in touch. And, I have it on good authority that some of the suggestions left in our Suggestion Box will be answered there.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Stem Cell Research A Legal Issue In Europe, Too

Although polarized American responses to stem cell research often dominate the news, the practice is controversial in Europe, as well.

As reported at Jurist, the European Court of Justice ruled on Tuesday that, under European law, patents are not issuable for any process that involves removing a stem cell from, and then destroying, a human embryo. Read more here.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Another Free Speech Case for Supreme Court

This week the U.S. Supreme Court added to its already interesting docket for this term by taking up the federal government's appeal of a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling which struck down the Stolen Valor Act of 2005. This law makes it a federal crime to falsely claim, verbally or in writing, that you have received a military medal or decoration, with a one year prison term possible if the claim involves a major award such as the Purple Heart. The case of United States v. Alvarez involves an elected official of a California water district who falsely claimed to be a marine Medal of Honor recipient and pled guilty, but reserved the right to appeal on First Amendment grounds. The Supreme Court will now decide whether criminally proscribing this type of "false speech" makes the law "facially invalid" under the Free Speech Clause. You can read the court documents and follow commentary on this case at Scotusblog.
Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Research Resources: Electronic Commerce & Law Report (BNA)

BNA’s Electronic Commerce & Law Report provides national and global perspectives on the digital economy. It also provides access to news of trends and developments, insights and legal commentary.

To access Electronic Commerce & Law Report:(BNA):

  • Go to the Library's home page, click "Online Resources"
  • Then, click "Commercial and Corporate Law" link
  • Scroll down, click the "Electronic Commerce & Law Report:(BNA)" link
Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, October 17, 2011

Need a quick refresher on advanced Lexis/Westlaw

Do you remember how to find a database? How to search within your search results? Use Shepard's / KeyCite for more than finding out if a case is still good law?

The Deane Law Library webcasts may be what you need. These were developed to be quick reminders on selected aspects of Lexis/Westlaw research. Move beyond the basics.
Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat