Saturday, September 15, 2012

Constitution Day 2012

Monday is the 225th birthday of the U.S. Constitution, or more accurately, of its signing by the Constitutional Convention delegates before it went out for ratification by the states.  In 2004, Congress passed legislation requiring that "[e]ach educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year shall hold an educational program on the United States Constitution on September 17 of such year for the students served by the educational institution." (P.L. 108-447, Section 111(b)).  This year, Hofstra Law is presenting a panel of constitutional experts at a timely program on the Supreme Court's recent health care decision.  As explained on the Department of Education's web site, "because September 17 falls on a religious holiday (Rosh Hashanah), educational institutions receiving Federal funding may celebrate Constitution Day during the preceding or following week" this year.  So be sure to join Professors Robin Charlow, Eric Freedman, Leon Friedman, and Julian Ku, with attorney expert Deborah Misir, on Wednesday, September 19, for this special Constitution Day program on the impact of a landmark case.
Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Friday, September 14, 2012

Terms of Service

O.K., we are lawyers or soon to be.  So, that means we read all of those web sites' endless Terms of Service, right?  In a word, NOT!  Now, there is a web site, appropriately named Terms of Service, which summarizes and rates many of the most frequently accessed web sites.

So, if you are checking out the new iPhone 5, check out Apple's Terms of Service.  If this is a  legal issue that interests you, join their working group.  They are looking for legal help.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Ten Search Engines To Explore The Invisible Web

There are a plethora of databases that contain Deep Web content; i.e., Web content that is normally inaccessible via general search engine queries. Here is a list of ten search engines that will help you to navigate this "vasty deep".

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Arizona Supreme Court Rules 1st Amendment Protects Tattoos

The WSJ reported that the Arizona Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling on Friday that tattooing is a form of free speech with full protection under the U.S. and state constitutions. 

“Its decision Friday came in a case in which a lower court ruled that cities can no longer use long-established regulations to block where certain types of businesses can locate.”  The Court stopped short of forcing Mesa, Ariz., City Council to allow tattoo artists to open a parlor.  

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Pondering a New Tablet?

If you are in the market for a tablet, check out the the pros and cons of 10 available tablets here:

The new Apple iPad came out on top when compared to its competitors, according to Laptop Mag's website.  They list 5 tablets they recommend you buy (and 5 tablets you should avoid). Don't make a costly mistake.  Check out their list before you buy!

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, September 10, 2012

C-SPAN | Campaign 2012

Miss a convention speech?  Want to hear what the candidates are saying at campaign rallies?  Campaign 2012 at C-SPAN is an excellent source for campaign videos and electoral news in general. 

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat