Saturday, September 14, 2013

Wealthiest Members of Congress

This week Roll Call, one of the most respected publications covering Congress and now a free site, posted "50 Richest Members of Congress," a run-down of the financial worth of the 50 wealthiest members of the legislative branch and the sources of their wealth.  The results of this latest study, an annual project of Roll Call since 1990, includes a break down of financial assets and member profiles, with recent news coverage, for each of the 41 men and 9 women in this exclusive group. While the source of their wealth ranges from tech entrepreneurship to family trust funds, 18 of them hold a J.D.

Beyond this special report, Roll Call is a great source for law students and attorneys on the latest developments on Capitol Hill, unique news coverage of Congress, fundraising and seniority charts, and policy updates, with Roll Call blogs and free registration to receive daily updates on legal areas or policy issues of interest to you.   

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Where your tax $$ really go?

Now that Congress is once again deliberating on the budget and debt limit, it is interesting to see where the money is actually spent. does just that in incredible detail.    For example you can check out direct payments for student assistance in New York.  For an interesting overview, check out Summaries.   The database is quite sophisticated, so make sure to check out the informative FAQs.

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Google And The Street View Privacy Litigation

“The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit accusing Google of violating a federal wiretap law while collecting data for its Street View program. The case arose after Google acknowledged that its Street View vehicles had been collecting and storing data over unencrypted Wi-Fi networks, including personal e-mails, usernames, passwords, videos and documents”.

Read more here.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

CRS Report: Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)

Legislative Attorneys Jody Feder and Cynthia Brougher wrote a recent CRS Report entitled Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination in Employment: A Legal Analysis of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

"The stated purpose of the legislation is “to address the history and persistent, widespread pattern of discrimination, including unconstitutional discrimination, on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity by private sector employers and local, State, and Federal Government employers,” as well as to provide effective remedies for such discrimination." Read their report here.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

New Study Rooms Available

Hofstra Law Library has just added 4 new study rooms to our student study areas.  In addition to the study rooms already available, sign up for rooms 029S, 029T, 029U and 022C at the Circulation Desk.

Come study at the library!

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Monday, September 09, 2013

Writing a research paper?

If you a writing a paper for a seminar, you may want to check out the research guide "Paper Writing Resources".  In this guide: 1a.  Selecting a Topic | 1b.  Quick Preemption Checklist | 2.  Finding Research Guides | 3.a.  Finding Legal Articles | 3b.  Finding Non-legal Articles | 4.  Locating Articles | 5.  Finding Books | 6.  When you are finished / Current Developments. 

You will find a list of all our research guides here.

The friendly librarians are always updating and creating new guides for our law students.

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Sunday, September 08, 2013

Online Resources: Telecommunications Monitor (BNA)

If you are looking for a publication that offers coverage of regulatory, legislative, judicial decisions and developments relating to telecommunications, check out BNA's Telecommunications MonitorDates of coverage are from February 6, 2001 to the present.

To access the Telecommunications Monitor:
  • Go to the Library's home page, click "Online Resources"
  • Click the "Intellectual Property Law" link
  • Scroll down to "Telecommunications Monitor (BNA)"

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