Saturday, February 22, 2014

SEC Historical: Virtual Museum and Archive

SEC Historical: The Virtual Museum and Archive of the History of Financial Regulation is maintained by the SEC Historical Society, an independent nonprofit organization. This is a goldmine of documents and media related to the history of financial regulation in the United States. An ever-growing virtual repository, it provides access to original materials not available elsewhere online, including hard-to-find papers and speeches, oral histories, famous case and legislative history documents, and radio and TV interviews. The "galleries," topical collections of documents drawn from the entire museum, focus on subjects such as insider trading and the SEC and the courts.  A financial regulation timeline highlights significant developments in financial regulation from the 1930s through 2013.

SEC Historical is a great resource for background and primary source material for legal research papers. It's also just fun to search and explore.  

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Friday, February 21, 2014

Research - you NEED to know how

No more Mr. Nice Cat.  Like it or not you NEED to know how to research when you get out into practice or for your summer jobs.  And face it, if you are a second or third year, you have not done much legal research (which is different that paper research) since Legal Writing.  Even you journal students out there- you may be great source gatherers, but that is not the same as knowing how to do legal research.

Like the librarian superheroes that they are, just in time the Library is providing you Research Life-Line Workshop series designed to help you brush up on your legal research skills.

The first - a key to effective research - Research Strategy 101: smart ways to tackle tough questions - will be held on March 5, 12:10-1pm in Room 243.  There will even be pizza and a surprise gift.  R.S.V.P. to to reserve your spot.

Career preparation assistance, free food and goodies - how could you miss it????

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, February 20, 2014

ABA Journal Daily News

A good source for scanning the legal headlines of the day is the ABA Journal’s Daily News page. Organization is by general category or topic (e.g., “U.S. Supreme Court”, or “First Amendment”), and links beneath the headlines lead to the main articles.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Open Internet Preservation Act

"H.R. 3982, the Open Internet Preservation Act, was introduced by Reps. Henry A. Waxman and Anna G. Eshoo earlier this month.  The legislation restores the Open Internet Rules struck down by the D.C. Circuit in January 2014 prohibiting broadband Internet service providers from engaging in discriminatory behavior or blocking content altogether. The rules will be restored and remain in effect until the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) takes new final action in the Open Internet proceeding."

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Lawyers and Encrypted Email

Lawyers have historically been able to send unencrypted email without violating professional rules of conduct.  That may be changing, however. 

To read more about lawyers and email encryption, visit Legal Productivity's blog post on the subject here.  Part 1 is up, and Part 2 will post tomorrow.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Research Resources: Banking Report (BNA)

If you are interested in a weekly publication containing coverage of latest news and analysis of banking legislation, regulatory requirements, and litigation, try the BNA Banking Report. Dates of coverage are from February 5, 1996 to the present.

To access the Banking Report  (BNA):

  • Go to the Library's home page, click "Online Resources"
  • Click the "Commercial and Corporate Law" link
  • Scroll down to "Banking Report  (BNA)"

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat