Saturday, August 30, 2014

International Labor Laws: NATLEX

How do countries around the world protect disabled workers, provide for social security and family leave, and restrict child labor?  Labor Day weekend is a great time to discover NATLEX, an International Labour Organization (ILO) database of labor and related human rights legislation covering 196 countries. Users can browse by country or topic to produce citations and descriptions of relevant laws, often with a link to the full text in English, French, or Spanish, ILO's three official languages. NATLEX makes every effort to keep current with new legislation. The "New in NATLEX" feature locates new legislation added this month and  each previous month for the past year, by country and topic. NATLEX is a key resource for comparative labor law research.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Friday, August 29, 2014

Laboring on Labor Day

Yes, I will be laboring on labor day - meaning the Library will be open.  You can get both Reference librarian assistance and access to Reserve materials at the Circulation desk 10am-6pm.

In other interesting news, check out the following free e-books for your classes:

2015 Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure
2015 Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

Enjoy the long weekend.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Today in Legal History: The Ten Commandments in the Courthouse

“On August 28, 2003, the Supreme Court of Alabama removed a monument of the Biblical Ten Commandments from its courthouse rotunda. The monument had been installed on the orders of Chief Justice Roy Moore, triggering a federal lawsuit. In Glassroth v. Moore, the federal District Court for the Middle District of Alabama ordered Moore to remove the monument. This decision was upheld on appeal to the Eleventh Circuit”.

Acknowledgment to Jurist.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

New CRS Report: "Womenomics" in Japan: In Brief

Womenomics” In Japan: In Brief, is a recent CRS report by Emma Chanlett-Avery, Specialist in Asian Affairs, and Rebecca M. Nelson Specialist in International Trade and Finance.  The Report discusses Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s strategy to grow Japan’s economy and eliminate deflation.  “One of Abe’s planned structural reforms is a strategy to persuade Japanese women to join the workforce, to remain in the workforce after they have children, and to advance higher on the career ladder.” 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

CALI.ORG - Lessons for Law School Success

The new school year has started and it is a good time to gather study aids.  One of the best, and free, online study aid is the website.  "The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, also known as CALI, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit consortium of mostly US law schools.  In keeping with its Mission Statement, CALI conducts applied research and development in the area of computer-mediated legal education. The organization is best known in law schools for CALI Lessons, online interactive tutorials in legal subjects..." Read more about it here.

The CALI website has online lessons in 1L and 2L/3L subjects, e-books and e-casebooks.  "Law School Materials for Success, written by Dean Barbara Glesner Fines, is an book and podcast series filled with tips and tricks to make the law school experience as painless as possible." It is available on the CALI website here.

If you have not signed up for your free CALI username and password, please come to the Hofstra Law Library reference desk and ask for the Hofstra school code.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, August 25, 2014

United States Code (USC) - effective September 1st there will be 52 Titles.

From the Announcement - A Brief Summary of Changes: 

Provisions relating to voting and elections are being transferred from titles 2 and 42 into a new Title 52, Voting and Elections. The transfers are necessary and desirable to create a well organized, coherent structure for this body of law and to improve the overall organization of the United States Code. No statutory text is altered. The provisions are merely being relocated from one place to another in the Code.
The decision to transfer provisions in the United States Code is taken very seriously. After careful study, the Office of the Law Revision Counsel has concluded that certain organizational deficiencies in the Code must be corrected. The short-term inconvenience of adjusting to new Code citations is greatly outweighed by the benefit of making much needed long-term improvements in the organizational structure of the Code.
For the online version of the United States Code, the transfers will occur on September 1, 2014, after which the new Code citations should be used. For the printed version of the Code, the transfers will occur effective with supplement II of the 2012 edition.

The complete announcement with more detail is available at the Office of the Law Revision Counsel, United States Code.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Sunday, August 24, 2014

HeinOnline New Collection: Pentagon Papers

HeinOnline recently published a new library entitled "Pentagon Papers."  This new library provides a digital version of the "Pentagon Papers" which are a series of reports about the United States' political-military involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1967.  The collection can be browsed by title or keyword search.  To access HeinOnline Pentagon Papers click here.

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