Friday, January 16, 2015


The Library will be open - with our ever friendly staff and librarians ready to help you at the Circulation and Reference desks - 10am - 6pm on Martin Luther King Day.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Supreme Court Rules on Telecommunications Act

Every mobile phone user will be interested in reading about the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling on the Telecommunications Act and the power to build cellular phone towers. Read more (including a link to the decision) here.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Smithsonian’s Museums of Asian Art Releases Collections Online.

On Jan. 1, 2015, the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian’s museums of Asian art, released their entire collections online.  This collection provides  access to one of the world’s most important holdings of Asian and American art.

The museum’s masterpieces range in time from the Neolithic to the present day, featuring especially fine groupings of Chinese jades and bronzes, Islamic art, Chinese paintings and masterworks from ancient Persia. Currently, the collection boasts 1,806 American art objects, 1,176 ancient Egyptian objects, 2,076 ancient Near Eastern objects, 10,424 Chinese objects, 2,683 Islamic objects, 1,213 South and Southeast Asian objects and smaller groupings of Korean, Armenian, Byzantine, Greek and Roman works. In addition, the Freer Study Collection—more than 10,000 objects used by scholars around the world for scientific research and reference—will be viewable for the first time.”
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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

New York Lawz: One-Stop Access to Free New York Resources

New York Lawz is brand new website, developed by a New York court librarian, that aims to bring as many free New York legal resources as possible together in one place.  It provides links to primary sources, including statutes, case law, regulations, and ethics opinions, as well as forms, journal articles, court information, free and low cost CLE listings, and current attorney job listings. As the website states: "Our mission is to provide ease of use to New York State and New York City legal information and documents at no cost to users.  Although there are many such sources of information, they are scattered across the Internet.  New York Lawz provides one stop access." Created by Gene Preudhomme, Director of the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department Law Library, New York Lawz should be a great resource for law students and for new and seasoned attorneys. The site also wants to hear your recommendations and suggestions. 

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Monday, January 12, 2015

New York State Library - Selected Law Resources

The New York State Library - Selected Law Resources links to external websites of value and interest to a New York lawyer.  The websites have been vetted by NYSL.  There are links to courts in New York both state and federal; bar associations; codes - federal, state & local; other comprehensive legal research portals; and much more.

This is a good entry to free and reliable legal resource sources on the web.

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

United States Supreme Court 2014 Review

The U.S. Supreme Court in 2014 faced several key issues and published some interesting decisions.  The ABA Journal recently published an article entitled "The 5 most important stories about the Supreme Court in 2014" by Erwin Chemerinsky.  The article explores the most important stories of 2014 with an emphasis on the law and society as well as what to look forward to from the Supreme Court in 2015.  Click here for the entire article.

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