Friday, January 30, 2015

State Ballot measures database

Interested in state laws and politics?  Doing research on issues of interest to the public?  Check out the Ballot Measures Database from the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The database is searchable by topic area, with options such as abortion, bond measures, criminal justice, education, elections, health, labor and employment, natural resources, tax and revenues, transportation and more. The database is updated as new ballot measures qualify to be on the ballot and goes back to 1902.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Senate Confirmation Hearings Begin for U.S. Attorney General Nominee

Yesterday, confirmation hearings began in the U.S. Senate for Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch, a U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Read more here.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

New GAO Report:Mobile Devices: Federal Agencies’ Steps to Improve Mobile Access to Government Information and Services

In its recent report, Mobile Devices: Federal Agencies’ Steps to Improve Mobile Access to Government Information and Services, the "GAO reviewed information on mobile users and how they access government information and services. This report describes (1) the demographics of mobile users and the factors that might be associated with the increased use of mobile devices, (2) the devices individuals are using to access government services and the challenges people face, and (3) the actions the federal government has taken to enhance access to government services via mobile devices. GAO reviewed pertinent federal legislation and guidance and conducted a review of literature; interviewed, analyzed and reviewed information from six randomly selected federal agencies; and interviewed officials from other federal agencies and consumer advocacy groups."

The GAO is not making recommendations in this report.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Library Closing at 1:00 p.m. Today

Due to inclement weather the law library will close at 1:00pm today and all day tomorrow.  Beginning at 1:00 today, the library will be accessible to law students and faculty via swipe card access only.

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Lexis Advance Tips: How to locate a Matthew Bender Treatise for a specialty area

If you are researching a particular area of the law and are interested in finding Matthew Bender treatises, try the following tip:

Type the source name in the search box, i.e. Collier on Bankruptcy choose the blue Table of Contents link.  Fill in the star Icon under the source name to make a Favorite.  You can search within the Table of Contents Headings & Documents or select from the drop down menu on the left side to search just the Headings or just the Documents within the Table of Contents  (Hat tip: Antoinette Stafilas, Esq., Lexis Law school Executive)
To access Lexis click here.

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