Friday, February 06, 2015

New database on collateral consequences of a conviction

For those studying or investigating criminal law and the consequences to convictions, the ABA has established a nation-wide database of collateral consequences.

Check out the Project Description link for further detail - or just start clicking on your favorite state and see what you can learn.

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Thursday, February 05, 2015

President’s U.S. Government Budget, FY 2016

The President's Budget of the U.S. Government, Fiscal Year 2016 is now available from the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO). Users can search or browse the budget, which is accessible from GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys).

Fiscal Year 2016 Budget documents are available in PDF, and many of the tables are also available for separate viewing and downloading as spreadsheets in .xls

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Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Net Neutrality: FCC Chairman's New Proposal

Net neutrality is the idea that Internet providers should not move some content faster than others or enter into paid agreements with companies such as Netflix to prioritize their data.

Today, in an editorial on Wired, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler laid out his proposal to bring net neutrality rules to wired and wireless broadband services!  The Chairman said that his proposal will regulate wired and mobile broadband under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934.  The proposed net neutrality rules would prohibit broadband providers from charging websites for faster delivery of their content and from blocking or slowing any legal online content or service.

The five-member commission is expected to vote on Wheeler's proposal on Feb. 26.

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Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Internet Archive: The Real Story

You may be familiar with the Internet Archive and its Wayback Machine, which has been crawling the Internet since 1996, saving our history.  In its more than 450 billion Web pages, it has captured what websites looked like and conveyed at particular points in time, before they were changed, moved, or overwritten, or before they just disappeared.  Searchable by url and date, the Internet Archive can be the key to solving a tricky source gathering assignment for a law journal or just fun to explore for news and commentary posted when events actually happened. "The Cobweb," last week's wonderful New Yorker article by Jill Lepore, prize-winning author and Harvard history professor, tells the real story of the Wayback Machine--its beginnings, its goals and philosophy, how it works, and why it matters across the globe, to 600,000 users a day. This is well worth a read.

Hat tip to: Roll Call's Technocrat blog.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, February 02, 2015

Library Closing at 4:00 Today

The law library will close at 4:00 pm today.

There will be swipe card access from 4:00 pm today until Tuesday, February 3 at 8:00 am for law students, faculty and staff. We will reopen Tuesday morning at 8:00 am, depending on whether or not the university is open. 

Please check Campus Alerts Page for updates.

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South Campus – Smoke-Free Policy Reminder

South Campus – Smoke-Free Policy Reminder

In an effort to provide a healthy and safe environment at Hofstra University, the University would like to remind all community members that  South Campus is a “Smoke-Free” zone.  Burning of tobacco, or any material in any type of smoking equipment, is strictly prohibited on any Hofstra property south of Hempstead Turnpike. Information regarding this smoke free policy can be found at

For additional information regarding our Smoke-Free South Campus, a list of Frequently Asked Questions can be found at  The Health and Wellness Center is also providing a smoking cessation class for anyone who might be interested, please visit

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