Jan 23 2015

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Statutory Research in Print Certification Class

Curious about why many lawyers prefer statutory research in print?  Hoping to brush up your skills before beginning a new internship or job?  The Statutory Research in Print certification class will help you become more familiar with statutes, pocket parts, indexes and tables.  This class will be held in the Tax Library on:

  • January 27, 9 am – 10 am
  • January 27, 1 pm – 2 pm
  • January 28, 1 pm – 2 pm
  • January 29, 1 pm – 2 pm

To sign up, go to http://lawlibraryguides.bu.edu/certification/register and double click on the class section that you are interested in.

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Jan 22 2015

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Admin Law Research Certification Class

Researching the regulations promulgated by administrative agencies is an important component of U.S. legal research. This class will include finding regulations, working with the principal federal publications for locating agency regulations (Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations), and updating research to locate the most current information.

Class page: http://lawlibraryguides.bu.edu/certadmin2015

Administrative Law Research

Jan. 28 | 1 p.m. (Room 335) *LLM Students Preferred*

Feb 4th and 5th  | 1 p.m. (Room 335) JD sections
Steven Alexandre da Costa, instructor; sadac@bu.edu

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Jan 21 2015

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New Resource: World Treaty Library

Hein Online’s World Treaty Library is a significant step forward for those doing treaty research.

Hein Online has been a great source for obtaining the texts of treaties: the U.S. Treaties and Agreements Library provides a range of information on treaties to which the United States is a party, including most of the official U.S. sources for treaty text preferred by The Bluebook; and the United Nations Law Collection includes the full text of all treaties published in the United Nations Treaty Series and the League of Nations Treaty Series.

One drawback: Hein Online provided different collections and finding tools for U.S. and non-U.S. treaties, and for contemporary and historical treaties. At times, a researcher may have had to check several different resources in search of a treaty or agreement, depending on the answers to questions such as: Is the U.S. a party? It the treaty bilateral or multilateral? When was the treaty made?

The World Treaty Library helps to overcome that limitation with a Treaty Index feature that brings together seven treaty indexes–including Wiktor’s Multilateral Treaty Calendar, 1648-1995–which can be searched separately or together. For example, if you were searching for the international agreement concerning the conservation of polar bears, but you were not sure when the treaty was made or which countries were parties to it, the combined index search can help.

 

WTL Index_5   WTL Results_final

 

As shown above (click image to enlarge), the search included multiple indexes, with resulting records (from different indexes) providing links to the treaty text in multiple sources. With this tool, researchers can more quickly identify treaties and locate treaty texts.

The next time you have a treaty research question, consider the World Treaty Library.

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Jan 21 2015

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Certificate Program: Transactional Law Research

The first class in our Legal Research Certificate program will be Transactional Law Research, offered next week on Monday at 1pm, Wednesday at 9am, and Friday at Noon. All classes will be in room 335.

You will receive a BU Law Certificate in Legal Research if you take 6 out of approximately 20 legal research classes to be offered between now and spring break. The classes are about 45 minutes long with a super easy assignment to complete afterward. The list of classes offered is here:http://lawlibraryguides.bu.edu/certification/certificationclassdescriptions. Sign up for the classes you wish to attend.

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Jan 19 2015

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Martin Luther King Papers

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Martin Luther King, who earned his PhD at the BU School of Theology, donated his papers to Boston University and they reside in the Howard Gotlieb Archives.  At a press conference in 1964  he articulated his reasons for donating his papers to BU.  He says that his three years at BU contributed to his formulation of his ideas.  There is an exhibit room dedicated to his papers on the third floor of Mugar Library.  There was litigation between the King family and BU about its possession of the papers, which BU eventually won.

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Jan 16 2015

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Legal Abbreviations

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Stumped by a legal abbreviation?  If you are searching for a citation used in an American publication, check out the Bluebook (Law Library Reserve KF245 .B58) or browse through Bieber’s Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations (Law Library Reference Desk KF246 .B54), which covers abbreviations found in sources such as treatises, encyclopedias, and legal dictionaries.  If you are looking for an abbreviation from another country, consider using either the Index to Legal Citations and Abbreviations (Law Library Reference Desk, K85 .R35 2008) or the online source Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations, which both focus on abbreviations found in American and international sources.

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Jan 15 2015

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Skills for Success Panel and Certificate in Legal Research

Every year, the Law Library conducts a program where students can earn a Certificate in Legal Research. The kickoff to the program is a panel discussion on the Skills You Need for Success in the Practice of Law.  This year the panel discussion will be held Tuesday, January 20, from 12:45-2:15 in room 211. Pizza will be served outside the room prior to the discussion, starting at 12:15. The discussion is very useful as practitioners and law students will talk about the research skills you need to succeed in practice. I urge you to attend and then participate in the certification program that will begin the next week.

You will receive a BU Law Certificate in Legal Research if you take 6 out of approximately 20 legal research classes to be offered between now and spring break. The classes are about 45 minutes long with a super easy assignment to complete afterward. The list of classes offered is here: http://lawlibraryguides.bu.edu/certification/certificationclassdescriptions. Sign up for the classes you wish to attend.

Please attend the panel discussion for free pizza and great discussion.

Ask any librarian if you have questions.

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Jan 12 2015

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Featured Resource: SCOTUSBlog

Readers of this blog have seen frequent references to SCOTUSblog, one of the gems in the legal blogosphere.

There are many reasons to follow SCOTUSblog. To start, it is an indispensable research tool for those monitoring cases before the Supreme Court–a free source for news about filings, rulings on certiorari petitions, oral arguments, new opinions and more. Coverage and analysis by veteran Supreme Court reporter Lyle Denniston provides a level of coverage of the Court that is available nowhere else (see, e.g., Denniston’s coverage of the array of cases addressing the law related to same-sex marriage). And the Merits Cases section of the site provides detailed coverage on each case the Court has decided to hear on the merits, including docket information, news stories and links to all the briefs filed in the case.

 

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Other features include commentary and debates on various topics (such as Originalism and the Supreme Court); statistical analysis of Court business; and SCOTUSBlog on Camera, featuring interviews with Justices, scholars and journalists (e.g., Justice Scalia, Dahlia Lithwick, Randy Barnett).

There are various ways to track SCOTUSBlog, including use of a RSS Reader to receive new posts, or following the Twitter feed and using links to retrieve stories. If you haven’t already done so, check it out.

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Jan 06 2015

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Legal Interviewing and Counseling

Hoping to explore more about conducting successful client interviews and counseling sessions?  The Fineman and Pappas Law Libraries have some books that can help.  For example, Essential Lawyering Skills (available in the reserve section at call number KF300 .K66 2011) contains a useful chart on page 313 to help you keep track of parties’ interests:

Interviewing chart

Looking for more?  Consider checking out these books:

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Jan 06 2015

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Researching Administrative Law class offered this Semester.

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Rules, regulations, adjudications, federal agencies… Need a fresh approach or better understanding of how to research the byzantine world that we call Administrative Law?

The Law Library offers a one-credit intensive course beginning Jan 27th that runs for 6 weeks. This body of law is complex yet completely accessible when you develop the right researching strategy. Research is after all the one skill that all lawyers use daily and the one that most new practitioners agree is the one skill that they wished they had developed more fully in law school.

No prior knowledge of Administrative law is required to enroll in this course.  Fell free to contact me with any questions at sadac@bu.edu.

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