Dec 15 2014

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Senate Report on CIA Interrogation Program

There has been much controversy over the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s Report on the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program. That Report is now available via the Federal Digital System web site as Senate Report 113-288. This PDF is 700+ pages and includes the Report as well as minority and other views.

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Dec 12 2014

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Admiralty & Maritime Law

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Looking to research admiralty and maritime law?  The Fineman and Pappas Law Libraries have some resources to help you get started.

Secondary Sources

Secondary sources are a good place to look if you want a broad overview of the law or references to laws and cases.  Here are a few books that you may want to check out:

 Searching on WestlawNext and Lexis Advance

WestlawNext and Lexis Advance include links to admiralty and maritime cases, statutes, court rules, regulations, administrative decisions, briefs, books and forms.  To access this collection on WestlawNext, you can search by headnote or browse the practice area of Admiralty & Maritime Law.  In order browse Lexis Advance’s collection, look under the topic of Admiralty & Maritime Law.

American Maritime Cases (AMC)

American Maritime Cases is a reporter devoted to maritime cases, which includes its own headnotes and digesting system.  This source is available online from Lexis Advance and WestlawNext, or as a separate database through the Libraries’ catalog.  It is also available in print in the Annex at call number KF1100 .A2 A4.

American Maritime Cases

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Dec 12 2014

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Got some space in your schedule next semester?

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The reference librarians teach advanced legal research courses both semesters, and this semester we are teaching Administrative Law Research (1 credit) and Advance Legal Research (2 credits).  Advanced Legal Research is currently full and there is a waiting list, but Administrative Law Research has spots.  Many lawyers never anticipate how important understanding the organization of the executive branch and its agencies is to many practice areas.  Tax, banking, environmental, energy, bankruptcy, securities, IP, immigration – these are just some of the area that are driven by regulations and agency guidance.  Hit the ground running in any new job with the skills you can learn in this class.  Administrative Law Research runs from Jan. 20 to March 3 and you must be present at the first class to participate.  Advanced Legal Research runs from January 22 through April 9 and you must be present at the first class to participate.

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Dec 07 2014

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Best Books of 2014

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With the end of the year in sight, publications and critics are posting their lists of best (or favorite) books of the year. Some of them are listed below.


Stitched Panorama

Whether you’re looking for a good read over winter break, shopping for a holiday gift or exploring what has been published this year, enjoy!

We’ll add to this list as more rankings are posted.

UPDATES

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Dec 04 2014

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Law in a Flash

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Need a quick review before your finals?  Consider checking out the flashcards in the Law in a Flash series.

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Boxes of flashcards are organized by subject, and cover topics such as torts and professional responsibility.  Each set contains cards that can help you review black letter law and definitions.  Some cards even include hypotheticals to help you practice issue spotting.  These sets can be found at the circulation desk, and may be checked out for two hours.

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Dec 04 2014

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Research Resources for International Law

Suppose you’re researching an international legal issue for the first time. What are some good places to start?

If you begin with the library’s research guide on International Law (IL), you will find definitions of IL and related concepts, video discussions on the scope of IL and a frequently cited summary of the IL sources (listed in Article 38 of the Statute of the International Court of Justice). To get started with your topic, starting places include secondary sources, such as the major treatises listed in the guide, the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, and journal articles that explore international legal topics.

Research guides, including our guides on sources of IL (e.g., Treaties) and topical issues (such as International Trade or Human Rights research), can be helpful in locating and working with primary sources and specialized tools. Other research guides include those provided by NYU’s GlobaLex, the American Society of International Law (ASIL), and ASIL’s Electronic Information System for International Law (EISIL).

Current awareness resources include blogs, subscription news updates and the news bureaus of the United Nations and other international organizations. These can be great tools for picking a paper topic, gathering information on recent developments and monitoring your topic as you work.

This graphic (International Law Visualized) provides a basic overview of some IL bodies and concepts that may assist in your research.

If you need help or have questions about resources, contact a reference librarian.

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Dec 04 2014

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Practising Law Institute

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The Practising Law Institute or PLI is a superb provider of continuing legal education materials for practitioners. According to PLI:

Practising Law Institute is a non-profit continuing legal education organization chartered by the Regents of the University of the State of New York, founded in 1933 by Harold P. Seligson. PLI is dedicated to providing the legal community and allied professionals with the most up-to-date, relevant information and techniques which are critical to the development of a professional, competitive edge.  We achieve these goals through the highest quality Seminars held annually in locations across the United States, annually supplemented Treatises, Audio CDs and DVDs, MP3s, Live Webcasts, Course Handbooks, and On-Demand Learning.

PLI materials are available on Bloomberg Law.

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Dec 01 2014

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Find HeinOnline Material by Type

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For a long time you had to know what library you were looking for on Hein by name.  Now you can find them by type.  Are you looking for federal law?  State law?  This new tab is very useful:

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Nov 26 2014

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MassTrac

Hoping to follow the progress of a Massachusetts bill?  Consider using MassTrac, a site designed to help you keep up to date with Massachusetts legislation.  To access MassTrac, search for it on the Libraries’ eResources A to Z list.

 

If you’re looking for a particular bill or topic, just type your words into the search box at the top of the home screen.  Once your search results appear, narrow your search by category, sponsor, status and more.

MassTrac

 

If you’re new to MassTrac, here is a short video to help you get started:

 

 

 

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Nov 25 2014

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Bills and Executive Orders from SNL?

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Did you love School House Rock’s “How a Bill Becomes a Law.”  Well you will love  when SNL adds Executive Orders into the mix.  [HT Georgetown Due Process Blog]

The library recently added Executive Orders and Proclamations back to 1789 to our Proquest Congressional database.  So you can see for yourself what Presidents have been doing since the inception of the office.

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