We’re Here for You Over Break

Happy last day of exams; you’ve survived another semester. If you have a paper or note to work on over break, a reference librarian will be available Tuesday, December 27th-Thursday, December 29th, and Monday-Friday starting January 3rd. For more information on library hours during the break, click here.

I know more work is probably the last thing you want to think about, but if you’re looking to get a jump on next semester, check out the faculty publications page.

We hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday season.


Don’t Pay for PACER Anymore

In the past, if briefs or other court filings were not available on Westlaw or Lexis, one would have to ask the librarian to access PACER to download the document at 8 cents per page. With Bloomberg Law, this is no longer necessary. Once you log in to Bloomberg Law, (Don’t have a password? Use this form to obtain one) click “Dockets,” then “Docket Search,” and you’re taken to a page where you can search federal and state dockets. When you view the docket, the entry numbers may be blue or green. The blue numbers are for documents that Bloomberg already has and are ready to download. Green numbers accompany documents that Bloomberg does not yet have. This does not, however, mean you cannot obtain the document. You can ask Bloomberg to retrieve the document (disregard the pop-up that says there will be an additional charge for electronic delivery; students are not able to incur charges on the law school account). If Bloomberg can obtain the document electronically from PACER, it will do so (and pay the 8 cents per page charge!). The only time you will not be able to get the document is if a courier to the court would be required. If you have any questions about using Bloomberg Law, feel free to stop by the reference desk.


Best Books of 2011

If you’re looking for something to read for pleasure over the winter holidays, a holiday gift idea, or you just love books, it’s the time of year when publications and critics are releasing their lists of the best books of 2011. Maybe the highest profile of all is the New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2011, which includes sections on fiction & poetry and non-fiction, and the Times’ shorter list of the ten best books of the year.

Other top books list include those from Publisher’s Weekly, National Public Radio (don’t miss Maureen Corrigan’s year-end fiction wrap-up), The Guardian (featuring picks by prominent writers), Amazon.com, The Los Angeles Times, Slate, Salon.com and of course Oprah. Continue reading “Best Books of 2011”


Happy Last Day of Classes!

With the end of classes, the reality of impending exams looms large. This post from the Law School Academic Support Blog provides some general study suggestions your mom has probably been telling you for years (i.e. get a good night’s sleep the night before the exam). Although you may be tempted to devote yourself 110% to studying, it is crucial to take care of yourself during the exam period. You do not want to be the person who intensely studies for days only to burnout on test day. Good luck on your exams!


Secretary Clinton’s Speech on LGBT Human Rights

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered a landmark speech yesterday in Geneva in recognition of International Human Rights Day. Sec. Clinton put the human rights of LGBT people in the context of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the movement to secure the rights of women, indigenous people, children and other marginalized groups. Continue reading “Secretary Clinton’s Speech on LGBT Human Rights”