Want to keep up with developments in the law but don’t have enough time? 80 Great Twitter Feeds for Law Students points you to some interesting tweeters and helps you keep up in the most efficient way possible. The library has its own Twitter feed, but we didn’t make the list…yet.
Do you know which area you want to practice in? You can stay current on the most recent developments in that area by setting up an alert for the relevant Bloomberg Law Report. From the Bloomberg home page, click the “Bloomberg Law Reports” tab. Next, select your area of interest from the list on the right hand side of the page. There are reports for:
- Antitrust & Trade
- Banking & Finance
- Commercial Insurance
- Corporate Counsel
- Corporate and M&A Law
- Derivatives Law
- Health Law
- Intellectual Property
- Labor & Employment
- Law Firm Management
- Securities Law
- Student Edition
- Technology Law
- UK Financial Services Law
Once you’ve selected the report you’re interested in, scroll until you see “more” under the list of recent issues. After clicking on more, you will see an option to “Set up Alert” on the left hand side of the screen. If you want to receive a link to each new issue when it comes out, provide your name and select “As Available” under frequency.
Don’t have time for alerts, but want to impress a prospective employer with your knowledge of current trends in their practice area? You can access recent issues of the Bloomberg Law Reports before your interview following these same instructions. Instead of setting up an alert, browse the most recent issue on the issues page.
Here are some recently decided cases from the Supreme Court.
- Douglas v. Cal. Pharm. Ass’n — Reduction of Medicaid reimbursement rate
- Howes v. Fields — “Custody” under Miranda
- Kawashima v. Holder — Immigration consequences of false tax returns
- Messerschmidt v. Millender — Police immunity for carrying out overbroad search warrant
- PPL Montana, LLC v. Montana — Constitutional test for determining who owns the bed of a river.
Do you love WestlawNext and Lexis Advance, but worry there’s a reason why some librarians and firms are slow to adopt and endorse them? We’re going to look at both platforms, compare them to their “.com” predecessors, and learn more about the features in each that will allow you to take advantage of the algorithms when you want, and run more traditional searches when you need them. Classes will take place on Wednesday, February 29th, and Thursday, March 1st, at 1 PM in Room 334. Both sessions are currently full, but feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the waitlist or for more information about the class.
Lexis is once again offering its Certificate program and this year the program is entitled, “Think Like a Lawyer 2012”—click here to preview the training program and to register….
Every once in a while you run into an abbreviation for a foreign case reporter. How do you find out what it stands for? The answer is the Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations, which just underwent a web page redesign. This site allows you to translate abbreviation to title and vice-versa. Hat tip: D’Angelo Law Library Blog.
While the US may lag significantly behind some other nations in the provisioning of a national, free high speed internet network, Hanover County, NC, has just started a test of the first free “white space” wi-fi network.
A “white space” network is one that takes advantage of frequencies freed up when the US moved from analog to digital television frequencies. Its apparent advantage is that dense foliage and other obstructions play less havoc with connectivity and is seen as a major improvement in the quest to provision national high speed internet services.
See, the article here: http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20120127/ARTICLES/120129724
Liberty Media Holdings is suing individuals whose failed to secure their internet connections that were used by illegal downloaders. Liberty Media argues in its complaint filed with the district court that the copyright infringement would not have taken place if these individuals had secured their internet connections. Note that these individuals did not directly engage in any copying; their only “wrongdoing” is failing to password protect their wireless internet access. The attorney for two of the defendants, Marvin Cable, noted that if these individuals are found liable, it could create a chilling effect on the provision of wifi access by businesses for fear they will be subject to copyright infringement liability as a result of their patrons’ actions. This will be an interesting case to follow.
For more information on Liberty Media Holdings, LLC v. Swarm Sharing, D. Mass., No. 11-cv-10801-WGY, check out the story and complaint on BNA.
Linda Greenhouse’s latest New York Times essay addresses one of the most politically charged legal issues of the moment: whether regulations issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), requiring employers to include contraceptives without a co-pay in the health plans they make available to their employees, violate the freedom of conscience of Catholic church-affiliated organizations.
The HHS regulation incorporates guidelines developed by the Health Services Resources Administration (HRSA), an HHS division, that requires health plans for women to include “[a]ll Food and Drug Administration approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling for all women with reproductive capacity.” Continue reading “Health Plans, Contraceptives and the HHS Regulation”