Mar 02 2015

Profile Image of Stefanie

Tax Law Research

Filed under Law Library

If you are a practicing tax attorney you are not going to use WestlawNext or Lexis Advance.  There are specialized tax products that offer much more in depth access to tax materials.  RIA Checkpoint is the online favorite among users because of its easy to use interface.  You can search it by code section or by topic as well as using an index.  The Standard Federal Tax Reporter has the better editorial content and you can find all the content on one code section (regulations, agency publications and adjudications, and editorial content) all in one place.  Like RIA Checkpoint you can find documents by citation.  The SFTR can be found on the Intelliconnect platform.  Both of these were heavily used print looseleafs before they made their transition to an online platform.  BNA offers the wonderfully helpful Tax Management Portfolios which are organized by topic and code section. and has added to them by offering all primary source materials on the BNA Tax & Accounting Center.

Prepare for tax practice by getting to know these three heavily used resources: Intelliconnect, RIA Checkpoint and BNA Tax & Accounting Resource Center.

251068799_a9122c5bf3_b

Comments Off

Mar 02 2015

Profile Image of Stefanie

Power Searching

Filed under Law Library

Search engines now do our thinking for us.  But there are ways to make those search engines to what you want.  Not getting the results that you need?  Find out how you can control your search results in the Power Searching class:

Monday, March 2, 1-2 PM

Tuesday, March 3, 9-10 AM & 1-2 PM

Comments Off

Feb 27 2015

Profile Image of Jenna

New Certification Classes Added

Additional sections of the certification classes will be held in March.

New Certification Classes

To register for these classes, please go to http://lawlibraryguides.bu.edu/certification/register and click on the class that you are interested in.

 

Comments Off

Feb 27 2015

Profile Image of david

UN Human Rights Case Law Database

The United Nations has created a searchable database of case law generated by the treaty bodies, or panels of experts, that enforce the major human rights conventions within the scope of the United Nations Human Rights apparatus.

As noted in this post in the Canadian law blog Slaw, this Jurisprudence database was created using data compiled at the Utrecht University School of Law. Unlike the database of documents generated during periodic reporting cycles, where the Treaty Bodies monitor state party compliance with their obligations under the conventions, the Jurisprudence database concerns individual cases initiated by an “information” submitted by an individual or state party complaining of conduct by a state party that violates the convention.

For example, a search for jurisprudence involving complaints against Canada under the Convention Against Torture (CAT) could be run by searching for the keyword “torture” and then use filters to identify cases involving Canada from the list of state parties and CAT from the list of human rights conventions. Of the 21 results, the researcher  can select a document, and then designate the language (English, French, Spanish, Russian) and document format (Word, PDF, etc.).

 

CAT-Canada search   CAT-Canada

 

This provides one more convenient tool for researchers and complainants to discover documents that can illustrate how these conventions are interpreted and applied to individual cases.

Comments Off

Feb 24 2015

Profile Image of Steve

Case Law Research in Print Certification Class

Offered 3 times!

Tomorrow at 9am.

Thursday at 9am and 1pm.

Comments Off

Feb 23 2015

Profile Image of david

Certification Class on Finding Court Documents

Many tools are available to you to locate dockets, briefs and other documents generated while a case is pending before a court–at any level. This session will focus on how to use some of these tools, including court web sites, Westlaw Next and Bloomberg Law, among others.

Sessions of this class are offered in Room 335 on:

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 9 a.m.  (LLM preferred) and 1 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 27, 12 p.m.

To register:  http://lawlibraryguides.bu.edu/certification/register

Class page: http://lawlibraryguides.bu.edu/cert2015_Court-documents

Comments Off

Feb 23 2015

Profile Image of Stefanie

Banking Law Resources

Filed under Law Library

The library has a great collection of specialized banking law resources.  Foremost among these is the Banking Law Reporter which is the go-to-source for banking law professionals.  To keep up with developments in Washington and in the courts there is the BNA Banking Law Daily and Law 360 Financial Services.  You can search essential financial sector publications with Banking Information Source.   There are also many treatises online like: Banking Law, Banking Law Manual, Banking Law & Practice and many more.  Finally, the library has a guide which takes you through all our resources for Banking Law.

Comments Off

Feb 20 2015

Profile Image of david

Alerts for Current Awareness

A previous post in this space noted email delivery of weekly or daily updates from Bloomberg BNA.

Another great tool that you can use to keep abreast of new developments is alerts, which you can create on the three big legal database providers: Lexis, Westlaw and Bloomberg Law. Alerts allow you to have a search run regularly (daily, weekly or monthly) and have new results delivered to you according to your specifications. Screen shots are provided below; click an image to increase its size.

After running a search on Lexis Advance, you can click the alarm clock button and fill out the resulting form to save the search to be run at a frequency you choose, with results to be delivered as you designate. As noted below, the saved alert would generate a monthly email message with any new Massachusetts cases that reference Mass. Gen. Laws. Ch. 93A.

 

Lexis_search     Lexis_alert

 

Creating an Alert on Westlaw Next is very similar. Simply click on the alarm clock button

 

westlaw_search     westlaw_alert

 

One of Bloomberg Law‘s great strengths is its Docket search feature. A user may create an Alert to receive periodic updates about filings in a case, including those accessible through the federal courts’ PACER system. For example, the image below shows a screen where an alert can be created by clicking the Blue button and filling in the form to select frequency of reports, etc. This Alert will provide regular updates about new filings in DeBoer v. Snyder, one of the same-sex marriage cases pending before the Supreme Court.

 

BLaw_docket search2

 

Alerts such as these are a convenient way to be notified automatically when new results that meet your criteria are discovered with the periodic searches that you request. If you’re not taking advantage of these, you could be missing out on a tool that could save time and effort.

Comments Off

Feb 20 2015

Profile Image of Jenna

Oral Arguments

As a law school student, you have access to resources that can help you make more effective oral arguments for moot court competitions.  For example, the Fineman and Pappas Law Libraries offer a variety of books on the topic, such as Make Your Argument: Succeeding in Moot Court and Mock Trial (Law Library Reference Desk – KF281.A2 K67 2010), and The Art of Oral Advocacy (Law Library Reserve – KF8870 .F74 2011).  For useful topical resources, check out our research guides.

It may also be helpful to view courtroom videos or listen to audio clips of oral arguments that have previously been made.  One way to access these is to register for an account to LexisNexis Courtroom Cast.  Once registered, you will be able to limit your search by jurisdiction, area of law, case, or judge.  To access oral arguments made before the Supreme Court, you may also want to check out oyez.org.  Finally, if you are specifically interested in Massachusetts law, you can listen to oral arguments made before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court via a link on the Court’s website.

MA SJC Oral Argument Page

Comments Off

Feb 19 2015

Profile Image of Steve

Certification Class Assignments

Don’t forget to do your certification class assignments! Your instructor should have emailed the assignment to you. If you didn’t get it, let us know!

Comments Off

Older Posts »