Jul 11 2014
Jul 11 2014
Jul 10 2014
All the reference librarians and library administration are now housed in the new Redstone building (room 330), which is awesome. Below is a look from the 2d floor of Redstone at the new entrance to the law school (with still a little bit of construction going on).
Jun 26 2014
The SCOTUS this week began its Summer ritual of announcing its decisions in rapid progression. Among the big decisions include, remarkably, the Court’s first EVER ruling on the limits of the Presidential Recess power. That decision came in National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning. As explained on Scotusblog.com, “The Court began with the first question presented in the case: whether the Constitution allows the president to make recess appointments during “intra-session” recesses (breaks that occur within the two one-year sessions between congressional elections) or only during “inter-session” recess (the break between the two one-year sessions). Its answer on this question is a victory for the Obama administration and future presidents who want to be able to make recess appointments.” Justice Breyer wote, “We have not previously interpreted the [Recess Appointments] Clause, and, when doing so for the first time in more than 200 years, we must hesitate to upset the compromise and working arrangements that the elected branches of Government themselves have reached.”
All did not end well for the Obama Administration however as the Court went on to invalidate the appointments that made up the subject of this case–and thereby invalidating a multitude of decisions already made by the NLRB.:
“The Court then turned to the third and final question presented in the case: whether the Senate can prevent the president from making recess appointments even during its longer recesses by holding “pro forma” sessions – that is, sessions at which no work actually gets done – every three days. The Court answered that question in the affirmative, rejecting the federal government’s argument that the “pro forma” sessions are, in essence, just a sham to thwart the president’s recess appointments powers. In the Court’s view, all that matters is whether the Senate says it is in session and could at least in theory conduct business, which is possible (even if unlikely) at the pro forma sessions.
Here it is important to note that, although all nine Justices agreed that these particular recess appointments were invalid, there was not a lot of harmony on the Court in this question.”
Never a dull moment at SCOTUS. Who says the Law cannot be exciting?
Here’s a link to the decision.
For full details and to see the other remarkable rulings of the week, visit scotusblog.com.
Jun 05 2014
In addition to the new Oxford Legal Research Library mentioned earlier this week, the Library has just also added the Global Arbitration Review to its offerings covering international arbitration.
The GAR is a respected current awareness and news tool that provides daily updates if you subscribe using your BU e-mail address. It also compiles an annual “GAR 100″ and “GAR 30″ report that ranks top international arbitration firms based on their proprietary formula.
This is a screen shot of the sign-in page highlighting the multiple types of information available to researchers:
One important subscription limitation to note is the fact that our subscription only allows for viewing and downloading of current materials. Archived items may only be viewed and may not be saved or downloaded.
May 30 2014
The Oxford Legal History Library has just been added to the Library’s extensive electronic database collection. This addition augments our selections covering the dynamic area of International Commercial law and International Commercial Arbitration. As a highly respected publisher in legal materials, this Oxford material will provide access to relevant and timely authoritative commentary and insights into this important area of legal scholarship. View these new libraries HERE.
May 06 2014
Summer RA orientation will be on May 20th, 2014 at 11am in Barristers Hall. The orientation will be available to view remotely. At the orientation we will tell you about the services available to you through the library. We will also feed you pizza. So come, meet the librarians, eat and mingle. Whether or not you can come to the orientation if you are working for a professor this summer please register here.
May 01 2014
We all know that laws can be odd or wacky, but most of us take the rule of law for granted. Law Day celebrates the rule of law and its contributions to creating a free society. Law Day began in 1957 with then American Bar Association (ABA) President Charles S. Rhyne. It was eventually proclaimed by President Eisenhower. Library of Congress has a nice research guide for the legal background of Law Day.