Jan 30 2015

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Certification Class: Keeping Up With the Law

All attorneys need to stay current with legal news–in particular, with developments in their areas of practice. This certification class will expand your knowledge of (and get you actively involved with) current awareness resources for legal information, including subscription services, blogs and social media tools.

Sessions of this class are offered in Room 335 on:

Monday, Feb. 2, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 3, 9 a.m.  (LLM preferred)
Tuesday, Feb. 3, 1 p.m.

To register, go tohttp://lawlibraryguides.bu.edu/certification/register

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Jan 29 2015

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Statutory Research in Print – New Class Added!

Interested in learning more about statutory research in print?  A new certification class has been added on Monday, February 2 at 1:00 P.M. in the Tax Library, which is located on the lower floor of the library.  To register, please go to: http://law.bu.libcal.com/event/2033655.

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Jan 29 2015

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Transactional Law Research Class – Tomorrow!

Tomorrow we are again offering Transactional Law Research at noon in room 335. The class is part of our Research Skills Certificate program.

You will receive a BU Law Certificate in Legal Research if you take 6 out of approximately 20 legal research classes to be offered between now and spring break. The classes are about 45 minutes long with a super easy assignment to complete afterward. The list of classes offered is here:http://lawlibraryguides.bu.edu/certification/certificationclassdescriptions. Sign up for the classes you wish to attend.

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Jan 27 2015

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UPDATE on Library closing due to weather.

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BU Law will remain closed Wednesday on January 28th due to the inclement weather.

For up-to-the minute updates you may call:

617-353-SNOW or in case of emergency the BU Police department at 617-353-2121.

 

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Jan 26 2015

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Campus Closing Due to Weather

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The Charles River and Medical Center campuses are closing at 5 p.m. today and will remain closed all day on Tuesday.

For more information and updates, check these sources:

BU Today recently posted an article on coping with severe winter weather, and this article on the blizzard forecast for tomorrow. Please take care to stay safe and warm.

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Jan 23 2015

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Statutory Research in Print Certification Class

Curious about why many lawyers prefer statutory research in print?  Hoping to brush up your skills before beginning a new internship or job?  The Statutory Research in Print certification class will help you become more familiar with statutes, pocket parts, indexes and tables.  This class will be held in the Tax Library on:

  • January 27, 9 am – 10 am
  • January 27, 1 pm – 2 pm
  • January 28, 1 pm – 2 pm
  • January 29, 1 pm – 2 pm

To sign up, go to http://lawlibraryguides.bu.edu/certification/register and double click on the class section that you are interested in.

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Jan 22 2015

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Admin Law Research Certification Class

Researching the regulations promulgated by administrative agencies is an important component of U.S. legal research. This class will include finding regulations, working with the principal federal publications for locating agency regulations (Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations), and updating research to locate the most current information.

Class page: http://lawlibraryguides.bu.edu/certadmin2015

Administrative Law Research

Jan. 28 | 1 p.m. (Room 335) *LLM Students Preferred*

Feb 4th and 5th  | 1 p.m. (Room 335) JD sections
Steven Alexandre da Costa, instructor; sadac@bu.edu

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Jan 21 2015

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New Resource: World Treaty Library

Hein Online’s World Treaty Library is a significant step forward for those doing treaty research.

Hein Online has been a great source for obtaining the texts of treaties: the U.S. Treaties and Agreements Library provides a range of information on treaties to which the United States is a party, including most of the official U.S. sources for treaty text preferred by The Bluebook; and the United Nations Law Collection includes the full text of all treaties published in the United Nations Treaty Series and the League of Nations Treaty Series.

One drawback: Hein Online provided different collections and finding tools for U.S. and non-U.S. treaties, and for contemporary and historical treaties. At times, a researcher may have had to check several different resources in search of a treaty or agreement, depending on the answers to questions such as: Is the U.S. a party? It the treaty bilateral or multilateral? When was the treaty made?

The World Treaty Library helps to overcome that limitation with a Treaty Index feature that brings together seven treaty indexes–including Wiktor’s Multilateral Treaty Calendar, 1648-1995–which can be searched separately or together. For example, if you were searching for the international agreement concerning the conservation of polar bears, but you were not sure when the treaty was made or which countries were parties to it, the combined index search can help.

 

WTL Index_5   WTL Results_final

 

As shown above (click image to enlarge), the search included multiple indexes, with resulting records (from different indexes) providing links to the treaty text in multiple sources. With this tool, researchers can more quickly identify treaties and locate treaty texts.

The next time you have a treaty research question, consider the World Treaty Library.

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Jan 21 2015

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Certificate Program: Transactional Law Research

The first class in our Legal Research Certificate program will be Transactional Law Research, offered next week on Monday at 1pm, Wednesday at 9am, and Friday at Noon. All classes will be in room 335.

You will receive a BU Law Certificate in Legal Research if you take 6 out of approximately 20 legal research classes to be offered between now and spring break. The classes are about 45 minutes long with a super easy assignment to complete afterward. The list of classes offered is here:http://lawlibraryguides.bu.edu/certification/certificationclassdescriptions. Sign up for the classes you wish to attend.

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Jan 19 2015

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Martin Luther King Papers

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Martin Luther King, who earned his PhD at the BU School of Theology, donated his papers to Boston University and they reside in the Howard Gotlieb Archives.  At a press conference in 1964  he articulated his reasons for donating his papers to BU.  He says that his three years at BU contributed to his formulation of his ideas.  There is an exhibit room dedicated to his papers on the third floor of Mugar Library.  There was litigation between the King family and BU about its possession of the papers, which BU eventually won.

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