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Dec 15 2014

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Senate Report on CIA Interrogation Program

There has been much controversy over the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s Report on the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program. That Report is now available via the Federal Digital System web site as Senate Report 113-288. This PDF is 700+ pages and includes the Report as well as minority and other views.


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Dec 12 2014

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Admiralty & Maritime Law

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Looking to research admiralty and maritime law?  The Fineman and Pappas Law Libraries have some resources to help you get started.

Secondary Sources

Secondary sources are a good place to look if you want a broad overview of the law or references to laws and cases.  Here are a few books that you may want to check out:

 Searching on WestlawNext and Lexis Advance

WestlawNext and Lexis Advance include links to admiralty and maritime cases, statutes, court rules, regulations, administrative decisions, briefs, books and forms.  To access this collection on WestlawNext, you can search by headnote or browse the practice area of Admiralty & Maritime Law.  In order browse Lexis Advance’s collection, look under the topic of Admiralty & Maritime Law.

American Maritime Cases (AMC)

American Maritime Cases is a reporter devoted to maritime cases, which includes its own headnotes and digesting system.  This source is available online from Lexis Advance and WestlawNext, or as a separate database through the Libraries’ catalog.  It is also available in print in the Annex at call number KF1100 .A2 A4.

American Maritime Cases

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Dec 12 2014

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Got some space in your schedule next semester?

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The reference librarians teach advanced legal research courses both semesters, and this semester we are teaching Administrative Law Research (1 credit) and Advance Legal Research (2 credits).  Advanced Legal Research is currently full and there is a waiting list, but Administrative Law Research has spots.  Many lawyers never anticipate how important understanding the organization of the executive branch and its agencies is to many practice areas.  Tax, banking, environmental, energy, bankruptcy, securities, IP, immigration – these are just some of the area that are driven by regulations and agency guidance.  Hit the ground running in any new job with the skills you can learn in this class.  Administrative Law Research runs from Jan. 20 to March 3 and you must be present at the first class to participate.  Advanced Legal Research runs from January 22 through April 9 and you must be present at the first class to participate.

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Dec 07 2014

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Best Books of 2014

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With the end of the year in sight, publications and critics are posting their lists of best (or favorite) books of the year. Some of them are listed below.

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Whether you’re looking for a good read over winter break, shopping for a holiday gift or exploring what has been published this year, enjoy!

We’ll add to this list as more rankings are posted.


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Dec 04 2014

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Law in a Flash

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Need a quick review before your finals?  Consider checking out the flashcards in the Law in a Flash series.

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Boxes of flashcards are organized by subject, and cover topics such as torts and professional responsibility.  Each set contains cards that can help you review black letter law and definitions.  Some cards even include hypotheticals to help you practice issue spotting.  These sets can be found at the circulation desk, and may be checked out for two hours.

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Dec 01 2014

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Find HeinOnline Material by Type

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For a long time you had to know what library you were looking for on Hein by name.  Now you can find them by type.  Are you looking for federal law?  State law?  This new tab is very useful:

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Nov 25 2014

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Bills and Executive Orders from SNL?

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Did you love School House Rock’s “How a Bill Becomes a Law.”  Well you will love  when SNL adds Executive Orders into the mix.  [HT Georgetown Due Process Blog]

The library recently added Executive Orders and Proclamations back to 1789 to our Proquest Congressional database.  So you can see for yourself what Presidents have been doing since the inception of the office.

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Nov 24 2014

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Need stats to prove your points? Start here.

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Have you ever wondered how lawyers come up with all those great facts that we use to prove our points? Ever wanted to really impress in a paper or memo by including some obscure data or statistics but struggle with understanding how to find or build data sets? We can help you!

There are a myriad of resources available depending on the types of stats that you require… Locallabs is a great resource for pulling demographics stats about states, cities and zip codes around the USA (see the example below). There are many others however and we have a research guide that will lead you to a huge assortment of these types of sites.  Go HERE to see the other sites and databases available.


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Nov 19 2014

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Supreme Court Resources (2/2)

A previous post addressed resources for cases pending before the Supreme Court. Most of those are useful for cases decided in the recent past; for example, SCOTUSblog’s Merits Cases section provides news coverage, briefs, transcripts and other information for cases dating back to the Court’s 2007 Term.

When looking for information about older cases, there is a range of resources you can consult.

Suppose you were researching the landmark case concerning a criminal defendant’s right to counsel, Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335 (1963). The case is available in PDF (United States Reports) through the U.S. Supreme Court Library in Hein Online. Free Internet versions include the case law component of Google Scholar.

Briefs from the case are available through U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs, 1832-1978. Search and browse features are available to locate the seven documents provided for Gideon, including a Transcript of Record, briefs by the petitioner and respondent, and several amicus curiae briefs. Another good source for briefs is Westlaw Next: when viewing the case, select the Filings tab from the Keycite information for that case and select among available documents.

There is a large body of secondary literature that discusses the case, including legal journal articles, books (notably Gideon’s Trumpet, by Anthony Lewis), historical accounts, even a television production. Useful discovery tools include Google Scholar (especially for interdisciplinary research); combined law review databases on Westlaw Next and Lexis Advance; and after retrieving the case, using the “Citing References” tab on Keycite (Westlaw Next) or the “Other Citing Sources” link in Shepard’s Citations (Lexis Advance).

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The BU Libraries Advanced Search engine can be used to find materials that focus on the case: searching by the name of the case, or using keywords such as “gideon” and “right to counsel,” retrieves many articles and books. Also, using “gideon” as a keyword while searching for titles related to criminal procedure allows one to locate discussions of the case in topical books, such as this one.

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Nov 17 2014

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Resources for Students in the Clinical Programs

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The Clinical Programs here at BU Law provide valuable practical experience for students and valuable services to clients. The Library has created a research guide to help. The heart of the research guide provides links to resources in specific subject areas as shown below.

Social Security Practice and Procedure

Unemployment Law

Immigration Law

Housing Law

Divorce and Family Law

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