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Mar 02 2015

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Tax Law Research

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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.

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Mar 02 2015

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Power Searching

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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

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Feb 27 2015

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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.

 

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Feb 27 2015

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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.

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Feb 23 2015

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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

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Feb 23 2015

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Banking Law Resources

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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.

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Feb 18 2015

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Update: Certification Class on CIA Detention & Interrogation Program

There has been much interest in the Report released in December by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on the CIA’s detention and interrogation program; this report is highly critical of the CIA’s use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” and has been called the Senate “torture report.”

This session of the certification program will explore research into U.S. and international law concerning torture, including U.S. obligations under international human rights treaties, and will include a range of primary legal documents, secondary sources and reports by non-governmental organizations (NGOs), such as Amnesty International.

Sessions of this class are offered in Room 335 on:

Thursday, Feb. 19, 9 a.m.  (LLM preferred)
Friday, Feb. 20, 12 p.m

Many of those who registered for the Thursday session were not able to be there at 9am. Space is available for the Friday session. To register, click HERE.

The class page:  http://lawlibraryguides.bu.edu/cert2015_CIA

 

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Feb 11 2015

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Certification Classes Rescheduled Due to Snow Day Cancellations…

We have rescheduled the various classes that had been cancelled due to the multitude of snow day cancellations.

Register at our Certification class page HERE. Remember you need 6 classes total to complete the Certificate.

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Feb 10 2015

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Charles River Campus to Reopen on Wednesday

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See BU Today for details.

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Feb 08 2015

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UPDATE: Law School Closed Tuesday, Feb. 10

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The Charles River campus will be closed all day on Monday and Tuesday, February 9-10. For more details, check:

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