Whether you attribute this quote to Edna Mode or Louis Pasteur, the fact remains that you need to be prepared for your first (or your second…) job. Let the library help you with our Certificate in Legal Skills for Practice program. We hone your legal research skills so that you are … prepared.
This year’s distinguished lecture is being presented by Roland G. Fryer Jr. who won the 2015 Clark Medal from the American Economic Association. He has written fascinating articles on the economics of many aspects of racial discrimination – in employment, in schooling, in housing. You could find most of these articles using EconLit, a database that catalogs and links to economics literature.
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The library wants to help you with your paper. No, unfortunately we can’t write it for you… But we can help you get a jump start on the research. You can come to the reference desk. You can make an appointment. You can use our guide of resources for paper and note writing. You can even come to our offices (on the third floor). The better the resources you find for your paper, the better your paper will be. Let us help you.
We often think of the Restatements from the ALI as codifying old rules on Torts or Agency, but often they are also helping to develop a field of law. The National Labor Relations Board recently expanded the joint-employer standard in Browning Ferris Industries, citing the Restatement (Second) of Agency, and the Restatement of Law, Employment Law in its opinion.
In response to the NLRB decision, Rep. John Kline and Sen. Lamar Alexander introduced the Protecting Local Business Opportunity Act (H.R. 3459, S. 2015). At hearings in response to that legislation Associate Reporter for the Restatement of Law, Employment Law, BUSL Prof. Harper testified.
As a Reporter he is responsible for developing the principles of law articulated by the Restatements in a way that reflects caselaw and current practices. A Reporter is an expert in the field of law being considered, usually a legal scholar, and with the help of research assistants, the Reporter does the basic research and prepares drafts that are then considered by the ALI as a whole.
As I was reading the New York Times recently I came across an article about the Batmobile. Turns out it is protected by copyright because it is a character- guess all those little kids making their own cardboard batmobiles never knew that. I wanted to read the decision, so I immediately turned to Bloomberg/BNA – they have the best newsletters for keeping up with current legal developments. The library e-Resources A-Z list pointed me to the Patent, Trademark and Copyright Journal. The article I find gives me the case name, the docket number and all the information I would need to find the decision and even the underlying court documents. I also looked at Law360 – great for keeping up with pending litigation – which pointed me to the other cases “before the Batmobile” which protected characters. WestlawNext and LexisAdvance both include legal newsletters that are subject-specific. HeinOnline has ABA newsletters which cover various practice areas. Most practicing attorneys use some newsletter – either Bloomberg/BNA, Law360 or a subject-specific newsletter – to keep up with developments in their practice area. In about 5 minutes I was an expert on the Batmobile and how it was protected.
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