When a case is filed in any court a docket is created. This allows the court to track all activity with this case. What if your boss askes you “What is happening in that 1st circuit case?” Figure it out from the docket. She asks “Can you find me the complaint in that copyright case that was filed in the Southern District of New York?” Learn how to identify the docket number and use the tools necessary to find the court documents for most courts.
Monday Feb. 29th @ 1pm in Rm 335
Thursday March 2nd @ 1pm in Rm 335
One of a lawyer’s most challenging tasks is staying current in a practice area—the demands on our time can feel overwhelming. (Yes, this continues beyond law school!) Find out how to use the same free and subscription services used by lawyers to keep up-to-date in any legal area.
Do you know if your corporate client has ever filed for bankruptcy? Come learn how to find company and industry information, including financials, consumer demographics, and how to use NAICS codes. Students will also be introduced to common online sources used for this research.
The library subscribes to Masstrac, a platform that tracks bills as they pass through the legislature – providing the closest thing Massachusetts has to online legislative history. State House News, which updates you on legislative activities, is another library subscription. Finally, we subscribe to the Social Law Library which has many agency decisions not found anywhere else.
At some point in your life as a lawyer you will get a legislative history question. Be prepared. Find out how to find congressional documents by number and subject. What was Congress thinking when they passed that law? Now you will know how to figure out. We will be using Congress.gov, Proquest Congressional, Legislative Insight, Westlaw and Lexis Advance to find congressional documents. Come and learn all the tricks of the legislative documents trade.
Looking for resources to help you analyze and keep current on Massachusetts law? You may want to check out the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) series. MCLE resources are now available electronically via theMCLE Online Pass, which includes online access to MCLE’s archive of books, articles, and program materials. Searching for more? Just ask a reference librarian!
The Legal History and Rare Books Section (LHRB) of the American Association of Law Libraries, in cooperation with Gale Cengage Learning, announces the annual Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition. The competition is named in honor of Morris L. Cohen, late Professor Emeritus of Law at Yale Law School. Professor Cohen’s scholarly work was in the fields of legal research, rare books, and historical bibliography.
The purpose of the competition is to encourage scholarship in the areas of legal history, rare law books, and legal archives, and to acquaint students with the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) and law librarianship. Essays may be on any topic related to legal history, rare law books, or legal archives. The competition is open to students currently enrolled in accredited graduate programs in library science, law, history, and related fields. Both full- and part-time students are eligible. Membership in AALL is not required.
The winner will receive a $500.00 prize from Gale Cengage Learning and up to $1,000 for expenses associated with attendance at the AALL Annual Meeting.The winner and runner-up will have the opportunity to publish their essays in LH&RB’s online scholarly journal Unbound: An Annual Review of Legal History and Rare Books.
You can find submission information and read about past winners here.
Ever needed to find an address, phone number, or social media profile for a person? Come learn how to use public records and research strategies to locate birth certificates, property records, facebook profiles, and more!
Research in the regulations promulgated by administrative agencies is an important component of U.S. legal work. This class will augment what you learn in law school courses and will include finding regulations, working with the principal publications (Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations), and updating research to locate the most current information.
This class will be offered on Feb. 8th and 10th from 1-2 PM in Room 335