Introducing…writing retreats

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Need a little distraction-free time to work on that note, seminar paper, or other writing project? Join the law librarians Fridays from 9-12 in the law library conference room (310) for some regular, quiet work time. Questions? email us at lawref@bu.edu.

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Help BU libraries improve; take a survey and enter a drawing for an iPad mini 4

960x540-2015 (1)_Page_2BU libraries are conducting a survey of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates to learn how we are doing and what we can do to improve. Check your BU email account for an email from Provost Morrison with a personalized link to the survey. Complete the survey by April 5 to help the library improve and to enter a drawing for a chance to win an iPad mini 4.

Results from previous library surveys can be found at the Library Assessment webpage; the results of the current survey will be reported there once the survey is completed and analyzed.

 

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Voting in America

Do you want Bernie or are you for Rubio?  Massachusetts has already voted, but as the primaries progress in other states the press has been focusing on voter ID laws.  Many states have passed voter ID laws in the last few years, and a good way to keep up with these is to find a 50 state survey. The National Conference of State Legislatures keeps a close eye on developments across states.  Westlaw also has a good 50 state survey on voter registration.  50 state surveys are an invaluable tool to compare state practice in different areas of the law.

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International Women’s Day

If you are interested in the topic of women and the law, the Fineman and Pappas Law Libraries have a variety of resources that you may want to check out.  These include books such as Women and the Law Stories, which highlights cases addressing sex discrimination, working conditions, and reproductive rights, among others.  You may also want to explore articles on HeinOnline from journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender and the Women Lawyers Journal.  Lastly, in honor of International Women’s Day, many blogs are also posting interesting stories, such as the Library of Congress’ global history of women’s voting rights.

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FBI Error Locked San Bernardino Attacker’s iPhone

In the ongoing legal battle between Apple and the F.B.I. over whether Apple must provide the F.B.I. with the technical help necessary to unlock the San Bernardino attacker’s iPhone, it has come to light that the F.B.I. caused the phone to be locked in the first place, by demanding county officials reset the iCloud password (Mr. Farook was employed as an environmental health specialist by San Bernardino county, which owns the iPhone Mr. Farook used). Apple suggests that had the F.B.I. followed their initial suggestion, to connect the phone to a known wireless network and see if the data could be downloaded, rather than having county officials  reset the iCloud password, the F.B.I. would not be in their present predicament. You can read more about it here and sign up for complimentary access to the New York Times through our group pass here.

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EEOC takes up anti-gay discrimination in employment FINALLY under Gender Discrimination Laws.

In a move, long awaited by the LGBTQ community, the EEOC has finally challenged employers who discriminate against the community’s members under the Nation’s gender bias laws.

Read the full story here on Law 360, one of the several great sources we have available at the Library for keeping you current:

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Certification Class: Court Documents

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

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