Jun 09 2015

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Hello RAs – Remember that you can communicate with us all summer via LiveChat, M-F, 9-5.

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Jun 09 2015

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Zivotofsky v. Kerry

Now that we are well into June, the “major” cases that the Supreme Court has taken up in the current Term are beginning to be decided. For dates when opinions will be released, see the Mondays marked in blue on the calendar on the Court’s home page.

One such case is Zivotofsky v. Kerry, a/k/a the Jerusalem passport case, decided on Monday. The Court struck down §214(d) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 2003, which directed the secretary of state, upon request, to record “Israel” as the place of birth of a U.S. citizen born in Jerusalem. In a 6-3 decision, the majority held that Congress had intruded on the power to recognize foreign nations and governments, designated to the President by Article II of the Constitution.

Numerous commentators have written about the decision.

Still to come this month are the highly anticipated King v. Burwell (which challenges IRS regulations extending tax credits to coverage purchased through exchanges established by the federal government, involving the health insurance of millions  of Americans) and Obergefell v. Hodges (the same sex marriage cases).

Stay tuned.

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Jun 01 2015

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Summer Reading

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With Memorial Day past and the first day of summer fast approaching, summer reading lists and suggestions are beginning to appear. If nothing else, these can serve as reminders
to reclaim a pleasure that may have been consumed by the busyness of law school.

The New York Times has published its Summer Reading section, with lists of titles in TravelThrillers, Humor, Cooking, Science Fiction & Fantasy and other categories.

NYT summer

Below are some of the other interesting lists we have seen so far. We’ll add to list of lists as interesting new ones appear.


And there are the programs designed by schools and libraries for young people, such as these from the Boston Public Schools and the American Library Association.

Whatever your reading interests or genre: enjoy!

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Jun 01 2015

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Library Webinars

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The library is offering webinars this week for RAs and other interested parties. Information is below, please register if you are interested.

June 3 at 12pm – Navigating the Library

Register for Navigating the Library

The library is more than just a physical space.  BU licenses hundreds of databases.  As a BU student you can request materials from any library in the country.  As a law student you can chat with a reference librarian from 9-5 all summer.  Learn about the various service the library offers and how to make the most of library resources.

June 3 at 3pm – International Legal Research

Register for International Legal Research

Finding international legal documents can be a challenge.  Find out the best resources and get an overview of some of the major intergovernmental organizations like the UN.  Need to find a treaty?  This session will cover that as well.

June 4 at 12pm – Finding Articles & Interdisciplinary Research

Register for Finding Articles & Interdisciplinary Research

There are many options for finding articles on legal topics, and even more if you are looking for articles on non-legal topics.  Learn about the various databases the library licenses and search strategies to make your searching more comprehensive.

June 5 at 12pm – Managing Your Research & Citations

Register for Managing Your Research & Citations

When you are gather sources from the web, the BU catalog, licensed databases you can store all your research on one platform and organize it.  These platforms also allow you to generate Blue Book citations automatically.  Learn about these platforms and how to use them.

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May 27 2015

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Research Assistant Webinars

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If you are a research assistant, the Fineman and Pappas Law Libraries have a variety of helpful resources that you may want to check out. On our Research Assistant library guide, for example, you can find information on how to borrow books, contact your library liaison, and receive summer access to LexisNexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg.

Next week, the Libraries will also be offering the following webinars:

To register for these webinars, simply click on the links above, or visit our Research Assistant guide.


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May 21 2015

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Westlaw Has a New KeyCite Flag

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westlaw blue and white flagWestlaw now has a new KeyCite indicator, a blue and white flag that will alert users that a case has been appealed to either the U.S. Court of Appeals or the U.S. Supreme Court.  While this flag will be present on cases that have been appealed from state supreme courts, it will not appear if a case has been appealed from an agency.  As the flag merely serves as a warning that change could be on the way, it is considered to be a neutral flag.  For more information on this and other search tips, check out Westlaw’s Tip of the Week blog and Westlaw’s guide to Viewing KeyCite Information for a Case.


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May 15 2015

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Congratulations Class of 2015

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Congratulations.  We are excited to see you get out there and start lawyering.  The library is always here should you be in Boston, and alumni are welcome to come in to use all the materials and most of the databases.  Westlaw, Lexis and Bloomberg Law are databases that you can’t get through the library, but you will have access to them until December (with the exception of Westlaw).  BU does have campus-wide access to Lexis Academic which includes a lot of the legal content found on Lexis Advance.  You just need to get an alumni card to use the materials.  Bar study space is available in Redstone and Mugar has reserved Room 424  for law students only.  Pappas is also available most of the summer, but there may be some noise.  So good luck on the bar and stop in to say good-bye before you go.

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May 15 2015

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IP Watch

Curious about intellectual property law?  You may want to check out IP Watch, a non-profit news service that focuses on stories from around the world.  This database is easily accessible through the Fineman & Pappas Law Libraries’ eResources A-Z list, and is searchable in a variety of ways.  For instance, you can browse through a list of the most recent stories on the database’s main page, or focus on a topical category, such as copyrights, patents, or trademarks.  If you are interested in a particular issue, you can also search the website using its search bar.  Finally, IP Watch also enables you to search by geographical region.

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In you are interested in accessing content in a different format, IP Watch offers an email subscription service, Facebook posts, a LinkedIn account, and a Twitter account to help keep you informed.  IP Watch’s content is available in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, and Chinese.

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May 08 2015

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The Library of Congress’ Nations Page

Looking for the laws of another country?  The Law Library of Congress has created a Nations webpage, which allows you to search for executive, judicial, and legislative resources by country.  These resources are pulled from other online databases and websites.  For example, below, please find the entry for Morocco, which includes information from sources such as Amnesty International and the U.S. Department of State.  (Click on the image to make it larger.)

Library of Congress Nations

This webpage is maintained by the Law Library of Congress, which also allows you to search for legal commentary by topic.  For more information on this subject, check out our LibGuides on Foreign Law and International Law.

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May 03 2015

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Summer Student Newsletter is here!

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As we say farewell to our graduating 3L’s and LLM students we would like to take this opportunity to provide some crucial information about ongoing access to databases and library materials.(Spoiler alert: You MAY have to take some action to maintain access if you are graduating and your Summer access MAY likewise be limited for Westlaw depending on the type of work you are undertaking this Summer.) Click on the Newsletter below to get all the details and see past issues as well.


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