Jan 06 2015

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Legal Interviewing and Counseling

Hoping to explore more about conducting successful client interviews and counseling sessions?  The Fineman and Pappas Law Libraries have some books that can help.  For example, Essential Lawyering Skills (available in the reserve section at call number KF300 .K66 2011) contains a useful chart on page 313 to help you keep track of parties’ interests:

Interviewing chart

Looking for more?  Consider checking out these books:

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Jan 06 2015

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Researching Administrative Law class offered this Semester.

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Rules, regulations, adjudications, federal agencies… Need a fresh approach or better understanding of how to research the byzantine world that we call Administrative Law?

The Law Library offers a one-credit intensive course beginning Jan 27th that runs for 6 weeks. This body of law is complex yet completely accessible when you develop the right researching strategy. Research is after all the one skill that all lawyers use daily and the one that most new practitioners agree is the one skill that they wished they had developed more fully in law school.

No prior knowledge of Administrative law is required to enroll in this course.  Fell free to contact me with any questions at sadac@bu.edu.

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Dec 23 2014

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Preview of 2015’s Top Legal Stories

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Each year, reporter Jeffrey Toobin from the New Yorker puts forth a list of legal predictions for the upcoming year.  The list for 2015 has recently been published, and may be accessed HERE.  According to Toobin, these stories will include a renewed focus on same sex marriage and the Affordable Care Act, as well as major changes to collegiate sports policies.

five top legal stories

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Dec 19 2014

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Massachusetts Historical Documents and Laws

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Did you know that there was once a penalty imposed in Massachusetts if you celebrated Christmas?  Check out this law from 1659 (with modern spelling):

“For preventing disorders arising in several places within this jurisdiction, by reason of some still observing such festivals as were superstitiously kept in other countries, to the great dishonor of God and offence of others, it is therefore ordered by this Court and the authority thereof, that whosoever shall be found observing any such day as Christmas or the like, either by forbearing of labor, feasting, or any other way, upon such accounts as aforesaid, every such person so offending shall pay for every such offence five shillings, as a fine to the country.”

To access this and other Massachusetts historical legal documents and laws click HERE.

Today, Christmas Day is celebrated as a legal holiday under M.G.L. c. 4, § 7, cl. 18.  To find Massachusetts laws, check out the Massachusetts General Laws Annotated at call number KFM2430 1958 .A2 in the Fineman and Pappas Law Libraries, or visit the Massachusetts government’s website by clicking HERE.

 

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Dec 15 2014

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Senate Report on CIA Interrogation Program

There has been much controversy over the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s Report on the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program. That Report is now available via the Federal Digital System web site as Senate Report 113-288. This PDF is 700+ pages and includes the Report as well as minority and other views.

SRpt113-288

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Dec 12 2014

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Admiralty & Maritime Law

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Looking to research admiralty and maritime law?  The Fineman and Pappas Law Libraries have some resources to help you get started.

Secondary Sources

Secondary sources are a good place to look if you want a broad overview of the law or references to laws and cases.  Here are a few books that you may want to check out:

 Searching on WestlawNext and Lexis Advance

WestlawNext and Lexis Advance include links to admiralty and maritime cases, statutes, court rules, regulations, administrative decisions, briefs, books and forms.  To access this collection on WestlawNext, you can search by headnote or browse the practice area of Admiralty & Maritime Law.  In order browse Lexis Advance’s collection, look under the topic of Admiralty & Maritime Law.

American Maritime Cases (AMC)

American Maritime Cases is a reporter devoted to maritime cases, which includes its own headnotes and digesting system.  This source is available online from Lexis Advance and WestlawNext, or as a separate database through the Libraries’ catalog.  It is also available in print in the Annex at call number KF1100 .A2 A4.

American Maritime Cases

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Dec 12 2014

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Got some space in your schedule next semester?

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The reference librarians teach advanced legal research courses both semesters, and this semester we are teaching Administrative Law Research (1 credit) and Advance Legal Research (2 credits).  Advanced Legal Research is currently full and there is a waiting list, but Administrative Law Research has spots.  Many lawyers never anticipate how important understanding the organization of the executive branch and its agencies is to many practice areas.  Tax, banking, environmental, energy, bankruptcy, securities, IP, immigration – these are just some of the area that are driven by regulations and agency guidance.  Hit the ground running in any new job with the skills you can learn in this class.  Administrative Law Research runs from Jan. 20 to March 3 and you must be present at the first class to participate.  Advanced Legal Research runs from January 22 through April 9 and you must be present at the first class to participate.

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Dec 07 2014

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Best Books of 2014

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With the end of the year in sight, publications and critics are posting their lists of best (or favorite) books of the year. Some of them are listed below.


Stitched Panorama

Whether you’re looking for a good read over winter break, shopping for a holiday gift or exploring what has been published this year, enjoy!

We’ll add to this list as more rankings are posted.

UPDATES

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Dec 04 2014

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Law in a Flash

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Need a quick review before your finals?  Consider checking out the flashcards in the Law in a Flash series.

law in a flash 1a         Law in a flash 1

Boxes of flashcards are organized by subject, and cover topics such as torts and professional responsibility.  Each set contains cards that can help you review black letter law and definitions.  Some cards even include hypotheticals to help you practice issue spotting.  These sets can be found at the circulation desk, and may be checked out for two hours.

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Dec 04 2014

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Research Resources for International Law

Suppose you’re researching an international legal issue for the first time. What are some good places to start?

If you begin with the library’s research guide on International Law (IL), you will find definitions of IL and related concepts, video discussions on the scope of IL and a frequently cited summary of the IL sources (listed in Article 38 of the Statute of the International Court of Justice). To get started with your topic, starting places include secondary sources, such as the major treatises listed in the guide, the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, and journal articles that explore international legal topics.

Research guides, including our guides on sources of IL (e.g., Treaties) and topical issues (such as International Trade or Human Rights research), can be helpful in locating and working with primary sources and specialized tools. Other research guides include those provided by NYU’s GlobaLex, the American Society of International Law (ASIL), and ASIL’s Electronic Information System for International Law (EISIL).

Current awareness resources include blogs, subscription news updates and the news bureaus of the United Nations and other international organizations. These can be great tools for picking a paper topic, gathering information on recent developments and monitoring your topic as you work.

This graphic (International Law Visualized) provides a basic overview of some IL bodies and concepts that may assist in your research.

If you need help or have questions about resources, contact a reference librarian.

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