The United States Supreme Court just announced that it will be hearing the long festering dispute between the Federal government and some 25 states, led by Texas, in a bitter battle over the Nation’s broken immigration policy (See, United States v. Texas).
In a surprise move, however, the Court added a new subplot to the drama by requiring both sides to brief a little discussed, and heretofore, nonexistent issue in the instant case, the language in the Constitution called the “take care” clause.
Oral arguments are expected in April, with a decision in late June 2016.
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Curious about what resources new lawyers are using in practice? Interested in what you can do in law school to prepare for the real world of legal research? Improve your skills by attending practical, hands-on research classes taught by our reference librarians. This semester, we will be offering three upper level research classes: a one credit class on Health Law Research, a two credit class on International and Comparative Legal Research, and a one credit class on Banking and Financial Law Research. If you have any questions on these classes, please feel free to contact us. Hope to see you there!
Curious about what legal stories may make headline news in 2016? Each year, the New Yorker posts a list of what it predicts to be the top five legal stories for the upcoming year. This year’s list may be found at: http://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/the-top-five-legal-stories-of-2016. Happy New Year!
Our hardworking, dedicated director is retiring after 32 years of service to the Law Library. Check out some of her many accomplishments and leave a note for her in her guestbook here. Thank you for everything, Marlene–it won’t be the same without you!
Curious about the history of the Bluebook? A new article titled The Secret History of the Bluebook traces the founding and subsequent development of this citation manual. While the finalized version of this article will not be published until 2016 in the Minnesota Law Review, an advanced copy of it is available at: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2697068##.
Writing a paper and looking for citation help? Check out our Using the Bluebook research guide, and feel free to contact a reference librarian!
Legal blogs are helpful free resources where you can find updates on emerging trends, and analysis of topical issues. Each year, the ABA Journal releases a feature called Blawg 100, in which it compiles a list of the top 100 blogs. This year’s list may be found at: http://www.abajournal.com/magazine/article/the_9th_annual_blawg_10. Looking for more? Check out our research guides on Law Blogs and Finding News & Keeping Current as a Lawyer.
Your Law Libraries have a multitude of exam preparation resources available to assist you.
Your most comprehensive source for all the materials available to you is found on our Exam Preparation Research Guide. This is where you will find links and suggestions on the myriad of materials waiting just a few clicks or steps away.
While the resources here are surely not exhaustive, take a look and see how we can help you during this stressful time.
(Speaking of stress: One true secret to success in law school, and beyond, is learning tools to manage stress. Make sure to eat right, exercise, meditate, do yoga, relax a bit over the holidays and most importantly, get enough sleep!)
Wishing you all great success and good luck in the weeks to come!
Looking for resources to prepare for your 1L exams? You may want to consider checking out Westlaw’s 1L Outline Shells series. This series provides a quick overview of black letter law, and may be a helpful resource to consult in conjunction with your class notes. Covering the topics of civil procedure, constitutional law, contracts, criminal law, property, and torts, this series is available for free at: https://lawschool.westlaw.com/marketing/display/SG/28. Good luck studying!
As the NIH is announcing it will retire all of the chimpanzees it has used for research, you can do background research on the laws and history of the Animal Rights movement in a new library from HeinOnline: Animal Studies: Law, Welfare and Rights.