Friday, December 19, 2014

Take a break! Recreational reading recommendations from the faculty

Drop by the library to view the new exhibit of recommended reading.  Over the summer, we asked the faculty to identify their favorite books read in the past year and their favorite books of all time. 
Here are the results:

Favorite Book Read This Year
Richard Albert:  Jon Meacham’s Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power
Filippa Marullo Anzalone:  Taiye Selasi’s Ghana Must Go
Paulo Barrozo:   Aldo Schiavone’s The Invention of Law in the West
Jane Biondi:  Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies
Karen Breda:  Hannah Kent’s Burial Rites
Kent Greenfield:  Alan Furst’s Night Soldiers
Daniel Lyons:  Proverbs and John le Carre’s The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
Ray Madoff:  Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace and Anna Karenina, Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, and Feodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment
David Olson:  Yuval Levin’s The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine and the Birth of Right and Left
Mark Spiegel:  Geraldine Brooks’s People of the Book
Paul Tremblay:  Rachel Kushner’s Flamethrowers and Mark Halperin’s and John Heilemann’s Double Down
Catharine Wells:  Toni Morrison’s Beloved

Favorite Book of All Time
Richard Albert:  Mordecai Richler’s The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz
Filippa Marullo Anzalone:  No all time favorite but loved George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones series, C.J. Sansom’s Matthew Shardlake series, and the works of Jane Austen and Charles Dickens
Paulo Barrozo:  Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain
Jane Biondi:  Mairtin O’Cadhain’s  The Road to Brightcity
Karen Breda:  St. Augustine’s City of God
Kent Greenfield:  Cormac McCarthy’s The Road
Daniel Lyons:  The Bible, Herman Wouk’s The Winds of War and Henry Kissinger’s Diplomacy
Ray Madoff:  Henry James’s Portrait of a Lady
David Olson:  Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace
Mark Spiegel: Feodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment
Paul Tremblay: John Barth’s Tidewater Tales
Catharine Wells:  Alice Walker’s Possessing the Secret of Joy

Thank you to all of the faculty who responded!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

The report of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on the C.I.A.'s detention and interrogation program is available on the Committee's website. The report focuses on the C.I.A.'s use of secret prisons as well as its use of waterboarding as an interrogation technique for terrorism suspects. 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Still shuffling your spring course schedule? Take a research class!

In addition to two sections of Advanced Legal Research (3 credits), the teaching librarians are offering two subject-specific research courses: Tax Law Research and Research for Criminal Law Practice, both two credits. ALR exposes students to a wide range of legal materials and databases and focuses on how to approach a problem, regardless of the subject-matter.

The subject-specific courses focus on databases, sources, and strategies that are most useful for that particular area of practice. For example, the Tax Law Research course will involve a lot of practice with databases like CCH Intelliconnect, IBFD, RIA Checkpoint,and Tax Analysts, which are mentioned only briefly in ALR.

The Research for Criminal Law Practice course is a great opportunity for future prosecutors and defense attorneys to gain more confidence choosing good secondary sources, finding forms and jury instructions, and searching for applicable statutes and cases. Students will also have the opportunity to work on more complex research simulations that require them to put these discreet skills together.

For more detailed information on the courses, including course numbers, instructors, and meeting times, see the legal research course offerings sheet here. If you have more questions about the courses, we would love to chat with you about them, so come visit!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Knowledge Mosaic is now Lexis Securities Mosaic

For anyone who used to use Knowledge Mosaic for securities, telecommunications, or energy research, please note that the link in our A-Z database list will now take you to a Lexis page that looks like this:

Once you start searching, the old Knowledge Mosaic interface comes back into play. The good news? The content for securities researchers is still excellent, with EDGAR filings, comment letters, law firm memos, agreements and model documents, and much more. One of our favorite Knowledge Mosaic features happily is still featured. That's the Reference Retriever, which allows the researcher to navigate easily between different filings and exhibits without running a whole new search. The bad news? The telecommunications and energy law content has disappeared; the name change and content shift are said to signify a recommitment to the securities roots of the product. It remains to be seen if the other content will reemerge.

Please note that you can access Lexis Securities Mosaic through our A-Z database list (for the time being, it will remain listed under "Knowledge Mosaic" too in order to help with the transition); it's also available via the Lexis Practice Advisor page for Securities and Capital Markets, which students and faculty can access with their Lexis Advance login information.

As always, let your friendly reference librarians know if you have any questions or problems accessing content.

Executive Action on Immigration -- Resource Pages

Yesterday, President Obama announced a new Deferred Action for Parents (DAP) program which will provide immediate temporary immigration relief for parents of U.S. citizens and legally permanent residents.  The new program is designed to keep the families of millions of U.S. citizens and LPRs intact.  In addition to DAP, the President also announced plans to expand the DACA program by removing the age cap, announced new enforcement priorities and many improvements to business immigration and an end to the Secure Communities Program.

There will likely be many questions as the new programs and policies are implemented over the next few months.  The American Immigration Council has already posted a resource page on executive action on immigration. This resource page includes links to:  the Department of Homeland Security's webpage on the new programs and policies, the Committee for Immigration Reform Implementation's Administrative Relief Resource Center, historical precedents of executive action on immigration and resources on the President's legal authority for executive action on immigration.

In addition, the American Immigration Lawyers Association has posted an administrative reform 2014 resource page which includes a comprehensive list of policy memoranda and fact sheets on the President's plan.

For those who missed the President's announcement, the White House has posted a video of the President's address and AILA has posted a transcript of the President's address.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

HeinOnline Has Enhanced Features for Foreign & International Law

HeinOnline has enhanced its features for foreign & international law research in the past few weeks. Before the enhancement, the foreign & international law related libraries on HeinOnline were scattered around and difficult to find. It has now added a "Collection Type" tab on its main page to help you find libraries grouped together by type. On the Collection Type tab, students interested in foreign and international law may be particularly interested in libraries under the headings of "Foreign & International Law," and "International Treaties and Agreements." Some of the titles under these two headings are currently gray----those title libraries are under construction and will be open to you soon.

I took two screen shots of the new features. Hope you will find them helpful!

Bloomberg Law now has state-by-state regulatory comparison charts

Bloomberg Law has added a chart-building tool to its Banking & Finance, Labor & Employment and Tax Practice Centers.  The chart-builder generates state-by-state regulatory comparison charts on various topics and issues within the subjects of banking, labor and tax.  Users can access the chart-builder by going to the practice center for the desired subject, selecting Practice Tools, then selecting a topic and desired states.  The chart-builder then creates a summary of the law, a brief analysis and links to the primary source documents for the desired states.  The Banking & Finance chart-builder is remarkably detailed with nine general topics, including Money Transmission, Debt Collection, Payday Lending, Residential Mortgages, Installment Sales, Title Loans, and many subtopics to choose from.  Bloomberg Law indicates that even more topics will be added over time.