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.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween - Salem Witch Trials

The Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries has posted some great information about where to get actual court records and other historical documents from the Salem Witch Trials, including the Cornell University's Witchcraft Collection.  So if you want something a little more legally interesting this Halloween, take a look at some of these collections, which include the actual laws passed during this time.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Justice Department announces new policy on waivers of ineffective assistance of counsel

On October 14, 2014, Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole, circulated a memorandum to all federal prosecutors announcing a new policy on waivers of ineffective assistance of counsel claims:
Federal prosecutors should no longer seek in plea agreements to have a defendant waive claims of ineffective assistance of counsel whether those claims are made on collateral attack or, when permitted by circuit law, made on direct appeal.  For cases in which a defendant's ineffective assistance claim would be barred by a previously executed waiver, prosecutors should decline to enforce the waiver when defense counsel rendered ineffective assistance resulting in prejudice or when the defendant's ineffective assistance claim raises a serious debatable issue that a court should resolve.
This policy recognizes that effective assistance of counsel is necessary for the adversarial criminal justice system to function fairly.  The new policy takes effect immediately.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Terrific Source for Researching International Law in U.S. Courts

The American Society of International Law (ASIL) has just re-launched a terrific source for researching international law in U.S. courts, "i.lex," at

"i.lex" is an online database for selected U.S. federal and state court cases applying and interpreting international law. It is a free and practical source for anyone who is interested in understanding the interplay between domestic and international laws in the U.S. courts.

The i.lex content may be searched by topic, jurisdiction, treaty, or statute in the drop down menus, by keyword, or by tags.