Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Bloomberg Law Write-On Competition

Have an interesting idea for a short article on a current legal issue?  If so, check out the 2016 Bloomberg Law Write-On Competition!  Ten students will have their articles published in a Bloomberg BNA Law Report and receive $2,500.

Deadlines for the competition are as follows:
November 4, 2015:     Registration Opens
January 18, 2016:       Article Submission Opens
February 17, 2016:     Article Submissions Ends
March 16, 2016:         Winners Announced
April 2016:                 Winning Articles Published

There are still a few weeks left for you to put your thoughts on paper!  For more information, visit the following websites:

Friday, January 29, 2016

Every Day Really Is a Holiday

Did you know that today in Massachusetts is Thomas Paine Day [Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 6 § 15PPPP]? And if you happen to find yourself in Tennessee tomorrow, don’t forget to celebrate Franklin D. Roosevelt Day [Tenn. Code § 15-2-105]! In fact, if you’re looking for a reason to celebrate any day, look no further than the Law Library’s 2016 Every Day’s a Holiday Calendar. Congress and the state legislatures routinely designate days, weeks, months, and years to commemorate special events, activities, or people. This calendar has been updated for 2016 by law library staffer Katherine Lewis. Feel free to download your own copy and peruse the calendar so that you can be reminded that every day is indeed a holiday.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Researching corporate changes

Do you need to check merger activity or corporate changes to a U.S. company back over the past 100 years?  Are you tracing activity of non-U.S. securities traded in the U.S.?  Check the Boston College Law Library's subscription to Capital Changes on Intelliconnect for accurate record of gains or losses from corporate activity.  See the sample excerpt below from the report on  Morgan (J.P.) Chase Capital IX.  Questions? Contact the B.C. Law librarians at lawref@bc.edu.

Friday, January 15, 2016

ABA Legal Fiction Writing Contest

At the end of last year, Karen Breda wrote a post about Fiction by Lawyers (the Boston edition).  Perhaps you'd like to try to join these ranks?  ABA Journal is accepting entries for the 2016 Ross Writing Contest for Legal Short Fiction.  The deadline to enter is May 31, 2016--so here's a good use of your Spring Break, folks.  Top prize is $3,000.  An entry must be an original work of fiction with a word limit of 5,000.  The topic to focus that fiction: the role of the law and/or lawyers in modern society.  Click here for more details and official rules.   And maybe down the line, you'll be featured in a Legal Eagle Blog post about Fiction by Law Students (the Boston edition).  

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Award-winning Database for Customary International Humanitarian Law

To locate customary international humanitarian law, the International Committee of the Red Cross (“ICRC”) offers a free and fantastic tool. Its Customary International Humanitarian Law (“IHL”) Database is based on the oft-cited three-volume treatises, Customary International Humanitarian Law, originally published in 2005 by Cambridge University Press. The database not only digitized and updated the print content, but also added indispensable research tools for international scholars and practitioners.

The database is divided into two parts. In Part I, users may locate existing rules of customary IHL with detailed analysis in six clusters, available in five languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish. In Part II, users may look up underlying practice closely related to the existing rules. For comprehensiveness, links to ICRC's Treaty Database and National Implementation Database are also provided on the website. The database is frequently updated on a regular basis.

In April 2015, ICRC’s Customary IHL Database received the prestigious Jus Gentium Research Award from the American Society of International Law (ASIL).

Friday, January 8, 2016

Keeping Current in the New Year

As you move into the new semester, your focus is likely on making sure you have the most current syllabus for your classes and that you have the required reading materials for class (if your books come in late - remember you can check out casebooks and other class resources from the library).  However as you move into the spring semester, it's important to remember that staying up to date on legal news can help you as you also begin preparing for summer job interviews as well as post graduation jobs!  The law library provides access to numerous resources that can help you stay current and prepare for interviews.

You can use Bloomberg Law to sign up for Bloomberg BNA newsletters.  These great newsletters are subject specific with coverage spanning from antitrust and trade regulation to environmental law to labor and employment and more.  Signing up for newsletters is easy!  Just log into your Bloomberg Law account and click on the link for BNA Law Reports.

When you have entered the BNA Law Reports main screen, click on the link for Manage Email Notifications.  Once you are there, you'll be able to select the areas you are interested in staying up to date in and setting up email notifications.

Bloomberg Law isn't the only resource available to members of the BC Law community for staying up to date on current legal news.  We also have access to Law 360 through Lexis and news resources on WestlawNext as well.

If you are interested in learning more about staying up to date and current awareness, check out the various research guides published by the reference librarians.  Many guides will have current awareness resources listed for each specific research area.  You can also stop by the reference desk with any questions you might have.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Fiction by Lawyers, Part One -- The Boston edition

"Every man carries within him the soul of a poet who died young".  So said the 19th Century French literary critic Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve.  This seems particularly true for lawyers.  Sometimes, a law degree and legal career segues into a spot on the bestsellers-in-fiction list.  Today's blog post is devoted to 13 lawyers from Boston who published one or more popular novels.

Frederick Ayer:  A former FBI agent who entered private practice as a lawyer in Boston in the 1940s and ran for Massachusetts governor in 1950, Ayer penned several thrillers, including Man in the Mirror and the humor classic, Walter the Improbably Hound.

Richard Henry Dana:  A merchant seaman who attended Harvard Law School and passed the Massachusetts bar in 1840, Dana specialized in maritime law.  His memoir, Two Years at the Mast, is a classic of seafaring literature.  He also wrote a maritime labor law handbook, The Seaman's Friend.

Michael Frederickson:  Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers' General Counsel, Michael Frederickson has written three novels, The Cinderella Affidavit, Witness for the Dead and A Defense for the Dead.

Iris Gomez:  An immigration attorney at Massachusetts Law Reform Institute who also taught immigration law at Boston College Law School as visiting faculty, she published Try to Remember, the story of an immigrant family told through the eyes of Gabi, the adolescent daughter.

George V. Higgins:  A 1967 graduate of Boston College Law School who worked as federal prosecutor and then went into private practice in Boston, Higgins wrote many novels, including The Friends of Eddie Coyle.  Higgins also taught at Boston College.

David Hosp:  A trial lawyer specializing in copyright law at Fish & Richardson, Hosp has also lectured at Boston College Law School.  He has written many novels, including The Guardian, Next of Kin, Dark Harbor and Among Thieves.  His novel, Innocence (which was inspired by his pro bono work), is both poignant and full of suspense.

Paul F. Kenny:  A trial attorney at Kenny & Conley, Kenny wrote the novel, Paths Along the Way.

William Landay:  A Boston College Law School graduate and a former Middlesex County district attorney, Landay wrote the bestseller, Defending Jacob, which takes place in Newton.

Matthew Pearl:  A graduate of Yale Law School who has taught at Harvard Law School, Pearl wrote the highly-acclaimed The Dante Club (a work of historical fiction featuring many Massachusetts celebrities such as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Oliver Wendell Holmes), The Poe Shadow (about a young lawyer who investigates the mysterious death of Edgar Allan Poe) and The Last Dickens (a mystery within a mystery as a pair of young people set out to find the lost manuscript of Dickens' final unfinished novel).

Barry Reed:  A Boston lawyer who specialized in medical malpractice and personal injury litigation, he penned the novel, The Verdict which was later adapted into a film of the same name starring Paul Newman.

William F. Weld:  Former Massachusetts governor who is now practicing law at Mintz Levin, Weld has written several novels including Stillwater, Mackerel by Moonlight and Big Ugly.

Sabin Willett:  A partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius who specializes in commercial and bankruptcy litigation, Willett also defended several Guantanamo prisoners.  He has written several novels, including The Deal, The Betrayal and Present Value.

Hon. Raffi Yessayan:  Now a Superior Court judge, Yessayan drew upon his experience first as a Suffolk County district attorney and then as a criminal defense attorney to write legal thrillers, including 2 in the Hat and 8 in the Box.