Friday, January 16, 2015

Siting cellular phone towers

Many communities balk when a cellular phone provider seeks to erect a mobile phone tower.  Residents complain about unsightly towers, spoiled views, etc.   The tower site dispute between T-Mobile and Roswell, Georgia reached the Supreme Court.  The Supreme Court's ruling on Jan. 14, 2015 in T-Mobile South LLC v. City of Roswell, Ga. sets out new standards for a community's denial of a tower application.  The community's rejection of a tower application must now be in writing and contain sufficient detail to allow the mobile service provider to seek judicial review of the denial.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Legal Battle of the Brews

According to the Brewers Association, in July of 2014, there were 3,000 craft breweries open in the United States.  More open every month.  With so many brewers hoping to catch the eyes (and mouths) of consumers, it’s no surprise that craft beer law is a growing area of legal expertise.  In a recent article, NPR highlighted some of the legal issues attorneys and their brewer clients are facing.  For example, there are trademark issues with brewery and beer names, bottle labels, and even fonts.  There are also issues of how to legally set up a brewery and manage distribution contracts. 

Students interested in learning more about this growing legal area (or even just a funny topic for a night out on the town) might want to check out many of the legal blogs about beer, such as The Craft Beer Attorney and the Brewery Law Blog, as well as strengthen their IP and business law research skills.  You never know where your legal career will take you!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

One Hundred Years of Law

As we rapidly approach the start of a new year, it’s good to reflect on the past so we can move into the future with confidence and excitement.  If you are interested in taking a look back at the development of law as you prepare for a new semester of learning, you should read the ABA Journal’s One Hundred Years of Law.  The article provides an interesting look at how the legal world has changed since 1915 and serves as a celebration of 100 years of publication for the ABA Journal.  One highlight many may be interested in is the article's discussion of the birth of environmental law and the case of the snail darter – something Boston College Law Professor Zygmunt Plater played an important role in.  The article also touches upon the Scopes monkey trial, civil rights, and how technology is changing the rules as we know them.

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.