Tuesday, June 23, 2009

No Constitutional Due Process Right Exists to Evidence for Post Conviction DNA Testing

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court held in District Attorney's Office for the Third Judicial District v. Osborne, No. 08-6, slip op. (U.S. June 18, 2009), that a prisoner has no procedural or a substantive federal due process right to gain post-conviction access to forensic evidence in the state's possession in order to subject it to DNA testing. Read the full opinion by clicking on this blog entry's title. To read more about the reactions to this ruling, check out today's issue of U.S. Law Week, available online to the BC Law School community via the Boston College Law Library Online Databases. To learn more about DNA exonerations visit The Innocence Project's website at www.innocenceproject.org

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Legal Research on the Bar Exam?

Three members of the BC Law Library team are coordinating a national conference presentation around the question of whether legal research should be included on the bar exam. Filippa Anzalone, Associate Dean and Professor of Law, Mary Ann Neary, Associate Law Librarian, and Mark Sullivan, Legal Information Librarian, will host and participate in a panel presentation with Erica Moeser, Executive Director, National Conference of Bar Examiners, and other law librarians at the American Association of Law Libraries meeting on July 26, 2009. For more background on the topic, see Law Librarian Blog.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Judge Sonia Sotomayor

Interested in learning more about Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama’s nominee to replace Justice Souter on the United States Supreme Court? Check out Georgetown Law Library’s excellent Supreme Court Nominations Research Guide. The Guide links to bibliographic information, Judge Sotomayor’s publications and selected opinions, and her earlier nomination hearings to the federal bench (1992 and 1998), as well as to more general information about the nomination process.

The Briefing Room blog from the White House includes a video of the nomination announcement starring President Obama and Judge Sotomayor.

Recommended summer reading for future litigators

Notable trial and appellate attorney, Michael E. Tigar, has just published his latest book, Nine Principles of Litigation and Life. Tigar sums up why he wrote the book in the following quote, "The great trial lawyers of this and all other times have defined themselves as seekers of justice. I therefore believe that if you seek out principles about how, why and for whom to seek justice, that voyage will lead you to discover how to live your life." In this small book of wisdom, Tigar's expounds, through stories and lessons from history and his own experience, on the nine principles that have guided him on his path (courage, rapport, skepticism, observation, preparation, structure, candor, empowerment and presentation). It isn't always easy finding (and keeping to) one's path as a litigator. Finding an experienced mentor can help. Reading this book feels somewhat like listening to one's mentor. This book is one of the Law Library's new acquisitions for its Popular Reading Collection.