Friday, July 31, 2009

Legal Research Questions on the Bar: AALL program

BC Law Library organized a program at the American Association of Law Libraries conference on Sunday, July 26. The program, Legal Research Questions on the Bar Exam: Preparing Our Students, was devoted to exploring this issue. Erica Moeser, President of the National Conference of Bar Examiners, started the program with an overview of the proposal to add legal research to the bar. Jane O'Connell, Tarlton Law Library and Sherri Thomas, University of New Mexico Law Library, addressed the role of specialized legal research classes in preparing students for practice. Mark Sullivan and Mary Ann Neary, both from BC Law Library, discussed the skills and assessment methods used in advanced legal research classes. Finally, Filippa Anzalone, BC Law Library and Patricia Cervenka, Marquette Law Library, offered the law library directors' perspective on the impact that research questions on the bar might pose for librarian teaching resources, etc. The program was well-received and attendees posed thoughtful questions about the issue.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Update with State

If you are looking for recent United States Treaties or Executive Agreements, the Office of the Assistant Legal Adviser for Treaty Affairs at the State Department may have the information you need. This website provides the full text of recent Treaties and Executive Agreements published in the Treaties and Other International Acts Series(TIAS), Executive Agreements Reported to Congress under the Case Act (1 U.S.C. 112b(a)), Treaties currently pending in the U.S. Senate, and Treaties recently received in the U.S. Senate. Information on the status of Treaties and Executive Agreements may also be found using the links to Treaties in Force and Treaty Actions. So, if you need current information on Treaties and Executive Agreements, remember to upate with State.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Legal Diversity Career Fair in NYC in August

The Minority Corporate Counsel Association and are hosting a Legal Diversity Job Fair at the Marriott Marquis Hotel at 1535 Broadway in New York Ciry on Friday, August 7, 2009. The job fair is free and welcomes everyone, but specifically targets groups that are underrepresented in law (women, racial minorities, GLBT). 2Ls, 3Ls and recent law school graduates are welcome. Attendees who pre-register and post resumes have the opportunity to participate in interviews at the job fair. Click on this blog entry's title to see the job fair's website.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Massachusetts AG Challenges Federal Law against Same-sex Marriage

Yesterday, July 8, 2009, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley filed a lawsuit in United States District Court challenging the constitutionality of Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”). DOMA defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman. In her press conference announcing the suit, Coakley noted: “DOMA affects residents of Massachusetts in very real and very negative ways by depriving access to important economic safety nets and other protections that couples count on when they marry and that help them to take care of one another and their families. DOMA also directly and fundamentally interferes with Massachusetts’s right as a state sovereign to determine the marital status of its residents.”

Jurist, the legal news blog from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, has posted a link to the complaint and to DOMA, as well as links to information about same-sex marriage in other states.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Two Resources for Researching Foreign Constitutions

The Law Library recently added Robert Maddex's Constitutions of the World to its collection. This single volume print resource summarises the constitutions of 119 different countries and includes a glossary, bibliography, and table of "Constitutions at a Glance". Each country entry includes i) general information about the country and its resources, ii) the type of government, iii) the dates of constititional revisions, iv) the county's constitutional history, v) influences upon the country's constitution, vi) fundamental rights guarantees, vii) division of powers, viii) constitutional court, if any, ix) constitutional amendment provisions and x) transitional government, if any. This book is available in the Law Reference Area at call number K3157.E5 M33.

You can find English translations of foreign constitutions in Oceana's Constitutions of the Countries of the World. This 22-volume encyclopedic set is available to the law school community both in print (at call number K3157.A2 B53) and electronically in the law school online databases.