Monday, December 21, 2009

Winter Break Recreational Reading

Looking for something good to read over the break? Try courtroom fiction or legal-themed novels. The Law Library’s Popular Reading Collection has many good novels featuring lawyers, law firms, law professors and judges, including Stephen Carter’s Emperor of Ocean Park, Saira Rao’s The Chambermaid and a whole slew of John Grisham thrillers. The Library also has a number of bibliographies of legal-themed fiction, including Novel Verdicts: a Guide to Courtroom Fiction (Call No. PR830.L68 B73), Justice Denoted (Call No. Z5917.L3 J87) and Law in Literature: Legal Themes in Novellas (Call No. PN6120.95.L33 L38). The Library has law-themed short story anthologies as well, including Legal Fictions: Short Stories about Lawyers and the Law (Popular Reading Collection Call No. PN6120.95.L33 .L4) and The World of Law (Popular Reading Collection Call No. PN6071.L33 L6).

I recommend Louis Auchincloss’s Last of the Old Guard (Popular Reading Collection Call No. PS3501.U25 L37). This novel concerns two law school classmates who start a law firm and remain partners and best friends for the next sixty years. It is an inspiring story of brotherly love as well as a look at law firm management. The novel’s author practiced law in Manhattan for 45 years.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Free Full-text Journal Searching

The American Bar Association provides free full-text searching of over 300 online law reviews and academic paper repositories, such as SSRN and Congressional Research Service reports. The four print BC student law reviews and the Intellectual Property and Technology Forum (check under “I”, not “B” in the listing for that one) are included. While the files aren’t comprehensive, this is a great place to start your research for free.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Do you Wimba?

Wimba Live classroom offers you the opportunity, right from within you BlackBoard Vista site, to quickly and easily set up a video conference, hold virtual office hours and connect with students via audio, video, application sharing and almost anything else your imagination can come up with!
Questions? Need help adding this application to your class? Contact the Law School's Educational Technology group at: lawedtech@bc.edu.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Treaty of Lisbon means change for the European Union

On December 1 the Treaty of Lisbon entered into force for the European Union. The Treaty of Lisbon alters the structure of EU institutions and how they work, and further defines what the EU can and cannot do. For more information on the Treaty of Lisbon, visit http://europa.eu/lisbon_treaty/take/index_en.htm

Friday, December 4, 2009

Google Scholar adds caselaw

Have you tried the new Google Scholar caselaw search feature? Selected state and federal court opinions have been loaded and access is free. The service is selective in that it does not include a complete backfile of federal and state cases. Also, the most recent court opinions are not loaded yet. There is no load date information on the site so that it is impossible to determine when Colorado Supreme Court opinions were last loaded, for example. Researchers would need to search individual court websites for the last several months of opinions in order to perform a thorough search. Since there is no citator function for this Google Scholar file, it is impossible to determine the status of an opinion. It's still an interesting development to watch.

End of Fall semester evening reference hours

Please take note that the law library's evening reference has ended for the Fall 2009 semester. Your reference librarians will still be here from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. You can always reach us via e-mail @: lawref@bc.edu or via our Meebo IM account (you can link directly to it from the law library's home page (http://www.bc.edu/schools/law/library/home.html and click Online Live Help).