Monday, May 23, 2011

How do you learn?

Traditionally, law students learned the substantive areas of law by studying casebooks contained edited texts of appellate court decisions. Law school classes featured a professor engaging students using the Socratic method. Is this how law students actually master their course subject matter today? And, does this structure allow for pedagogical creativity, or differences in learning styles, or cultural differences among students? Now, law students bring their mobile devices and laptops to class - and they use them. Are they using these devices as distractions or as learning tools? On May 18, 2011, the Boston College e-Teaching Day conference addressed issues of student attention and engagement in general. The keynote presentation, offered by Professors David Bogen and Eric Gordon, centered on issues of attention and student engagement. We'll be considering their remarks and seeking methods to enhance law student engagement in class sessions using their suggestions.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Obama calls for national dialogue on immigration reform

Last week, President Obama called for a national dialogue on comprehensive immigration reform and reiterated his commitment to reforming the U. S. immigration system. The White House maintains an Immigration Issue page on its website where people may view a video of the President's address in El Paso, read a transcript of his speech and download a pdf of his Blueprint for Immigration Reform. Click on the title to this blog entry to link to the White House's immigration page.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

NFL Lockout Goes to Eighth Circuit

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has issued a temporary hold of Judge Susan Nelson’s April 25th injunction, which had lifted the NFL’s lockout of pro football players. The NFL imposed the lockout in March after collective-bargaining talks failed and the players association announced it would no longer function as a union. Ten players--including Patriots quarterback Tom Brady--sued the league, citing the violation of federal antitrust laws. The players decried the lockout because it prevented them from working out at team headquarters and holding full practices with teammates and coaches. The central issue is how the league’s $9 billion in annual revenue should be divvied up.

The first preseason game is scheduled for August 7, so fans anxiously await a resolution to the dispute. To examine pleadings and briefs, use the dockets feature on Bloomberg Law to search for the case. Contact a reference librarian if you do not have a password and are interested in obtaining one. The case is Tom Brady v. National Football League, Docket No. 11-01898.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Find the Future at the NY Public Library

As part of the 100 year anniversary of the NY Public Library's main branch, later this month the library will launch an online and live scavenger hunt game that invites visitors to go on quests and follow clues to discover interesting objects throughout the main branch, the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. On May 20th, 500 lucky winners of a content held last month will spend the night at the library, chosen to be the first members of the public to play the game and write short personal essays inspired by the objects they encounter on the quests. Starting the next day, visitors to the main branch or to the online game site will get a chance to play the game in person or virtually, unlocking powers as they find the objects and learn more about the library. Visit the game site to register for this innovative and creative exploration of the NY Public Library's main branch and be one of the first to know when the online game begins.