Monday, October 31, 2011

Win a copy of The Googlization of Everything!

Students: attend the webcast on the Googlization of Libraries, a keynote by Siva Vaidhyanathan, for a chance to win his book, The Googlization of Everything. Wednesday, Nov. 9th at 2:10pm in Law Library Room 153. Check out the poster for more details. All BC Law community members are invited to attend the keynote and all other eGathering 2011 sessions.

Friday, October 28, 2011

A Look at the Supreme Court's October 2011 Term

The Supreme Court's 2011 term began a few weeks ago on Monday, October 3rd. Court-watchers might be interested in an Atlantic article (click on title link above) called "A Constitutional-Law Nerd's Take on Upcoming Supreme Court Cases," which takes a look at the SCOTUS docket for the current term.

One big item on the agenda: the court will likely rule on the constitutionality of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which has been treated differently in different federal circuits. The Court will most likely grant certiorari and review the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals case, Florida v. HHS, 648 F.3d 1235, which held the individual mandate provision of the Act to be unconstitutional. Filings related to the Act (petitions for cert and briefs) are available in PDF on the Supreme Court's website.

U.S. Court Opinions Collection piloted on FDsys

GPO is piloting a project to make lower federal court opinions available on FDsys. The United States Courts Opinions collection on FDsys currently contains opinions dating back to 2004 from the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. District Court District of Rhode Island and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court Southern District of Florida. GPO plans to rapidly expand the number of participating courts to 12 and then, once testing is complete, to more than 30.

The pilot is currently in the public beta testing phase. GPO and the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts welcomes comments and suggestions on the collection. To read more about the pilot project, or if you'd like to try out the collection and leave feedback, click on the title to this blog entry.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Kent Greenfield on The Myth of Choice, his new book

Mary Ann Neary, Associate Law Librarian for Education & Reference, recently sat down with Professor Kent Greenfield to discuss his new book, The Myth of Choice. A video of the interview is available online. According to the Yale University Press, Greenfield’s "provocative" book "poses unsettling questions about the choices we make. What if they are more constrained and limited than we like to think? If we have less free will than we realize, what are the implications for us as individuals and for our society?"
Greenfield's exploration of "choice" stems from his leadership of a consortium of law schools' challenging the Solomon Amendment that requires military recruiters be permitted to interview students for jobs on campuses in order for the school to qualify for any federal funding, despite the military's previous ban on gays openly serving that violated these schools' non-discrimination policies. BC Law students were heavily involved in this challenge that eventually made it's way to the Supreme Court, where Chief Justice Roberts expressed during the oral argument that colleges and universities can freely choose to ban military recruiters and forego federal funding, despite schools' reliance on this funding. Greenfield did not consider this a true "choice", launching his exploration of how the law addresses choice, and leading him to look at what brain science, economics, and other social sciences have uncovered about free will and choice.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Rare Book Room closed October 17-18th

The Rare Book Room is being used as a site for on-campus interviewing on Monday, October 17th, and Tuesday, October 18th. We apologize in advance for any disruption to your study or research plans and hope that you can visit another day.

Best of luck to all of the students who will be interviewing!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Civil War Research: Current State and Future Developments October 19 at 12:15 PM

The 150th Anniversary of the start of the Civil War has focused attention once again on this important era of American history. During the past decade Civil War scholarship has shifted its focus from military strategy, tactics and the political ramifications of the conflict to more personal and civilian oriented aspects. Join Legal Information Librarian Mark Sullivan on October 19 at 12:15 PM in Library 253 for an examination of these new developments and for a review of some exciting new resources for Civil War researchers.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Bloomberg Confirms BNA Acquisition

Bloomberg today confirmed its acquisition of BNA, one of America's most well established and respected providers of legal information.