Read the Omaha World-Herald article here.
Pictured is the 7th, 8th, and 9th editions of Black’s Law Dictionary. The 9th edition is the most current edition of Black’s. Black’s is available on Westlaw. To access the dictionary just type “Black’s Law Dictionary” in the search box on WestlawNext. If you have any problem accessing the dictionary, just ask for help at the reference desk in the law library.
I want to use this opportunity to briefly discuss context and currency of online materials using Black’s Law Dictionary as an example. Currently when you look up a term using Black’s on Westlaw you are obtaining a definition from the 9th edition. When the 9th edition first came out there was a period of time where only the 8th was available on Westlaw.
The lesson is to not always assume that everything online is up to date. As a legal information consumer, you need to be in the habit of checking how current online materials are. Sources have different ways of conveying the currency of materials and databases. Look for links that provide information on scope or currency.
When you use Black’s Law Dictionary in print you know you have the current edition if you have the green volume. This type of context is not always available online so when using online resources always ask yourself how you know the materials you are looking at are current.
If you ever need to know if a legal source is the most current and you are are having problems determining this, ask for help from a reference librarian.
HeinOnline has added a new immigration library.
This collection is a compilation of the most important historical documents and legislation related to immigration in the United States as well as current hearings, debates and recent developments in immigration law. This first comprehensive database includes BIA Precedent Decisions, legislative histories, law and policy titles, extradition titles, scholarly articles, an extensive bibliography, and other related works.
See link on our Immigration LibGuide: http://lawguides.creighton.edu/Immigration
Nate Anderson’s The Internet Police looks at how law enforcement learned to combat cybercrime. Story about book on NPR.
Interesting interview on the PBS NewsHour
Property seizure is a profitable practice for local law enforcement agencies, long used to deprive mobsters and drug kingpins. But the police can also take personal goods away from citizens who haven’t been proven guilty of a crime. Ray Suarez talks to Sarah Stillman who investigated civil forfeiture for The New Yorker.
The law school has had very little problem with theft in the library. One way to keep this trend running is to take reasonable precautions with your belongings. Security cables can be purchased for under $10 that will help protect your laptop. I suggest getting a security cable that uses a combination lock and not a key. This keeps you from having to carry a key along with you when you want to use the security cable.
See an example of one of the cables here.
Westlaw provided a charging station you can use to charge your iPad, iPhone, or other electronic device. There are six connections on the charging station including a micro-usb charger which is common on many phones. Almost everyone on the library staff found that their phone was compatible with the charger.
Westlaw has removed their printers from law schools nationwide. Their expectation is that more and more students will use mobile devices to access and read Westlaw content and this is one factor in their decision to remove printers. The charger was provided to support this policy.
Why do law firms spend, collectively, billions of dollars on commercial legal research databases, when what they are looking up is law — which is in the public domain? How are these databases able to erect these enormously profitable paywalls? The answer is that they provide more than just the raw text of the law. They provide search tools and additional, value-added content on top of the law itself. The two legal research titans, Lexis and Westlaw, employ lawyers to read cases and other legal materials, categorize them, add commentary, and link them together. These services have legitimate value because they all save lawyers time, and time is money — especially in a profession that largely bills its clients in six-minute increments. That’s why these expensive tools exist, even in the Internet age. As one lawyer put it, after trying to get by on only free legal research tools, he tried Westlaw and was an immediate convert who now happily pays for the service.
Two young lawyers thinks they can disrupt the legal research giants by applying the lessons of Wikipedia and crowdsourcing their own comparable set of annotated law.