Law Library Notes

February 20, 2014

Crowdsourcing gaining traction as research tool in legal practice

Filed under: Uncategorized — Troy Johnson @ 11:35 am

Interesting article in the Columbus Post Dispatch about crowd sourcing of legal research and the discussion of legal topics.

Read full article: Crowdsourcing gaining traction as research tool in legal practice

Note: Mootus, one of the websites mentioned in the article, has a blog post making the point that they are “Not a Platform for Crowdsourced Legal Advice”

 

 

 

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Nebraska Court Ruling Voids Approval For Keystone XL Pipeline

Filed under: Uncategorized — Troy Johnson @ 11:28 am

Just as pressure was building on President Barack Obama to make a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline that would carry oil from Canada to refineries in Texas, the project ran into another obstacle — and it came again from Nebraska.

A judge’s decision Wednesday to overturn a Nebraska law that allowed the pipeline guarantees the legal fight will continue for at least several more months. It also could leave Nebraska’s decision in the hands of the state Public Service Commission, a little-known board that regulates natural gas lines, grain warehouses and recreational vehicles.

Full article at NPR

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January 23, 2014

Net Neutrality and You

Filed under: Uncategorized — Troy Johnson @ 12:57 pm

Radio program On the Media had the following piece on Net Neutrality

On Tuesday a DC circuit court of appeals dealt what many are calling a death blow to net neutrality, the principle that all content providers should be treated equally. To understand this ruling and its potential effects on the future of the internet, Brooke talks with Siva Vaidhyanathan, chair of media studies at the University of Virginia and author of The Googlization of Everything (and why we should worry).

Download MP3 here.

View transcript here.

 

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Supreme Court considers anti-abortion protests

Filed under: Uncategorized — Troy Johnson @ 12:44 pm

PBS NewsHour piece -

In Massachusetts, a 35-foot restricted area outside of abortion clinics give patients and staff a buffer zone from protesters. But as Kwame Holman reports, some say the law restricts the freedom of speech of abortion opponents. Judy Woodruff gets a view from inside the courtroom from Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal.

 

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Supreme Court considers genesis of ‘Raging Bull’

Filed under: Uncategorized — Troy Johnson @ 12:33 pm

PBS NewsHour piece - Gwen Ifill talks to Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal about two cases heard at the Supreme Court. In one, non-unionized health care workers argue they shouldn’t have to pay for contract negotiations. Then, can an author’s heir claim copyright infringement against the 1980 movie “Raging Bull” decades later?

See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7ZvwrBOk1o

 

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January 17, 2014

A Plea to Cast Aside Korematsu

Filed under: Uncategorized — George Butterfield @ 9:08 am

A good overview of this attempt is presented on the SCOTUSblog here.

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January 10, 2014

Discover PLUS from the Practicing Law Institute

Filed under: Uncategorized — Troy Johnson @ 1:58 pm

The library subscribes to Discover PLUS from the Practicing Law Institute. This collection is an ebook library created by legal researchers to meet the needs of legal researchers. You can browse or search the books in the collection here. There is also a link on the libraries A-Z List of databases for access to this resource.

Here are a few direct links to items in the collection:

Art law (4th Edition)

Winning Strategies for Managing Your Career

These are just two of hundreds of titles in the collection. If you need additional information or have questions about the collection, please speak to a Reference Librarian.

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December 18, 2013

Christmas Movies and the Law

Filed under: Uncategorized — George Butterfield @ 4:09 pm

Read a fascinating post on this from the Law Librarians of Congress here.

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November 27, 2013

Introduction to Canon Law

Filed under: Uncategorized — George Butterfield @ 9:57 am

The Law Library of Congress blog has a nice introduction to canon law. Read it here.

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November 14, 2013

Court rules on Google Books case

Filed under: Uncategorized — Troy Johnson @ 3:31 pm

Judge Chin granted summary judgment to Google finding fair use.  If you are not familiar with the Google Books case you can read background on it here.

Washington Post article about ruling.

You can read the full-text of the opinion here: 2013-11-14 Opinion – Google (Federal District Court – SDNY)

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