Monday, June 29, 2009

Financial regulatory reform roadmap released

The White House and Treasury Department recently released this paper, Financial Regulatory Reform: A New Foundation as a roadmap of upcoming changes to the financial regulatory system.

From Et. Seq.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Presidents in Waiting

This exhibit profiles the 14 vice-presidents who became president, whether by resignation or death of their predecessor, or by election. The exhibit contains photographs and video interviews with 4 living vice-presidents on what it is like to be the "president in waiting."

From Librarians' Internet Index: New This Week

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Legal, Factual and Other Internet Sites for Attorneys and Legal Professionals

Need to do some research but not sure where to start? Check out this paper from a professor at the University of Richmond School of Law for a comprehensive overview of search engines and other legal resources on the web!

From beSpacific

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Golf and the Law

Here is an interesting article for those of you who may be hitting the golf course this summer. A New York state appellate court decided that a golfer does not have a legal duty to yell "fore" before taking a shot, because the risk of a misdirected shot is an inherent part of the game. We might suggest that if you're playing with anyone from your summer job, you might go ahead and yell "fore" anyways...just to be safe.


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Presidential Food

Want to dine like the president? This research guide offers a full range of resources on the favorite foods of presidents!

From Librarians' Internet Index: New This Week

Monday, June 22, 2009

End of Print Law Reviews?

A letter was circulated several months ago calling for the digitization of law reviews and the elimination of paper copies. While none of the journals here at Moritz have jumped on board, these representatives from law schools all over the country make an interesting argument.

From LexLibris

Friday, June 19, 2009

Twelve Dads Indicted for Criminal Non-Support

This week, 12 dads were indicted for failure to pay child support. The group collectively owed $394,000.45 in child support. This is certainly not the best way to head into the father's day weekend!

From Cleveland Law Library Weblog

Supreme Court Nomination Hearings

As the time for Judge Sotomayor's confirmation hearings draws closer, Congressional Quarterly offers a look back at the history of confirmation hearings, including some of the country's most notorious.

From Novalawcity

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Points to Remember as a Summer Associate

For those of you working as a Summer Associate, here are some helpful reminders that may just be the key for getting that coveted permanent offer.

From Ross-Blakley Law Library Blog

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Election at a Draw, Arizona Town Cuts a Deck

Picking a card to see who is the winner of a dispute may seem like something from elementary school, but that is exactly what one judge in Arizona decided to do when faced with an election contest in a town outside Phoenix.

Judge Sotomayor Research

The Library of Congress has created a new resource for anyone wishing to do some more research about Judge Sotomayor. This website includes articles, congressional documents, as well as a list of other helpful websites.

From ZiefBrief

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Brookings Institution Issues Paper on Ohio's Foreclosure Crisis

The Brookings Institution has just published a new paper entitled "Addressing Ohio's Foreclosure Crisis: Taking the Next Steps." The report details what the state, local government, and private stakeholders need to do to effectively deal with the crisis and move towards recovery.

From Cleveland Law Library Weblog

Monday, June 15, 2009

Closing Guantanamo: A Research Guide

The Council on Foreign Relations has created this research guide, which examines the legal and security issues surrounding the closure of the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay.

Friday, June 12, 2009

New Travel Requirements In Effect

If you're planning on doing any traveling this summer, you may want to check out the U.S. Department of State's website before you leave town. A new requirement, called the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, means that you'll need your passport if you're planning on visiting Canada, Mexico, or Bermuda.

From beSpacific

Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government 2009

Thinking about a career in the federal government? You may want to check out this list to see which department or agency boasts the happiest employees.

From beSpacific

When Arrogance Takes the Bench

This op-ed piece from today's New York Times makes an interesting suggestion that some of our best Supreme Court Justices may have been "irascible, socially distant, personally isolated, arrogant or even downright mean" people.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

National Gang Threat Assessment 2009

The National Gang Intelligence Center and the National Drug Intelligence Center have just issued their annual joint report on the current national gang threat. Although instances of gang activity appear to have increased in the Midwest, we certainly do not have the highest levels of gang activity in the country!

From beSpacific

Monday, June 08, 2009

Google Saves the Day...again.

Once again, Google has come up with a way to make our lives easier. This time, it's helping track down lost phones. Google Voice allows you to call your missing cell phone for free from your computer then you just have to cross your fingers and hope that someone will pick up and return your phone to you!

From Inter Alia

Happy World Oceans Day!

The United Nations has declared June 8 "World Oceans Day." According to the press release: "The official designation of World Oceans Day is an opportunity to raise global awareness of the current challenges faced by the international community in connection with the oceans."

From Blawg Review

Friday, June 05, 2009

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Why Not Doctor a Stalled Legal Career With a Nursing Degree?

Instead of an LLM, why not pursue a nursing degree in addition to your JD? While one commentator suggests an LLM may be relatively useless in the current legal job market, a recent article from the New York Times shows that a nursing degree would be an interesting (and marketable!) twist for a young lawyer.

From Legal Blog Watch

WSJ For Free Online

Many of the Wall Street Journal's online articles are only available to subscribers. However, many of these articles can be read in their entirety when located via Google. The Business Insider explains this loophole and describes how to find and access these materials.

From WisBlawg.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

A Fair(y) Use Tale - Copyright Explained by an Unwitting Cast of Familiar Characters

Once upon a time, in a land not so far away, there was a legal principle that allowed people to use copyrighted material for purposes of criticism, news reporting, teaching and parody, and it was called "fair use."

From WisBlawg

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

US-Mexico Relations

The recent "Swine Flu" scare has offered an opportunity to examine the current relationship between the United States and Mexico. This White House Fact Sheet highlights various aspects of the Obama Administration's new approach to relations with Mexico while this report from the Pew Hispanic Center creates a portrait of unauthorized immigrants within the United States. Finally, this report, also from the Pew Hispanic Center, looks at trends in homeownership among minority and immigrant populations.

From beSpacific: 1, 2, 3

Monday, June 01, 2009

Free Sources for Federal Regulations and Statutes

If you're looking to do some research this summer and are missing your Lexis and Westlaw access, check out these websites that allow you to access Federal Regulations and Statutes for free!

And if you're looking for free cases, try these 10 sites offering free case law.

From Ross-Blakley Law Library Blog; Robert Ambrogi's LawSites

Court OKs Service of Summons on Facebook

Watch out, Facebookers...a New Zealand judge recently ruled that lawyers could serve process on a British defendant using the social networking site!

From Legal Blog Watch