Friday, July 31, 2009

Tokens & Treasures: Gifts to Twelve Presidents

President Obama's birthday is on August, 4th, and people are probably starting to wonder what kind of gift to give to the commander-in-chief. Well, here are some hints from the National Archives and Records Administration, which has created a website full of photographs of gifts given to former presidents by dignitaries from around the world.

From Librarians' Internet Index

Thursday, July 30, 2009

"Legal Interns" Can Now Represent More Clients in Ohio

Here is some good news for those of you participating in Moritz's clinics during the upcoming school year: the Ohio Supreme Court recently expanded the list of clients that may be represented by legal interns.

From Cleveland Law Library Weblog

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

2009 Sunscreen Guide

Summer is in full swing, but are you sure that your sunscreen is really protecting you? This 2009 Sunscreen Guide from the Environmental Working Group goes over the basics of sun safety and can help you find the right sunscreen to keep you protected this summer.

From beSpacific

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Bands In Town

Looking for a great concert this summer? Check out Bandsintown, a website that allows you to search by city to find a concert near you!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Second Wind for a Toad and His Pals

A New York Times article recently discussed two new editions of the children's classic The Wind in the Willows. For a list of other turn-of-the-century children's book, check out this website, which includes such favorites as The Secret Garden, Peter Pan, and Tarzan of the Apes.

Friday, July 24, 2009

How to have more self-discipline

Here is an interesting article about fostering more self-discipline and the happiness that self-discipline can bring.

From Stark County Law Library Weblog

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Bocce: The Lawn Sport of Summer

The sun is shining and the grass is green...time to pull out your bocce set and get a game going! The United States Bocce Federation has all the information you'll need about the history of the game and current, official rules. The US Lawn Bowls Association is also a useful resource...especially if you're good enough to play in a tournament!

From Librarians' Internet Index

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

How Walkable is Your Hometown?

How easy would it be for you to live without your car? looks at how far away your address is from grocery stores, movie theaters, restaurants and shopping to calculate your "walk score." The walk score for the South Campus Gateway, where many law students reside, is 91 out of 100, making it a "walker's paradise."

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Two Lists You Should Look at Every Morning

As school starts up again in just a few short weeks, many law students will start to feel overwhelmed with the number of things they have to get done. This article offers some interesting insight on one way to approach your day and alleviate some stress.

From Stark County Law Library Weblog

Monday, July 20, 2009

Chief Justice Advocates for Shorter Briefs, Fewer Questions

Here is an interesting article, in which Chief Justice Roberts suggests some changes for how the Supreme Court approaches oral arguments.


Friday, July 17, 2009

Oxford University Press Lexicographers Study the Linguistics of Tweeting

Here is an interesting blog about language used on Twitter. Of nearly 1.5 million tweets studied, the most commonly used word is "the", followed closely by "I".

From Law Librarian Blog

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Singing All the Way to the Bar

Need a little something extra to help you with your bar exam studying? Here are some Law Lessongs, sung to popular tunes, but with lyrics that are intended to help you remember important legal theories!

From CM Law Library Blog

Predicting Social Security Numbers from Public Data

Identity theft is an ever-growing concern and this article discusses how publicly available information can be used to predict social security numbers of individuals. Scary!

From Concurring Opinions

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

A Double Helping of Ridiculous Lawsuits

Legal Blog Watch has created a list of some of the most ridiculous lawsuits ever filed...enjoy!

From Legal Blog Watch

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Traveler IQ Challenge

Think you know the world? Test your knowledge with this out though, it may start out easy, but quickly gets much tougher!

From Law Librarians' Index

Monday, July 13, 2009

Should Witnesses be Allowed to Wear Niqabs While Testifying?

In an interesting twist on the tension between a criminal's right to face his accuser and the rights of individuals to freely practice their religion comes this question: Should Witnesses be Allowed to Wear Niqabs While Testifying? Recently, a Michigan court side-stepped the issue, stating that it was up to individual judges to resolve the problem within their own courtrooms. The case is currently on appeal to the 6th Circuit.

From Law Blog

End of SCOTUS Term, Colbert Style

Comedian Steven Colbert gives a hilarious run-down of the Supreme Court cases from the most recent term.

From Law Librarian Blog

Friday, July 10, 2009

Annoying Music

Yet another gem from NPR! These audio files contain everything from annoying holiday music to annoying campaign songs. Enjoy!

From Librarians' Internet Index

How The Average U.S. Consumer Spends Their Paycheck

Ever wonder where your paycheck goes? Well, this new graphic from the US Department of Labor Statistics suggests that housing, transportation and food are our largest expenses.

From beSpacific

Thursday, July 09, 2009

16 Books to Make You a Better Trial Lawyer

If you're looking to do some summer reading before school starts up again, you may want to check out this list full of books that will help make you a better trial attorney.

From Stark County Law Library Weblog

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Rules of Conduct for Social Networking

New from the Wall Street Journal: a code of conduct for social networking. Although the rules are targeted at WSJ employees, the general ideas are useful for any law student with a facebook or twitter account!

From Legal Blog Watch

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Criminal Justice Surveys and Public Opinion Polls

Looking to do some research on criminal justice and public opinion polls? Well, this website offers an annotated list of resources that might be helpful.


Monday, July 06, 2009

More Sotomayor

Looking to do a little more research on the latest Supreme Court nominee? Here is a list of Judge Sotomayor's most important opinions, as determined by an algorithm developed by a USD law professor.

From Law Librarian Blog

Friday, July 03, 2009

50 of the World's Best Food Blogs

Before you head into the kitchen, you may want to check out this list of some of the best food blogs, they may offer you some helpful hints and suggestions!

From Law Librarians' Index

American President: Resource on the U.S. Presidents

The 4th of July is fast approaching and so, in keeping with the patriotic spirit of the holiday, it might be time for you to brush up on your presidential trivia. Here to help you is this new resource from the University of Virginia, which includes fun facts about each U.S. president, including some pretty interesting nicknames...

From InSITE vol. 14, no. 21

Thursday, July 02, 2009

In Character

NPR has complied a series of audio essays about some of the great characters in American movies, music, and literature. From Charlotte, the spider from Charlotte's Web, to Heath Ledger's portrayal of the Joker, to Southern Belle Scarlett O'Hara, the list is interesting and extensive.

From Librarians' Internet Index

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Fast and Furious Online Federal Legal Research!

The Ross-Blakley Law Library has complied this list of online resources for fast and easy online legal research.

From Ross-Blakley Law Library Blog


Have some extra time over the holiday weekend? Then check out some documentary films, free from SnagFilms!

From Law Librarians' Index