If you missed our recent classes on the research skills you need to get you started researching like a lawyer, check out the powerpoint and handouts on out Student Resources page. You’ll find advice and helpful hints on how to make the transition from law school to practice. And be sure to call the library if you have specific questions. We’re here to help.
Looking for the perfect book to read this summer while you take a break from case law and statutes? Check out NPR’s 2009 summer reading recommendations. NPR’s book critics have compiled a list of summer reads that includes the “best mystery, crime novels,” the “five best novels of summer,” and the “best fiction for every kind of summer day”. Or if you want to catch up on notable books you missed over the course of the year, take a look at the New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2008 list.
The California Supreme Court has issued an opinion in three cases challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8. The full text of the opinion is available here.
The U.S. Department of State has just released the 2009 edition of Treaties in Force. It lists all bilateral and mulitlateral treaties to which the United States is a party that were in force as of January 2009. Section 1 lists bilateral treaties and other agreements, organized by country. Section 2 lists multilateral treaties and other agreements, organized by subject. A downloadable PDF of the publication is available for free on the State Department’s website.
Have a job? Need to brush up on your legal research skills? Hastings Law Library is offering a Crash Course on Legal Research Skills focused on the practice skills you need to get you started on your first assignments. Handy tips, expert advice, and useful handouts. 1Ls, 2Ls and recent graduates welcome!
Tuesday, May 26th: 10-11:30 AM. Classroom A
Thursday, May 28th:10-11:30 AM. Classroom A
Check out the Library’s video collection! Titles include popular favorites such as HBO’s The Wire, Legally Blonde, Intolerable Cruelty, Mystic River, Crash, and many more. Ask at the Circulation Desk for a complete list of titles or search by title in the online catalog. Students, faculty, and staff may borrow DVDs and VHS tapes for up to 3 days.
The Frederick K. Cox International Law Center at Case Western Reserve Law School has developed a terrific new War Crimes Research Portal. The portal has four features:
First, it contains over a thousand links to websites related to international humanitarian law, arranged alphabetically by subject area and including a summary of the content of each site.
Second, the Portal contains the text of over 120 research memoranda on issues pending before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the Special Court for Sierra Leone, and the International Criminal Court. The memos can be searched by date published, by title, or by keywords.
Third, the Portal contains a Research Guide to international humanitarian law and tribunals, prepared by the Case Law School Law Library. This easy-to-use guide includes a bibliography of relevant articles and books, as well as links to international law journals on the Web.
Finally, the Portal contains “instant analysis” articles, written each month by the members of the American Branch of the International Association of Penal Law, on the hottest topics in international criminal law.
Want to keep up to date on Congressional activity? The Daily Digest (the part of the Congressional Record that summarizes each day’s activities in both chambers) is now available as the first RSS feed from THOMAS. The Daily Digest feed from THOMAS is one of five RSS feeds available from the Law Library of Congress. The others include a Current Legal Topics feed, the Global Legal Monitor, Law Library of Congress News and Events, and webcasts of panel discussions and talks sponsored by the LLOC.