Join us in the Rusty Dobbs classroom on Tuesday, Sept. 18, from noon to 12:40, for the inaugural program in our Brown Bag Research series! The series will include 40-minute classes on specialized research topics presented by the Law Library throughout the academic year. This first program will focus on Bloomberg Law, which is positioning itself as a third high-end legal research service beside Westlaw and LexisNexis. Bloomberg Law offers comprehensive legal content, court dockets, SEC filings, and a wealth of current awareness tools, including BNA. Best of all, it’s free to UC Hastings students and faculty! Come get tips from the UC Hastings librarians on how to use this powerful new tool. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current UC Hastings students may register for full Westlaw summer access to support:
- Summer law school classes
- Law review and journal work
- Projects for a professor
- Moot court
- Unpaid non-profit public interest internship/externship or pro bono work required for graduation
Your law school password MAY NOT be used for law firms, government agencies, corporations, or any entity that is paying you to conduct research or passing the costs of your research to a third party. If you have questions, contact our Westlaw Representative.
Graduating students’ passwords expire on May 31, 2012, but can be extended for bar preparation.
If you have already registered your Lexis Advance password, you don’t need to do anything to continue access over the summer. If you haven’t registered yet, click here to register. For summer access to “classic” Lexis, click here. You may only use Lexis Advance and classic Lexis for education uses, which include:
- Summer course preparation and assignments
- Research associated with moot court, law review, or law journal
- Research associated with pursuing a grant or scholarship
- Services as a research assistant to a professor, whether paid or unpaid
- An internship, externship or clinic position for school credit or graduation requirement
- Study for the bar exam
- Research skill improvement for educational purposes
See LexisNexis’ Policy on Use of Law School Education IDs for more information, or contact our LexisNexis Representative. Students and graduates who provide public service, paid or unpaid, for credit or not-for-credit, may apply for the LexisNexis ASPIRE program and gain full access to Lexis Advance. Contact our LexisNexis Representative for more information.
There are no restrictions on your BloombergLaw account over the summer. If your workplace has its own BloombergLaw account, however, you are expected to use it. To sign up for a BloombergLaw account, just email a request to our BloombergLaw representative, Tracey Broadhead Frith at email@example.com.
The Supreme Court Database has been enhanced and rereleased.
The database currently contains data from 1953 to 2008. It will be updated each term going forward. The site has a streamlined interface that allows anyone to go online and pull up cases with ease. You can perform simple analyses or use the downloadable formats for analysis in a variety of statistical packages.
The Database contains over two hundred pieces of information about each case decided by the Court between the 1953 and 2008 terms. Examples include the identity of the court whose decision the Supreme Court reviewed, the parties to the suit, the legal provisions considered in the case, and the votes of the Justices.
The site has received funding from the National Science Foundation, and has started the process of coding all cases from the court’s first decision in 1792 to 1952.
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.
Today the Government Printing Office released the beta model of its new Federal Digital System (FDsys). This currently holds Congressional and Presidential documents:
* Compilation of Presidential Documents (1993 to Present)
* Congressional Bills (103rd Congress to Present)
* Congressional Documents (104th Congress to Present)
* Congressional Hearings (105th Congress to Present)
* Congressional Record (1994 to Present)
* Congressional Reports (104th Congress to Present)
* Federal Register (1994 to Present)
* Public and Private Laws (104th Congress to Present)
By mid-2009, documents from all three branches will be available. FDsys will contain information gathered through files submitted by Congress and Federal agencies; information gathered from Federal agencies’ web sites; and digital files created by scanning previously printed publications.
The search interface is quite easy to use, and results are displayed to scroll through, or clustered by type and date on a side bar. Try it; it is very easy to use.
Have you ever wanted to call the member of a congressional committee to let them know your views on a piece of pending legislation? If so, then you know it can be daunting to find out the composition of the committee, and the correct contact information for each member. But all that has changed, thanks to the web site, Committee Caller. The site has been set up using an open source Asterisk PBX system to connect you to every senator or house member on a particular committee.
Just go to the website, select a committee or subcommittee, enter your phone number and click “Put me in touch with democracy!” You’ll be called by their system and sequentially patched through to the front office of each member on that committee. If you want to add to the web site’s informational database on accountability, you can even rate how each call went.
For an online version of citation manuals, visit The Introduction to Basic Legal Citation (LII 2007 ed.), by Peter W. Martin. It was revised in May 2007 to reflect changes appearing in the third edition of the ALWD Citation Manual, published in 2006. It is also keyed to the current (18th) edition of The Bluebook, published in 2005. Each topic covered includes references to both The Bluebook and the ALWD Citation Manual. Since this pubication is more concerned with the forms of citation used in processional practice, the niceties of typeface styles for law review articles is not the focus of this edition.
The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 mandated a user-friendly, searchable database of most federal spending , and the result, USASpending.gov, went live today. The White House budget office is responsible for publishing the web site, which shows taxpayers where their dollars go and which legislators, contractors and regions get the most.
The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 was sponsored by Senators Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.). The site was created by Robert Shea, associate director of the Office of Management and Budget. It was modeled on a site pioneered by Gary Bass, director of OMB Watch, which has been a harsh critic of the budget office. You can search the site by contracts and grants, contractor names, congressional districts and lawmakers. It is easy to download data, and there are charts and rankings show who gets the most money. The site will be updated every two weeks even though the law only requires updating every month.
There is a recently published report by the Joint Economic Committee Majority Staff, titled War at Any Price: The Total Economic Costs of the War Beyond the Federal Budget. The press release about the report, dated November 13, 2007, states:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) will join Joint Economic Committee (JEC) Chairman Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), and JEC Vice Chair Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) [today [and release ] a new report exposing the hidden costs of the war in Iraq. The Joint Economic Committee report investigates the costs of the war in Iraq that are not included in direct budgetary appropriations, including long term veteran’s health care, foregone investment, oil market disruptions and interest payments on borrowed war funding. The JEC estimates these costs could total in the trillions of dollars.
There were some errors in the report that were “quietly corrected”, a Republican press report noted.
Here are some of the individual charts on the costs:
The American Family Will Bear Heavy Burden to Pay for Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
With No Change in Course, Total Costs Incurred per Family Reach Almost $50,000 by 2017
The Projected Interest Costs of Iraq War Alone are Higher than
the Cost of Children’s Health Program and Health Research and Training
Taxpayer Spending on Iraq War vs. Federal Spending on Other Priorities
Are you interested in the types of terrorist activitites that have taken place in the United States? The FBI just released the latest edition of its report summarizing terrorist activities in the US, titled “Terrorism 2002-2005.”
The report “provides an overview of the terrorist incidents and preventions designated by the FBI as having taken place in the United States and its territories during the years 2002 through 2005 and that are matters of public record. This publication does not include those incidents which the Bureau classifies under criminal rather than terrorism investigations. In addition, the report discusses major FBI investigations overseas and identifies significant events-including legislative actions, prosecutorial updates, and program developments-relevant to U.S. counterterrorism efforts.”
The report includes a chart of “casualties of terrorism 1980-2005″ and a chronological summary of the terrorist incidents in the US between 1980-2005.