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Legal News: Federal government to recognize same-sex marriage in Michigan

The government said on Friday it would recognize same-sex marriages carried out last week in Michigan but left in limbo by a court appeal, making the couples entitled to appropriate federal benefits. More than 300 couples were married last Saturday, a day after U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman lifted Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban, saying it violated the U.S. Constitution. Read article on Reuters

Legal News: Future of California’s multi-billion dollar ‘bullet train’ becomes election issue for Dems with reelection challenge

California’s effort to build the country’s first taxpayer-funded, high-speed rail system is facing a midterm derailment — as Republicans make it an election-year issue and lawmakers with re-election challengers appear reluctant to continue to support the most expensive project of its kind. [State GOP Assemblyman] Gorell is trying to gather enough signatures to get an initiative on the November ballot to stop the future sale of state bonds, estimate at $8.6 billion, to pay for the project.

California voters approved the project and bond measure in 2008 through a state-wide initiative known as Proposition 1A.

More on Fox News

New Database: PLI Discover Plus

PLI Discover Plus is the Practising Law Institute’s searchable, ebook database of Treatises, Course Handbooks, Legal Forms and Program Transcripts.  PLI is a non-profit continuing legal education organization dedicated to providing the legal community and allied professionals with the most up-to-date, relevant information and techniques which are critical to the development of a professional, competitive edge. PLI’s expertise is in publishing highly focused practice and CLE program materials. This database covers all their publications in multiple practice areas:

  • Accounting
  • Antitrust
  • Banking
  • Bankruptcy & Restructuring
  • Children’s Law
  • Communications/Telecommunications Law
  • Corporate & Securities
  • Employment
  • Energy
  • Environmental
  • Estates & Trusts
  • Ethics/Professional Responsibility
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
  • Litigation
  • Municipal Law
  • Pro Bono
  • Professional Skills
  • Real Estate
  • Tax

Supreme Court to rule on 4th Amendment, cellphone searches

The Supreme Court set the stage for an important 4th Amendment ruling Friday, announcing it will decide in this term whether police may inspect a suspect’s cellphone without a search warrant when they make an arrest. Courts in California and Massachusetts have split on the issue, and the justices agreed to hear cases from both states to decide the issue this year… Read more at the Los Angeles Times.

Supreme Court Considers Legality Of Abortion Clinic Buffer Zones

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in a case testing the constitutionality of buffer zones at abortion clinics.

Fourteen years ago, the Colorado’s 8-foot “floating” buffer zones around individuals to protect patients and staff entering and exiting these clinics. Since then, buffer zones have prevented demonstrators from closely approaching patients and staff without permission.

But the issue is back before a different and more conservative Supreme Court. More on NPR

Google Scholar Library Feature

From the Google Scholar Blog:

“Today we’re launching Scholar Library, your personal collection of articles in Scholar. You can save articles right from the search page, organize them by topic, and use the power of Scholar’s full-text search & ranking to quickly find just the one you want – at any time and from anywhere. You decide what goes into your library and we’ll provide all the goodies that come with Scholar search results – up to date article links, citing articles, related articles, formatted citations, links to your university’s subscriptions, and more.”

SPCA Dog Therapy Program Returns to the Library

Dog therapists on holiday

The SPCA Dog Therapy program is coming back to the Law Library beginning Monday, December 2nd. Dog therapy is designed to be a fun stress-reliever for our busy students, a gift of some happy-go-lucky play with a furry friend as relief from studying. So take a break and let one of these trained, friendly dogs help you forget all about the law for a few minutes.

Our doggie “therapists” will be located on the fourth floor of the 200 McAllister building in the Library. Students are welcome to sign up for 10-minute stress break sessions. All dogs are friendly and trained and accompanied by experienced SPCA volunteers. Sign-up sheets and more information can be found at the Library circulation desk.

Dogs therapy is being offered in Study Room 412 in the Library at the following times:

Monday, December 2nd, 2013 10:30-12:00 Lola Pomeranian/Chihuahua Mix
Monday, December 2nd, 2013 2:00 – 3:30 Teddy Golden Retriever
Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 10:30-12:00 Oliver Golden Retriever
Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 2:00 – 3:30 Gertie English Bulldog
Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 10:30-12:00 Hank Shepard / Terrier Mix
Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 2:00 – 3:30 Rufus Poodle / Terrier Mix
Thursday, December 5th, 2013 10:30-12:00 Taz Corgi
Thursday, December 5th, 2013 2:00 – 3:30 Jennings Golden Retriever


Chuck Marcus
UC Hastings College of the Law Library

Spring 2014 Advanced Legal Research Courses

According to a 2012 LexisNexis survey of new attorneys, half of the attorneys surveyed think that legal research needs to be a larger part of the law school curriculum. Take advantage of what U.C. Hastings has to offer!  Enroll in one of two advanced legal research courses offered this spring:

California Legal Research (2 units): Wednesdays, 1:10-3:20 PM

Advanced Legal Research & Analysis (3 units): Mondays, 4:40 – 8:00 PM

Don’t be the new associate who racks up $20,000 in Westlaw charges during the first week on the job!  Learn the skills you’ll need now!