Monthly Archives: September 2007

Law Library of Congress is Digitizing Hearings

The Law Library of Congress has about 75,000 volumes of Congressional hearings. The library has partnered with Google, Inc. to digitize the hearings and make them freely available to Congress and the public. The first sets of digitized hearings have been released, at The topics covered are Freedom of Infomration/Privacy, Immigration, and the U.S. Census .

Power outlets on the 4th Floor

Additional power outlets have been installed in the 4th Floor Reading Room by the McAllister St window in response to student requests (thanks for the suggestion). There are now plenty of outlets available for the window seats. However, they are not so easy to find (see photo below). So look between the window and the back edge of the counter for these outlets.

Library Access

We are 99% finished in the renovation and have now re-opened. Who can use the library?
• Current Hastings students can of course use the library during regular library hours.
• Members of the California Bar, Hastings alumni, and law students from other law schools may use the library whenever it is open (including evening and weekend hours). Library hours are listed here. These library patrons are required to sign-in at the first floor Security Desk after showing appropriate ID, and then they will be issued a visitor pass good for that day.
• The general public may use the Hastings Law Library from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. All library visitors are required to show a state-issued ID and to sign-in at the first floor Security Desk. Visiting library patrons will be issued a visitor’s pass good for that day, if they can state a valid reason for entering the library. Visitor passes must be worn at all times while in Hastings’ buildings. The Security Desk cannot issue visitor passes to members of the general public for evening and weekend access.

Writing a Law Review Note or Seminar Paper

Here are two books that might be helpful when you start thinking about writing your law review note or seminar paper:
Scholarly Writing for Law Students: Seminar Papers, Law Review Notes, and Law Review Competition Papers, by Elizabeth Fajans and Mary R. Falk (3rd ed. 2005) [See description on publisher’s website]
Academic Legal Writing: Law Review Articles, Student Notes, Seminar Papers, and Getting on Law Review, by Eugene Volokh (2d ed. 2005) [See author’s website]
They both include information about choosing a topic, writing & editing your paper, and getting your paper published.

Research in Historic Newspapers

A partnership between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities called the National Digital Newspaper Program has released a new web site called Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers at You can read from 226,000 digitized pages from newspapers in California, the District of Columbia, Florida, Kenturcky, Utah and Virginia. The dates of coverage are 1900 to 1910. You can also search for information about newspapers published from 1690 to the present.
The National Digital Newspaper Program will continue the project over the next twenty years, to create a national digital repository of newspapers published between 1836 and 1922 from all of the states and territories of the U.S.

One Stop Recall Information

Six federal agencies – the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Environmental Protection Agency – have teamed up to bring you Billed as a “one stop shop” for U.S. Government recalls, you can look at recent recalls, or search for all recalls. You can also sign up for email alerts.