Monthly Archives: February 2014

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

Legal News: California drought: Why is there no mandatory water rationing?

Fourteen months into a historic drought, with reservoirs running low and the Sierra snowpack 27 percent of normal, a growing number of Californians are wondering: Why isn’t everyone being forced to ration?

…”The lawsuits would last longer than the drought,” said Barton “Buzz” Thompson, a law professor at Stanford University.

More at the San Jose Mercury News

Legal News: Battle Over California Drought Solution: As Golden State’s Fields Grow More Parched, Washington Offers Dueling Remedies

California’s drought is becoming a hot issue on Capitol Hill, where bills from Senate Democrats and House Republicans offer rival solutions on how to best aid water-starved farmers.

A bill introduced Tuesday by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) would aid farmers, businesses and communities in drought-ravaged parts of California and Oregon by providing $300 million for such things as new water projects and by making it easier to buy water from neighboring jurisdictions.

More on the Wall Street Journal

February is African American History Month

Check out these resources to celebrate African American History month:

At the UC Hastings Law Library:

Library catalog search: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Library catalog search: African-American biographies

Supreme Court Decisions

Ten Supreme Court Decisions in Black History

Key Supreme Court Cases for Civil Rights


African American History Month at the  Law Library of Congress

African American History Month at the Library of Congress

Database Highlight: CEB Onlaw

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Connect to CEB Onlaw

Overview: Searchable online resource for California practice guides, reporters, and Action Guides published by CEB (Continuing Education of the Bar). This database currently covers 90 publications and includes links to case law, statutes and forms.

Coverage: CEB practice guides organized by legal areas including business law, civil litigation, criminal law, employment law, estate planning, evidence, family law, real property, torts and workers’ compensation.

Features: You can for a case, a statute, a form, and by keyword. The keyword search finds pages on specific topics, and allows Booleans operators such as an exact phrase, words near each other, and excluding irrelevant terminology.