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Indian Law Bulletin: a current awareness source for topics in Indian law

The Indian Law Bulletin is a free current awareness tool produced by the National Indian Law Library. Bulletins summarize emerging legal news about Indian law and topics of interest. Specific Bulletins cover state and federal court cases, federal regulations, federal legislation, law reviews, and bar journal articles.


 

Newspaper Databases

You can find newspaper content on both Westlaw and Lexis, as well as through databases available from the Lemieux Library. If you’re doing research on Washington history, however, you may want to use the Seattle Times archive from the Seattle Public Library. This archives includes the complete Seattle Times from 1895 to the present.


 

Local Music Streaming for Free

The Seattle Public Library is launching PlayBack, an online collection that showcases and shares current local music for free. They’re building the collection now (see their page if you want to submit an album for consideration); sometime in August around 100 albums by local artists will be available for free streaming.


 

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Law

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Law is an eBook we have in our law library collection that may be of interest to you, whether you’re enrolled in Christian Perspectives on the Law or simply interested in the intersection of law and religion. Here’s the publisher’s description: “The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Law (OEBL) provides the most up-to-date and extensive treatment of the Bible and law yet attempted, both updating and expanding the scope of previous scholarship in the field. In comprehensive overviews, scholars at the forefront of biblical studies and law address three foci: (1) biblical law itself—its nature, collections, and genres; (2) the ancient contexts of biblical law, throughout the ancient Mediterranean (ancient Near Eastern, Greco-Roman, and Early Jewish); and (3) the afterlife and influence of biblical law in antiquity and in modern jurisprudence around the world. Essays include treatments of the Book of the Covenant, the Ten Commandments, the Sermon on the Mount, Greek Law, and the Laws of Hammurapi, but also testimony and witness, property, ritual, rhetoric, gender, and sexual legislation.”

Follow this link if you’re interested.

 


 

Using Google Scholar

Google Scholar is an excellent starting point for research. It allows you to search across several databases at once, helping you to discover scholarly sources that might help you with your project. If you do this research while on campus, you’ll find that you can easily link from your Scholar results into the full text of the articles, since Scholar recognizes the campus-wide IP range and automatically links into subscription databases. Off campus, you’ll have to either go through the proxy server or find a workaround. Use the “cited by” and “related articles” links to find additional relevant information.


 

April 10-16, 2016 is National Library Week

This week, Seattle University Law Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week. First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country to highlight the value of libraries and library personnel and to promote library use and support.

The 2016 National Library Week theme is “Libraries Transform.” Knowing how to use a law library gives you power. Power over legal research transforms into the strongest arguments in your favor from precedent. It allows you to leverage the knowledge of experts to understand the law through secondary sources.

Interested in learning more about how law libraries transform? Check out:

Law Librarianship in the Twenty-First Century edited by Roy Balleste, Sonia Luna-Lamas, and Lisa Smith-Butler
Available at SU Law Library LAW-4th Floor (Z675.L2L38375 2014). Publisher’s Description:

Law Librarianship in the 21st Century, a text for library and information science courses on law librarianship, introduces students to the rapidly evolving world of law librarianship. With no prior knowledge of the law required, students using this book will find practical answers to such questions as: What is law librarianship? How do you become a law librarian? How does law librarianship interrelate with the legal world? Individual chapters provide a concise treatment of such specialized topics as the history of law librarianship, international law, and government documents. Standard topics are dealt with as they apply to the law library, including collection development, public services, technical processing, administration, technology, and consortia. The textbook also includes an explanation of the common acronyms and special terminology needed to work in a law library.


 

Strange Books from the ABA

The American Bar Association is, among other things, a publisher. One series of books it publishes is the “Little Book” series about law as it relates to particular topics. Some of these seem relatively practical such as The Little Book of Boating Law. Others, however, are unexpected: The Little Book of Elvis Law? The Little Book of Cowboy Law? The Little Book of BBQ Law? You can see all of the offerings at the ABA’s website. Seattle University Law Library actually owns a few of these titles such as The Little Book of Baseball Law and The Little Book of Fashion Law.


 

How Lawyers Can Use Social Media to Their Advantage

This article from LLRX.com offers tips for using social media to network, build authority, and market your practice.


 

DRAGNET: Search across several free legal databases at once

DRAGNET is a specialized search engine that allows one to search across several free legal search sites at once. DRAGNET was created by the librarians at New York Law School. Try it out!


 

Judicial Appointments eBooks at SU

With President Obama’s recent Supreme Court nomination, judicial appointments have been in the news. If you’re interested in learning more about judicial appointments from the comfort of your home, check out these eBooks from Seattle University’s Library:

Two-Fer Electing a President and a Supreme Court by Clint Bolick (2012)

Available at: ebrary Academic Complete. Publisher’s Description:

Constitutional scholar Clint Bolick examines the importance of judicial nominations in current and future political campaigns—not just in campaigns for president but also for the senators who confirm the nominees and the governors who appoint state court judges. He offers his opinion of the framers’ original intentions—that the judiciary play a robust role in curbing abuses of government power and protecting individual rights—and provides both a historical perspective and a look at the courts’ decisions on today’s most contentious issues.

Court Nominations Issues in Nomination and Confirmation by Peter C. Kesterhoff (2009)

Available at: ebrary Academic Complete. Publisher’s Description:

This new book sheds light on whether Senate processing of lower court nominations, particularly to the courts of appeals, has tended over recent decades to slow down in presidential election years. The report begins by reviewing recent debate, and historical events dating back to 1980, concerning whether the Senate and its Judiciary Committee customarily observe a practice referred to as the “Thurmond rule.” Next, the report provides narratives on each presidential election year from 1980 to 2004, reviewing Senate and committee actions taken on court of appeals and district court nominations in each of the years. The book then compares these years quantitatively, examining the number and percent of nominations processed and the last dates of committee and Senate action taken. Findings include the following: Senators of both parties at different times have spoken of their expectations of a drop-off in processing of judicial nominations occurring earlier in presidential election years than in other years. However, there is no written Senate or Judiciary Committee rule — nor was any bipartisan agreement reached during the 1980-2004 period — concerning judicial nominations in presidential election years.

Advice and Dissent The Struggle to Shape the Federal Judiciary by Sarah A. Binder & Forrest Maltzman (2009)

Available at: ebrary Academic Complete. Publisher’s Description:

For better or worse, federal judges in the United States today are asked to resolve some of the nation’s most important and contentious public policy issues. Although some hold onto the notion that federal judges are simply neutral arbiters of complex legal questions, the justices who serve on the Supreme Court and the judges who sit on the lower federal bench are in fact crafters of public law. In recent years, for example, the Supreme Court has bolstered the rights of immigrants, endorsed the constitutionality of school vouchers, struck down Washington D.C.’s blanket ban on handgun ownership, and most famously, determined the outcome of the 2000 presidential election. The judiciary now is an active partner in the making of public policy.

Advice and Consent : The Politics of Judicial Appointments by Lee Epstein & Jeffrey A. Segal (2005)

Available at: ebrary Academic Complete. Publisher’s Description:

From Louis Brandeis to Robert Bork to Clarence Thomas, the nomination of federal judges has generated intense political conflict. With the coming retirement of one or more Supreme Court Justices–and threats to filibuster lower court judges–the selection process is likely to be, once again, the center of red-hot partisan debate. In Advice and Consent, two leading legal scholars, Lee Epstein and Jeffrey A. Segal, offer a brief, illuminating Baedeker to this highly important procedure, discussing everything from constitutional background, to crucial differences in the nomination of judges and justices, to the role of the Judiciary Committee in vetting nominees. Epstein and Segal shed light on the role played by the media, by the American Bar Association, and by special interest groups (whose efforts helped defeat Judge Bork). Though it is often assumed that political clashes over nominees are a new phenomenon, the authors argue that the appointment of justices and judges has always been a highly contentious process–one largely driven by ideological and partisan concerns. The reader discovers how presidents and the senate have tried to remake the bench, ranging from FDRs controversial court packing scheme to the Senates creation in 1978 of 35 new appellate and 117 district court judgeships, allowing the Democrats to shape the judiciary for years. The authors conclude with possible reforms, from the so-called nuclear option, whereby a majority of the Senate could vote to prohibit filibusters, to the even more dramatic suggestion that Congress eliminate a judges life tenure either by term limits or compulsory retirement. With key appointments looming on the horizon, Advice and Consent provides everything concerned citizens need to know to understand the partisan rows that surround the judicial nominating process.

Check out this handy guide for information on how to use eBooks at SU.