On October 24, 1945, the founding document of the United Nations, the UN Charter, was ratified. October 24 has been recognized since 1948 as United Nations Day. Celebrate by bookmarking the UN’s website, and taking advantage of its amazing archive of free resources.
The faculty and staff of the Coleman Karesh welcomed the 220+ new students to the library for the Library/IT Orientation this morning, August 19th. The law students received their WestlawNext, Lexis Advance, and Bloomberg Law password registration instructions, got a tour of the library, and learned about a lot of the great services available in the library and IT department.
Students who want a refresher on what they heard this morning should visit Cocky’s Guide to the Law Library & IT. All the important information they heard this morning can be found there, along with some other helpful tidbits!
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It’s here! The moment we’ve all been waiting for. Lexis Advance has now added Popular Names Tables to its collection for federal and some state statutory resources.
To access the Popular Name Table for the U.S. Code, simply type “USCS Popular Names Table” in the red search bar at the top of the screen and click the link on the right to “View the Table of Contents.” You can then browse through the Table of Contents by letter or type search terms to locate a statute’s popular name by keyword.
Tomorrow, March 5, the U.S. Supreme Court will tackle an unusual question regarding its precedent. Rather than determining how a prior case should be interpreted, the Court will address whether the case should be overruled altogether. In arguments for Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, the Court will decide whether to overrule or substantially limit its holding in Basic Inc. v. Levinson. Both cases deal with the “fraud-on-the-market” theory of liability in SEC Rule 10b-5 class action suits.
Read more about the arguments for tomorrow here.
On Monday, the Supreme Court heard arguments on the federal government’s ability to regulate green house cases. In United Air Regulatory Group v. EPA, which was consolidated with six other cases, the Court considered “[w]hether the EPA permissibly determined that its regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from new motor vehicles triggered permitting requirements under the Clean Air Act for stationary sources.”
On Thursday, Arizona lawmakers approved a bill allowing state business owners to refuse to serve individuals for “religious reasons.” Critics denounce the law as a state-approved discrimination against LGBT individuals.
The bill will now go to Governor Jan Brewer, who has five days to sign the law. The voting for the bill took place largely along party lines, and the Arizona House Minority Leader has already released a statement urging Brewer to veto the bill, arguing that it targets the LGBT community and promotes discrimination.
On Thursday, a judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia struck down Virginia’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, made law in 2006 after Virginia voters ratified Article I, Section 15-A to the constitution, defining marriage as a union between a man and woman only. The opinion states that the ban was a violation of a “fundamental freedom”, as well as a violation of due process and equal protection rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution.
On Saturday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the federal government will begin giving same-sex couples the same benefits as heterosexual couples when filing for bankruptcy and when visiting family members in court. The benefits include allowing same-sex couples to be covered by spousal privilege in criminal investigations. The federal government will also recognize same-sex couple for programs such as the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.
On Thursday, the Food and Drug Administration declined to define “natural” in the realm of food labeling in a published response letter. The letter, a response to three cases considering whether food products containing bioengineered ingredients can be labeled as “natural”, explains that it would take a public process to come up with a definition and the creation of such a definition would involve the interests of other agencies.
Currently, existing policy states that the term “natural” on food labels means that “nothing artificial synthetic (including all color additives regardless of source) has been included in, or has been added to a food that would not normally be expected to be in the food.” 58 Fed. Reg. 2302, 2407 (Jan. 6, 1993).
On Tuesday, Chief Justice Jean Toal was re-elected as the chief justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court in a joint session of the General Assembly. She was challenged by Associate Justice Costa Pleicones in a 95-74 vote.
South Carolina is one of only two states where the lawmakers elect the judges that interpret the laws they pass. The Judicial Merit Selection Commission, a 10-person panel of appointees selected by legislators vet candidates’ qualifications for the seat and nominate up to three people to fill the position.
Toal, the first woman to serve on the state Supreme Court, has already said that she will step down at the end of next year when she reaches the mandatory age of retirement for state judges–72.