The library will be open the following, expanded hours for Thanksgiving week:
Thursday: Closed for Thanksgiving
The library will be open the following hours during the exam period (Saturday, November 30th through Friday, December 13th:
Fridays: 7:00am-11:00pm (Note: The library will close at 7:00pm on Friday, Dec. 13th)
Good luck on exams, and please see a reference librarian for the CALI access code or to help find any other study materials that might be helpful as you prepare for exams!
On Monday, the Supreme Court denied the petition for certiorari in a case challenging the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court’s April order requiring Verizon to turn over data to the National Security Agency including telephone calls and internet exchanges of United States citizens. The petition, brought by the Electronic Privacy Information Center, sought to vacate the order and block similar orders, questioning whether the FISC exceeded its authority.
The library has lots of study aids available to help you prepare for your substantive law class exams.
The Study Aids are located across from the Reference Desk, to your left as you enter the library; there are also some study aids on reserve. If you’re looking for practice questions with sample answers, this is the place to go; it can be very helpful for you to test what you know and find out what you might need to review again. They can also help you think about how to approach questions; for example, the Crunchtime series has flow charts that were very helpful for me when I was in law school in making a plan of attack for certain types of questions.
Also helpful are CALI lessons. It has lessons on all the first year courses, and again they are a great way to review hat you’ve already studied and test what you still need to learn, or simply to give yourself a break from outlining without taking a break from studying. If you haven’t registered for CALI already, you can do so by going to the following website: http://www.cali.org/user/register. You’ll create your own password once you’re there. You’ll need USC’s authorization code. Stop by the reference desk or ask your favorite reference librarian for it!
Good luck with studying!
On Wednesday, the Minnesota Supreme Court upheld the state’s DWI implied consent law, which makes it a crime for impaired drivers to refuse to take a breath, blood, or urine test. The court held that the law was constitutional under the Fourth Amendment, stating that a driver’s decision to be tested is not coerced because refusal to do so is a crime.
Calling all foreign law fans! The Oliver R. Tambo Law Library at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, has partnered with the South African Legal Information Institute and the Constitutional Court Trust to provide free access to the laws of South Africa. The site launched on 19 September 2013, and is currently a work in progress with information still being added. Check out these resources here. (Hat tip to Ms. Shirley Gilmore, Head of the Oliver R. Tambo Law Library, for getting the word out.)
The Oyez Project, run by Chicago-Kent School of Law, is a one-stop shop for Supreme Court oral arguments from the current term.
You can now listen to the oral arguments for the first big case of the term, McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission.
To find other cases, click Cases from the bar at the top of the Oyez Project homepage. Simply find the case you’re looking for (they’re organized by date) and select the title. Once on the individual case’s page, click the link next to the audio button, and you’ll get an audio player to listen to the oral argument. A transcript of the argument will also play, including the picture of the person speaking so you can follow along. The case page also includes a brief set of facts and the issue before the Court.
On Friday, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that the state must begin recognizing same sex marriages. Thew lower court ruling found that civil unions deprive same-sex couples of federal benefits enjoyed by married couples. That ruling was challenged by Governor Chris Christie, but the Chief Justice rejected the state’s claim that it would suffer irreparable harm if the order was allowed to stand. As such, the lower court’s ruling was allowed to stand, pending a hearing on the merits in January.
One of the big cases in the Supreme Court’s upcoming term is Town of Greece v. Galloway, which will look at whether prayer before a town hall meeting violates the Establishment Clause. SCOTUSblog once again offers excellent coverage, with a series of posts on the upcoming case by law professors and legal professionals from all over the country.
Check it out!
This forty-eight installment continues our series on HeinOnline’s digital collections.
HeinOnline’s database called “Bar Journals” contains publications from various states’ and cities’ bar associations, and other lawyer-related magazines. Among those available are South Carolina Lawyer, including issues from 1989-2013; South Carolina Bar News, from 1989-2013; South Carolina Bar Association News Bulletin, from 1955-1989; as well as publications from every other state and Washington DC; some from law schools, such as Duke Bar Association Journal; and more general publications, such as Appellate Advocate. Some of the journals are accessible back to the 1920’s; most of them contain all volumes published. There are also some foreign journals, for example, Nassau Lawyer. The publications are listed in alphabetical order, and the articles are listed by title and in the order in which they appeared in the original magazine.
To access Bar Journals, click here and select HeinOnline under Legal Search Engines Research.
There has been lots of discussion recently about the data being collected by the NSA but very little that is helpful in understanding how such a large data-mining operation is actually carried out. Popular Mechanics has a very helpful piece, identifying the various players, recapping the timeline of the controversy, walking the reader through the steps of the program, and explaining what the folks at NSA are looking for.